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October 11, 2010

Primary contestant opts out of Maui mayoral endorsement

Former Mayoral Candidate Chris Hart says he will remain neutral, refraining from endorsing either of the remaining two candidates in the race for Mayor.  The announcement was made this morning during an interview with Pacific Radio Group. “Recently I was invited to meet with Charmaine Tavares and also with Alan Arakawa, and we discussed the... Read more »
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September 21, 2010

Elderly Kahului couple pulled from burning home called act of heroism

By Wendy Osher (Update: 6:28 p.m. 9/21/10) An elderly couple was pulled to safety after their home accidentally caught fire Tuesday afternoon. The fire was reported at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at the couple’s single-story home located at 237 Molokai-Hema Street in Kahului. “It’s always sad to see,” said Acting Batallion Chief... Read more »
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September 17, 2010

Broken hydrant at Onehee Wakea intersection

7:55 a.m. 9/17/10:  Broken fire hydrant at Wakea Ave./Onehee intersection near the Kaahumanu Shopping Center. Area is flooded. Avoid travel. Clean up crews are on scene.
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September 03, 2010

Maui firefighters respond to blaze at Puamana

(2:20 p.m. Update 9/3/10) Maui firefighters are battling a brush fire reported at around 1 p.m. this afternoon in Puamana.  The blaze was burning in the mountainous terrain above the Puamana area in West Maui.  The fire fighting efforts included ground crews as well as air support with water drops from the Department’s Air One helicopter.  MauiNOW crews... Read more »
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August 30, 2010

Iao Valley State Park closed August 31 and September 1 for painting

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) will close ‘Iao Valley State Park on Tuesday, August 31 and Wednesday, September 1 while it is painting railings along the main walkways and bridge that lead to the garden area, lookout shelter and stream trail.  State officials say the park closure is needed to ensure... Read more »
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August 24, 2010

Office of elections cuts three Maui polling sites

By Wendy Osher There will be three less polling sites on Maui this election year.  The precinct consolidation will result in the closure of polling places at the Ulupalakua Ranch workshop, the Kaulana Pueo Church in Huelo and the Kahului Hongwanji in central Maui.  That leaves Maui County will at total of 40 polling sites. ... Read more »
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August 20, 2010

Brush fire near Mokulele burns 4 acres of vacant land

A brush fire that was first reported at 1:50 p.m. today (Friday, August 20, 2010) burned an estimated 4 acres of vacant land.  The fire was located approximately 1/2 mile from the Mokulele Highway in Kahului.   Shortly before 6 p.m., Acting Battalion Chief Sheldon Holokai said the fire is 100% contained and crews were conducting mop-up operations.  Fire... Read more »
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August 16, 2010

Two new replacement water tanks planned for Omaopio in Kula, Maui

By Wendy Osher The County of Maui Department of Water Supply is proposing to construct two new replacement water tanks along Omaopio Road in Kula.  Currently, residents living along the road have a limited storage capacity of potable water for their domestic and agricultural use.  In addition to increasing storage capacity, the project is also... Read more »
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August 12, 2010

MECO to discuss South Maui electrical line extension project

Maui Electric Company will host a community meeting tonight to provide information on a proposed electrical line extension project in South Maui.  The meeting will include a presentation on the project from representatives at Maui Electric and planning consultants with the firm Munekiyo & Hiraga, Inc. Company officials will discuss alternative routes for the new 69 kV... Read more »
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August 09, 2010

Kehalani fire flare up: Roads in Wailuku Heights area reopened

(Update: 4 p.m. 8/9/10) Fire officials have called the flare-up extinguished at 3:00 p.m. An estimated one acre was burned. No injuries or damage to structures are reported. Maui police re-opened South Alu Road at shortly after 3:00 p.m. There were no evacuations ordered of the area. (Update 3:11 p.m. 8/9/10) AUGUST 9, 3:11 PM:... Read more »
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July 30, 2010

Decomposing whale carcass washes up in Hana, Maui

By Wendy Osher (Update 4:39 p.m. 7/30/10) A dead sperm whale continues to float in waters off of Hana Maui.  The carcass was observed in waters near Makaalae Thursday afternoon, but residents say the dead whale was first seen on Tuesday, July 27, 2010. Crews from the state Department of Land and Natural Resources were... Read more »
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July 12, 2010

VIDEO: Fireworks confirmed as cause of Happy Valley fire on Maui

By Wendy Osher  Video of Happy Valley Fire, interview with Battalion Chief Jeff Shaffer:  (Update 3:30 p.m. 7/12/10) Maui fire officials this afternoon confirmed that fireworks caused a 25 acre blaze that came dangerously close to homes in the Happy Valley subdivision.  Battalion Chief James Kino said the determination suports the numerous reports the department... Read more »
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July 11, 2010

VIDEO: Storage shed damaged in Happy Valley fire on Maui; homes saved

Click here to view video of Happy Valley Fire By Wendy Osher (6:15 a.m. 7/12/10) Firefighters will assess the extent of damage today caused by a fire overnight in the Happy Valley subdivision of Wailuku on Maui.  A storage shed was burned, but homes were saved in the densely populated area.  The fire was first... Read more »
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July 06, 2010

First day of cell phone ban in Maui County: July 6, 2010

Maui Mayor Charmaine Tavares will sign a new ordinance into law today, restricting use of cell phones and mobile electronic devices while driving.  Maui becomes the last county in the state to implement such a ban.  The law allows the use of cell phones if they are operated with a hands-free device, such as Bluetooth... Read more »
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July 02, 2010

Lanai 18th Annual Pineapple Festival: July 3, 2010

The Lanai Community Association holds the 18th annual Pineapple Festival on Saturday, July 3, 2010 at Dole Park in Lanai City.  The island of Lāna‘i used to be known as the largest pineapple plantation in the world and the event honors the island’s pineapple history. Activities begin at 3 p.m. and end by 8 p.m. ... Read more »
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