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.
HONOLULU – The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) has confirmed three cases of measles in the state, one on Maui and two on Kauai. The cases on the two islands are not related to each other and have separate travel histories, but all cases are unvaccinated young adults with recent travel either to the Philippines or Indonesia and Malaysia.
“Measles is highly contagious, spreading through the air by breathing, coughing or sneezing, and infecting 90 percent of the contacts who are not immune” said Dr. Sarah Y. Park, state epidemiologist. “Measles outbreaks continue to occur both internationally and on the mainland, especially in areas where vaccination is declining. As travel increases during the holiday season, so does our chance of seeing more cases.”
Since January, there have been 594 cases of measles reported in 22 states according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including two cases in Hawaii reported earlier this year in February. With the additional recently confirmed cases, Hawaii now has a total of five confirmed cases reported in the state this year.
The best way to prevent measles is to get vaccinated. DOH is urging everyone to check their immunization status and contact their healthcare provider if they need to be vaccinated.
The symptoms of measles generally begin about 14 days (range 7 to 21 days) after a person is infected and may include:
People who suspect they have measles should call their doctor right away and isolate themselves from others to help contain the spread of illness.
DOH staff continue to work closely with healthcare providers and facilities as well as CDC’s Honolulu Quarantine Station to identify and notify persons who may have been exposed.
For more information, visit http://health.hawaii.gov/docd/home/imm/.
For a list of pharmacies vaccinating adults, visit http://health.hawaii.gov/docd/files/2013/07/IMM_Adult_Resource_List.pdf.
WAILUKU – Motorists are advised that traffic on Hana Highway in Hana Town will be stopped intermittently to allow tree removal work to be conducted next week. Work will begin Monday, Oct. 27 and could last until Thursday, October 30, weather permitting.
The tree removal will involve five Cook Pine trees and 11 Ironwood trees on County-maintained Right-of-Way along Hana Highway. The trees are decaying and are at risk of falling.
The work will be located along Hana Highway just south of Mill Place and Haneoo Road, near Hasegawa General Store. Crews will need to close the road for about 15 to 20 minutes at a time to ensure that trees are removed safely. Whenever possible, one lane will be opened to restore the flow of traffic.
Replacement trees will be planted where appropriate.
The public’s patience and understanding is appreciated. For more information, contact County Arborist David Sakoda at 270-7952.
After three encounters between humans and sharks – big sharks – in Maui waters since Saturday, water safety officials have reopened all beaches. The latest closure came Wednesday when a woman was knocked off her stand-up paddleboard by what her companion said was a tiger shark of some 12-14 feet in length.
As a precaution, the South Maui coastline was closed in a mile in each direction from the incident site. That was fronting the Maui Sunset condo at Waipuilani Beach in Kihei.
The two other shark-board-bite incidents took place Tuesday in Kahului Harbor and Sunday at “Windmills” at Ma’alaea Harbor. In none of the cases was anyone hurt. In all cases the water was turbid and murky.
Moral of this story: Don’t enter turbid, murky water…especially after a big rainstorm.
At approximately 1:15 p.m. this afternoon, the Papalaua Street Civil Defense siren malfunctioned, sending an audible tone and raising concerns among Lahaina area residents and visitors. THERE IS NO EMERGENCY.
Maui Civil Defense authorities apologized for this inconvenience and are looking into the cause of the system malfunction.
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