Sunday was a very busy day for Maui first responders. At about 3:36 p.m. Sunday, Maui Fire Department’s Engine 3, Ladder 3 and Tanker 3 from Lahaina were dispatched to a report of a brush fire near the Dickenson Street area. Fire crews arrived at the intersection of Honoapiilani Highway and Dickenson Street to discover a fire in the open field mauka of the highway.
Total area involved was approximately three-quarters of an acre. At approximately 4:49 p.m., the perimeter of the fire was secured. The fire was called extinguished at 6:45 p.m. The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time. There were no injuries or monetary fire damages to report.
The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Advisory for the Island of Maui, in effect until 5:45 p.m. This advisory may need to be extended if heavy rain persists.
EFFECTS: At 2:44 p.m. radar indicated occasional moderate to heavy rainfall from Kahului into Kahalawai – the name for the West Maui Mountains when viewed from Kahului side. Maui County Civil Defense Agency reported ponding of water on roadways in and around Kahului. Occasional moderate to heavy rainfall is expected to continue through late this afternoon.
Other locations in this advisory include but is not limited to; Kanaha Beach Park, Waihee, Waiehu, Napili, Kapalua, Kahakuloa, Honolua, and Honokohau.
There continues to be a FLASH FLOOD WATCH in effect for all of Maui County until 6:00 p.m. Wednesday. View the latest animated radar loop here.
PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES: STAY AWAY FROM STREAMS, DRAINAGE DITCHES AND LOW LYING AREAS PRONE TO FLOODING. RAINFALL AND RUNOFF WILL ALSO CAUSE HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS DUE TO PONDING, REDUCED VISIBILITY AND POOR BRAKING ACTION. DO NOT CROSS FAST FLOWING OR RISING WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE OR ON FOOT. TURN AROUND…DON’T DROWN.
INFORMATION: Maui County Civil Defense will continue to monitor the situation. Please listen to your local radio and TV stations or NOAA Weather Radio for any updates. NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts can be reached by calling 1-866-944-5025. NOAA Weather internet services can be found at www.prh.noaa.gov/hnl.
Pre-recorded advisories and notifications are available 24-hours a day on the Maui County Automated Information System (AIS) by calling 986-1200.
WAILUKU – The Department of Water Supply announced that customers in the Honokowai and Lahaina areas may experience low water pressure and are requested to please conserve water until further notice. A key pump in the Department’s Mahinahina Water Treatment Facility, which supplies water to these locations, failed earlier today.
Repairs are being expedited but until the repairs are completed and full production is restored, Honokowai and Lahaina customers are requested to avoid irrigation and unnecessary water usage.
Napili and Kahana customers will not be affected.
Customers are requested to call the 24-hour service line (270-7633) only if a water emergency occurs.
Halloween in Lahaina saw more people this year than last – and fewer arrests. Maui Police made only four arrests – all of them adult men. Among the 30,000 attendees, no women or juveniles of either gender got into trouble.
Maui Police Sergeant Audra Sellers filed this report:
“October 31, 2014 the Halloween festivities kicked off in Lahaina Town with the Keiki Parade at 4:30 p.m. The participants walked southbound on Front Street from Papalaua Street toward the Banyan Tree Park. There were an estimated 500 participants; including children dressed in costumes, for the parade.
“Upon completion of the Keiki Parade, Front Street remained closed to motorist. People began walking north and south bound on the roadway.
“Maui Police Officers and personnel, Maui Fire Department, Department of Land and Natural Resources, Prosecutors Office and Corporation Counsel contributed to the event promoting safety and well being for all event attendees. Personnel were able to address concerns and provide assistance as needed.
“Maui Police Department would like to thank the efforts by the Lahaina Community and Merchants that help make Halloween on Front Street 2014 a successful, safe and family friendly environment.
“At about 11:15 p.m. the pedestrians were asked to utilize the sidewalks and Front Street was opened to motorist, without incident.
“Statistical information with regards to Halloween Festivities, Front Street Lahaina are as follows:
One man is in the hospital. His female companion was treated for minor injuries. The 18 year-old Lahaina man who attacked them with a machete is under arrest for two counts of Assault in the First Degree.
Maui Police responded to a disturbance call Thursday night. Two men had reportedly gotten into a fight at the intersection of Front Street and Lahainaluna Road around 11:30 p.m. Police arrived at the scene and discovered two victims, an adult male and an adult female who say they were attacked with a machete by the suspect, Maamaloa Uhila, 18, of Lahaina. Uhila fled the scene prior to police arrival.
Inexplicably, Uhila returned to the scene while Officers were still conducting their investigation. Witnesses positively identified Uhila as the suspect. Uhila was arrested and transported to the Lahaina Station for processing. Officers also recovered the weapon as evidence in this case.
The male victim was transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries. The female victim was treated and released at the scene for minor injuries.
Uhila was arrested and charged with two counts of Assault in the First Degree. His bail was set at $50,000.
Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his office staff.
Q: With the potential for larger crowds in Lahaina this year due to Halloween happening on a Friday night, I was wondering what kinds of safety measures are in place to keep the event safe and family-friendly?
A: The “Halloween in Lahaina” block party, which is organized by the LahainaTown Action Committee in partnership with my Office of Economic Development, is indeed planned as a safe event that is suitable for the whole family. In recent years there have been very few incidents considering that approximately 28,000 people attended the event each year. Underage drinking, consumption of alcohol and public nudity are prohibited at the event. Permits have been obtained to properly close Front Street to provide a pedestrian corridor for showing off all those creative costumes. Portable restrooms, light towers and trash bins will be in place to keep the area clean and well-lit. Bus transportation is available so folks have the option of catching the “Halloween Express” from Kihei or Wailuku. And besides the dedicated staff and volunteers who have been working for many months on preparations for the event, a team of community police officers will be on duty to help keep order if any party-goers step out of bounds.
Dear Mayor Arakawa:
Q: Has anyone investigated whether any of the tagged sharks were involved in these recent biting incidents?
A: According to the Pacific Island Ocean Observing System’s tiger shark tracking website, it would be difficult to get a definitive answer on a shark’s identity because the tracking system does not provide real-time monitoring. The website notes that the tags “intermittently track the sharks’ locations over time as the shark’s dorsal fin breaches the water’s surface.” The site clearly states that the monitoring system is not a warning system; however, the date and time provided with each tag reading can offer a general idea of the whereabouts of each of the 17 tagged tiger sharks and whether any of them were in an area when a biting incident was reported. The tagged sharks range in size from a 9.3-foot male to a 14.7-foot female. The tiger shark tagging project is funded by the State of Hawaii Dept. of Land & Natural Resources (DLNR) – Division of Aquatic Resources. Data is collected by investigators and members of the Marine Biology Shark Research Team of the UH Manoa Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology. To view the website and shark tracking feature, visit http://oos.soest.hawaii.edu/pacioos/projects/sharks/.
Aloha Mayor Arakawa:
Q: (Editor’s note: This question is a timely one in that it was submitted to the mayor and answered before Sunday’s tragic drowning of a Washington State visitor at Black Rock) Why are there no lifeguards at Black Rock? With the number of incidents there, it seems worth looking into. Although the incidents at Black Rock appear to be more medically related than water-related, the victims’ chance for survival would be greatly increased with a trained first responder at that location.
A: There are no County lifeguards at Puu Kekaa (“Black Rock”) because it is a non-County beach. This popular spot is privately owned above the high water mark on the shore and managed and overseen by the State ocean-side of the high water mark. Maui County provides lifeguards at County beaches such as D.T. Fleming, Hanakaoo (Canoe Beach), Kamaole I, II and III, Kanaha, Baldwin and Hookipa. The exception is Makena Beach, where the State, under a contract, provides funding to Maui County to staff two lifeguard towers. That being said, the County is currently meeting with State and Kaanapali Resort officials to work toward establishing a contract similar to the one for Makena Beach, to allow for a State-funded lifeguard tower near Black Rock with a land easement provided by the land owner. Ocean safety continues to be an important issue as many of our visitors have limited experience in Hawaii’s ocean conditions. The County is working with community partners to create an up-to-date ocean safety video that can be shown in the baggage claim area of the Kahului Airport, and in-flight as various carriers will allow. Our goal is to equip visitors with the information and education they need to stay safe in our waters, and to support efforts to place warning signs, buoys, rescue tubes and other safety devices at unguarded beaches, as well as educational brochures in hotel rooms and at concierge desks. The Hawaiian Lifeguard Association maintains a website that can help educate guests and residents alike, with real-time conditions, listings of recommended and lifeguarded beaches, hazard ratings of the various beaches and shorelines, as well as any active alerts and beach closures on each island. Visit www.hawaiibeachsafety.com to learn more.
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.
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