A woman visiting from California is in stable condition tonight after hurting her back on a waterslide in West Maui today. Around 12:30 p.m. today, Maui Fire and Rescue crews dispatched Ladder 3, Engine 3, Rescue 10 and Air-1 after reports of an injured person in the water below a natural “water slide” known to locals as Kahoma Cabin. The victim was reported as still in the water.
The location was a remote and mountainous area requiring all-terrain vehicle capability over about three miles of off-the-road terrain. Crews arrived on scene and found the patient, a 31 year old female, being supported in the shallow water of a pond.
The victim’s main complaint was lower to middle back pain that she stated occurred while sliding down a water slide chute. The victim was assessed and rescuers secured her to a backboard. The patient, after being removed from the water, was airlifted by Air-1 to a landing zone located at Lahainaluna High School.
The woman was transferred to an ambulance for transport to Maui Memorial Medical Center in stable condition. The female was a visitor from Granite Bay, California. Kahoma Cabin is on private property owned by West Maui Land Company.
Opponents of genetically modified organism – GMO – production in Hawai’i will converge on the Maui County building in Wailuku today at 1 p.m. to turn in the final supplemental collection of signatures to the County Clerk’s office. If deemed valid, the collection will be sufficient to force a crowd-sourced initiative on ballots this year requiring a moratorium on GMO production on Maui.
Last week, Maui TV News reported the County Clerk Danny Mateo had ruled many signatures “invalid,” because they could not be authenticated. SHAKA Movement spokesman Sam Small corrected MTVN after our headline erroneously stated that SHAKA had missed their deadline and that effectively stopped their progress.
We apologize for the error.
At today’s event, some 18,000 signatures will be submitted. The event will also feature appearances and speeches by Dr. Lorrin Pang, Alika Atay, Leohu Ryder, Bonnie Marsh, Mark Sheehan and special guest Jeffrey Smith.
Two fires on Maui on Memorial Day were quickly handled by crews from Maui Fire Department – keeping small blazes from becoming big ones.
At 7 p.m. last night, Maui Fire companies from Paia and Kahului responded to an unscheduled cane fire on Holomua road, about 1.5 miles above old Maui High School. Approximately four acres of cane were burned before being brought under control at 8:03 p.m. There were no structures threatened and the cause of the fire is under investigation.
Earlier in the afternoon, at 3:03 p.m., Kahului and Wailuku fire fighters responded to 583 Maalo Street for a structure fire. Crews arrived to find to find a 10 by five foot detached shed, approximately 75 percent involved in fire. The fire was quickly brought under control within a few minutes. A fire inspector investigating deemed the fire as accidental with damages to the structure at $2,500.00 and $9,000.00 for its contents. There were no injuries to report.
A Moloka’i man with no local address has been arrested in connection with the murder of Koshari Kahikili earlier this week.
Thirty-nine year-old Jeffrey K. Davis was placed under arrest shortly after noon, Wednesday. Davis is in Police custody and has not been formally charged. The investigation is in its early stages.
The body of Kahikili was discovered Tuesday by a moped rider along Kamehameha Highway at Mapulehu.
The Office of the County Clerk has finished its initial review of the initiative petition submitted by the SHAKA Movement, County Clerk Danny Mateo announced today.
“The SHAKA Movement submitted 9,768 signatures, and our office has reviewed the submission to determine the amount of valid versus invalid signatures on the petition,” Mateo said. “We have determined that 4,720 registered voters in the County of Maui have signed the petition, while 5,048 signatures have been deemed invalid.”
A total of 3,745 more valid signatures of registered voters in the County of Maui are needed to place the initiative on the ballot. According to the SHAKA Movement website, the deadline to gain the needed valid signatures was May 21 – yesterday.
On April 7, the SHAKA Movement submitted an initiative petition to place a moratorium on the cultivation of genetically engineered organisms in Maui County.
Mateo noted that signatures may be deemed invalid due to duplicate signatures, insufficient or incorrect information provided, or illegible handwriting. Signatures would also be counted as invalid if a signer was not registered to vote in the County of Maui.
According to the Charter requirements, each individual signing the petition must also provide their printed name and place of residence.
“Our office has carefully and diligently reviewed each line of the petition to ensure a thorough and fair review for all sides of the issue,” said Mateo.
Twenty percent of the total number of voters who cast ballots in the last mayoral general election, or 8,465 registered voters, are required to sign the petition to place the initiative on the ballot. The ratio between valid and invalid signatures on the GMO moratorium petition is fairly consistent with previous initiative petitions made in other counties in the State of Hawaii.
The Hawaii County Clerk’s Office received initiative petitions in 2006 and 2008, where approximately 45 percent of those signatures were deemed valid in each year, respectively. In comparison, the validity rate for Maui County’s initiative petition submitted for the GMO moratorium is approximately 48 percent.
According to the Maui County Charter, the SHAKA Movement now has 20 days to submit supplemental signatures to the Office of the County Clerk to meet the required amount needed to move the petition forward in the Charter-mandated process.
“Our office looks forward in assisting the public utilize their rights as citizens of Maui County,” said Mateo. “We will continue to provide fair and unbiased assistance on all issues presented to us.”
To access the Maui County Charter or to find additional information, visit www.mauicounty.gov/clerk
Two men and a woman from Kahului have been charged with Robbery in the First Degree following an incident early Monday morning. Maui Police say that, around 1 a.m. that day, they responded to an address on Amala Place and Hobron Avenue in Kahului. The victim reported that, late Sunday, he had been confronted by three individuals in a vehicle.
One of the male passengers, later identified as Wilsand Sardinha, exited the vehicle and confronted the victim. Having had past issues with Sardinha, the victim left on foot. Sardinha followed the victim, pointed a hand gun to the victim’s head and demanded the victim’s belongings. The victim complied.
The vehicle with the two individuals, later identified as Anthony Ayonayon and Aaralyn Decambra, stopped within the roadway and Sardinha got in, with the victim’s belongings and then fled on Amala Place.
A traffic stop of the vehicle was conducted in the area of Haleakala Highway and Hana Highway; the occupants were. Sardinha, Ayonayon and Decambra. The three were subsequently arrested and charged for First Degree Robbery. Each individual had bail set at $20,000.
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