There are still only a few details available about a woman who fell and injured her arm and head in the Bamboo Forest Monday. At 2:58 p.m., Maui Fire Department units from Pa’ia and Kahului, along with the Air-1 chopper, were dispatched to Hana Highway (360), Mile Marker 6.5. Dispatchers told first responders a 911 caller had reported that a woman had fallen at the second pool and suffered a possible head injury.
On the scene Pa’ia’s Engine 2 crew interviewed the caller who confirmed the report but said he was unable to provide any information about her condition. He said she fell about 15 feet. Rescue 10 and Air-1 located the victim at 3:27 p.m. They secured and airlifted her to a landing zone where Medic-2 and Air Med 1 were standing by. The patient is a 30 year-old woman, visiting Maui. She suffered injuries to her arm and head but was conscious when transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center for treatment.
The report does not include the victim’s name or hometown, and her condition as of this morning also has not been released.
HONOLULU – Gov. Neil Abercrombie today announced the release of more than $15.5 million for various capital improvement projects for Department of Transportation (DOT) highways and facilities.
“These funds will allow priority repair and maintenance projects to move forward, improve safety along our state highways, and in the process give a boost to our economy through job growth in construction,” Gov. Abercrombie said.
Allotment of funds for the following projects, identified by state legislators, has been approved by the Governor. Maui County will see $3.9 million dollars to tackle two very large projects. Maui County projects are highlighted in bold type:
$3,800,000 – Kuamoo Road Slope Stabilization, Vicinity of Wailua State Park, Kauai – Design and construction funds for slope stabilization measures to mitigate rockfall incidents.
$2,340,000 – Miscellaneous Permanent Best Management Practices, Oahu – Additional construction funds to meet stormwater runoff permitting requirements as set forth by the state Department of Health (DOH) for various highway locations. These best management practices will allow DOT to address the DOH permit conditions and reduce erosion within the highways right-of-way and adjacent areas, as well as improving water quality in various watersheds.
$2,340,000 – Hana Highway Improvements, Phase 2A, Huelo to Hana, Maui – Additional design and construction funds for slope stabilization of the roadway embankment at Milepost 13, Special Management Area permit requirements, archaeological reports, mitigation via Historic American Buildings Survey documentation, and public informational meetings. This project will include road improvements and restoration to the 32-mile length of roadway, which is the only paved all-weather road to the Hana and Keanae communities. Existing drainage facilities will also be improved to decrease maintenance costs and will provide a safer roadway.
$2,000,000 – Slope Improvements for Erosion Control at Various Sites, Phase 6, Oahu – Construction funds for erosion control mitigation measures, including vegetative swales, filtering systems and detention ponds for DOT Highway facilities.
$1,650,000 – Haleakala Highway Intersection Improvements at Kula Highway, Maui – Design and construction funds to reduce traffic at the intersection by installing a right turn lane and upgrading the traffic signal system.
$410,000 – Pedestrian Countdown Timers, Phase II, Oahu – Construction funds for improvement of various pedestrian facilities to increase pedestrian safety and to comply with current design standards.
$400,000 – Kaumualii Highway, Intersection Improvements at Waimea Canyon Drive and Menehune Road/Halepule Road, Kauai – Design funds for the installation of new traffic signals, utility relocations and construction of auxiliary turning lanes and associated roadway improvements at both intersections.
$355,000 – Kamehameha Highway, Traffic Operational Improvements, Vicinity of Lumiaina Street, Oahu – Design and additional construction funds for improved traffic flow in the area by constructing an additional left-turn lane from Lumiaina Street onto Kamehameha Highway. The traffic signal system at the intersection will also be modified to accommodate the additional lane.
$250,000 – Waimea Baseyard Wastewater Systems, Hawaii Island – Additional design and construction funds for a new wastewater system to comply with DOH and Environmental Protection Agency requirements.
$160,000 – Kamehameha Highway, Rehabilitation of Waipilopilo Stream Bridge, Oahu – Land funds for three permanent easements and 10 temporary construction parcels near Hauula Beach Park for the bridge rehabilitation project. Built in 1932, the bridge does not meet current design standards, vehicular load requirements or seismic criteria. The scope of work includes widening the existing bridge, roadway improvements, utility relocation, upgrading bridge end posts, and guardrail connections and end treatments to meet the current design standards.
$157,000 – Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) and Motorcycle License Testing Facility, Oahu – Design funds for a new testing facility for CDL and motorcycle license. The current facility at Aloha Stadium will be displaced by the Honolulu Area Rapid Transit project.
$47,000 – Queen Kaahumanu Highway, Intersection Improvements at Kawaihae Road, Hawaii Island – Additional land and design funds to construct a new dedicated right turn lane, increase existing turn lane storage lengths, and install a new acceleration lane at the intersection. Unanticipated archaeological sites were encountered during the design of this project and an archaeological survey was required. Land funds are being used to acquire three zoned agricultural parcels from the Queen Emma Foundation for this project, required for the new highway.
$45,000 – Kalanianaole Highway Improvements, Vicinity of Hawaii Kai Drive to Keahole Street, Oahu – Additional construction funds to improve traffic flow at the intersection. Additional construction funds are needed due to delays and impact costs including additional excavation of soft soil discovered during construction, installation of fiber optic utility lines, and the replacement of drainage pipes in the construction area.
$5,000 – Nimitz Highway Bike Improvements, Puuhale Road to Waiakamilo Road, Oahu – Design funds for highway bike improvements to existing bicycle facilities by incorporating bike accommodations on the inbound and outbound lanes of Nimitz Highway and extending the existing bike lanes from Waiakamilo Road to Puuhale Road.
Nobody was hurt – but a bedroom was destroyed by fire earlier today in Nahiku.
Maui Fire Department crews in Hana received an alarm for smoke visible at 7:57 a.m. near a residence between mile marker 28 and 29 in upper Nahiku. MFD Engine-7, M-7 and T-7 responded to the alarm. Upon arrival fire fighters found a one story, two-bedroom, approximately 500 square foot cottage, with heavy smoke showing from the eaves and some flames near the front door.
The fire was contained to one of the bedrooms. About a third of the cottage was destroyed. No one was home at the time of the incident. Monetary damages to the structure and contents and cause of the fire are under investigations.
A 19 year-old man from Hana was arrested after the stolen school bus he was alleged to be driving struck a utility pole in Kuau late Friday night.
While the Hana highway was closed for nearly 20 hours, electric customers from Pa’ia to Hana were without power for close to 12 hours.
The drama began when 19 year-old Otto W.K. Wolfgramm Jr, of Hana, allegedly stole a school bus and began driving toward Kahului. Maui Police say a witness reported a yellow bus driving recklessly on Hana Highway heading north in the area of Baldwin Beach Park. An Officer located the bus and attempted to conduct a traffic stop, however, the operator of the bus fled. The officer conducted a pursuit but terminated it after the operator accelerated at a high rate of speed.
A short time later, the operator of the bus lost control and struck a utility pole near Kaiholo Place in Kuau (near Mama’s Fish House) then fled on foot. Eyewitnesses called the police after seeing the suspect. The suspect was apprehended and taken into custody.
The accident closed Hana Highway due to the utility pole and lines blocking both lanes of Hana Highway at Kaiholo Place. Officers conducted an investigation and found that the bus was confirmed stolen. The suspect was identified as Otto W. K. Wolfgramm Jr., 19, of Hana. He was charged with Unauthorized Control of a Propelled Motor Vehicle; Under the Influence of Liquor; Prohibitions Involving Minors; Reckless Driving; Inattention to Driving; Accidents Involving Damages; Driving a Vehicle requiring a Commercial Driver’s License.
Bail was set at $3,000. The suspect made bail and was released Saturday.
The west season is far from over in east Maui. The National Weather Service has extended the Flood Advisory for the Island of Maui, now in effect until 10:15 a.m. This advisory may need to be extended if heavy rain persists.
EFFECTS: At 7:14 a.m. radar showed persistent downpours anchored over the east slope of Haleakala upslope from Hamoa and Hana. These downpours will cause significant rises in creeks and streams in the area.
Other locations in the advisory include Palikea Stream in Haleakala National Park, including the Seven Pools area, Pipiwai Trail, and Oheo Gulch.
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 BRAKING ACTION. DO NOT CROSS FAST FLOWING OR RISING WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE OR ON FOOT. TURN AROUND…DON’T DROWN.
INFORMATION: Maui County Civil Defense will continue to monitor the situation. Please listen to your local radio and TV stations or NOAA Weather Radio for any updates. NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts can be reached by calling 1-866-944-5025. NOAA Weather internet services can be found at www.prh.noaa.gov/hnl .
Pre-recorded advisories and notifications are available 24-hours a day on the Maui County Automated Information System (AIS) by calling 986-1200.
A man visiting Maui is now missing. Maui Police and Maui Search and Rescue are asking the public’s help in locating a 50 year-0ld man on Maui who may be in some form of mental distress.
David Allen Jankata was last seen on February 22 this year near Keanae in East Maui. His girlfriend reported him missing this week. Janatka was on vacation in Hawaii, and is believed to be suffering from a mental disorder. On Febuary 22, MPD units from the District of Hana observed Janatka’s rental vehicle at the bottom of Ulaino Road unattended, windows down, keys within, along with his belongings. Janatka was not in the area and a search proved unsuccessful. Per Lt. Stephen Orikasa, Hana received reports that a person matching Janatka’s description was observed heading out of Hana, with the last sighting being in the area of Keanae.
Janatka is described as a caucasian male, about 50 years of age, 5′ 10″ tall and about 175 pounds. The missing man has blue eyes, but his clothing is undetermined – stylewise – at this time. Janatka is believed to be suffering from a mental condition, he was last seen talking to himself and acting irrationally. Janatka may be in need of medical attention.
Anyoe who see or encounters Janatka is asked to contact Detective Michael Callinan at MPD at 808-264-6400.
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