Boy pulled from ocean has died
A 6-year-old boy who was found unresponsive in the ocean off Spreckelsville last month has died, police confirmed.
The boy, Gori-Keanni Tommy of Haiku, died April 19 at Kapiolani Medical Center on Oahu, according to his obituary published Wednesday in The Maui News.
A brush fire burned the slopes in Honokohau Valley on Wednesday. Ron Gess, general manager-vice president of PWC Hawaii Corp., flew over the fire on a flight to Oahu for business in his Piper Saratoga aircraft at about 1 p.m. He said he saw firefighting choppers flying below him. “It looked like a cane fire almost,” Gess said. “It burned quite a few acres.”
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He had been playing with other children in the water when he was found unresponsive and pulled to shore at about 2 p.m. April 14, police said. The boy was transported in critical condition to Maui Memorial Medical Center, then flown to the Oahu hospital, police said.
Brush fire burns 50 acres in West Maui
A brush fire in Honokohau Valley burned about 50 acres Wednesday afternoon, according to a fire official.
Firefighters received the call shortly after noon and responded to the blaze at Mile Marker 36.5 on the makai side of Honoapiilani Highway, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga. Napili and Lahaina fire crews found about 20 acres of brush in an old pineapple field on fire when they arrived on the scene.
Units from Wailuku and Kahului, a tanker from the county Public Works Department and two helicopters joined the effort to fight the fire.
Ron Gess, general manager-vice president of PWC Hawaii Corp., flew over the blaze on his way to Oahu for business in his Piper Saratoga at about 1 p.m. The Maui Lani resident has been a pilot since 1981.
"It looked like a cane fire almost," he said, adding that it was windy. "It burned quite a few acres."
The fire was contained at about 3 p.m.
About 50 acres was burned; there were no reports of injuries or economic damage. The cause of the fire was undetermined, said Mainaga.
Gas leak leads to Napili evacuations
A broken propane line in the back of the Napili Market on Wednesday forced evacuations in the area for about an hour, according to a fire official.
Firefighters responding to the alarm at about 6 p.m. found a 1-inch propane line broken and leaking at a high rate, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.
Firefighters immediately evacuated the area behind the market and advised police to begin evacuation of the Napili Market Plaza, he said.
The main propane tank was located and fire personnel shut off the gas supply to the broken pipe, Mainaga said.
The all-clear was given about an hour later after the gas was allowed to dissipate, and businesses were allowed to reopen.
Mainaga did not know how many people were evacuated.
No injuries were reported; damage reports were not available.
The cause of the broken pipe could not be determined, he said.
Bail set for man who fled from officer
Bail was set at $20,000 for a Haiku man, who was charged with assaulting a Lahaina police officer before running, then swimming away last month.
Sean Attaguile, 28, was charged with first-degree assault on a law enforcement officer. He also was arrested on a $50,000 contempt-of-court warrant.
The assault occurred at 4:50 p.m. April 1 when a Lahaina patrol officer who recognized Attaguile made contact with him on Kenui Street, police said. Knowing there was a bench warrant for Attaguile's arrest, the officer tried to detain Attaguile.
After he pushed himself free from the officer's grasp, the officer ran after Attaguile and was able to grab him by the shoulder, police said. Attaguile turned and pushed the officer, causing him to lose his grip and fall, police said. The officer suffered pain and bruising to his hands and knees.
Attaguile was able to get away, jumping into the ocean and swimming away, police said.
Kihei patrol officers located and arrested Attaguile at 8:32 p.m. Monday after receiving information that he was in an apartment in the 800 block of South Kihei Road, police said.
Maui Matsuri to kick off Friday
The 13th Maui Matsuri will kick off at 6:30 p.m. Friday with Japanese dancing and drumming, a fashion show and jan ken po, or rock-paper-scissors, contest.
The event at the Queen Ka'ahumanu Center also will include a children's coloring contest, sponsored by Sanrio, and conclude with an obon dance practice around the center stage.
The theme of the Maui Matsuri, or Japanese Festival, is "Kodomo No Tame Ni," or "for the sake of the children."
On May 10, there will be movie night at the University of Hawaii Maui College. The signature event will be held the next day at the college as well with food, entertainment, Japanese crafters and contests.
Free legal advice on offer Saturday
The Young Lawyers Division of the Hawaii State Bar Association will hold a free informational session with attorneys from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Maui Mall.
Lawyers will be volunteering to help residents obtain important legal information on all matters.
Youth charity event set at Maui Mall
The Maui Youth & Family Services 2013 'Imi Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Maui Mall.
The festival includes a charity scavenger hunt, crafts, informational booths, prize drawings and entertainment by the Maui Waena Ukulele Choir, Silver Serenity and Ernest Pua'a.
Scavenger hunt participants will be given clue cards representing Hawaiian values, and correct answers lead to different checkpoints throughout the mall's more than 35 stores. The start and finish will be at the center of the mall.
Donations of $50 or more qualify for prize giveaways, with proceeds benefitting the group's Hawaiian Cultural Values Program, which helps youths make positive decisions and live with Hawaiian values.
Participants can register at the event or preregister at the organization's website myfs.org.
For more information, call 276-3210.