WAILUKU – A section of Hansen Road will be closed between Mokulele Highway and Pulehu Road for approximately two days next week to allow the removal of deadwood branches overhanging the road.
The affected section of Hansen road is scheduled to close at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 20, and reopen the afternoon of Friday, March 21. The deadwood branches being removed are overhanging the heavily-traveled Hansen Road corridor and posing hazards to the area.
The public’s understanding and patience during the closure are appreciated as workers address this important safety issue. An earlier press release stated that crews would be removing entire trees. That fact has been updated, as noted above. In addition to still assuring safe passage for Hansen Road users, it also means the road will be closed for a shorter length of time.
UPDATE: As of 2 p.m. today, crews have cleared the road and reopened Crater Road at Mile Marker 1.
High winds have toppled a tree branch Upcountry – temporarily closing Haleakala Crater Road at Mile Marker 1. The report came in shortly before noon today. National Park crews and utility teams are working to remove the debris to reopen the road. As of 1:45 p.m., repairs were not yet complete – meaning the road is still closed.
By Duane Pagan, Westside Supervisor, Maui County Ocean Safety
That hammerhead shark spotted early today at DT Fleming Beach in Kapalua – along Maui’s northwest shore – has proven hard-headed, stubborn…or maybe just comfy. In any case, the shark is still there so Maui County Ocean Safety officers have determined to keep the beach closed tonight. No one has been injured by the shark. Hammerhead sharks are common in Hawai’i – but not often observed in Maui waters.
At 2:30 p.m. today, the shark was sighted again causing the closure of the beach to extend to 4:30 p.m. when lifeguards would have been off duty. Ocean Safety officials have stated that their signs will remain on the beach warning beach-goers that the beach is closed because of the shark-sighting, but no personnel will be on-scene overnight to enforece the ban or to warn swimmers or the uninformed.
The beach will be re-evaluated at the start of tomorrow’s shift. It is possible that Hawai’i State Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) officials will check on the beach tonight. DLNR officials did visit the beach during the day. Anyone entering the ocean tonight or early Sunday at DT Fleming Beach will do so only their own risk.
Maui County water Safety officials have confirmed that it was a hammerhead shark spotted just a few feet from shore at DT Fleming Beach in Kapalua this morning.
At 9 a.m., Lifeguard personnel closed the beach due to the sighting of a shark about 5-10 yards offshore of the northwest Maui beach. The shark was identified as a Hammerhead Shark approximately 4 feet in length. Ocean Safety’s Acting Westside Supervisor Duane Pagan said that, in keeping with Ocean Safety protocol on shark-sightings, the beach was closed for two hours. The shark was again spotted at approximately 11:15 a.m., prompting another two-hour closure of the beach. Lifeguard officials believe the shark most likely was drawn close to the shore by the run-off of the stream at DT Fleming.
Signs have been posted and lifeguards at the beach are actively warning users of the potential danger and not to go in the water. The beach will remain closed and the status of the closure will be evaluated every two hours.
Both lanes of travel at Mile Marker 11 of Hana Highway (360), area North of Kaumahine Wayside State Park have been cleared. The highway has ben reopen after a serious accident closed the road in both directions Thursday night around 11:3o p.m.
No details yet on the cause of the cash or the extent of any injuries.
WAILUKU – Remember, the DMVL is closed today for staff training. As a reminder, Maui County Communications Director Rod Antone reissued the following:
The Department of Finance has announced a one-day closure of all Finance divisions and DMVL satellite offices on Lanai, Molokai, Lahaina, Pukalani, Hana and Kihei to conduct staff training. The one-day closure will take place on Tuesday, December 17, 2013. Affected Finance offices include:Accounts/PayrollCentral PurchasingFinance Director’s officeDivision of Motor Vehicle & Licensing (DMVL) – Maui Mall Service Center and all satellite officesReal Property Tax Treasury.
All offices will resume their regular customer service hours on Wednesday, December 18, 2013. The Department thanks the public for its patience during the closure. Customers with questions may call Dee Dee Thyssen at (808) 270-7476.
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