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Entangled humpback whale rescued off Maui

LAHAINA, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow)- A NOAA-led response team successfully freed an entangled humpback whale off Lahaina, Maui on Sunday.  

The entangled 'subadult' humpback whale was first seen and monitored by Pacific Whale Foundation's Ocean Discovery on Sunday morning. Ultimate Whale Watch's Wiki Wahine and West Maui Rapid Response Team's response vessel, Aloha Kai, also assisted to monitor the entangled whale before an authorized response team on board the sanctuary's response vessel, Kohola, arrived at the scene.

The entanglement involved a braided line running through the animal's mouth, and trailing approximately 120 feet behind to a pair of buoys on one end of the line. While the animal was still in good condition, the entanglement was life threatening, and would have impacted the animal's ability to feed on its return to high-latitude feeding grounds.

Brown water advisory issued for Maui's Honokahua Bay

MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow)- A Brown Water Advisory was issued Monday morninng for Honokahua Bay on Maui due to heavy rains.

The public is advised to stay out of flood waters and storm water runoff due to possible overflowing cesspools, sewer manholes, pesticides, animal fecal matter, dead animals, pathogens, chemicals, and associated flood debris.

If coastal waters are turbid and brown, stay out.

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University of Hawaii and ESPN Radio 1420 AM Agree to Five-Year Extension of UH Sports Radio Contract

ESPN Radio 1420 AM and the University of Hawaii Athletics Department have agreed to a five-year extension of their radio broadcast agreement. The terms of the extension take effect July 1, 2014 and will run through June 30, 2019.

Under the agreement, ESPN Radio 1420 AM (call letters: KKEA) will have the exclusive radio rights to broadcast all of the UH-Manoa sporting events including home and away games for football, baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s volleyball and select home softball games.  The station will also have the right to broadcast all postseason games for UH football, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s volleyball, baseball and softball.

Island Insurance introduces new Contractors Errors and Omissions Coverage to Hawaii

Island Insurance introduces new Contractors Errors and Omissions Coverage to Hawaii

Island Insurance Company, Ltd., the State’s largest locally-owned Property and Casualty insurance carrier, is the first in Hawaii to offer Contractors Errors and Omissions (E & O) Coverage to its commercial insurance policyholders. 

Contractors E & O Coverage is an optional coverage that protects small contractors from claims of property damage against their work, product, or impaired property caused by unintentional faulty workmanship or materials.  With coverage limits of: $500,000 per claim limit and $1 million aggregate limit, this coverage is especially beneficial to small contractors and those engaged in specialized trades including but not limited to:

Upcountry Maui water meters to be issued

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - Upcountry Maui property owners who have been waiting years for water service could soon be getting water meters.

The Maui News reports the county's Department of Water Supply announced Wednesday it has started issuing Upcountry water meters.

Lower Kula resident Alfred Medeiros says that will allow him to move forward with a 10-home subdivision project. He says the project will also provide lots of jobs.

The department will take requests for meters in the order of a priority list.

Mayor Alan Arakawa says the new meters will bring relief to families who have been on the list for a generation.

Water Supply Director Dave Taylor says the Upcountry water system will remain primarily dependent on surface water sources. He asks that applicants remain patient and wait to be contacted.

Island Insurance Foundation Recognizes 13 Public School Principals

Island Insurance Foundation Recognizes 13 Public School Principals

The Island Insurance Foundation has recognized 12 outstanding public school principals nominated for its 10th Annual Masayuki Tokioka Excellence in School Leadership Award in a presentation ceremony on Saturday, March 29th.

Island Insurance Foundation President Tyler Tokioka and Department of Education representatives presented commendations to the nominees in a ceremony at the Island Insurance Center. The Island Insurance Foundation presented each nominee with a $1,000 personal cash award and commemorative plaque.

The recipient of the annual award, named in honor of the late Masayuki Tokioka, founder of Island Insurance Company, Ltd., will be announced at the Public Schools of Hawaii Foundation Dinner on Thursday, May 1, 2014.

Island Insurance Foundation Recognizes 13 Public School Principals

Island Insurance Foundation Recognizes 13 Public School Principals

The Island Insurance Foundation has recognized 12 outstanding public school principals nominated for its 10th Annual Masayuki Tokioka Excellence in School Leadership Award in a presentation ceremony on Saturday, March 29th.

Island Insurance Foundation President Tyler Tokioka and Department of Education representatives presented commendations to the nominees in a ceremony at the Island Insurance Center. The Island Insurance Foundation presented each nominee with a $1,000 personal cash award and commemorative plaque.

The recipient of the annual award, named in honor of the late Masayuki Tokioka, founder of Island Insurance Company, Ltd., will be announced at the Public Schools of Hawaii Foundation Dinner on Thursday, May 1, 2014.