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Honoapi‘ilani Highway Now OPEN in Mā‘alaea, One Acre Brush Fire Extinguished

August 26, 2021, 2:56 PM HST
* Updated August 26, 5:26 PM
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Māʻalaea fire along Honoapiʻilani Highway. PC: Lucas Zarro (3:09 p.m. 8.26.21)

Update: (5:17 p.m. 8.26.21)

A total of one acre was burned in a brush fire along the Honoapiʻilani Highway in Māʻalaea today. The fire was first reported at 2:21 p.m., about a quarter mile south of Māʻalaea Harbor on the makai (ocean) side of the highway. The incident forced the closure of the highway before a contraflow was established and the road was completely reopened just before 4:30 p.m. At 4:20 p.m., fire officials said the blaze was 100% contained, but mop-up operations were expected to continue for another hour.

Update: (4:29 p.m. 8.26.21)

The Honoapiʻilani Highway is now OPEN in both directions as of 4:29 p.m. Motorists can expect delays as traffic resumes its normal flow.

Update: (3:03 p.m. 8.26.21)


Officers on scene are now doing contraflow on the Honoapiʻilani Highway in Māʻalaea. The road was closed at around 2:45 p.m. due to a brush fire. Emergency crews remain on scene.

Māʻalaea fire along Honoapiʻilani Highway. PC: Courtesy Dano Cummings

Previous Post: (2:48 p.m. 8.26.21)

The Honoapiʻilani Highway is closed between Mile 7 and Māʻalaea Place due to a brush fire.

Maui fire and police are responding to the scene.


Motorists should avoid the area until further notice.

*Check back for updates, which will be posted as they become available.

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