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Hala'ula Information Update for May 16th, 2021

Fire displaces 8 people and causes extensive damages to a residence in Hala'ula, North Kohala Sunday afternoon (May 16th).

Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Hōlualoa) Team

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The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) responded to a report of a structure fire at a residence in Hala'ula-Maulili Road in Hala'ula (Kapa'au), North Kohala Sunday afternoon (May 16th).


The initial call came in at 2:30 pm Sunday afternoon and HFD Crews from the North Kohala, Waimea, and South Kohala Fire Stations along with Battalion 2, Volunteers from Anekona Station, Fire Prevention Bureau, and HPD Officers from the North Kohala Patrol and Criminal Investigation Section (CIS) responded to the scene located at 53-400 block of Hala'ula-Maulili Road in Kapa'au, North Kohala.


Upon the arrival of emergency crews, nearby residents reported heavy black smoke coming from a residence (described as a single-story duplex residence) off of Hala'ula-Maulili Road and it was not immediately known if anyone was inside the residence at the time of the call. HPD Officer that arrived at the scene later found a small fire inside a garage/carport area of the residence and awaited the arrival of HFD Crews.


Once emergency crews arrived at the scene, HFD Crews conducted a further investigation of the residence and found further fire extension inside the residence, and immediately worked to gain control of the fire. Upon further investigation, they later determined that all 8 occupants of the residence were safe and accounted for, continued focus on extinguishment/containment.


HFD Crews encountered a few challenges with battling this structure fire:

  • Due to the size and construction of the residence in this fire, HFD crews were unable to safely access parts of the residence from the inside and battled those parts of the fire from a defensive stance (or extinguishing the fire from outside the residence at a safe distance/surrounding and drown).

  • Winds at the time also caused the fire to spread rapidly throughout the residence, however, thankfully HFD crews were able to prevent further fire spread to nearby residences.

  • Hazard of ammunition firing off within the residence force all HFD crews to evacuate the structure and continue the fire attack in a defensive mode from a very safe distance due to the high hazard.

It was a long firefight and HFD crews had the fire under control just after 5:30 pm Sunday evening and HFD crews continued with salvage and overhaul operation to the residence. HFD Fire Prevention Bureau Inspector and CIS Detective arrived at the scene and began their investigation into the cause of the fire, which remains unknown at this time.


HFD crews remained at the scene overnight on Sunday evening and early Monday morning to ensure no flare-ups and all hot spots within the structure have been fully extinguished.


American Red Cross was dispatched and was assisting the affected occupants from this fire.

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