One Drowning and Several Rescues Prompts Special Weather Statement for Maui

A Special Weather Statement was issued today, Wednesday, February 17, 2010, following a number of water rescues in Maui County. The Maui Police Department reported a drowning and several rescues resulting from adverse wind, wave and water conditions.

At 11:56 a.m., Lahaina Patrol Officers were aassigned to a possible ocean rescue as two people were observed yelling for help from the area known as Black Rock in West Maui.

When police arrived at the scene, the victim was being pulled out of the ocean. Attempts were made to resuscitate the victim at the scene, however, they were unsuccessful. The victim was transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

The victim was later identified as Daniel Barney, 54, of Spokane, Washington.

County officials are advising the public to be extremely cautious of ocean conditions for the remainder of the day.

Swimmers, surfers and other marine interests are advised to be mindful of their skill level and remain out of the water and well away from areas of potential danger.

Beach goers are also urged to stay out of the water and well away from the shore break due to hazardous wave action and strong rip currents.

The advisory states: If caught in a rip current, do not try to swim against the current. Instead, swim parallel to shore until you are out of the current and then swim toward shore.


Spreading Thanksgiving Cheer on Maui and Molokai through Music

By Wendy Osher


Contemporary Hawaiian musicians, Cecilio & Kapono, are sharing early Thanksgiving cheer with the homeless community and transitional residents of Maui County.  The duo will visit Wailuku’s Ka Hale A ke Ola Homeless Resource Center on Friday, November 20, 2009, where they will perform a free concert and talk story with residents.


C&K traveled to Molokai as part of the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Artist in the Community Program. The performance was one of several pre-Thanksgiving concerts being offered by the musical duo in Maui County. Courtesy Photo MACC.

The visit has become an annual holiday tradition for C&K who will also perform at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center this Saturday.  Earlier this week the musicians visited Molokai as part of the center’s Artist in the Community program, which involved working with music and Hawaiian language immersion students from Molokai High School.  C&K finished their Friendly Isle visit with a free concert for the entire community in Kaunakakai on Monday.


“Every year we look forward to visiting Maui to perform at the MACC,” explained Cecilio Rodriguez. Henry Kapono added, “But our favorite thing about this visit is participating in the Artist in the Community program because we get to meet so many island residents up-close and personal. At first we thought we were giving something to the community, but it turns out we get just as much as they do—maybe even more.”

The upcoming Maui Arts & Cultural Center performance begins at 7:30 pm on Saturday, November 21. Ticket prices begin at $12.  There is also a VIP meet-and-greet package. For tickets, phone 242-SHOW or buy online at