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UPDATE: Eleven displaced by Kahului structure fire

At 11:16 a.m. this morning firefighters responded to a 2 alarm residential structure fire on Kea St. in Kahului. Kahului firefighters arrived at 11:23 a.m. and found the single-story residence on Kea St. fully engulfed by flames. Fire crews went to a defensive strategy and began protecting neighboring homes from igniting. The home next door caught on fire but firefighters …

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Lawmakers Advance Medical Marjuana Dispensaries Bill For Final Reading

House and Senate conferees today advanced a bill that would create medical marijuana dispensaries throughout the state. The measure now goes to both chambers for a full floor vote. If passed, the bill will be sent to the Governor for his signature, veto or passage without his signature. HB321, CD1 closely aligns with recommendations of a task force commissioned by …

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Click It or Ticket Campaign starts May 11

From May 11-25, members of the Maui Police Department Traffic Section along with assistance from patrol officers will be conducting a two week operation targeting seat belt violations. The Maui Police Department is participating in the Nation-wide “Click-It-Or-Ticket” Campaign. Officers will be assigned to enforce the seat belt law to drivers and passengers who are not wearing their seat belts …

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Sheriff Recruitment to Open Statewide

The Department of Public Safety (PSD) is looking for a few good men and women to join the State Sheriff Division. Recruitment will open on the Department of Human Resources and Development (DHRD) website for a three-week period from Monday, May 4, until Sunday, May 24.  PSD is seeking applicants willing to serve on every island. “This recruitment will help …

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Downed tree causes power outage in Keanae and Nahiku

At 2:49 a.m. this morning, 895 customers from Huelo to Hana lost power when a tree on a ridge above Keanae brought down two spans of power lines and damaged a pole. The Keanae circuit reclosed instantaneously restoring power to 325 of the affected customers and Hana generating units were brought online at 2:55 a.m. to restore power to remaining …

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Hawaiian Airlines flight evacuated at Kahului Airport

Hawaiian Airlines Flight 24 bound for Oakland, California did an emergency landing at Kahului Airport just before Noon. The airline said the flight crew declared an emergency and landed at 11:50 a.m. The plane carried 224 passengers and 10 crew. According to a statement from the airline, the flight left Maui at 11:18 a.m. but returned to the Maui airport …

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UPDATE: Female Victim in Fatal Shark Attack Identified

UPDATED 4/30/15 7:40AM At 8:58 a.m. this morning firefighters received a call for an unresponsive female pulled from the water. Margaret C. Cruse (65) of Kihei was found floating in the waters off of Ahihi Kinau Bay, La Perouse, Kihei. Wailea firefighters arrived at 9:12 a.m. at a popular surf spot known as ‘Dumps’, about a mile south of Big …

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MCCC on Lockdown due to inmate disturbance

At approximately 6:40 a.m. inmates at the Maui Community Correctional Center created a disturbance during their breakfast meal. Staff immediately implemented crisis response procedures to peacefully end the situation within a half-hour. The inmates were sent back, and returned to their cells without incident, and a lockdown was initiated. No injuries were reported. At no time was the public at …

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Women Helping Women Executive Director Announces 2016 Candidacy

The County Council has yet to iron out the final details of the FY 2016 Budget but the 2016 election year campaigns are already buzzing with activity. Women Helping Women Executive Director Stacey Moniz announced on Facebook Tuesday night that she is running for the Upcountry seat on the Maui County Council. The seat is currently occupied by Former Council …

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Budget and Finance Committee Chair releases Fiscal Year 2016 proposal

At yesterday’s Budget and Finance Committee meeting, Chair Riki Hokama released his version of the proposed Fiscal Year 2016 budget, cutting $96 million in borrowing and $22 million in operating costs from the Mayor’s proposed $699.9 million budget. ​“Nothing is free,” said Hokama. “Not fixing roads or replacing waterlines. Not putting out fires or performing ocean rescues.” ​“To the contrary,” …

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