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Secretary Bernhardt Announces Hawai`i’s State Bird is on the Road to Recovery

Sunday, U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt, announced the downlisting of Hawaii’s state bird, the nēnē at Pearl Harbor National Wildlife Refuge. After 60 years of effective collaborative conservation efforts among federal, state, local and nonprofit partners, the Hawaiian Goose, or nēnē, is one step closer to recovery. An intensive captive breeding program, rigorous habitat restoration and active management …

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MAYORWatch: Do You Have to Pay Back Taxes When Disposing of a Junk Vehicle?

Mayor Michael Victorino answers weekly questions submitted to his office staff. Question: If someone wants to dispose a junk vehicle that hasn’t been registered in a long time, do they have to pay a large amount of back taxes to the County? Answer: Let me guess, you’re asking for a friend? Regardless, you can tell them that back taxes, fees …

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MAYORWatch: How I Secure the New Kihei Gym for a Volleyball Tournament?

Mayor Michael Victorino answers weekly questions submitted to his office staff. Question: Aloha Mayor, I’m really looking forward to seeing the new Kihei gym and would love to do a volleyball tournament there! What do I do to secure a spot? Answer: Mahalo for your question and excitement! I cannot wait to unveil this state-of-the art facility on Monday to …

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TAXWatch: Let’s Not Tax Transportation

S ome folks ask me if I have any radical ideas to change the tax system in Hawaii.  Here’s one: Stop taxing transportation of goods and people. Before you stop laughing uproariously, though, consider this. First, we can’t tax air transportation.  There are federal laws prohibiting us from applying a gross receipts tax (like our General Excise Tax) to transportation …

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Heavy Rains Prompt Brown Water Advisory for Maui

Heavy rain has resulted in stormwater runoff entering into coastal waters. The public is advised to stay out of floodwaters and stormwater runoff due to possible overflowing cesspools, sewer, manholes, pesticides, animal fecal matter, dead animals, pathogens, chemicals, and associated flood debris. Not all coastal areas may be impacted by runoff, however, if the water is brown stay out. Continue …

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Arrest made in 2000 Rape and Murder of Kimberly Belluomini

On December 5 at about 9 a.m. officials with the Palm Beach Sheriffs Marine Unit in Palm Beach Florida arrested Anthony Moreno for the 2000 rape and murder of Kimberly Belluomini at her residence in Kihei. In October of 2000, Belluomini and Moreno were at Henry’s Bar in Kihei.  They went to her apartment at South Point. The following morning, …

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Malfunctioning Appliance Possible Cause of Kahului Elementary Fire

Maui Fire Department personnel responded to a structure fire at Kahului Elementary School on Friday morning. Crews arrived following a 5:48 a.m. alarm to find a copy room with major smoke damage. No fire was present at the time. MFD is calling the fire accidental and as being possibly caused by a malfunctioning electrical appliance.

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MPD Warns of Telephone Scam

The Maui Police Department is warning the public about a telephone scam spoofing MPD’s non-emergency line phone number, 244-6400.   According to Police, the scammers are identifying themselves as police officers, providing a name, badge number and extension number to be reached at. The caller is claiming that there is a warrant of arrest for the person receiving the call, …

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DOH Advises Travelers to be on Alert for Measles

The Hawai‘i Department of Health is advising travelers to be on alert for measles as international outbreaks around the Pacific and elsewhere continue to increase. This year, there were four reported cases of travel-related measles in Hawai‘i including three visitors and one resident. In 2018, there were no reported cases of measles in the state. An advisory was sent to …

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Haleakalā National Park Entrance Fees Will Change January 1

Haleakalā National Park, along with other national parks across America, will increase its entrance fees to provide additional funding for infrastructure and maintenance needs to enhance the visitor experience. Effective January 1, 2020, the entrance fees to the park will be $30 per vehicle, $25 per motorcycle and $15 per pedestrian or bicyclist. The receipt allows unlimited re-entry into either …

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