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Haleakalā National Park Temporary Road Closure Due to Winter Conditions

Haleakalā National Park officials say there is a temporary road closure in the park due to winter weather conditions. The Haleakalā Highway temporary closure begins at Kalahaku Overlook (9,324 feet) and extends up to the summit of Haleakalā. The Haleakalā Visitor Center (at 9,740 feet) is currently closed. Once conditions improve, Haleakalā  Highway and Haleakalā Visitor Center will reopen. Visitors …

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Police Search for Missing Texas Man

The Maui Police Department and the family of 39-year-old Hobart W. Dickinson of Texas are asking for the public’s assistance in locating him. Dickinson’s family reportedly last heard from him in October. He currently has no known local address and was last known to be in the Lahaina area. Authorities describe Dickinson as a Caucasian male approximately 6-feet-2-inches tall weighing …

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Maui County Plans Fossil Fuel Company Lawsuit

Mayor Michael Victorino announced on Tuesday his intention that Maui County file suit against fossil fuel companies for the mounting impacts of climate change and rising sea levels. Maui County has four islands and more than 200 miles of coastline. There is no date set yet for filing the lawsuit. “So far this year, brush fires have devoured about 23,000 …

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Generator Combustion Causes Fire, Injures One

A storage structure caught ablaze on Monday after fumes from a portable gasoline generator combusted. Maui Fire Department officials say the incident took place on Eleu Place in Kihei shortly after 7:30 p.m. Officials say the fire broke out after the generator was refueled and an attempt to restart was underway. One person suffered injuries as a result of the …

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California Authorizes Randall Saito’s Extradition to Hawai`i

Randall T. Saito was served on Friday in San Joaquin Superior Court with a Governor’s Warrant, issued by the State of California, authorizing Mr. Saito’s extradition back to Hawaii, Attorney General Doug Chin announced. San Joaquin County Judge Michael Mulvihill set a status conference for January 5, 2018 to track arrangements for the physical transfer of Saito back to Hawaii. The Hawai`i Department of the …

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Maui Adult Correction Officer Recruitment Open

The Department of Public Safety is looking to fill Adult Correction Officer vacancies on Maui, Oahu, and Kauai.  The recruitment is open on the Department of Human Resources and Development jobseekers webpage. To qualify, applicants must meet all of the requirements listed on DRHD’s webpage.  Applicants must be a high school graduate or have a GED.  They must also have …

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Hawaiian Airlines to Implement ‘Smart Bags’ Restrictions

Hawaiian Airlines announced on Thursday that it will no longer accept smart bags containing non-removable lithium ion batteries as checked or carry-on luggage beginning January 15. These batteries have been known to short-circuit, posing a safety risk for airlines. Smart bags featuring removable batteries may be carried on and stored in the overhead bin as long as they remain turned …

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Arakawa Changes Course, Now Running for Kahului Council Seat

MAUIWatch has learned that Alan Arakawa sent an email to supporters Tuesday announcing his intentions to seek the Kahului seat on the Maui County Council. The seat will be vacated by Don Guzman who has already announced his intentions to run for Maui Mayor. In May Maui Mayor Arakawa announced his candidacy for the statewide office of Lieutenant Governor. The …

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California Man Pulled from Waters off West Maui

Emergency crews in West Maui responded to a person pulled from the ocean fronting the sands of Kahana Condominium on Lower Honoapiilani Road Tuesday afternoon. At 2:37 p.m., a police officer arrived at the scene 2 minutes later and took over CPR from bystanders on the beach. Paramedics and firefighters arrived shortly after and continued with advanced life-saving measures. The male …

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Coast Guard Saves Six People off Maui

The United States Coast Guard rescued six people from a 27-foot vessel taking on water off Maui Saturday.  Coast Guard Station Maui launched a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium and arrived on scene at 3:10 p.m. took the Makali’i in a stern tow and the crew aboard. They were safely towed to Kihei boat ramp where a post search and rescue boarding revealed no violations. “This crew did everything …

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