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MFD monitors active brush fire on Kahoolawe

At about 9:50 am this morning, MFD received reports of a brush fire occurring on the island of Kahoolawe. Air 1 was dispatched to respond with a Battalion Chief on board. It was confirmed that there was an active brush fire located on the southwest end of the island at Kealaikahiki. At 11:30 am, it was estimated that approximately 100 …

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Man Attempting to set House Ablaze Charged with Arson

On February 20 at about 10:11 p.m., 57-year-old Robert Hartmann of Wailuku was arrested and charged for Arson in the First Degree and Terroristic Threatening in the First Degree. Investigation revealed that on February 20, 2020, at about 9:28 p.m., Hartmann threatened to “Kill” several of his neighbors and threatened to set the house on fire.  He then attempted to …

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UPDATE: Firefighters still battling Olowalu brush fire, 100% contained

At 2:56 am, fire crews responded to a brush fire in the Olowalu area of Luawai St. Units are currently working on fire control. A fire control line is currently being cut around the perimeter of the fire. Honoapiilani Highway in and out of Lahaina is open but slow-moving. Please proceed with caution. The Air One Helicopter is flying over …

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UPDATE: Fire Crews Battle Fast-Moving Brush Fire Near Olowalu

UPDATE: Roadway is now open as of 6:15 am Latest update- CLICK HERE. UPDATE: 5:52 AMBoth Wailuku and Lahaina roadways into Kahakuloa are open.Traffic Restriction – Road Closed –Open for residence OnlyThe road to Kahakuloa from Wailuku and Lahaina is closed in both directions. The Maui Police Department is on scene, traffic is restricted and open to residents only. Please …

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DOH, County Updates on Current Coronavirus Status

The Hawai`i Department of Health is continuing to actively gather facts and interview individuals based on limited information about a husband and wife who travelled together from Japan to Hawaii and after returning home to Japan, tested positive for COVID-19. DOH officials say the Department immediately began an investigation to identify possible close contacts and determine health risk. “To date, no individuals with prolonged close contact …

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Police Investigating Death of Man on Dive Tour

The Maui Police Department is investigating a Feb. 15 incident involving an unresponsive adult male. According to authorities, at about 10:27 a.m., Molokai Patrol Officers and medics were assigned to meet an incoming dive boat at the Kaunakakai Harbor. Boat crew reported having an unresponsive male aboard their vessel. Investigation reveals that 26-year-old Duane Harold Parsley II, stationed at Hickam …

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DOH notified of confirmed COVID-19 case who traveled to Maui and Oahu

The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) was notified today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that an adult male who traveled to Maui from Jan. 28 to Feb. 3 and to Oahu from Feb. 3-7 has been confirmed for COVID-19. The individual is a Japanese national who developed severe symptoms, sought medical care, and was diagnosed and …

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Maui County Monitoring Report of Japanese Visitor Infected by Coronavirus

Mayor Michael Victorino has been briefed by the Maui Emergency Management Agency and state Department of Health on a report of a Japanese visitor who was diagnosed with the coronavirus. “We understand the man did not exhibit symptoms while visiting Maui earlier this month, but we are monitoring this situation,” Mayor Victorino said. “My administration is working closely with the …

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New Pest of Avocado Detected in Hawai’i

 A new pest of avocado has been confirmed by Hawai`i Department of Agriculture (HDOA) entomologists with the help of the University of Hawai`i College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources – Cooperative Extension Service (CTAHR-CES). The pest, avocado lace bug (Pseudacysta perseae), was first detected in Pearl City, O`ahu, in December 2019 and was subsequently identified on Hawai`i Island and …

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Jury Finds Wailuku Man Guilty of Attempted Enticement of a Minor

A federal jury today found Nolan Nishida, 37, of Wailuku, Hawaii, guilty of attempted enticement of a minor in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2442(b). The verdict followed a three-day trial before Senior United States District Judge Susan Oki Mollway. Sentencing is scheduled for June 15, 2020. According to the information presented during trial, on October 11, 2017, Nishida exchanged …

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