A suspicious plastic barrel was emitting vapors yesterday in the vicinity of Kula Hospital. At 2:30 p.m., Maui Fire Department Engine 13 from Kula along with Hazmat 10 responded to the corner of Kula Highway and Kamehameiki Road for plastic barrel with unknown contents.
Upon arrival, fire units observed the 30-gallon barrel emitting vapors. A 300-foot exclusion zone was set up around the perimeter of this container. Kula Highway was closed to traffic by 2:45 p.m. between Kula Ace Hardware and the Post office. The top and bottom of Kamehameiki Road was also closed to traffic. Kula highway was reopened at around 7 p.m. and Kamehameiki Road at around 9 p.m.hours. Maui Police assisted with maintaining traffic control and advising residences of the possible danger from the unknown chemical. Some people evacuated, no count given how many.
Hazardous Materials personnel investigated and determined from the labeling that the product in the barrel was Hydrogen Peroxide 35 percent. They also took samples from the barrel and confirmed it to be hydrogen peroxide. The container was secured and scheduled to be picked up by a hazardous material disposal company. No injuries have been reported.
The National Weather Service has cancelled the Red Flag Warning as of this afternoon. Reduced wind speeds, combined with increasing humidity have reduced the conditions under which fires could erupt.
Residents should remain vigilant that reverse condition could recur at almost any time. Caution is the key.
HONOLULU, HI – Kaiser Permanente Hawaii today announced that three new physician specialists have joined its two Maui clinics in Wailuku.
Eugene Lam, MD, a specialist in gastroenterology and Healani McConnell, MD, a specialist in obstetrics/gynecology have joined Kaiser Permanente’s Wailuku Clinic, while Laura Hassen, MD, a specialist in pediatrics, will be practicing at the Maui Lani Clinic, also located in Wailuku.
Dr. Eugene Lam earned his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Pa., and completed his residency in internal medicine at Boston Medical Center. He completed his gastroenterology fellowship in the division of digestive diseases at UCLA Medical Center, prior to entering private practice. Dr. Lam is board certified in gastroenterology by the American Board of Internal Medicine.
Dr. Healani McConnell is a Kamehameha Schools graduate who earned her medical degree from the University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine. Dr. McConnell completed her residency at the University of Hawaii’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, where she served as the former administrative chief resident. Dr. McConnell is a society member of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the American Medical Association.
Dr. Laura Hassen earned her medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia and completed her residency in pediatrics at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Fl. Prior to joining HPMG, Dr. Hassen worked as a pediatrician with Richmond Pediatric Associates, Inc. in Virginia. She has done medical research on topics such as healthy childcare and childhood obesity. Dr. Hassen is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.
These physicians are part of the state’s largest multi-specialty medical group, Hawaii Permanente Medical Group (HPMG), comprised of more than 500 physicians and providers that deliver comprehensive care to Kaiser Permanente’s 227,000-plus members.
A brushfire came very close to the Pi’ihana Heiau today. At 2:07 p.m., Maui Fire Department units from Wailuku responded to a fire nearly a full acre in size.
The first was called controlled by 3:30 and extinguished by 4:30 p.m. Fortunately no structures were threatened and no inhyries are damage were reported. As an additional precaution, Tanker 10 from Kahului was also called to the scene. Investigators remain on scene to determine the cause of the blaze. Weather conditions were dry and windy – during a so-0called “Red Flag Warning.”
Following a major disaster, first responders who provide fire and medical services will not be able to meet the demand for these services. Factors such as number of victims, communication failures and road blockages will prevent people from accessing emergency services they have come to expect at a moment’s notice through 911. People will have to rely on each other for help in order to meet their immediate life saving and life sustaining needs.
Under these kinds of conditions, family members, fellow employees and neighbors will spontaneously try to help each other. This was the case following the Mexico City earthquake in 1985 where untrained, spontaneous volunteers saved 800 people. However, 100 people lost their lives while attempting to save others. This is a high price to pay and is preventable through training.
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program trains citizens in needed life saving skills with emphasis on rescuer safety, decision making skills, and doing the greatest good for the greatest number. CERT Teams are organized so that they are an extension of first responder services offering immediate help to victims until professional services arrive.
The next CERT Basic Training course will be in September, at the Maui Fire Department Training Room, 200 Dairy Road in Kahului. This session will be held over four Saturdays, scheduled as follows:
Sept. 7 MFD Training Room 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Sept. 14 MFD Training Room 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Sept. 21 MFD Training Room 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Sept. 28 Maui High School – Bldg. A 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
CERT training is free to Maui residents, sponsored by Maui Civil Defense Agency and taught by Maui Fire Department instructors. The 28-hour course consists of classroom instruction and field exercises. CERT training is open to people of all abilities, age 18 and older, no previous experience needed. Ages 14-17 may attend with a parent or legal guardian.
Participants must register to attend the training. Class size is limited and registration will be on a first come, first served basis. To register, please contact Maui Civil Defense at 270-7285 or email email@example.com .
WAILUKU, – The County of Maui Department of Public Works will be making emergency repairs to the Waiakoa Culvert along South Kihei Road on Tuesday, Sept. 3. The culvert is located near the Old Suda Store location (across from Kihei Canoe Club).
The work involves the installation of ¾ inch steel plates over the culvert to relieve stress on the deteriorating structure. The repairs will require a complete road closure of that portion of South Kihei Road from approximately 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on September 3.
During the road closure, motorists will not be able to access South Kihei Road from the north (Old Suda Store). Instead, motorists will be routed onto Pi’ilani Highway. Motorists approaching from the south will be detoured onto Uwapo Road.
The County of Maui thanks motorists for their patience and understanding during the repairs.
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