Two men were rescued after their boat encountered engine problems – just 30 feet from the cliffs off Kahakuloa on Maui’s Northwest shpore.
At 5:43 p.m. this evening, Maui Fire Department received a call of a boat in possible distress. Wailuku firefighters, Air 1, and the rescue crew out of Kahului responded with their 22-foot boat and personal watercraft to a vessel in distress, reported to be anchored 30 feet from shore in the Kahakuloa cliffs area.
At 6:21 p.m., the 15-foot vessel was found by Air 1 about six miles NW of Kahului harbor and approximately 200 yards off shore with two people on board and in no immediate distress.
The two males, 51 and 29 years of age residents of Kahului, were alright but was having engine trouble. The rescue boat and personal watercraft assisted the vessel back to Kahului Harbor.
The Hawaii Supreme Court on Thursday denied a City and County of Honolulu motion for the high court to reconsider its ruling on the city’s controversial $5.16 billion rail project.
The court’s ruling caused the city to stop construction on the project,
“The court’s Aug. 24, 2012, unanimous decision … recognized that the historic review process requires that an [archaeological inventory survey] be completed for the entire project area before approval of or commencement of construction,” Native Hawaiian Legal Corp. officials said in a statement.
The state case was filed by the Native Hawaiian Legal Corp. on behalf of Native Hawaiian Paulette Kaleikini.
“We are grateful that the law as written, which provides iwi kupuna with the respect and protection they deserve, has been upheld,” Ashley Obrey, an attorney with the Native Hawaiian Legal Corp., said in a statement.
Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation Officials responded to the court’s ruling in an emailed statement.
“We had hoped the Supreme Court would have upheld the [state] Circuit Court’s ruling that the State Historic Preservation’s method of examining the 20-mile rail route was more appropriate and, in fact, we believe, would have reduced impacts to historic sites and burials,” Dan Grabauskas, HART’s CEO and executive director, said in the statement. “In accordance with the ruling, we are currently accelerating our archaeological survey work, and that work is expected to be completed within the next several months.”
Two weeks ago, workers found the first human remains along the planned route, near the intersection of Cooke and Halekauwila streets in Kakaako.
Thursday’s ruling came on the same day that mayoral candidate and former Gov. Ben Cayetano released his plans to implement a bus-transit system instead of rail. Cayetano is a plaintiff in a federal lawsuit against rail and has vowed to kill the project if he is elected in November. The judge in the federal lawsuit, which challenges the project’s environmental impact statement, has not yet ruled in the case.
(Report Provided by Pacific Business News)
Six units of the Maui Fire Department responded to a brushfire in a Kihei neighborhood today that came within 50 feet of homes.
At 3:35 this afternoon, Maui Fire Department Units E-6, E-14, T-14, T-10, E10, and BC-1 responded to a brushfire at the end of Waiono Place in a vacant lot between Namauu Place and Waiopo Street. Fire crews arrived to find approximately two acres involved.
The fire was called under control at by 4:30 p.m. and extinguished at 5:30 p.m. The fire came within 50′ of the nearest residence. No fire cause determined, no property damaged and no injuries were reported.
The 90th Maui County Fair kicks off today with the big Fair Parade – starting at 4:30 along Ka’ahumanu Avenue. This year’s Grand Marshall is Hall of Fame Waterman Archie Kalepa. In addition, Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa and Governor Neil Abercrombie will also be riding in the parade. And, along with them some 5,000 marchers, trucks, cars, floats, canoes animals and more will amble along the main drag in Kahului, turning on Kanaloa Avenue into the fairgrounds.
Maui Police remind the public of the following road closures, that will commence today starting at 4:15 p.m.
1. The Wailuku bound lanes of Kaahumanu Avenue, from the intersection of Kahului Beach Road to Kanaloa Avenue.
2. The Paia bound lanes of Kaahumanu Avenue, from the intersection of South Papa Avenue to Wakea Avenue.
3. All lanes of Kanaloa Avenue, from the intersection of Kaahumanu Avenue to Park Drive (Keopuolani Park).
Re-opening of the above roads are expected by 6: 30 this evening.
TRAFFIC DIVERSION & REROUTING PLAN:
1. Intersection of Kaahumanu Avenue at Kahului Beach Road/Kane Street
a. Wailuku bound traffic on Kaahumanu Avenue will be diverted onto Kahului Beach Road or may turn left onto Kane Street.
b. Kihei bound traffic on Kahului Beach Road will be prevented from turning right (Wailuku direction) onto Kaahumanu Avenue. Traffic will be permitted to turn left (Paia direction) onto Kaahumanu Avenue or travel straight ahead (Kihei direction) onto Kane Street.
c. Waihee bound traffic on Kane Street will be prevented from turning left (Wailuku bound on Kaahumanu Avenue. Traffic will be permitted to continue straight onto Kahului Beach Road or turn right (Paia bound) onto Kaahumanu Avenue.
2. Kaahumanu Avenue at the entrance to Queen Kaahumanu Center
a. Paia bound traffic (from Wakea Avenue) on Kaahumanu Avenue will be allowed to enter the Queen Kaahumanu Center or continue in the Paia direction.
b. Vehicular traffic exiting the Queen Kaahumanu Center will be prevented from turning left (Wailuku direction) onto Kaahumanu Avenue, and will be diverted right (Paia direction) onto Kaahumanu Avenue.
3. Intersection of Kaahumanu Avenue at Wakea Avenue
a. Waihee bound traffic on Wakea Avenue will be prevented from turning left (Wailuku direction) onto Kaahumanu Avenue or traveling straight into the University Of Hawaii Maui campus. All traffic will be diverted right (Paia direction) onto Kaahumanu Avenue.
4. Intersection of Kaahumanu Avenue at South Papa Avenue
a. Waihee bound traffic on South Papa Avenue will be prevented from traveling onto Kaahumanu Avenue. This traffic will be diverted right (Paia direction) onto One Street.
5. Intersection of Kaahumanu Avenue at Mahalani Street/Kanaloa Avenue
a. Waihee bound traffic on Mahalani Street will be prevented from turning left (Wailuku direction) onto Kaahumanu Avenue or continuing straight (Waihee direction) onto Kanaloa Avenue. All traffic will be diverted in the right (Paia direction) onto Kaahumanu Avenue.
b. Paia bound traffic on Kaahumanu Avenue will be allowed through the intersection, but will be diverted right onto South Papa Avenue (Kihei direction). This traffic will also be prevented from turning left onto Kanaloa Avenue.
The 90th Maui County Fair – featuring the CK Fernandez midway, hypnotists and music from the likes of Keali’i Reichel and Uluwehi Guerrero – runs today through Sunday evening.
HONOLULU – Total expenditures by visitors who came to Hawai‘i in August 2012 rose 14.6 percent (or +$151.4 million) compared to the previous year to $1.19 billion, according to preliminary statistics released today by the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority. Higher daily spending and an 11 percent growth in total arrivals (to 725,642 visitors) contributed to this increase.
In August this year, higher daily spending on Maui (+5.8 percent to $187 per person) and a 10.1 percent climb in arrivals saw a gross income of $281,000,000.
Among Hawai‘i’s top visitor markets, arrivals by air from U.S. West grew 7.6 percent from August 2011 to 307,192 visitors, the tenth consecutive month of growth. Total U.S. West visitor expenditures increased 13.6 percent to $423 million. Arrivals from U.S. East in August 2012 rose 9.6 percent compared to last August at 143,785 visitors. Increased daily spending also boosted U.S. East total visitor expenditures (+19%) to $277.1 million.
Japanese arrivals rose 12.8 percent to 155,318 visitors in August 2012, but remained lower than the August 1996 record of 205,025 visitors. A drop in daily spending (-4.0%) resulted in a moderate; 5.6 percent, increase in total expenditures to $248 million.
Canadian arrivals totaled 27,282 visitors, slightly lower (-0.6%) compared to August 2011, while total visitor expenditures declined 1.4 percent to $45.3 million. All Other2 markets showed strong growth in total visitor expenditures (+29.2% to $194.4 million) and arrivals (+28.8% at 90,182 visitors) compared to August 2011.
Visitor arrivals by cruise ships rose 3.8 percent (to 1,883 visitors) over August 2011.
For the first eight months of 2012, total visitor expenditures rose 20 percent to $9.59 billion, with increases from U.S. West (+10.3% to $3.1 billion), U.S. East (+10.9% to $2.4 billion), Japan (+23.4% to $1.7 billion), Canada (+10.7% to $682.1 million) and All Others (+62.9% to $1.8 billion).
Total arrivals grew 10 percent to 5,378,263 visitors, with arrivals from All Other markets climbing 28.2 percent. Total visitor expenditures on each of the four major Hawaiian Islands increased by double-digits compared to year-to-date 2011.
August culminated a strong summer travel season for Hawaii’s tourism economy with double-digit increases in visitor arrivals and total expenditures for the month and year-to-date. Through August 2012, Hawaii has welcomed 5.38 million guests which have contributed to the 20 percent or $1.6 billion growth in total visitor expenditures, translating to $1.04 billion in state tax revenue.
Mike McCartney, CEO of the Hawai’i Tourism Authority, commented, “As we head into the traditionally slower fall travel period, we anticipate seeing this positive momentum continue with increased air service and festivals and events which will help to draw visitors to our Hawaiian Islands. These events include the Hawaii International Film Festival, Ironman World Championships, Kona Coffee Cultural Festival, 20th Annual Slack Key Guitar Festival “Kauai Style” and Wailea Wine & Food Festival, among others.
“While we expect continued growth, we anticipate less significant increases in the fourth quarter and as compared to the significant year over year increases reported during the first eight months of 2012.
“The HTA looks forward to continuing to work with our global marketing partners and tourism stakeholders to reach the upward revised 2012 targets and set a record year for Hawai’i’s tourism economy.”
Maui Firefighters travelled to the very summit of Haleakala to respond to a possible fire in Science City.
MFD Engine-13, Engine-5, Hazmat10, and Tanker 10 were dispatched to the telescope towers of the Haleakala Observatory for smoke showing from the basement with no flames visible.
While responding, the Observatory supervisor reported that it was a generator that was smoking and it had been shut off. Fire units arrived and met up with the supervisor. He said that the air compressor generators they use to cool the telescope were overheating.
No damages or injuries were reported. The building was evacuated due to the smoke, but no count on how many evacuated.
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