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DLNR Conservation Officers sweep Little Beach at Makena State Park

A team of eight officers from the DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) conducted a law enforcement operation this evening at Little Beach in Makena State Park on Maui. For many years, the beach has been the site of large Sunday night parties and drum circles, where alcohol and drug use, public nudity, and littering have been chronic …

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Maui police investigating after video shows Chief Faaumu hitting parked motorcycle

On November 16, 2020 at about 11:06 a.m., an anonymous letter was received by the Maui Police Department demanding the retirement of Chief Tivoli Faaumu, or a letter would be sent to the County Council, Police Commission, Mayor, SHOPO and Media Outlets citing alleged mistreatment of his employees, and a vehicle accident where he left the scene, and no case …

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Gov. David Ige signs emergency proclamation extending statewide mask mandate

Gov. David Ige issued a 15th COVID-19 emergency proclamation that extends and clarifies the statewide mask mandate as agreed to by all four counties and the state. The proclamation states: All persons in the State shall wear a face covering over their nose and mouth when in public. The requirements of this statewide mask mandate are set forth in Exhibit …

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Maui Native Advances on The Voice

Joseph Soul, with roots firmly planted in Hana, has made it past the battle rounds on NBC’s The Voice, after a valiant battle against vocal powerhouse Desz. The native Hawaiian DJ and R&B soul singer wowed the judges, but Kelly Clarkson chose his competitor over him in the battle round. However, Gwen Stefani was quick to jump in before Soul …

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DOH Issues Red Placard to Kihei Restaurant Due to Roach Infestation

The Hawai‘i Department of Health Food Safety Branch issued a red “Closed” placard to Kihei Bale Sandwich & Vietnamese Food in Kihei, Maui after a health inspector discovered a roach infestation in the kitchen on Friday, Nov. 6, 2020. The restaurant, located at 225 Piikea Avenue, Suite 95, is currently closed. A follow-up inspection is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 10. …

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Firefighter Injured Tending to Makawao Blaze

The Maui Fire Department responded to a structure fire on Kealaloa Avenue in Makawao on Thursday morning. Fire officials say that crews arrived on the scene to find a two-story structure with heavy fire on the first floor extending to the second story. No one was within the residence at the time of the incident but firefighters were able to …

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State & Federal Team Deploys to Lāna‘i Next Week for Support

DOH continues to work closely with healthcare providers on Lāna‘i to support community outreach, testing and contact tracing. Two (2) new cases of COVID-19 were added to the islands’ counts today for a total of 98 confirmed coronavirus cases. Next week a team of DOH staff and Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) staff will visit Lāna‘i to provide …

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Hawaiian Airlines to maintain Ohana by Hawaiian service to Moloka‘i and Lāna‘i

Hawaiian Airlines today announced it will continue to provide ‘Ohana by Hawaiian passenger flights between Honolulu and both Moloka‘i and Lāna‘i through at least mid-January 2021.Earlier this month Hawaiian announced the need to suspend both routes on November 1. Pandemic-induced low travel demand triggered a provision in Hawaiian’s pilot contract restricting the carrier’s ability to provide ‘Ohana by Hawaiian service. …

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Hawai‘i Activates Federal-State Unemployment Insurance Extended Benefits

DLIR is launching Federal-State Extended benefits (EB) tomorrow to Hawai‘i workers who have exhausted their state and federal jobless benefits. The EB program kicks in after the unemployed individual received 26 weeks of state unemployment and 13 weeks of federal Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation. DLIR Director Anne Eustaquio said, “The Extended Benefits program provides a much-needed safety net for Hawai‘i …

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