“The number of people missing following devastating Maui wildfires has dropped to 66….”
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HONOLULU — One month after the deadliest U.S. wildfire in more than a century leveled the historic town of Lahaina, Hawaii Gov. Josh Green said Friday that the number of missing has dropped to 66, the confirmed death toll remains at 115 and authorities will soon escort residents on visits to their property.
Hawaii’s chief housing officer, Nani Medeiros — who has been disparaged, sued and criticized in her 10 months on the job — plans to resign, citing recent threats to her and her family.
A teenage Hilo High School student was arrested Thursday for making threats against a Waiakea High School student over social media.
KAHULUI, Hawaii — Richie Olsten has been in Maui’s helicopter tour business for a half century, so long he’s developed a barometer for the tourism-dependent economy: rental cars parked at the island’s airport.
A woman was reportedly shot with an arrow fired by an unknown attacker at Hapuna Beach Park Wednesday evening, according to a Hawaii Police Department report.
Hawaii County police are investigating a social media threat at Waiakea High School.
Hawaii County Council members are once again urging the state to take action against a looming insurance crisis that could leave hundreds of Puna residents unable to afford coverage.
HONOLULU — After a visit to a warehouse where Hawaiian Electric Company is housing power poles and electrical equipment that may be key to the investigation of last month’s devastating fires on Maui, lawyers for Lahaina residents and business owners told a court Tuesday that cable TV and telephone companies share responsibility for the disaster because they allegedly overloaded and destabilized some of the poles.
To residents, civil defense leaders and even Gov. Josh Green, the siren warnings have varying purposes or meanings. And the roughly 10 million tourists who visit Hawaii each year generally have even less understanding of siren sounds.
Police are seeking public assistance in locating an inmate of Hale Nani Correctional Facility who failed to return to the facility following a furlough.
Hawaii’s unemployment crisis is expected to worsen, raising concerns that the state’s unemployment system could become overwhelmed as it was during COVID-19.
There was a larger supply of vacation rentals in July compared with the same month in 2022, but demand and occupancy were down, according to a recent report from the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism.
In order to extend the usable life of the West Hawaii Sanitary Landfill, a Hawaii County commission is drafting a bill that would prohibit disposing of recyclable materials at that facility.