LIHU‘E — Department of Land and Natural Resources personnel for the second day are continuing to respond to a 40-acre wildfire in the Na Pali-Kona Forest Reserve on Miloli‘i Ridge. The Miloli‘i Ridge Trail remains closed to hiking.
Today, there are 19 DLNR forestry personnel working to extinguish the fire, with support from two Kaua‘i Fire Department personnel, and three DOCARE enforcement officers who secured the area and are providing communications support for the duration of the operation.
Two contract hire helicopters are on site providing water drops. Two state wildfire trucks with mobile water pump units are on scene. Kaua‘i Fire Department has brought in a County Public Works water tender to ensure a water source closer to the fire for air operations.
Terrain is very steep, making foot access very difficult as crews are constructing a fire line and extinguishing hot spots with hand tools.
State firefighters are expected to be there throughout the day and into early evening. No structures are threatened. Concerns include firefighter safety as well as presence of threatened and endangered plants in the adjacent Kuia Natural Area Reserve. Among the rare plants found there are the Kokia Kauaiensis, a rare native hibiscus, and the Euphorbia ha‘ele‘eleana.
The fire was reported Monday afternoon to DLNR’s forestry division on Kaua‘i and was burning in molasses grass and Slash pine. Cause of fire start was unknown but may be due to an unauthorized camping fire.
“Summer weather will lead to more dry conditions, so we are asking the public to be fire-smart and help prevent wildfires by not making ground fires and being careful to ensure that camp stoves are correctly used,” said William J. Aila, Jr., DLNR Chairperson.
Tuesday evening, just before 11 p.m., Maui Police report that a a four year-old male child was brought into the Maui Memorial Medical Center for treatment by his father, after being found unresponsive within the shower of their residence.
Initial examination by emergency room doctors revealed the child victim had sustained severe blunt force trauma to his internal organs and subsequently succumbed to his injuries.
The father, a thirty-one (31) year old Wailuku resident, and his twenty-seven (27) year old live-in girlfriend both denied having any knowledge of how the victim sustained his injuries. Both were placed under arrest for MURDER in the SECOND DEGREE. The investigation is still on-going.
No other details have been released at this time.
WAILUKU, Maui, Hawaii – – The Department of Parks and Recreation has announced that both the Old and New Wailuku pools will be closed for maintenance tomorrow, May 31st and on Friday, June 1st.
The department is also announcing that when the Old Wailuku Pool opens up next week it will be used exclusively for lap swimming during lunchtime hours this summer.
Lap swim hours at the pool will be from noon to 1:30 p.m., Monday through Friday starting from June 4 to July 27. The lap swim hours are being offered as another option for those who exercise during their lunch break.
For more information about lap swimming call Wailuku Lifeguards at 270-7409 or 7411. For more information about the pool closures this week contact Duke Sevilla at 270-6135.
HONOLULU – Today the National Football League (NFL) announced it will hold its 2013 Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium for the 33rd time. The game will be held on January 27 and broadcast live on network television.
Governor Neil Abercrombie released the following statement:
“This is wonderful news for football fans in Hawai’i and elsewhere who love watching the game. It’s also great news for NFL Players and their families who enjoy coming to our Aloha State.
“I have had discussions with the Hawai’i Tourism Authority (HTA) and the NFL to look at ways in which we can provide a renewed experience for the game next year for the players, visitors, people of Hawai’i and fans the world over. Hawai’i has a variety of cultural experiences to offer and we want to be sure to highlight our uniqueness beyond the beauty of our landscape.
“We look forward to working with the NFL and the HTA in this partnership and offer our hand in assisting the NFL as it builds relationships with our friends in Asia.”
Hawai’i Tourism Authority CEO Mike McCartney added his words of praise and laid out some plans already in place:
“We are extremely pleased the NFL will return to the Hawaiian Islands in 2013 for the Pro Bowl, and are grateful for our more than 30 year partnership. Many of us believe that there is no better place in the world to host this game.
The Hawai‘i Tourism Authority has maintained ongoing discussions with the NFL leading up to today’s announcement. Together, we are committed to improving the quality of the game and overall experience, and are working to expand the Pro Bowl both in the Hawaiian Islands, as well as in Asia.
We will be pursuing new opportunities in Hawai‘i to benefit and engage our communities and youth across the state. Beyond Hawai‘i’s shores, we look forward to assisting the NFL in expanding upon their relationships in Japan, and help them to establish a presence in China – both important markets for Hawai‘i tourism.
The Pro Bowl in Hawai‘i is more than just a game – the NFL has helped to provide for our community through youth education programs, charitable contributions, community events and so much more. In addition to the worldwide media exposure for our Hawaiian Islands and the significant revenue and tax dollars generated by visitors who travel here specifically to attend the Pro Bowl, the game provides local businesses with an increase in activity and residents the opportunity to engage with players and experience a live professional football game.
Mahalo to Governor Neil Abercrombie, Speaker of the House Calvin Say, Senate President Shan Tsutsui, Mayor Carlisle and the City and County of Honolulu, Scott Chan and the Aloha Stadium Authority, and the entire community for their support in helping to bring the game back to Hawai‘i.
Hawai‘i looks forward to building upon our longstanding relationship with the NFL Pro Bowl well into the future. We will work closely with them to create a quality game and incomparable Pro Bowl experience here in our Hawaiian Islands.
It was a first for the candidates vying for U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka’s seat. Tuesday, they participated in a forum together at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.
The Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association hosted the forum, so candidates spoke about tourism-related issues. And there was one issue in particular, that the Democratic candidates couldn’t seem to get enough of.
“You know, we’ve talked about China ad nauseum right now,” said Ed Case, candidate for U.S. Senate.
Case counted the number of times Congresswoman Mazie Hirono brought up her Visit USA Act. He said Hirono talked about the bill to ease the visa process for Chinese visitors, six times. But he claims:
“She didn’t do anything for almost five years, so my perspective, this is something that she did because she’s running for the Senate,” Case said.
The Congresswoman believes this act will have bipartisan support. Hirono also says she pushed for a visa waiver for South Korea when she served as Lieutenant Governor, and knows these things, take time.
“And so China, it takes awhile for any country to get to the point where so many people are travelling,” said Rep. Mazie Hirono.
The Democratic candidates, along with Republican John Carroll, addressed the Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association. Republican candidate and former Governor Linda Lingle did not attend. The three candidates agreed tourism should be more diverse and multi-faceted, and also showed support to resurrect the Superferry. The U.S. Senate candidates also discussed traffic solutions. Carroll and Hirono favor additional bike lanes, while Case supports a high-speed and high-capacity rail system. But the topic that continued to draw attention? The number of debates the candidates will attend. Case criticized Hirono for limiting her participation.
“I have to believe that that is their strategy,” Case said.
“I felt great and we’re gonna have four more,” Hirono said.
But the candidates do agree, this race comes down to history and experience.
“My candidacy offers you someone who knows tourism, listens to tourism and will advocate for tourism,” Case said.
“You need a senator who brings a collaborative style, who doesn’t just talk about it, who does it,” Hirono said.
The next debate for the Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate is June 12 on Maui.
(Report Provided by KHON-2)
Based on an insider tip, Allegiant Airlines will announce it is beginning flight service this autumn between Monterey and Hawaii.
Allegiant is not confirming the details, but KSBW, Salinas, CA, Action News has confirmed the new flight service for the budget air carrier that already provides air service from Monterey to Las Vegas.
Wednesday’s announcement comes two weeks after Allegiant announced that in November it will begin flights from both Stockton and Santa Maria to Hawaii for $199 each way.
(Report provided by KSBW)
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