A Wailuku man is in critical condition this morning after the moped he was riding rear-ended a vehicle on South Kihei Road at Ke Ali’i Alanui.
Maui Police say the 7:38 p.m. accident happened when a 51 year-old man, riding a 2013 moped southbound along South Kihei Road impacted a 2013 Nissan multi-purpose vehicle. The occupants, both 36 years old and from Honolulu, were unhurt. The moped rider was transferred to Maui Memorial Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.
The intersection was closed for several hours while Police conducted their on-scene investigation. The moped rider was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. Speed, alcohol and drugs are being investigated as possible contributing factors in the crash.
Investigation reveals that on Monday, June 16, 2014 at about 1938 hours, a Motor Vehicle Collision occurred on South Kihei Road North of Alanui Ke Alii Drive. Preliminary investigation reveals the fifty-one year old male from Wailuku was operating a blue 2013 Kwang Yang moped southbound on S. Kihei Road. The operator lost control of his moped, and struck the rear of a 2013 white Nissan Multi-purpose vehicle, traveling south on South Kihei Road. The operator of the SUV was a thirty six year old male from Honolulu.
The operator of the moped sustained critical life-threatening injuries. He was transported to the Maui Memorial Medical Center for further treatment. The operator of the SUV and his thirty-six year old passenger also from Honolulu did not sustain any injuries as a result of this crash.
SAFETY EQUIPMENT UTILIZED:
No helmet was utilized by the moped operator at the time of this crash.
SPEED, DRUGS, ALCOHOL:
The involvement of speed, drugs, and alcohol has not been determined as the investigation is still pending.
A man visiting from North Carolina appears to be a drowning victim after he was found face-down and motionless in near-shore waters off Kapalua.
Maui first responders arrived at 2:27 p.m., Sunday, after reports of a possible drowning victim in Kapalua Bay near Lahaina. Upon arrival, Charles Hoover, a 76 year-old man vising from High Point, NC, was pulled from the water and bystanders began cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Medics took over and transported the man to Maui Memorial Medical Center for further treatment.
Hoover was pronounced dead at the hospital. An autopsy is pending.
MayorAlan Arakawa answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his office staff.
Dear Mayor Arakawa:
Q: Every year we have been fortunate to enroll our children in the County’s Summer PALS program (“Play and Learn Sessions”). This year, much to our dismay, all the slots had been filled and there were no spaces available. Will the County be doing any additional hiring or opening of other sites to help with the overflow of children who were not able to enroll? I have called the PALS office and there isn’t even a waiting list available to put your child’s name on in case a space opens up. My wife and I both work and having affordable child care for our children is necessary for us to make ends meet. Thank you for your time.
A: No, the Department of Parks & Recreation (DPR) will not be adding any more facilities or hiring any additional staff for the 2014 Summer session, but we are discussing ways to expand this important program for the 2015 Summer session. One of the main obstacles the PALS program faces every summer is securing a sufficient number of locations to run its program. This summer the island of Maui has 13 different PALS sites
island-wide. Of the 13 sites, five are DPR facilities and the other eight sites are offered at State DOE schools. While it would be great to increase the number of locations, the DPR only has a limited number of appropriate locations to offer this program. The DOE has been a great partner over the years, but sometimes repair and maintenance projects need to be done during the summer months so each year we face the challenge of securing new sites when certain DOE schools are not available. The PALS program does not have a wait list policy because there are very few, if any, parents that decide not to have their child attend the program once they register. We can revisit this with staff to see if a wait list policy should be created. Our DPR staff do try to improve the PALS program each year, and it is clear there is a need in the community to provide quality programs for our youth at an affordable cost.
Aloha Mayor Arakawa,
Q: I am new to living across from Kalama Park. Public events sometimes happen late at night when we would like to go to bed but the amplified music keeps us awake. This is also true of some local restaurants that play amplified music past 8:00, 9:00 even 10:00 p.m. and sometimes on weekends past midnight. I understand an effort to look at the noise ordinances last year was never completed by the County Council. Could you please tell me what ordinances apply to the public park and to private restaurants, and what recourse we have when there is excessive noise?
A: The ordinances for park users and restaurants and bars are different in time and decibel restrictions depending on the liquor enforcement rules that apply. However, they are similar in that they are designed to protect neighbors who are trying to get a good night’s sleep. Anyone playing amplified music at Kalama Park must have a County Parks permit, which will require the sounds to be turned off at 10:00 p.m. The rules of the Maui County Liquor Commission apply to businesses such a restaurants which have a liquor license and limits noise by zoning districts and time periods. Noise complaints about liquor licensed establishments may be submitted to the Maui County Department of Liquor Control by calling 243-7487 or 243-7101 or emailing
email@example.com. While the Liquor Commission may place restrictions on a specific liquor license if noise becomes an issue, enforcing noise restrictions in this particular area can be challenging because there are several liquor licensed establishments located in close proximity to each other making it difficult at times to pin point the source of the noise. The Department of Liquor Control has sought the assistance of the State of Hawai‘i through the Department of Health’s Environmental Health Specialists, but even with their expertise, enforcement of noise in this high-density area remains a challenge.
Dear Mayor Arakawa:
Q: I would like to applaud you for the sidewalk renovations going on in Kahului along Wakea and Kamehameha avenues. I was just wondering if there is any consideration to redo the curbs and install handicap ADA ramps along Pomaika‘i and Makali‘i Streets. I have brought it up with the County’s engineering division and also a Councilmember roughly two or three years ago and I get the impression that nothing is going to be done. Might I say this also may be a school zone and at times I have noticed a lady passing by in her motorized wheelchair. A response would be greatly appreciated.
A: Actually, plans are already underway to construct ramps in the areas you described. Ramps along Makali‘i Street at Pomaika‘i Street and ‘Apapane Place are currently being designed as part of a curb ramp project being conducted by our Department of Public Works. The plans are under review, and Public Works is aiming to have this project out to bid later this summer or in the early fall of this year.
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.
Cheryl Black, 55, a visitor from McKinney, TX, has been identified as the woman who died after a fall from a ledge at the Pools of Oheo Gulch near Hana Thursday.
The woman apparently fell 15-20 feet from a ledge while attempting to climb between two of the 23 pools at Oheo Gulch – known to many as “The Seven Sacred Pools.” The Haleakala National Park site attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.
Maui Police say life-saving measures were administered in an attempt to revive BLACK, however, she succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Cause of death is unknown pending autopsy results.
A Texas woman died today after a fall from a edge at the pools of Oheo Gulch in east Maui.
1 in responding to call this afternoon at 5:31 p.m. old female from Texas, unconscious, laying halfway in the water.
The victim was on narrow ledge about 15-20 feet above trying to get to another pool when she fell. Bystanders were performing CPR on the victim. MFD’s Air-1 airlifted the victim from the pools to a landing zone near the camp grounds where Medics took over patient care.
Efforts to resuscitate the patient were unsuccessful, she was pronounced dead at the scene. Official cause of death will be released following an autopsy on the woman. Her identity has not yet been released.
A Maui man apparently died from injuries suffered when his all-terrain vehicle came to rest atop the man Tuesday.
Maui Police say 54 year-old Leroy Quinabo was found, unresponsive, underneath an ATV by a friend around 12:25 Tuesday afternoon. The accident occurred in the Kanaio area of Upcountry Maui. According to their report, the friend called for emergency response – but Quinabo was pronounced dead at the scene.
An autopsy will reveal the official cause of death. No foul play was evident and MPD is classifying the incident as a miscellaneous accidental death.
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