Maui firefighters move up in ranks

Longtime firefighters Amos Lonokailua-Hewett and Richard Kawasaki have been promoted to the rank of battalion chief.

Lonokailua-Hewett joined the Maui Fire Department in 1994. He has worked at five fire stations, including Kihei, Lahaina, Wailuku, Kahului and Paia. Most recently, he worked out of the Kahului Fire Station as captain of the Training Bureau. As a battalion chief, he will manage the 2nd Battalion, First Watch.

Kawasaki joined the department in 1991. He has worked at six fire stations, including stations in Napili, Makawao, Hana, Lahaina, Wailuku and Kula. His last assignment was at the Makawao Fire Station as captain of the 2nd Watch. As a battalion chief, he will manage the 1st Battalion, Third Watch.

“Both men have over 40 years of service combined between them. They have provided a high-level commitment of service to the community of Maui County,” said Fire Chief Jeff Murray. “I am honored with the opportunity to promote them to battalion chiefs.”

A badge-pinning ceremony for Lonokailua-Hewett and Kawasaki was held Wednesday.