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UPW Files for Injunction to Prevent Privatization of Hospitals

The United Public Workers (UPW) union has filed a complaint in federal court seeking an injunction to prevent the State of Hawaii from implementing House Bill 1075, which allows the privatization of state hospitals (specifically Maui Memorial Medical Center). The UPW complaint alleges that the legislation violates the contract clause of the United States Constitution by impairing the contract between …

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Police Return Fire in Keopuolani Shooting Incident

On 08/05/15 at about 8:50 p.m., the initial call to the Maui Police Department’s Central Dispatch revealed the caller was approached by an unknown male who was wearing, what appeared to be, a Law Enforcement type badge and who claimed to be a Law Enforcement Officer. During their contact, the caller became suspicious of the male and called for police …

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Former Monsanto employee tapped to head Maui County Department

Mayor Alan Arakawa has appointed Carol Reimann to be the new Director of Housing and Human Concerns for the County of Maui. Reimann, the former Maui Monsanto government affairs manager, was tapped for the position after the retirement of former Director Joann Ridao in June. She will be sworn in at 4 p.m. Monday in the mayor’s conference room. The …

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UPDATE: Shots fired at Keopuolani Park

Preliminary investigation indicates that on 08/05/15 at about 08:54 p.m., officer responded to a suspicious activity complaint at the Keopuolani Park, Kahului. Officers arrived on scene about 8:57 p.m. and approached an adult male and made contact. Upon speaking with the male, he removed a small caliber handgun and fired at the officers. Officers returned fire striking the male who …

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Governor David Ige to Host Community Forum on Maui

Governor David Ige and Hawaii Health Systems Corporation (HHSC) Maui Regional Board will host a forum on Maui next week to gather input from the community about the future of healthcare and availability of medical services on Maui. Residents are encouraged to attend and participate in the forum, and public testimony will be taken: Maui Waena Intermediate Cafeteria – Kahului …

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Maui Electric proposes to buy low-cost renewable energy

Maui Electric Company is proposing to buy electricity from two large solar projects, the first of their kind on Maui. The contracts were filed today with the Hawai‘i Public Utilities Commission for review and approval. If the contracts are approved by the Commission, South Maui Renewable Resources, a Maui-based developer, would build a 2.87-megawatt photovoltaic (PV) project near the Maui …

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Maui Group Raises $25,000 for Legal Fees to Stop Cane Burning

A group of Maui residents called Stop Cane Burning has raised more than $25,000 for legal costs in an attempt to stop Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. from burning sugar cane. About a month ago, the group filed a lawsuit against the Hawaii Department of Health alleging that the rules that allow open air agricultural burning are unconstitutional. It was …

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Coast Guard responding to report of adrift dive float between Lanai and Maui

The Coast Guard is searching for the user of a dive float reported adrift in the Au’Au Channel between Lanai and Maui, Wednesday. A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Barbers Point is currently searching the area for any signs of divers or distress. Sector Honolulu Command Center watchstanders received a report from a good Samaritan of …

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UPDATE: Waianapanapa State Park remains closed due to dangerous high surf

UPDATE 8/6/15 at 9:45AM: Wai’anapanapa State Park on Maui is still closed today due to dangerous surf conditions. It is expected to reopen tomorrow. The DLNR Division of State Parks has closed Waianapanapa State Park on Maui due to dangerous high surf from the approaching tropical storm. People are urged to stay clear of the blow hole and black sand …

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Windsurfer airlifted from South Maui waters

At 4:42 p.m. yesterday afternoon, firefighters were called to search for a missing windsurfer in South Maui. At 4:52 p.m. Kihei firefighters met with the missing windsurfer’s friend. The man said he last saw his friend about 2 hours prior, heading straight out from Waipuilani Park, near the Maui Sunset condominium on West Waipuilani Road.The fire department’s Air 1 helicopter …

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