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Gyms And Patrons Encouraged To Practice Safety After Recent Covid Clusters

Contact tracing by the Dept. of Health has uncovered a total of 17 cases to-date involving two O‘ahu commercial gym facilities. DOH says cases in both gyms are linked to one person who participated in exercise classes at both. State Epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Park said, “By their very nature, gyms that operate in closed spaces with poor ventilation and without …

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DOH to begin issuing red placards to restaurants and bars that violate mandates to prevent COVID-19

There are now severe consequences for food establishments that do not take physical distancing and other guidance seriously. The Hawai‘i Department of Health’s Food Safety Branch will begin to temporarily suspend the operations of restaurants, bars, and other food establishments that do not comply with physical distancing, wearing cloth face masks and other required guidance. “The department is taking these …

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Firefighters Cut Large Firebreak to Protect Skill Village Residents

Maui Fire Department crews have cut a large firebreak to protect residents in the area of Skill Village in Paia due to the Haliimaile fire. The approximately 3,000-acre fire remains about a half mile away and does not pose any immediate threat. Fire crews continue to work on-scene and police are ready to respond, if needed. Photo Credit: Lt. Ryan …

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Skill Village Residents in Paia to Prepare for Possible Evacuation

Residents in the area of Skill Village in Paia are to prepare for possible evacuation due to the Haliimaile fire. The fire is about 2,500 to 3,000 acres in size and around a half a mile away. Winds are currently blowing away from the area,but Skill Village residents should be prepared to evacuate immediately if wind conditions change. Haleakala Highway …

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Maui Firefighters Tackle Large Brush Fire Near Haliimaile

4:30 PM UPDATE: Maui Firefighters continue to battle a large brush fire that started on the makai side of Haliimaile road near the gun range and Haleakala Highway. About 40 MFD personnel are on the scene along with Air 1, 2, & 3 along with MFD tankers, and several dozers and water tankers from private companies. Heavy equipment is on …

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Brush Fire Burns Along Haliimaile Road

A brush fire burning on the makai side of Haliimaile Road, near the gun range and Haleakala Highway, is 30 percent contained according to Maui Fire Department officials. Maui Police Department reports that Haliimaile Road from Haleakala Highway to Haliimaile General store was closed as of 6 a.m., as a result of the fire. Crews arrived on the scene following …

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Maui Police Issued Three Citations for Illegal Fireworks Over July 4

More than a dozen Maui Police Department Officers, in various locations on Maui, took part in a Fireworks Enforcement Detail over the 4th of July weekend. As a result, a total of: 3 Fireworks violation citations were issued 18 cases were generated and 26 aerial fireworks were recovered and submitted as evidence. One of the cases generated was a Fire …

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Authorities Seek ID of Suspected Car Thief

On June 23 at around midnight, an unknown male was caught on video surveillance attempting to steal a vehicle from the parking lot of the Hono Kai Condominium in Maalaea. The suspect is described as a local male, approximately 6 feet tall and weighing approximately 180 pounds. If anyone has any information regarding the identity of this individual, please contact …

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Man Arrested for Striking Officers at DUI Checkpoint

One notable arrest during this weekend’s holiday enforcement effort was the arrest of 21-year-old Wailuku resident Christian Kalalau Johnson.   On July 4, at 12:20 a.m., Johnson was stopped at an Intoxication control checkpoint located at Haleakala Highway and Hana Highway. During the screening of Johnson, he was found to have signs of impairment. Authorities say he failed the field …

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25-Year Maui Police Veteran Arrested for OUI

The Maui Police Department reports that at 7:59 p.m. on July 4, officers arrested Melvin R. Johnson Jr. for Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence of an Intoxicant. Officials say Johnson is a 25-year veteran with MPD and is currently assigned to the Wailuku Criminal Investigative Division. Johnson was off-duty at the time of his arrest. He was released after …

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