Hawaii News

Friday, December 7, 2018

Two vehicles damaged by fallen tree in Honolulu

Two vehicles were damaged when a tree fell across a Honolulu road Wednesday. It happened at around 7:05 p.m. on Liona Street near Keeaumoku Street. Fire officials say the tree was roughly 25 to 30 feet tall and 16 inches in diameter. It blocked both lanes of the street when it fell. Firefighters cut up the tree and cleared the road by 8:15 p.m. It's unclear what caused the tree to fall. No one was hurt.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Honolulu City Council Fails to Override Mayor’s Veto of Fire Sprinkler Extension

The Honolulu City Council failed to override the Mayor’s Veto of an important fire sprinkler bill. The Honolulu City Council considered a veto override that would require 6 out of the 9 member votes. Bill 72, allows high-rise condominiums without fire sprinkler systems an additional 2 years to complete a life system evaluation and retrofit. Honolulu Fire Department Chief, Manuel Neves, accompanied by a half-dozen firefighters, pleaded to Councilmembers to let the veto stand. “July 14, 2017, the day of the Marco Polo, was one of the worst days of my life. It’s that day that I had to send 120 of my firefighters into that raging fire. We had 2 ‘May-Days’ and a ‘May-Day’ is when a firefighter is either lost or they think they’re gonna die. We were lucky we didn’t have any injuries. But, sprinklers buy time and what time buys is life. So, please, I beg you, don’t override the veto.”
Hawaii Public Radio

Frefighter suffers lacerations to his hand while battling a Maui structure fire

Maui firefighters responded to reports of a structure fire in the Honokohau Valley Tuesday evening. Crews were called out just after 5:30 p.m. Firefighters from Napili, Lahaina and Wailea responded. When they arrived on scene, firefighters found a makeshift structure fully involved in flames along with an area of 60 feet by 40 feet of loose piled items also on fire, MFD said. “Firefighters worked to quickly knock down flames and contain the fire. Because of the arrangement and large amount of loose items which were involved, complete extinguishment was not officially declared until 9:42 p.m.,” MFD added. Fire officials said one firefighter was injured, suffering lacerations to his hands. He was taken to the Maui Medical Center for treatment and later released. Flames caused an estimated $5,000 in damage. The cause remains undetermined.
KHNL/KGMB-TV Hawaii News Now

Search ongoing for woman swept out to sea on Kauai’s North Shore

Emergency crews on Kauai are searching for a woman who was apparently swept out to sea from a dangerous shoreline area. The Kauai Fire Department said the 23-year-old woman is from California. A preliminary report said she was attempting to climb rocks near an area known as Queen’s Bath when a wave came up and pulled her out to sea. Bystanders reported last seeing her unresponsive in the water, KFD said. Hanalei firefighters, Rescue 3 aboard Air 1, and lifeguards on Jet Skis were dispatched to the area just before noon. Kauai police and the U.S. Coast Guard are also assisting in the search. As of 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, there has been no sign of the woman, whose identity has not yet been released.
KHNL/KGMB-TV Hawaii News Now

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