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Maui family seeks help in preparing for young girl’s double lung transplant

A move to Texas next week is bringing mixed emotions for a Maui teenager and her family. 17-year old Kamaile Paet has Cystic Fibrosis, and needs to undergo a double lung transplant.  Kamaile’s mother, Tiana Paet, explained her daughter has had the genetic disease, affecting her lungs and digestive system, since she was a baby.  Next week, her entire family …

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Homeless Man Reported Missing by Mainland Relative

Maui Crime Stoppers is asking for assistance from the public regarding a reported missing person. Paul Cavazos, 47, was reported missing by a relative on the mainland. He was last heard from about three to four months ago.  Officials say Cavazos is homeless and known to frequent the Kihei, Makena and La Parouse areas but has also been seen in …

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Surfer Found Unresponsive in Waters Off Honolua Bay

Maui Fire Department personnel responded to multiple ocean rescue calls over the weekend. Two of these calls occurred on the NW shoreline where large surf was reported. On Saturday at approximately 5:15 pm, firefighters were called to Honolua Bay for reports of an unresponsive surfer who was brought in to shore by fellow surfers. Fire and Medic crews arrived on …

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Juvenile Arrested on Suspicion of Arson After Brush Fire Burns in Kihei

At 3:45 pm yesterday, Maui firefighters were called to the area of the South Maui Community Park on Liloa Drive for reports of a brush fire. Two engines and two tankers responded. On scene, crews found a fire approximately three-fourths of an acre involving light dry brush. Crews were able to quickly contain and extinguish this fire. There are no …

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Rawlins-Fernandez & Molina Snare Top Spots as Council Names Committee Chairs

Though attendance was sparse, it was quite a day at the Maui County Council’s January 11th meeting. Organizing of the legislative body continued as committee assignments were handed out for the council’s eight standing committees. Snaring the top spots were freshman Keani Rawlins-Fernandez who was selected to chair Economic Development & Budget Committee, while Mike Molina was picked to head …

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Tulsi Gabbard Plans Presidential Run in 2020

United States Representative Tulsi Gabbard announced on CNN that she plans to run for president in 2020. Gabbard told CNN’s Van Jones on Friday that “I have decided to run and will be making a formal announcement within the next week.” The announcement follows months of speculation that she’d make a run for the seat in the country’s highest office.

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Police Investigate Robbery at Queen Kaahumanu Shopping Center

The Maui Police Department is investigating a robbery incident at Queen Kaahumanu Shopping Center. According to authorities, at about 12:50 p.m. on Wednesday, an unidentified male offender and a female accomplice approached a 55-year-old woman on the third floor of the parking structure next to Macy’s in the Queen Kaahumanu Shopping Center in Kahului. The male allegedly brandished a handgun …

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Humpback Ocean Count to Take Place Despite Government Shutdown

Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary’s annual Ocean Count will take place January 26 despite the federal government shutdown. This year, the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, the national non-profit partner for the National Marine Sanctuary System, will coordinate Ocean Count.“Through the support of dedicated volunteers, Ocean Count has provided more than 20 years of data that supplements scientific research …

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Nearly 2,000 businesses affected by Maui’s new foam container ban

On Maui, businesses are asking the county to delay its enforcement of the ban on foam containers.  Maui News reports that the ban also includes foam containers for noodles.  The ban went into effect on December 31st, but it wasn’t until two weeks before, that the law was clarified to include noodle cups.  The county estimates about 2,000 businesses are affected by …

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Kelly King Elected Chair as New Council Organizes

When the newly elected Maui County Council took their seats for the first time at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, January 2nd it elected Kelly King (South Maui) Chair, Keani Rawlins-Fernandez (Molokai) Vice Chair, and Tasha Kama (Kahului) Presiding Officer Pro Tempore. Each woman received a unanimous vote. It marked a changing of the guard for the legislative branch of county …

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