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Maui firefighters battle a blaze about 2 miles uphill on the Kihei side of Pulehu Road on Friday afternoon. The fire involving fallow sugar cane fields burned 14 acres. -- Maui Fire Department photo

Pair of brush fires keep crews busy

Two apparently unrelated fires burned about 2 miles apart on Pulehu Road on Friday afternoon, fire officials said.

Firefighters received a call at 2:40 p.m. of a fire involving greenwaste at Maui EKO at the Central Maui Landfill, said Fire Services Chief Ed Taomoto.

Fire crews were on scene at 2:53 p.m. and found dried greenwaste ready to be ground up for composting on fire, he said. The pile was 300 feet by 300 feet and 15 feet high.

A Paia crew, a Wailuku engine, tankers from Kahului and Wailea and a battalion chief responded to the fire, Taomoto said. They were aided by Department of Public Works tankers from Wailuku and Lahaina.

The $300,000 Holoholo Bookmobile will be back on the road for its fall schedule beginning Tuesday. The bookmobile was a gift from the Maui Friends of the Library. -- Wailuku Public Library photo

Fire crews left the landfill fire to battle a blaze 2 miles up the road on the Kihei side, Taomoto said. Maui EKO was left to handle its fire, which still was burning at 6:30 p.m.

A motorist called in the fire in a fallow cane field at 4:52 p.m., Taomoto said. It was moving fast because of strong winds, the battalion chief at the scene said.

Pulehu Road was closed from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. as the fire crews, county tankers and the Fire Department’s Air One chopper battled the blaze, he said. Air One left the scene at 6 p.m.

The fire was contained a half-hour later. It burned 14 acres, Taomoto said.

He said the fires did not appear to be related due to the distance and the wind direction.


Holoholo Bookmobile will be back on the road

The state public libraries’ Holoholo Bookmobile will be back on Maui roads Tuesday as its fall route schedule begins.

The schedule includes stops at Haiku, Kula and Pukalani community centers.

The bookmobile offers books for all ages, DVDs, audiobooks, storytimes, free Wi-Fi, reference help and assistance with eResources.

Printed copies of the Holoholo Bookmobile’s new schedule will soon be available at Maui public libraries. The schedule is available online at 

For more information, visit and click on the “Visit” tab, then “Maui Bookmobile,” or call the Wailuku Public Library at 243-5766.


Car fire spreads to brush in Honokohau

A fire in an abandoned vehicle spread to nearby brush and burned about three-fourths of an acre Thursday night and Friday morning in the Honokohau area, fire officials said.

Firefighters got the call at 10:08 p.m. but had trouble finding the blaze, said Fire Services Chief Ed Taomoto. The burning vehicle eventually was located on the side of Kahekili Highway at Mile Marker 37.5 at 10:54 p.m.

The fire was a half-acre when crews arrived but grew to about three-fourths of an acre before crews contained the blaze at 11:30 p.m. and extinguished it at 12:17 a.m. Friday, he said.

The cause of the fire involving the vehicle, a Honda Civic, was undetermined but suspicious because it was abandoned, said Taomoto.

There were no injuries. Joining the Napili crew were an engine and tanker from Lahaina. he said.