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‘How can anyone afford that?’

By GRANT PHILLIPS Hawaii Tribune-Herald A contentious meeting regarding homeowners insurance for Puna residents and others was heldWednesday at the Hawaiian Shores Community Center. Roughly 130 people packed the center and watched through the windows while another 100 tuned in via Zoom. The focus on drastically rising premiums for those living in lava zones 1 and 2, with some residents saying their rates rose by more than 400% and they are being priced out of their homes.The increase resulted…Read more

Brewing aloha for Maui

By JOHN BURNETTHawaii Tribune-Herald Relief efforts for those impacted by the catastrophic wildfires on Maui include an airlift undertaken by Hawaii’s coffee growers – a coffee break, if you will, forfirst responders and others. The brainchild of Helen Burnett, workforce recruitment director for Heavenly Hawaiian Kona Coffee Farms in Holualoa, Coffee Love for Maui sent its first large shipment of Kona coffee, See COFFEE Page A8 Maui firefighters and Mokulele Airlines crew hold bags…Read more

Bare wires, leaning poles could have sparked fires

By JENNIFER McDERMOTT, BERNARD CONDON and MICHAEL BIESECKER Associated Press In the first moments of the Maui fires, when high winds brought down power poles, slapping electrified wires to the dry grass below, there was a reason the flames erupted all at once in long, neat rows – those wires were bare, uninsulated metal that could spark on contact. Videos and images analyzed by The Associated Press confirmed those wires were among miles of line that Hawaiian Electric Co. left naked to the…Read more

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