Maui firefighters remain on the scene of a stubborn brush fire first reported on Saturday morning on Stable Road. As of 4:30 p.m. today, the fire was approximately 80% contained. Maui Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga said some hotspots still remain within the perimeter. Crews will conduct fire patrols and monitoring throughout the night.
The buses will serve to augment Maui’s existing fleet, and serve the growing number of passengers on the Valley Isle. If growth continues at the same rate for the rest of the fiscal year, ridership will have increased by more than a half a million passengers from just one year ago.
“You can’t invest in your future if you hide your money under a rock. Are we going to continue maintaining a substandard circumstance, or do we want to create a new swimming complex with some of the ammenities that we have in some of the other areas,” said Mayor Alan Arakawa.
Fire Department crews reported seeing flames coming from the area when they were leaving the station. When firefighters from the Wailuku Engine company arrived on scene, they found the home fully engulfed.
The mayor’s office had received about about a half dozen letters from the community, “all of them saying they knew someone personally whose family life was ruined because of these hostess bars.” Removing the cap on licenses at this point, the mayor said, would probably be inappropriate.