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Man Grabbed Officer’s Taser in Altercation with Police, Later dies

Maui Police Department Kihei Patrol officers responded to a harassment type of case (via social media) in Ma’alaea at about 12:23 p.m. on July 26. While police were en-route, the caller identifying himself as Reece Watwhit, later identified as 30-year-old Maurice Abisdid-Wagner of Massachusetts, called dispatch numerous more times. On one of the calls, Abisdid-Wagner indicated there was a person …

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USDA Investigating Seed Packets from China

The U.S. Department of Agriculture-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is investigating unsolicited seed packets that have been mailed to numerous individuals across the country, primarily from China. Since Saturday, the Hawai`i Department of Agriculture has received five reports of seed packets being received by Hawai`i residents and are in contact with those individuals to acquire the shipments. Residents who …

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HIDOE to recommend delaying students’ return to school

The Department of Education will recommend delaying students’ return to school until August 17, 2020, the Hawaii State Teachers Association confirms.  Supt. Kishimoto issued the following statement on the proposed adjustment to the school start date for students: “HIDOE leadership has been working with the unions throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure our students get the education they deserve and …

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Hurricane Warning for Maui County Canceled as Douglas Passes Over O`ahu

The Hurricane Warning has been canceled for Maui County, including the Island of Maui, Lanai, Molokai, and Kahoolawe. A Hurricane Warning remains in effect for Oahu and Kauai County, including the islands of Kauai and Niihau.  The slow weakening will continue though Douglas will remain a hurricane as it passes near Oahu and Kauai tonight.

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Missing Autistic Boy Found Alive

At 2 a.m. on Sunday morning Klarisse Nobriga took to social media with a plea that no parent wants to make, her 5-year old son Kadyn was missing, and the worse of it was that she was not on the island. Kayden, who has autism, had last been seen in the Kahakuloa area with his father. Her post read: “Maui …

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Lahaina Man Charged in Big Beach Assault

The Maui Police Department has arrested a 30-year-old Lahaina man on a bench warrant in connection with an assault in the first degree and assault in the second-degree cases. Authorities say Kadeem Johnson was arrested on July 17 at about 2:43 p.m. Investigation reveals that on July 12 at approximately 5 p.m., three male victims were at Big Beach in …

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HSTA urges state, Board of Education to delay return of students to campus

Given the numerous unanswered questions and teachers scheduled to report to campuses on July 29, the Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA) has no confidence that our school buildings and classrooms are ready for students to open in a manner that minimizes the risk of COVID-19 spreading. “Our schools are woefully underprepared to deliver a distance learning program should a school …

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Grand Jury Indicts Haiku Woman After Fatal 2019 Hali’imaile Crash

On Monday, July 20, 2020, at 3:26 p.m., Officers from the Maui Police Department Traffic Division, Vehicular Homicide Unit arrested Kailey Amber DUARTE (24)of Haiku.  Ms. DUARTE was arrested following a grand jury indictment related to the Motor Vehicle Crash that killed Teresa PHAM (39) on June 16, 2019, on Haliimaile Road in Haliimaile. On Sunday, June 16 2019 at …

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Grand Jury Indicts Wailuku Man After Fatal 2019 Crash In Kihei

On Monday July 20, 2020 at 1:37 p.m., Officers from the Maui Police Department Traffic Division, Vehicular Homicide Unit arrested Kalani K. AU HOON (44)of Wailuku.  Mr. AU HOON was arrested following a grand jury indictment related to the Motor Vehicle Crash that killed Mildred JOUVENAT (49), and her son Jacob JOUVENAT (14) on July 21, 2019 on Piilani Highway …

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State Moves Forward with Reopening of Public Schools on Aug. 4

During a joint news conference this afternoon, Governor David Ige, Hawai‘i State Epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Park, Board of Education (BOE) Chairperson Catherine Payne, and Hawai‘i State Department of Education (HIDOE) Superintendent Dr. Christina Kishimoto confirmed the state’s plans to move ahead with school reopening for students on Tuesday, Aug. 4. Teachers return on Wednesday, July 29. Ige cited the state’s …

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