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Guzman Files Candidacy for Mayor of Maui County

Maui County Councilmember Don Guzman, who currently holds the seat for the Kahului residency area, filed his paper work for candidacy for Mayor of Maui County on Thursday. Guzman is an attorney and former Maui County prosecutor. He left his practice in 2012 to serve on the county council, where he chaired committees dealing with the environment, litigation, agriculture, economic …

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Flags at Half-Staff in Respect for Victims of Florida Shooting

At the direction of the President of the United States, Governor David Ige has ordered that the United States flag and the Hawai‘i state flag will be flown at half-staff at the State Capitol and upon all state offices and agencies as well as the Hawai‘i National Guard in the State of Hawai‘i, until sunset on ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Monday, February 19, 2018. …

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Japanese Visitor Pulled from Waters off Puu Kekaa in Kaanapali

At 1:16 p.m. on Tuesday, February 13, emergency crews in West Maui were dispatched to Kaanapali beach fronting the Sheraton Maui Resort for an adult male pulled unresponsive from the water. Firefighters arrived at 1:22 p.m. to find police officers on the beach performing CPR on the male victim. Fire crews continued CPR until paramedics arrived a short time later. …

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Acre of Brush Scorched in Maalaea

At 2:44 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, firefighters from Wailuku responded to a reports of smoke and flames starting up in the brush on the mauka side of the Honoapiilani Highway and Kuihelani Highway intersection. Firefighters were on the scene at 2:54 p.m. and found a 50 x 50 foot area of brush on fire around 200 yards west …

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Maui and Kaua’i residents speak out about pesticides

Concerned residents from Maui and Kaua’i are set to testify in support of a pesticide regulation bill at the State Capitol requiring companies to alert the public before chemicals are spayed. If approved, the measure would also establish a pilot program creating pesticide buffer zones around five schools near commercial agriculture land. Proponents of the bill claim pesticide application made …

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ACLU Hawai’i Calls on DOE to Address Title IX Disparities

The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaiʻi Foundation said on Monday that they have sent a letter to the Hawaiʻi Department of Education demanding it take immediate action to cease sex discrimination against female athletes in DOE schools. On February 7, 2018, Honolulu Civil Beat released an article titled, Female Athletes Get the Short End of the Stick at Some …

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Lahaina Man Drowns at Puka Maui Hike

At 12:25 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, rescue crews responded to the Kailua area in East Maui after it was reported that a male had drowned in the ocean at the spot known as Puka Maui. At 12:57 p.m. the fire department’s Air-1 helicopter spotted the male victim with five other people on a rocky point near the water’s …

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Planning Department Announces Public Meeting on Parking Code Modernization

The Maui County Planning Department is inviting public comment on proposed revisions to the county’s parking code. The changes are based on feedback the department has received from property and business owners who have struggled to meet some of the outdated and inapplicable requirements that are in effect today. Consistent with modern planning principles, the changes are predominantly more lenient, …

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County Liquor Commission Provides Funds for Underage Drinking Prevention

The County of Maui Liquor Commission has provided $20,000 in funding to Maui Youth and Family Services, Inc., for their Underage Drinking Prevention program. The fund monies is financed through the money collected from the assessment of fines against liquor licensees for violations of the State liquor laws or Rules of the Liquor Commission. Maui Youth and Family Services, Inc. …

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Haleakala Visitor Center Operated at Reduced Hours During Construction

Haleakala Visitor Center, located at 9741 ft of elevation, will be open from sunrise until 8 a.m. daily while repairs and improvements are made to the building’s two entrances. After 8am daily, the building will close for repairs until the next day’s sunrise.   The restrooms, which are located in a separate building, will remain open. Barring severe weather or other unforeseen work conditions, the …

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