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Gunshot Draws Police to Kahului Neighborhood

The sound of a gunshot filled the streets of a Kahului neighborhood Sunday night. Maui Police Department confirms the incident, noting that at about 10:30 p.m. officers responded to a residence on Niihau Street after receiving a report for an armed robbery. Police say two men in masks armed with a rifle and a handgun appeared at a gathering. The …

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Sailboat Runs Aground off Molokai’s South Shore

At 10:19 p.m. Sunday, emergency dispatchers on Molokai received a call from a mariner that his 30 foot sailboat had run aground off of Kalaeloa Point in Keawanui, on Molokai’s south shore. The location is about 12 miles east of Kaunakakai town. Pukoo firefighters investigated Sunday night and spotted the vessel stranded on the reef about a half-mile from shore, …

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MPD Crime Reduction Unit Snags Thief

On August 8, members of the Maui Police Department’s Crime Reduction Unit were assigned to the Twin Falls area in Haiku in response to numerous reports of recent car break-ins.   While MPD was there, a male was observed reaching into a rental vehicle after breaking a window.  As officers approached, the male tried to run away but was quickly apprehended.  A vehicle …

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First Rat Lungworm Case of 2017 Confirmed on Oahu

The Hawai`i State Department of Health has confirmed one new case of rat lungworm disease in an Oahu resident. This is the first case of rat lungworm disease contracted on Oahu in 2017, bringing the statewide total of confirmed cases to 16 for this year. The adult case is currently hospitalized and the department confirmed their illness late on Tuesday afternoon. The …

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DOH Gives Go-Ahead to Second Medical Cannabis Dispensary

The Hawai‘i Department of Health has issued a formal notice to proceed to Aloha Green LLC today after the dispensary completed laboratory testing requirements and passed its final onsite inspection. Aloha Green is the second licensed medical cannabis dispensary in the state, and the first on O‘ahu, to receive approval to begin sales of medical cannabis to registered patients and …

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Bus Shortage: West Maui Representative Calls for Governor to Intervene

West Maui lawmaker Representative Angus McKelvey Wednesday called on Governor David Ige to intervene in the student transportation crisis that has adversely affected West Maui as well as other school districts on Maui and Kauai. “The situation is completely unacceptable, especially when you consider all the Lahainaluna High School students that need access to a campus that is not readily …

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Suspect Wanted in Banana Bungalow Burglary

The Maui Police Department is asking for assistance in identifying a male who was involved a burglary at the Banana Bungalow. On July 25, an unidentified male unlawfully entered a room at the Banana Bungalow in Wailuku and removed items from within, according to MPD officials. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Kapahulehua at (808)270-6519 or police at …

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Maui Dispensary Green Lighted for Medical Cannabis Sales

Maui Wellness Group, LLC dba Maui Grown Therapies is the first licensed medical cannabis dispensary in the state to receive the green light from the Hawai‘i Department of Health to begin selling medical cannabis to registered patients and their caregivers. The Department of Health issued a formal notice to proceed to Maui Grown Therapies today after the dispensary completed laboratory …

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MPD Searching for Missing Man

The Maui Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Lihau Higashino. Higashino was reported missing on August 7. According to MPD, Higashino was last seen on August 1 at his residence. He is described as 19 years old, 6’2″ tall, 150 lbs. with brown hair and brown eyes. MPD urges the public not to approach or detain …

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