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Pedestrian Critically Injured in Overnight Kihei Crash

At 1:19 a.m. on Saturday, a motor vehicle collision occurred on Maui Veteran’s Highway south of mile-marker 6 in Kihei. Maui Police Department officials say the collision occurred as a 22-year-old male pedestrian was walking within the outermost northbound lane of the roadway when he was struck by a red 1996 Jeep Cherokee traveling north in the same lane. The …

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California Visitor Found Unresponsive off Napili Bay Dies

At 11:54 a.m. on Friday, Maui firefighters were dispatched to reports of two swimmers in distress on the north side of Napili Bay. Engine 11 (Napili) and Jetski 11 from DT Fleming Beach responded. On scene, crews found an unresponsive male already on shore with CPR being administered by bystanders. Fire personnel took over CPR efforts. In the meantime, Jetski …

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Registration Renewals Available at Wailuku Safeway Kiosk

Maui motorists have a new way to renew their vehicle registrations annually, the Department of Finance reported Friday while announcing the state’s first grand opening celebration of a self-serve kiosk next week. Now, instead of waiting in line at the Division of Motor Vehicles at the Maui County Service Center at the Maui Mall, car owners can visit a kiosk …

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End of nominations: GET votes Approval for Goode; Disapproval for Spence

Goode: 5 Yes, 3 No, 1 Excused David Goode, Mayor Victorino’s nominee to continue as Director of Public Works passed the council’s Governance, Ethics and Transparency (GET) Committee on Feb. 7  by a vote of 5 to 3 with one excused. It is expected to go to the full council later this month. On a motion for approval voting YES …

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MFD Assists Couple At ‘Olivine Pools’

At about noon on Thursday, Maui Fire Department firefighters were called to the area known as Olivine Pools on the northwest coast of Maui for reports of people unable to make their way back up a trail from the shoreline. Firefighters from Napili and Lahaina responded. On scene, witnesses stated that a couple was apparently swimming in one of the …

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Wong goes down, McLean survives as County Council votes on Mayor’s nominees

Patrick Wong, acting Maui Corporation Counsel was rejected by the GET Committee of the Maui County Council by a vote of 5 to 4 (NO: Sinenci, King, Rawlins-Fernandez, Paltin, Kama; YES: Molina, Lee, Hokama, Sugimura). Wong, who served in the post for the last eight years during the Arakawa administration has a long been a controversial figure in county government. …

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Police Investigating Lahaina ‘Stranger Danger’ Incident

Maui Police Department officers are investigating a “stranger danger” incident that took place in Lahaina on Monday between 7:15 a.m. and 7:40 a.m. Police say an 11-year-old female was walking with another 6-year-old female on Lahainaluna Road near Kelawea Park when they were approached by a vehicle. An unknown male reportedly exited the vehicle while holding a bat and told …

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Judiciary Committee Passes Bills on Lobbyists, Campaign Finance

The House Judiciary Committee advanced several bills related to serving in public office today including support for public funding during elections, prohibiting former legislators from becoming lobbyists for two years after leaving office, increasing the fine for campaign spending law violations, and holding public special elections to fill vacancies for some offices. Rep. Chris Lee (Kailua, Waimānalo) said these bills …

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Maui’s Two New House Lawmakers Introduce Legislative Packages

Maui’s two new freshmen lawmakers, Representatives Tina M.L. Wildberger (Kīhei, Wailea, Mākena) and Troy N. Hashimoto (Kahakuloa, Waihe‘e, Waiehu, Pu‘uohala, Wailuku, Waikapū), introduced their first slate of bills to address issues of top concern to Maui residents. The measures include addressing the minimum wage, sea level rise, invasive species, school capacity and repair, and illegal vacation rentals.  Representative Tina Wildberger …

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Coast Guard Rescues Man Off Maui

The United States Coast Guard rescued a 63-year-old man off Maui on Monday morning. Coast Guard watchstanders learned of a man in distress reported by the master of the vessel he was aboard. The man was reportedly struggling to breathe following a snorkeling outing. The Coast Guard duty flight surgeon was contacted and recommended a medevac. A Coast Guard Station Maui small …

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