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Boat Catches Fire Off Lanai

A boat fire summoned Maui Fire Department and Coast Guard personnel to an area about two-miles offshore of Kaiolohia Beach on Lanai, Tuesday morning. Fire Department personnel maintained visual and communication contact with the vessel, that had two people aboard, while a boat crew made its way to the vessel and took over the incident. Authorities say the boat was …

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MFD Extinguishes Six Overnight Brush Fires

The Maui Fire Department tended to multiple brush fires along the Pali Highway late Monday night. Authorities say a total of six fires burned in the area, beginning shortly after 11:30 p.m. Traffic flow was stopped on both sides of the Pali Highway from Maalaea Harbor Road to Ukumehame Wayside Park while firefighters battled the blazes. MFD reports that the …

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Maui Electric moves forward on renewable energy procurement efforts for Moloka‘i, Lāna‘i

The plans for Maui Electric Company’s renewable energy push for Moloka‘i and Lāna‘i are available for viewing online at www.mauielectric.com/molokaicompetitivebidding and www.mauielectric.com/lanaicompetitivebidding. Upon approval by the Public Utilities Commission, anticipated later this year, these renewable energy procurements will be open to bids from developers locally and globally. Pending approval, the first projects could come online as early as 2022. Estimated …

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Monday UPDATE: Two of three Maui brush fires extinguished; Honoapiilani Highway reopened in Waikapu

Two of three Maui brush fires reported Sunday were fully contained and extinguished Monday morning, the Maui Fire Department reported. The third fire, in Kihei, had grown from 80 to 300 to 500 acres overnight, and it was 40 percent contained, fire officials said. Maui firefighters battled the Kihei fire all night. A portion of Honoapiilani Highway from Kuihelani Highway …

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MPD: Police sent to Mauna Kea accumulate $68,105 in overtime

Are Hawaii taxpayers slated to foot the bill when it comes to law enforcement presence on Mauna Kea? Police officers from Maui County and O’ahu were flown into Hawai’i Island between July 16th to the 23rd. Honolulu Police have not yet released how much was spent. But Maui Police says officers accumulated a total of $68,105 in overtime. During Thursday’s council …

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Waikapu woman died from car crash injuries on Honoapi’ilani Highway

On Saturday August 10th, 2019 at approximately 4:43 PM, a Motor Vehicle Collision occurred on Honoapiilani Highway, 82 feet east of Ukumehame Firing Range Road and 0.3 miles east of mile marker 12 in Lahaina Hawaii. The collision occurred when a maroon 2008 Honda Accord 4DSD traveling East (Wailuku direction) on Honoapiilani Highway was passing left of center travelling east …

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Kapu Aloha Unity March Draws Thousands

In a demonstration of unity through kapu aloha, several thousand on Maui marched today from the War Memorial Stadium to the University of Hawai`i’s Maui Campus. The Kapu Aloha Unity March brought together an estimated 7,000 participants in support of kia`i, or protectors, of Mauna Kea. Over forty trained Maui kia`i accompanied the march to support kupuna, assist with safety …

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Maui County DOT Launches New Campaign to Ride the Maui Bus

The County of Maui Department of Transportation is launching a social media campaign to encourage residents and visitors to ride its new buses, which are now easier to catch and track using the Maui Bus App. The Maui Bus App, which can be downloaded on the Apple Store or Google Play, provides riders the location of the closest bus stop, …

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Council Ridicules Administration Housing ‘Plan’

The administration’s long-awaited “strategic plan” for affordable/attainable housing was greeted with ridicule and dismay by several members of the Maui County Council attending the Aug. 7th meeting of the council’s Affordable Housing Committee. “This is not a plan,” said Council Chair Kelly King, “There’s no proposal.” King called the presentation “a hamster wheel…a circular exercise. There’s nothing in here we …

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