KAHULUI – A fire at Kokua Pool Tuesday night in Kahului was likely arson. Last night at 8:30 p.m., Maui firefighters responded to a structure fire at Kokua swimming pool on Uhu Street, next to the Kahului Community Center.
Kahului firefighters arrived at 8:38 p.m. and found that Maui police officers were in the process of extinguishing the fire. Officers leaped over the fence and used a garden hose to put out a plastic bench burning outside the pool office.
A fire investigator was called and determined the fire was intentionally set. Damage to the bench made of recycled plastic was estimated at $1,000. A window near the bench also sustained minor damage.
Three fire units from Kahului and Wailuku responded to the fire.
Maui Police received a call at 3:55 regarding a male stabbing victim in the park. The victim, a 36 year-old Kahului man, was transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center in critical condition.
Police say their preliminary investigation revealed that a male suspect had fled the scene prior to the arrival of officers. A canvass of the area was unsuccessful and the attacker remains at large.
An Attempted Murder in the Second Degree case has been initiated. Checks for the male suspect in this case continue as the investigation develops. All leads are being investigated. This is the fourth attempted Murder case investigation within the last three weeks.
WAILUKU – Due to the partial closure of Kaahumanu Avenue on Thursday, September 24, to accommodate the Maui Fair Parade, Maui Bus service will be re-routed and specific stops eliminated, the County of Maui Department of Transportation announced.
The changes are as follows:
Lahaina Islander (Lahaina Bound)
Kahului Loop Route #5
Kahului Reverse Loop Route #6
Wailuku Loop Route #1
Wailuku Reverse Loop Route #2
The remaining bus routes will operate as normal with some deviation in street routing, but will continue to serve all other existing bus stops. Passengers are asked to expect delays in pick-up times due to the increased traffic during the parade.
Additionally, Maui Bus Commuter parking, normally allowed at the War Memorial Stadium parking lot, will be relocated to the Kahului Boat Ramp during the Maui Fair from Tuesday, September 22 through Sunday, September 27.
Maui Bus is a service provided by the County of Maui and operated by Roberts Hawaii. For more information, contact Roberts Hawaii at 871-4838 or the County of Maui Department of Transportation at 270-7511. General bus schedule information can be found on all County buses, and is available online at www.mauicounty.gov/bus.
HONOLULU — The Coast Guard is seeking the public’s help in identifying the owner of a yellow kite sail spotted just outside the breakwall of Kahului Harbor Sunday.
The crew of a Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter is currently searching for the owner of the sail in the vicinity of the sighting and an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast has been issued alerting mariners in the area to keep a sharp lookout and report any sightings to the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center.
Watchstanders at the Sector received a report at 6:08 p.m. from the crew of the Pride of America regarding the found sail. The watchstanders immediately launched the Dolphin crew from Air Station Barbers Point and issued the UMIB.
Anyone with information that may help identify the owner of the sail is asked to contact the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center at 808-842-2600.
“We currently have no reports of missing persons but when we are notified of unmanned and adrift watersports equipment we err on the side of caution and search for the user if we can’t immediately identify and reach the owner.” said Petty Officer 1st Class Tyler Peterson, a Coast Guard Sector Honolulu search and rescue planner. “Attaching your contact information to your watersports equipment the form of a Paddle Smart sticker or even writing it on the item in permanent marker will help in identifying ownership when it is found adrift. Not only does it help us find you but it also helps us return your property.”
The Paddle Smart “If Found” decal can be obtained for free at local harbormasters, through the Coast Guard Auxiliary, from Honolulu Sail and Power Squadron offices and at select marine retail and supply stores on the islands.
At 1:25 p.m., Paia firefighters arrived at the Bamboo Forest trailhead and met with hikers who said three people were trapped on the Kahului side of the stream near the first pond. Air 1 located and airlifted one-by-one, two males and a female from the stream bank to a pasture near Hana Highway.
Rescue crews delivered the last hiker to the landing zone by 2 p.m. All three were uninjured.
A male visitor from Canada got separated from his group and couldn’t cross the stream because of rising waters. He was joined by a female from Wailuku and her male friend visiting from out-of-state. All were on their way back to the parking lot when they were stranded on the last crossing. Stream flows had risen high enough that they opted to wait rather than risk the crossing.
All three hikers were in their early to mid-twenties.
Paia firefighters, the rescue crew from Kahului and Air 1 responded to the call.
It’s about as vague as it can get – but it had to be investigated. A telephone threat was received by dispatch at Maui Police Department. A specific airline and aircraft were apparently identified but MPD would not elaborate on the content of the threat, any possible motive or other details. The plane was scheduled to depart from Kahului Airport.
The plane, passengers, and luggage were screened as safe, according to the MPD report. The flight is scheduled to depart with delays.
Maui Police officers are investigating the motive for the call.
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