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PUC Approves Solar-Battery Project for South Maui

Paeahu Solar, a utility-scale renewable energy plus battery project in South Maui, has been approved by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC). It is one of four projects planned to come online over the next three years on Maui as part of Hawaiian Electric’s efforts to meet the island’s energy needs with local, renewable resources. Innergex, an experienced renewable energy developer …

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Hawaiian Airlines to Suspend ‘Ohana by Hawaiian Service

Hawaiian Airlines today announced it will temporarily suspend ‘Ohana by Hawaiian passenger and cargo services effective Nov. 1 as it continues to confront economic challenges of low travel demand caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and quarantine restrictions. Hawaiian, which reduced its workforce by nearly 2,500 employees this month when the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Payroll Support Program (PSP) …

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Maui Physician Charged with Unlawful Distribution of Hydrocodone

Paul A. Kaiwi, Jr., 51, a medical doctor and resident of Wailuku, Hawaii, was charged by a criminal complaint unsealed today with six counts of unlawful distribution of the controlled substance hydrocodone.  As described in the affidavit in support of the criminal complaint, in December 2018, an undercover agent of the Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”) sought an appointment with Kaiwi …

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Unemployment Tweaking Virtual Call Center After Robocalls Flood Phonelines

The Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR) new virtual call center has gotten over 150,000 calls daily since opening last week. The department and its vendor determined that a majority of those calls were robocalls that initially flooded the center and made it very hard for normal callers, but the contractor has implemented solutions to prevent this. Claimants can …

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County of Maui Moving Forward with Pre-Travel Testing Program

Mayor Michael Victorino is requesting support from the Governor, visitor industry and businesses to urge transpacific travelers to voluntarily take a second test after they arrive in Maui County, under the State’s pre-travel testing program. Earlier this week, Mayor Victorino’s request for a mandatory post-arrival test for transpacific travelers starting Oct. 15, was denied by the Governor. “The State has …

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MPD Special Response Team Responded to Suspected Grenade

The Maui Police Department Special Response Team mobilized following a Wednesday morning alert about a possible grenade at a residence in Makawao. MPD Bomb Technician Sergeant Ryan Saribay and Lieutenant Christopher Gantala responded to further investigate.  Investigation revealed that the owner of the property reported finding the suspected grenade, within an ammunition can, while cleaning the recently purchased residence.   …

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Crews Rescue Kayakers Near Kaunakakai Harbor

The Maui Fire Department responded to an ocean rescue near the Kaunakakai Boat Harbor on Monday afternoon. A tugboat captain reported two overturned kayaks approximately a quarter-mile offshore. In addition to MFD, Coast Guard personnel were notified and a Cost Guard helicopter responded to the scene. As a result of a brush fire occurring at the same time, two emergency …

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Molokai Fire Sparked by Overheated Vehicle

The Maui Fire Department responded to a Molokai brush fire on Monday. Fire crews responded to an alarm shortly after 2 p.m. The 10-acre blaze was extinguished deemed 100 percent contained by 5:12 p.m. MFD reports that the brush fire is believed to have been started by an overheated vehicle.

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UPDATE: West Maui Brush Fire 100% Contained

Updated at 3:45 p.m. The Maui Fire Department reports that the Kahoma fire is now 100 percent contained.  Crews remain on scene conducting mop-up operations.  The total area burned remains at approximately 10 acres. Original story published at 2:29 p.m. The Maui Fire Department is battling a ten acre brush fire in West Maui. Engine 3, Ladder 3, Tanker 3, Engine …

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Kihei Moped Rider Sustains Life-Threatening Injuries In Crash

On Sunday, October 4, 2020 at approximately 08:22 P.M., a near-fatal motor vehicle collision occurred on South Kihei Road, approximately 0.1 miles south of Alanui Ke Alii in Kihei, Hawaii. Preliminary investigation thus far reveals, a black YN moped with a single male (45 year old/ Kihei resident) operator was traveling southbound on South Kihei Road when it collided into …

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