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UPDATE: Tsunami watch canceled for Hawaii after 8.1-magnitude earthquake in southwestern Pacific

UPDATE: The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said effective 12:20 p.m., the tsunami watch has been canceled. The state of Hawai’i is currently under a Tsunami Watch after a magnitude 8 earthquake was reported in the Kermadec Island region.  The Watch was issued at 9:38 a.m. Thursday, and according to Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. “Based on all available date a tsunami may have …

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MCCC Reports First COVID-19 Case

The Maui Community Correctional Center recently reported its first case of COVID-19. According to the state Department of Public Safety (PSD), an inmate tested positive. “The inmate was already in mandatory intake quarantine and will remain in medical isolation,” PSD reports. To date, more than 2,000 inmates and staff-members have tested positive at PSD facilities across the state. All facilities are continuing to mass …

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Upper level low prompts Flash Flood Watch for Maui

Flash Flood Watch in effect for Maui as an upper-level low brings the threat for pockets of heavier rains. Rain-soaked ground from heavier rains this weekend will have little ability to withstand any additional rains that do develop. Those rains could form as an upper-level low moves overhead. Expect partly sunny skies and scattered rains for Wednesday. Some rains could …

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Young Brothers’ emergency request to increase rates 46% granted

Monday, the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission approved Young Brothers’ emergency request to increase rates by 46% over the next year. As part of the agreement, the shipping company must restore its pre-COVID sailing schedule between Hilo, Kahului, and Honolulu by September 1. The company must also undergo an independent audit, and give the state at least six months notice if …

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Maui Adds Two New COVID-19 Cases, Total Hits 16

Fourteen additional COVID-19 cases have been added to the State of Hawai`i’s overall count, bringing the total to 120 statewide as of noon on Friday. That number, released by the Department of Health, includes two new cases on Maui, ten cases on Oahu, two additional cases on the Big Island and no new cases on Kauai. Eight of the total …

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Foodland Devotes Special Kupuna Shopping Hours

In efforts to create a safe environment for our kupuna to grocery shop, Foodland has announced that it will set aside the first hour of business on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays to serve only seniors (age 60 yrs. and above) and an accompanying caregiver or assisting family member at all stores statewide.  In addition, seniors will be offered Foodland’s “Senior …

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The Aloha State named the worst state in America for drunk driving

A new study shows the Aloha State is the worst state for drunk driving. CarInsuranceComparison.com used several metrics including fatality, drunk driving, and careless driving rates to rank the most dangerous states featuring the worst drivers in the U.S. Hawaii was ranked number one in the country for drunk driving, with 45 percent of fatal crashes due to driving under the …

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Officials asked for public commentary on Hana Highway bridge improvements

Multiple agencies, including the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT), will be holding public meetings to discuss a project to improve six of the historic bridges along the Hana Highway located between Huelo and Hana town in east Maui.  The project would improve six bridges in a context-sensitive manner in order to remain safe and functional for highway users. The bridges include …

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