WAILUKU – Gov. Neil Abercrombie, Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui and Mayor Alan Arakawa today joined with Maui community leaders and sporting organizations to break ground for the new Central Maui Regional Sports Complex.
Located in the Wailuku-Waikapu region in Central Maui, the complex is designated in the master planned community of Waiale being developed by Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. The complex will encompass up to 65 acres of land and will be completed in phases, which will ultimately include a full-size baseball field, a quad of softball fields, a little league baseball quad, and an area for soccer fields. Comfort stations, concession buildings, and new infrastructure including a parking lot and utilities are also part of the project’s scope. The project is being funded by $4.7 million in general obligation (G.O.) bond funds.
“The Central Maui Regional Sports Complex will benefit the entire Maui community to meet an overwhelming demand for active sports fields on the island,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “Today’s groundbreaking is the result of collaboration between the state and county along with the Maui community. In the truest sense, it is an investment in this community’s future.”
Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui added: “This long-awaited and much needed sports complex will be a gathering place for families and children to play and spend quality time together. Once completed, the park could serve as a venue to host local, statewide, national and international sporting events. It has the potential to be a revenue generator for Maui and the State.”
Mayor Arakawa said: “It is clear that there is a growing need for more play fields now within Central Maui. Sometimes there are as many as five sports clubs using the same field. Central Maui sports groups that receive athletic field permits include: MGSA, Bronco League, Little League, American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO), Hawaii Youth Soccer Association (HYSA), HSF, as well as adult leagues for soccer, softball, baseball and softball tournament.”
The Department of Land and Natural Resources is the agency tasked with implementing this project. DLNR Chairperson William J. Aila, Jr. commented: “We understand that we must balance the positive benefits of this project with any impacts on adjacent communities. Therefore, to be good neighbors, we have conducted the necessary due diligence and believe we have provided adequate mitigation measures to address community concerns.”
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· Project Managing Agency: Department of Land & Natural Resources, State Parks Division and Engineering Division.
· Design Consultant: R.M. Towill Corporation.
· Construction Contractor: Goodfellow Bros., Inc.
· Full build-out of the complex will consists of one high school baseball field, four softball fields, four little league baseball fields, three soccer fields, comfort stations, concession stands, parking with 700+ stalls, landscaping, an irrigation well and storage tank.
· Total park acreage: Approximately 65 acres
· Project will be built out in phases
o Phase 1 of the project will construct a high school baseball field, two softball fields, two comfort stations, a concession stand, parking, landscaping, irrigation well and storage tank.
o Phase 1 construction cost is approximately $14.8 million.
o Phase 1 construction will start in August 2014 and will be completed in October 2015.
o Phase I has been awarded to Goodfellow Bros, Inc
· Future Phases
o $5 million in additional CIP funding has been appropriated in FY 2015
o This $5 million will be used toward constructing two additional softball fields, four little league baseball fields, three soccer fields, an additional concession stand, additional comfort stations, parking and landscaping.
By Jeff King
A Haiku man died at the scene of a fiery crash in central Maui late last night. Maui Police say 29 year-old Jordan Costa was riding a 2007 Honda motorcycle northbound on Kuihelani Highway when he impacted the rear of a 2005 Chevrolet pickup truck being driven by a 54 year-old man from Kahului.
After the impact between the motorcycle and pickup truck, the motorcycle skidded off the roadway into the brush on the eastern shoulder of Kuihelani Highway and caught fire. The motorcycle operator, Jordan Costa, died at the scene. The man driving the pickup truck did not sustain any injuries as a result of this crash.
The accident happened at 10:45 p.m. about a half-mile north of Maui Lani Parkway. Costa was wearing his helmet at the time of this crash. The operator of the truck was utilizing his seatbelt and the airbags to the vehicle did not deploy.
The involvement of speed is suspected as a factor in this crash. The involvement of drugs and alcohol has not been determined as the investigation is still pending.
This is Maui County’s 15th traffic fatality this year, as compared to 10 at the same time last year.
WAILUKU – The restrooms at Launiupoko Beach Park have been closed due to a waterline break. The repairs are estimated to take several days to complete; portable toilets are available for use until the waterline has been repaired and the restrooms are reopened.
By Glenn James, Maui Forecaster and Weather Guru
Tropical cyclone Genevieve began her life as a tropical depression in the eastern Pacific Ocean. As it crossed the 140W line of longitude, separating the eastern and central Pacific, this system weakened, and became a post-tropical cyclone for several days. Once the low level circulation center, or what was left of it, came into our central Pacific…the Central Pacific Hurricane Center (CPHC) began tracking it.
It became what we could call a tropical disturbance, as it was carried along in the low level trade wind flow. Recently it began to organize itself again, aided by light winds aloft , and warm sea water temperatures below. The CPHC upgraded it into a tropical depression…as it restrengthened. It’s now back to being referred to as Genevieve, and will likely intensify further over the next 12 hours…becoming tropical storm Genevieve for a day or two.
The good thing is that this system isn’t likely to turn northwestward towards the Hawaiian Islands. It’s expected to migrate along in a generally west to west-northwest direction. The long and short of all this is that our islands don’t have to worry about threatening weather conditions, other than some possible heavy showers with time. The northern fringe of its associated clouds will bring an increase in showers to our area later Thursday into Saturday, with improving weather as this system moves away to the southwest Sunday into early next week.
Here’s the CPHC graphical track map for this system, along with a satellite image…down to the southeast of the Big Island of Hawaii. Thereafter, it appears that there will be more tropical activity originating to our southeast and east-southeast through the next week, if not longer…we’ll need to keep an eye out in those directions.
Maui Police Department’s Operation Speed pulled over a LOT of cars. The annual campaign – held this year between July 21 and July 26 – resulted in 813 citations. That works out to about five citations every hour, around the clock for the annual campaign.
Members of the Maui police Department Traffic Section assisted by patrol officers from Wailuku, Kihei, Lahaina, Juvenile Division, Community Relations and Community Oriented Police officers participated in a weeklong Speed Enforcement Education Detail (SPEED).
“Our primary goal during the operation was to make Maui County’s roadways safe for the entire public to use, and to reduce the number of motor vehicle collisions in which death occurs, as it is related to speeding,” a press release from MPD traffic section said.
During the weeklong campaign, Officers working the SPEED detail issued a total of 813 citations. The citations are broken down as follows:
During the week, Officers also made five arrests. Two were for outstanding warrants. Two were for OUI. The last arrest was for Obedience to Police Officer and Resisting Arrest following a traffic stop in which the vehicle operator failed to follow instructions by the stopping officer and fled the scene of the stop.
UPDATE: Maui Fire investigators have called the fire extinguished as of 6:30 a.m. today.
Crews have been on the hillside above Ma’alaea since a brush fire erupted this morning. As of 6 p.m., nine members of the Maui Fire Department’s Wildland Team and nine members of the Division of Forestry and Wildlife continue to work with Air-1 to mop up what’s left of the fire. The 30 acres fire is considered 100 percent contained, but not yet extinguished.
There were no injuries reported, and the cause of the fire is undetermined. Crews will be monitoring and making checks of the fire ground throughout the night.
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