WAILUKU – The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) today issued a notice to proceed for construction of the first phase of the Central Maui Regional Sports Complex project. Construction will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 2, and is expected to be completed by Dec. 2015.
The first phase of the project will construct a high school baseball field, two softball fields, a comfort station, a concession stand, parking, landscaping, irrigation well and storage tank. Construction cost for the first phase is approximately $14.8 million. Goodfellow Bros, Inc. is the awarded contractor for this first phase of the project.
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 entire complex will encompass up to 65 acres of land and will ultimately include a full-size baseball field, four softball fields, four little league baseball fields, an area for soccer fields, comfort stations, concession buildings, and parking for approximately 700 vehicles.
HONOLULU — One hiker is dead and another medevaced to safety by a Coast Guard helicopter crew after an accident on a remote Na Pali Coast trail Thursday.
Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center received a medevac request from the Kauai Fire Department for a 25-year-old male hiker who had fallen from the Kalalau Trail.
The Coast Guard launched an HC-130 Hercules airplane crew from Air Station Barbers Point at 11:45 p.m. and rerouted an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew.
The Dolphin crew arrived on scene at 12:04 a.m. Friday and lowered a rescue swimmer. After an initial assesment, the rescue swimmer conducted CPR for 30 minutes. The flight crew communicated that the patient was unresponsive and the Coast Guard flight surgeon directed the rescue swimmer to stop CPR. The rescue swimmer remained with the other four members of the hiking party while the helicopter departed to refuel in Lihue.
The helicopter returned to the scene and safely hoisted the rescue swimmer as well as a hiker who sustained a leg injury. The injured hiker was safely transported to awaiting EMS at Lihue Airport at 2:30 a.m.
A Kauai Fire Department helicopter hoisted the remaining three hikers Friday and KFD personnel hiked in to recover the deceased hiker.
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The saddest of all possible outcomes in a Missing Persons case unfortunately became fact yesterday when the body of a man was discovered near Kaupo in rural east Maui.
Maui Police have confirmed the deceased is Sean Okin, a 47 year-old man who recently relocated to Maui, according to friends. His body was discovered Thursday at 5:21 p.m. Official cause of death will not be released until an autopsy has been performed.
The National Weather Service has continued a HIGH SURF ADVISORY for EAST and SOUTH FACING SHORES of MAUI COUNTY, in effect until 6:00 a.m. Saturday.
EFFECTS: A long period east swell generated by former hurricane Marie will gradually build this afternoon and tonight, with surf reaching advisory level along east facing shores late tonight and Friday. A moderate sized south swell will continue to build tonight as well, bringing advisory level surf along south facing shores. Surf on both east and south facing shores will remain elevated Friday and Friday night. Expect surf of 6 to 9 feet on south facing shores. Surf building to 6 to 9 feet on east facing shores tonight
Forecast surf heights are estimates of the height of the face or front of waves.
PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES: EXPECT STRONG BREAKING WAVES, SHORE BREAK, AND STRONG LONGSHORE AND RIP CURRENTS, MAKING SWIMMING DIFFICULT AND DANGEROUS. ALWAYS HEED LIFEGUARD ADVICE AND KNOW YOUR LIMITS. WHEN IN DOUBT DON’T GO OUT.
INFORMATION: Maui Civil Defense will continue to monitor the situation. Please listen to your local radio and TV stations or NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts for any updates.
NOAA Weather Broadcasts can be reached by calling 1-866-944-5025. NOAA Weather Internet services can be found at www.prh.noaa.gov/hnl.
Pre-recorded advisories and notifications are available 24-hours a day on the Maui County Automated Information System (AIS) by calling 986-1200.
HONOLULU – Gov. Neil Abercrombie and Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi today issued a joint statement in response to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s decision to deny the state’s request for “Individual Assistance” for the victims of Tropical Storm Iselle:
“The state and the County of Hawaii are working together to gather sufficient additional information, including socio-economic data, to justify a successful appeal.
“In the meantime, county, state and other federal agencies, as well as nonprofit organizations, are providing support under their own authorities. The state also remains eligible for a declaration from the U.S. Small Business Administration, which will enable qualified individuals and businesses to receive low-interest loans for repairs
By Sgt. Nick Krau, MPD
The Maui Police Department will continue to participate in the nationwide crackdown on Drunk Drivers through September 1st. This nationwide campaign called “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” is a partnership between law enforcement agencies and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in a joint effort to reduce impaired driving.
For the remainder of this campaign the Maui Police Department will continue to utilize increased saturation patrols and Intoxication Control Checkpoints at various locations throughout the county. Motorists commuting, especially in the late evening and early morning hours have likely noticed the increased presence of traffic enforcement on our highways. On behalf of the Traffic Section and DUI Task Force Unit, I would like to remind our community to please observe the “Move Over Law.”
The State of Hawaii “Move Over Law” which was designed to help protect police officers and other emergency workers was enacted in July, 2012. All 50 states now have a “Move Over Law” and although the wording of these laws may vary from state to state the concept and purpose of these laws are the same. That purpose is to keep our emergency workers safe as they perform their jobs on our roads and highways.
The State of Hawaii “Move Over Law” states “the driver of a vehicle that is approaching an emergency vehicle that is stopped for an emergency, investigation of a possible traffic violation, rendering assistance to a police officer, or other official duties, as indicated by the flashing emergency lights of the stopped emergency vehicle, shall: make a lane change into the adjacent lane or if possible, to two lanes over which leaves one lane between the driver and the emergency vehicle.” If necessary, the driver shall come to a complete stop before making a lane change.
This law defines an “emergency vehicle” as a police or fire department vehicle, ocean safety vehicle, emergency medical services vehicle, freeway service patrol vehicle, or a tow truck. In the event that there is not another lane to change into and a driver is unable to change lanes they shall slow down to a prudent speed that is safe.
Over the past two weeks while actively participating in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, DUI Task Force officers have also issued more than 60 citations to motorists for violating the “Move Over Law.” We need our officers to be able to perform their jobs and thoroughly investigate each traffic offense without having to worry about these additional life threatening hazards.
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