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MAUIWatch Staff

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Nora continues to move toward the west and intensify

At 5:00 AM the center of Tropical Storm Nora was located about 990 miles ESE of Hilo, Hawaii. Nora is moving toward the west near 14 mph. A general westward motion with a gradual decrease in forward speed is expected through early Nonday with a turn toward the northwest forecast by late Monday and early Tuesday. Maximum sustained winds are …

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TS Nora strengthens as it nears the Central Pacific

Eastern North Pacific Tropical Storm Nora is strengthening as it nears the Central Pacific basin. Nora is centered about 1245 miles (2005 km) east-southeast of South Point, Hawaii, moving toward the west near 14 mph (22 km/h). This general motion, with some decrease in forward speed, is expected during the next couple of days. Maximum sustained winds have increased to …

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Competitive Bond Sale Generates Millions in Savings

Department of Finance Director Danny Agsalog today announced that Maui County’s continued strong bond ratings, coupled with strong investor interest and a very low interest rate environment, have again generated millions of dollars in savings for taxpayers. A total of $68.4 million in proceeds were generated when the County sold $60.155 million in general obligation bonds at a premium on …

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Blessing Set for Reopening of Kalama Park Basketball Courts

The County of Maui Department of Parks and Recreation today announced that a blessing will be held to celebrate the grand reopening of the “Sport Court” surfaced basketball courts at Kalama Park. The blessing will be held Friday, Oct. 16, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. and will be followed by the first rounds of a three-day youth “3 vs. 3” basketball …

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New class of corrections officers join Public Safety rank

The Department of Public Safety (PSD) today welcomed a new class of adult correctional officers at a graduation ceremony held at the Pagoda Hotel in Honolulu. 18 recruits graduated from Basic Corrections Training (BCT) and will begin their careers as correctional officers in facilities across the state. BCT is a 9-week training that includes 360 hours of classroom time and …

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Tropical Depression Eighteen-E forms in the Pacific

Eastern North Pacific Tropical Depression Eighteen-E continues to move westward far away from land. It’s centered about 1580 miles (2545 km) east-southeast of South Point, Hawaii. It’s moving toward the west near 14 mph (22 km/h) and this general motion with a decrease in forward speed is expected during the next couple of days. After that time, a turn toward …

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Hawaii Visitors Seeing Coral Bleaching Up Close, Oct. 9, 2015

When the Keolahou arrives at Molokini Crater, three miles off Maui’s south coast, more than a dozen commercial tour boats are already moored. The Keolahou is a DLNR Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) research vessel. Yesterday it carried five researchers to Molokini to continue, what has been so far, a three-year-long coral bleaching monitoring project. While the researchers dive to …

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Statewide Public Hearings Scheduled on Permanent Sea Cucumber Harvest Rule

In response to the unprecedented large-scale commercial harvest of sea cucumbers earlier this year, the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) has scheduled public hearings in November on a new rule to permanently regulate sea cumber harvesting in state water. Currently all sea cumber harvest is prohibited by a 120 day emergency rule adopted …

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UPDATE: Police have located Cristian Maggio

UPDATE: Christian MAGGIO has been located and in good health. We thank the public for all the assistance in this missing person case. On 10/06/15, Cristian MAGGIO was arrested for Criminal Trespass I in Lahaina. On 10/07/15, MAGGIO was taken to Wailuku District Court and later released at approximately 2:00 p.m. A friend reported Cristian MAGGIO missing after he failed …

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Facebook launches test of new “Reactions”

Today Facebook announced that they are launching a test of Reactions — a more expressive Like button. The Like button has been a part of Facebook for a long time. Billions of Likes are made every day, and Liking things is a simple way to express yourself. According to a recent post by CEO Mark Zukerberg: For many years though, …

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