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The U.S. Coast Guard is asking for help in identifying the owner of this 12-foot paddleboard found Sunday morning in the ocean off Wailea. Strike Zone photo

Paddleboard found adrift off Wailea

The U.S. Coast Guard is seeking help in identifying the owner of paddleboard found off the coast of South Maui on Sunday morning.

The 12-foot, white paddleboard was found adrift and recovered about 2 miles off Ulua Beach in Wailea by the crew of the fishing vessel Strike Zone around 8 a.m., according to the Coast Guard.

As of Sunday afternoon, there were no reported signs of distress or missing people.

“The Coast Guard strongly encourages owners to label their gear with a name and contact information. Also, if the gear is lost, report it to the Coast Guard with a good description so that we can eliminate any unnecessary searches,” said Lt. Nicholas Spence, a search-and-rescue coordinator at the Sector Honolulu Command Center.

The Coast Guard offers free “If Found” decals that can be placed on human-powered watercraft. The stickers are available from harbormasters, through the Coast Guard Auxiliary or at marine retail and supply stores.


County launches stormwater page

The County of Maui website has a new page devoted to stormwater, including the county’s stormwater management plan for the Kahului-Paia Urbanized Area, a form to report environmental concerns and strategies to help protect stormwater and receiving waters from pollutants.

The Storm Water Management Program webpage,, provides information on the county’s Storm Water Management Program activities, as well as information on how community members can protect against stormwater and minimize pollutants in surface water resources, according to a news release from the county.

The page also provides an additional reporting method for environmental concerns related to stormwater or the county’s storm drainage system.