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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

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 ...

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

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 ...

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

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 ...

County / In Brief

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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Appreciating the man who made it all possible

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 ...

More changes sought for single-event liquor licenses

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 ...

Sales reports due July 31

County liquor licensees are reminded that they need to complete and file their Gross Liquor Sales Report forms by July 31, the county Department of Liquor Control said. The form needs to be filed and accepted by the department no later than 4:30 p.m. July 31. Licensees who fail to file the ...

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Sesame Street comes to Maui

Harrison Byler, 2, sits down with Cookie Monster on Friday morning at Imua Family Services. Cookie Monster and fellow Sesame Street character Elmo visited the Kahului agency before starting a run at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center with the Sesame Street Live “Elmo Makes Music” ...

Kihei development’s EIS rejected by state Land Use Commission

KAHULUI — State Land Use Commission members rejected by a 6-0 vote Thursday a final environmental impact statement for the Pi‘ilani Promenade project, but the panel’s action didn’t necessarily put an end to the development proposed for 75 acres in north Kihei. Owners’ representative ...

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Maui man gets 95-year ‘extraordinary sentence’ for repeated sex assault

WAILUKU — A man convicted of 146 charges for repeatedly forcing a girl into sexual acts during a five-year period was resentenced Thursday to prison terms totaling 95 years, with a judge saying that the “extraordinary case” required an “extraordinary sentence.” “The court finds ...

County / In Brief

Windsurfer who died identified Police identified a 75-year-old windsurfer who died after being brought to shore Wednesday afternoon as Winston Ellison of Kihei. He was reported to be in distress while windsurfing off Kanaha Beach Park in Kahului and was being towed to shore by a kiteboarder ...

Medical, psychological and administrative services for Maui’s veterans will be consolidated at a single location (outlined in red) on the edge of Maui High School’s campus along West Papa Avenue.
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State DOE confirms lease of property for veterans facility

Maui High School students may be working with military veterans in the next few years as the island’s medical, psychological and administrative services for veterans consolidates into a single location on the edge of the Kahului school’s campus. The state Department of Education agreed ...

Unsafe levels of bacteria found in Honolua Bay waters

The Maui News - The level of the bacteria enterococci exceeded safe levels in the waters off Honolua Bay on the west side during a recent test, the state Health Department’s Clean Water Branch said Thursday. The presence of enterococci could indicate that potentially harmful microorganisms ...

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Catching some air at Makena

Jayson Tabon, a 2017 Maui High graduate, gets air while boogie boarding at Makena’s Oneloa Beach, or Big Beach, Thursday afternoon. King tides, a combination of usually high surf and high ocean levels, are expected through the weekend due to high surf from Tropical Storm Fernanda, which was ...