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UPDATE: Two Pre-Trial Detainees Escape from MCCC

Updated at 5:30 p.m. The Maui Police Department reports that Barret Paman turned himself in just after 3 p.m.  Troy Diego remains missing. Original story published at 9:33 a.m. Two pre-trial detainees escaped from the Maui Community Correctional Center early Sunday morning. The Department of Public Safety reports that it is believed 30-year old Troy Diego and 31-year old Barret …

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Shark Sightings Cause Ahihi-Kinau Natural Area Reserve Closure

The Ahihi-Kinau Natural Area Reserve on the southern coast of Maui closed at 2 p.m. on Friday due to tiger shark sightings. Department of Land and Natural Resource officials say that blacktip reef sharks are pupping and have been coming in near-shore this past week, which are attracting tiger sharks to come in as well. This is the same occurrence …

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MFD Responds to Boat in Distress Off West Maui

At 7:16 a.m. on Friday, Maui Fire Department firefighters responded to reports of a boat in distress approximately 25 minutes out from Mala Boat Ramp and heading toward Molokai. Engine 3 responded by land towards the Kaanapali area, and Ladder 3 aboard Rescue Boat 3 launched from Mala and headed in the same direction by sea. The United States Coast …

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Ex-Maui inmate gets $10K in sex assault lawsuit settlement

A former inmate who alleges Hawaii officials didn’t protect her against a guard convicted of sexual assault is settling a lawsuit for $10,000. The woman’s attorney, Myles Breiner, says she reluctantly accepted the nominal amount because the state attorney general’s office successfully argued to a judge that the state is immune from a federal lawsuit that doesn’t adequately raise constitutional …

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Department of Hawaiian Home Lands Breaks Ground on New Project in Waiohuli

On Thursday, the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands held a blessing ceremony at their Waiohuli subdivision in Kula to marked the launch of the Kealahou program, a reintegration home building pilot program. The program is a partnership between the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, Department of Public Safety and the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College. The Kealahou pilot program provides …

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Maui Electric Aerial Line Inspections Scheduled for Maui, Moloka‘i

Maui Electric Company will be using a helicopter to perform routine power line inspections on Maui on Wednesday, April 17 and Moloka‘i on Thursday, April 18, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Dates and locations are subject to change depending on weather. Routine aerial inspections of Maui Electric’s equipment, including electrical lines, poles and substations, are necessary to …

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UPDATE: High Bacteria Count Advisory at Kamaole Beach #1 Cancelled

Updated on April 11. The Department of Health reports that the Water Quality Alert Notification for Kamaole Beach #1 has been cancelled. Water sample testing results show that the enterococci levels no longer exceed advisory levels. Original story published on April 9. The Department of Health has advised the public of a water quality exceedance of enterococci at Kamaole Beach …

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Coast Guard Seeks Help IDing Owner of Adrift Kayak Off Maui

The United States Coast Guard is seeking the public’s help in identify the owner of a green kayak found near Lahaina on Tuesday. A Station Maui 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew launched to search the area. Sector Honolulu watchstanders issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast notice to mariners requesting they keep a sharp lookout for signs of distress. There are currently …

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Wong Resigns, Lutey Nominated for Corporation Counsel Post

Veteran county litigator Moana Lutey was nominated on Tuesday by Maui Mayor Victorino to serve as Corporation Counsel, the county’s top legal job. If confirmed by the County Council she will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Patrick Wong, and will be the first woman in the county’s history to hold the office. Lutey, 52, has been a …

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