A 52 year-old Lahaina man is in critical condition tonight after a three-car accident that closed Honoapi’ilani Highway for three hours this afternoon near Olowalu.
Maui Police report that, at 12:24 p.m., the Lahaina man was travelling toward Ma’alaea near Mile Marker 13 when his vehicle crossed the center line of the highway and side-swiped a Lahaina-bound vehicle with four people in it. The impact spun the first car around, whereupon it collided with a third vehicle that was following the second vehicle.
The Lahaina man was transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center in critical condition. The occupants in the second vehicle received only minor injuries. The 19 year0old woman driving the third car also received minor injuries.
Occupants in all vehicles were wearing seat belts, and all vehicles’ airbags deployed.
The highway was contraflowed for the next three hours following the initial closure, and reopened in both directions by 6:30 p.m. The involvement of speed, alcohol and drugs are still being investigated in the incident.
A vehicle accident shortly after noon today closed Honoapi’ilani Highway near Mile Marker 14 on the Lahaina side of Olowalu. As of 3 p.m., traffic was being contraflowed along the makai lane.
No word yet on the details of the original accident, any injuries or when the area might be opened completely.
By Peter Tierney, SPCA Maui
SPCA Maui has extended their “Forty Dollar” fix for Maui’s big dogs. Now through the end of July, SPCA will fix all dogs over forty pounds for just $40 with surgeries performed at local licensed veterinarians. Providing affordable “fixes” for Maui’s cats and dogs since 2009, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Maui SPCA) Maui is an all-volunteer nonprofit dedicated to a “no more homeless pets” Maui through accessible spay/neuter services for all.
“This big dog special should make a significant difference in the number of large breed puppies entering our island shelter” said SPCA Maui’s Peter Tierney. “Large breed dogs have the biggest litters and cost as much as $500 to fix. Our Spay Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP) at SPCA Maui is designed to be quick, easy and no hassle too,” added Tierney
“Fixing pets before they have a litter is good for everyone” says SPCA Maui President Sue Liscombe, adding, “Fixed pets live longer healthier lives and being pro-active keeps unwanted kittens and puppies our of our islands shelter.”
Call 280-0738 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for information on SPCA Maui’s “$40 dollar Fix” or Spay Neuter Assistance Program for cats and dogs.
WAILUKU – The County of Maui Department of Fire and Public Safety has announced that the sale of fireworks began Saturday, June 29, 2013 and will end on July 4, 2013. Fireworks permits will not be required for consumer fireworks such as sparklers, snakes, and cylindrical or cone fountains which emit effects not higher than 12 feet off the ground. At this time none of the local retailers are selling any fire crackers in the County of Maui, therefore no firecracker permits will be issued.
The Fire Prevention Bureau would also like to remind residents of the following rules in relation to fireworks:
1. Fireworks can only be legally set off from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on the Fourth of July.
2. Setting off fireworks outside designated times is punishable by law. Violations are subject to fines of up to $2,000.00.
3. Aerial fireworks are illegal and extremely dangerous. Importing and selling aerial fireworks without a permit is a Class C Felony.
1. It is unlawful to remove or extract pyrotechnic contents.
2. It is unlawful to throw any ignited fireworks from a moving vehicle.
3. It is unlawful to set off fireworks within 1000 feet of health care facilities and facilities for animals.
4. It is unlawful to set off fireworks by schools.
5. It is unlawful to set off fireworks on public roads, in County parks, at County facilities, cane fields, or places of worship.
6. It is unlawful for any person without a permit to set off, ignite, discharge or otherwise cause to explode any fireworks within 500 feet from any hotel.
7. It is unlawful for any person to offer for sale, sell or give any fireworks to minors, and for any minors to possess, purchase, set off, ignite or otherwise cause to explode any fireworks, except that which parents or guardians may allow the minor to use while under the immediate supervision and control of an adult.
Safety Tips Regarding Fireworks Use:
1. Fireworks can be dangerous, causing serious burns and eye injuries.
2. Young children and fireworks do not mix. Never give fireworks, even sparklers, to young children. Sparklers burn at temperatures of 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.
3. Older children should only use fireworks under the direct supervision of an adult.
4. Always read and follow all warnings and instructions listed by the manufacturer for the safe use and handling of fireworks.
4. Make sure you have a clear, flat area to use the fireworks; away from structures, dry grass or brush, or other readily ignitable materials.
5. Have a water hose or bucket of water readily available in case of a fire.
The BEST way to stay safe is not to use fireworks at all…PLEASE LEAVE FIREWORKS TO THE PROFESSIONALS! This year there is one public fireworks display scheduled at 8:00 P.M. on the 4th of July, from a barge offshore of Front Street. Motorists should note that a closure of Front Street is scheduled for the 4th of July celebration.
For additional information on the fireworks permits, contact the Maui Fire Prevention Bureau at (808) 244-9161 or visit www.mauicounty.gov/fireprevention and review the fireworks rules.
Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his office staff.
Q: I have recently become aware of various colored headlights of vehicles when driving at night. The colors range from light yellow (which I think is the standard) to a bright orange, light to darker blue, and even a turquoise color. I thought if anyone can answer my question, you can. So can you please tell me if there is a County or State agency regulating this matter of colored headlights? And will use of these colored lights pass safety inspection?
A: Some vehicles may be equipped with High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps, which are in compliance with federal motor vehicle safety standards. At certain distances or angles these HID headlamps may appear to have a colored or blue appearance; however, at close range they emit a white light. Other headlights that do not emit a white light should not pass safety inspection. Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS), Section 291-25 (b) require motor vehicle headlamps to “display white light.” On a federal level, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) has regulated headlamp bulbs since about 1983. The NHTSA approved federal rules requiring the color of both the Lower Beam headlamps and Upper Beam headlamps to be “white.” The official State of Hawaii safety inspector’s manual for “Inspectors of Passenger Cars and Light Trucks” references the federal rules as a standard. Thus, in order for the car to pass safety inspection, the color of the headlamp beams must be white. According to the HRS, any motor vehicle not properly equipped with lights in conformity with this section is prohibited from use from 30 minutes after sunset until 30 minutes before sunrise; violations carry a fine of not more than $10. Each violation shall be deemed a separate offense, and a subsequent violation of the same provision within a one-year period shall be subject to twice the fine imposed upon the prior conviction.
Q: What is up with those ugly white plastic posts near Pioneer Inn and the Banyan tree? They were put up to designate No-Parking zones, but why not put in concrete islands with plants?
A: Plans are taking shape to improve the area around Lahaina Harbor and the Banyan Tree Park, through a County-funded grant received by the Lahaina Restoration Foundation (LRF). LRF recently concluded the concept phase of “The Imagine Project,” which included several months of public meetings to gather ideas and priorities for the area. The project covers the area between Lahaina Harbor and Front Street, and Market Street to Canal Street. The public input received during the concept phase identified several main areas of interest: emphasizing cultural and historic sites in the area; easing traffic congestion, managing the resources in the area; making the area safer for all users; and beautifying the area. A final report will be issued soon, and will be available online at www.lahainarestoration.org .
Q:Driving from Ka‘anapali, within a few feet of a handsome Lahaina entry sign, sits an ugly concrete block building that obstructs what would be a beautiful view of the ocean. After the construction in the area is completed, are there plans to take down the building and beautify the area?
A: The building you refer to is part of a small base yard utilized by the West Maui district of the Dept. of Parks and Recreation. It also happens to be situated in the area where the Dept. of Environmental Management is working on a force main replacement project. Once the construction is finished, the building is targeted for a mini-facelift including paint and other aesthetic upgrades until a new location for a West Maui Parks Baseyard can be identified, funding secured and a facility built to house the tools and equipment used to maintain County parks in West Maui.
Want to Ask the Mayor?
Submit your questions about County of Maui programs, services, operations or policies to Mayor Alan Arakawa via email: AskTheMayor@mauicounty.gov, phone: 270-7855 or mail: 200 S. High Street, 9th Floor, Wailuku, Hawaii 96793. Questions submitted will be considered for inclusion in the “Ask the Mayor” column on www.mauitvnews.com .
A beautiful morning in Lahaina was soured by the outpouring of raw sewage coming from the public restrooms at Lahaina Harbor. Shortly before 9 a.m. today, Maui Police Officers in Lahaina responded and found sewage coming up through the drains when the toilets were being flushed.
The spill was contained within the restroom only. None of the sewage escaped into the surrounding area or into the harbor. The area was cordoned off to block access from the public while a crew responded to fix the problem.
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