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Lahaina Woman Dies After Vehicle Goes Off the Cliff Near Kahakuloa

On Monday, January 25 at approximately 12:32 p.m., a motor vehicle crash occurred on Kahekili Highway, .6 miles east of mile marker 16 in Kahakuloa.  Preliminary investigation reveals a 2019 Nissan 4 door sedan was traveling East (Wailuku direction) on Kahekili Highway. The operator failed to negotiate a curve in the road and drove off the cliffside, landing on the …

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State Lab Detects COVID-19 Variant

The Hawai‘i Department of Health State Laboratories Division has detected the SARS-CoV-2 variant L452R. This strain of COVID-19 was first detected in Denmark in March 2020. It is now found in more than a dozen U.S. states. Science has not shown the L452R variant spreads more quickly or poses a greater threat than other COVID-19 strains, but there is concern because it …

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Governor Ige’s State of the State Address to the Thirty-First State Legislature

Below find Governor David Ige’s State of the State Address to the Thirty-First State Legislature Meeting in Joint Session in full: Thank you, Speaker Saiki, President Kouchi, members of the Legislature, and everyone who is joining us virtually today. Good morning and aloha. Twelve months ago, we met in the House Chambers planning for what we thought would be a …

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One Arrested at Paia Beach Drum Circle, Others Cited for Face Mask Violations

On Friday, January 15, 2021, Officers from the Maui Police Department, and Park Security Officers from the Department of Parks and Recreation, responded to a Paia beach park located off Hana Highway. Numerous complaints were received via the [email protected] portal relaying that large “Drum Circle” gatherings, occurring at a Paia beach park, on Friday afternoons. Public health and safety concerns reported by …

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Shark bites California man, 73, at Ka’anapali Beach

At 7:45 AM this morning, Fire and Ocean Safety jetski units responded to reports of a snorkeler bitten by a shark estimated to be 8 feet in length. The victim made it to shore on his own power and was given first aid by staff at the KOR. The victim was last reported to be in good condition and being …

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Two Maui Men Charged with Hate Crimes for Racially Motivated Attack

A federal grand jury in Honolulu, Hawaii, returned an indictment charging Kaulana Alo Kaonohi and Levi Aki, Jr. with a hate crime for their racially motivated attack on a Caucasian man who was attempting to move into the defendants’ Native Hawaiian neighborhood of Kahakuloa on Maui. The indictment was announced today by Acting Assistant Attorney General John B. Daukas for …

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Woman Die From Apparent Downing at Kaanapali Beach

The Maui Fire Department responded to a possible drowning at Kaanapali Beach, fronting the Sheraton Hotel, on Tuesday. MFD officials say personnel arrived on the scene following a 12:48 p.m. alarm, to find an unresponsive female receiving CPR from bystanders. Witnesses say the 52-year-old woman was found floating unresponsive approximately 10 feet from shore before being brought onto the beach. …

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Brush Fire Burns Half An Acre

Half an acre of brush burned on Tuesday afternoon in the “Cut Mountain” area of Honoapiilani Highway. Maui Fire Department personnel responded to a 2:11 p.m. alarm. The brush fire was contained by 3 p.m. and deemed extinguished by 4:52 p.m. Officials say the cause of the fire has not been determined.

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Maui Police Ask Help in Locating Missing Man

The Maui Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance with any information on the whereabouts of 39-year-old Brandon Butihi. Butihi was reported missing on Sunday, January 10 at about 5:07 p.m. He was last seen on Sunday, January 10 at about 1:11 a.m. at his Kihei residence. According to Police, Butihi is 5-foot-6-inches and weighs about 185 pounds, with black …

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GPS Pendant Alerts police to Find Couple in Apparent Murder-Suicide

At about 10:58 a.m. on Friday, after receiving a call from GPS Pendant Alarm, Maui Police Department officers were dispatched to a Kihei residence. GPS Pendant Alarm reported that while communicating with a subscriber via phone they heard what sounded like gunshots. Police conducted checks at the subscriber’s residence in Kihei; however, the residence was unoccupied. GPS Pendant Alarm was …

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