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The Lahaina fire could prompt the state to change how it manages water on Maui
A dispute over whether DLNR balked at releasing water to land owners played out in an exchange of angry letters in the days after the fire. Civil Beat. Star-Advertiser.

President Biden to travel to Maui Aug. 21 to meet with wildfire survivors, officials
The Bidens will be able to see firsthand the devastating loss of life and land that has occurred and discuss the next steps in the recovery effort. The president has marshalled a whole-of-government response to the fires. Maui Now. Hawaii News Now.

Mobile morgue arrives on Maui to assist in identifying victims
A contingent of federal mortuary experts has been deployed to Maui along with a mobile morgue that arrived Tuesday to assist in processing the dead to identify those who perished. Star-AdvertiserHawaii News Now.

Death toll in Lahaina wildfire rises to 106 as county releases identities of 2 victims
The two people identified on Tuesday evening were: Robert Dyckman, 74, and Buddy Jantoc, 79, both of Lahaina. The names were released after the men’s family members were notified. Hawaii News Now. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Hawai‘i Public RadioMaui News. Maui Now.   KHON2.
Buddy Jantoc was a beloved Hawaiian musician and papa. KITV4.

Videos call out downed power lines as possible cause of Maui wildfires

Footage has emerged as key evidence pointing to fallen utility lines as the possible cause. Hawaiian Electric Co. faces criticism for not shutting off the power amid high wind warnings and keeping it on even as dozens of poles began to topple. Star-Advertiser

Hawaiian Electric shares drop another 31% as liability concerns mount
Relentless selling on Monday wiped more than a $1 billion from the company’s value as the stock plunged by a third in its biggest loss on record. Shares extended the freefall today, shedding 31% after Hawaiian Electric was cut to junk by S&P Global Ratings. Star-Advertiser.

HTA to seek tourism emergency declaration
The Hawai‘i Tourism Authority is requesting that the governor declare a tourism emergency in the wake of devastating wildfires in Maui and Hawai‘i counties, and if approved it would be the first such declaration and allow the agency to tap into a $5 million special fund. Star-Advertiser.

Was Maui’s emergency operations chief in over his head?
Herman Andaya lacked formal experience in emergency response but beat out 40 other applicants for the job and says he was prepared. Civil Beat.

No danger anticipated from approaching tropical storms
Just a week after Hurricane Dora contributed to the wildfires that caused death and destruction in West Maui and some property damage in West Hawai‘i, there are two more tropical cyclones lurking in the Pacific. Tribune-Herald.

The Trust for Public Land says it has protected over 77,000 acres in Hawai‘i since 1979. Here are its projects.
What’s Next for the Trust for Public Land in Hawai‘i
Since its founding 50 years ago, the organization says it has protected over 77,000 acres. Among its current projects is returning land to Native Hawaiian control… read more.
UH’s innovative new dorm nurtures fledgling entrepreneurs
An expected 374 UH students will live in this first-in-Hawai‘i residential hub for student entrepreneurship, opening this week after more than six years of planning and construction.  Star-Advertiser.


Women Entrepreneurs Encouraged to Think Bigger About Financing.

Hawaii is a great place for women entrepreneurs. The U.S. Census Bureau shows our state is number one in the nation for the percentage of women-owned businesses… read more.

Council asks state to intervene in insurance crisis
County Council members and Puna residents alike are urging action by the state to stave off a burgeoning insurance crisis that threatens to drastically increase policyholders’ premiums. Tribune-Herald.

Big Island pilots respond to Maui crisis
When word started to spread Friday that help was needed on Maui, commercial operators Paradise Helicopters and Mauna Loa Helicopters were already gathering supplies and flying them to Kapalua. Tribune-Herald.

Photo: Aaron Yoshino
Maui Strong Fund Supports 34 Organizations with Boots on the Ground

Micah Kāne, CEO of the Hawai‘i Community Foundation, describes how donations are being used to help the needy... read more.
Gov. Green signs order providing access to Lahaina via Māʻalaea during specific hours
On Wednesday, the road will open to all motorists daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Access from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. will be limited once again to residents, first responders, and employees of West Maui. Maui Now.

UH Maui College to delay fall term due to wildfire disaster
The start of the fall semester at UH Maui College will be pushed back a week because of the devastating effects of the West Maui wildfires, officials announced Tuesday. Star-Advertiser.

3 closed Maui schools deemed in ‘good condition,’ await safety testing
Structures at three closed Lahaina area schools visited today by state officials were found to be in “good condition,” and safety testing of air and water will help determine reopening dates, the state Department of Education has announced. Star-Advertiser. Maui News.

As Maui rescue continues, families and faith leaders cling to hope but tackle reality of loss
For scores of families in Hawai‘i still hoping to reunite with loved ones, it was not yet time to give up. Maui News

Families of missing Lahaina senior home residents face agonizing search
Loved ones are frantically looking for residents of Hale Mahaolu Eono who remain unaccounted for. Civil Beat.

Health care workers, hospitals mobilize on Maui to help
Some of Kaiser’s Maui-based doctors, nurses and staff are working at shelters and other mobile sites around the clock, while staff from O‘ahu are filling in for their roles at the clinic. Star-Advertiser.

Gov. launches housing program for wildfire-displaced Maui residents
Thus far, the state has placed 220 families in temporary long-term housing. The state secured 402 hotel rooms and Airbnb locations to accommodate 1,000 people, and 160 private citizens have opened their homes to evacuees. KHON2.

State levies penalty against ShredCo of Kaua‘i for alleged air permit violations
The violations, which are related to a failure to submit several reports in 2021 and 2022 and pay an annual permit fee of $500 in 2022, were documented and confirmed as a result of record reviews conducted by the Clean Air Branch. Garden Island.

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