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Opioid overdose deaths have more than doubled in Hawaii, from 25 in 2000 to 59 in 2016. The pain relievers have contributed to about 40 percent of drug overdose deaths statewide over the past decade. -- AP photo

Opioid overdose deaths doubled over past 16 years

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Maui District Health Officer Dr. Lorrin Pang sees firsthand how bad the opioid pain reliever epidemic has become. “Some of my students are asking me for prescriptions,” Pang said Friday. “It’s so normative they’re not shame in asking me.” Opioid overdose deaths have more than ...

These images of before and after coral bleaching were captured in the film Chasing Coral by The Ocean Agency — XL Catlin Seaview Survey — Richard Vevers and Christophe Bailhache. -- The Ocean Agency photo

Maui coral bleaching in spotlight at free screening

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A free screening of the award-winning film “Chasing Coral” will be held at the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary in Kihei at 6 p.m. Thursday. It will be followed by a panel discussion and question-and-answer session at 7:40 p.m. with a team of researchers from ...

Sea Breeze Electric owner Nick Casumpang installs boxes and conduit while wiring a smoke alarm system in Harbor Lights Building D on Tuesday afternoon. Since the deadly Grenfell Tower blaze in London a month ago, unit owners have been working to update fire safety measures. -- The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

After high-rise blaze, property managers mull fire suppression

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Even before a Honolulu high-rise fire killed three people July 14, Sue Kamalo was worried about apartment building fires. A month ago, the general manager of the Harbor Lights condominiums in Kahului saw the news about the deadly Grenfell Tower blaze in London, which has killed 39 people and ...

Senior Airman Kaiea Hokoana, 90th Security Forces Squadron installation patrolman, and Airman 1st Class Veulah Hokoana, 90th Force Support Squadron missile chef, pose for a wedding photo in Kula on Oct. 8, 2016. A week prior to the Hokoanas’ wedding, they provided lifesaving assistance to a motorcyclist injured in an accident, which contributed to saving the man’s life. Hokoana received the Air Force Commendation Medal for his actions during an award ceremony in Cheyenne, Wyo., on July 14.  -- Photo courtesy of U.S. Air Force

Senior airman recognized for helping save a life on Maui

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The Air Force Commendation Medal was awarded to Senior Airman Kaiea Hokoana, 90th Security Forces Squadron installation patrolman, for his distinguished and courageous actions in helping to save a life while on leave to his hometown of Wailuku on Oct. 1, 2016. On that date, a week before ...

Almost all hotels and high-rises 75 feet or taller or about seven stories on Maui have fire suppression sprinklers. Fire officials say the sprinklers could limit a fire to a room or unit.

Fire sprinkler retrofit business gains speed

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The phones for the fire protection section of Dorvin D. Leis Co., Maui’s largest installer of fire suppression sprinklers, have been ringing frequently since the deadly July 14 Marco Polo condominium fire on Oahu. Jason Blinkhorn, fire protection operations manager for the Maui business with ...

Shavonn Matsuda, UH-Maui College librarian (from left); Gail Ainsworth, copy editor; Kahealani Jones, MHS intern; Sissy Lake-Farm, MHS executive director; and Tikki Bisbee, UH-MC library intern are shown with three volumes of The Index to The Maui News. -- MARILYN UMETSU photo

The Maui News index almost ‘just a click away’

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The Maui Historical Society, in partnership with the University of Hawaii Maui College Library, is making it possible to access The Index to The Maui News index from the internet sometime in the near future. The index will be digitized as a public service to the community as well as students, ...

County / In Brief

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Roadwork to cause traffic woes in Paia Work will continue this week on Hana Highway in Paia, causing alternating lane closures, according to the state Department of Transportation. The cold plane and resurfacing work will be done between the Paia mini-bypass and Ulupua Place from 8 a.m. to ...

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Tickets on sale for 2017 Fur Ball Tickets are on sale for the 2017 Fur Ball, presented by the Maui Humane Society and YourVet Maui. “The Great Catsby: A Night of Purr-hibition” is this year’s theme. The ball will take place from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Four Seasons Resort Maui. ...

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Appreciating the man who made it all possible

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Manuia Kapu, 6, (from left) compares cousin Ku Kapu-Kekona’s feet to those on the bronze sculpture titled Masaru “Pundy” Yokouchi while relaxing Wednesday at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center with cousins Kai‘pio Kapu-Kekona, 8, and Hiwahiwa Kapu-Biga, 9. The youths were taking a ...

Leadership program includes Maui residents

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Four Maui residents are participating in The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Fellows Program on Oahu this year. The fellowship consists of three four-day sessions and concludes in August. Maui’s 2017 Weinberg Fellows are: • Bevanne Bowers, Mediation Services of Maui. • Andrea Hall ...

University of Hawaii Maui College chef Krista Garcia welcomed students from Iao Intermediate School recently to give them a taste of a career in the culinary industry. Iao students became chefs for a day in the UH-Maui College kitchen as part of the TRIO Talent Search program. The program encourages students to graduate from high school, enroll in college and complete a post-secondary education program. -- UH-Maui College photo

Deadline to enroll for Fall 2017 at UH-MC is Aug. 1

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We know. It feels like summer has only just begun. Plenty of long beach days and paina with family and friends still ahead. But our Fall 2017 admissions deadline is coming right up on Aug. 1. And we hope that at least some of you who have maybe been procrastinating — no shame, we all do it! ...

Chuck Dando, American Savings Bank first vice president and regional executive (from left); Wes Lo, Hale Makua Health Services CEO; Vilma Sanchez, Hale Makua Kahului Resident Council representative; Donna McCleary, M.D., Hale Makua Health Services board chair; and Sharon Suzuki, Maui Electric Co. president, are shown at the check presentation.

Grants

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Foundations and entities who contributed recently to Maui County community nonprofits and others are as follows: American Savings Bank and Maui Electric Co., through the HEI Charitable Foundation, have awarded a total of $20,000 to Hale Makua Health Services to help procure and install a ...

More changes sought for single-event liquor licenses

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Maui County Council Member Yuki Lei Sugimura and local nonprofit groups will propose to the Liquor Control Commission next month further changes to single-event liquor license procedures that would streamline the application process to prevent burdensome requirements that threaten the groups’ ...

Sgt. Joy Medeiros, shown in this photo taken in April 2015, shows an Axon Enterprise Inc. body-worn camera that Maui police officers could be using as soon as September. Medeiros, who has coordinated the body-worn camera program, currently is organizing the training for use of the camera. -- The Maui News / CHRIS SUGIDONO photo

MPD to implement body camera program

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KAHULUI — Maui Police Department patrol officers will undergo training to use body-worn cameras next month, as the department moves closer to implementing the program to record some police interactions with the public. “If everything goes as planned, we plan to have the cameras on the ...

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Work continuing on airport car rental facility

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FIRST PHOTO: Construction continues Friday afternoon on Kahului Airport’s consolidated rental car facility. Maui Airports District Manager Marvin Moniz said that construction on the 1.3-million-square-foot building is scheduled to be completed in late 2018 and to open in mid-2019. SECOND ...

Risa F. Whiting

Maui Holocaust survivor dies at age 77

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The Maui News Kihei resident Risa F. Whiting, who survived the Holocaust that claimed her parents, died June 20 in New Milford, Conn., spending her last days with her daughter. She was 77. Whiting and her husband, Robert, who predeceased her, were active in the Maui theater scene and ...

Woman who drove away from fatal crash gets probation

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The Maui News WAILUKU — A woman who told police she was “scared and unsure what to do” when she drove away after her truck struck a man who had staggered onto the roadway was placed on four years’ probation. Dolly Ai, 46, of Wailuku was ordered to perform 250 hours of community ...

County jobless rate drops to 3.4% in June

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The Maui News Maui County’s jobless rate of 3.4 percent for June was lower than the 3.7 percent a year earlier, the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations reported Thursday. Maui island’s unemployment rate for the month was 3.2 percent, lower than the 3.4 percent in June ...

Hearing on boating rules amendments set

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The Maui News Amendments to boating rules that would allow the state to better manage small-boat harbors and ocean recreational activities in nearshore waters will be addressed at a public hearing from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Velma McWayne Santos Community Center in Wailuku. The state ...