Hawaii News

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Honolulu firefighters rescue kayakers in distress off Mokulua

Honolulu firefighters responded to a call for kayakers in distress near the Mokulua islets off of Lanikai on Monday evening. At 5:41 p.m. Monday, the Honolulu Fire Department responded to the scene with 24 personnel. Two adult male kayakers were separated from their kayak and needed assistance. A good Samaritan had paddled out to keep them safe while they waited for help. Firefighters paddled out and secured both males on a rescue board, while a helicopter provided aerial support from above. The two men were then picked up by HFD jet skis, transported to shore and transferred to the care of Emergency Medical Services. The two men, who were visitors, suffered from cuts and cold, according to EMS. They were transported to an area hospital in stable condition.
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Man dies in Kapaa traffic crash

A 50-year-old Oahu man died as a result of a two-car crash in Kapaa Monday night. The man’s identity has not yet been released. At approximately 9:45 p.m., police were called to a traffic crash on Kuhio Highway, near the Mailihuna Road junction in Kapaa. According to a preliminary investigation, a white SUV was heading south on Kuhio Highway when it crossed the center line in an attempt to overtake a southbound silver SUV. As a northbound vehicle approached, the white SUV swerved back into the southbound lane and collided with the silver SUV. The impact of the collision caused the white SUV to lose control and crash into a utility pole. The front passenger of the white SUV, a 50-year-old male of Oahu, was ejected from the vehicle during the crash

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Kekaha fire destroys vacant structure at sugar mill, costing $50K

The Kauai Fire Department says a fire that broke out on the grounds of the old Kekaha Sugar Mill Sunday night left an unoccupied structure destroyed. No injuries were reported, but damages were estimated at roughly $50,000 to the structure and its contents. The fire was reported at about 8 p.m. Sunday. Firefighters from the Waimea, Hanapepe, and Lihue stations, along with Rescue 3 personnel and the on-duty Battalion Chief worked together to contain the blaze along Kekaha Road. Police closed a portion of Kekaha Road for about three hours. Once on scene, firefighters moved a collapsed metal roof to address multiple fires hidden underneath. They were able to contain the blaze within a half-hour, and successfully prevented flames from spreading to other structures or brush areas nearby.
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Kauai woman, missing for week, found alive in ravine

A 40-year-old Kauai woman, missing for a week, was found alive Thursday in a ravine in Kalaheo after a resident heard her cries for help. Emi Oka, who had last been seen Jan. 31, survived seven days on wild fruit and water collected off leaves, Kauai Assistant Police Chief Bryson Ponce said by phone. At 7:45 a.m. Thursday, a resident of Kakela Makai Drive heard her screams coming from an area covered in brush. Officers responded and quickly found her stranded in a ravine about three to four miles from her home. Firefighters walked into the valley and guided her out, police said in a news release. Oka, who has a medical condition requiring medication, was taken by medics to Wilcox Medical Center, where she was treated.
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