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March 27, 2012

Maui Fire Department Promotes 8

The County of Maui Department of Fire and Public Safety announced the promotion of eight members today, two of them to the rank of Battalion Chief.
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August 20, 2010

Brush fire near Mokulele burns 4 acres of vacant land

A brush fire that was first reported at 1:50 p.m. today (Friday, August 20, 2010) burned an estimated 4 acres of vacant land.  The fire was located approximately 1/2 mile from the Mokulele Highway in Kahului.   Shortly before 6 p.m., Acting Battalion Chief Sheldon Holokai said the fire is 100% contained and crews were conducting mop-up operations.  Fire... Read more »
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August 11, 2010

20 acre Ukumehame fire 90% contained, 2 acre Launiupoko fire 100% contained, all Maui roads OPEN

By Wendy Osher  (4:30p 8/11/10 Update):  Battalion Chief Karl Kubo called the Ukumehame brush fire 90% contained. Crews will continue to monitor the area tonight. (Update: 9:45 a.m. 8/11/10) Maui firefighters are now conducting mop-up operations after two fires in West Maui forced the four hour closure of the Honoapiilani Highway last night.  A fire... Read more »
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August 10, 2010

Honoapiilani Highway now OPEN after two fires: 1 at Launiupoko and 1 at Ukumehame

By Wendy Osher  (Update: 9:45 a.m. 8/11/10) Maui firefighters are now conducting mop-up operations after two fires in West Maui forced the four hour closure of the Honoapiilani Highway last night.  A fire at Ukumehame burned a total of 20 acres, while a separate blaze at Launiupoko burned an estimated 2 acres and burned two... Read more »
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July 31, 2010

170 acre fire near Mokulele Hwy on Maui, now 100% contained

(Updated August 1 2010 @ 7:20 p.m.) A large brush fire near the Mokulele Highway on Maui burned a total of 170 acres before being declared 100% contained today. The fire began Saturday morning and came within one mile of the highway, but did not impact traffic. Crews today were assisted by a water tanker... Read more »
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July 16, 2010

Makawao brush fire burns 3 acres of pasture land

A brushfire in Makawao yesterday afternoon burned three acres of pasture land before being brought under control.  The fire was first reported at around 4:30 p.m. on Hoomaha Street near the old egg farm.  Crews had the fire under control within 40 minutes and had the blaze fully extinguished by 8:10 p.m.  Acting Battalion Chief... Read more »
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July 12, 2010

Happy Valley fire now 60 percent contained

(Updated 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 12, 2010) The Happy Valley fire that was sparked by fireworks Sunday night is now 60 percent contained. After 22 hours of firefighting efforts focused on the Mokuhau area where the blaze began, officials from the Maui Department of Fire and Public Safety say they were able to reach 60%... Read more »
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July 12, 2010

Afternoon flare up of Happy Valley fire quickly tackled

  Maui firefighters remain on the scene of a 25 acre fire, battling a flare-up in the burn area at around 3 p.m. today (Monday, July 12, 2010). Fire crews with the assistance of water drops from Air One, were able to put out the flare-up approximately 30 minutes later. Earlier today, Maui fire officials... Read more »
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July 12, 2010

VIDEO: Fireworks confirmed as cause of Happy Valley fire on Maui

By Wendy Osher  Video of Happy Valley Fire, interview with Battalion Chief Jeff Shaffer:  (Update 3:30 p.m. 7/12/10) Maui fire officials this afternoon confirmed that fireworks caused a 25 acre blaze that came dangerously close to homes in the Happy Valley subdivision.  Battalion Chief James Kino said the determination suports the numerous reports the department... Read more »
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July 11, 2010

VIDEO: Storage shed damaged in Happy Valley fire on Maui; homes saved

Click here to view video of Happy Valley Fire By Wendy Osher (6:15 a.m. 7/12/10) Firefighters will assess the extent of damage today caused by a fire overnight in the Happy Valley subdivision of Wailuku on Maui.  A storage shed was burned, but homes were saved in the densely populated area.  The fire was first... Read more »
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June 06, 2010

Fire Crews Responding to Brush Fire in Maalaea

(Update @ 10 p.m. 6/6/10) MAALAEA BRUSH FIRE 90% CONTAINED A brush fire that was reported at 6:32 a.m today was 90% contained shortly after 7:30 tonight. The fire was located mauka, above the intersection of Honoapiilani Highway and Kuihelani Highway on the Wailuku side of a road locally known as the “power line road”.... Read more »
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January 08, 2010

Maui Firefighters Respond To Two Morning Home Fires

By Wendy Osher Maui firefighters responded to two home fires this morning (Friday, January 8, 2010). The first was reported at 4:36 a.m. in Waiehu. Maui Battalion Chief James “Kimo” Kino said the Waiehu fire damaged a distressed building that was not permitted and was located far up in the valley off of dirt roads.... Read more »
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October 06, 2009


The damages from a home fire in Kihei over the weekend are estimated to be in the $6 million range. Batallion Chief Jeff Schaffer with the Maui Fire Department said the fire caused extensive damage to the 2-story dwelling, but the cause remained under investigation. The multimillion dollar structure had a total 6,000 square feet... Read more »
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July 20, 2009


The recent promotion of four firefighters to the rank of battalion chief marked a milestone for the department.  The simultaneous promotion of Karl Kubo, Derrick Arruda, James “Kimo” Kino and Valeriano Martin allows the department to fill an existing vacancy and three newly created positions. The department had sought for eight years to increase the... Read more »
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July 16, 2009


Four members of the Maui Fire Department were promoted to Battalion Chief during a badge pinning ceremony Wednesday at the Kahului Fire Station. Those promoted include Derrick Arruda, James Kino, Karl Kubo and Valeriano Martin. The expansion positions were among the administration’s goals set by Maui Fire Chief Jeff Murray, and part of the department’s... Read more »
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