Driver misses turn, rolls down cliffside
A woman driving a white Lexus sedan Wednesday afternoon failed to make a turn on the winding Kahekili Highway, rolled down a 20- to 30-foot cliff and landed upright on a homeowner's driveway, Fire Department officials said.
The vehicle was driven by a 73-year-old woman, who was taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga. Her condition was unavailable.
Two fire units responded to the 3:30 p.m. alarm on the Kahakuloa side of Makamakaole Gulch on Kahekili Highway, he said.
Lahaina fire results in $40K in damage
A trailer home fire in Lahaina on Wednesday afternoon caused $40,000 in damage to the structure and its contents, according to Fire Department officials.
Lahaina firefighters responded to the fire call at about 3:15 p.m. on Kai Hele Ku Street and arrived on the scene to find the home fully engulfed in flames, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.
The fire was brought under control at about 4 p.m. and extinguished at 4:40 p.m.
The home was unoccupied at the time of the fire, and there were no injuries, Mainaga said.
The lone resident arrived home and assisted firefighters with the investigation. The resident declined Red Cross assistance.
Damage to the structure was estimated at $10,000, with $30,000 to the contents, Mainaga said.
The cause of the fire remained under investigation.
Park waters reopen after shark sighting
The nearshore waters off Makena State Park were open Thursday morning, following an "aggressive shark" sighting in the area at noon Wednesday that prompted the area closed until sunset, officials said.
On Wednesday, an aggressive 8- to 10-foot Galapagos shark made several passes at two spearfishermen who were near shore off Black Sand Beach in Makena, according to the state Department of Land and Natural Resources.
The fishermen tried to fend off the shark with their spears when it kept coming, so they let it take their catch of speared fish and headed back to shore at nearby Little Beach, officials said.
The sighting comes a couple of days after a 57-year-old Washington state man died after part of his right leg was bitten off by a shark in about the same area. Patrick A. Briney of Stevenson was kayak fishing about a half-mile off Little Beach on Monday.
He died before reaching shore.
Man arrested in theft of car
A Kihei man was arrested Monday afternoon after allegedly stealing a car parked at a residence on South Kihei Road, police said.
Jeffrey C. Reeves, 29, was charged with unauthorized entry of a motor vehicle and unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle. His bail was set at $10,000.
The incident occurred around 5:10 p.m. when police issued an all-points bulletin for a gray BMW sport utility vehicle after it was discovered missing. About 10 minutes later, an officer noticed a car driving mauka on Haleakala Highway and weaving in and out of traffic, police said.
The officer, who was in an unmarked police car, confirmed the license plates on the BMW with the bulletin and pulled it over. Reeves did not resist arrest, police said.
Kihei Police Station blessed
The more than $30 million Kihei Police Station was blessed on Thursday with Mayor Alan Arakawa, Maui County Council members and Maui Police Department officers and top brass all in attendance.
The Kihei patrol has already settled into its new station situated on 10.2 acres mauka of Piilani Highway at the intersection with Kanani Road. The new station is nearly as large as the Wailuku Police Station.
The complex includes a two-story, 47,000-square-foot main building, a radio tower, a mechanical building and a bulk storage building. The storage building includes a forensic vehicle bay as well as space to store specialty vehicles and a car wash. It also has an impound lot behind the station.
For many years, Kihei patrol officers operated out of a storefront in the Kihei Town Center.
The blessing was held exactly two years after the project broke ground.