WAILUKU, Maui, Hawai`i– A 16-year-old female was injured in a possible shark attack in Kahana this morning.
The incident took place fronting a condominium located at 4401 Lower Honoapiilani Road at around 10 a.m., a third of a mile north of the surf area known as “S-turns.” Maui County Ocean Safety and Maui Fire Department officers reported the victim having lacerations to her lower left calf, and described the wound as a three to five inch missing “flap” or avulsion.
Ocean Safety and State Department of Land and Natural Resources officials are treating this incident as a possible shark attack and have closed the beach, even though no shark has been actually sighted. The beach has been closed until 6:45 p.m. today. The family refused on-site medical treatment, instead choosing to drive their daughter for medical attention. They are visiting from Livermore, CA.
Please note that although Maui County initially responded to the incident, this is a DLNR matter. Please contact Deborah Ward at DLNR for further details at 808-587-0320.
LAHAINA — A salvage operation to remove a 35-foot sailboat from Victoria, Canada, the Baidarka, from the reef outside the Lahaina Small Boat Harbor was completed today.
Parker Marine, a salvage company was been hired by the boat’s owner A.J. Hesford, and cost of removal will be covered by vessel insurance company Progressive Insurance.
On Saturday morning, Parker Marine secured heavy lines to the vessel and its mast, and by afternoon began pulling them in with a winch to the nearby Kamehameha Iki county beach park. By end of day Sunday the boat was up on the beach and today a crane placed it on a flatbed truck to remove for disposal.
Earlier this week, PENCO was hired by the owner of the vessel to remove an estimated 150 gallons of fuel, under DOBOR and Coast Guard monitoring. Following the removal DLNR aquatic biologists will survey the grounding site to assess any possible damage to the reef.
The vessel broke free from its location at the Lahaina Yacht Club mooring either Sunday evening June 17 or Monday morning June 18, then came ashore on the reef in front of Lahaina Small Boat harbor.
Shortly before 3 p.m. today, Maui Fire and rescue crews airlifted a man to safety in the Bamboo Forest Trail in East Maui.
MFD Units E-2, Air-1, and R-10 dispatched to the Bamboo Forest (Commando Trail) for a 31 year old male who was trapped on the trail by rising stream water. Air -1 along with Rescue personnel airlifted the male to safety. No medical treatment was required. He was just cold and very thankful of the rescue effort.
The male was a visitor from Franklin, Pennsylvania.
After two days of investigating, Maui Fire Crews have not been able to determine the cause of a structure fire that destroyed a Wailuku Home Saturday.
The fire was called under control at 1558 hours and extinguished at 1650 hours. The structure was a 4 bedroom, 2 bath home approximately 1400 square feet. Damage to the structure was estimated at $280,000.00 and for the contents at $30,000.00. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
HONOLULU – The Coast Guard has located the owner of an unmanned kayak found adrift off the coast of Kihei, near Menehune Shores, Monday.
The owner contacted Coast Guard Sector Honolulu watchstanders, Monday after seeing his kayak on television. A Good Samaritan brought the vessel to Station Maui after it was located Saturday afternoon.
The kayak had no identifying markings to assist first responders in an attempt to locate the owner. The Coast Guard highly encourages mariners to label their watercraft with their name, address and phone number. A convenient way to do this is with a Paddle Smart weather-proof sticker. These stickers are free and can be easily applied by vessel owners. Labeling of watercraft is intended to help save lives, recover missing property, and reduce the time, effort and resources expended on non-emergency search and rescue.
For more information about Operation Paddle Smart, visit the following links: http://boatsafe.wordpress.com/2010/04/27/operation-paddle-smart/
For more information contact the 14th Coast Guard District public affairs office at 808-535-3230.
The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission on Monday granted preliminary approval for the indirect transfer of Lanai’s regulated utilities, clearing the way for Oracle Corp. CEO Larry Ellison to close this week on his purchase of the state’s sixth-largest island.
Ellison, 67, signed an agreement to purchase 98 percent of Lanai from Castle & Cooke’s David Murdock, 89, according to documents filed with the PUC last week. The deal is scheduled to close on Wednesday, according to the PUC document filed on Monday.
The documents noted that the sale includes the two resort hotels — the Four Seasons Resorts Lanai at Manele Bay and the Four Seasons Resorts Lanai, Lodge at Koele — two championship golf courses and club houses, The Experience at Koele and The Challenge at Manele and more than 88,000 acres of land, among other things.
The price was not disclosed, but previous estimates put the price around $500 million.
The indirect transfer includes Manele Water Resources LLC, Lanai Transportation Co. and Lanai Water Co. Inc.
In its preliminary ruling, the PUC concluded that Lanai Island Holdings LLC, the company formed by Ellison for the Lanai purchase, is “fit, willing and able to provide the three public utility services will not be detrimentally affected by the indirect transfer and sale.”
Additionally, the PUC said that within five years from the closing of the overall purchase and sale transaction, Lanai Island Holdings shall invest a minimum of $10 million in the water and wastewater utilities’ respective operations.
But the commission also said that it holds the right to ultimately disapprove the indirect transfer of the three public utilities as part of its future final decision on the application.
In the application filed with the PUC on last week, both Castle & Cooke, which is owned by Murdock, requested, along with Lanai Island Holdings, that the PUC grant its interim approval by Tuesday in order to avoid delaying and jeopardizing the larger part of the Lanai transaction.
PUC researcher Sean Mikell told PBN that the commission has set no timetable for the final decision just yet. But it will require a more thorough review when compared to the preliminary decision.
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