Firefighters received the call at 3:10 a.m. that hotel security from Kahana Beach Resort on Lower Honoapiilani Road, reported seeing two aerial flares offshore. Napili firefighters arrived in the area at 3:17 a.m. and spotted a vessel offshore.
At about 4 a.m., a Lahaina rescue boat made contact with a 17-foot vessel with five men aboard, about a quarter-mile off Honokowai Beach Park. They had been drifting south after experiencing engine trouble off Hawea Point, just north of Kapalua Bay. The Lahaina crew transferred equipment and men onto their boat to lighten the load, and towed the vessel back to its launch point at the Mala boat ramp in Lahaina. Crews had the vessel back at Mala ramp by 5:45 a.m.
The men, ranging in ages from 25 to 70, were scuba diving in the area near Hawea Point. After pulling anchor they could not start their engines. They did not have a marine radio or a cellular phone on board so they shot off several emergency distress flares, hoping someone would notice and call for help.
The men were from Kihei. Firefighters from Napili and the Lahaina ladder crew on board their rescue boat responded to the incident.
KAILUA, MAUI – At 1:54 p.m. Monday, rescue crews responded to three hikers stranded by high water on the Commando Trail, in East Maui.
Firefighters from Paia, along with the department’s Air 1 helicopter and a Kahului rescue crew arrived around 2:30 p.m. Air 1 located the hikers and airlifted them to a landing zone set up in a pasture near the trailhead. All three were uninjured.
The hikers were 2 miles up the trail and on their way back when they became trapped by high water at the area known as the ‘lava tube.’ In that part of the trail, the only way out is to walk through an irrigation tunnel. Stream water was very high and moving too swiftly through the tunnel so they called emergency dispatchers for help.
A 27-year-old Makawao man was hiking with friends from out of town, a 32 year-old man and 38 year-old woman visiting from Laguna Beach, California.
At 1:25 p.m., Paia firefighters arrived at the Bamboo Forest trailhead and met with hikers who said three people were trapped on the Kahului side of the stream near the first pond. Air 1 located and airlifted one-by-one, two males and a female from the stream bank to a pasture near Hana Highway.
Rescue crews delivered the last hiker to the landing zone by 2 p.m. All three were uninjured.
A male visitor from Canada got separated from his group and couldn’t cross the stream because of rising waters. He was joined by a female from Wailuku and her male friend visiting from out-of-state. All were on their way back to the parking lot when they were stranded on the last crossing. Stream flows had risen high enough that they opted to wait rather than risk the crossing.
All three hikers were in their early to mid-twenties.
Paia firefighters, the rescue crew from Kahului and Air 1 responded to the call.
KAHULUI – At 6:16 p.m. Friday, firefighters were called to a hiker unable to cross a stream in the Waihee Valley, in Central Maui. Fortunately Maui has some of the most capable first reponders in the world.
Firefighters responded to the Waihee Elementary School Park to meet with the caller and establish a landing zone for the fire department helicopter. The caller stated his friend texted him that he was trapped from high stream water in Waihee Valley.
Air 1, which was fighting a brushfire in West Maui at the time, was redirected to the rescue call. As the pilot descended from over the West Maui mountains, he spotted the male hiker trapped above a stream on the Waihee Valley trail. Air 1 landed at Waihee School Park to set up a rope rescue system and pick up a rescue specialist. Air 1 inserted the firefighter to the valley floor and then airlifted the hiker to safety at the school park where he was found to be uninjured.
The 46-year-old male from Kihei, was hiking alone in Waihee Valley and became stranded above the second swinging bridge by swift moving stream water. He made an attempt to cross the stream but retreated after he was unable to cross and after losing most of his gear to the fast flowing water.
Hazmat and Rescue crews from Kahului and Air 1 responded to the rescue call.
Meanwhile, Firefighters from Paia and the Kahului rescue crew were also out searching for a pair of hikers, a 28-year-old and 43-year-old males reported overdue by a friend. They failed to pickup the friend from work as was planned. Their car was found still at the Commando Trailhead, in the Haiku area of East Maui Friday night, and the friend called emergency responders at 7:05 p.m. More information will be released when it becomes available.
“Unscheduled” and suspicious. at 2:40 a.m. today, Pa’ia and Kahului firefighters were called to a fire along Baldwin Avenue in Pa’ia. When they arrived they discovered not one but two brushfires burning about 200 yards apart.
Paia firefighters arrived at 2:47 a.m. and found two separate fires burning within the sugar cane field, just mauka of Paia Gym, on the Kahului side of Baldwin Ave. By 2:57 a.m. Paia firefighters and a Kahului water tanker had the fire under control. About 200 yards separated the two fires, with each one burning around 2,000 square feet.
Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar was called since no notice of cane burning for this area was received.
Cause of the fire was undetermined. There were no structures threatened and no injuries.
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.
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