Kihei house fire called 'accidental'
A blaze that gutted a Kihei home Sunday afternoon has been called "an accidental fire," fire officials said Monday.
Although the cause of the fire is still undetermined, "investigators could not find anything that could substantiate anything other than an accidental fire," Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga said.
Fire officials and the police Criminal Investigation Division conducted the investigation.
A woman, a man and two children were displaced by the fire, and the Red Cross has since assisted the family.
At about 1:45 p.m., fire crews responded to the multifamily home at 204 Humupea Place, finding flames coming from the rear of the home.
The fire was under control at 3:25 p.m. and extinguished about two hours later.
No injuries were reported, but the home was destroyed by fire, fire officials said.
Estimated damage was $450,000 to the structure and $150,000 to its contents.
Concert fundraiser set for July 6
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua Maui Resort will host a concert fundraiser from 5 to 10 p.m. July 6 for the newly named Malama Maui Nui, formerly the Community Work Day Program.
Tickets cost $25 (not including fees) for adults and are available by calling 877-2524 or by going online to fortheloveofmaui.eventbrite.com.
Held in conjunction with the Arts Education for Children Group and Jazz Maui 2013, the concert will feature a lineup of jazz musicians, a visual and live performance by ArtCore Maui, a silent auction, environmental education and a native and edible plant sale.
Jazz artists scheduled to perform include trumpeter Jim Seeley and saxophonist Peter Brainin of the Arturo O'Farril Latin Jazz Orchestra live from New York, the Gene Argel Latin Band, the Louis Romanos Quartet from Louisiana, and pianist Tommy James of the Duke Ellington Orchestra.
Lahaina office grand opening set
The Division of Motor Vehicles & Licensing will hold the grand opening of its Lahaina satellite office at 10:30 a.m. Friday.
The Lahaina satellite office is located at 335 Keawe St., Suite 209. The office will be open from noon to 4 p.m. on that day.
Regular hours are from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays.
For more information, call 270-7363.
Three firefighters receive promotions
Firefighters Clement Enomoto, Matthew Akiona and Jesse Aloy have been promoted to the rank of firefighter II hazardous materials specialist and assigned to C Watch at the Kahului Fire Station.
Enomoto has been with the Maui Fire Department for seven years, working on Molokai and Maui, his last assignment being with a Kahului engine company.
Akiona, a firefighter for seven years, worked at the Napili and Paia fire stations, his last assignment being with a Kahului engine company.
Aloy, who has been with the Maui Fire Department for four years, spent three months on Lanai before being assigned to the Kahului Fire Station. Before joining the department on Maui, Aloy was firefighter on the Big Island for five years.
The promotions took effect June 16.