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Coast Guard Seeks Help IDing Owner of Adrift Dive Float

The Coast Guard is seeking the public’s help identifying the owner of an adrift dive float found about 30 yards off Kanaha Beach Park on Saturday morning.  Coast Guard Sector Honolulu watchstanders issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast notice to mariners to keep a sharp lookout for signs of distress.  There are currently no reports of missing persons in the …

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Flags to Fly at Half-Staff in Honor of Rod Tam

As a mark of respect for former long-time lawmaker Rod Tam, Acting Gov. Josh Green has ordered that the flags of the United States and State of Hawai‘i shall be flown at half-staff at all state offices and agencies, as well as the Hawaii National Guard, from sunrise to sunset on Saturday, June 15. Tam spent three decades in political office, …

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Honoapi`ilani Highway Brush Fire Quickly Extinguished

The Maui Fire Department responded to a brush fire in the area of mile marker 8 of Honoapi`ilani Highway on Wednesday. Responding to the 2:52 p.m. alarm, fire crews arrived to find the blaze burning under clear conditions and 15 mph trade winds. The fire was deemed contained by 3:10 p.m. and declared extinguished at 3:30 p.m. A total area …

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Maui’s Renewable Energy Future to be Discussed on June 26

What will it take for Maui to be powered by 100 percent renewable energy and what would the island’s landscape look like? The public is invited to join the discussion at the community forum, 100% Renewable Energy: What Will Maui Look Like? on Wednesday, June 26 at the J. Walter Cameron Center Auditorium in Wailuku. Light refreshments will be served at 5:30 …

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Two Arrested in Pu`unene Cockfight

At about 6 p.m. on Saturday members of the Maui Police Department’s Vice Division Gambling & Morals Unit broke up a cockfight in the area of the Hawaiian Cement quarry off Kaimana Road in Pu`unene. Police officials say that about 100 people were watching a cockfight in progress. Two males were observed each pitting a gamecock that was fitted with …

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Snake Hitchhikes to Maui Via Backpack

A small juvenile snake was captured after it was seen slithering out of a newly arrived visitor’s backpack Monday night at a Maui vacation rental in Pukalani. Department of Agriculture officials say the owner of the rental informed the visitor and others staying in the rental that snakes are illegal in Hawai`i and they reported it to the Maui Police …

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Mayor Victorino Line-Item Vetoes County Council’s 2020 Budget

Mayor Michael Victorino line-item vetoed the Maui County Council’s fiscal 2020 budget on Monday, providing a measured reduction of the council’s record-high $823.47 million spending proposal. The Mayor expressed concerns over a lack of needed budget details for operational clarity and over property tax rate increases that would impact all residents, with the heaviest toll on hotels and resorts. “While …

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MAYORWatch: When Will Kuihelani Highway Construction be Completed?

Mayor Michael Victorino answers weekly questions submitted to his office staff. Question: When will the construction in the area of Kuihelani Highway, Dairy Road, Maui Veterans Highway and Puunene Avenue be completed? Answer: The project is anticipated to be completed by the end of July, according to the state Department of Transportation. There will be various closures throughout the remainder …

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MAYORWatch: What’s Delaying the Makawao Ave. Resurfacing Project?

Mayor Michael Victorino answers weekly questions submitted to his office staff. Question: I was wondering what the holdup is on the Makawao Avenue resurfacing project. There is a portion that was started and not completed. Also, many thanks for resurfacing Pulehu Road. Answer: I appreciate your gratitude for our dedicated and hard-working employees in the Department of Public Works. It …

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