KAILUA, MAUI – At 1:54 p.m. Monday, rescue crews responded to three hikers stranded by high water on the Commando Trail, in East Maui.
Firefighters from Paia, along with the department’s Air 1 helicopter and a Kahului rescue crew arrived around 2:30 p.m. Air 1 located the hikers and airlifted them to a landing zone set up in a pasture near the trailhead. All three were uninjured.
The hikers were 2 miles up the trail and on their way back when they became trapped by high water at the area known as the ‘lava tube.’ In that part of the trail, the only way out is to walk through an irrigation tunnel. Stream water was very high and moving too swiftly through the tunnel so they called emergency dispatchers for help.
A 27-year-old Makawao man was hiking with friends from out of town, a 32 year-old man and 38 year-old woman visiting from Laguna Beach, California.
UPDATE: FLOOD ADVISORY – MAUI ISLAND: The flood advisory has been extended until 5:45 p.m. today and may be extended again if conditions persist. At 2:45 p.m. heavy showers were still pounding the windward north and east shores. The Big Island is also under a flood advisory until 5:45 p.m. today.
EVENT: The National Weather Service has ISSUED a FLOOD ADVISORY for MAUI ISLAND in effect until 9:30 AM.
A Flood Advisory means that nuisance flooding is occurring or imminent. A Flood Advisory may be upgraded to a Flash Flood Warning if flooding worsens and poses a threat to life and property.
This advisory may need to be extended if heavy rain persists.
EFFECTS: At 6:35 am, radar indicated persistent moderate to occasionally heavy showers were moving into windward areas of Maui, including Windward Haleakala and Windward West Maui. Showers were moving toward the west at 20 MPH with rainfall rates mainly at or below one inch per hour. Locations in the advisory include but are not limited to Kahului, Waikapu, Haiku, Hamoa, Hana, Paia, Pauwela, and Windward West Maui between Wailuku and Honolua.
PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES: STAY AWAY FROM STREAMS, DRAINAGE DITCHES AND LOW LYING AREAS PRONE TO FLOODING. RAINFALL AND RUNOFF WILL ALSO CAUSE HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS DUE TO PONDING, REDUCED VISIBILITY AND POOR BREAKING ACTION. DO NOT CROSS FAST FLOWING OR RISING WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE OR ON FOOT. TURN AROUND…DON’T DROWN.
INFORMATION: Maui Civil Defense Agency will continue to monitor the situation. Please listen to your local radio and TV stations or NOAA Weather Radio for any updates. NOAA Weather broadcasts can be reached by calling 1-866-944-5025. NOAA Weather internet services can be found at weather.gov/hawaii.
Pre-recorded advisories and notifications are available 24-hours a day on the Maui County Automated Information System (AIS) by calling 986-1200. This same notification can be found on the Maui County website at mauicounty.gov.
Electrical service is now restored to customers in the Nahiku, Keanae, Peahi, Huelo, and Kailua areas as crews completed work that was a part of the Keanae Substation upgrade project. Safe completion of the job required an interruption in electrical service to these areas today.
As part of the project, Maui Electric crews conducted work today at the recently upgraded Keanae Substation, which provides electrical service to customers in Keanae and Nahiku. In order to make necessary connections and safely transfer load to the upgraded substation, crews de-energized existing 23 kilovolt power lines as well as upgraded multiple poles that feed electricity to customers in Peahi, Huelo, and Kailua.
Should the public have any questions about the Ke‘anae Substation upgrade project, please contact Maui Electric at 871-7777.
Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most recently asked questions submitted to his office staff.
Q: Why are our public restrooms and fountains in such an unhealthy state? I am especially disgusted by the sad state of affairs at the bathrooms at the County sub-station next to Iao Theater. I am thinking about starting a website, “mauibathrooms.com,” and having people post photos of our restrooms all over the island. Maybe we can shame them into being cleaned properly. For now I’m hoping something can be done internally.
A: Our Parks department has been working diligently to get all of our parks bathrooms renovated throughout Maui County. As you can imagine, this is no easy task with the reduced funding we were allotted by the budget the Council passed. The department must evaluate and prioritize restrooms based on use and state of disrepair, and must take into consideration bathrooms that have cesspools, which are even more costly to repair. What’s more, we need the public’s help to assist us with the never-ending vandalism to our restroom facilities, which takes away funding that could be used for renovations. Old Wailuku restroom is on the list for this fiscal year’s budget and Parks staff hope to start the renovation process soon.
Q: The new traffic signals at Ohukai and Piilani Highway sure look swell, but I really get tired of looking at the red while sitting on my scooter going up or down Ohukai through the intersection. The sensor doesn’t “see” motorcycles, bikes, scooters or even cars that have stopped too far behind them and we are sometimes waiting three or four cycles of the lights before my frustration levels kick in and I get off my scooter in dismay, wave my hands, do jumping jacks and run around like a chicken. I usually give up and run across to hit the pedestrian crossing button. This is much easier going up than down as when I have to get off my scooter going down Ohukai (from the Tesoro side of Piilani), I must cross the road to the south side to hit the button. Any chance the sensor could be changed so that we can trigger it from our two wheels? Thanks.
A: The Piilani Highway intersection at Ohukai is a State traffic signal, but I can tell you that the sensor detects metal, not a vehicle’s weight. You can purchase a specialized magnet online to help a scooter or motorcycle trigger the signal; however, before purchasing, consumers should carefully review the feedback from previous buyers as there is no guarantee that the magnet will work at all traffic signals. It’s also important to note that the sensor is strongest just behind the stop line, on either side. Detection is weakest in the middle, so don’t stop in the center of the lane and don’t go into the crosswalk. Pull up on either side behind the stop line, on top of a cut in the pavement if you see one.
Aloha Mr. Mayor,
Q: I go to La Perouse Bay weekly and noticed the worst potholes in the 17 years I have lived here. Some are large enough to cause severe damage to tires and front ends. Work crews fill the holes periodically, usually in one day. The time is right for another work day there.
A: This portion of Makena Road in the vicinity of La Perouse Bay is owned by the Department of Natural Land and Resources, State of Hawaii (DLNR). The County of Maui has entered into an intergovernmental agreement to maintain the road with DLNR. Our County Department of Public Works, Highways Division is aware of the poor conditions and has been patching the road, but a more substantial effort such as a pavement reconstruction project would need to be funded by the State.
Want to Ask the Mayor?
Submit your questions about County of Maui programs, services, operations or policies to Mayor Alan Arakawa via email: AskTheMayor@mauicounty.gov, phone: 270-7855 or mail: 200 S. High Street, 9th Floor, Wailuku, Hawaii 96793. Questions submitted will be considered for inclusion in the Ask the Mayor column.
A Wailuku man has died after he was struck by a vehicle on Kaahumanu Avenue last night.
Maui Police say 48 year-old Terence John Moniz was crossing the busy street and was not in a marked crosswalk. The collision occurred at 8:21 p.m. as a Ford Edge MPVH, traveling east on Kaahumanu Avenue within the outer most lane, collided into a pedestrian who darted across into the roadway, headed in a northerly direction.
Moniz was transported to the Maui Memorial Medical Center in critical (life-threatening) condition where he later succumbed to his injuries.
Preliminary investigation revealed that the operator of the Ford MPVH, a 73 year-old year old male from Kihei, was wearing his seatbelt and was not injured in the crash.
The involvement of speed, drugs, and alcohol are still pending as the investigation is ongoing.
HONOLULU — The Coast Guard is seeking the public’s help in identifying the owner of a yellow kite sail spotted just outside the breakwall of Kahului Harbor Sunday.
The crew of a Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter is currently searching for the owner of the sail in the vicinity of the sighting and an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast has been issued alerting mariners in the area to keep a sharp lookout and report any sightings to the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center.
Watchstanders at the Sector received a report at 6:08 p.m. from the crew of the Pride of America regarding the found sail. The watchstanders immediately launched the Dolphin crew from Air Station Barbers Point and issued the UMIB.
Anyone with information that may help identify the owner of the sail is asked to contact the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center at 808-842-2600.
“We currently have no reports of missing persons but when we are notified of unmanned and adrift watersports equipment we err on the side of caution and search for the user if we can’t immediately identify and reach the owner.” said Petty Officer 1st Class Tyler Peterson, a Coast Guard Sector Honolulu search and rescue planner. “Attaching your contact information to your watersports equipment the form of a Paddle Smart sticker or even writing it on the item in permanent marker will help in identifying ownership when it is found adrift. Not only does it help us find you but it also helps us return your property.”
The Paddle Smart “If Found” decal can be obtained for free at local harbormasters, through the Coast Guard Auxiliary, from Honolulu Sail and Power Squadron offices and at select marine retail and supply stores on the islands.
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