An accident closed Waiehu Beach Road shortly before 5 p.m. this afternoon. Police closed the road between Kahului Beach Road and Eha Street. As of 6:10 p.m., the road was still closed while investigators work the scene. No word on the cause of the accident or the extent of any injuries.
By Jeff King
A California woman is in stable condition this afternoon after hitting her head while stand-up paddling near Ukumehame Park in West Maui.
At 3:53 this afternoon, Maui Fire Department’s Ladder 3 from the Lahaina Station was dispatched to Ukumehame Park for a female who was being pulled from the water. The patient was a 35 year-old female from Westlake Village, California. The woman was stand up paddling with her boyfriend when she fell and hit her head on the board.
He found her floating and unresponsive. The boyfriend was able to get her back on the board where she regained consciousness. Other stand up paddlers assisted the boyfriend in getting her to shore. Ocean Safety Lifeguards on scene administered first aid. Ladder 3 and American Medical Response on scene took over patient care. She was transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center in stable condition.
By Lois Whitney, Maui County Communications
KAHULUI – Menehune Basketball tryouts are being held for Maui youth in grades 6-8 beginning this week through Friday, November 8. Players must try out for either the district that he/she resides in or the district in which his/her school is located. The date, time and location of the tryouts vary for each district.
Tryouts for the Kahului area of the Central Maui District will be held in the War Memorial Gym. Girls’ tryouts will be held from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. on October 28th to October 31st and from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. on November 1st. Boys’ tryouts will held from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. on November 1st and from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. from November 4th to November 7th. For more information, please contact Keoni Tengan of the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) at ph. 270-7392.
The Central District areas of Wailuku, Waikapu, Waiehu and Waihee will have tryouts in the Wailuku Gym. Girls will be from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. on October 28th, 29th and 30th, as well as, November 1st and November 4th. Boys will follow from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. on the same dates. For more information, please contact Keoni Tengan of DPR at ph. 270-7392.
East District tryouts will be held in the Eddie Tam Gym. Girls will be from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. on October 28th, 29th and 30th, as well as, November 4th and 5th. Boys are to follow from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. on the same dates. For more information, please contact Sean Bersamin of DPR East District office at ph. 572-1836.
Tryouts for West District will be held from October 28th until November 1st from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. Girls will be at LahainalunaHigh School outdoor courts and boys will be at Malu Ulu O Lele courts. For more information, please contact Alvin Kametani of DPR West District office at ph. 661-4685.
The South District will be holding the first day of tryouts at the LokelaniSchool court. Boys will begin on October 28th from 3:30 p.m. Girls will begin on October 29th from 3:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Todd Richter of DPR South District office at ph. 879-4533.
For general questions about the Menehune Basketball program or if you are unsure about where to tryout, please contact DPR at ph. 270-8061.
“Ask the Mayor”
Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his office staff.
Q: What’s going on with the Real Property Tax maps that were available online? I tried looking up parcel information this week and had a lot of trouble doing so.
A: Yes, we had a glitch in the system this week. The problem has been reported to the vendor and they are working to resolve the issue. For future reference the website to check Maui County tax map information or to look up individual parcels is www.mauipropertytax.com.
Q: Is the county going to be running extended Maui Bus schedules this Halloween? I rode it last year and it was great, but I haven’t seen anything posted this year.
A: Yes we are running extended Maui Bus schedules for Halloween this year. No reservations are required. Bus passes cost $2 or you can pay $4 for an all day pass. The two routes serving Lahaina that night are the Ka’anapali Islander Route 25 and Napili Islander Route 30. The Ka’anapali Islander is on a regular schedule until 3:30 p.m., then it begins making runs every 30 minutes the Wharf Cinema Center and making stops at Papalaua/Wainee, Lahaina Cannery Mall and Whaler’s Village. The last bus will be at 10:30 p.m. and heading towards Whaler’s Village. The Napili Islander will be on a regular schedule until 9 p.m. and then will run every hour from Whaler’s Village. The last bus will be at 11 p.m. and be Napili bound. For more information call 871-4838.
Q: I saw the pictures of the mayor and council members playing softball somewhere in Waikapu and a news story talking about a new park in Central Maui. When is that park going to be ready for kids to play? We need more practice fields out there in the community.
A: The Central Maui Regional Park is a 209 acre parcel that we hope will one day be Maui’s main sports complex. Some have compared it to the Waipio Soccer Complex on Oahu but this park will be for all sports, including, but not limited to soccer. The build-out for the park will consist of 4 to 6 different phases, with Phase 1 of construction tentatively scheduled for fiscal year 2016. Right now we are hoping to have a portion of the park graded so we can take the grass from War Memorial Stadium and replant it there to create a practice field before the park is even built. That way when the stadium field is replaced with sports turf we will have saved hundreds of thousands of dollars of worth of sod and used it to build something useful for the community. Those plans are tentative however and we are still waiting to hear if it can be done.
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.
By Jeff King
Iao School, Wailuku Elementary and other area schools have been notified of the escape on a MCCC inmate today. Maui Police say 26 year-old Reid I.L. Kauha’aha’a escaped during a work detail around noon today along Honoapi’ilani Highway near the Waikapu on 30 Restaurant.
Police say their are working on leads and canvassing the area. Kauha’aha’a is described as five feet six inches in heights, 130 pounds. He has brown eyes, long brown hair and tattoos on each side of his neck. Was last seen wearing blue jeans and an orange T-shirt.
Conflicting reports of lockdown have been rumored. As of 2 p.m., neither school has reported being locked down. Kauha’aha’a remains at large at this hour.
The escapee was in Community Custody status (meaning he is allowed to work in the community. Community Custody is lower than Minimum Custody). He was in the work furlough program.
Kauhaahaa was serving 5 years for Burglary and Theft in t5he Second Degree. His next parole hearing was scheduled for February 28, 2014. When captured, escape will also be added to his charges.
Anyone with information is asked not to approach Kauhaahaa, but to call police.
Tha Hawaii State Legislative branch has scheduled public testimony on Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s proposed “Marriage Equity” issue. A public hearing has been set for this Thursday, October 31, at 10 ma.m. in the Hawai’i State Capitol auditorium. The hearing will be jointly chaired by the House Budget and Finance Committee and the Committee on the Judiciary.
Testimony may be made in person, or electronically from anywhere in the state.
Due to the anticipated high number of testifiers, those who submit comments and plan to testify in-person will be assigned a registration number to indicate one’s place on the testifier list and speaking order. Please bring this number to the hearing.
The committee on Judiciary would like to hear from as many individuals as possible; therefore,
Oral testimony will be limited to 2 minutes. After approximately every 25 testifiers, committee members will be given the opportunity to ask questions of those previous 25 testifiers. It will not be necessary to wait to the end of the hearing to answer questions.
For more information please visit the Capitol website at http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov . For assistance or additional information on the day of the hearing, please go to conveniently located House information desks on the Chamber level.
While every effort will be made to incorporate all testimony received, materials received on the day of the hearing or improperly identified or directed, may be distributed to the Committee after the hearing.
Submit testimony in ONE of the following ways:
PAPER: Original to the House Clerk’s Office (Room 027) in the State Capitol up until the day of the hearing; or
WEB: For testimony less than 10MB in size, log in and transmit from http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/submittestimony.aspx .
Testimony submitted will be placed on the legislative website during or after the hearing adjourns. This public posting of testimony on the website should be considered when including personal information in your testimony.
If you require special assistance or auxiliary aids and/or services to participate in the House public hearing process (i.e., sign or foreign language interpreter or wheelchair accessibility), please contact the Committee Clerk at 586-6180 or email your request for an interpreter to HouseInterpreter@Capitol.hawaii.gov at least 24 hours prior to the hearing for arrangements. Prompt requests submitted help to ensure the availability of qualified individuals and appropriate accommodations.
Selected meetings are broadcast live. Check the current legislative broadcast schedule on the “Capitol TV” website at www.capitoltv.org or call 808-536-2100.
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