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Two Maui Men Charged with Hate Crimes for Racially Motivated Attack

A federal grand jury in Honolulu, Hawaii, returned an indictment charging Kaulana Alo Kaonohi and Levi Aki, Jr. with a hate crime for their racially motivated attack on a Caucasian man who was attempting to move into the defendants’ Native Hawaiian neighborhood of Kahakuloa on Maui. The indictment was announced today by Acting Assistant Attorney General John B. Daukas for …

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Woman Die From Apparent Downing at Kaanapali Beach

The Maui Fire Department responded to a possible drowning at Kaanapali Beach, fronting the Sheraton Hotel, on Tuesday. MFD officials say personnel arrived on the scene following a 12:48 p.m. alarm, to find an unresponsive female receiving CPR from bystanders. Witnesses say the 52-year-old woman was found floating unresponsive approximately 10 feet from shore before being brought onto the beach. …

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Brush Fire Burns Half An Acre

Half an acre of brush burned on Tuesday afternoon in the “Cut Mountain” area of Honoapiilani Highway. Maui Fire Department personnel responded to a 2:11 p.m. alarm. The brush fire was contained by 3 p.m. and deemed extinguished by 4:52 p.m. Officials say the cause of the fire has not been determined.

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Maui Police Ask Help in Locating Missing Man

The Maui Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance with any information on the whereabouts of 39-year-old Brandon Butihi. Butihi was reported missing on Sunday, January 10 at about 5:07 p.m. He was last seen on Sunday, January 10 at about 1:11 a.m. at his Kihei residence. According to Police, Butihi is 5-foot-6-inches and weighs about 185 pounds, with black …

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GPS Pendant Alerts police to Find Couple in Apparent Murder-Suicide

At about 10:58 a.m. on Friday, after receiving a call from GPS Pendant Alarm, Maui Police Department officers were dispatched to a Kihei residence. GPS Pendant Alarm reported that while communicating with a subscriber via phone they heard what sounded like gunshots. Police conducted checks at the subscriber’s residence in Kihei; however, the residence was unoccupied. GPS Pendant Alarm was …

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Maui Home Prices Rise 16.9 Percent in December as Inventory Drops

December is normally one of the slowest months of the year but strong buyer demand across most segments of the market, buoyed by near-record low interest rates, continue to drive a healthy sales pace in the face of a new wave of COVID-19 infections and a softening jobs market. New Listings decreased 18.9 percent for Single Family homes but increased …

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Mayor’s Office Employee Quarantining after Positive COVID-19 Test

Mayor Michael Victorino released the following statement today: This morning, the County of Maui received official confirmation from the Hawaii Department of Health that an employee who works in the Office of the Mayor had tested positive for COVID-19. The employee alerted my office to this possibility on the evening of Sunday, Jan. 3. The asymptomatic employee, who last worked …

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Man Involved in New Year’s Eve Collison Dies

The Haiku man who suffered injuries in a New Year’s Eve collision has died. Maui Police Department officials report that 32-year-old Tanner Mortensen succumbed to his injuries and died while at Maui Memorial Medical Center. The crash occurred at 8:32 p.m. on Dec. 31 along Ulumalu Road in Haiku. Preliminary investigation reveals that a 1998 Toyota 4 Runner was traveling …

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Kula Fire Injures Firefighter

A Maui Fire Department firefighter was injured while responding to a structure fire on Mauna Place in Kula on Sunday night. MFD officials say that crews arrived on the scene following a 9:35 p.m. alarm to find a shed/carport-type structure fully involved in fire. The blaze was quickly knocked down and it was confirmed that no occupants were within it. …

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New Years’ Brush Fires, Structure Fire Keep MFD Busy

The Maui Fire Department battled two brush fires and a structure fire overnight on New Years’. MFD crews responded to a 6:38 p.m. alarm on New Year’s Eve for a brush fire reported in the Pulehu Road area of Kula. The fire was deemed under control by 7:01 p.m. and extinguished by 8:06 p.m. The cause of the fire has …

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