Woman hurt on water slide airlifted
A 31-year-old California woman was airlifted from a remote and mountainous area in West Maui after she injured her back while sliding down a water slide chute Wednesday, a fire official said.
Around 12:30 p.m., firefighters responded to the report from a location known as Kahoma Cabin, which requires four-wheel-drive capability over 3 miles of off-road terrain to reach, Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga said.
Crews arrived on the scene and found the woman being supported in the shallow water of a pond. The woman reported lower to middle back pain that had occurred while she was sliding down a water slide chute, Mainaga said. Rescuers secured her to a backboard before airlifting her in the department's Air One helicopter to a landing zone at Lahainaluna High School.
The woman was transferred by ambulance to Maui Memorial Medical Center in stable condition.
She is a visitor from Granite Bay, Calif.
Man arrested in assault in Lahaina
A 26-year-old man was arrested in Lahaina early Wednesday morning for allegedly striking a 49-year-old homeless man over the head with a large pole, police said.
Officers responded to the call around 12:30 a.m. to Kamehameha Iki Park. The victim had sustained a 3-inch laceration to the back of his head and was transported to the emergency room at Maui Memorial Medical Center in stable condition.
Police arrested the suspect, also presumed to be homeless, and charged him with second-degree assault. The suspect used a large, fiberglass pole to hit the victim in the back of the head, police said.
The man remained in custody as of Wednesday afternoon.
Delta to add flight from Seattle
Delta Air Lines is adding one daily flight between Seattle-Tacoma International and Kahului airports beginning Dec. 20, the airline said Tuesday.
The flight, using a Boeing 757-200, is part of the airlines' announcement to add flights to popular ski and beach destinations from Seattle. Other destinations added include Bozeman, Mont.; Calgary, Alberta; Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
New international destinations are pending foreign government approval, and the Puerto Vallarta service is awaiting U.S. government approval and is not yet available for sale, the news release said.
Events set for Water Safety Day
A free "Water Safety Day" event will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Hanakao'o Beach Park in Lahaina, according to an announcement.
One scheduled activity is an "Ohana Fun Paddle" with well-known watermen Archie Kalepa, Buzzy Kerbox, Kody Kerbox, Dave Kalama, Dane Kealoha, Conner Baxter and Kai Lenny.
"Meet some of the islands' most respected watermen and learn about the importance of staying safe while at the beach," the announcement said.
Other activities include simulated rescue techniques, canoe rides with the Napili Canoe Club and live music by Lily Meola, Ben De Leon and Damon Padilla. Lunch will be available and provided by the Flatbread Co. and Monkeypod Kitchen. The first 150 kids to arrive at the event will receive T-shirts by Naish Hawai'i, organizers said.
The event is being sponsored by the Will Smith Foundation, which is working in partnership with Maui County lifeguards and firefighters. No registration is required.
Mayor will appear at Barrio Fiesta
Mayor Alan Arakawa will be holding a "County on Your Corner" at the Barrio Fiesta from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the War Memorial Soccer Field.
Joining Arakawa will be Council Member Mike Victorino, Housing and Human Concerns Deputy Director Jan Shishido, and Executive Assistants Rob Parsons, Joe Pontanilla and Mike Molina.
For more information, call 270-7855.