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Police Search for Missing Man

The Maui Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance with any information on the whereabouts of 31-year-old Brent Barr, also known as Brent Laswell. According to authorities, Barr was reported missing on Saturday, January 23, at about 6:30 p.m. He was last seen on Saturday, January 23, at about 9:30 a.m. at his Kula residence. Barr is 5-foot-11-inches, weighs about …

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Hawaiian Electric Payment Centers to Permanently Close

Hawaiian Electric’s walk-in payment centers in Kahului, Moloka’i, Honolulu, Hilo, and Kona, closed since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic will permanently shut their doors due to declining use and customers adapting to other payment options. The company is encouraging customers to enroll for online services through its Online Customer Service Center or mobile app. Online, customers may start, stop …

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Colorado Man Arrested for Violating Quarantine

The Maui Police Department has arrested a Colorado man for Rules and Orders. Officials say 23-year-old Dalton Hielscher was arrested on December 5 at about 11:19 a.m. Investigation reveals that on December 4, Hielscher flew into Maui.  Upon arrival, he did not have a negative pre-travel Covid-19 test, as required under Governor Ige’s sixteenth emergency proclamation. As such, Hielscher began …

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Makawao Structure Fire Causes $250K in Damages

The Maui Fire Department responded to a structure fire on Pu`uomalei Road in Makawao early Friday morning. Crews arrived on the scene at 2:30 a.m. to find the structure ablaze. Two engine units, along with rescue and hazmat personnel responded. MFD officials say the fire was deemed under control at 3:03 a.m. and was extinguished at 5:14 a.m. One occupant …

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DOH Lowers Exposure Quarantine Period Following CDC Recommendations

The Hawai‘i Department of Health announced that effective Friday, Dec. 4, it is reducing the required quarantine period of those who have been exposed to COVID-19 from 14 days to 10 days to improve compliance without significantly increasing the risk of transmission in the community.The updated quarantine guidance is based on updated recommendations issued by the Centers for Disease Control …

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California Visitors Arrested for COVID-19 Quarantine Violation

The Maui Police Department arrested two California visitors at Kahului Airport on Thursday, Dec. 3 for Rules and Orders. Investigation reveals that at about 7:59 p.m., 67-year-old Mark Gavin and his adult son 20-year-old Zane Gavin flew into Maui.  Upon arrival, they did not have a negative pre-travel COVID-19 test, as required under Governor Ige’s sixteenth emergency proclamation. The Gavins …

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TAXWatch: Eighth Amendment Protects Us from Massive Tax Penalties

The opinions and information expressed in the Community Viewpoint are solely those of the authors and not the MAUIWatch Community Network. “E xcessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.”  So reads the Eighth Amendment, part of the Bill of Rights of the U.S. Constitution.  Many of us hearing these words think …

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TAXWatch: Standardless Spending, Part 2?

The opinions and information expressed in the Community Viewpoint are solely those of the authors and not the MAUIWatch Community Network. A few weeks ago, we wrote about how the State’s procurement law was suspended by Governor’s Emergency Proclamation.  We argued it meant standardless spending, and we were delighted to report last week that the issue was addressed in the …

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TAXWatch: Where’s All the Money?

The opinions and information expressed in the Community Viewpoint are solely those of the authors and not the MAUIWatch Community Network. F or most of us, if we are asked how much money we have (perhaps by a bank or credit union that is considering lending us money), answering the question isn’t terribly difficult. Look up a bank account or …

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