MAUIWatch Staff

MAUIWatch Staff

Marijuana smoker blamed for 80 acre Kihei brush fire, officials say

On Monday, July 22, 2019 at about 9 a.m., emergency crews were sent to a brush fire mauka of Piilani Highway just north of Mapu Place in Kihei. Flames were seen an estimated 200 yards from the highway. Upon arrival, police officers contacted a male in the brush walking away from the fire. While speaking to the male, officers observed …

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Suspect Sought in Kahului Break-Ins

The Maui Police Department is seeking public help in identifying a male suspect who entered two homes on West Lanai Street in Kahului on July 22 at approximately 5:30 a.m. Authorities say the suspects is between 17 and 23-years-old. He is described as Polynesian/Filipino and between 5-foot-3-inches and 5-foot-5-inches tall and weights about 150 pounds with a medium built. The …

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Man Arrested in Maui TMT Protest

A 19-year-old man was arrested at about 6 p.m. on Monday as Maui Police Department officers were monitoring the Mauna Kea Thirty Meter Telescope protestors in the area of Honoapiilani Highway and Kaanapali Parkway in Lahaina. MPD officials say protestors were on the makai side of the highway waving signs to passing motorists. Officers observed a silver colored SUV traveling …

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Maui Doctor Pleads Guilty To Health Care Fraud

Mark Lipetz, 50, owner and operator of the South Maui Clinic in Kihei, Maui, pleaded guilty today in federal court to two counts of health care fraud and one count of acquiring a controlled substance through misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception, or subterfuge. Sentencing is scheduled for December 5, 2019 before U.S. District Judge Leslie E. Kobayashi. According to court documents …

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UPDATE: Brush Fire North of Maui Meadows 100 Percent Contained

Updated at 7:45 p.m. As of 7:05 p.m., Maui Fire Department officials say that the fire is 100 percent contained. The fire has scorched approximately 80 acres of land. MFD says the cause of the fire has not been determined. Updated at 2:40 p.m. As of 2:30 p.m., the Maui Fire Department reports that the fire that broke out Monday …

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Safeway to Celebrate Kahului Grand Opening

Safeway will open its newest Maui store on Wednesday, July 24 at the new Hookele Shopping Center in Kahului. This is the fourth Safeway location on Maui and a new Safeway fuel station is scheduled to open at the site in the fall. In addition to the new Kahului store, the other Safeway grocery stores on Maui are in Kihei, …

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UPDATE: Two Die in Pi`ilani Highway Crash

Updated at 9:30 p.m. At about 2 p.m. on Monday, a 14-year-old male succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead while in intensive care. Original story published at 5:30 a.m. A motor vehicle collision claimed the life of of one on Sunday night. Maui Police Department officials say the crash occurred just before 7:30 p.m. on Pi`ilani Highway, north …

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MFD: Boy Nearly Drowns in Ka`anapali Pool

The Maui Fire Department responded to a near drowning at a pool in Ka`anapali on Saturday. Responding to a 4:57 p.m. alarm, MFD learned that a 3-year-old boy had fallen into a pool and was unresponsive after being removed from the water. Authorities say that upon crew arrival, the boy was breathing but not responding to verbal stimuli. He was …

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MAYORWatch: When Will Shower Restoration at Mai Poina Park be Completed?

Mayor Michael Victorino answers weekly questions submitted to his office staff. Question: We are wondering when the shower restoration at Mai Poina Park in Kihei will be finished? The shower looks like it is almost complete. Mahalo for your time. Answer: Thank you for your question, and staff at the Department of Parks and Recreation confirmed that the contractor for this …

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MAYORWatch: Does MPD Investigate Cell Phone Use in Accidents?

Mayor Michael Victorino answers weekly questions submitted to his office staff. Question: Since driving and using your cell phone is illegal in the State of Hawaii, does the Maui Police Department investigate this aspect of an accident? More and more drivers still continue to text, talk and use their cell phones, and possibly become distracted, so it seems this would …

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