By Jeff King
Maui Firefighters held a solemn service this morning to honor the memory of fallen brothers and civilians who perished in the attacks of September 11, 2001.
Then it was back to business as usual.
And then some.
At 10:17 a.m., dispatchers sent MFD engines from Kahului, Wailuku and Kihei and tankers from Kahului and Wailea – along with Air-1 to respond to a quickly building brush fire in central Maui. The fire started between Ho’omoku Street and the Maui Lani Golf Course.
Upon arrival, crews attacked the blaze, estimated at 15 acres. As of 12:25 p.m., the fire is 75 percent contained. Crews there are in mop-up mode. There were no injuries and no structures were threatened. The fire cause is under investigation.
Then, at 10:56 a.m., Makawao and Paia fire fighters responded to the area at Haliimaile Road and Baldwin Avenue for a brush fire. Crews on scene of a brush fire approximately 1/4 acre in size.
The fire was brought quickly under control and crews are mopping up at this time. The fire was caused by a person welding, with sparks catching the nearby brush. No structures threatened and no injuries were reported.
Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his office staff.
Dear Mayor Arakawa,
Q: Does the County have any plans to install a traffic light at the intersection of Maui Lani Parkway and Kamehameha Avenue? Both roads are heavily traveled and the intersection is often congested due to the current four-way stop. Thank you.
A: Yes, a traffic signal is in the works. I asked our Public Works Director, David Goode, about this and he said that Maui Lani has initiated design of a traffic signal system for this intersection in accordance with the traffic master plan agreement the County has with them. The intersection is still privately owned, but Maui Lani just dedicated the portion of Maui Lani Parkway from the intersection to Kuikahi to the County. Maui Lani is also in the process of dedicating the remaining portion of Maui Lani Parkway and Kamehameha to the County, so the intersection will be under full County control.
Q: I live in Kuau and hear all kinds of noise at night from the work they’re doing on our waterline. Wouldn’t this have been a better project to do while people were at work during the day?
A: This is a question that our County departments consider all the time. “Should we conduct the project in the day and cause traffic delays, or work at night and risk noise complaints?” If there was a third option that involved neither consequence, believe me, we would choose that option. But whether we are putting in a new waterline, new wastewater pipes or other projects, most of the time they cause either one or the other. In this case, Hana Highway is a well-traveled road during the day and there are no paved roads to use to detour traffic around the work area— besides going past Old Maui High School on an unpaved road— so work must be done at night. Earlier this month there was a waterline break in Paia that left residents, stores and restaurants without water for several hours. If we are to avoid more of these types of service interruptions, we must continue to upgrade our aging water infrastructure. Mahalo for your patience as we complete this much-needed project.
Aloha Mayor Arakawa:
Q: Maui is my home, specifically Lahaina, and I run 4-5 times a week on Front Street in the early mornings. I enjoy the quietness of Front Street in the morning as well as the cleanliness of the sidewalks and street before the merchants open up. I noticed that there are no recycling bins on the street next to the trash barrels. I would like to know if recycling receptacles could be placed next to these barrels. Lahaina is a global destination as well as declared a National Historic Landmark. How we deal with our waste can reflect how we deal with our lives. I believe that the importance of protecting our environment is crucial for the survival and existence of our beautiful island and earth and for the future of our children. Please let me know how I can assist in any way in obtaining recycling bins, as I will be the first to get these on Front Street, if I have to sponsor one or get a group of people involved to start a campaign. Mahalo for your time.
A: The trash receptacles on Front Street are managed by the Lahaina Restoration Foundation, which receives a grant from the County to coordinate trash collection from the public receptacles. However, the current funding levels do not allow for a separate recycling program. One way to request recycling on Front Street would be to attend the West Maui Budget Hearing that will be held by the County Council this Spring. I will also share your inquiry with the grantee and with our Department of Environmental Management so we can review how much a recycling program might cost and how it could be managed.
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 – Kaiser Permanente Hawaii today announced the addition of Rennia Cabal, MD, Family Medicine, to the Hawaii Permanente Medical Group (HPMG), the state’s largest multi-specialty medical group, providing comprehensive care to Kaiser Permanente Hawaii’s 227,000-plus members. She will practice out of the Kaiser Permanente Maui Lani Medical Office.
Dr. Rennia Cabal earned her medical degree from the University of the Philippines College of Medicine and completed her residency in family medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, Texas. Dr. Cabal is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Maui Film Studios LLC has leased a new warehouse at the Maui Lani Village Center and plans to turn it into a 21,000 square-foot soundstage.
The Maui News reports Socrates Buenger, owner and CEO of Maui Film Studios says his company is partnering with TM Motion Picture Equipment Rentals, which will open a Maui office, and that the facility will also have 5,000 square feet of office space and an acre of paved parking lot/backlot.
The newspaper reports Buenger says is in talks with a major network to shoot a television series and is “actively trying” to attract a feature film to shoot there in the late summer.
Maui TV News will feature a full report and a tour of the new facility in this week’s broadcast and webcast editions of Maui TV News.
(Report Provided by Pacific Business News)
Maui Fire Department units answered several calls across Maui Saturday.
At 12:43 p.m. Saturday, MFD Units E10, T10 and E1 were dispatched to a brushfire located at Kuihelani Highway and Maui Lani Parkway. Units arrived on scene at 12:48 p.m., 1/4 acre was burned. This fire was under control at 1 p.m. and decalred extinguiseed AT 1:48 p.m.
No evidence of an ignition source was found. The blaze remains under investigation.
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