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Kihei Brush Fire Burns Quarter Acre

Maui Fire Department crews responded to a brush fire on the makai side of Pi`ilani Highway near Kanani Road in Kihei on Friday. MFD personnel arrived on the scene shortly after 3 p.m. and controlled the blaze by 3:30 p.m. Officials say approximately a quarter of an acre burned. The cause of the fire is unknown.

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Hawai‘i Tops in the Nation for COVID-19 response and testing

With Hawai‘i’s economic recovery starting with the phased reopening of select businesses and industries today and next week across the islands, a nationwide study by a prominent Harvard University research group shows the state rates tops or near the top in COVID-19 testing metrics. “It’s encouraging to hear that Hawai‘i is leading many states in our testing for COVID-19,” said …

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DOH: No New Cases of COVID-19 Likely Just a Lull

Today is the first day since the Hawai`i Department of Health began identifying new positive cases of the coronavirus on Feb. 28, that the state has not reported any new cases.  DOH officials say that while this is good news, it does not mean, in any way, the end of the COVID-19 crisis. “We have seen a steady decline in …

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Mayor Victorino Announces Re-Opening of Retail Stores

Mayor Michael Victorino announced that retail stores and retail stores in shopping malls will be allowed to re-open as long as they follow physical distancing requirements, starting Monday, May 11. The reopening date differs from the Governor’s proclamation, which would have allowed businesses to open tomorrow. Businesses should use this time to safely prepare their staff and facilities. “Retail stores …

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Low-Risk Safety Checks Can Resume May 15

In consideration of Governor Ige allowing the reopening of low-risk businesses that take necessary precautions, DOT is coordinating the reopening of stations for Periodic Motor Vehicle Inspections (PMVI or Safety Checks) starting Friday. The safety check waiver announced on April 30 will not be changed to allow PMVI stations, Counties, and the public enough time to conduct and process safety …

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Gov. Ige gives first round of businesses greenlight to re-open

Gov. Ige today signed a 7th Supplementary Emergency Proclamation that authorizes the first group of businesses to re-open since the COVID-19 pandemic forced the temporary closure of non-essential businesses across the state on Mar. 25. The latest proclamation also allows residents to leave their homes to patronize certain businesses and activities under the new “Safer-at-Home” order. Under Phase 1 of …

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MFD Rescued Pair of Kayakers Off Olowalu

The Maui Fire Department responded to two missing kayakers in the area of Olowalu on Sunday. Shortly after 4 p.m., crews met with the 9-1-1 caller who reported that two members of her family went out fishing on two kayaks and had not been seen from the shoreline for about two hours. The two kayaks were spotted empty by MFD’s …

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Wailea Luxury Duplex Fire Causes $1.75M in Damages

A fire caused $1.75 million in structural damages to a Wailea luxury duplex on Friday. Maui Fire Department officials report that units arrived on the scene shortly before midnight to find the single-story, 4,300 square foot condo unit in flames. The fire was under control by 12:50 a.m. and was deemed fully extinguished by 1:35 p.m. A vehicle on fire …

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