A man visiting from Missouri appears to have drowned this afternoon in near shore waters off Ka’anapali Beach.
Maui Police, Fire and rescue crews and paramedics responded to a call at 4:30 p.m. along Ka’anapali Parkway regarding an unresponsive male. The man had reportedly been snorkeling just a few feet from shore when witnesses noticed he was experience trouble.
Beachgoers helped the man to shore and began CPR – continuing until emergency units arrived. All life saving measures were unsuccessful and the victim died. Cause of death will be released following an autopsy.
There are 21 new officers among the ranks of the Maui Police Department. Today in Waikapu, 21 members of the 79th Recruit Class of the Maui Police Department graduated and were sworn in to help keep peace on the World’s Favorite Island…all four islands strong. The ceremony and luncheon took place at the King Kamehameha Golf Clubhouse.
Twenty-one recruits completed eight months of intense physical and academic training before graduating and receiving their badges. The new officers are:
Pedro CACHO Jr.
Special awards went to the following Officers:
Scholastic Achievement Award- Michael MEREDITH
Neil T. ENDO Firearms Award- Jonathan GREEN
M. Cecil “Rusty” DICKENSON Award for Physical Fitness- Kahiapo KAUHAAHAA
Sensei Shinichi SUZUKI Arrest Defense Tactics Award- Michael MEREDITH
Best Notebook Award- Emmett KAWAHARA
Outstanding Recruit Award- Matthew SEGAULT
The Maui Police Department would also like to give special recognition and appreciation to Chief Gary YABUTA. This was Chief YABUTA’s last Recruit Class to graduate under his command. Chief YABUTA will be retiring this summer.
By Jeff King
Two major figures inside the Beltway turned in their resignations today. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney received a hug from the President this morning. He “…will spend more time with his family…” before deciding his next career move. Carney will be replaced by press aide Josh Earnest.
And Maj. Gen. Eric Shinseki (US Army, retired) resigned as Secretary of the Veterans Administration today. He did so, according to reports, to eliminate the distraction of his presence while the tragedies of medical attention lapses for America’s veterans come under more and more scrutiny.
The retired Army officer will return home to Hawai’i. Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI), released a statement saying, “General Shinseki is a war hero and public servant who gave everything he had to our country and the job of Secretary of Veterans Affairs. In his judgment, it was time for new leadership to move forward. The problems uncovered are appalling and unacceptable and the VA must deliver accountability for any wrongdoing and systemic changes to ensure this doesn’t happen again. I pledge to work with the new Acting Secretary to make sure all veterans get quality and timely care.”
Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI), stated “General Eric Shinseki’s patriotism and dedication to this nation is without parallel. I’ve had a number of opportunities to talk directly with General Shinseki about the challenges facing the VA. I agree with the President’s statement that his ‘commitment to our veterans is unquestioned.’
“I respect the Secretary’s decision to step aside in order to avoid being a distraction. The focus should be on delivering care to our veterans and ensuring the VA has the necessary resources to accomplish that. As I’ve done all year long, I met with veterans groups in Hawaii this week to discuss their firsthand experiences with the VA. I will take their comments, insights and concerns back to DC to inform my work to address the unacceptable situation that has been uncovered.”
Speculation on Shinseki’s replacement is not exactly running rampant and applicants for the job are not flooding the White House.
It’s a drill. It is only a drill. Today, at Kamaole Beach Park III in south Kihei, Maui Fire and Rescue crews, Maui County water safety crews and equipment and U.S. Coast Guard crews and equipment will converge on the park for a Search and Rescue Exercise.
The SAREX will include a “drop” of “Oscar,” a life-size (and weight) mannequin, somewhere offshore while nobody onshore is looking. At a designated time, a “witness” call will come in to 9-1-1 and crews will scramble to find the “person.” Tracking techniques, skill development and teamwork are the main points of the drill – expected to begin around 9:30 a.m. Unless they find Oscar in time, the exercise will end around 1 p.m.
The purpose of this joint exercise is to continue training that began in September 2012, between responding agencies that would jointly respond to an emergency regarding a missing person in the ocean. The terminal objectives are to: review and improve cooperation and communication between agencies; practice unified command; evaluate interagency briefing coordination; and improve interagency resource and protocol familiarity. Searches will be conducted from land, sea and air.
Thursday was a busy night for first responders and public works crews across Maui. At 6:02 p.m., Wailuku fire fighters responded to 2164 West Vineyard Street for a report of a structure fire. Fire crews arrived on scene for a single story, 720 square-foot structure, with the fire having been extinguished by the resident prior to their arrival.
Eight people (four adults and four children) living there were displaced. The American Red Cross was called to provide assistance to the displaced. A Fire Inspector on scene deemed the fire an accidental cooking fire. Damages were estimated to be $4,800.00 to the structure and $2,000.00 for the contents. There were no injuries reported.
About 90 minutes later, was shut off to a large portion of Wailuku for emergency waterline repairs. Service was restored by 8:30 Thursday night.
Then, about 30 minutes later, Honoapiilani Highway was closed between Kapunakea and Fleming Roads in Lahaina after a significant sewage spill reportedly overflowed across the highway fronting Blackie’s Pit Stop. The road was reopened to traffic at 7:20 a.m. today.
NOTE: Upon reopening the highway this morning, someone added a footnote that it was a waterline break and not a sewage spill that closed the highway. Thanks to MauiWatch for that clarification.
Some customers in Wailuku will have no water tonight from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., while Department of Water Supply (DWS) personnel work on an emergency repair to a leaking main line. The affected area includes:
Affected customers are advised to store water for the evening if needed. Customers should flush their waterlines for a short time after 8:30 tonight to ensure that no sediment has accumulated in their waterlines during the project. In addition, customers are requested to call the 24-hour service line (270-7633) only if a water emergency occurs.
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