Two structure fires at Maui High School this morning appear to have been intentionally set. In the first fire, officials say the perpetrators tried to ignite a barrel of used motor oil with a piece of cardboard.
The students were among a list of 23 classes from 16 schools in Maui County that competed in the event, which is dedicated to the cultural preservation and perpetuation of Hawaiian mele, language and the arts.
A blessing was held on Thursday morning for the new Kīhei Police Station, which houses a detective bureau, a criminal investigation division, a training division, uniform services and executive offices.
The event runs from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and includes: a traditional Hawaiian blessing by kumu hula Kaponoʻai Molitau; special performances by actor and jazz aficionado Jimmy Borges, Grammy award winner George Kahumoku, and more.
According to the Division of Aquatic Resources, this is the thirteenth reported shark incident statewide this year, and the eighth in Maui waters. The agency notes that over the last 20 years, Hawaiʻi has averaged about four unprovoked shark incidents per year, but numbers per individual year are “highly variable.”