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Maui Remains Strong Amid Storm and Fire Aftermath

August 27, 2018, 8:22 AM HST · Updated August 27, 8:26 AM
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    Damage Assessment of West Side Brush Fires – An Aerial View of the damage caused by the fires in Puamana and Kāʻanapali (Photos: Ryan Piros 8.26.18)

    Fire Aftermath:

    The west Maui community is pulling together to help those impacted by the large wildfire that ravaged the hillside between Launiupoko and Kāʻanapali, damaging 21 structures and charring more than 2,000 acres.  By this morning, more than $100,000 had been raised through an online fundraiser to assist families affected.  Today, four public schools in Lahaina are closed while volunteers work today to clean debris and ash. The DOE says closures today include

    ● Lahainaluna High
    ● Lahaina Intermediate
    ● King Kamehameha III Elementary
    ● Princess Nāhiʻenaʻena Elementary

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    The affected schools will reopen for students tomorrow, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018.

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    Aerial view of sinkhole on Puʻu Way in Haʻikū (Photo: Ryan Piros 8.26.18)

    Lane Aftermath:

    Communities on the Big Island and parts of Maui continue cleanup in the aftermath of former Hurricane Lane that dropped record rainfall over the islands.

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    Here on Maui, a large sinkhole was formed on Puʻu Way near Ulumalu Road in Haʻikū when a drain pipe failed either by collapse or inundation of debris from upstream.  The 4-6 foot corrugated metal pipes were washed downstream along with portions of the road.

    The Department of Public Works, Engineering Division is developing a scope of work to repair and will likely up-size the pipes. Plans are expected to include the construction of large new concrete head walls.

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    TS Miriam, 5 a.m. satellite imagery 8.27.18 courtesy NOAA/NHC.

    New Tropical Storm Miriam Being Monitored in Eastern Pacific:

    A new Tropical Storm formed in the Eastern Pacific on Sunday and is expected to reach hurricane status tonight or Tuesday.  The system, named Miriam, is forecast to cross over into the Central Pacific area of jurisdiction late Wednesday.  At 5 a.m. HST, on Monday, Aug. 27, 2018, Miriam was located 1670 miles ESE of Hilo, Hawaiʻi.

    5 a.m. HST Mon Aug 27
    Location: 13.9°N 130.5°W
    Moving: W at 14 mph
    Min pressure: 999 mb
    Max sustained: 65 mph

    Damage Assessment of West Side Brush Fires – An Aerial View of the damage caused by the fires in Puamana and Kāʻanapali (Photos: Ryan Piros 8.26.18)

    Damage Assessment of West Side Brush Fires – An Aerial View of the damage caused by the fires in Puamana and Kāʻanapali (Photos: Ryan Piros 8.26.18)

    Damage Assessment of West Side Brush Fires – An Aerial View of the damage caused by the fires in Puamana and Kāʻanapali (Photos: Ryan Piros 8.26.18)

    Damage Assessment of West Side Brush Fires – An Aerial View of the damage caused by the fires in Puamana and Kāʻanapali (Photos: Ryan Piros 8.26.18)

    Damage Assessment of West Side Brush Fires – An Aerial View of the damage caused by the fires in Puamana and Kāʻanapali (Photos: Ryan Piros 8.26.18)

    Damage Assessment of West Side Brush Fires – An Aerial View of the damage caused by the fires in Puamana and Kāʻanapali (Photos: Ryan Piros 8.26.18)

    Damage Assessment of West Side Brush Fires – An Aerial View of the damage caused by the fires in Puamana and Kāʻanapali (Photos: Ryan Piros 8.26.18)

    Damage Assessment of West Side Brush Fires – An Aerial View of the damage caused by the fires in Puamana and Kāʻanapali (Photos: Ryan Piros 8.26.18)

    Damage Assessment of West Side Brush Fires – An Aerial View of the damage caused by the fires in Puamana and Kāʻanapali (Photos: Ryan Piros 8.26.18)

    Damage Assessment of West Side Brush Fires – An Aerial View of the damage caused by the fires in Puamana and Kāʻanapali (Photos: Ryan Piros 8.26.18)

    Damage Assessment of West Side Brush Fires – An Aerial View of the damage caused by the fires in Puamana and Kāʻanapali (Photos: Ryan Piros 8.26.18)

    Damage Assessment of West Side Brush Fires – An Aerial View of the damage caused by the fires in Puamana and Kāʻanapali (Photos: Ryan Piros 8.26.18)

    Damage Assessment of West Side Brush Fires – An Aerial View of the damage caused by the fires in Puamana and Kāʻanapali (Photos: Ryan Piros 8.26.18)

    Damage Assessment of West Side Brush Fires – An Aerial View of the damage caused by the fires in Puamana and Kāʻanapali (Photos: Ryan Piros 8.26.18)

    Damage Assessment of West Side Brush Fires – An Aerial View of the damage caused by the fires in Puamana and Kāʻanapali (Photos: Ryan Piros 8.26.18)

    Damage Assessment of West Side Brush Fires – An Aerial View of the damage caused by the fires in Puamana and Kāʻanapali (Photos: Ryan Piros 8.26.18)

    Aerial view of sinkhole on Puʻu Way in Haʻikū (Photo: Ryan Piros 8.26.18)

    Aerial view of sinkhole on Puʻu Way in Haʻikū (Photo: Ryan Piros 8.26.18)

    Wendy Osher
    Wendy Osher leads the Maui Now news team. She is also the news voice of parent company, Pacific Media Group, having served nearly 20 years as News Director for the company’s six Maui radio stations.

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