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MAUIWatch Staff

MAUIWatch Staff

MAYORWatch: Would it Make Sense to Erect Median Barriers on Highway Roads?

Mayor Michael Victorino answers weekly questions submitted to his office staff. Question: Given how many fatal traffic accidents on Maui involve vehicles crossing the center line and colliding head on with vehicles traveling in the opposite direction, would it make sense to explore erecting median barriers on highway roads? Answer: Mahalo for your important safety question, which is on a …

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Tropical Cyclone Barbara Weakening, Residents Should Remain Vigilant

Tropical Cyclone Barbara has significantly degenerated and is no longer classified as a tropical cyclone – but residents and visitors are reminded to remain vigilant through the weekend and during this hurricane season. The National Weather Service in Honolulu reported that Maui County could still receive 3 to 5 inches of rain with potential for localized flooding beginning late Sunday …

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Tropical Cyclone Barbara to Dissipate but Winds, Rain Still Expected

Maui County residents and visitors should be prepared for potential flash flooding and high surf as Tropical Cyclone Barbara approaches the islands over the weekend. Affects from the storm are expected to begin Sunday evening and last until the middle of next week. Residents should prepare their household by making an emergency kit, creating a plan and staying informed. Residents …

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MFD Reports Apparent Drowning at Big Beach

Maui Fire Department’s Engine 14 responded to a report of a drowning at Big Beach, Makena on July 3, 2019. Rescue personnel responded to the scene at 7:21 p.m. to find a reported 65-year-old male from China unresponsive and having no pulse. CPR was performed by MFD personnel on the beach. High Surf conditions were observed and could have been a contributing …

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MFD Contains Brush Fire Near Hana Highway

Maui Fire Department crews responded to a brush fire in the area of Hana Highway and Airport Access Road on Wednesday, spotted in a field behind Walmart. According to MFD, passing motorists called 9-1-1 after seeing smoke and flames, along with individuals running out of the bushes near the intersection. Crews arrived following the 1:17 p.m. alarm to find an …

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DWS: Waterline Break Impacts Honokohau Valley

The County of Maui’s Department of Water Supply is asking customers in Honokohau Valley to conserve water due to a break on the four-inch waterline that provides water to the area. DWS officials say that until the line is repaired and the storage tank is filled, customers may fill their own containers at the potable water tanker at the entrance …

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MPD to Enforce Fourth of July Impaired Driving Campaign

Beginning on Thursday, July 4, and continuing through the weekend, the Maui Police Department’s Traffic Division will be conducting sobriety check points and saturation patrols at various locations to address impaired driving over the Fourth of July weekend. As always, motorist can expect the MPD to take a zero tolerance approach to impaired driving. Our goal is to promote voluntarily …

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Single Maui Tree Detected with Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death

Ceratocystis huliohia, the less aggressive strain of the fungal disease called Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death was recently detected in a single tree on private property in East Maui. The lone ʻōhiʻa tree, 15-20 feet tall and eight-to-ten inches in diameter is located a few feet from a taro loi. Lance DeSilva, Maui Forest Management Supervisor with the DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife said, “This …

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Visit Lahaina for Maui’s Largest Fourth of July Celebration

The public is invited to one of the largest holiday events on Maui, this Thursday, July 4th 2019. Historically more than 20,000 visitors and kama’aina are welcomed to Front Street to celebrate, shop and dine on the 4th of July. Front Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. from Hotel street to Baker street. …

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