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MFD Responds to Near Drowning in West Maui

Maui County Fire Department personnel responded to a near drowning incident on Sunday. Responding to a 11:19 p.m. call, firefighters headed to Kapalua Bay in WestMaui were a 56-year-old female was pulled from the water by unknown witnesses. According to MFD officials, the female was having difficulty breathing while snorkeling. Firefighters from the Napili Fire Station arrived to find the …

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MAYORWatch: Why is Resort Take Over of Beaches Tolerated?

Mayor Michael Victorino answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his office staff. Question: Several years ago, I read that hotels were prohibited from placing lounges and umbrellas on the public beaches for their guests to use until the guests were actually present and requesting that service. All of the Wailea hotels seem to be following this policy except for …

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MAYORWatch: How do I Dispose of Bad Diesel Fuel?

Mayor Michael Victorino answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his office staff. Question: How do I dispose of 13 gallons of bad diesel fuel? I don’t want to pour it down the drain or into my yard, but I don’t know what to do with it. Also, where do you get rid of old paint and lawnmowers? Answer: I …

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Corporation Counsel Patrick Wong Charged with ‘Abuse of a Household Member’

County of Maui Corporation Counsel Patrick K. Wong has been placed on administrative leave. Wong was arrested at 12:15 a.m. Saturday, March 9, by police at a residence in Wailuku. He was charged with abuse of a household member and has since posted bail. “We are still investigating this matter as we speak, however, any domestic abuse is completely unacceptable,” …

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Coast Guard, Good Samaritans Respond to Vessel Taking on Water Off Lanai

The Coast Guard and good Samaritans assisted the crew of the 63-foot catamaran Kaulana after it reportedly struck a rock off Manele Bay, Saturday morning. A Station Maui 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew arrived on scene and assisted with damage control. The crew of the vessel Maui Princess transferred the 15 passengers from the Kaulana and towed the stricken vessel to …

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Hawai`i’s Unemployment at 2.7 Percent in January

The Hawaii State Department of Labor & Industrial Relations on Friday announced that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for January was 2.7 percent compared to the revised rate of 2.6 percent in December. Statewide, 658,500 were employed and 18,000 unemployed in January for a total seasonally adjusted labor force of 676,500. Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.0 percent …

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AARP warns Senior Citizens of Impostor Scam Calls

AARP has found that older Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are often targets of certain fraud (www.aarp.org/AAPIfraudsurvey). Scammers often use caller ID spoofing to mask their true location, making it appear that they’re calling from a legitimate or local number to raise the odds that you’ll pick up. If you do, the robotic voice on the other end might claim …

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Kula Structure Fire Causes $29K in Damage

Maui Fire Department firefighters responded to a 12:34 a.m. call on Tuesday of a reported house fire on Hoopalua Drive in Kula. On scene, personnel found a single story home with a portion of its roof on fire. Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the fire and confirm everyone had safely evacuated the structure. No injuries were reported in the …

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Brush Fire Burns Small Area in Kihei

At 12:58 p.m. on Tuesday, firefighters were called to reports of a brush fire in the area of Liloa Drive at Piikea Avenue in Kihei. On scene, crews found an area of brush and kiawe approximately 50 feet-by-100 feet actively burning. Fire crews were able to contain the fire within a half hour, and the blaze was officially declared extinguished …

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Kihei Man Dies in Early-Morning Wailea Crash

On Monday, March 4, at about 12:15 a.m., a Motor Vehicle Collision occurred on Wailea Alanui Drive just north of Malukai Lane in Wailea. The collision occurred as a male pedestrian was walking within the northbound lanes of Wailea Alanui Drive when he was struck by a Toyota sedan traveling in the same direction.  The operator of the Toyota, a …

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