Forty-six people found themselves stranded at Waihe’e Stream Thursday when flash flooding trapped them.
A call came in to Maui Fire Department rescue crews at 9:29 Thursday morning for a group of students caught in a flash flood at the Waihe’e stream about a 100 feet upstream from the river mouth.
Fire units responded and upon their arrival found that all students made it out to the banks of the stream, with five sustaining some bumps and bruises. There were a total of 36 students and 10 adults. The students were evaluated by Medics and did not require ambulance transport. Responding crews included E-1,HM-10,R-10, and Air-1.
DLNR also on scene were conducting the investigation.
HONOLULU – Total expenditures by visitors who came to Hawai‘i in May 2012 rose 17.5 percent compared to the previous year (or $159.3 million) to $1.1 billion, according to preliminary statistics released today by the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority. Hawai’i continues to benefit from a rebounding economy in the Far East and a slowing regaining dollar in the U.S.
This was the best total expenditures on record for the month of May. There were 622,899 total visitors in May 2012, an increase of 12.5 percent from a year ago. This was also a new record in arrivals for the month of May, surpassing the previous high of 599,842 visitors in May 2007. Higher daily spending (+2.6% from May 2011 to $190 per person) also contributed to the record total visitor expenditures.
Among the top four visitor markets (U.S. West, U.S. East, Canada and Japan), arrivals by air from U.S. West grew 8.7 percent, from May 2011, to 264,158 visitors. Total U.S. West visitor expenditures rose 15.1 percent to $383.1 million, the ninth consecutive month of growth since September 2011.
Japanese arrivals continued to recover, increasing 31.4 percent to 106,569 visitors, but remained well under the May 1997 record of 169,402 visitors. Higher daily spending (+6.6% to $307 per person) also helped to elevate total Japanese visitor expenditures (+36.4%) to $188.1 million.
U.S. East arrivals by air rose 6.8 percent to 140,739 visitors. Even though daily spending was lower (-7.2% to $169 per person), total U.S. East expenditures increased 3.2 percent to $243.9 million.
Canadian arrivals were comparable to May 2011 at 23,630 visitors. Despite lower daily spending (-3.6% to $157 per person), a longer length of stay (+6.1% to 11.31 days) contributed to a 2.5 percent growth in total Canadian visitor expenditures to $42 million.
Also contributing to the strong growth in May 2012 was a 55.5 percent increase in arrivals by cruise ship visitors to 7,224.
Total visitor expenditures for the first five months of 2012 grew 16.8 percent (or $841.4 million), from the same period last year, to $5.85 billion. Total arrivals increased 10 percent to 3,255,048 visitors in the first five months of 2012, with growth from all visitor markets.
Thursday’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the Affordable Care Act (ACA) means the Hawai’i Medical Service Association (HMSA) will continue to advance health care reform in the state and offer the current level of benefits and access to doctors and hospitals.
HMSA release the following response to the Supreme Court’s upholding of the majority of points in the Affordable Health Care Act of 2010
“We are strong advocates for health care reform and access to quality, affordable health care for Hawaii’s people. HMSA’s effort to increase access to care, slow the growth of health care costs, and support preventive health, individual responsibility, and transparency were underway long before the Affordable Care Act became law in 2010,” said Robert P. Hiam, HMSA’s chief executive officer.
“Preventive health services keep people healthy and help hold the line on health care costs in Hawaii. We will continue to make these benefits available to current and future HMSA employer groups and members,” Hiam said.
HMSA’s current benefits include:
* Preventive health care services without copayments, including yearly preventive medical visits, screening for high blood pressure and diabetes, and all standard immunizations recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.
* Coverage of dependents up to the age of 26 on their parents’ plan, including those not enrolled in school, not dependents on their parents’ tax returns, and those who are married.
* No lifetime dollar limits on policies.
* Clear and timely options for appeals.
HMSA is a nonprofit, mutual benefit society founded in Hawaii in 1938. It is governed by a community board of directors that includes representatives from health care, business, labor, government, education, clergy, and the community. HMSA is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. For more information, visit hmsa.com.
Parts of Kahului are currently out of water due to a water main line break. The affected area includes West Kamehameha Avenue from West Wakea Avenue to Kaulawahine Street, Alehela Street, Kane Street, Niihau Street, and Lono Avenue between Wakea and Kamehameha Avenues.
A water tanker will be located at the intersection of Kane Street and Lono Avenue for customers to bring their own containers to fill up with potable water.
Department of Water Supply personnel are repairing the line and water should be restored before 8:00 pm today. Traffic is only affected on Lono Avenue, between Wakea and Alehela. Motorists should follow signage and use caution in this area.
Customers are asked to call the 24-hour service line (270-7633) only if a water problem occurs.
Good fortune saved a Napili Gardens Townhouse today after a fire was reported around 2 p.m.
At 2:01 p.m. today, Maui Fire Department Units E11, E3, L3 & BC4 were dispatched 5432 Lower Honoapiilani Hwy (Napili Gardens) to a car fire within the carport of a townhouse.
Upon arrival by E11, light smoke was seen. The resident stated her car was on fire and the garage door closed behind her as she left the carport. Fire crews verified the only entry to the carport was through a garage door which had locked when it closed. E11 personnel used a K12 Saw to make entry around 1420 hours and found an overheated garage door motor with combustion residue on the ceiling. There was light smoke but no fire within. There were no injuries, damage was a burnt out garage door motor and one double insulated garage door panel.
Fail-safe system technology had locked the door behinf the car owner, but saved the car and the unit from severe damage.
ULUPALAKUA, Maui, Hawaii – June 28, 2012 – Sempra U.S. Gas & Power today announced that there will be temporary lane closures along Upcountry Pi`ilani Highway (Route 31) near Papaka Road (just after mile marker 16) to the Auwahi Wind project site on Ulupalakua Ranch (near mile marker 20) starting on July 2.
For approximately four weeks, a portion of the highway will intermittently be closed for no more than 20 minutes at a time between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Saturday. To minimize traffic delays on these days, some roadwork activities may also take place between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m.
Highway improvements are being made to better accommodate the large semi-trucks that are scheduled to transport “superloads” of wind turbine components to the project site in August.
“We are working with local authorities and stakeholders to safely implement the highway improvements and minimize traffic impacts for those who travel Upcountry,” said Dan Hyatt, construction manager for Sempra U.S. Gas & Power’s Auwahi Wind project. “We are committed to doing all that we can to keep Maui residents informed as we move forward with all phases of construction.”
Electronic notification boards will be placed along Upcountry Pi`ilani Highway in advance of construction, alerting Maui residents of the upcoming road closures. Once construction begins, signs will also be placed along the highway to inform motorists of the closures ahead.
Advanced road closure transportation notices are being publicized in local newspapers and on radio stations. And information regarding the upcoming superload transportation schedule and related traffic impacts will be announced and publicized in the coming weeks. Residents can also access updated transportation schedules and other project information via the Internet at www.SempraUSGP.com/auwahi or by calling the Auwahi Wind project hotline at 1-888-587-2919.
Construction activities began in March on Auwahi Wind, located on the Ulupalakua Ranch on the wind-rich southeastern flank of Haleakala. When completed in late 2012, the project’s eight wind turbines will generate enough electricity to power about 10,000 Maui homes, and help Hawaii reach its goal of securing 40 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2030.
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