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DOH Urges Public to Stop Vaping

The Hawai‘i State Department of Health has issued a health advisory urging everyone to stop vaping, no matter the substance or source, until current nationwide investigations are complete. The advisory follows the state’s first reported case of lung illness related to the use of vaping products and national estimates of more than a thousand reported cases of lung illnesses and 18 deaths …

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MAYORWatch: How Can the Community Get Water Fountains at Upcountry Skate Park?

Mayor Michael Victorino answers weekly questions submitted to his office staff. Question: There are no water fountains at the Upcountry Skate Park in Pukalani. What steps can community members take to change this? Answer: Mahalo for your question and it seems that someone already took steps to address this issue by bringing it up during my administration’s Upcountry community budget …

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MAYORWatch: Can the Public Attend the Upcoming Housing Forum?

Mayor Michael Victorino answers weekly questions submitted to his office staff. Question: I heard there was going to be a housing forum this month at the MACC. Can the public attend this event or is this only for contractors/developers? Answer: Yes, you can attend this event! In fact, I encourage you to come and share it with your friends and …

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Maui Police Nix Social Media Rumors of County Fair Violence

A rumor made its way around social media Friday afternoon about possible threats of violence being made towards events at the Maui Fair at the War Memorial Complex in Wailuku. Police this evening issued a statement on Facebook dispelling this rumor as nothing that has been reported to them. Various versions of a message similar to this image were shared …

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Rescue Crews Search for Missing Swimmer that Swam Off Kaunakakai Pier

Officers from the Maui Police Department’s Moloka‘i Patrol Division are looking for Carl Steffler, a 66-year-old Caucasian male who has gone missing. Steffler was last seen swimming away from the Kaunakakai pier on Thursday, October 3. According to MPD officials, the investigation has found that Steffler has exhibited suicidal ideations in the past. Search efforts are being conducted by MPD, …

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UHMC Shuts Down Campus After Anonymous Threats

An anonymous threat made early Friday morning has prompted the administration at UH Maui College to close down its main campus, according to an email sent to the school’s mailing list. Calls to the UHMC Security Office remained unanswered at the time of this publishing.

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UPDATE: Maalaea Wildfire 90% Contained

The Maui Fire Department reports that the 4,100-acre Maalaea Mauka wildfire is at 90 percent containment this morning. Fire crews are continuing to mop up and put out hot spots, especially in perimeter areas of the brush fire. Air 1 is no longer deployed for water drops.

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Man Arrested for Arson After Wailuku Brush Fire

At 4:53 p.m. on October 2, Wailuku Patrol Officers were assigned to a brush fire in the area of Waiinu Road near the entrance to Sandhill Estates (Keoneloa Street) in Wailuku. Maui Fire Department personnel responded and were eventually able to contain the fire. The fire was in close proximity to the roadway, the Sandhills Estates, and The Islands subdivision. …

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State Acquires Land Under Maui’s Front Street Apartments

Gov. David Ige announced Thursday that the state has completed its transaction to acquire the land under Front Street Apartments on Maui. The move brings the state a step closer to keeping the Front Street Apartments affordable for some 250 tenants. The state purchased the land from 3900, LLC. to help preserve the rents at the 142-unit apartment building and …

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Update: Maui Wildfire Burns 4,100 Acres, 70 Percent Contained

Update 12:20 p.m. The Maalaea Mauka brush fire has consumed 4,100 acres and has been contained 70 percent as of noon today, the Maui Fire Department reports. The Fire Department’s Air 1 continues to make water drops, and ground crews that remain on scene include three engine companies, a tanker and a firing team assigned to strategically burn areas to …

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