KANAIO, MAUI – This past Monday at 7:12 p.m., firefighters were dispatched for a hiker who had lost his way in the Makena area of South Maui.
Kula firefighters were notified that a 19 year-old male hiker started his hike at around 1 p.m. from the Wailea area, and headed south towards Makena. The man called 911 dispatchers for help after darkness set in and he was unable to find his way back. He did not know where he was, but dispatchers were able to get his GPS position from his mobile phone, which was pinged somewhere near the shoreline in the Kanaio area, about four miles East of La Perouse Bay, in Makena.
Firefighters contacted Ulupalakua Ranch for assistance in gaining access to the remote area in Kanaio, makai of Piilani Highway. Before firefighters could reach the area with all-terrain vehicles, a ranch employee used an ATV to drive down the 2 mile lava rock trail and found the hiker on the “King’s Trail” near the ocean, just west of the Auwahi Windmills.
The hiker was brought up to firefighters waiting on Piilani Highway at around 9:30 p.m., where the man was given fluids to drink. He was uninjured but really thirsty, since he had not brought any food or water with him. A fire battalion chief drove the man back to Kihei. The man is visiting from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and is staying with friends in Kihei.
LAHAINA – As if yesterday wasn’t hot enough already, Maui Fire Department investigators still haven’t determined the causes of three fires that erupted within an hour of each other Thursday in West Maui.
At 10:50 a.m. fire crews responded to multiple reports of a brush fire on starting up on Kai Hele Ku Street in Launiupoko. A Lahaina ladder crew arrived at 11 a.m. and was able to contain a grass fire found burning on the north side of Kai Hele Ku Street, just below the roundabout at Haniu Street. The fire burned just over one acre of grass. The fire was called contained at 11:13 a.m., and extinguished at 12:10 p.m. The Lahaina ladder and water tanker, and a Napili engine responded to the incident. The cause was undetermined.
At 11:39 a.m., emergency dispatchers sent fire crews to the second reported brush fire at North Hakau Place in Lahaina. A Kihei engine company covering the Lahaina district while Lahaina crews were at the Launiupoko fire, arrived at 11:48 a.m. and initially thought they were facing a structure fire because of dark black smoke coming from the garage port. It was later discovered that there was a homeless encampment burning in the Kahoma stream gulch, to the rear of homes on North Hakau Place. That fire burned a 50 x 50 foot area of trash and a makeshift shelter built of wooden pallets and lumber.
At one point, it came within 20 feet of structures, melting plastic storage cans from the heat. No structure damage or injuries were reported. The fire was called contained at 12:56 p.m. and extinguished at 2:49 p.m. Two engine crews from Kihei and Napili responded to the incident. Fire investigators remained on scene determining the cause for several hours but no determination was made official.
At 11:52 a.m., fire crews were alerted to another fire in the Kahoma stream gulch on North Hopoe Place, burning two streets above the North Hakau fire. A Wailuku engine responded to that fire, along with the Lahaina engine company that was pulled out of a training class they were attending in Kahului. Before a fire engine could arrive, an off-duty firefighter was able to control the fire using fire hoses connected straight to a fire hydrant, that he retrieved from a fire crew two streets below. The Air 1 helicopter also helped to control and contain the third fire on North Hopoe Place. The Lahaina engine arrived at 12:17 p.m. and called the fire contained by 12:36 p.m., extinguished at 2:28 p.m. That fire burned a 2,000 square-foot area of brush in the Kahoma stream gulch to the rear of North Hopoe Place. No structures were damaged and no injuries reported. Fire companies from Wailuku, Napili, Lahaina, Kahului, Kihei and Wailea responded to the incidents in West Maui. Fire investigators still haven’t determined the cause of the third fire.
A boat belonging to Scuba Shack washed up on shore after witnesses say they saw the engine smoking. MauiWatch spotters supplied pictures of the gentle landing.
Around 9 a.m. today, The boat landed fronting the Four Seasons Resort in Wailea where they let the passengers off safely.
The MauiWatch report concluded with very good advice: “Please swim with caution in the area.”
Wailea – Adam Driver will be the 2015 Maui Film Festival Shining Star Award recipient, it was announced today by Barry Rivers, founder and director of the festival which will be held, and celebrate its 16th annual event from June 3-7 at the Wailea Resort in Maui.
The Maui Film Festival Shining Star Award honors a film artist who dares to dream big dreams and delivers brilliantly charismatic and revelatory performances every time that opportunity knocks. The award will be presented at the Celestial Cinema located at the Wailea Gold & Emerald Golf Course on Friday June 5. Tickets and passes are available at www.mauifilmfestival.com.
“Adam Driver is a brilliantly talented actor’s actor and chameleon,” Said Rivers. “We couldn’t be more honored to present him with this year’s Maui Film Festival Shining Star Award.”
Driver was most recently seen starring in Noah Baumbach’s WHILE WE’RE YOUNG alongside Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, and Amanda Seyfried. He will next star in Saverio Costanzo’s HUNGRY HEARTS alongside Alba Rohrwacher. The film premiered at the 2014 Venice International Film Festival, where Driver won the Volpi Cup Award for Best Actor for his performance. He will also star opposite Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, and Kirsten Dunst in Jeff Nichols’ MIDNIGHT SPECIAL and in J.J. Abrams’ highly-anticipated STAR WARS: EPISODE VII. Additionally, Driver recently wrapped production on Martin Scorsese’s upcoming film SILENCE, which also stars Andrew Garfield and Liam Neeson.
Last Fall, Driver starred in Shawn Levy’s dramatic comedy THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU alongside Jason Bateman, Connie Britton, Tina Fey, and Jane Fonda and opposite Mia Wasikowska in John Curran’s critically acclaimed TRACKS. He was seen in the Coen brothers’ 2013 Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated film INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS, Steven Spielberg’s Academy Award nominated LINCOLN, Noah Baumbach’s FRANCES HA and Clint Eastwood’s J. EDGAR.
Driver is currently in production on the fifth season of HBO’s hit series GIRLS. Driver’s performance in GIRLS garnered him 2014 and 2013 Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. Driver graduated from Juilliard in 2009 and is the co-founder of the non-profit organization AITAF (ARTS in the ARMED FORCES).
Wailea, Maui – Two-time Academy Award nominee Laura Dern will be the 2015 Maui Film Festival Rainmaker Award recipient, it was announced today by Barry Rivers, founder and director of the festival which will be held, and celebrate its 16th annual event from June 3-7, 2015, at the Wailea Resort in Maui.
The Maui Film Festival The Rainmaker Award honors a film artist for having the mysteriously magical ability to profoundly and positively impact the creative dynamics of every project they are involved in both on the set and on the screen. The award will be presented at the Celestial Cinema located at the Wailea Gold & Emerald Golf Course on Sunday June 7, 2015. Tickets and passes are available at www.mauifilmfestival.com.
“From the first time I experienced a Laura Dern performance in the film ‘Smooth Talk’ at the 1985 Sundance Film Festival, through the 40-plus films that have followed, Laura’s grace, humanity and on-screen luminosity have enthralled me, enlightened me and found me coming back for more of her special magic,” Said Rivers. “In short, she is one of a kind and I am thrilled to honor her with the 2015 Maui Film Festival Rainmaker Award.”
Earlier this year, Dern earned her second career Academy Award nomination for her performance in “Wild.” In 2014, Dern was also seen in the enormously successful film “The Fault in our Stars,” starring alongside Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort and Nat Wolff.
In 2013, Dern received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for her performance HBO’s original series “Enlightened,” which she co-created with Mike White. Dern had also received the 2012 Golden Globe Award on behalf of her performance in the series.
In 2008, HBO’s “Recount” revisited the controversial 2000 presidential election in Florida. For her performance as ‘Katherine Harris,’ Dern earned a 2008 Golden Globe award and was nominated for an Emmy Award and Screen Actors Guild Award. Dern received both an Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe nomination in 1992 for her performance as ‘Rose’ in the acclaimed film “Rambling Rose,” directed by Martha Coolidge and co-starring her mother, Diane Ladd.
Other film credits of Dern’s include “Jurassic Park,” “Citizen Ruth,” “Blue Velvet,” “Wild at Heart,” “Inland Empire,” “October Sky,” “Mask,” “Happy Endings,” “I Am Sam,” “Focus,” “Jurassic Park III” “We Don’t Live Here Anymore,” “The Master,” “Year of the Dog,” “Dr. T and the Women,” “Little Fockers,” “Lonely Hearts,” “Everything Must Go,” “Foxes” and “Smooth Talk,” among others.
In 1997 Dern was nominated for an Emmy Award her guest-starring role on “Ellen.” She received a 1998 Golden Globe nomination for her role in “The Baby Dance.” Dern received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress, as well as Emmy and Cable ACE nominations for her starring role in the 1992 telefilm “Afterburn.” Her other work on television includes “Fallen Angels,” for which she received an Emmy nomination, and “Down Came a Blackbird,” which she also produced.
Dern can be seen this September in Ramin Bahrani‘s “99 Homes” opposite Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon.
Earlier this month, the festival announced that Colin Farrell will receive the Navigator Award. Read that report here.
By Jeff King
What was likely expected by all to be a relaxing day off for the President’s Day holiday Monday turned tragic for some local residents and visitors. Tragedies marred an otherwise sunny day along Maui coastlines.
Around noon Monday, 18 year-old Edelene Parilla and 19 year-old Emmanuel Tabbay, both residents of Kahului, were at an area known as “Chutes and Ladders” at Honokohau Bay off Maui’s northwest shore. The two were accompanied with two other friends.
All four parties were walking along the rocks near the shore line to see the tide pools. Parilla was swept out into the ocean by a wave at which time Tabbay jumped in to the ocean help her. A friend was able to find a bystander to call for emergency assistance. Rescue personnel responded to the scene. Both Parilla and Tabay were located in the ocean, but, no signs of life. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.
While the apparent cause of death appears to be drowning, the official cause of death is still pending autopsy results.
About three hours later, at 3:08 p.m., firefighters from Wailea responded to a report of a non-responsive person in the water fronting the beach at Makena Beach and Golf Resort. A 53 year-old visitor was seen floating motionless for a time after snorkeling with his wife. A safety check revealed he was not conscious. Bystanders pulled the man from the water and began CPR.
Firefighters took over the effort upon arrival but were unable to bring the man back to life. His identity and place of residence have not yet been released.
Then – less than a half-hour later – at 3:32 p.m., firefighters responded to a similar report in Ka’anapali. A man was reported floating face-down in the ocean fronting the Ka’anapali Ocean Resort. The man, visiting from Coltsneck, NJ, was unresponsive when bystanders reached him.
Paramedics and firefighters administered CPR and the man responded. He was transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center in critical condition.
Ironically, it was the first responders from Kihei and Kahului who responded to the incident while they were replacing crews from Lahaina and Napili who were involved in the “Chutes and Ladders” ocean search and recovery.
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