Seven people are without a home on Moloka’i after their house burned to the ground Monday afternoon. Three adults and four children were in the home when fire broke out. One child, a seven year-old boy, sustained a minor injury to his hand. He was treated by first responders and taken to Moloka’i General Hospital.
Moloka’i Firefighters got the call at 5:24 p.m., Monday, and responded to 308 Seaside Place. When Kaunakakai crews arrived, the 1,400 square-foot home was fully engulfed in flames. Units from Hoolehua and Pukoo also assisted in fighting this fire. The fire was called under control at 6:24 p.m.
The three bedroom, two bathroom home was totally destroyed, with losses estimated at $200,000. The cause of the fire is undetermined but deemed as accidental. The American Red Cross is assisting the displaced family.
A Kahului man died Sunday in Kihei. Fifty-nine year-old Stephen King was found floating face-down in shallow water about 25 yards offshore of Kamaole Beach Park III. First responders received the call at 3:16 p.m. After being pulled from the water, CPR was started – then continued as emergency crews arrived.
Attempts to revive King were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of death has not been determined pending autopsy results.
HONOLULU – The Nominating Committee for the State Commission on Water Resource Management (“Water Commission”) is accepting applications for one position on the Commission. The Nominating Committee will review the applications and send the names of not less than three qualified individuals to the Governor, who will nominate one person for the vacant position. The term of the new appointee will begin after the Governor selects from the list of qualified applicants. The appointment is subject to confirmation by the Senate in 2015. The remaining term for this position will expire on June 30, 2016.
The Commission has jurisdiction and final authority over matters relating to the State Water Code (Hawaii Revised Statutes Chapter 174C). The Governor appoints five of the seven members. The chairperson of the Board of Land and Natural Resources and the director of the Department of Health are voting ex-officio members.
State law requires that each member have “substantial experience in the area of water resource management.” Commission members serve a 4-year term without pay, although expenses are reimbursed.
Applications and resumes may be sent to:
Commission on Water Resource Management
1151 Punchbowl St., Room 227
Honolulu, HI 96813
Applications should be postmarked no later than Friday, Aug. 29, 2014.
Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his office staff.
Q. I live in Makawao, a mile from the school where I teach. If the bus routes Upcountry could be adjusted slightly, so that one could travel from Makawao to Pukalani without going through Kahului, I would sell my car! Three hours to buy groceries just doesn’t work for me or anybody else in Makawao. If a third route could make frequent loops in the Makawao/Pukalani area (including, say, Haliimaile, Pukalani Terrace, Pukalani Long’s and downtown Makawao, then the #39 could stop at Long’s and the #40 could stop at Pukalani Terrace. Or, perhaps the #39 and the loop could be somehow combined.
A. We are always looking at ways to expand our Maui Bus service to meet the needs of our ridership. Right now, the Department of Transportation (MDOT) is in the process of examining some of the routes in the Upcountry area. The County has only recently been granted a right of entry into Kulamalu near Long’s and is working on schedule changes to address some of the requests being made by riders and area residents. Funding to add additional routes and services is not available at this time, but the MDOT is in the process of exploring timing and routing adjustments that can be accomplished within their existing budget. If route expansion or additional services are desired, the community is urged to attend upcoming budget hearings in September and October, so that their requests may be considered. A schedule for those budget meetings will be sent out by my office shortly.
Q: Dear Mayor Arakawa:
What is the policy regarding public buses stopping and blocking roads when passengers get on and off, even when it is possible for the bus to pull off the road? About two weeks ago, I was in a line of cars that got stuck behind a Kahului bound bus at the Hana Highway in front of the Kuau Store. There was room for the bus to pull off the road. I thought this might be because the area it could pull off is private property, part of the store’s parking lot. Then last week an inbound bus blocked Haliimaile Road for several minutes as someone loaded a bicycle onto it. It the past I had always seen the buses pull into the area next to Haliimaile Park so they didn’t block the road. The loop of road that goes in and out of parking lot makes it very easy for a bus to pull off of the main road, unless the area is very wet and muddy, which was not the case. Why didn’t this bus do so? The bus is a great service for Maui residents and visitors, and I fully understand that there may be times when blocking traffic is necessary to provide this service. However, it seems to me that the buses should pull off the road to load and unload passengers when it is safe and easy for the bus to do so.
A: We’ve answered this question before, most recently regarding some women that were left behind at the Kahului Shopping Center. But I’ll be happy to repeat the answer here because it seems to be a popular question. The standard Maui Bus driver operating procedure in servicing bus stops is to pull parallel to the curb, preferably within six to twelve inches from the curb. If there is a dedicated paved pull off lane, the bus should then load and unload passengers. Drivers have been advised not to pull off of unimproved shoulders to service bus stops. This is due to the safety of riders getting on and off of surfaces that are not level, especially the elderly and disabled. Sometimes, it is necessary to deploy a lift or ramp to service disabled riders and this requires a level and paved surface. The infrastructure at each bus stop is different and Maui’s rural roads are often narrow and unimproved. However, it is the goal of the department that when able, the installation of a dedicated pull off will be considered. If you are following a Maui Bus, it’s best to stop unless the bus has pulled completely out of the lane.
Q. I work for a tour bus company and am wondering why wasn’t the road closure to Iao Valley on the Maui County road closure list this morning?
A. Unfortunately those road closure notifications are for road closures that involve our Maui Police Department personnel. In the case of that gate located along Iao Valley Road, it is controlled by the State Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR). My staff has spoken to DLNR personnel and they confirmed that they did send out a press release the Friday (July 18) prior, to say that they would be closing their Maui forest reserves as well as Iao Valley State Park until Monday (July 21) due to the storm that was expected over the weekend. Because DLNR staff had to clear debris from the park that gate was not reopened until noon. However you are correct in pointing this out because we should be doing a better job coordinating scheduled road closures between the state and our police department. DLNR has said they will speak to MPD to discuss how to get their closures on our notifications. Mahalo.
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Two Kihei residents are without a home today after a fire caused substantial damage Sunday afternoon. Kihei and Wailea fire fighters responded to a report of a structure fire at 2138 Waimaka Street at 4:13 p.m. Sunday. Crews arrived to find a 600 square-foot cottage, in the back of the main residence, approximately 25 percent involved in fire. The fire was brought under control at 4:35 p.m. No injuries were reported.
Investigation has determined dollar loss to be $60,000.00 to the structure and $10,000.00 for the contents. Cause of the fire is undetermined but deemed accidental. The American Red Cross is assisting the two displaced residents of this fire.
PAGO PAGO, American Samoa — The Coast Guard suspended the search Saturday for 58-year-old Babar Suleman who went missing during a plane crash near Pago Pago Tuesday night.
“The decision to suspend a search and rescue case is one of the most difficult decisions I have to make,” said Rear Admiral Cari Thomas, Commander, Fourteenth Coast Guard District. “I want to extend my sincere condolences to the family and friends of the Sulemans. After conducting an exhaustive search with our partner agencies in American Samoa and crisscrossing more than 4,000 miles from the air and surface of the ocean and finding no sign of Mr. Suleman, I have made the decision to suspend the active search.”
The Coast Guard active search consisted of an HC-130 Hercules airplane crew from Air Station Barbers Point, members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, the American Samoa Marine Patrol, American Samoa Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources, and Tug Sa’ilele.
The cumulative amount of area searched is 4,874 square nautical miles. Coast Guard and partner agency assets have been searching for a total of 70 hours.
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