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Sunday, September 3, 2023
Tax Deadlines on Maui
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1741 Views :: Maui County, Taxes

... On August 18, 2023, the Internal Revenue Service announced “expansive tax relief” for Hawaii wildfire victims ....

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Sunday, September 3, 2023
Steps we could take to help Lahaina rebuild more quickly
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:14 AM :: 1893 Views :: Maui County, Development, Small Business

... licensure laws that constrain the supply of skilled trades workers, building codes that complicate and disincentivize adding accessory dwelling units, and laws prohibiting prefabricated homes ....

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Sunday, September 3, 2023
Maui Crisis: A Time to Help!
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:02 AM :: 1589 Views :: Maui County, OHA

... “Nani ka noho mehameha ʻana o ke kūlanakauhale i piha i kanaka! Ua like hoʻi me ka wahine kāne make!” How lonely sits the city that was once full of people! (Lam. 1:1) ....

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Saturday, September 2, 2023
Speaker of House in Hawaii to witness damage caused by wildfires
By Selected News Articles @ 3:41 PM :: 1565 Views :: Maui County, Congressional Delegation

... "It's clear we need answers into how this tragic fire occurred and what could have been done to prevent it from happening." ....

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Friday, September 1, 2023
UHERO: Maui wildfire impacts and recovery challenges
By UHERO @ 4:28 AM :: 1513 Views :: Maui County

... displaced families are now searching for housing in one of the nation’s most expensive markets ....

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Friday, September 1, 2023
UL Lab to Conduct Lahaina Investigation
By News Release @ 4:13 AM :: 1676 Views :: Maui County, Ethics

... "to assess the policies and performance of state and county agencies" -- not MECO ....

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Friday, September 1, 2023
VIDEO: Where was Bissen while Lahaina Burned?
By Video @ 3:55 AM :: 3286 Views :: Maui County

" I had been present in our Emergency Operating Center since Aug. 7 "

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Thursday, August 31, 2023
‘We Are Dealing With Global Warming’: Hawaii Gov Once Again Blames Deadly Wildfire On Climate Change
By Video @ 11:08 PM :: 1633 Views :: Maui County, Environment

... The West Maui Land Company accused M. Kaleo Manuel, an official with the Hawaii DLNR, of delaying a response to a request to use water to refill reservoirs used by the Maui Fire Department to fight the wildfire ....

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Thursday, August 31, 2023
Lahaina Banyan Tree: Signs of Life Three Weeks After Fire
By News Release @ 6:30 PM :: 1318 Views :: Maui County

" ... A lot of new roots shooting off .... "

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Thursday, August 31, 2023
US House Committee opens investigation into Hawaiian Electric
By News Release @ 4:14 PM :: 1880 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Ethics

"... Has the Hawai’i State Energy Office been involved? ...."

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Wednesday, August 30, 2023
Sen Keith-Agaran Resigns--Chased out by Ethics Investigation?
By News Release @ 8:59 PM :: 3064 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Hawaii State Government

“... I was appointed to this position, I didn’t run for it initially so I’m not wedded to staying in the Legislature ....”

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Wednesday, August 30, 2023
U.S. EPA begins hazardous material removal work in Lahaina
By News Release @ 3:04 PM :: 1651 Views :: Maui County, Environment

... Bissen has said that after the EPA removes hazardous materials, he will allow residents to go back to their properties to collect personal items ....

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Tuesday, August 29, 2023
‘Immediately Caught On’: Hawaii State Rep Slams Developers For Sweeping In ‘Like Vultures’ To Buy Land
By Video @ 7:10 PM :: 2344 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Development

... The proclamation gave developers ways around regulations ....

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Tuesday, August 29, 2023
Maui fire update: House Oversight to launch inquiry into Biden handling of situation
By Selected News Articles @ 6:48 PM :: 1555 Views :: Maui County, Congressional Delegation

... waste, fraud, and abuse of taxpayer dollars ....

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Monday, August 28, 2023
Some Lahaina fire survivors ‘still didn’t believe that it happened’
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:47 PM :: 1602 Views :: Maui County

... shock and denial ....

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Monday, August 28, 2023
‘There’s going to be a lot blame in the next few years’
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:25 PM :: 1544 Views :: Maui County

... Anger lasts the longest ....

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Monday, August 28, 2023
Flashback: How Andaya was selected Maui Emergency Chief
By News Release @ 8:58 PM :: 2892 Views :: Maui County, Ethics

... a selection committee comprised of the Maui PD Chief Faaumu, Maui FD Chief Murray, Elton Ushio, Admin of the Kauaʻi Emergency Management Agency and Vern Miyagi, Admin of the Hawaiʻi State Emergency Management Agency ....

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Monday, August 28, 2023
Fact Check: Joe Biden Embellishes Fire Story in Recent Remarks in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 5:50 PM :: 1773 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Politicians

... The fire was insignificant, contained to the kitchen and under control within 20 minutes, according to the local fire department ....

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Monday, August 28, 2023
FEMA Holds Employee Trainings on ‘White Supremacy’ As More Than 1,000 in Hawaii Remain Missing
By Selected News Articles @ 5:36 PM :: 2399 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, First Amendment

... FEMA's "resilience" division was advised of a requirement to complete one of three three-hour diversity training modules between Aug. 1 and Sept. 28 ....

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Monday, August 28, 2023
Blame Game: HECO Pushes Back Against Maui County Lawsuit
By News Release @ 5:03 AM :: 1986 Views :: Maui County, Energy

"At about 3 p.m., a time when all of Hawaiian Electric's power lines in West Maui had been de-energized for more than six hours, a second fire (the "Afternoon Fire") began in the same area."

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Sunday, August 27, 2023
Lahaina Scammers
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1984 Views :: Maui County, Ethics

... there is a darker side ....

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Saturday, August 26, 2023
Hawaii healthcare takes more hits
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:11 PM :: 1822 Views :: Maui County, Health Care

... among the heartbreaking losses earlier this month in fire-ravaged Lahaina were three healthcare clinics that served approximately 30,000 patients ....

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Saturday, August 26, 2023
Darryl Oliveira hired as interim director of Maui Emergency Management Agency
By News Release @ 1:29 PM :: 1581 Views :: Maui County

... Oliveira directly oversaw Hawaii County’s mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery efforts for diverse emergency and disaster events, including tropical storms and the 2014 Pahoa lava flow ....

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Saturday, August 26, 2023
Last Shelter Closed: Lahaina Survivors in Hotels
By News Release @ 4:07 AM :: 1796 Views :: Maui County, Tourism

... more than a dozen hotels and timeshare properties are currently housing more than 4,400 shelter survivors and hotel employee survivors, while some 900 people are booked in Airbnb units ....

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Saturday, August 26, 2023
‘Sorry … Mr. President’: Hawaiian Business Torches Biden’s Wildfire Response With Viral Marquis Message
By Selected News Articles @ 3:21 AM :: 2099 Views :: Maui County, Politicians

... “Genuine sympathy is better than contrived empathy,” the business wrote in the post of the photo of the sign. “It’s not always about you Mr. President.” ....

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Saturday, August 26, 2023
Hundreds of Military Personnel Helping in Lahaina Fire Zone
By Selected News Articles @ 3:07 AM :: 1906 Views :: Maui County, Military

... there are National Guard, Reserve and active duty personnel who make up the task force. Also included in the task force are Army civilian personnel from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency ....

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Friday, August 25, 2023
Hawaiian Electric Stock Plunges After Dividends Suspended
By News Release @ 3:31 PM :: 2067 Views :: Maui County, Energy

... HEI suspending dividends, drawing down $370M credit line and further separating HEI and ASB boards  ....

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Friday, August 25, 2023
Lahaina Fire: County of Maui releases validated list of Missing
By News Release @ 1:49 PM :: 1182 Views :: Maui County

... UPDATE Aug 25, 2023: "About 100 names tentatively removed from missing list" ....

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Friday, August 25, 2023
To Tackle Highest Housing Costs in the Country, Hawaii's Governor Declares YIMBY Martial Law
By Selected News Articles @ 6:00 AM :: 2241 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use

... An emergency proclamation by Gov. Josh Green offers developers the opportunity to route around almost all regulations on building homes ....

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Thursday, August 24, 2023
Do Lahaina Property Owners Have the Right to Rebuild?
By Andrew Walden @ 8:26 PM :: 9408 Views :: Maui County, Development

... We asked the Maui Mayor’s office and the Maui County Building Permits Division.  Here is their response ....

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Thursday, August 24, 2023
VIDEO: Supreme Court denies Lahaina Fire Water mismanaged
By Video @ 6:09 PM :: 3683 Views :: Maui County, Greenmail

... oral arguments concerning how much water was permitted to battle the Maui wildfires took place in supreme court Wednesday August 23, 2023 ....

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Thursday, August 24, 2023
County of Maui files lawsuit against HECO
By Court House News @ 6:03 PM :: 1712 Views :: Maui County, Energy

... Maui County and other state officials and entities have also faced their own share of criticism for the response during and after the fires ....

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Thursday, August 24, 2023
House Committee demands SBA briefing on Hawaii wildfire relief
By Selected News Articles @ 4:56 PM :: 1623 Views :: Maui County, Small Business

...The House Small Business Committee sent a letter to the Small Business Administration seeking information and a staff-level briefing on how the agency is assisting victims of the Hawaii wildfire....

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Tuesday, August 22, 2023
HHFDC: 900 Housing Options for Fire Victims
By News Release @ 11:51 PM :: 1738 Views :: Maui County, Homelessness

... HHFDC housing referral program ends first week with 900-plus dwelling options for displaced Maui residents; Governor Green urges more property owners to participate ....

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Tuesday, August 22, 2023
DLNR Faked 'Reassignment' of Official Who Withheld Firefighting Water
By News Release @ 5:56 PM :: 4578 Views :: Maui County, Environment, Ethics

... The ‘reassignment’ of Manuel was purposefully defective in order to allow for it to be reversed by litigation such as this ....

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Monday, August 21, 2023
VIDEO: Biden Maui Fire Speech
By Video @ 8:55 PM :: 1803 Views :: Maui County

... Biden address 'community engagement event' on Maui, Aug 21, 2023 ....

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Monday, August 21, 2023
Buried News: What was with that Hawaii water official getting showered with leis from 'supporters'?
By Selected News Articles @ 5:46 AM :: 4745 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, OHA

... "supporters" gathered around him, showering him with about 15 leis, which went up to his chin as he grinned happily ....

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Monday, August 21, 2023
Hawaii Gov Doubles Down Efforts To Link Climate Change To Tragic Fires
By Selected News Articles @ 5:35 AM :: 1873 Views :: Maui County, Environment

... Green attributed some blame for the catastrophic Maui fires to climate change when he appeared on CBS’ Face The Nation on Sunday ....

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Sunday, August 20, 2023
Land Grab: Use Eminent Domain to Seize all of Lahaina?
By Selected News Articles @ 4:16 AM :: 4505 Views :: Maui County, Development

... a blatant “land grab” by the State, leaving the landowner with little to no choice other than to accept “just compensation” for the property, be pau and move on ....

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Saturday, August 19, 2023
​Jones Act among protectionist U.S. policies that will drive up cost of rebuilding Lahaina
By Cato Foundation @ 11:09 PM :: 2007 Views :: Maui County, Jones Act

... protectionist U.S. policies will inflate the cost of the island’s rebuilding effort ....

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Saturday, August 19, 2023
Let's stay focused on helping Lahaina fire victims--Eventually the Facts Will Come Out
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 10:06 PM :: 2038 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Taxes
  • waiving property taxes for the affected property owners
  • clearing the way for out-of-state medical professionals to attend to the needs of those affected by the tragedy
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Saturday, August 19, 2023
DOD, FEMA Fully Engaged in Maui Recovery and Assistance Efforts
By News Release @ 9:15 PM :: 1813 Views :: Maui County, Military

... DOD has 691 personnel in Maui who are engaged in planning, synchronizing and coordinating support to FEMA and the state of Hawaii. ...

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Saturday, August 19, 2023
VIDEO: Green Address on Lahaina Fire, Rebuild
By Video @ 5:23 AM :: 1916 Views :: Maui County, Development

"...The land in Lāhainā is reserved for its people as they return and rebuild...."

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Friday, August 18, 2023
Hawaii’s Green Agenda Primed State for One of the Deadliest Wildfires in History
By Selected News Articles @ 6:22 PM :: 2992 Views :: Maui County, Environment

... it wasn't climate change--it was anti-climate change policies ....

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Friday, August 18, 2023
FBI Helping Collect DNA to Locate and Identify Missing Persons in Lahaina
By News Release @ 4:00 PM :: 1737 Views :: Maui County, Law Enforcement

... asking all immediate family members—parents, siblings, and children—of those who are still missing to provide DNA samples ....

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Friday, August 18, 2023
Sue Big Oil Lawyers: Biden Should Exploit Lahaina Visit to Make us Rich
By News Release @ 3:39 PM :: 2337 Views :: Maui County, Environment

... Biden Has Voiced Support for Similar 'Sue Big Oil' Cases ....

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Thursday, August 17, 2023
VIDEO: Hawaii Official Who Allegedly Withheld Water From Firefighters Says ‘Equity’ Comes First
By Video @ 11:55 PM :: 5146 Views :: Maui County, Environment, Ethics, Higher Education

... A Hawaiian Studies major, Kaleo prefers a traditional, holistic "One Water" approach where water is revered, not used.  Water requires "true conversations about equity" ....

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Thursday, August 17, 2023
DOD Personnel Working With Hawaii, FEMA Officials to Speed Relief to Maui
By News Release @ 10:52 PM :: 1271 Views :: Maui County, Military

... Almost 700 DOD personnel and 140 Coast Guardsmen are part of the coordinated response to the Maui wildfires ....

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Thursday, August 17, 2023
Andaya Quits: Was at Oahu 'Networking Event' as Lahaina Burned
By News Release @ 10:37 PM :: 3004 Views :: Maui County, Ethics

... “It’s a good ol’ boy network. This time it cost lives.” …. 

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Thursday, August 17, 2023
Lahaina Fire too Hot to Handle? Attorney General to hire outside firm to review decision-making
By News Release @ 9:00 PM :: 3218 Views :: Hawaii County , Maui County

... The decision not to conduct a criminal investigation is a key element of the strategy to protect HECO from the fate that befell PG&E after the Camp Fire ....

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