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MPD Requests Help Locating Woman Reported Missing

The Maui Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Heather Harrison who was reported as missing on Tuesday. Authorities say Harrison is known to operate a gold 2005 Honda four-door sedan. She is also known to frequent the Makena Landing and Sugar Beach areas. Harrison, 42, is described as being a Caucasian female, approximately 5-feet-5-inches and weighing …

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UPDATE: Kihei Beaches Cleared After Shark Bite Incident Near Kamaole I

3PM UPDATE: After receiving further information from DLNR having concluded that this was not a shark bite, Maui County Ocean Safety personnel are taking down warning signs and returning to normal operations. Maui County Ocean Safety Officers along with DLNR DOCARE Officers and MPD are clearing the ocean from Kalama Park to Kihei Boat Ramp as the result of a …

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MPD Traffic Officer springs into action to stop wrong-way driver from colliding with DUI Checkpoint

On Saturday, September 19, 2020 at about 1:24 a.m., Dekla Helgenberger (57) of Waiehu was arrested for Habitual Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence of an Intoxicant, Possession of an Open Liquor Container While Operating a Vehicle, Reckless Driving and Driving Without a Valid Driver’s License. Investigation reveals Maui Police Department Dispatch received a call just after 1 a.m. Saturday …

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Study: Hawai`i Ranks Dead Last for Unemployment Recovery

With the U.S. gaining 1.4 million jobs in August and the national unemployment rate at 8.4% compared to the nearly historic high of 14.7% at the peak of the coronavirus pandemic, WalletHub today released updated rankings for the States Whose August Unemployment Rates Are Bouncing Back Most, to illustrate which areas of the country have had the best recovery so far. …

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DOH Issues School Guidance to Protect the Health of Students, Teachers, and Staff

The Hawai‘i Department of Health issued a comprehensive, 28-page guidance document for all schools today to ensure the education of Hawaiʻi’s youth during the pandemic continues with minimal disruption and risk to students, teachers and staff. The guidance includes metrics school leaders will be able to use when determining how best to respond to changing conditions within their communities. “Our …

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Paramedics: Cuts To Emergency Medical Services Still a Threat

It’s been two months since the state Department of Health asked Emergency Medical Services (EMS) statewide to prepare for budget cuts up to 20%. American Medical Response (AMR), who provides emergency services statewide, submitted its reduced budget proposal to the Department of Health on August 17. The Maui County Paramedics Association is seeking support from the community to avoid budget …

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Gov. Ige Announces Pre-Travel Testing Roll-Out October 15

Gov. David Ige today announced a new leadership team that will oversee the state’s public health response to COVID-19 and the pre-travel testing program for COVID-19, which will start October 15. Pre-travel testing enables travelers to avoid a mandatory 14-day quarantine if they are tested no earlier than 72 hours before their flight arrives with an FDA-approved nucleic acid amplification …

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Ali’i Kula Lavender Announces Temporary Closure

Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm in Kula has been an upcountry destination since it’s farm gates opened to the public in 2002.  VIsitors and Kama’aina alike have enjoyed the sprawling lavender fields, citrus grove, flower gardens and Native Hawaiian plants that fill this 13.5 acre Kula farm. In March 2020, Ali’i Kula Lavender closed to the public due to the Stay …

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DOH Issues Red Placard to Vietnamese Cuisine Restaurant in Kihei

The Hawai‘i Department of Health issued a red placard to Vietnamese Cuisine Restaurant in Kihei, Maui, because its kitchen was infested with roaches among many other food safety violations and health hazards. The restaurant is currently closed and has been ordered to correct the violations by Sept. 17, when the health department will conduct a follow-up inspection. The health inspector …

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Coffee Berry Borer Confirmed on Lanai

The coffee berry borer was confirmed in wild coffee on Lānaʻi in August 2020. This was the first detection on the island of CBB which is one of the most devastating pest of coffee plants. CBB has been established on Hawai`i Island, Maui and O`ahu for several years and was also detected on Kaua`i earlier this month. Between July 17-31, …

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