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Video: Rescued Woman Amanda Eller Speaks From Hospital

Via the Findamanda Facebook Page: “From the hospital, Amanda’s Message of Appreciation and Love to all of you.” According to the post, “This will be the only statement given by Amanda for a few days while she recovers. Her date and time of hospital release is unknown. She is so incredibly grateful for the coverage that you have given this …

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Swimmer Dies After Suspected Shark Bite in Ka’anapali

The DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement and Division of Aquatic Resources are assisting Maui County in putting up shark warning signs at Ka’anapali Beach Park after what was reported as a fatal shark incident this morning at about 8:48 am. The victim was a 65-year-old male from California. A witness reported the man was swimming about 200 yards …

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Brush Fire Burns in Kula

The Maui Fire Department is battling a brush fire in Kula. Crews responded to a 5:01 p.m. alarm for the blaze, located Mauka of Kula Highway near Omoapio Road. Fire officials say the fire has burned about two acres and has been deemed under control but not out. No evacuations have taken place as a result of the incident.

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Details Emerge in Amanda Eller Rescue

At about 3:45 p.m. on Friday, a female was spotted in the area of Kailua reservoir by searchers in a helicopter. The Maui Fire Department responded and were able to extricate the female, who was identified as Amanda Eller. Eller was reported missing on May 9. Maui Police Department officials say Eller was alive and transported to the hospital for …

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DWS Declares Stage 1 Water Shortage in Upcountry

Effective immediately, the Department of Water Supply has declared a Stage 1 water shortage for all customers in Upcountry covering the areas of Haiku, Makawao, Olinda, Pukalani, Kula, Haliimaile, Omaopio/Pulehu, Keokea/Waiohuli, Ulupalakua and Kanaio due to a potential for reduced surface water flows and drier conditions this summer. The state drought monitor spring forecast predicts a 70 percent chance of …

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UPDATE: Family confirms Maui woman missing for over 2 weeks found alive

Amanda Eller has been located alive. A post on the official Find Amanda Facebook page says the woman was injured in the forest. “Amanda was found by our own search team captains Chris and Javier!! They were in a helicopter searching out of the general area where we have been in. She spotted them and they spotted her at the …

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Coast Guard Seeks Help IDing Owner of Adrift Kayak off Olowalu

The Coast Guard is seeking the public’s help identifying the owner of an adrift kayak found about five miles off Olowalu on Tuesday morning. Coast Guard Sector Honolulu watchstanders issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast notice to mariners to keep a sharp lookout for signs of distress.  There are currently no reports of missing persons in the area. Anyone with …

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Police Search for Another Missing Hiker in Wailuku

Maui Police Department and Maui Fire Department personnel are currently searching for a missing hiker in the area of Kapilau Ridge Trail, also known as the Saint Anthony Cross in Wailuku. Authorities say the missing man, identified as Noah Mina, was reported as possibly missing on Monday. Thirty-five-year-old Mina is described as 5-feet-8-inches tall and 180 pounds. He has black …

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Community Survey to Tackle Affordable Housing in West Maui

West Maui residents, employers, and employees are invited to participate in a community survey aimed at tackling affordable housing in West Maui. The West Maui Workforce Housing Survey is a grassroots, community-driven survey designed to determine the need for housing in West Maui from “the bottom up” as opposed to “top down”. Shaped by an informal working group of West …

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Na Hale O Maui Blesses 12 New Affordable Home Sites

On Monday, a blessing ceremony was held that represents the next step in bringing affordable single-family homes to Lahaina for residents providing essential public services to the community, such as teachers, first responders, health care workers and county workers. Twelve vacant home sites in the Kahoma Residential Subdivision on Komo Mai Street in Lahaina were blessed in a ceremony today. …

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