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Maui County files suit to hold 20 fossil fuel companies accountable for costs of surviving climate change

Mayor Michael Victorino announced today that Maui County has filed a lawsuit against 20 fossil fuel companies for the rising costs and impacts of climate change, citing a decades-long campaign of deception deployed by the defendants to hide their products’ known dangers from Maui’s citizens and businesses to maximize profits. “Maui County is vulnerable to rising sea levels, with four …

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PUC Approves Solar-Battery Project for South Maui

Paeahu Solar, a utility-scale renewable energy plus battery project in South Maui, has been approved by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC). It is one of four projects planned to come online over the next three years on Maui as part of Hawaiian Electric’s efforts to meet the island’s energy needs with local, renewable resources. Innergex, an experienced renewable energy developer …

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Hawaiian Airlines to Suspend ‘Ohana by Hawaiian Service

Hawaiian Airlines today announced it will temporarily suspend ‘Ohana by Hawaiian passenger and cargo services effective Nov. 1 as it continues to confront economic challenges of low travel demand caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and quarantine restrictions. Hawaiian, which reduced its workforce by nearly 2,500 employees this month when the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Payroll Support Program (PSP) …

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Maui Physician Charged with Unlawful Distribution of Hydrocodone

Paul A. Kaiwi, Jr., 51, a medical doctor and resident of Wailuku, Hawaii, was charged by a criminal complaint unsealed today with six counts of unlawful distribution of the controlled substance hydrocodone.  As described in the affidavit in support of the criminal complaint, in December 2018, an undercover agent of the Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”) sought an appointment with Kaiwi …

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Unemployment Tweaking Virtual Call Center After Robocalls Flood Phonelines

The Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR) new virtual call center has gotten over 150,000 calls daily since opening last week. The department and its vendor determined that a majority of those calls were robocalls that initially flooded the center and made it very hard for normal callers, but the contractor has implemented solutions to prevent this. Claimants can …

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Coast Guard Rescues Six Mariners Near Lanai

The Coast Guard rescued six mariners from a disabled 24-foot recreational vessel 1.5 miles off Manele Harbor on Wednesday. A Station Maui 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew towed the vessel to Station Maui. No injuries were reported. At 11:45 a.m., Sector Honolulu watchstanders received a call from a good Samaritan relaying a distress call they heard over VHF Channel 16 from …

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County of Maui Moving Forward with Pre-Travel Testing Program

Mayor Michael Victorino is requesting support from the Governor, visitor industry and businesses to urge transpacific travelers to voluntarily take a second test after they arrive in Maui County, under the State’s pre-travel testing program. Earlier this week, Mayor Victorino’s request for a mandatory post-arrival test for transpacific travelers starting Oct. 15, was denied by the Governor. “The State has …

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MPD Special Response Team Responded to Suspected Grenade

The Maui Police Department Special Response Team mobilized following a Wednesday morning alert about a possible grenade at a residence in Makawao. MPD Bomb Technician Sergeant Ryan Saribay and Lieutenant Christopher Gantala responded to further investigate.  Investigation revealed that the owner of the property reported finding the suspected grenade, within an ammunition can, while cleaning the recently purchased residence.   …

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