Napili firefighters arrived at 3:51 p.m. and found a 30 by 150-foot strip of grass burning along a dirt road, a half-mile mauka of Honoapiilani Highway, just north of Hui A Road. Another brushfire, a 20 by 20-foot area, was found and extinguished about 400 yards below the larger fire. Both were under electrical transmission lines.
A water tanker from Lahaina and the department’s Air 1 helicopter responded. The fire was contained by 4:40 p.m. and called extinguished at 5:54 p.m.
Cause of the larger fire was determined to be a downed electrical power line belonging to Maui Electric Company. Cause of the smaller fire could not be determined. No structures were threatened, no injuries reported.
WAILUKU – The Mayor’s Office of Economic Development (OED) announced today a special incentive to urge Maui residents and visitors to support Lanai businesses by attending the upcoming 5th Friday Town Party on Lanai on Friday, May 29.
To accommodate the special Friday event, OED has teamed up with Expeditions Maui-Lanai Ferry and the Lanai Chamber of Commerce to provide round-trip ferry and ground transportation between Maui and Lanai, including a special late-night ferry that leaves Manele Harbor at 9:30 p.m. Expeditions’ last ferry to Maui on a regular day is at 6:45 p.m.
The 5th Friday Lanai Package includes a round-trip ferry ride between Lahaina Harbor and Manele Harbor, round-trip ground transportation between Manele Harbor and Lanai City, and an event “passport.” Visitors may collect passport stamps from participating businesses to enter a free prize drawing; details can be found at www.fifthfridaylanai.com.
Residents and visitors may choose to depart from Lahaina at any of Expeditions’ scheduled departure times (6:45 a.m., 9:15 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 3:15 p.m. and 5:45 p.m.); however, the return departure from Manele Harbor to Maui is limited to 9:30 p.m. only.
The cost for the package is $60 per adult and $50 per child and can be booked online at http://goo.gl/MmtcmG. A discounted price is also available for kamaaina who already have a ticket booklet from Expeditions; please visit the above website for more details.
All businesses will be open throughout the Friday Town Party event, which runs from 5:30-8:00 p.m. There will be food booths and restaurants serving up special local favorites as well as several music and entertainment venues. Additionally, visitors will be able to tour the newly renovated Lanai Theater and the Lanai Culture and Heritage Center.
The 5th Friday Lanai Package will be available for all 5th Friday Town Parties in 2015.
“Our Friday Town Parties are very popular and it is with great pleasure that we extend this community celebration to the island of Lanai,” said Mayor Alan Arakawa. “I encourage our Maui residents to take the ferry ride over so they can experience Fifth Friday Lanai for themselves and support our sister island’s community at the same time.”
Teena Rasmussen, OED Director, noted that Lanai businesses are facing a very challenging time. “In June, both major hotels on the island will be closed for renovations so we are doing everything we can to urge Maui residents and visitors to help our neighboring island by taking a day trip to Lanai.”
For more information on 5th Friday Lanai, visit www.fifthfridaylanai.com. For details on all Maui County’s Friday Town Parties, visit www.mauifridays.com.
A 25 year-old Pukalani man died early this morning when the motorcycle he was riding failed to negotiate a curve in Wailuku.
Maui Police say that, shortly before 2 a.m. today, Chevis Pacheco Carlos was operating a 2006 Kawasaki ZX-6R motorcycle with license plate number 459 MVD. Carlos was riding along Kahekili Highway near Puuohala Road when he failed to follow a curve. His motorcycle crossed left of center and impacted a guardrail along the east shoulder of the highway.
Carlos sustained fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene. Police investigators say Carlow was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.
The involvement of speed, drugs and alcohol have not yet been determined. Carlos’ death is the fourth traffic fatality of 2015 – compared with 11 at this time last year.
Hau’oli La Makuahine!
Happy Mother’s Day. No matter if your mom is right there with you at home, across the miles far away or beaming a beautiful smile from Heaven – be sure to take a moment to thank her for your life.
Residents and motorists in the Haiku area should be aware that there will be two Department of Public Works road projects that will affect area traffic next week.
The first is the Haiku Road Culvert Replacement Project, which will begin on Monday, May 11, at 6 a.m. This project will repair the existing drainage system under the roadway as well as make road improvements and repairs. Because of the nature of the work Haiku Road will be shut down completely although motorists will still have access to Fukushima Store and Haiku Marketplace from Kokomo/Haiku Road.
Then on Saturday, May 16, reconstruction work on Kokomo Road will continue, this latest project located between Lilikoi Road and half a mile down from the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses church. The work will be done in segments and during weekend hours only, beginning on May 16th, from 6 a.m. on Saturdays to 10 p.m. on Sundays.
During these days and times Kokomo Road will be completely closed to traffic. Residents mauka of the construction zone will be able to access their properties through Kokomo Road via Makawao Avenue while residents on the makai side will be allowed access through Haiku Road.
All other traffic will be detoured through Kauhikoa Road for access between Haiku and Makawao. Both the Haiku Road and Kokomo Road projects are expected to last for several months at least. During this time motorists are advised to expect delays and to use caution and to follow all traffic control signs, devices and flag personnel while driving through work zones. Mahalo for your patience and understanding.
HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige has pledged to discontinue the issuance of permits for entertainment acts involving wild animals. More than 40 U.S. cities and 30 countries prohibit the use of wild animals for entertainment purposes, including circuses and other performing acts. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), Hawaiian Humane Society, Three Ring Ranch and Animal Rights Hawaii commend Governor Ige for recognizing that the use of wild animals for entertainment purposes inherently compromises animal welfare and public safety.
Inga Gibson, Hawaii state director for The HSUS said, “We thank Governor Ige for taking a stand against circuses and other acts involving wild animals and urge residents never to attend such cruel spectacles. Unfortunately, this decision came too late for three bears who are currently en route from Florida to Hawaii for an act at the 50th State Fair. These bears now represent the final chapter in our state’s history of allowing such outdated and unnecessary exhibits.”
Pamela Burns, Hawaiian Humane Society’s president and CEO said, “Wild animals have no place in which the sole purpose is entertainment and such practices are being banned throughout the U.S. and the world. Such entertainment comes at a significant price of suffering for the animals involved. That suffering is exacerbated because of Hawaii’s location that requires arduous travel across land and sea.”
Scott Enright, chair of the Hawaii Department of Agriculture said, “The Hawaii Department of Agriculture understands the current trends concerning animal welfare issues and is pleased to work with Hawaii’s animal welfare groups on prohibiting the use of wild animals for entertainment purposes.”
Cathy Goeggel, president of Animal Rights Hawaii said, “We commend Governor Ige for doing today what should have been done twenty years ago following the tragic escape and shooting death of Tyke, the elephant from a circus in Honolulu. Today, Tyke’s death will no longer be in vain but a symbol of Hawaii’s compassion for these wild creatures.”
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