By Jeff King
Technology is our friend.
Technology is our friend.
Technology is…..NOT always our friend.
Much as we have tried over the past six days to wriggle loose, Island News Technologies and Maui TV News have been hogtied by the Windows 10 upgrade that is “sweeping the world.”
While millions of users are enjoying the Microsoft free upgrade, the tiniest of tiny print admits that “…some applications, utilities or devices may not yet be compatible with Windows 10…”
One of those is the input/output hardware that Maui TV News uses to bring high definition video to television and to the Internet about stories, issues and personalities that make a difference in Maui County.
While we know we aren’t the only company with “glitches,” it is stunning to recount the amount of time on “ignore” (hold) listening to the ONE song Microsoft appears to own – and hearing it over and over…and over again. We feel we will never again believe anyone who says, “…your call is important to us….”
You know the rest.
While we reset our Operating System, our video and audio hardware…and our attitude, we will do our very best to continue to bring you the last breaking news headlines and stories at www.mauitvnews.com.
Stories like pending Tropical Storm Kilo. THAT is something you should know about now – and for which you should prepare. Currently labeled Thrdede-C, Kilo is likely to achieve hurricane strength and may have a direct impact on Kaua’i by early next week – which also means the rest of the state could also be in harm’s way.
Longtimers will remember this is a similar set of circumstances that led to the devastation of Eva in 1982 and Iniki in 1992. No “scare tactics” intended. Just – PLEASE – better be safe than sorry.
Stock up now. Let’s be safe out there.
It was the third attempt by a group of protesters to halt – or at least delay and disrupt – the scheduled delivery of massive components for the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST). Last night. however, most of the “action” was not focused on the Central Maui Baseyard – but at another point along the route to the summit of Haleakala.
Around 10 p.m. Wednesday night, Wailuku Patrol Officers were summoned to the Central Maui Baseyard to assist with crowd control and public safety issues involving the DKIST transport Project. A representative on behalf of the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy initiated the complaint.
A crowd of about 150 protesters had gathered in the area of Central Maui Baseyard, however, no arrests were made as the demonstrators complied and moved to the sides for the convoy to enter onto the roadway.
Once the convoy reached the area of Haleakala Crater Road (State Highway 378) police encountered trees, rocks, and glass on the roadway. The scene was reminiscent of the sudden “appearance” of large rocks blocking the access road on Mauna Kea as delivery trucks were trying to ferry large components to the Thirty Meter Telescope project site on the Big Island.
Protesters last night on Maui were also seated on the roadway in attempts to block the convoy from passing. Police officers made multiple requests for the protesters to abstain from blocking the roadway, but, some refused. As a result, seven adult males and one adult female were placed under arrest. No juveniles were arrested. The convoy safely arrived at the summit of Haleakala.
Haleakala was closed for sunrise visitors today because of the slow convoy. And while the roads have now reopened, many Haleakala facilities inside the park remain closed until tomorrow.
The convoy safely arrived at the summit of Haleakala. HENDERSON, Joseph (26) No local address given FAILURE TO DISPERSE OBSTRUCTING DISORDERLY CONDUCT TOTAL BAIL: $400.00 RELEASED ON BAIL LOURO, Shane (39) Maunaloa, HI FAILURE TO DISPERSE OBSTRUCTING DISORDERLY CONDUCT TOTAL BAIL: $400.00 PUAA-FREITAS, Hanoa (22) Waihee, HI FAILURE TO DISPERSE OBSTRUCTING DISORDERLY CONDUCT TOTAL BAIL: $400.00 RELEASED ON BAIL KAUHANE, Keith (35) Lahaina, HI FAILURE TO DISPERSE OBSTRUCTING DISORDERLY CONDUCT TOTAL BAIL: $400.00 KAAIKALA, Kealii (21) Refused FAILURE TO DISPERSE OBSTRUCTING DISORDERLY CONDUCT TOTAL BAIL: $400.00 NOMURA, Chase (21) Makawao, HI FAILURE TO DISPERSE OBSTRUCTING DISORDERLY CONDUCT TOTAL BAIL: $400.00 KAEO, Hooleia (19) Kula, HI FAILURE TO DISPERSE OBSTRUCTING DISORDERLY CONDUCT TOTAL BAIL: $400.00 MANGAUIL, Joshua (28) Honokaa, HI OBSTRUCTING TOTAL BAIL: $100.00 RELEASED ON BAIL
As of 6 p.m. today, several watches, advisories – and choke puddles – to heed tonight. A flood Advisory has been issued for Moloka’i. Radar at 6:15 p.m. shows heavy showers moving in from the southwest. That advisory – as well as a Flood Advisory for Maui remain in effect until at least 8:15 p.m….later if need be.
A Flash Flood Watch is still in effect until 6 a.m. Wednesday. A familiar-shaped “apostrophe” sub-tropical system north of the Aloha State is the culprit drawing deep moisture across the islands. What Weather expert Glenn James says he is more concerned, though, with a system building in the “breeding grounds” of Central Pacific cyclones.
Like a scene from “Groundhog Day,” Pi’ilani Highway at Mile Marker 29 is closed again – about an hour later that Monday’s closure. Same reason: heavy rains have caused the river to flow swiftly across the highway again.
The closed area is roughly from Nu’u to Kanaio. The highway will remain closed until further notice.
This is the view from the scene yesterday captured by A WauiWatch viewer near Kanaio.
By Jeff King
Maui Fire and rescue crews as well as Police and paramedics have been going non-stop for days and it doesn’t appear to be getting any easier any time soon.
The brushfire that started on Friday afternoon above the Kaanapali Resort area was deemed under control Sunday, with 100 percent containment and no active fire. It was not called extinguished because there were still smoldering areas far enough within the “Black”, that it is of low concern. That designation came Monday.
The final estimate is that 350 acres were scorched. Cause of the fire could not be determined, and no damages or injuries were reported.
Sunday morning around 9 a.m., Police responded to M’aalaea Harbor to meet with Medics and the Coast Guard for an unresponsive adult male. A vessel, The Odyssey, had taken the victim and other tour group members to the Molokini Crater for a day of snorkeling. The victim was found face down in the water and was taken back on board and headed towards shore.
Coast Guard and Medics met with the vessel and conducted Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) on the victim, however, despite life-saving efforts the victim was pronounced dead. The victim is identified as 58 year-old Jonathan Owens from Louisville, KY.
Cause of death has not been determined pending autopsy results, though the apparent cause is very likely drowning.
Coast Guard crews were also involved in two other incidents Sunday across the state. A several hundred mile grid search was conducted after a green kayak was found adrift about a mile north of Lumahai Beach on Kaua’i. After 24 hours the search was suspended because no tour companies had reported any missing gear – and no missing persons reports were filed with Kaua’i Police. Earlier Sunday, Coast Guard crews responded to a garbled VHF radio signal – but were able to triangulate to locate a 20 year-old man standing on his overturned small boat near Pearl Harbor.
And then came Monday! Wet and wild Monday. Rainfall amounts of nearly four inches were recorded at Kaupo Gap. At 5 p.m. Pi’ilani Highway was closed at Mile Marker 29 because mud and very fast moving water sloshed across the road.
MauiWatch posted an aerial image from about the Humpback Whale Marine Sanctuary and Menehune Shores showing the buildup of brown water that will settle on the reef there. Rain gtotals were scant on Kaho’olawe with just .10 of an inch – while Lana’i received .67 inches of rain in a two-hour period. Flash Flood advisories became warnings as they moved across the state from east to west. The final warning for Maui was lifted just before 6 p.m. Monday.
Mountain View on the Big Island received more than four inches of rain and the O’ahu Forest Preserve was drenched with just under five inches of rain.
Maui Weather Guru Glenn James cites a very juicy low pressure trough that is pulling copious amounts of rain from the deeper tropics. He says today could be a repeat of yesterday.
I wouldn’t bet against him.
Downpours stranded traffic on both sides of Hana Highway for a time when the road was closed by past moving water at Ulanaio Road around 8 p.m. As of 7 a.m. today, both sections of road remain closed – though no washouts have been reported.
The National Service has just issued a Flash Flood Watch for Maui County effective from now until 6 a.m., Wednesday.
Maui TV News will keep you up to date on any and all weather-related developments including watches and advisories.
KAHULUI – At 6:16 p.m. Friday, firefighters were called to a hiker unable to cross a stream in the Waihee Valley, in Central Maui. Fortunately Maui has some of the most capable first reponders in the world.
Firefighters responded to the Waihee Elementary School Park to meet with the caller and establish a landing zone for the fire department helicopter. The caller stated his friend texted him that he was trapped from high stream water in Waihee Valley.
Air 1, which was fighting a brushfire in West Maui at the time, was redirected to the rescue call. As the pilot descended from over the West Maui mountains, he spotted the male hiker trapped above a stream on the Waihee Valley trail. Air 1 landed at Waihee School Park to set up a rope rescue system and pick up a rescue specialist. Air 1 inserted the firefighter to the valley floor and then airlifted the hiker to safety at the school park where he was found to be uninjured.
The 46-year-old male from Kihei, was hiking alone in Waihee Valley and became stranded above the second swinging bridge by swift moving stream water. He made an attempt to cross the stream but retreated after he was unable to cross and after losing most of his gear to the fast flowing water.
Hazmat and Rescue crews from Kahului and Air 1 responded to the rescue call.
Meanwhile, Firefighters from Paia and the Kahului rescue crew were also out searching for a pair of hikers, a 28-year-old and 43-year-old males reported overdue by a friend. They failed to pickup the friend from work as was planned. Their car was found still at the Commando Trailhead, in the Haiku area of East Maui Friday night, and the friend called emergency responders at 7:05 p.m. More information will be released when it becomes available.
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