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State Supreme Court rules students have right to access Hawaiian Language Immersion programs

This week the State Supreme Court ruled that students have a constitutional right to reasonable access to Hawaiian Language Immersion programs. A Lana’i mother first brought the case to court saying that the only public school on the island did not offer Hawaiian Language Immersion for her two children. The Department of Education argued that history and language classes were …

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Little League World Series games suspended due to inclement weather, resumes Monday

Due to inclement weather with lightning near at the Little League® International Complex, as well as the importance to get all of the Little League Baseball® World Series participants to Bowman Field for the MLB Little League Classic, the Little League International Tournament Committee has made the decision to suspend play of Game 8 between the Mid-Atlantic Region vs. West Region on …

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Upcountry Skate Park restored after vandalism

According to a news release from Councilmember Yuki Lei Sugimura, her office was notified that on July 20, 2019, several structures at the Upcountry Skate Park were spray-painted with graffiti. “I was disheartened by the news but lifted up by the speedy action taken by County personnel,” she said. “The Department of Parks and Recreation worked swiftly to restore our …

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Monday UPDATE: Two of three Maui brush fires extinguished; Honoapiilani Highway reopened in Waikapu

Two of three Maui brush fires reported Sunday were fully contained and extinguished Monday morning, the Maui Fire Department reported. The third fire, in Kihei, had grown from 80 to 300 to 500 acres overnight, and it was 40 percent contained, fire officials said. Maui firefighters battled the Kihei fire all night. A portion of Honoapiilani Highway from Kuihelani Highway …

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MPD: Police sent to Mauna Kea accumulate $68,105 in overtime

Are Hawaii taxpayers slated to foot the bill when it comes to law enforcement presence on Mauna Kea? Police officers from Maui County and O’ahu were flown into Hawai’i Island between July 16th to the 23rd. Honolulu Police have not yet released how much was spent. But Maui Police says officers accumulated a total of $68,105 in overtime. During Thursday’s council …

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Waikapu woman died from car crash injuries on Honoapi’ilani Highway

On Saturday August 10th, 2019 at approximately 4:43 PM, a Motor Vehicle Collision occurred on Honoapiilani Highway, 82 feet east of Ukumehame Firing Range Road and 0.3 miles east of mile marker 12 in Lahaina Hawaii. The collision occurred when a maroon 2008 Honda Accord 4DSD traveling East (Wailuku direction) on Honoapiilani Highway was passing left of center travelling east …

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Kapu Aloha Unity March Draws Thousands

In a demonstration of unity through kapu aloha, several thousand on Maui marched today from the War Memorial Stadium to the University of Hawai`i’s Maui Campus. The Kapu Aloha Unity March brought together an estimated 7,000 participants in support of kia`i, or protectors, of Mauna Kea. Over forty trained Maui kia`i accompanied the march to support kupuna, assist with safety …

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Maui County DOT Launches New Campaign to Ride the Maui Bus

The County of Maui Department of Transportation is launching a social media campaign to encourage residents and visitors to ride its new buses, which are now easier to catch and track using the Maui Bus App. The Maui Bus App, which can be downloaded on the Apple Store or Google Play, provides riders the location of the closest bus stop, …

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Council Ridicules Administration Housing ‘Plan’

The administration’s long-awaited “strategic plan” for affordable/attainable housing was greeted with ridicule and dismay by several members of the Maui County Council attending the Aug. 7th meeting of the council’s Affordable Housing Committee. “This is not a plan,” said Council Chair Kelly King, “There’s no proposal.” King called the presentation “a hamster wheel…a circular exercise. There’s nothing in here we …

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Search Continues for Missing San Diego Woman

The Maui Police Department continues its investigation into the disappearance of Khiara Henry of San Diego, California.   Henry was reported missing on July 26 by family. The last confirmed sighting of Henry was on July 21 when she rented a car in Kahului. Her car was later found in the Waianapanapa Park area. Police and community search efforts in the …

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