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Governor Ige Announces Retirements at Health, Public Safety Departments

Governor David Ige announced today that Dr. Bruce Anderson and Director Nolan Espinda will be retiring in September.  “Both directors have served admirably under extremely challenging conditions, especially since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. I thank them for their many years of service to the people of Hawaiʻi and wish them well as they retire and are able to …

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MFD Continues Fighting 1,500-Acre Fire, Blaze 50 Percent Contained

UPDATE 4:45 P.M. – Maui Fire Department continues to fight a fire in Puunene, which is an estimated 1,500 acres in size and about 50 percent contained. Maui Veterans (Mokulele) Highway is closed at Hansen Road and North Kihei Road. The Maui Humane Society Puunene shelter and Central Maui Baseyard have been evacuated. Three helicopters and multiple MFD units have …

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Pu’unene Brush Fire Closes Highway, Prompts Evacuations

The Maui Fire Department is responding to a fast-moving brush fire in Central Maui. As of 1:40 p.m. today, the Maui Veterans Highway was closed, and evacuations were ongoing at the Maui Humane Society Puunene shelter and Central Maui Baseyard, Maui police reported. The fire started around 1:04 p.m. in the vicinity of the old Puunene School and the Puunene …

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COVID-19 Concerns Close Molokai’s Kualapu’u School

Kualapu’u School administration was notified that a student(s) has been exposed to a Covid-19 case. At this time, there are no confirmed student or staff COVID-19 cases within the school. In an online statement, the school said, “We continue to monitor the situation for any potential impacts and will provide additional updates. The Hawaii State Department of Health is the …

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FEMA Announces Lost Wages Grant for Hawai`i

FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor approved Hawaii for a FEMA grant under the Lost Wages Assistance program. FEMA’s grant funding will allow Hawaii to provide $300 per week — on top of their regular unemployment benefit — to those unemployed due to COVID-19. FEMA will work with Hawaii Governor David Ige to implement a system to make this funding available to …

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Two More MPD Employees Test Positive for COVID-19

On August 28, 2020 at about 3:05 p.m., Maui Police Department was informed that a second employee, tested positive for Covid 19. At about 5:45 p.m., a third employee reported testing positive for Covid 19 after seeking testing with their own physician. All three Covid 19 positive people are in isolation. The three people work in positions, that require limited …

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Nearly 900 Nurses Respond to Call for Hospital Nursing Staff

Nearly 900 healthcare workers have responded to the State’s call for hospital nursing staff. On Wednesday, the State and HAH announced Hawai‘i hospitals are urgently seeking nurses, including recent nursing graduates, because of the increasing number of hospitalizations due to the surge in COVID-19 illnesses. Waivers are in place for recent nursing graduates who have not yet taken their licensing …

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Mayor Announces Approval Process for Film and TV Productions in Maui County

Mayor Michael Victorino announced today that film and television productions will need to receive authorization from the Office of the Mayor to begin shooting in Maui County. The authorization is included in the County’s updated Public Health Emergency Rules, which were approved by the Governor’s Office this afternoon. Productions are to follow COVID-19 Guidelines for the Film Industry, which were …

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DOH Reports Four Additional Deaths and 265 New COVID-19 Cases

Three (3) O‘ahu residents and one (1) Maui resident are the latest to die from coronavirus. On   O‘ahu, two men, both with underlying medical conditions and both of whom had been hospitalized, passed. One was 70 to 79 years-old and the other was older than 80. A woman, from O‘ahu, aged 70 to 79 years-old, hospitalized with underlying conditions, …

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UPDATE: Police Capture MCCC Pre-trial Inmate Escapee

UPDATE: On August 28, 2020 at about 2:25 p.m. John Kahalehoe was apprehended at a residence in Waiehu.  He was taken into police custody for Escape in the Second Degree.  He was returned to Maui Community Correctional Center. —- One pre-trial detainee escaped from the Maui Community Correctional Center (MCCC) this evening.  Preliminary reports indicate 27-year old John Kahalehoe escaped …

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