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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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Hawaiian Airlines to Launch New Maui-Las Vegas Flights in December

Maui residents visiting Hawai‘i’s adopted “ninth island” will be able to fly straight to the popular Nevada destination when Hawaiian Airlines inaugurates its newest narrow-body Airbus A321neo aircraft route later this year. The airline announced today that it will begin four-times-weekly service between Maui’s Kahului Airport (OGG) and Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport (LAS) on December 15. To celebrate the …

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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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10:40 PM UPDATE: Brush fire continues to shut down Honoapiilani Highway

A portion of Honoapiilani Highway from Waikapu to Kuihelani Highway remained closed indefinitely Sunday night with a brush fire clinging dangerously close to the southbound lane of the highway in the Waikapu area, the Maui Fire Department reported. Police had the highway closed from the Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapu to Kuihelani Highway, but on Monday morning officers planned to …

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8 PM UPDATE: Maui brush fire containments reported

Maui firefighters reported fully containing a brush fire that burned 5 acres off of Waiko Road in Central Maui. The 100 percent containment of the Waiko Road fire was as of 8 p.m. Sunday. That fire was reported at 4:48 p.m. off of Waiko Road and the Apana scrap yard. Firefighters reported 20 percent containment in Kihei for the largest …

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Maui Firefighters Battle Three Brush Fires; Maui Emergency Operations Center Partially Activated

Maui firefighters were battling three brush fires early Sunday evening. No homes were immediately threatened by any of the fires, and there were no evacuations ordered as of 7:15 p.m. Mayor Michael Victorino said: “I ask everyone to remain vigilant and to continue monitoring news reports for any action residents and visitors may need to take.” The largest had burned …

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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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