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MPD: Woman wanted for violating quarantine order

Police are requesting your assistance in locating Tara Trufino. Trufino is wanted for violating the Rules and Orders for failure to quarantine. Trufino is described as a 24 year old, Caucasian female, height 5’11”, weight 155 lbs., with brown hair and hazel eyes. She was last seen in Haiku, and may now be in the Kihei area. Anyone with information …

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Lt. Gov. Green Proposes “Travel with Aloha” Program

As the state looks toward the eventual reopening of air travel to and around the state, Lt. Governor Josh Green proposed a program, he’s calling, “Travel with Aloha,” at this afternoon’s media briefing. He believes such a program will help the state mitigate the possible importation of coronavirus from traveling visitors and residents. A key component of Green’s proposal is …

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Haiku Man Arrested After being Removed from Utility Pole

On May 12, 2020 at about 6:46 a.m., Upcountry Sector Officers were sent to the area 1100 Makawao Avenue, Makawao regarding an adult male, later identified as Tyler Stout (33) of Haiku, standing on top of a utility pole. Upon police arrival Stout was on the very top of the utility pole, appeared upset, yelling and rambling about various topics …

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Kahului Fire Displaces Six

The Maui Fire Department responded to a structure fire along Kaulana Street in Kahului on Monday. Firefighters arrived on the scene at about 2:40 p.m. to find a working fire involving the rear portion of a single-story residence. The blaze was deemed under control by 3:30 p.m. MFD reports that six people were displaced. The Red Cross was notified to …

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DHHL Launches Rental Relief Program

A new program to provide rental relief for Department of Hawaiian Home Lands Applicant Waiting List beneficiaries launches today, in partnership with Aloha United Way. The program’s implementation was approved by the Hawaiian Homes Commission at its April meeting. DHHL’s COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program will provide eligible beneficiaries with rental assistance using $7 million in Native Hawaiian Housing Block …

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DOH Advises Public to Check for Green ‘Passed’ Placards

The Hawai‘i Department of Health is reminding the public to check for the official Green “Passed” Placard before purchasing food especially from online or roadside vendors that have never been inspected or licensed by the state health officials. Individuals selling prepared foods without a food safety permit put the public at risk of food-related illness and foodborne disease outbreaks. It is …

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Kihei Brush Fire Burns Quarter Acre

Maui Fire Department crews responded to a brush fire on the makai side of Pi`ilani Highway near Kanani Road in Kihei on Friday. MFD personnel arrived on the scene shortly after 3 p.m. and controlled the blaze by 3:30 p.m. Officials say approximately a quarter of an acre burned. The cause of the fire is unknown.

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Hawai‘i Tops in the Nation for COVID-19 response and testing

With Hawai‘i’s economic recovery starting with the phased reopening of select businesses and industries today and next week across the islands, a nationwide study by a prominent Harvard University research group shows the state rates tops or near the top in COVID-19 testing metrics. “It’s encouraging to hear that Hawai‘i is leading many states in our testing for COVID-19,” said …

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DOH: No New Cases of COVID-19 Likely Just a Lull

Today is the first day since the Hawai`i Department of Health began identifying new positive cases of the coronavirus on Feb. 28, that the state has not reported any new cases.  DOH officials say that while this is good news, it does not mean, in any way, the end of the COVID-19 crisis. “We have seen a steady decline in …

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Mayor Victorino Announces Re-Opening of Retail Stores

Mayor Michael Victorino announced that retail stores and retail stores in shopping malls will be allowed to re-open as long as they follow physical distancing requirements, starting Monday, May 11. The reopening date differs from the Governor’s proclamation, which would have allowed businesses to open tomorrow. Businesses should use this time to safely prepare their staff and facilities. “Retail stores …

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