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.”
KIHEI – At 4:42 p.m. yesterday, firefighters were called to search for a missing windsurfer in South Maui.
At 4:52 p.m. Kihei firefighters met with the missing windsurfer’s friend. The man said he last saw his friend about two hours prior, heading straight out from Waipuilani Park, near the Maui Sunset condominium on West Waipuilani Road. The fire department’s Air 1 helicopter and rescue watercraft were launched to assist in the search. A Kahului rescue crew aboard Air 1 spotted the windsurfer hanging onto his board about a ¼ mile offshore of the Maui Sunset, and airlifted the man to a landing zone near the park’s parking lot. The man did not require medical attention.
Firefighters on a rescue watercraft retrieved the man’s windsurf gear and brought it back to shore. Another example of Maui First Responder excellence.
The 46-year-old male visitor had been windsurfing with friends, but was unable to navigate back to shore because of a broken sail mast. He was staying with friends in Kihei. His hometown was unavailable.
LAHAINA – As if yesterday wasn’t hot enough already, Maui Fire Department investigators still haven’t determined the causes of three fires that erupted within an hour of each other Thursday in West Maui.
At 10:50 a.m. fire crews responded to multiple reports of a brush fire on starting up on Kai Hele Ku Street in Launiupoko. A Lahaina ladder crew arrived at 11 a.m. and was able to contain a grass fire found burning on the north side of Kai Hele Ku Street, just below the roundabout at Haniu Street. The fire burned just over one acre of grass. The fire was called contained at 11:13 a.m., and extinguished at 12:10 p.m. The Lahaina ladder and water tanker, and a Napili engine responded to the incident. The cause was undetermined.
At 11:39 a.m., emergency dispatchers sent fire crews to the second reported brush fire at North Hakau Place in Lahaina. A Kihei engine company covering the Lahaina district while Lahaina crews were at the Launiupoko fire, arrived at 11:48 a.m. and initially thought they were facing a structure fire because of dark black smoke coming from the garage port. It was later discovered that there was a homeless encampment burning in the Kahoma stream gulch, to the rear of homes on North Hakau Place. That fire burned a 50 x 50 foot area of trash and a makeshift shelter built of wooden pallets and lumber.
At one point, it came within 20 feet of structures, melting plastic storage cans from the heat. No structure damage or injuries were reported. The fire was called contained at 12:56 p.m. and extinguished at 2:49 p.m. Two engine crews from Kihei and Napili responded to the incident. Fire investigators remained on scene determining the cause for several hours but no determination was made official.
At 11:52 a.m., fire crews were alerted to another fire in the Kahoma stream gulch on North Hopoe Place, burning two streets above the North Hakau fire. A Wailuku engine responded to that fire, along with the Lahaina engine company that was pulled out of a training class they were attending in Kahului. Before a fire engine could arrive, an off-duty firefighter was able to control the fire using fire hoses connected straight to a fire hydrant, that he retrieved from a fire crew two streets below. The Air 1 helicopter also helped to control and contain the third fire on North Hopoe Place. The Lahaina engine arrived at 12:17 p.m. and called the fire contained by 12:36 p.m., extinguished at 2:28 p.m. That fire burned a 2,000 square-foot area of brush in the Kahoma stream gulch to the rear of North Hopoe Place. No structures were damaged and no injuries reported. Fire companies from Wailuku, Napili, Lahaina, Kahului, Kihei and Wailea responded to the incidents in West Maui. Fire investigators still haven’t determined the cause of the third fire.
Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most recently asked questions submitted to his office staff.
Q: An incident at our Kihei condominium required the police to be called. An officer responded, detained the suspect and eventually arrested and took him away. Calling the new Kihei police station we were informed that copies of the police report could only be obtained at the main station in Wailuku. Why is this? It would seem the report could be available at the Kihei station as it was an incident in Kihei. Would a person in Lahaina or Hana have to drive in to Wailuku to get a copy of a police report for an incident originating in their town? Couldn’t an email with the report attached be sent if the local station can’t or won’t provide a copy?
A: According to the Maui Police Department, the Wailuku station is the central depository for all police reports in Maui County and the Wailuku station is the only location to obtain a copy of your report. Also when I say “your report” know that a person can only obtain a report if it directly involves them, and in most cases that means one of two parties, the victim and the alleged offender. Even if you are a suspect, witness or person of interest in the case you are not entitled to a report. The only exceptions are parents or guardians with the proper paperwork. Also, if a person is not able to pick up a report in person they may send a written request with a copy of their valid photo identification and a self-addressed envelope to the Records Section of MPD. The police department does not send police reports via email because of the lack of network security in place for home computer system, which they point out goes through unsecured networks. For more information call the Maui Police Records and Identification Section at 244-6355.
Dear Mayor Arakawa:
Q: When and will North High Street be repaired? That small street is getting worse and worse. They’re only patching up the patches and putting our cars’ shocks to the test!
A: I agree, it is bad. That is why I’m happy to say that we are scheduled to resurface North High Street at the end of the year. North High Street is on the county’s road resurfacing list for fiscal year 2015 for the Wailuku/Kahului district. The resurfacing of North High Street is expected to begin at the end of the year. Other roads on the resurfacing list for fiscal year 2015 include Kaohu Street, Lauone Place, East Papa Avenue, East Hawaii Street and West Hawaii Street.
Aloha Mayor Arakawa:
Q: I was wondering why the hours at the public pools cannot be extended during the summer months? If the hours at the swimming pools were extended, I believe more people (especially those that work until 4 or 4:30pm) would be able to utilize and enjoy the facilities. Swimming pools shouldn’t just be available during regular business hours. It is considered recreation; is it not? Perhaps, an analysis of the pool usage data that are collected (via the sign-in sheets) would show peaks and pool lifeguard hours/schedule could be adjusted accordingly. Why should the wheel be reinvented? Take a look at the Honolulu City and County’s recreational swim program; their pools offer extended hours especially during peak times of the year (i.e.: summer). It is a pity that Maui County’s pools are so underutilized. Mahalo for your time.
A: Before we can even consider extending our pool hours we must first hire more pool guards. Right now we have seven civil service pool guard vacancies despite an on-going recruitment process. If anyone out there who believes they might be qualified to become a pool guard, please pick up and fill out an employment application with the County of Maui. These applications can be found here on the 6th floor of the Kalana O Maui building, the Maui County Business Resource Center at the Maui Mall, the Parks and Recreation District offices at the Lahaina Civic Center, Kihei Community Center and at Eddie Tam Memorial Gym. On Molokai they can be found at the Mitchell Pauole Center and on Lanai at the Lanai Police Station. Or you can download the application from the county website or just apply online. Just go to www.mauicounty.gov and click on “Employment Opportunities” to get started.
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.
Wailuku firefighters arrived at 11:21 a.m. and saw smoke coming from the rear portion of the single-story residence. Crews found a room towards the back of the home on fire and were able to contain it to the room of origin four minutes later. It was called extinguished at 12:50 p.m.
A female occupant was home at the time and smelled smoke in the house. She evacuated the home after walking into a room used as a business office and finding the air conditioning unit on fire. Two people occupied the home and have been temporarily displaced. They are being assisted by friends and neighbors.
Cause of the fire remains under investigation. Damages were estimated at $50,000 to the structure and $20,000 to its contents. There were no injuries.
Three fire crews from Wailuku and Kahului responded to the incident.
Less than two hours later, at 1:03 p.m. Tuesday, firefighters responded to a brush fire on Lipoa Parkway, near the Maui High Tech Park, in Kihei. Kihei firefighters arrived at 1:10 p.m. and found about a half-acre of grass on fire. Workers from Goodfellow Brothers Construction were cutting a firebreak around the fire with a front loader and containing the fire spread with a water truck. They happened to be nearby when the fire started and quickly jumped into action. The fire was contained five minutes later and called extinguished at 2:05 p.m.
Cause of the fire was determined to be accidental. Workers were dismantling old photovoltaic panels when they accidentally started the fire. When workers lifted a special magnifying lens used in the panels from the ground, it immediately set the grass on fire. A slight breeze quickly fanned the flames and it got away from workers.
Luckily, a construction crew from Goodfellow Brothers was nearby to assist. No were no injuries or structures damaged. Crews from Kihei and Wailea responded to the incident.
An otherwise quiet afternoon fired up again in the evening. At about 7:21 p.m. Tuesday, firefighters responded to a structure fire on Ulupua Place, in Spreckelsville.
Paia firefighters arrived at 7:26 p.m. and saw flames and smoke coming from the garage area of the single-story residence. Crews had the fire under control by 8:03 p.m., and contained it to the garage area of the home. Firefighters remained on scene for several hours completing extinguishment operations.
A female occupant was at home when the fire broke out. She smelled smoke and heard popping sounds coming from the garage. That’s when she called 911 and evacuated the home. Two other people living in the home were at a next door neighbor’s house at the time. Three people have been temporarily displaced and are staying with neighbors.
Cause of the fire is yet unknown, as fire investigators are still on scene investigating. Damages are unavailable at this time. There were no injuries or damages to neighboring structures.
Five fire companies and a water tanker from Paia, Kahului, Makawao, and Wailuku responded to the incident.
What might be described as a rash of burning sensations erupted around the state on the Fourth of July. On the Big Island, O’ahu and Kaua’i – fire crews were faced with dozens of brush fires charring hundreds of acres.
On Maui, there were at least five notable blazes Saturday and at least two are being termed “suspicious.”
At 2:01 p.m Saturday, firefighters responded to a reported brush fire near Moi Place and Piilani Highway. Kihei firefighters were on scene at 2:10 p.m. and worked to contain a brush fire between Kaiola Place and Piilani Highway. Moi Place bordered the fire area to the south. There were five fire units from Kihei, Wailea and Kahului on scene mopping up a two to three-acre brush fire. Piilani Highway was briefly closed while crews battled the fire. This fire’s cause is still under investigation.
At 4:05 p.m. Saturday, emergency dispatchers received a call for another brush fire starting up about 150 yards to the south of where crews were mopping up at the first fire. Firefighters disconnected fire hoses and drove down the street to attack the second fire, which was about 40 feet wide and around 400 feet long. There were several homes surrounding the fire so crews worked quickly to contain it about 15 minutes later.
Cause is still under investigation, but it does appear suspicious. There’s considerable distance between the two fires, so we do not think it was an ember from the first fire. The southbound lane of Piilani Highway was closed for firefighter safety while they were working on the highway shoulder.
It is unknown if fireworks played a roll in either of the fires – or any of the dozens of blazes that flared across the state.
Also on Saturday, a fire caused about $100,000 damage in Happy Valley – displacing a family who had escaped unharmed. Another fire flared up in Lahaina Saturday afternoon and a small fire was quickly doused in Pa’ia.
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