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Two Arrested in Pu`unene Cockfight

At about 6 p.m. on Saturday members of the Maui Police Department’s Vice Division Gambling & Morals Unit broke up a cockfight in the area of the Hawaiian Cement quarry off Kaimana Road in Pu`unene. Police officials say that about 100 people were watching a cockfight in progress. Two males were observed each pitting a gamecock that was fitted with …

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Snake Hitchhikes to Maui Via Backpack

A small juvenile snake was captured after it was seen slithering out of a newly arrived visitor’s backpack Monday night at a Maui vacation rental in Pukalani. Department of Agriculture officials say the owner of the rental informed the visitor and others staying in the rental that snakes are illegal in Hawai`i and they reported it to the Maui Police …

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Mayor Victorino Line-Item Vetoes County Council’s 2020 Budget

Mayor Michael Victorino line-item vetoed the Maui County Council’s fiscal 2020 budget on Monday, providing a measured reduction of the council’s record-high $823.47 million spending proposal. The Mayor expressed concerns over a lack of needed budget details for operational clarity and over property tax rate increases that would impact all residents, with the heaviest toll on hotels and resorts. “While …

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Pair Rescued After Mechanical Issues Strand Them in Pailolo Channel

Maui Fire Department responded to an area four miles off Sands of Kahana in the area of the Pailolo Channel on Saturday afternoon for a report of personal water craft operators in distress. Department of Fire & Public Safety officials say two parties were on board a PWC in the channel between Maui and Molokai when their water craft became …

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Molokai Police Officer Arrested on Drug Charges

In early 2019, the Maui Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division received information that suggested that a MPD Officer was involved in drug related activity on the island of Moloka’i. The credibility and veracity of the information was vetted and provided probable cause to initiate a criminal and concurrent internal investigation. MPD officials say that search warrants for cellphones, computers and lockers were …

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Fire Burns Two Acres in Napili

A brush fire burned about two acres in the area of Napili off Napilihau Street, Mauka of Maui Preparatory Academy on Friday. Maui Fire Department firefighters responded to a 5:48 p.m. alarm and battled the blaze in dense vegetation and uneven terrain. The fire was deemed under control by 6:39 p.m. and extinguished by 8:21 p.m.

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Teen Stuck on Ledge Rescued

Maui Fire Department units were dispatched to the area of Uaoa Bay on Friday for a rescue. According to officials, three teenage males were making their way down a trail leading to the shoreline when a 14-year-old reported getting stuck on a ledge in a steep part of the trail. He called 9-1-1 for help. Rescue 10 on Air 1 …

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DPS: Statewide Recruitment Open for Adult Corrections Officers

The Department of Public Safety is currently looking for people, on all islands, interested in becoming an adult corrections officer. Statewide ACO recruitment is open on the Department of Human Resources and Development website. It closes on July 31, 2019 for Kauai, Oahu and the Big Island of Hawaii.  Maui recruitment is continuous. To qualify, applicants must meet all requirements listed on DRHD’s …

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Tavin Hashimoto: ‘Inspirational’ Boy Loses Cancer Battle

Tavin Hashimoto captured hearts all over the island for the way he dealt with Leukemia. In a Facebook post by parents Davin and Tammi-Lynn Hashimoto on Wednesday morning announced that the boy had passed away: “It is with heavy hearts that we lost a great warrior!!! But heaven gained the strongest person I know. We lost Tavin last night around …

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Caterpillar of Recently Introduced Moth Threatens Rare Native Plats, Watersheds

When a biologist who was looking for native snails noticed signs of caterpillars feeding on māmaki in Olowalu, he came across a new invasive species. It was a kind of caterpillar he had never seen before; the Arcte coerula (Ramie moth). Hawai‘i has two native butterflies and many native moths, but Raime moths are native to Southeast Asia. They have been spread by …

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