A Kiteboarder is in stable condition this afternoon after a shark took a bite out of the surfer’s leg. Mauiwatch spotters reported the incident around 3:30 p.m. today. Maui Fire Department units from Kahului’s HazMat 10 crew responded to a report of a shark bite victim at Ka’a Point. Crews arrived to find Ocean Safety and MPD already on scene. Ocean Safety lifeguards were with the male patient and had applied a dressing to the patient’s wound on his right calf and was in the process of dressing some small lacerations on the heel area.
At approximately 3:20 this afternoon a witness observed a kiteboarder at the Ka’a Point area of Kanaha Beach Park who was in the water holding on to his board. He arrived at the beach area calling for help and that he had been bitten by a shark. The witnessed assisted the male victim out of the water.
According to the witness, the victim said he was 300 yards offshore and had fallen into the water, when he was bitten while hanging on to his board.
The patient was alert and reported that he got himself to shore by kiteboarding from quite a distance out. The patient was transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center in stable condition. County Ocean Safety lifeguards went out on jetskis and saw a tiger shark estimated at 12 to 15 feet in the water.
The beach is closed a mile in either direction, from Papa Ula Point off Stable Road to Pier 1 at Kahului Harbor.
Shark warning signs are being posted by DLNR aquatic resources and enforcement staff, and County lifeguards.
Per the state shark incident response protocol, the beach area will remain closed overnight and in the morning, an assessment will be done. If there is no further sighting of a shark the beach will reopen at noon.
A litany of charges has been filed against the operator of a motorcycle that impacted a moped in Waiehu Monday – causing the death of the moped driver, Earle Maielua, 47, of Wailuku.
Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 p.m., Maui Police Department Vehicle Homicide investigators arrested a 25 year-old male from Waihee. The suspect was arrested and released pending further investigation for the following charges:
The investigation related to this arrest is still ongoing. Police declined to identify the suspect. Read the original accident report here.
UPDATE: Heavy rains have moved south of the island. The advisory has been allowed to expire.
The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a Flood Advisory for the Island of Maui, in effect until 7:00 p.m. This advisory may need to be extended if heavy rain persists.
EFFECTS: at 3:49 p.m. radar showed heavy rain near Keokea, or about 16 miles southeast of Kahului, moving south at 5 mph. other locations in the advisory include, but are not limited to, Ulupalakua and Makena.
PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES: STAY AWAY FROM STREAMS, DRAINAGE DITCHES AND LOW LYING AREAS PRONE TO FLOODING. RAINFALL AND RUNOFF WILL ALSO CAUSE HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS DUE TO PONDING, REDUCED VISIBILITY AND POOR BRAKING ACTION. DO NOT CROSS FAST FLOWING OR RISING WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE OR ON FOOT. TURN AROUND…DON’T DROWN.
INFORMATION: Maui County Civil Defense will continue to monitor the situation. Please listen to your local radio and TV stations or NOAA Weather Radio for any updates.
NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts can be reached by calling 1-866-944-5025. NOAA Weather internet services can be found at www.prh.noaa.gov/hnl .
Pre-recorded advisories and notifications are available 24-hours a day on the Maui County Automated Information System (AIS) by calling 986-1200
The National Weather Service in Honolulu has continued the HIGH SURF ADVISORY for NORTH FACING SHORES of MOLOKAI, in effect until 6:00 p.m. Friday.
A High Surf Advisory means that high surf will affect beaches in the advisory area, producing rip currents and localized beach erosion.
EFFECTS: A couple of west-northwest swells will bring advisory level surf to exposed north facing shores of Molokai through Friday. Surf of 10 to 15 feet is expected.
Forecast surf heights are estimates of the height of the face or front of waves
PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES: BEACHGOERS, SWIMMERS AND SURFERS SHOULD HEED ALL ADVICE GIVEN BY OCEAN SAFETY OFFICIALS AND EXERCISE CAUTION. EXPECT STRONG BREAKING WAVES, SHORE BREAK AND STRONG LONGSHORE AND RIP CURRENTS MAKING SWIMMING DIFFICULT AND DANGEROUS.
INFORMATION: Maui County Civil Defense will continue to monitor the situation. Please listen to your local radio and TV stations or NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts for any updates. NOAA Weather Broadcasts can be reached by calling 1-866-944-5025. NOAA Weather Internet services can be found at www.prh.noaa.gov/hnl.
Pre-recorded advisories and notifications are available 24-hours a day on the Maui County Automated Information System (AIS) by calling 986-1200. The same information is available on the Maui County website at www.mauicounty.gov.
While Hawaii’s robust spring-back toward pre-recession business levels begins to level off, the regrowth of Maui’s tourism sector is still climbing. The latest stats from the Hawai’i Tourism Authority show that the state’s largest economic sector is very healthy – and Maui is a major contributor to that health.
HTA CEO Mike McCartney released the following statement:
“Total visitor expenditures reached $11 billion (+4%) and total visitor arrivals surpassed 6 million (+4.5%) during the first three quarters of the year and continue to pace ahead of 2012, despite the dip in arrivals and spending in the month of September. Year-to-date through September 2013, Hawai‘i’s tourism economy has contributed $1.15 billion in state tax revenue, $45 million more than same time last year.
“Maui maintained a steady growth in expenditures (+5.2% to $2.7 billion) and in visitor arrivals (+3.6% to 1,800,186) year-to-date. This positive momentum can be partially attributed to an increase in total air seats directly to Kahului (+5.4% to 1,403,892) as well as a large influx of visitors from Japan (+19.7% to 62,604).
“Year-to-date results reflect our ongoing efforts to create a more sustainable tourism economy through diversification. With an additional $2 million in legislative funding for international marketing, the HTA has been able to nurture developing global markets, which are collectively up nearly 10 percent in visitor arrivals and spending. Furthermore, despite a decline in total Japanese outbound travel, arrivals to Hawai‘i out of this market have remained stable due to an increase in seat inventory and new routes from Japan to the Hawaiian Islands.
“In attracting visitors from new markets, the ratio of first-timers, who tend to spend more, has also increased in September (+38.5%), in comparison to the year-to-date average of 35 percent. The HTA also continues to focus on marketing unique visitor experiences on each of the Hawaiian Islands to enhance distribution across the state. As a result, visitor arrivals and expenditures on all neighbor islands have continued to increase through September 2013.
“We will continue to monitor the effects of the federal government shutdown and delicate global economy to ensure the sustainability and success of our tourism industry.”
A week after 10 suspicious fires eruptred within a two-mile section of West Maui in one three-hour span, another blaze erupted this morning. At 1:37 a.m. today, Maui Fire Department units from Lahaina responded to a brush fire near the Olowalu dump transfer station.
Units arrived to find an area approximately 150 feet x 75 feet of brush and grass burning on the Makai side of the highway. The fire was called under control by 2:27 a.m. and extinguished at 2:38 a.m. No damages or injuries were reported, and cause of the fire was undetermined.
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