UPDATE: The victim has been identified as Steven Ribellia (32) of Lahaina.
Saturday afternoon, just before 2 p.m. police, fire rescue personnel, and Air 1 responded to the area of Nakalele Point for a body floating in the water.
Upon arrival of rescue personnel, the body of a 32 year-old Lahaina resident was found floating in the water. The lifeless body was recovered and bought to shore.
Police have classified the case as a miscellaneous accident. Preliminary investigation revealed that the victim was fishing with a friend when he entered into the water to retrieve his fishing lure that had gotten stuck. No foul play suspected. The release of victim’s name is pending notification of next of kin.
The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a HIGH SURF ADVISORY for NORTH FACING SHORES of MAUI and MOLOKAI in effect from 6:00 a.m. Sunday until 6:00 p.m. Monday.
A High Surf Advisory means that high surf will affect beaches in the advisory area, producing rip currents and localized beach erosion.
EFFECTS: A new northwest swell will bring advisory level surf to the Islands Sunday and Monday. Expect the surf to rise rapidly on Sunday.
Surf will increase rapidly on Sunday, peak Sunday night, and decline on Monday. Surf will rise to 15 to 20 feet.
Forecast surf heights are estimates of the height of the face or front of waves.
A high tide of approximately 1.8 feet is expected between 6:45 a.m. and 8:03 a.m. tomorrow morning. The next high tide of approximately 1.6 feet is expected between 11:32 p.m. tomorrow evening and 1:35 a.m. tomorrow morning.
PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES: BEACH GOERS ARE URGED TO STAY OUT OF THE WATER AND WELL AWAY FROM THE SHORE BREAK DUE TO THE HAZARDOUS WAVE ACTION AND STRONG RIP CURRENTS.
INFORMATION: Maui County Civil Defense will continue to monitor the situation. Please listen to your local radio and TV stations or NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts for any updates. NOAA Weather Broadcasts can be reached by calling 1-866-944-5025. NOAA Weather Internet services can be found at www.prh.noaa.gov/hnl.
Pre-recorded advisories and notifications are available 24-hours a day on the Maui County Automated Information System (AIS) by calling 986-1200. The same information is available on the Maui County website at www.mauicounty.gov.
WAILUKU, December 31, 2011 – Volunteers with the American Red Cross responding to a residential fire reported on Kunu Street in Kahului . Red Cross disaster volunteers are heading to the scene to meet with affected residents and ensure their immediate emergency needs for food, shelter and clothing are met. Caseworkers will continue to follow up with anyone affected in the coming weeks to provide referrals, guidance or additional assistance as needed to help with the recovery process.
The Red Cross encourages all families to make a disaster plan to include an evacuation plan with two different routes of escape, a communications plan to help families reconnect after disaster and a disaster supplies kit that is readily available to aid in a quick evacuation. Information on developing a family plan is available to the public at www.redcross.org, or a brochure can be requested by calling 734-2101.
New Year’s Eve in Hawaii will be windy but mostly dry, according to the National Weather Service.
Winds are light today, thanks to a northern front that won’t affect the islands, said John Bravender, NWS meteorologist.
“It’s below normal chance of rain,” he said. “We’re going to be dry and stable, just some showers in the typical windward and mauka areas.”
On New Year’s Eve, winds should pick up to about 10 to 15 mph, which should be enough to blow around smoke with all the fireworks, Bravender said.
Surf is looking good for the first day of 2012 too. Swells should be building Sunday morning, and peak to more than 15 feet by Sunday afternoon. Surf will drop by Monday, but should pick up again on Tuesday.
“It could bring warning level surf for north and west facing shores, surf over 25 feet,” Bravender said.
HONOLULU — The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) is reminding the public about safety prohibitions regarding New Year’s celebrations statewide.
“We would like the public to enjoy the New Year’s holiday and asks that people understand for public safety and the protection of our natural and cultural resources that fireworks are prohibited in State Parks, Forests, and Small Boat Harbors,” said William J. Aila, Jr., DLNR Chairperson.
The DLNR is reminding the public of the following rules that need to be observed:
· Setting off fireworks and consumption of alcohol are prohibited within all state parks, forest reserves, unencumbered lands, and small boat harbors.
· All boats, personal watercraft and kayaks are required by federal and state laws to be equipped with approved operational safety equipment. Rules and regulations established by DLNR and the U.S. Coast Guard also prohibit vessel overloading, and boating under the influence of intoxicants.
· All vessels, including thrill craft and kayaks must stay 300 yards away from land based and floating fireworks launch sites for their own safety.
For more information about Hawai‘i’s cultural and natural resources, and what DLNR is doing to protect these resources, please visit DLNR’s website at www.hawaii.gov/dlnr/ or facebook page at www.facebook.com/HawaiiDLNR.
HONOLULU – Total expenditures by visitors who came to Hawai’i in the first 11 months of 2011 increased 15.1 percent, compared to the same period in 2010, to $11.3 billion. Total visitor days for all visitors rose 4.9 percent and total arrivals remained ahead (+3.4%) of last year at 6,600,776 visitors, according to preliminary statistics released today by the Hawai’i Tourism Authority.
For the month of November 2011, total visitor spending grew 8.2 percent (up $73.5 million) from November 2010 to $972.5 million. Total spending by all visitors has risen every month since May 2010. Higher daily spending ($186 per person, up from $179 per person in November 2010) contributed to the growth in total visitor expenditures.
Total arrivals in November 2011 rose 2.6 percent compared to last November to 566,672 visitors.
Total arrivals by air only in November 2011 increased 3.6 percent to 555,630 visitors. Japanese arrivals grew 4.7 percent, the third consecutive month of increases. Arrivals from Canada (+5.1%), U.S. West (+0.6%) and U.S. East (+2.0%) were also higher compared to November 2010. Arrivals by cruise ships fell 32 percent from November 2010 to 11,042 visitors.
For the first 11 months of 2011, total expenditures by Canadian visitors rose 26.5 percent, supported by strong growth in arrivals (+18.8%) and higher average daily spending. Total expenditures by U.S. West (+6.9%) and U.S. East (+9.5%) visitors continued to increase while U.S. West (+1.9%) and U.S. East (+2.0%) arrivals remained above year-to-date 2010. Total Japanese visitor expenditures increased 8.1 percent, even though arrivals were lower (-5.4%) than the first 11 months of 2010.
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