Object Reported in Sky Near Kīhei

July 31, 2019, 3:04 PM HST · Updated August 1, 6:31 AM
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UDPATE: The area where the object was spotted this morning matches the flight pattern of a high-altitude balloon as part of Project Loon, which seeks to create an aerial wireless network. The flight pattern of the balloon can be seen on the flightradar24.com website.

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Maui Now has gotten several emails describing either a stationary object or slow moving object spotted in the skies south of Kīhei this morning.

Our newsroom contacted the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) office in Honolulu where a representative said they had no information about what it could be, but was willing to look at any pictures of the said object if anyone had any.

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If you or anyone you know has pictures of this object please send to [email protected] and we will forward to our contact at the FAA. Mahalo.

 

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    Radar image on 7.31.19 from FlightRadar24 shows a Project Loon HBAL663 craft offshore of Maui with a flight path that was in the Kihei area. According to the radar application, the balloon was calibrated at 54,600 feet and was traveling at a ground speed of 3 kts. Image credit: Flightradar24.

    Photo taken from Mākena near the old Maui Prince Hotel. Witnesses say it was stationary for about an hour, then moved over a little closer to Haleakalā. It could be seen until around noon when the clouds moved in. PC: ricknunyahbiz

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