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Hiker Rescue Near Makamaka’ole Gulch

At 5:53 p.m. on Monday, Maui firefighters responded to reports of a hiker in distress on the makai side of Kahekili Highway at Makamaka’ole Gulch. Engine 1 (Wailuku) and Rescue 10 (Kahului) on Air 1 responded. On scene, Engine 1 personnel hiked down a trail to assess the situation. Crews found a 44-year-old male who apparently made it down to …

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Maui Women Send a Message in 2018 Primary

The 2018 Maui primary showed that the new strength and viability of women candidates for local and state offices offered more than a few moments of drama and surprise. The surprise finish of the evening was the strong showing by Tasha Kama in the Kahului council seat race, where she topped three-term Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa by a margin of …

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DOH requires food handlers certification for all food establishments statewide

The Hawai‘i Department of Health’s (DOH) Sanitation Branch, which successfully launched the state’s color-coded placard system, is reminding all food establishments statewide of regulations that require existing and new permit holders to complete a food handlers education course approved by the department. The new requirement became effective Sept. 2, 2017 and will be enforced beginning Sept. 4, 2018, as the …

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Brown Water Advisory issued for the Island of Maui

Heavy rain has resulted in stormwater runoff entering into coastal waters. The public is advised to stay out of flood waters and storm water runoff due to possible overflowing cesspools, sewer, manholes, pesticides, animal fecal matter, dead animals, pathogens, chemicals, and associated flood debris. Not all coastal areas may be impacted by runoff, however, if the water is brown stay …

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Power failure reported in the Upcountry area, MECO crews en route

At around 0900 this morning, power failed in parts of the Upcountry area.  It is unknown what cause that power failure.  MECO has informed MAUIWatch that crews are en route and are aware of the situation. If you’re experiencing a power failure, please contact MECO at their dispatch call center at (808) 871-7777 and let them know.

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Maui Electric partners with local businesses to save money, stabilize the grid and use more renewable energy

Maui Electric Company, in partnership with commercial and industrial customers, this month filled the current capacity of its expanded Fast Demand Response program. The program is designed to help participating businesses save on their electric bills while they help the company maintain stability on the electric grid and use more renewable resources. Last July, the Public Utilities Commission approved Maui Electric’s proposal to expand its pilot Fast DR …

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Police Want Man for Questioning

The Maui Police Department is seeking information from the public on the whereabouts of Nahinu Freitas who is wanted for questioning. Thirty-five-year-old Freitas is described by authorities as 6-foot-one-inches and 200 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes. Any information regarding the whereabouts of Freitas should call Maui Central Dispatch at 808 244-6400. Maui Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards …

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‘Infofinder i’ Web App Provides School Bus Transportation Information

As part of the Hawai`i State Department of Education’s ongoing effort to modernize Hawai`i’s pupil transportation system, the Student Transportation Services Branch has launched a bus stop locator/bus schedule information web application called, “Infofinder i.”  “We’re pleased to offer this new platform that will incorporate technology and our student transportation system,” said Dann Carlson, assistant superintendent of the Office of …

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Fire crews battling a brush fire near the Kula Agriculture Park

At approximately 2:15 pm this afternoon, MFD crews were called to reports of a brush fire in the area of the Kula Agriculture Park in Pulehu. First arriving crews found active fire in the predominantly light, dry brush in the area. Shifting winds and difficult access made for challenging conditions. Crews had to strategically work to protect farm equipment and …

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