One man is in the hospital. His female companion was treated for minor injuries. The 18 year-old Lahaina man who attacked them with a machete is under arrest for two counts of Assault in the First Degree.
Maui Police responded to a disturbance call Thursday night. Two men had reportedly gotten into a fight at the intersection of Front Street and Lahainaluna Road around 11:30 p.m. Police arrived at the scene and discovered two victims, an adult male and an adult female who say they were attacked with a machete by the suspect, Maamaloa Uhila, 18, of Lahaina. Uhila fled the scene prior to police arrival.
Inexplicably, Uhila returned to the scene while Officers were still conducting their investigation. Witnesses positively identified Uhila as the suspect. Uhila was arrested and transported to the Lahaina Station for processing. Officers also recovered the weapon as evidence in this case.
The male victim was transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries. The female victim was treated and released at the scene for minor injuries.
Uhila was arrested and charged with two counts of Assault in the First Degree. His bail was set at $50,000.
HONOLULU – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new “breakthrough” drug to treat chronic hepatitis C earlier this month that has a cure rate as high as 95 percent. Viral hepatitis B and C are the leading cause of liver cancer, and Hawaii has the highest rate of liver cancer in the United States.
The FDA designates a drug as a breakthrough therapy if preliminary clinical evidence indicates the drug demonstrates a substantial improvement over available therapies for patients with serious or life-threatening diseases.
In Hawaii, an estimated 23,000 people are affected by the hepatitis C virus, especially baby boomers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found that nationwide more than 75 percent of adults living with hepatitis C are baby boomers born between 1945 and 1965. The CDC estimates more than 121,000 deaths could be averted nationwide by screening and successfully treating hepatitis C among baby boomers.
Hepatitis C is a viral disease that causes inflammation of the liver that can lead to diminished liver function or liver failure. Most people infected with hepatitis C have no symptoms of the disease until liver damage becomes apparent, which may take decades.
Some people with chronic hepatitis C infection develop scarring and poor liver function or cirrhosis over many years, which can lead to complications such as bleeding, jaundice (yellowish eyes or skin), fluid accumulation in the abdomen, infections and liver cancer. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 3.2 million Americans are infected with hepatitis C, and without proper treatment, 15 to 30 percent of these people will go on to develop cirrhosis.
“Hepatitis C may be the first completely curable virus, but the challenge is now making sure healthcare providers have the capabilities to treat those with hepatitis,” said Thaddeus Pham, viral hepatitis prevention coordinator with the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH).
DOH is partnering with the Hepatitis Support Network of Hawaii, Hep Free Hawaii, and other local agencies to host “Viral Hepatitis Hawai‘i – Update 2014,” a symposium intended to provide physicians and other healthcare professionals with the latest research on the changing state of hepatitis treatment and care.
The educational conference for medical professionals, social service providers, and community members will include updates from local and national experts about hepatitis B and C diagnosis and treatment, hepatitis during pregnancy, and new drug therapies and research from the annual meeting of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases.
“As more effective hepatitis treatments become available and as more people receive access to affordable insurance, it is important that both the general public and the medical community in Hawaii become aware of how to treat hepatitis B and cure hepatitis C,” said Pham, who is helping to plan the upcoming symposium. “This symposium will help Hawaii’s medical community and other participants to learn about how this disease affects our ohana and what we can do about it.”
Registration for All-Day Hepatitis Symposium
The symposium will be held on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014 at the Queen’s Conference Center from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It will include general sessions and smaller breakout sessions, exhibits, continental breakfast and lunch (brochure attached). Continuing education credits for physicians, social workers, and certified substance abuse counselors will be available.
Online registration is available at www.virahhephi.org.
For more information about hepatitis resources and events in Hawaii, go to www.hepfreehawaii.org
KAHULUI — New state fishing rules regulating the take and possession of uhu (parrotfish) and kumu (goatfish) on Maui island take effect this Saturday, November 1, 2014, following signature into law by Governor Neil Abercrombie.
Hawaii Administrative Rules chapter 13-95.1 sets new bag and size limits for several popular nearshore fish including kumu and uhu. The new rules will include a bag limit of no more than two uhu per person per day and prohibitions on the take of blue male uhu for the two large species (uhu ‘ele‘ele, and uhu uliuli). There will also be bag limits for these popular goatfish: kumu (no more than one), and moana kea and munu (no more than two).
The rules also set new minimum size limits for the two large uhu species (14 inches), all other uhu species (10 inches), the three large goatfish species: kumu, moano kea, and weke nono (12 inches), and all other goatfish species (8 inches), provided that the take of ‘oama (juvenile weke‘a less than 5 inches in length) is allowed by hook-and-line only.
“The Department of Land and Natural Resources strongly supports this rule change to better manage these fish species. This decision is based on many years of research on the biology and ecology of these fishes, as well as evidence of decreased numbers on Maui’s nearshore coral reefs,” said William J. Aila, Jr., DLNR chairperson.
The Board of Land and Natural Resources adopted the rule changes on Friday, September 26, 2014. Public hearings on the draft rules were held on Maui and Lanai between November 19-21, 2013.
The new rule HAR 13-95.1 may be viewed online here.
For more information on the rules contact the Maui office of the Division of Aquatic Resources at (808)243-5294.
KAHULUI – As part of efforts to upgrade and modernize Maui’s electrical system, Maui Electric will be performing work at the Wailuku Heights Substation on West Alu Road throughout November, Monday to Saturday, from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Please expect possible traffic delays on West Alu Road during this time. Electrical service to the area will not be impacted.
The project consists of upgrading electrical equipment, including transformers and electrical lines, which require heavy transport equipment and a crane.
“Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue working to upgrade our island’s aging electrical infrastructure,” said Mat McNeff, manager of engineering at Maui Electric. “Such improvements are part of our overall efforts to maintain a safe, reliable and resilient electric system for our Maui community.”
HONOLULU – The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) has confirmed four additional cases of measles on Maui and Kaua’i, bringing the total number of confirmed measles cases in these two separate clusters in Hawaii to seven.
“We are very concerned. These additional cases are an example of how contagious this disease is and how quickly it can spread,” said Dr. Sarah Y. Park, state epidemiologist. “However, we also want to reassure the public that DOH staff continue to work closely with healthcare providers and facilities as well as CDC’s Honolulu Quarantine Station to identify and notify all persons who may have been exposed, to make sure they have appropriate monitoring or treatment as needed.”
Measles is so contagious that it will infect 90 percent of the contacts who are not immune. The best way to prevent measles is to get vaccinated. “We are asking everyone to check their immunization status and contact their healthcare provider if they need to be vaccinated,”said Ronald Balajadia, Immunization Branch chief. “Although not routinely recommended for children under 12 months of age, infants aged 6-11 months travelling internationally to areas with active measles transmission should be vaccinated. Talk to your child’s doctor before
The symptoms of measles generally begin about 14 days (range 7 to 21 days) after a person is infected and can include:
For more information, visit http://health.hawaii.gov/docd/home/imm/.
For a list of pharmacies vaccinating adults, visit this link.
The National Weather Service has continued the HIGH SURF ADVISORY for EAST FACING SHORES of MOLOKAI and MAUI in effect until 6 a.m. Saturday.
A High Surf Advisory means that high surf will affect beaches in the advisory area, producing rip currents and localized beach erosion.
EFFECTS: An incoming north swell in combination with strong easterly trade winds will bring hazardous surf conditions along east facing shores. Expect surf of 6 to 9 feet through 6 a.m. Saturday.
Forecast surf heights are estimates of the height of the face or front of waves.
PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES: EXPECT STRONG BREAKING WAVES, SHOREBREAK, AND STRONG LONGSHORE AND RIP CURRENTS, MAKING SWIMMING DIFFICULT AND DANGEROUS. BEACH GOERS, SWIMMERS AND SURFERS SHOULD HEED ALL ADVICE GIVEN BY OCEAN SAFETY OFFICIALS AND EXERCISE CAUTION.
INFORMATION: Maui Civil Defense Agency 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.
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