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Evicted Tenant Charged with Setting House on Fire

The Maui Police Department responded to a structure fire in Wailuku on Wednesday at about 3:56 a.m. Upon police arrival, the residence was observed to be fully engulfed with first responders unable to make entry. At the time, no one was living in the residence and the damages are estimated at a total of $130,000.00. Neighbors reported seeing a blue-colored …

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Maui Police Arrest Husband in Sunday Wailuku Stabbing

The Maui Police Department responded to a residence in Wailuku on Sunday at 6:27 p.m. for a report of a suspected stabbing that had occurred. Upon arrival, Officers found a 41-year-old female victim with multiple stab wounds and lacerations throughout her body. The victim’s husband 40-year-old Ricardo “Rico” Tavares was identified as the offender. Tavares also sustained multiple self-inflicted stab …

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MFD Crews Battle Wailuku Blaze

The Maui Fire Department responded to a structure fire on Ono Street in Wailuku on Wednesday. MFD personnel responded on the scene following a 3:56 a.m. alarm to find a single-family dwelling fully involved that was in close proximity to other area homes. By 6:41 a.m., the blaze had been deemed extinguished. The home was not occupied at the time …

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Median Maui Home Prices Hit Record $980K Despite COVID-19

The REALTORS® Association of Maui has released January 2021 real estate statistics for Maui County. January started off strong for the housing market, with healthy buyer demand and strong market fundamentals. A robust increase in housing starts in December points to an active year for new construction, but higher material costs, especially lumber, and a limited supply of buildable lots …

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California Man Arrested for Violating Travel Quarantine Rules

A 50-year-old California man was arrested on Saturday for Violating the Rules and Orders of the Travel Quarantine. Maui Police Department officials say John Laurich arrived on Maui from Los Angeles without a negative pre-travel COVID-19 test. He did also did not have approved lodging to complete the mandatory ten-day travel quarantine. Laurich was transported to the Wailuku Police Station …

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Missing Snorkeler Found Unresponsive

The Maui Fire Department responded to a report of a missing snorkeler off Kapalua Bay on Friday afternoon. Rescue personnel located the 63-year-old North Carolina man unresponsive approximately 100 to 150-feet offshore at around 4 p.m. Despite lifesaving effort on shore by awaiting medics and fire personnel. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. MFD utilized jetski units, rescue …

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New York Visitor Cited for Quarantine Violation

A New York visitor was arrested on Tuesday for Violating the Rules and Orders of Travel Quarantine. Jordana Lusk, 27, arrived on Maui from Oahu without a negative pre-travel COVID-19 test and did not have approved lodging in which to complete the mandatory ten-day travel quarantine. Lusk volunteered to leave Maui and flew back to New York without incident. A …

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MCCC COVID-19 Cluster Under Investigation

A continuous mass testing effort is underway at the Maui Community Correctional Center. Of the 15 inmate test results received, six were positive, and nine were negative. That brings the total active positive inmate cases to eight at the facility. There are 15 inmates in medical isolation, including the eight confirmed positive cases, and an additional 76 inmates on quarantine …

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State Laboratory Confirms Presence of B.1.1.7 Variant

The Hawai‘i Department of Health’s State Laboratories Division confirms the presence of the B.1.1.7 variant in Hawai‘i. The confirmed specimen is one of four samples previously identified in Hawai‘i as having a molecular clue consistent with the B.1.1.7 variant. The other specimens are still being analyzed. “We have already initiated contact tracing investigations and are monitoring these cases closely,” said …

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Forensic Facility has Six Unclaimed Bodies

The Maui Police Department currently has six unclaimed bodies at the forensic facility. Officials are requesting assistance in contacting family members of the deceased. The remains include individuals whose date of death ranges from November 2020 to January 2021. Authorities say that if the bodies go unclaimed in a reasonable amount of time, they will be cremated. If you have …

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