WAILUKU – County employees to the Rescue!!!
The Department of Water Supply (DWS) today announced that repairs to waterline breaks in North Kihei and Haiku have been repaired and service restored in both areas.
Crews worked continuously on the North Kihei break on an 18-inch waterline from early Saturday morning through 12:30 a.m. today, when the repair was completed and water was turned back on.
In Haiku, water was restored at about 1:15 p.m. today after a broken pipe near the Five Corners intersection was repaired.
During the outages, DWS experienced an extremely high volume of calls to its hotline. Not much of a surprise from an underinformed public.
“We would like to thank the public for their patience during this challenging time,” said Water Director David Taylor. “Our crews worked tirelessly to get the repairs done as quickly as possible.”
Maui Police have released more details about the fatal crash Monday night that killed a 72 year-old man and a 16 year-old boy. Both died at the scene of the accident on Hana Highway at Ho’okele Street.
The driver of the Ford Taurus who was killed has been identified as Ronald John Dean from Auburn, WA. Also killed in the crash was 16 year-old Noah Joshua Chapman from Boise, ID. A 69 year-old woman and a 14 year-old boy were critically injured in the crash and are being treated at Maui Memorial Medical Center. An update indicates they both have been upgraded to stable condition.
The crash happened at 10:49 Monday night when a Ford F-150, driven by 36 year-old Roman Semes of Haiku, was traveling eastbound on Hana Highway. The Taurus was attempting a left turn onto Ho’okele Street from the designated left turn lane. The pickup truck struck the Taurus – killing the driver and the young boy. Preliminary investigation and witness accounts say that Semes attempted to flee the scene on foot. He was apprehended nearby by officers responding to the call. He sustained minor injuries in the crash and was treated and released by medics into Police custody.
Semes has been arrested and charged with the following:
Semes was later released pending investigation of the case. The involvement of speed, drugs, and alcohol are still pending as the investigation is ongoing.
Ronald Dean and Noah Chapman are the 10th and 11th people to die in traffic accidents on Maui this year.
WAILUKU – Due to a manpower shortage, the Haiku area residential refuse collection route was not picked up today.
AFFECTED AREAS IN THE HAIKU AREA ARE:
The missed pickup is expected to be made tomorrow, Saturday, June 20.
The Department apologizes for this inconvenience and appreciates the community’s understanding and cooperation.
Paia firefighters arrived at 5:12 p.m. and found brush and trash burning along Hahana Road, about a half-mile makai of Hana Highway. The fire was called contained at 5:52 p.m. and extinguished at 7:41 p.m.
The fire burned about two acres in an area where people have been dumping household trash. There were no injuries or structures threatened. Cause of the fire was undetermined.
Crews from Paia, Makawao, and Kahului responded to the incident.
The Memorial Day holiday weekend saw cooking fires along beaches and in parks across the State. But here on Maui, there were at least two fires more than anyone likely wanted.
The first flared up Saturday evening in Kahakuloa. The rapidly building fire caused $550,000 in damages to the one-story residential structure, and $5,000 to its contents. The home, located near mile marker 8 on the mauka side of Kahekili Highway, was almost entirely destroyed and vacant at the time.
At 5:38 p.m. Saturday, three fire companies, three water tankers and a battalion chief from Wailuku, Kahului, and Wailea responded to the blaze. Wailuku firefighters arrived at 5:58 p.m. and reported defensive fire conditions, indicating that a vast majority of the home was on fire. The fire was brought under control by around 6:40 p.m. and extinguished at 11:30 p.m.
A narrow driveway and overgrown foliage made it difficult for crews fighting the fire to make access. The area has no fire hydrants, so the fire department helicopter was brought in to provide water drops on the home and in the event flames spread to nearby brush. Their quick work saved nearby homes and property from sustaining any damage. Fire investigators were unable to determine the fire’s cause.
The second unwelcome fire happened very early Monday – 12:19 a.m., to be precise – when Maui Fire Department crews responded to reports of flames coming from a structure on Awalau Road, in the Haiku area of East Maui. Makawao firefighters arrived at 12:36 a.m and found residents using garden hoses to control flames coming from a shed structure. Firefighters brought the fire under control within 3 minutes, and called it extinguished at 1:06 a.m.
Residents living at the front of the property were awakened by crackling and popping sounds coming from the fire. Damages to the 20 by 40 foot shed structure were estimated at $3,000 to structure and $7,000 to contents. The shed housed a workshop for making and repairing horse-riding saddles. Cause of the fire remains under investigation.
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