Submarine, ship, jet and balloon-type object off Maui, part of Naval exercise
January 19, 2022, 6:37 PM HST
* Updated January 23, 9:32 AM
Maui Now began receiving reports from witnesses on Tuesday morning, of a ship with some type of floating object above it, about one mile offshore of Hoʻokipa, Maui.
In addition to the ship and balloon-type object hovering above, there was a “large jet flying low in big circles” and a submarine nearby, according to witness reports. This was reported at around 8 a.m. on Jan. 18, 2022.
Cmdr. Cindy Fields, spokesperson Submarine Force, US Pacific Fleet confirmed that, “There was a training event between a submarine and a P-8 off Maui.”
A Navy Region Air Operations Officer also confirmed the plane was one of their P8s operating north of Maui, according to David Hodge, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Community Relations Manager.
The purpose of the exercise was not detailed.
Similar activity was reported again today between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. According to marine traffic online, the vessel remained offshore of Hoʻokipa on Wednesday morning.
Hoʻokipa is located along the north shore of Maui and is a popular beach among the surfing and windsurfing community.