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Marriott Beach Activity Center Damaged in Friday Night Blaze

On Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, at 9:40 p.m., fire crews in West Maui responded to a structure fire at the Marriott Maui Ocean Club on Nohea Kai Drive in Kaanapali. At 9:48 p.m. firefighters arrived to find smoke and flames coming from within a beach activity kiosk building next to the beachwalk near the shoreline. Firefighters had the fire under …

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Entangled humpback whale freed off Maui

On Friday, January 12, 2018, an entangled adult humpback whale was freed by a team of trained responders off Makena Beach, Maui. The animal was trailing more than 285 feet of 3/8 braided line from its mouth. All gear was successfully removed and recovered. Gear will be analyzed towards determining its possible origins and trying to reduce entanglement threat in …

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HI DOT advises West Maui drivers of scheduled roadwork with detours and closures

Construction on the Honoapiilani Highway Improvements – Keawe Street to Kapunakea Street will be starting Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. The work, which includes trenching and installation of new traffic signal conduits, will be conducted daily from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday to Friday. Night work between 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. may be incorporated depending on observed traffic during …

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FCC: Hawaii had no safeguards to prevent FALSE alert

Yesterday, a false alert of an imminent missile attack was broadcast to the homes and cellphones of the residents of Hawaii using the Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alerts.  These public/private partnerships allow federal, state, and local officials (in this case, Hawaii state authorities) to send alerts regarding public safety emergencies.  Chairman Pai issued the following statement: “The false …

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7.3-magnitude quake near Peru, no tsunami threat to Hawaii

At about 11:19 PM HST, a magnitude 7.3 quake struck near the coast of Central Peru. According to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, a tsunami threat exists for parts of the Pacific located closer to the earthquake. However, based on all available data there is no tsunami threat to Hawaii.

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Coast Guard seeks public’s help identifying owner of found kayak off Maliko Gulch

The Coast Guard is seeking the public’s help identifying the owner of an unmanned green kayak found on the rocks in the vicinity of Maliko Gulch, Maui, Friday. An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point, Oahu, launched to search the area. Coast Guard Sector Honolulu issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast notice to mariners to …

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County announces changes to Maui Recycling Programs as of January 2018

The Environmental Protection and Sustainability Division of the Maui County Department of Environmental Management is announcing that there are several changes to current recycling programs that may impact Maui County residents. 1) China Policies You may have been hearing new terms like China’s Green Fence and The National Sword and wondered what they are and how they impact our community. …

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Upcoming change to Hawaii’s REAL ID compliant credentials

Effective January 16, 2018, REAL ID compliant Hawaii driver’s licenses or State identification cards will be issued with a “star in a gold circle” marking. On September 9, 2013, the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) received notification from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that the State was determined to be fully compliant with the REAL ID Act of 2005 …

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DOH West Hawaii Teledentistry Pilot Expands to Maui

A Department of Health survey, titled the Hawaii Smiles report, which was released in 2016 confirmed Hawaii’s children have the highest prevalence of tooth decay in the nation. That same survey also showed a disproportionately higher prevalence of tooth decay among low-income children, especially those who live in Hawaii, Maui and Kauai counties. Despite ranking at the bottom of the …

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DOT responds to McKelvey’s ‘Inaccurate’ statements on bypass and highway improvements

Rep. Angus McKelvey released a statement Jan. 10, 2018, regarding the planned opening of the Lahaina Bypass Phase 1B2 as well as the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) plan to make adjustments at the intersection of Honoapiilani Highway and Keawe Street. “Rep. McKelvey’s take that the Lahaina Bypass Phase 1B2 and Honoapiilani Highway Improvements – Keawe Street to Kapunakea Street …

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