WALUKU – Sunday afternoon, firefighters responded to three separate incidents of teenagers caught by unexpected flash flooding along the Iao Stream, in the Wailuku area of Central Maui.
At 1:34 p.m., fire crews were dispatched to Kepaniwai Park in Iao Valley, for people swept downstream by flood waters. Wailuku firefighters arrived at the park at 1:46 p.m. and learned that an 11 year-old male and 12 year-old female had been assisted out of the stream by by-standers prior to their arrival. Paramedics treated the pair for minor bumps and scraps. The children are residents of Wailuku.
As firefighters were confirming everyone at the park was accounted for, 911 dispatchers informed crews of another possible swift-water rescue at Iao Valley State Park. A Kahului rescue crew en route to Kepaniwai Park was redirected to the second incident at the State Park. Rescue 10 arrived at 1:56 p.m. and learned that an 18-year-old male resident from Haiku was stranded on the south side of Iao Stream.
The man was swimming with four other family members at the popular swimming holes along the footpath within the park, when they heard sounds of rocks rumbling just before the rush of water forced them to scramble up the embankment. The man became stranded on the opposite side because it was the quickest path to safety. Rescue crews used a rope secured across the stream to walk the man safely across. No one was injured.
At 2:05 p.m. firefighters from Kahului responded to yet another call for two stranded teenagers in an area of Iao Stream, roughly a half-mile above Mokuhau Park in Happy Valley. Crews arrived at 2:19 p.m. and learned that a group of seven children from Wailuku, ranging in ages from 10 to 16, were swimming at a local swimming hole when a flash flood caught them by surprise. A 15 year-old female and a 16 year-old male managed to scramble up the side of the stream. A resident on Iao Valley road used a rope to help the teens up to his property on the south side of the stream. A fire battalion chief picked up the teens and drove them back to Mokuhau Park where firefighters were gathering information. None of the teens were injured.
Despite only a light drizzle in Iao Valley when firefighters arrived, it was not apparent that flash flood conditions was occurring higher upslope. However, dark clouds were seen deeper within the valley. A check of weather radar at 1:50 p.m. did show a heavy downpour over the West Maui mountains. In fact, a flash flood advisory was in effect for several hours Sunday night in the upper elevations of Maui – with downslope areas warned as well.
The public is reminded to be alert when swimming in mountain streams. Pay attention to the weather, and be vigilant if there are dark clouds in the mountains upslope of you. If you hear a strange rumbling sound like river rocks being tossed into each other, if you notice the water quickly turning brown or rising very rapidly, find the quickest path to high ground. Once on high ground, wait until rescuers arrive or until flood waters recede. Don’t attempt to walk out on your own because it will make it more difficult for rescuers to locate you or confirm that you are safe. Also, you could become lost or injured while attempting to find your own way out.
Firefighters from Wailuku and Kahului, along with a battalion chief responded to the incidents.
HONOLULU — In response to the unprecedented large-scale commercial harvest of sea cucumbers earlier this year, the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) has scheduled public hearings in November on a new rule to permanently regulate sea cumber harvesting in state water. Currently all sea cumber harvest is prohibited by a 120 day emergency rule adopted by the Board of Land and Natural Resources in June.
The proposed new rule will provide more long-term protection of sea cucumbers. It prohibits the harvest of sea cucumbers for commercial consumption purposes, but allows limited take for personal non-commercial use. The rule would also establish an annual season for commercial aquarium harvest of two species of sea cucumbers on Oahu only. While the season is open, licensed aquarium collectors may harvest up to 20 sea cucumbers a person each day. The aquarium season will close when the total annual aquarium catch limit of 3,600 sea cucumbers is reached.
Public Hearing Schedule
Monday, November 9:
MAUI – Lihikai School, Kahului, 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 10:
MOLOKAI – Mitchel Pauole Center Conference Room, Kaunakakai, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
OAHU – Stevenson Middle School Cafeteria, Honolulu, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
HILO – Hawaii County Aupuni Center Conference Room, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
KONA – Kealakehe High School Cafeteria, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 12:
LANAI – Lanai Public Library, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
KAUAI – Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School Cafeteria, Lihue, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
People are encouraged to attend a public hearing to provide information and comment for the DLNR to consider. Those unable to attend or who wish to provide additional comments, can submit written testimony via mail or e-mail by Friday, November 20, 2015.
Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR), 1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 330, Honolulu, HI 96813. DLNR.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anyone with a hearing impairment who would like to attend a public hearing may request the assistance of a sign language interpreter. Send requests to the DAR address above or call 587-0100 (voice or TDD) in Honolulu. Requests must be received at least seven days in advance.
Additional information or a copy of the proposed rules will be mailed at no charge upon receipt of verbal or written request to the DAR address or may be obtained from the DAR website at http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/DAR under the “Announcements” section.
Hawaii – The Hawai’i Small Business Administration (SBA) has opened nominations for the prestigious SBA Small Business Awards for 2016. The annual SBA Small Business Awards continue to be the most competitive, comprehensive and visible awards presented to small businesses in the state.
With a record of recognizing excellence in small business for more than three decades, past SBA winners have included outstanding small companies such as Island Naturals Market, PacRim Marketing, Green Point Nurseries, Hoaloha Na Eha dba Old Lahaina Luau, Big Island Candies, Maui Brewing, and many others.
WAILUKU – The Dept. of Parks and Recreation announces that the Coach Spencer Shiraishi Memorial Pool in Kahului will be closed Saturday, Oct. 10, for maintenance and deep cleaning. Wailuku, Kokua and Sakamoto Central pools will be open from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. for public swim.
A Hawaiian Airlines flight bound for Maui was forced to turn around this morning and return to Honolulu International Airport.
Airport officials say the airlines said flight HAL114 had a problem with one of its engines.
The Boeing 717-200 safely landed at 6:32 a.m. Tuesday.
No one was hurt and there was no damage. There were no reported injuries.
No word on what exactly went wrong.
By Jeff King
A power outage in Upcountry Maui as well as Waiehu on the makai slopes of Kahalawai has ended. All customers have been restored to power as of 9 a.m. today. The lights went out in both areas around the time a flash flood warning was issued Monday night. From Nahiku to Pa’ia, up to Pukalani and across the valley to Waiehu and Waihee…up into the West Maui Mountains – it poured.
A flood watch even included Kahului and Kihei. While no measurable rain was recorded in Kihei, gauges and buckets filled to capacity from steady, breeze-powered showers.
Pukalani got the most rain on Maui at 3.43 inches. Hana Airport received 1.2 inches of rain. Kahakuloa received 2.1 inches and Wailuku gauges recorded 1.79 inches of rain Monday night. On Moloka’i, Pu’u Ali’i encountered the highest one-day total in the state at 6.93 inches of rain. Lana’i City recorded a half-inch of rain.
It’s all thanks to a series of interconnected systems that inadvertently interconnected. Oho is now a hurricane, but stuck around long enough as a tropical depression, then a tropical storm that it drew moisture from a deep moisture trough that has since dissipated. Oho also influenced a cold front to dip father into the state than normal – bring much needed rain to Maui and the Big Island.
Now Oho is preparing to leave the building. The storm is about 500 miles SE of Hilo as is rumbling east northeast at about 11 mph. Some models show the system still maintaining tropical strength as it treks all the way to British Columbia. View an amazing, high detail full color nimation of Hurricane Oho here as she brushes past Hawai’i.
There are no watches or warnings for Maui yet. Hurricane wind warnings are in effect for sease 4o miles off the Big Island and a flood watch is in effect for the Hamakua Coast of the Big Island.
Today, according to Maui Weather Icon Glenn James, we can expect “fresh” tradewinds, and occasional showers – some heavy – mainly along windward shores.
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