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Coast Guard Seeks Help IDing Owner of Adrift Dive Float

The Coast Guard is seeking the public’s help identifying the owner of an adrift dive float found about 30 yards off Kanaha Beach Park on Saturday morning.  Coast Guard Sector Honolulu watchstanders issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast notice to mariners to keep a sharp lookout for signs of distress.  There are currently no reports of missing persons in the …

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Flags to Fly at Half-Staff in Honor of Rod Tam

As a mark of respect for former long-time lawmaker Rod Tam, Acting Gov. Josh Green has ordered that the flags of the United States and State of Hawai‘i shall be flown at half-staff at all state offices and agencies, as well as the Hawaii National Guard, from sunrise to sunset on Saturday, June 15. Tam spent three decades in political office, …

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Honoapi`ilani Highway Brush Fire Quickly Extinguished

The Maui Fire Department responded to a brush fire in the area of mile marker 8 of Honoapi`ilani Highway on Wednesday. Responding to the 2:52 p.m. alarm, fire crews arrived to find the blaze burning under clear conditions and 15 mph trade winds. The fire was deemed contained by 3:10 p.m. and declared extinguished at 3:30 p.m. A total area …

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Two Arrested in Pu`unene Cockfight

At about 6 p.m. on Saturday members of the Maui Police Department’s Vice Division Gambling & Morals Unit broke up a cockfight in the area of the Hawaiian Cement quarry off Kaimana Road in Pu`unene. Police officials say that about 100 people were watching a cockfight in progress. Two males were observed each pitting a gamecock that was fitted with …

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Snake Hitchhikes to Maui Via Backpack

A small juvenile snake was captured after it was seen slithering out of a newly arrived visitor’s backpack Monday night at a Maui vacation rental in Pukalani. Department of Agriculture officials say the owner of the rental informed the visitor and others staying in the rental that snakes are illegal in Hawai`i and they reported it to the Maui Police …

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Mayor Victorino Line-Item Vetoes County Council’s 2020 Budget

Mayor Michael Victorino line-item vetoed the Maui County Council’s fiscal 2020 budget on Monday, providing a measured reduction of the council’s record-high $823.47 million spending proposal. The Mayor expressed concerns over a lack of needed budget details for operational clarity and over property tax rate increases that would impact all residents, with the heaviest toll on hotels and resorts. “While …

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Pair Rescued After Mechanical Issues Strand Them in Pailolo Channel

Maui Fire Department responded to an area four miles off Sands of Kahana in the area of the Pailolo Channel on Saturday afternoon for a report of personal water craft operators in distress. Department of Fire & Public Safety officials say two parties were on board a PWC in the channel between Maui and Molokai when their water craft became …

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Molokai Police Officer Arrested on Drug Charges

In early 2019, the Maui Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division received information that suggested that a MPD Officer was involved in drug related activity on the island of Moloka’i. The credibility and veracity of the information was vetted and provided probable cause to initiate a criminal and concurrent internal investigation. MPD officials say that search warrants for cellphones, computers and lockers were …

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Fire Burns Two Acres in Napili

A brush fire burned about two acres in the area of Napili off Napilihau Street, Mauka of Maui Preparatory Academy on Friday. Maui Fire Department firefighters responded to a 5:48 p.m. alarm and battled the blaze in dense vegetation and uneven terrain. The fire was deemed under control by 6:39 p.m. and extinguished by 8:21 p.m.

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