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UPDATE: Fire Crews Battle Blaze Near N. Kihei Rd/Honoapiilani Highway

Updated at 1:25 p.m. As of 1 p.m., the Maui Fire Department continues to work towards containment of a fire that broke out on the upper slopes of the mountain in the vicinity of the N. Kihei Road and Honoapiilani Highway intersection.  According to fire officials, at about 12:45 p.m. Honoapiilani Highway was closed from Kapoli Street in Maalaea to …

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Man Rescued After Activating Emergency Beacon in Haleakala Crater

The National Park Service and Maui Fire Department received notification early Monday morning that a visitor had activated an emergency beacon requesting emergency assistance in Haleakalā Crater. A search and rescue operation, coordinated by NPS and MFD, resulted in the location of the reporting party. A NPS Law Enforcement Ranger made contact with a man in his 30s, near Hōlua Cabin. The patient was …

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Maui Police Search for Suspects in Armed Waiehu Terrace Robbery

At about 8:30 p.m. on Monday, three unidentified male suspects wearing hoodies, face masks and long pants entered the rear fenced yard of a residence on Maka’ala Drive in Waiehu during a reported birthday party. Maui Police Department officials say one of the suspects brandished what appeared to be a black shotgun and demanded money from the approximately 15 to …

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Off-Road Vehicle Damages Silverswords and Trail at Haleakalā’s Summit

On the morning of Saturday, September 28, Haleakalā National Park law enforcement rangers observed tire tracks leaving the paved road at Haleakalā’s summit.  The investigation revealed that a single vehicle had driven off the road, killing several Haleakalā Silverswords (Argyroxiphium sandwicense subsp. macrocephalum), a Federally listed Threatened plant that grows nowhere else in the world.  Park officials say the vehicle …

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Former Bookkeeper of Maui Nursery Sentenced to 43 Months of Prison

Thelma Pascua-Suyat, 64, of Maui, was sentenced on Monday in federal court by Senior United States District Judge Susan Oki Mollway to 43 months of imprisonment for wire fraud. As part of her sentence, Pascua-Suyat must serve three years of supervised release, and pay $1,167,895.47 in restitution. U.S. Attorney for the District of Hawaii Kenji M. Price announced that, according …

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Police Seek Info in Sunday Arson Investigations

Maui Crime Stoppers is requesting help from the public regarding several arson investigations that stem from Sept. 29 incidents. At about 5:51 a.m., an abandoned vehicle was set of fire in the area of Piilani Highway near mile marker 17 in Kanaio. Shortly after, at 6:07 a.m., an abandoned vehicle was set on fire on the shoulder of Hana Highway …

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UPDATE: Cove Beach Closed After Shark Bite

The Department of Land and Natural Resourcces has closed the beaches from Cove beach to Maui VFW due to a shark bite. People are advised to avoid the area. At 9:17 a.m., a female on a surfboard approximately 150 yards from shore was seen calling for help in the ocean fronting 1554 Halama St. in Kihei. Upon arrival, Engine 6 …

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Report: Hawai`i Named 2019’s 3rd Worst State for Teachers

With World Teachers’ Day around the corner and teaching among the lowest-paid professions that require a bachelor’s degree, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2019’s Best & Worst States for Teachers. In order to help educators find the best opportunities and teaching environments in the U.S., WalletHub analyzed the 50 states and the District of Columbia across …

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County Mourns the Loss of Former Clerk and Council Chairman Danny Mateo

Mayor Michael Victorino released the following statement on the passing of former County Council Chairman Danny Mateo: “I was saddened to learn of the passing of former County Council Chairman Danny Mateo.” “Mr. Mateo was a consummate professional and a lifelong public servant. Joycelyn and I pray the Mateo family will find comfort even as we grieve his loss during …

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Police Ask for Help Locating Maui Family

The Maui Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating the family of 72-year-old Myrlene Taylor of Kahului.   Taylor is approximately 5-feet-5-inches tall and weighs 200 pounds. She has blue eyes and blond hair. Maui police are asking that the family contact Detective Bryan Manalapao at 244-6495.

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