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Coast Guard, partners rescue two pilots from downed aircraft off Lanai

The Coast Guard, Maui County Fire Department and Molokai Fire Department rescued two pilots from a downed DA40 Diamond Star aircraft eight miles off Lanai, Saturday. An Air Station Barbers Point MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew rescued the pilots and brought them to awaiting emergency services at the air station. There were no major injuries reported. “As a watchstander this is …

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DOH State Laboratory finds new variant

The Hawai‘i Department of Health’s State Laboratories Division (SLD) confirms the presence of a new COVID variant in Hawai‘i. The P.2 variant, which contains the E484K mutation, was identified through surveillance testing conducted on O‘ahu. While the implications of this additional strain are unknown at this time, the P.2 variant is closely watched because two individuals in Brazil who were …

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Police open fire on fleeing suspect in Wailuku

On Tuesday, February 23, 2021, at approximately 12:32 a.m. in Wailuku, officers initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle; due to no illuminated rear lights. Upon contact, the male driver provided officers with fictitious names. Officers were able to determine the male’s true identity as Kaipo Lapenia-Lau (25). Checks revealed that Lapenia-Lau was operating the vehicle without a valid Driver’s …

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Man Sought on Felony Warrant

The Maui Police Department is asking for the public’s help in located a man wanted on a Felony warrant. Authorities say 48-year-old Rodney Herbert is known to frequent the Wailuku area. Herbert is described as 5-feet-9-inches and 180 pounds. Anyone with any information is encouraged to call MPD at (808) 244-6400 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at (808) 242-6966. Maui Crime …

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Police Investigating Thursday Morning Stabbing

The Maui Police Department responded to the Piihana Farm area of Wailuku early Thursday morning following a 9-1-1 call from a woman who reported that her boyfriend had been stabbed. Police say an 18-year-old woman reported that her boyfriend had been stabbed by a male identified as 28-year-old Erath Kaihewalu. The woman stated that Kaihewalu struck her boyfriend with an …

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Wailea Residents Evacuated as Police Respond to Unexploded Ordnance

Maui Police Department officers responded to a Wailea residence regarding an unexploded ordnance on Monday. Officials say the unexploded ordnance was found while excavation work was being done on the property. As a precaution, surrounding residences were evacuated, and Hoomua Drive was temporarily closed. MPD’s bomb squad secured the scene. The road was later reopened and residents were allowed back …

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Median Maui Home Prices Hit Record $980K Despite COVID-19

The REALTORS® Association of Maui has released January 2021 real estate statistics for Maui County. January started off strong for the housing market, with healthy buyer demand and strong market fundamentals. A robust increase in housing starts in December points to an active year for new construction, but higher material costs, especially lumber, and a limited supply of buildable lots …

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California Man Arrested for Violating Travel Quarantine Rules

A 50-year-old California man was arrested on Saturday for Violating the Rules and Orders of the Travel Quarantine. Maui Police Department officials say John Laurich arrived on Maui from Los Angeles without a negative pre-travel COVID-19 test. He did also did not have approved lodging to complete the mandatory ten-day travel quarantine. Laurich was transported to the Wailuku Police Station …

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