State to Expand Artificial Reef at Keawakapu on Maui

The state will be adding 1,500 concrete modules to Keawakapu Beach on Monday in an effort to expand an artificial reef located about a half mile offshore.


The public is asked to stay clear of the area as crews from the Department of Land and Natural Resources work to deploy the “Z” modules beginning at 9 a.m. Monday, November 30, 2009.  The public will not be able to dive or fish on the artificial reef until the deployment is complete.   DLNR Aquatics crews advise the public to say at least 300 yards away from the deployment site.

Image Courtesy DLNR.

Keawakapu Artificial Reef was created in 1962. It is approximately 52 acres in size, and consists of 150 cars, 2,250 tire modules, 35 concrete slabs, and one vessel (the “St. Anthony”) was added in 1997. This is the first addition of concrete modules since 1990 to expand the reef.

The modules, constructed from concrete by Pioneer Machinery, Inc. will be loaded onto an American Marine barge and will be deployed in 60-120 feet of water.  Each “Z”-shaped form measures eight feet long by four feet wide with 12-inch legs at each end facing in opposite directions, and weighs about 2,200 pounds (1.1 tons).

Prior to and during the deployment of the “Z” forms, the target area will be marked with surface floats to warn fishermen, boaters, and divers to stay clear of the barge and the reef site, for safety reasons.

“New coral and seaweed will grow on the forms, which will provide additional habitat to new communities of reef fish,” said Laura H. Thielen, DLNR chairperson. “Artificial reefs increase potential fishing grounds for fishermen, and the cost to the State is minimal,” she said.

DLNR has four shallow water (50-100′) artificial reefs and one deepwater (300-420′) artificial reef.  Three of the shallow water reefs are located off O‘ahu at Wai‘anae, in Maunalua Bay, and Kualoa.  The fourth is located off Keawakapu on Maui.  The deep water artificial reef is located off ‘Ewa Beach, O‘ahu.

Numerous studies have shown that artificial reefs are effective at enhancing reef habitat, thus increasing fish biomass and species diversity within the reef site.  Artificial reefs are key components in fisheries enhancement, as well as a substrate for the settlement of coral polyps (coral growth).  Artificial reefs are also attractive SCUBA and snorkel dive sites.

(Posted by Wendy Osher; Information provided by the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources)


Suspect Sought in Attempted Sex Assault at War Memorial Complex

By Wendy Osher


Maui Police are seeking a suspect wanted in an attempted sex assault incident at the War Memorial Complex over the weekend.  A female reported being attacked when she went to use the restroom between the tennis courts and baseball fields at around 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 22, 2009.


The woman was reportedly waiting for her son who was attending an exercise class when the incident occurred.  She told police that the suspect grabbed her and threatened her with a knife that he was going to rape her.


The unknown male suspect is described as, 5’8’’, with a 2’’ tattoo of a cross on his left hand of a cross, and a possible broken finger on his right hand from when the suspect broke free from the attack.  The suspect was slightly unshaven, possibly homeless, and was wearing a long sleeve black shirt and jeans.


The War Memorial Little League Baseball Fields are located off of Kanaloa Avenue in Wailuku.


Anyone with information on the case should contact Maui police at 244 6400.

VIDEO: Cincinnati and Gonzaga Battle it out for Maui Invitational Title

By Wendy Osher

The EA SPORTS Maui Invitational Basketball tournament is now in its final day at the Lahaina Civic Center.   In the first game of the day, Colorado finished 7th in the tourney after defeating host Chaminade 73-58.

Photo by Wendy Osher. Maryland advanced to the winner's bracket after defeating Chaminade in Day 1. Maryland trailed Wisconsin by 10 points at the half in the 3rd/4th Place game at the Lahiana Civic Center.

In the third place game, Wisconsin led Maryland at the half 37-27.  The lead had lessened to 3 points with 10:08 left in the game.  In the end it was Wisconsin with the win, taking the 3rd Place finish with a final score of 78-69.

Vanderbilt defeated Arizona for a come-from-behind 5th place finish. The final score: Vanderbilt 84- Arizona 72.

And tonight, Gonzaga returns to the title game, this time facing first time tournament participants Cincinnati.

ESPN 550 AM on Maui is broadcasting all 12 of the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational Basketball tournament games from the Lahaina Civic Center.  The Nationally televised event is hosted by Chaminade University and is touted as the nation’s premier early season college-basketball tournament.

Play-by-play is provided by on-air personalities Barry Helle, Fred Guzman and Josh Pacheco.  In addition to the radio broadcast on ESPN 550 AM KMVI, the games are also being simulcast on the station’s website at  The national ESPN is carrying the games live in HD on the ESPN network of television stations.

This is the first year that the local broadcast is being offered to web users and the eighth year that Pacific Radio Group has carried live play-by-play radio coverage of the event.

Now in its 26th year, the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational features a lineup of former national champion teams including Cincinnati, Arizona, Maryland and Wisconsin.  The 2009 lineup also includes Colorado, Gonzaga, Vanderbilt and host Chaminade University of Honolulu.

Remaining tickets for the tournament were still available onsite today at the Lahaina Civic Center.

EA SPORTS Maui Invitational Game Bracket/Schedule:

Wednesday, November 25, 2009:

  • Game 9 for 7th and 8th Place:                   9 a.m.  Loser of Game 5 & 6  (ESPNU)
  • Game 10 for 3rd and 4th Place:                 11:30 a.m.  Loser of Game 7 & 8  (ESPN2)
  • Game 11 for 5th and 6th Place:                 2 p.m.  Winner of Game 5 & 6  (ESPNU)
  • Game 12 for Champion & 2nd Place:         5 p.m.  Winner of Game 7 & 8  (ESPN)

30 Foot Surf Expected on the North Shore

A High Surf WARNING is in effect for the North and West facing shores of Maui and Molokai until 6 a.m. Thursday, November 26, 2009.

This will result in very dangerous swimming conditions and deadly rip currents.

Surf will increase to heights of 20 to 30 feet along North facings shores of Molokai and Maui today, (Wednesday, November 25, 2009).  Surf will also increase to heights of 14 to 20 feet along West facing shores of Molokai and Maui.

A High Surf Warning indicates that dangerous, battering waves will pound the shoreline.


EFFECTS:  The large Northwest swell will build Wednesday morning and peak later in the day and night.  Surf along affected shore lines will peak at warning levels today, but will fall to advisory levels on Thursday and Friday.


Surf will increase to heights of 20 to 30 feet along North facings shores of Molokai and Maui today, Wednesday morning.  Surf will also increase to heights of 14 to 20 feet along West facing shores of Molokai and Maui this morning.  The swell and surf will gradually diminish on Thursday and into Friday.


Forecast surf heights are estimates of the height of the face or front of waves.


A high tide of approximately 2.0 feet is expected between 08:53 a.m. and 10:11 a.m. this morning.  A high tide of approximately 1.5 feet is expected between 11:57 p.m. and 12:36 a.m. this evening and early tomorrow morning.




INFORMATION:   Maui County Civil Defense will continue to monitor the situation.  Please listen to your local radio and TV stations or NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts for any updates.


(Posted by Wendy Osher; Information provided by the National Weather Service, NOAA and the Maui County Civil Defense Agency)

Lanai Trash Service Delayed

Residents on Lanai are out of trash service this week and possibly next.  The island’s dump truck missed scheduled pickups on Monday and Tuesday because of a mechanical problem with the truck’s rear lift gate.


File photo courtesy county of Maui.The county ordered a new part and is working to repair the truck as quickly as possible.


In the meantime, Lanai customers are asked to place their trash in sealed plastic trash bags, and take the bagged refuse to the Lanai Landfill if their container is full.


The Solid Waste Division apologizes for the disruption of service. For more information, please call the Department of Environmental Management, Solid Waste Division, at 270-7875. Callers on Lanai may dial 1-800-272-0125 and request extension 7875.


(Posted by Wendy Osher)

Miss Ulalena Teams Up With Maui Radio To Make Money For McDonald’s Charity

On-air personalities from Maui’s Pacific Radio Group were among the list of radio and news talent from across the state that joined McDonald’s restaurants today in a fundraising campaign for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Hawaii.  For the complete story visit:

MPD Promotes Rickard to Rank of Captain

A 22-year veteran of the Maui Police Department was promoted this week to the rank of Captain.  Dean Rickard, earned the 2007 County of Maui Team of the Year award while serving in his most recent pot as Commander of the Plans & Training Section.  Rickard takes on his new post as Captain and District Commander of the Molokai Patrol District on December 1st.


22-year MPD veteran Dean Rickard is promoted to the rank of Captain.

Capt. Rickard began his career with the Maui Police Department on November 2, 1987.  As a Police Officer, he was assigned to the Lahaina Patrol District and Vice Division’s Narcotics Section.  His assignments as a Sergeant was in the Communications Section’s Receiving Desk, Wailuku Patrol District and the Criminal Intelligence Unit.  He was also assigned as a detective in the Criminal Investigation Division.


Captain Rickard graduated from Lahainaluna High School in 1982 and he later attended and graduated from Chadron State College in Nebraska in 1987.  He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice.


He’s married to wife Stephanie, and together they have three children, daughter Tekiri (20) a nursing student at the University of Hawaii-Hilo, son Teanu (16) and daughter Teani (8).


(Posted by Wendy Osher)