Brush fires disrupt traffic, close highway
Two brush fires along Mokulele Highway in South Maui on Thursday afternoon led Maui police to shut down the highway for less than half an hour as fire crews quickly doused the flames, fire officials said.
Around 1:10 p.m., fire crews were dispatched to two brush fires along Mokulele Highway, about half a mile south of the Maui Humane Society.
One fire was 150 feet by 15 feet on the median, while the other was a 100-feet-by-5-feet fire on the west shoulder of the Kihei-bound lane. Both fires burned grass in the area.
The fire was under control and extinguished by 1:48 p.m. The cause of the fire was undetermined.
The Kihei and Kahului fire crews and a Kahului water tanker responded to the fire.
Weekend rain sets, ties Kahului records
There may not have been much rain in April, but there was a lot of it over the weekend.
In fact, rainfall records were set and tied at Kahului Airport on Saturday and Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.
It wasn't a whole lot of rain compared to some of the wetter places on the island, such as Hana, which saw more than 3 inches Saturday, but for Kahului Airport it was a lot for those days.
On Saturday, the 0.17 inch broke the old record of 0.11 inch for the day set in 1968.
On Sunday, more rain fell, 0.21 inch, which broke the record of 0.03 inch set in 2000.
High-surf advisory for isles' south shores
A series of south swells have triggered a high-surf advisory for south-facing shores of all islands in the Hawaiian chain through 6 a.m. Saturday, the National Weather Service said Thursday.
The surf, expected to be 6 to 10 feet, may grow higher through the weekend.
Beachgoers and swimmers should expect strong breaking waves and rip currents.
Power restored after outage on Molokai
Most of Molokai was out of power for about two hours Wednesday morning, Maui Electric Co. officials said.
At 9:40 a.m., approximately 3,200 people lost power. Power returned incrementally beginning at 11:38 a.m., with areas of Kaunakakai brought back online. Five minutes later, areas of Hoolehua - including Molokai Airport - were restored, said MECO spokeswoman Kau'i Awai-Dickson.
West Molokai and the Kualapuu area received power around noon, with all customers, including those in east Molokai, restored at 12:37 p.m., she said.
Company officials were investigating the cause of the outage.
Child seat inspections slated for Saturday
Free child car seat and booster seat inspections will be done from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of the Maui Marketplace near Sports Authority on Dairy Road in Kahului.
Those interested in having child car seats checked to see whether they're properly installed should show up with the child, car seat or booster seat, and car. An inspection takes a minimum of 30 minutes for each seat.
The inspections are done on a first-come, first-served basis.
The inspection Saturday follows one last month where most of the 25 car seats checked had problems.
Under state law, child car seats are required for children under age 4. Children from ages 4 to 7 are required to be restrained in either car seats or booster seats while riding in vehicles.
Information about upcoming child car seat inspections is available on Facebook by looking up Maui County Child Passenger Safety at www.facebook.com/mauichildpassengersafety.