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.
HONOLULU – In observance of the 12th anniversary of the attacks of 9/11, Gov. Neil Abercrombie has ordered that the flags of the United States and State of Hawaii be displayed at half-staff at all state offices and agencies as well as the Hawaii National Guard from sunrise to sunset tomorrow, September 11, 2013.
President Barack Obama today proclaimed September 11 as Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance, calling for the U.S. flag to be flown at half-staff. The presidential proclamation states:
“… On September 11, 2001, amid shattered glass, twisted steel, and clouds of dust, the spirit of America shone through. We remember the sacrifice of strangers and first responders who rushed into darkness to carry others from danger. We remember the unbreakable bonds of unity we felt in the long days that followed – how we held each other, how we came to our neighbors’ aid, how we prayed for one another. We recall how Americans of every station joined together to support the survivors in their hour of need and to heal our Nation in the years that have followed.
“Today, we can honor those we lost by building a Nation worthy of their memories. Let us also live up to the selfless example of the heroes who gave of themselves in the face of such great evil. As we mark the anniversary of September 11, I invite all Americans to observe a National Day of Service and Remembrance by uniting in the same extraordinary way we came together after the attacks. Like the Americans who chose compassion when confronted with cruelty, we can show our love for one another by devoting our time and talents to those in need …”
View the President’s proclamation here:
Gov. Abercrombie will be offering remarks at the annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony at 12:15 p.m. tomorrow in Tamarind Park, Bishop Square, in Downtown Honolulu.
WAILUKU, Maui, Hawaii – “Walk 27″ organizers on Maui invite the general public to join them, along with Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa, for a 27-minute walk on Friday morning, December 21, at 4:30 a.m. in remembrance of the 27 victims of last Friday’s shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. The event is set to coincide with the time of the actual shooting, which occurred at 9:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.
Across the country and around the world, people will be walking for 27 minutes Friday morning – one minute for each of the 27 victims of last Friday’s shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary.
Many individuals were touched by the tragedy that visited Newtown, Connecticut last week, as many of us have young children in our lives who are not much different than the 20 whose lives were taken. Many of us are also educators, parents, or caregivers who would do whatever was necessary in an attempt to protect the children in our care.
Friday morning is an opportunity to walk together with the nation and the world, share our grief, and remember the lives lost. It is a chance for us as a to share our feelings without requiring us to engage in seemingly endless political discourse – a time for us to just get together and talk story.
Participants are asked to meet at War Memorial Stadium at 4:15 a.m. We will begin walking around the track promptly at 4:30 a.m. and continue for 27 minutes. Participants are encouraged to wear Green & White – the school colors of Sandy Hook Elementary School. In lieu of a balloon release, we encourage individuals & families to bring bubbles to remind us of the innocent lives lost in this tragedy.
HONOLULU – In memory of the lives tragically lost last week in Newtown, Conn., Governor Neil Abercrombie has asked that the people of Hawaii join others from Connecticut and across the country in a moment of silence, to be observed in Hawaii at 9:30 a.m. this Friday, Dec. 21, 2012.
In a letter dated today to U.S. governors, Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy asked all states to consider joining the people of Connecticut in observing the moment of silence at 9:30 a.m., in their respective time zones, on Dec. 21, which has been declared a “Day of Mourning” in Connecticut. He went on to acknowledge the outpouring of compassion from other states and around the world.
“Too often, we focus on what divides us people, instead of what binds us together as human beings,” Governor Malloy wrote. “The sense of community that has emerged in the wake of this tragedy should not be lost as we begin to emerge from this national tragedy. I ask you to join with me and the citizens of Connecticut to remember the loved ones lost last Friday.”
Governor Malloy also asked places of worship and government buildings in Connecticut to ring bells 26 times in honor of each life lost at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Governor Abercrombie encourages Hawaii facilities that have the capability to join in this gesture.
Link to Governor Malloy’s announcement here:
WAILUKU, Maui, Hawai`i – Mayor Alan Arakawa is asking that the entire County observe a moment of silence at 7 a.m. on Sunday, September 11, 2011.
This will coincide with the Moment of Remembrance going on nationally, at 1 p.m. EDT, noon, CDT, 11 a.m. MDT and 10 a.m. PDT. For more information about the Moment of Remembrance click on http://lautenberg.senate.gov/stopandremember/
Mayor Arakawa will also be issuing an official 9/11/2011 proclamation tomorrow which your newsroom may use as you see fit. Please call Maui County Communications Director Rod Antone at 268-7626 for more details.
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