Maui Police and Fire investigators have released few new details about this morning’s tragic fatal crash near Keanae in East Maui – except the fact the both young men were not wearing seatbelts – a fact that, sadly, led to the death of the driver, but may have saved the life of his passenger.
At 12:29 a.m. today, Fire fighters from Hana and Rescue personnel from Kahului responded to the area halfway between mile marker 15 and 16 on Hana Highway (Hana side of Honomanu Bay) for a vehicle that went off the road and down a cliff. Two 17 year-old males were in the vehicle at the time. The male seated on the passenger side was ejected prior to the vehicle going down the cliff. He did not require any type of medical treatment.
Conflicting reports say one of the young men may have been 18. Both reports confirm the vehicle was a 1998 Toyota RAV-4 pulling a trailer. The SUV apparently veered off the road and struck a guardrail.
Fire personnel rescue crews rapelled down the cliff about 300 feet to the vehicle and confirmed that the male was deceased. It was determined to conduct the body recovery at first light. Fire and Rescue crews remained on scene and at 6:30 a.m. today, upon Air-1’s arrival, began recovery operations.
The victim was airlifted to a landing zone at the Keanae Ball Park. His identity has not been yet been released.
By Jeff King
Things to bring for search:
Bright colored shirts (yellows & oranges preferred)
Snacks and water
Neon spray paint (for tracking)
Fliers in color with Charli’s face
MAPS! We need maps of the hwy by mile maker, gridded with latitude and longitude too if possible!
We need high HOPE and the WILL and WANT to find Charli safe and well with her unborn baby.
DOOR OF FAITH ROAD 8AM SHARP!
A Kihei man is dead after being struck by a delivery truck early this morning during a rain storm in Kihei.
Maui Police say 47 year-old Kenneth Elf was struck and killed by a 2005 GMC box-style delivery truck on Pi’ikea Avenue near the roundabout in Kihei at 4:31 a.m. Elf was crossing Piikea Avenue and was struck by a the truck, traveling east. After striking the pedestrian, the operator of the GMC truck lost control, drove left of center of the centerline and hit a chain link fence on the north side of the roadway. The GMC truck then came to a stop in a vacant lot on the north side of Piikea Avenue.
Elf was not in a designated cross walk at the time of the accident. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The operator of the GMC truck is described as a 56 year-old male from Kula.
The road was closed from 4:38 a.m. until 8:30 morning while Police completed their measurements and investigation. The involvement of speed, drugs and alcohol have not yet been determined.
This is the first traffic fatality in Maui County this year. The number is the same as last year at this time.
Maui Police have reopened Pi’ikea Avenue in Kihei between Liloa and South Kihei Roads. An accident near the roundabout around 4:30 a.m. today closed the road. MPD opened the thoroughfare at 8:30 a.m.
MauiWatch spotters first reported the scene around 4:35 a.m. Witnesses speculate that it may have been a hit and run fatal incident involving a pedestrian. That was based on the presence of emergency response vehicles but no civilian vehicles. MPD has yet to confirm the incident details.
Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his office staff.
Q: I bought some hapu‘u logs for my orchids a couple months ago, but I heard that some of the logs might have been infested with ants. How should I check for the ants, and what do I do if I find any?
A: If you bought the hapu‘u within the past 12 months, the State Dept. of Agriculture is recommending that you check for the Little Fire Ant by putting peanut butter on a chopstick and inserting the chopstick into the ground, with the peanut butter end on the fern. If you see ants on the chopstick, put the chopstick and any ants into a sealable plastic bag and place the bag in the freezer. Call the Dept. of Agriculture at 808-872-3843, and an inspector will be sent to determine whether the ants are Little Fire Ants, which are extremely small (less than 1/16th of an inch long) but pack a very painful bite.
Aloha Mayor Arakawa-
Q: We have heard rumors that Monsanto donated the land upon which the new Police Station in Kihei was built. Is this true? By the way, we toured that beautiful building and were very impressed.
A: No, Monsanto did not donate land for the police station in Kihei. According to our Capital Improvements Project Coordinator, the County purchased the 150-acre parcel for a park in 1994 from Haleakala Ranch at a cost of $2.1 million. Monsanto dedicated land for an easement and a pipeline to carry R-1 water from the County system across Monsanto property to the Kihei Police Station.
Aloha Mayor Arakawa:
Q: As a long-time resident and frequent user of many of the pools on Maui, I would like to know why all the pools do not seem to have a minimum standardized water temperature. For years the Kihei Aquaticmeter pool had a comfortable winter temperature of 80 degrees. Now that there is a new head pool lifeguard, the temperature is being kept at 76 to 78 degrees, which has discouraged many of the residents from continuing their winter swimming. This seems unfair that the pool temperatures are left up to the head lifeguard. Why are pool temperatures not standardized by the county on Maui?
A: According to our Parks and Recreation Aquatics staff, the temperatures at all County pools are kept between 79 & 80 degrees. During the mid-day hours it may rise even higher. However, there will be days when equipment malfunctions and the heater may be down for several days until parts can be obtained. The boilers are regulated by temperature controls, so as soon as the pool hits 80 the system shuts off. Our senior lifeguards are told that only the pump mechanic is authorized to access the boiler controls to make temperature adjustments. Our Aquatics staff will check into your comment about the Kihei pool’s temperature.
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.
A young man was assaulted on the UH Maui College campus late Saturday night. The 15 year-old boy was walking alone near Harbor Lights. Due to limited visibility, the victim could not identify his attackers – beside the fact that they were all male.
The incident was not reported until yesterday morning when the victim’s father notified police. No motive has come up, and there were no witnesses. Injuries were described as non-life threatening. The boy refused treatment.
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