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.
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.
A 30-foot sailboat broke loose from its mooring in waters fronting 505 Front Street in Lahaina this afternon. The boat ran aground on the reef just inside the break.
At 3:08 p.m., Maui Fire and Rescue crews from Lahaina were joined by Jet Ski 3 to respond to the call. Upon arrival the boat was discovered foundering. Crews confirmed no one was aboard, but they could not free the boat from the reef.
The owner was not identified and the vessel remains aground this evening.
At 5:44 p.m. Monday, firefighters from Lahaina and Napili were dispatched to what was initially called in as a fire to storage containers behind the Lahaina Aquatic Center on Shaw Street.
Upon arrival of Lahaina Engine 3, it was discovered that the fire was actually burning in an area of brush approximately 600 square feet located behind the Aquatic Center. Engine 3 was able to quickly contain the fire and it was called extinguished at 6:12 p.m. There were no injuries reported and the cause of this fire remains undetermined.
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.
UPDATE: As of 9:15 a.m., Maui Electric advises that all customers have been restored to electricity in the area.
A vehicle vs.pole accident around 2:45 a.m. today closed Lahainaluna Road between Kuhua Street and Pauoa Street with power lines down. At 3:07 a.m. today, Maui Electric issued notice that power to the area was lost.
As of 9 a.m., neither the road closure nor the “all-clear” on power restoration have been lifted. More details will be provided when they become available.
Motorists are advised to use Lahaina Bypass as an alternate route.
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