Beach park open; item not ordnance
D.T. Fleming Beach Park was reopened Tuesday night after it was determined that a device found in the ocean wasn't an explosive ordnance, police said.
A tourist snorkeling about 20 yards offshore at about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday found the 8-inch-long canister partially buried in water 8 feet deep, according to Maui County spokesman Rod Antone. The snorkeler took the canister to the county lifeguard stand and left it with ocean safety officers, who called police.
Police evacuated the park by 1:10 p.m. and contacted the Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal team, which arrived from Oahu at about 8:30 p.m. The team examined the canister with an X-ray instrument and determined the device wasn't an explosive ordnance, said Lt William Juan, Maui police spokesman. The team then removed the cover from the device, finding no explosive components or substances within.
The park was reopened at 9:04 p.m.
Makawao Avenue closed for cleanup
A stretch of Makawao Avenue was closed for about an hour Tuesday morning while fire and Public Works crews cleaned a strip of oil in the middle of the lane heading toward Makawao town, a fire official said.
A Makawao engine company and Kahului hazardous materials crew responded to the 10:26 a.m. call reporting the 1.5-mile-long strip of oil from Laie Drive to an address in the 700 block of Makawao Avenue, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.
The county Public Works Department assisted in the cleanup, with absorbent spread over the oil on the roadway, he said. Police closed the Makawao town-bound lane of Makawao Avenue from Apana Road to the address in the 700 block until the cleanup was completed.
Fire crews left the scene by 11:39 a.m.
Boat towed after taking on water
A 21-foot boat was towed to Kahului Harbor after it began taking on water about 2 miles offshore Wednesday morning, the Coast Guard reported.
The two men aboard the recreational vessel Kakaloa were wearing life jackets and were unharmed, said Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Tara Molle.
The Coast Guard worked with the Maui Fire Department to assist after the boat captain reported the vessel in distress at about 7:45 a.m., she said. The captain reported being unsure about whether a pump being used to remove water from the vessel would last.
A boat launched from Coast Guard Station Maui reached the vessel after the Fire Department's Air One helicopter went to the scene and directed the Coast Guard boat to the exact position of the vessel, Molle said.
The Outlets of Maui blessing is today
The Outlets of Maui will hold a blessing today at the mall formerly known as the Lahaina Center, with its major store openings scheduled over the next two weeks.
"The announcement for Coach, Tommy Hilfiger, Guess, Lucky Brand, Calvin Klein, Izod and Crocs store openings are forthcoming with other globally recognized brands opening over the next two weeks," said The Outlets of Maui spokeswoman Mona Abadir on Wednesday.
A soft opening was anticipated for today, with not all stores open.
The Outlets of Maui grand opening celebration will be Dec. 6, with evening festivities from 5:30 to 8 p.m.