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Timothy Hurley is a staff writer at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Hurley has been a journalist in Hawaii since 1990. He first worked as a reporter at the Maui News and then at the Hono­lulu Advertiser. He has a B.A. in Communications-Journalism from California State University in Fullerton, Ca.
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                                Long-term housing is needed for survivors of the deadly Aug. 8 wildfire on Maui. Pictured in November are charred homes and vehicles in Lahaina.
Maui mayor calls for ‘shared sacrifice’

The Maui County Council on Tuesday approved Mayor Richard Bissen’s proposal to offer a substantial tax break to homeowners who convert their short-term rentals into long-term housing for those displaced by the Aug. 8 wildfires. Read more

                                A floodwater capture system is laid along Front Street in Lahaina. A Kona low is expected to bring rain, which could carry toxic materials out to sea.
Kona low threatens Lahaina nearshore waters

This week’s Kona low storm was anticipated to be the first big rain in Lahaina since the wildfire that destroyed the heart of the historic town and left toxic ash and chemicals at risk of being washed into the ocean. Read more

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                                Alison Nugent, associate professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, shown with a projected image of Hurricane Lane in a classroom at the university, said the setup for Hurricane Dora’s winds was the same as for Lane in 2018.
Hurricane season was average but deadly

The 2023 hurricane season officially draws to a close Thursday, extending to five years a run of average to below-average Central Pacific hurricane seasons. Read more

                                Large waves roll into Waimea Bay during a large northwest swell.
Windward showers rise; northerly swell declines

Windward and mauka showers are expected to pick up on Oahu and Kauai today as Monday’s breezy tradewinds back off to moderate levels, according to the National Weather Service. Read more

                                Kauaula resident Danny Palakiko, who also spoke at the meeting.
Panel is urged to restore West Maui stream flows

The largely Native Hawaiian audience told the commission that restoring stream flows not only is important to bring back aquatic life and support cultural practices, but to protect homes from wildfires. Read more

                                Divers move a sunken vessel in Lahaina Harbor by attaching float bags to it Sept. 29, 2023. The float bags raise the vessel to the surface, allowing divers to position it out of the way of incoming recovery equipment.
Toxic runoff could threaten reefs off Lahaina

Bolstered by a $200,000 National Science Foundation rapid-response grant, a team of UH researchers is gearing up to sample the coral reefs near Lahaina to assess the impact of toxic ash from the fire. Read more

                                Mala boat ramp sits in the foreground with the original 1922 concrete Mala Pier behind it.
Mala Wharf in Lahaina reopens today

The opening of the popular ramp comes as Maui County lifts affected burn area-access restrictions in and around Mala Wharf and the U.S. Coast Guard ends safety zone limits on ocean access near Mala. Read more

                                Kaleo Manuel receives a lei from friend Jennifer Santos while gathering with supporters inside the Kalanimoku Building in Honolulu.
Kaleo Manuel reinstated to state Water Commission post

The state Commission on Water Resource Management reinstated First Deputy Kaleo Manuel on Monday, nearly two months after he was reassigned in a controversial move following the catastrophic Lahaina wildfire. Read more

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