Quick action kept a small kitchen fire at Wendy’s in Kahului from becoming a big one. Maui Fire Department crews from Kahului responded to an alarm at the fast food restaurant on East Kamehameha Avenue shortly after midnight today. Flames were spotted coming from a stove.
Using a fire extinguisher, the blaze was quickly doused and the whole drama was over within five minutes. There were seven Wendy’s employees on duty at the time. All were evacuated and there were no injuries. The source of the fire appears to be a faulty connection of a gas line to a stove. Damages were contained to the stove and estimated at $500.00.
A kidnapping in Kahului had a happy ending for the child and a mom Monday. The toddler’s father, however, is facing multiple charges. An all points bulleting was issued for the man.
Monday morning at 7:42 a.m., Wailuku officers from the Maui Police Department were called to a Kahului residence after Jesse Beamer showed up there – in violation of a restraining order.
Beamer, according to Police, kidnapped his 18 month-old child and fled. Perhaps having a change of heart, Beamer returned the toddler later Monday before fleeing once again.
His whereabouts are unknown at this time. Police are still looking for him. When caught, he faces charges of violation of an order of protection, burglary in the first degree and kidnapping.
By Capt. Lee Mainaga, MFD
While nearly all of Maui County came under flood watches and warnings Saturday evening into Sunday, some of the heaviest rains concentrated on Kahului and Wailuku.
During a particularly heavy downpour, Maui Fire Department crews responded to nearly a dozen calls in a short span overnight.
Here is a summary of calls that the Maui Fire Department responded to, early this morning due to the rains.
No injuries were reported. Some homes, unknown how many, sustained water damage due to water entering the homes.
HONOLULU – Property Development Centers (PDC) today announced it has purchased from Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. (NYSE:ALEX) a 24.45-acre site at the corner of Mokulele Highway and Ho‘okele Street in Kahului, Maui and plans to develop the Puunene Shopping Center. The plans include PDC selling approximately 11.88 acres to Target Inc., which will serve as the new shopping center’s anchor tenant. Pre-construction has begun on the property and the PDC purchase has long been anticipated.
“With this shopping center, Maui residents will have a variety of retail options to choose from, all conveniently located in the heart of Kahului,” said David Zylstra, chief operating officer of Property Development Centers.
“We are thrilled that PDC will be putting this parcel, with its ideal location, to good use, providing new retail options to the Maui community,” said Christopher J. Benjamin, A&B, Inc., president and chief operating officer. “This investment by PDC, with its strong track record of successful retail centers in Hawaii, confirms that Maui’s retail sector is strong and growing, to serve the needs of residents and visitors.”
In addition to Target, the center will offer a wide array of leasing opportunities to both the local community and national retailers, including in line shop space, pad and restaurant space and mid box opportunities. “We’re already receiving interest from potential tenants due to the accessibility and convenience of the location,” said Wendell F. Brooks III, senior vice president for Jones Lang LaSalle, which is handling the leasing and property acquisition on behalf of PDC.
Upon full build out, Puunene Shopping Center will add approximately 275,000 square feet of retail space to the Kahului area, and will include approximately 1,425 parking stalls. The project is expected to generate an estimated 250 construction jobs. When fully occupied, the center is anticipated to bring up to 300 jobs to the area. Construction will commence immediately. The project is expected to open in March 2015.
About Property Development Centers
Property Development Centers (PDC), based in Pleasanton, Calif., a wholly owned subsidiary of Safeway, Inc. is a national shopping center development company specializing in grocery-anchored and open-air retail shopping centers. PDC is currently active throughout the U.S. – from Washington, D.C. to Hawaii – concentrating in core urban and suburban markets wherever Safeway and its company banners have a strong presence. For more information about PDC, visit www.pdcenters.com.
By Jeff King
Maui Police are looking for a man who made a bomb threat to at least one Kahului business today – and likely two. If captured, the man will face two counts of terrostic threatening in the first degree. The incident was first brought to public light this morning by Mauiwatch.
At 10:24 a.m. today, Wailuku Patrol Officers responded to a possible bomb scare at K-Mart located at 424 Dairy Road in Kahului. Upon their arrival, Wailuku Patrol Officers spoke with the manager of the business and ascertained the situation. Based on their assessment of the situation, K-Mart management decided to evacuate the business.
The on-scene investigation revealed that a K-Mart associate had received a telephone call from an anonymous male. This male demanded that the K-Mart associate put money on Green Dot Visa cards and if they did not, there was a bomb within the business that would go off. There was no money lost in this incident and a search of the business did not reveal any suspicious items.
As this incident was occurring, another bomb scare at Walgreen’s Pharmacy in Kahului took place. At around 10:55 a.m., Patrol Officers responded to a possible bomb scare at Walgreen’s at 10 E. Kamehameha Ave in Kahului. Upon their arrival, Wailuku Patrol Officers spoke with the manager of the business and ascertained the situation. Following their assessment of the situation, Walgreen’s management decided to evacuate the business.
Investigation revealed that a Walgreen’s associate received a telephone call from an anonymous male. This male demanded that the associate put money on Green Dot Visa cards and if he did not, there was a bomb within the business that would go off. There was no money lost in this incident and a search of the business did not reveal any suspicious items.
Maui Police have determined that these two cases are related, as the demands were similar, and have consolidated the investigation into a search for one likely suspect.
UPDATE: As of 11:45 a.m., The K-Mart in Kahului has reopened after a bomb threat was received earlier today. Walgreens in Kahului remains under Police watch until any threat has been eliminated. The phoned-in threat to Walgreens followed the call to K-Mark by just a few minutes. Maui Police have opened an investigation
K-Mart has reportedly been evacuated after a phoned-in bomb threat.
According to Mauiwatch, the store was emptied within the last hour. Fire and Police officlas are at the scene on the busy intersection of Dairy Road and Hana Highway. No other details are available at this time.
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