Injuries sustained in two-car collision
A two-car collision on Piilani Highway on Thursday afternoon sent three people to Maui Memorial Medical Center, two with life-threatening injuries, Maui police said.
At about 4:25 p.m., a blue 2007 Honda Civic sedan traveling in the Kahului direction in the inner lane on Piilani Highway crossed the centerline and collided head-on into a blue 2005 Toyota Corolla, police spokesman Lt. William Juan said.
Police investigate the scene of a near-fatal crash on Piilani Highway late Thursday afternoon. Three people were taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center, two with life-threatening injuries.
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The 64-year-old female driver of the Honda and her 50-year-old female passenger, both of Kahului, and the driver of the Toyota, a 48-year-old Kahului man, were taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center, he said. The passenger in the Honda and the driver of the Toyota suffered life-threatening injuries.
The collision occurred north of the Keonekai Road intersection, Juan said.
All three people wore seat belts, and airbags in both cars deployed.
An investigation was ongoing.
Due to the crash, northbound traffic on Piilani Highway was diverted down Keonekai Road from about 5:45 to 8 p.m., the county said.
Planning focus of two KIRC meetings
The Kaho'olawe Island Reserve Commission will hold two focus group sessions
on Maui as the panel develops a strategic plan for the Kaho'olawe Island Reserve for 2014 to 2026.
One meeting will be held Thursday at Lihikai Elementary School in Kahului. The second will be held Aug. 29 at the Kihei Community Center.
Both meetings will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
The commission also plans to hold focus group sessions in Lahaina and Pukalani-Makawao.
The year 2026 commemorates 50 years since the Navy returned the island to the state and Native Hawaiians. In preparation for this anniversary, the commission, the Protect Kaho'olawe 'Ohana and other stewardship organizations will create a strategic plan for the stewardship of island and mapping out specific goals and objectives.
In preparation for the strategic planning process, the commission will host a series of focus group sessions in order to collect community feedback in the areas of research and education, resource management, infrastructure and governance, and Native Hawaiian cultural practice.
Man faces robbery, threatening charges
A Lahaina man was arrested for robbing a homeless man Thursday night at a campsite along North Kihei Road, police said.
Daniel Nishioka, 32, was charged with first-degree robbery and first-degree terroristic threatening. His bail was set at $110,000.
The robbery was reported at 7:32 p.m. Thursday at the campsite near Mile Marker 2, said Lt. Jayson Rego of the Criminal Investigation Division.
A 27-year-old man reported being approached by another man who began hitting the victim, demanding money and brandishing what appeared to be a small silver handgun, he said. After assaulting the victim, the suspect went into the victim's tent and removed the victim's backpack and a purse belonging to the victim's girlfriend.
The suspect took cash from the backpack and purse before running, Rego said. He was seen getting into a black pickup truck. The license plate number of the truck was provided to police, who stopped the vehicle at McGregor Point as it was heading toward Lahaina on Honoapiilani Highway, he said.
The victim was transported by ambulance to Maui Memorial Medical Center, where he was treated for injuries to the left side of his face, Rego said.
Crews called to aid of paddleboarders
Lahaina firefighters were dispatched twice to Papalaua Wayside Park in Ukumehame on Friday to help people adrift on paddleboards, Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga said.
At 11:47 a.m., firefighters went to help three 12-year-old girls on a paddleboard who were being pushed out to sea by winds, Mainaga said. As the rescue crews arrived at the scene, two men who swam out to get the girls were bringing them to shore.
No injuries were reported.
At 1:50 p.m., Lahaina firefighters were called out to the same location to help a 42-year-old woman from Italy who was on a paddleboard and unable to return to shore, Mainaga said.
She was spotted sitting on her board less than a mile offshore, he said. Lifeguards picked up the woman with a personal watercraft and brought her back to shore.
Body found floating; police investigating
Maui police were investigating Friday what happened to an unidentified man whose body was found floating in Tavares Bay.
At 11:08 a.m., Paia firefighters were dispatched to the bay where a body was floating facedown in the shore break, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga. Firefighters pulled the body of an elderly man out of the water and began cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
Paramedics arrived on the scene and pronounced the man dead, he said.
The man's age was unknown.