A week ago, today, on May 22 at 1:13 p.m. a most gruesome discovery happened at the Kahului Wastewater Treatment Plant. A county worker observed what appeared to be a human fetus in the wastewater catchment receptacle.Police responded to the location and confirmed that it was a fetus.
The fetus was approximately seven inches in length, however, the gender was undetermined. The location of where the fetus originated from is also unknown.
The MPD Criminal Investigation Division took over the investigation and conferred with the Prosecutor’s Office. The case was deemed non-criminal in nature. According to the Hawaii Revised Statute (707-700) the definition states that a “Person” means a human being who has been born and is alive.
Maui Police say a full autopsy could not be conducted on the fetus due to its size. An examination by the Medical Examiner’s Office determined the fetus could not have survived outside of the womb. Its presence at the Waste Water Plant was most likely the result of a miscarriage being flushed into the sewage system.
No other information is available.
A Kahului teen is in critical condition today after being struck by a car Tuesday night.
Maui Police report that a 2006 Toyota Corolla sedan was travelling south along South Papa Street at around 8:40 p.m. The 40 year-old driver failed to see the teen – who was walking within a marked crosswalk at the Kea Street intersection. The 16 year-old boy sustained life-threatening injuries and was taken to Maui Memorial Medicsl Center in critical condition.
The Toyota driver was wearing a seat belt. Air bags did not deploy. The involvement of speed, drugs and alcohol have not been determined. The accident remains under investigation.
KAHULUI – Maui Fire Department investigators poring over a house fire that left 11 people with no home Monday say they have no indicators at this point that the fire was caused by arson.
At 11:16 a.m. Monday morning firefighters responded to a two-alarm residential structure fire on Kea St. in Kahului. Kahului firefighters arrived at 11:23 a.m. and found the single-story residence on Kea St. fully engulfed by flames. Fire crews went to a defensive strategy and began protecting neighboring homes from igniting. The home next door caught on fire but firefighters were able to stop it before it spread.
Initial arriving police officers were able to free a woman trapped in the backyard by the heat and flames. They broke through a neighbor’s fence to rescue her. She escaped without injuries.
The woman and two other adults were home at the time the fire broke out. It’s still unknown what started the blaze and remains under investigation. The Red Cross assisted the occupants that included six adults and five children displaced by the fire.
Damages were estimated at $500,000 to the structure and $100,000 to contents. A neighboring home sustained minor exterior damages estimated at $10,000. No injuries were reported.
Fire crews from Wailuku, Paia, Makawao, Kihei and Wailea also responded.
A Mokulele Airlines flight intended to fly from Maui to the Big Island Wednesday was forced to turn around and make an emergency landing after engine failure.
The pilot was able to control the otherwise disabled aircraft and the plane glided back to the Kahului airport after the propeller on the single-engine plane stopped turning. The plane landed without incident at 9:35 a.m. Wednesday.
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.
A passenger on the flight who uses Mokulele to make the trip regularly, said he could hear the engine malfunctioning. Emergency personnel were on the ground when they landed, but no one was hurt.
A similar incident happened in October, 2013, when a Mokulele flight from Kahului to the Big Island lost power. In that incident, the pilots miraculously landed the aircraft on the Pi’ilani Highway adjacent to Maui Meadows. All 10 on board were unhurt.
Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most recently asked questions submitted to his office staff.
Q: Sir, on behalf of the citizens here on Maalo Street in Kahului, we would like to know when will you do something about the flooding on our street. It floods with every little bit of rain and it’s becoming unsafe and unsanitary. Kids are walking and playing in muddy water going to and from school, and adults can’t leave for work until flood waters subside. This has been going on for as long I lived here.
A: I would gather that the flooding you’re referring to is occurring near the Ohaa Street intersection, which is the lowest point on Maalo Street. There is an injection well just mauka of the Ohaa Street intersection and two other grated inlet catch basins across the street that presently intercept storm runoff on Maalo Street. Our Public Works Department is working on a proposal to have the injection well and grated inlet catch basins cleaned out in the near future, to allow storm runoff to drain more quickly off of the roadway. Specialized maintenance is required because the well is fairly deep, which is why the work must be put out to bid.
Q: I recently went for my annual car safety check and was given a “Fail” because I had brought a printout of my insurance papers instead of a mailed copy of my insurance papers. Is that the correct procedure?
A: You need to bring the original insurance card or certificate with you. According to the Hawaii Administrative Rules for the State Department of Transportation, (19-133.2-27 “Inspection of vehicle registration, license plate, vehicle identification number, and proof of insurance”) (b) No certificate of inspection shall be issued if any of the following occurs: (1) There is no proof of a current Hawaii registration certificate or a current original vehicle insurance identification card, a fleet insurance card or certification of self-insurance is not available.
Q: Where can I dispose of an empty propane tank that has a broken valve? It cannot be safely refilled. Businesses that refill propane will only take it if I buy a new one from them and I do not need another one. Mahalo.
A: You should bring the tank to the upcoming Household Hazardous Household Waste Collection event taking place Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17. Household materials that can be disposed of for free include oil-based paints, solvents, antifreeze, pesticides, batteries, fluorescent bulbs, thermometers, old medication, aerosols, and yes, unwanted propane tanks with a broken valve. Please note that an appointment is required, and you must pre-disclose the materials you want to bring, or they may be rejected at the collection site. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call the contractor, EnviroServices, at (855) 325-3222. Once you receive an appointment, the location for the collection will be provided. Commercial hazardous waste cannot be accepted at this event, but businesses can call EnviroServices at (808) 839-7222 to schedule a commercial waste pickup.
Want to Ask the Mayor?
Submit your questions about County of Maui programs, services, operations or policies to Mayor Alan Arakawa via email: AskTheMayor@mauicounty.gov, phone: 270-7855 or mail: 200 S. High Street, 9th Floor, Wailuku, Hawaii 96793. Questions submitted will be considered for inclusion in the Ask the Mayor column.
HONOLULU – The Hawaii State Department of Health’s (DOH) Tobacco Quitline has entered into a partnership with local Safeway Pharmacies in an effort to help its patients quit smoking. The ten Safeway Pharmacy locations across the islands will now provide Quitline materials and referrals to their patients, helping to encourage Hawaii residents to enroll in Quitline services. Research has shown that smokers who use the Quitline are up to 14 times more likely to stay quit than those who quit on their own.
There are three Safeway pharmacies on Maui – in Kahului on Kamehameha Avenue, in the new Maui Lani Center in Wailuku and in Kihei at the Pi’ilani Shopping Center.
“We are very pleased to partner with Safeway Pharmacies. Safeway is providing our communities with the resources they need to live healthier, more productive lives. This is an important step of connecting smokers to these resources to quit, contributing to a smoke-free Hawaii. We hope other retailers follow suit,” said Lola H. Irvin, manager of the Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Division of the Hawaii Department of Health.
Each year in Hawaii, nearly 1,400 adults ages 35 and over die from smoking-caused diseases and illness1. The toll of tobacco use in Hawaii continues to be felt by everyone, but ground-breaking partnerships – like the one between Safeway and the DOH’s Quitline – allow for more information and tools to be put into the hands of the smokers who need the services most; we can work to prevent smoking in the current to future generations’ lives.
To join the over 22,000 Hawaii residents who have successfully quit smoking using the Hawaii Tobacco Quitline, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW, or visit www.hawaiiquitline.org for your FREE personalized quit plan, FREE nicotine replacement patches or gum, and to gain access to interactive tracking tools and educational materials available 24/7.
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