Hawaii News

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Follow Up: Burned boat owner lacked insurance, permit at Honolulu Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor

The owner of the 36-foot sailboat No Faith that went up in flames at the Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor on Monday night didn’t have insurance and had been in the harbor illegally since at least September. The state Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Conservation and Enforcement (DOCARE) issued Salvatore Di Amore, 57, a complaint for mooring without a permit on Sept. 8, 2017. He was summoned to appear in court on Oct. 16, 2017, but he failed to appear and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest. Another bench warrant for his arrest was issued June 12, when he missed the rescheduled court appearance. DOCARE and the courts didn’t know where Di Amore was for months and the Star-Advertiser could not reach him on Wednesday. But on Monday night, he was on the pier talking to reporters as firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze. Di Amore, who does occasional work as a handyman, told the Star-Advertiser that he lost everything in the blaze, which occurred about 8:30 p.m. shortly after he stepped away from the boat after a little tiff with a visitor. Witnesses said the flames were 30 feet high.
Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Keauhou Ranch Fire now 86 percent contained

The Keauhou Ranch Fire is reportedly 86 percent contained as of Tuesday afternoon after fire crews secured fire lines on the edges of the blaze. According to a Hawaii Volcanoes National Park news release, the fire’s size remains at 3,739 acres on the northeastern slopes of Mauna Loa. Thanks to cool weather and afternoon cloud cover, the fire remained low throughout Tuesday, helping firefighters improve their control over the fire. The fire was declared to be 80 percent controlled Tuesday morning. Fire crews continued to secure a fire line on the fire’s northern edge. Crews also continued work on securing the southern edge of the blaze south of Kipuka Ki Special Ecological Area.
Hawaii Tribune Herald

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