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UPDATE: Haleakalā National Park Reopens Following Winter Weather

Updated on Feb. 4 at 4 p.m. All roadways in the Summit District of Haleakalā National Park have reopened.  Original story published on Feb. 4 at 2:52 p.m. The Summit District of Haleakalā National Park has reopened. Park officials say the road beyond Haleakalā Visitor Center at 9,740 feet extending up to the Puʻuʻulaʻula (Red Hill) at 10,023 remains closed to vehicle traffic due to icy roadways. …

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Haleakalā National Park Temporarily Closed Due to Weather

The Summit District of Haleakalā National Park is temporarily closed due to winter weather conditions effective February 3, 2021 at 4:00 pm. The closure begins at the Summit Entrance Station on Haleakalā Highway extending up to the summit. All sunrise reservations scheduled on February 4, 2021 have been cancelled.   NPS Photo, Wintery mix and ice accumulating in parking lot …

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Shark Reportedly Sinks Two-Man Kayak Off Ukumehame

The DLNR Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) and the DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) are investigating an unusual shark encounter this afternoon. Just before 2 p.m., a father and son reported to the Maui Dispatch Center that they were kayaking in the 1000 Peaks area (Ukumehame), when a shark attacked their boat. They fell overboard when the …

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MCCC Reports First COVID-19 Case

The Maui Community Correctional Center recently reported its first case of COVID-19. According to the state Department of Public Safety (PSD), an inmate tested positive. “The inmate was already in mandatory intake quarantine and will remain in medical isolation,” PSD reports. To date, more than 2,000 inmates and staff-members have tested positive at PSD facilities across the state. All facilities are continuing to mass …

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State Lab Detects Additional COVID-19 Variants

The Department of Health’s State Laboratories Division (SLD) continues to work in partnership with private sector laboratories to collect and examine specimens of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19. To date, nine samples of the L452R variant have been identified and four specimens that exhibit a molecular clue associated with the UK B1.1.7 have been found. This indicates the B1.1.7 …

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Lahaina Woman Dies After Vehicle Goes Off the Cliff Near Kahakuloa

On Monday, January 25 at approximately 12:32 p.m., a motor vehicle crash occurred on Kahekili Highway, .6 miles east of mile marker 16 in Kahakuloa.  Preliminary investigation reveals a 2019 Nissan 4 door sedan was traveling East (Wailuku direction) on Kahekili Highway. The operator failed to negotiate a curve in the road and drove off the cliffside, landing on the …

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State Lab Detects COVID-19 Variant

The Hawai‘i Department of Health State Laboratories Division has detected the SARS-CoV-2 variant L452R. This strain of COVID-19 was first detected in Denmark in March 2020. It is now found in more than a dozen U.S. states. Science has not shown the L452R variant spreads more quickly or poses a greater threat than other COVID-19 strains, but there is concern because it …

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Governor Ige’s State of the State Address to the Thirty-First State Legislature

Below find Governor David Ige’s State of the State Address to the Thirty-First State Legislature Meeting in Joint Session in full: Thank you, Speaker Saiki, President Kouchi, members of the Legislature, and everyone who is joining us virtually today. Good morning and aloha. Twelve months ago, we met in the House Chambers planning for what we thought would be a …

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One Arrested at Paia Beach Drum Circle, Others Cited for Face Mask Violations

On Friday, January 15, 2021, Officers from the Maui Police Department, and Park Security Officers from the Department of Parks and Recreation, responded to a Paia beach park located off Hana Highway. Numerous complaints were received via the [email protected] portal relaying that large “Drum Circle” gatherings, occurring at a Paia beach park, on Friday afternoons. Public health and safety concerns reported by …

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Shark bites California man, 73, at Ka’anapali Beach

At 7:45 AM this morning, Fire and Ocean Safety jetski units responded to reports of a snorkeler bitten by a shark estimated to be 8 feet in length. The victim made it to shore on his own power and was given first aid by staff at the KOR. The victim was last reported to be in good condition and being …

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