WAILUKU – The Department of Water Supply (DWS) announced that the entrance to Iliili Road from South Kihei Road will be closed on Friday, October 31, 2014 while DWS personnel repair a leaking water service. The project is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. and should be completed by 3:00 p.m.
Motorists are advised to follow traffic control and use Kaiau Place for access to and from Iliili Road. South Kihei Road will remain open; however, DWS personnel will be working on the makai side of the road so southbound drivers should drive with extreme caution when passing the work site.
Water will be shut off at Cove Park only. Customers are requested to call the 24-hour service line (270-7633) only if a water emergency occurs.
UH Manoa Chancellor Robert Bley-Vroman and Athletics Director Ben Jay announced today that UH Men’s Basketball Head Coach Gib Arnold and Assistant Coach Brandyn Akana have been relieved of coaching duty and are departing employment from the University of Hawaii. The swift move follows allegations of misconduct on the part of the coaching staff. Details are not yet available.
Pursuant to his contract, Arnold will be employed through January 31, 2015, and will be paid a lump sum payment for the remainder of his contract term, set to expire June 30, 2015.
Akana will also be employed through January 31, in accordance with his contract. He will not be entitled to any additional compensation.
“These painful but critical steps are being taken in an effort to strengthen our athletics program and to do right by our student athletes and students in general,” said Jay in making the announcement to Athletics Department employees today. “We appreciate the work of Gib and Brandyn and wish them both the best in the future.”
Chancellor Bley-Vroman said, “We are committed to setting the best possible examples for our players not only on the field of sports but in life. Athletics Director Jay has my full support in these steps that will strengthen the long-term future of our athletics program and our university.”
University of Hawaii System President David Lassner and Board of Regents leadership have been informed of these actions and stand behind the athletics director and chancellor as they make these difficult decisions.
A woman visiting from France took a fall on the Pipiwai Trail in the Bamboo Forest Sunday, injuring her left ankle. The 56 year-old woman suffered a possible ankle sprain about 1.5 miles into the trail.
Maui Fire Department Engine 7, Utility 7 and Air-1 responded. Hana firefighters with the assistance of a park ranger were able to make access to the victim. She had a possible left ankle sprain and was unable to walk out. The patient had to be carried out about a quarter mile to a park service road. From there she was transported by four wheel drive vehicle to the National park’s base yard where she was examined and treated by Hana medics.
Maui Police and fire investigators have released more details about that drowning off Black Rock at Ka’anapali Sunday.
Shortly after noon, 80 year-old Alva Sanders, a man visiting Maui from Kennewick, WA, was spotted floating in the ocean near the pier by the rock formation known as Black Rock. Firefighters and Ocean Safety personnel were dispatched. The man was found by two surfski paddlers about 100 yards from shore. The two yelled for help and UFO Parasailing staff sent a Zodiac to assist.
The Zodiac brought the victim to shore fronting Leilani’s Restaurant and, along with Ocean Safety Jet Ski operator, began CPR. Firefighters and medics on scene a few minutes later took over CPR. Efforts to revive the patient were unsuccessful. Sanders was pronounced dead at the scene.
While drowning appears to be the case, the official cause of death will be determined following an autopsy.
WAILUKU – The County of Maui Dept. of Water Supply announced that, due to a waterline replacement project, Halekuai Street in Kihei is open to one-lane traffic only, from South Kihei Road to Kio Loop (traffic on South Kihei Road is NOT affected). Water service to the area should not be affected. Halekuai Street is the road that runs from Maui Dive Shop to the “dueling” auto parts stores.
The project is expected to be completed at approximately 3:00 p.m. today; motorists are advised to drive with caution in the area or use an alternate route such as East Lipoa Street, connecting to Liloa Street and the Southg Maui Recreation Complex.
A pre-dawn fire damaged product stored behind Hawaii Growers Products (HGP) warehouse in Kahului today. Fortunately, the building was not severely damaged and there were no injuries.
In fact there was no one around when firefighters from Kahului responded to a fire call at 4:09 a.m. today. They found a homeless camp in flames off Ho’okele Street behind the HGP building. About 300 square feet of brush – along with personal items including tents, clothing, stoves, shopping carts and other items – in flames. The fire was brought under control within 12 minutes and called extinguished at 4:48 a.m.
There was some damage to the structure and HGP product stored outside of the building, according to the report released this morning by MFD Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga. Damage to the structure was limited to the exterior of the building. The integrity of the building was not compromised. Monetary losses to the building and product were estimated at $4,000. The cause of the fire was not determined. The homeless camp was vacated at the time of arrival. No injuries were reported.
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