Hawaii News

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Honolulu Fire Department: Cause of Marco Polo residential fire is undetermined

It's a view that hard to get away from. But the burnt scar on the Marco Polo building is a grim reminder of that fatal fire that burned for hours. The images that day were powerful. The largest and deadliest high rise fire in Our Honolulu's history-- 30 units destroyed, $107 million dollars in damage, and four people dead. "It's somewhat unsatisfactory that we can't tell you the cause. We are going to tell you what we know," said Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell. Honolulu's fire chief tried to explain why after three months of analysis it has turned up with no clear cause of the fire. "Cooking has been ruled out as cause of fire. Ignitable liquids were ruled out. Fire investigators have no evidence it was intentionally set. Fire investigators found no any evidence of a drug lab, or drug paraphernalia," said Fire Chief Manuel Neves.
KITV-TV ABC 4 Honolulu

Police: 1 man arrested after fire at old Hilo jail admin building

Big Island police say one man has been arrested after a fire at the old administration building for the Hawaii Community Correctional Center (HCCC) Monday night. The fire was noticed by HCCC officials around 6:40 p.m. A Department of Public Safety spokesperson said staff noticed a glow coming from the second floor of the old Hilo jail, located just outside HCCC grounds. Within minutes, fire officials were on scene and the fire was put out. A man was caught inside the building and corrections officers detained him until Hawaii Police arrived. The man was then placed under arrest. Two corrections officers were taken to the hospital as a precaution. All HCCC inmates have been accounted for. It's too early to tell what caused the fire. The suspect has not yet been identified.
Hawaii News Now

Multiple Ocean Rescues in West Maui over Weekend Due to Strong Winds

Fire crews responded to multiple ocean rescues in West Maui over the weekend as strong winds swept across Maui. A 31-year-old mother and her daughter were assisted to shore at Napili Bay after they were having trouble getting back to shore on a standup paddle board. The incident was reported at around 12:39 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017. Maui fire services chief Edward Taomoto said when rescue crews arrived, the father of the child had paddled out on a standup board and was already bringing the young girl back to shore. A lifeguard on a rescue watercraft picked up the mother about 150 yards offshore and returned her back to the beach. Officials say both mother and daughter were caught by strong trade winds and could not make headway back to shore.
Maui Now

Monday, October 16, 2017

Fishing vessel remains grounded off Waikiki after fire flares up

Salvaging efforts to remove the grounded vessel 'Pacific Paradise" had to be pushed back again on Sunday, after a fire flared-up on board. "There's fuel on board still somewhere and it looks like its just burning through anything it can find slowly.. and as you know as it gets hot. It's not unusual that if it finds a new source it flares up," said Cmdr. Patrick Gallagher with the U.S. Coast Guard. The 79-foot fishing boat has been stuck in shallow waters off Kaimana beach in Waikiki, since Tuesday night. There has been several attempts to remove it from the reef, but the vessel catching fire on Saturday, damaged tow lines, and weather conditions has made it difficult for crews to do so. According to the Coast Guard, the boat burned through Saturday night and flared up, in the early morning hours on Sunday. "It's so windy today.. I'm thinking maybe the wind fanned the flames and we're right back to square one," elite paddler, Jane McKee said. Beach-goers watched as Honolulu Fire Department's Air One helicopter returned to make water drops and help extinguish the flames.
KITV-TV ABC 4 Honolulu

Emergency Crews in West Maui Respond After Sailboat Breaks Loose From Mala Wharf Mooring

Emergency crews in West Maui responded to reports of a 25-foot sailboat adrift off of Pohaku Park, better known as, “S-Turns” in Kahana, on Friday Oct. 13, 2017, at around 8:15 a.m. Napili firefighters were on scene at 8:23 a.m. and spotted the sailboat about a mile offshore with no one visible on board. A rescue watercraft from Fleming Beach Park and a rescue boat from Lahaina responded to the incident after it was discovered that someone had paddled out with a longboard to reach the drifting vessel. Crews eventually found the male on the longboard just as he reached the vessel. The man, a 22-year-old from Lahaina, was the owner of the sailboat. He was able to start the sailboats auxiliary motor and navigated back to the vessels original mooring at Mala Wharf in Lahaina.
Maui Now

Officials continue to watch for more beached whales on Kauai

State Department of Land and Natural Resources personnel continued to monitor Kalapaki Beach on Kauai and surrounding areas Saturday following the mysterious mass stranding of a group of pilot whales a day earlier. Five whales died as a result of the stranding, and two others were spotted in the area Friday. Post-mortem examinations continued on the five whales Saturday, DLNR reported. NOAA officials responding to initial reports of the beaching found two whales dead and five others stranded at Kalapaki Beach, near Nawiliwili. Coast Guard and Ocean Safety personnel, Kauai firefighters, NOAA staff and volunteers, and canoe paddlers refloated the five surviving whales and herded them out to sea, but by nightfall three more were found dead.
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