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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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Evicted Tenant Charged with Setting House on Fire

The Maui Police Department responded to a structure fire in Wailuku on Wednesday at about 3:56 a.m. Upon police arrival, the residence was observed to be fully engulfed with first responders unable to make entry. At the time, no one was living in the residence and the damages are estimated at a total of $130,000.00. Neighbors reported seeing a blue-colored …

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Maui Police Arrest Husband in Sunday Wailuku Stabbing

The Maui Police Department responded to a residence in Wailuku on Sunday at 6:27 p.m. for a report of a suspected stabbing that had occurred. Upon arrival, Officers found a 41-year-old female victim with multiple stab wounds and lacerations throughout her body. The victim’s husband 40-year-old Ricardo “Rico” Tavares was identified as the offender. Tavares also sustained multiple self-inflicted stab …

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MFD Crews Battle Wailuku Blaze

The Maui Fire Department responded to a structure fire on Ono Street in Wailuku on Wednesday. MFD personnel responded on the scene following a 3:56 a.m. alarm to find a single-family dwelling fully involved that was in close proximity to other area homes. By 6:41 a.m., the blaze had been deemed extinguished. The home was not occupied at the time …

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