Three brushfires in Kalamaula yesterday quickly extinguished

| April 18, 2014 | 8 Comments

Firefighters were able to quickly put out this fire on Likelike Avenue in Kalamaula yesterday.

Firefighters were able to quickly put out this fire on Likelike Avenue in Kalamaula yesterday.


UPDATE 4/21/14: Molokai patrol officers arrested a 17-year-old male for Arson in the First Degree and Arson in the Third Degree. He was later released to his parents.

Three separate brushfires yesterday on the mauka side of Kalamaula — all quickly contained and extinguished by firefighters — are believed to have been intentionally set, according to the Maui Fire Department.

A fire truck hits the hot spots yesterday in Kalamaula mauka.

A fire truck hits the hot spots yesterday in Kalamaula mauka.


When the alarm came in at 10:09 a.m. firefighters from Kaunakakai, Hoolehua and Pukoo were dispatched immediately. Fire crew arrived on scene and discovered “three separate fires in light flashy fuels burning at that location,” according to Maui Fire Chief Lee Mainaga.

Two of the fires were burning at the corner of Likelike Avenue and Pookela Street. These two fires merged into one fire approximately a quarter-acre in size. The third fire, also a quarter-acre in size, was located about 50 yards to the west on Likelike Avenue.

No damages or injuries were reported and no homes were threatened. Fire cause has not been determined but it appears that the fires were intentionally set. Police are investigating it as arson.

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  1. HAWAIIANGIRL says:

    Ever notice when school is not in session we seem to have intentionally set fires? Parents, do you know where your kids were today?

  2. Tod says:

    Careless cigarette smokers?

  3. steve says:

    phew! glad to see it wasn’t the kats of ke nani kai- little buggahs got enough bad press this month.

    seriously though, gotta wonder what the attraction there is to destroying the beautiful aina of moloka’i.

    this young man should be sent for a nightime ride through the south side of chicago or anywhere within the detroit city limits to see how much he has to lose.

    mahalos for the update!

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