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The Lahaina Massacre: Of Sirens, Water, Entrapments, and a 'Smart Island'; of Natives, Beauties and Spirits; of Heat that Melts Metal but Does Not Burn Trees; of People Arising after Another Attack
Revelations arising after sudden fires incinerated Lahaina Town may mean a turn for humanity that refuses to accept any more of such criminal 'disasters'
1. OVERVIEW AFTER 18 DAYS
2. THE COUNTY OF MAUI AND ITS MAYOR ... THAT FAILED TO WARN
3. THE ‘OUTDOOR WARNING SIREN SYSTEM’ … THAT FAILED TO SOUND
4. THE WATER FOR FIREFIGHTERS … THAT CAME FIVE HOURS LATE
5. JOSH GREEN, POINT-PERSON FOR THE WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM’S ‘SMART ISLAND’
6. HITACHI, AMAZON, META, MICROSOFT, …
7. BEAUTIES AND SPIRITS
8. WHAT KIND OF HEAT BURNS METAL AND NOT TREES
9. ‘DIRECTED ENERGY WEAPONS’ IN 2017, 2018, 2022 AND 2023
10. JEREMY LEE QUESTIONS MAUI POLICE CHIEF JOHN PELLETIER
11. NATIVES ORGANIZE. NEIGHBORS AND THE WORLD OUTSIDE GIVE AS THEY CAN. THE BIGGEST AND MOST TO-THE-ROOTS BENEFIT-CONCERT EVER? LAHAINA MADE WHOLE MAY LEAD THE WORLD.
12. LINKS TO PRINT AND VIDEO
August 26, 2023
We now have had 18 days to examine the fires that ravaged Lahaina Town in the County of Maui, the Island of Maui, the State of Hawaii, from late afternoon of Tuesday, August 8 into the morning of August.
The fires were of an intensity, phenomena, and range never seen, live, before.
We’ve since learned details of the August 8 day and night in the County of Maui and Lahaina Town. We’ve learned from survivors and from fatalities and from journalists such as Jonathan Vigliotta of CBS (1) and Jeremy Lee of KITV. (2). We’re learned from researchers into metal-incinerating ‘wildfires’ in California and Oregon of 2017, 2018 and 2020 (3) and from Juries’ judgements as to Guilt for victims’ in California and Oregon.
Above, photo of a small part of aftermath of the ‘Camp Fire’ that destroyed the town of Paradise in Butte Coutty, California, November of 2018. (4)
Above, photo of a small part of devastation to houses in Multnomah County, Oregon in September 2020 (5) and headline of a Jury’s judgment in June 2023 against the PacifiCorp company controlled by Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway. (6)
I can say now, dozens of hours into studying footage, photos, communiqués and experiments, that the at least 115 dead and the at least 815 still missing (7) from fires that ravaged Lahaina were victims of inaction or action that served as entrapment leading to mass murder.
Updates from the County of Maui served as entrapment. Failure to activate 121-decibel sirens of the ‘Outdoor Warning System’served as entrapment. Denial of water to firefighters in Lahaina served as worse than entrapment. Police blocking access to roads and other exits from Lahaina Town served as worse than entrapment. And fire that did not burn leaves—but that did liquify metal of cars—and that did incinerate houses to their foundations—were of a power for mass murder far greater than ‘wildfires’.
Look above, please, at the damage attributed to ‘wildfire’ in Lahaina. (9)
Look below, please at Lahaina before and after the infernos of August 8, through satellite photos from Maxar Technology. (10)
Such clear-cut incineration of people’s homes in Paradise, while Douglas Fir and Pine trees stood and stand intact, did not issue from ‘wildfire.’ Forests do not stand whole in a forest-fire.’ Nor were the complete devastations of Lahaina Town and the toll of hundreds dead and missing the issue of ‘wildfire’.
THE COUNTY OF MAUI AND ITS MAYOR … THAT FAILED TO WARN
The County of Maui issued contradictory Updates to the public of West Maui and Lahaina Town between 9:55 a.m. and 5:20 p.m. KITV of ABC and Honolulu on the Island of Oahu and reporter Jeremy Lee showed these Updates on August 19 and 22.(2)
By 4:00 on that August 8 afternoon video already flowed from social-media of smoke and flames along Front Street, harbor-side in Lahaina Town. See one below at 1:50 in the video-report by Jeremy Lee of KTIV. (3)
At 6:03, as we can see more below, Mayor of Maui County Richard Bissen is untroubled in his live interview with KTIV. At 1:30 below he’s “happy to report that the road is open to and from Lahaina.”
THE OUTDOOR SIREN WARNING SYSTEM … THAT FAILED TO SOUND
The State of Hawaii and its Emergency Management Agency have a system of more than 400 high-decibel warning-sirens, 80 on the Island of Maui alone.
The website of Hawaii.gov boasts of its system’s technological capacities…. ‘the largest single integrated Outdoor Siren System for Public Safety in the world…. The all-hazard siren system can be used for … tsunamis, hurricanes, dam breaches, flooding, wildfires, voloanic eruptions, terrorist threats, …” (4)
Herman Andaya was Administrator of Maui’s Emergency Management Agency on August 8. He was part of a Press-Conference on August 16 that included Hawaii’s Governor, Josh Green, the County of Maui’s Mayor Richard Bissen, and the County’s Chief of Police, John Pelletier. Andaya said then that he did “not” regret his decision to not activate warning-sirens. The next day Mayor Bissen accepted Andaya’s resignation due to the now ex-Administrator’s reasons of “health.” (6)
Above: Herman Andaya, Richard Bissen, Josh Green, and John Pelletier and unnamed sign-language interpreter.
Governor Josh Green, a Medical Doctor transplanted from Pennsylvania, told CBS’ —Face the Nation— on August 20 that his ;ex-emergency manager’s response was “utter unsatisfactory to the world.” Green said: "Of course, as a person, as a father, as a doctor, I wish all the sirens went off, The challenge that you've heard — and it's not to excuse or explain anything — the challenge has been that historically, those sirens are used for tsunamis.”
We see above on the Website for Hawaii.gov that sirens are meant sound the alarm against ‘wildfires’, too. ‘The all-hazard siren system can be used for … tsunamis, hurricanes, dam breaches, flooding, wildfires, voloanic eruptions, terrorist threats, …”
THE WATER FOR FIREFIGHTERS … THAT CAME FIVE HOURS LATE
Kaleo Manuel was Deputy Director of the Hawaii Commission on Water Resource Management on August 8. We read from a distant source, the Outlook of India on August 17, that Manuel was ‘in charge of all water resources’ and that ‘his responsibilities include managing and enforcing the State Water Code (enacted in 1987) and all other water-related rules issued by the Commission.’ (7)
We learn more about Manuel from Newsweek on August 17, too, and his actions/ inactions on August 8. We learn most in details from the Honolulu Civil Beat and reporter Stewart Yerton on August 15 and 16. A private company, West Maui Land Co., reached out to Manuel around 1:00 p.m. and asked that water be diverted from streams into reservoirs for firefighters’ use.
The Honolulu Civil Beat is categorical in its journalism of August 15.
‘With wildfires ravaging West Maui on Aug. 8, a state water official delayed the release of water that landowners wanted to help protect their property from fires. The water standoff played out over much of the day and the water didn’t come until too late.
The dispute involved the Department of Land and Natural Resources’ water resource management division and West Maui Land Co., which manages agricultural and residential subdivisions in West Maui as well as Launiupoko Irrigation Co., Launiupoko Water Co., Olowalu Water Co. and Ha’iku Town Water Association.
[ … ] According to the sources, Manuel wanted West Maui Land to get permission from a taro, or kalo, farm located downstream from the company’s property. Manuel eventually released water but not until after the fire had spread. It was not clear on Monday how much damage the fire did in the interim or whether homes were damaged.’
Both the Honolulu Civil Beat and Newsweek quote Governor Josh Green at length as to what conflicts are current and what changes may be intended as to use of water claimed by Hawaii’s indigenous natives.
"One thing that people need to understand, especially those from far away, is that there's been a great deal of water conflict on Maui for many years," Green said during a press conference on Monday. "It's important that we're honest about this. People have been fighting against the release of water to fight fires. I'll leave that to you to explore."
He added: "We have a difficult time on Maui and other rural areas getting enough water for houses, for our people, for any response. But it's important we start being honest. There are currently people still fighting in our state giving us water access to fight and prepare for fires even as more storms arise."
Green of course referred to ‘climate change’ as culpable for ‘more storms.’
Manuel has been ‘reassigned’ within Hawaii’s Department of Land and Natural Resources.
JOSH GREEN, POINT-PERSON FOR ‘SMART’ CITIES AND ISLANDS
Green spoke at a United Nations ‘Sustainability Conference’ in July 2023, less than one month before the Lahaina fires. Hawaii News Now repeatedly tells us. (10)
Green parroted Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) of the World Economic Forum. See him on the United Nations’ Web TV.
His Office issued a summary.
“Hawaiʻi’s second Voluntary Local Review (VLR), presented by Governor Josh Green, M.D., to the United Nations (UN) during the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development July 12 [ …] highlights progress on achieving the six Aloha+ Challenge goals, which are the state’s local implementation of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), and clearly defines what is lacking. Hawaiʻi stands as the sole state in the United States to have submitted a VLR, with the report being prepared by Hawaiʻi Green Growth with input from local partners.’
Green was missing from Hawaii on August 8. On that day, in fact, his Office posted an ‘Updated … Travel Advisory’ that maintained his schedule out-of-State to August 15. (12)
Last January 3 to 6, the Hawaii International Conference on Systems Sciences met in Honolulu. Its express purpose is like the World Economic Forum’s: ‘Digital Government’. ‘The HICSS Digital Government Track [ … ]serves as a rigorous and valuable research venue on Digital Government, bringing together an international community of scholars to discuss the state of Digital Government throughout the world.’
HITACHI, AMAZON, META, MICROSOFT, …
Hitachi has for at least eight years wanted to transform Maui.
Hitachi presented its JUMPSmartMaui project for the sacred Island eight years ago. ‘Hitachi recently announced that it has begun operations on the demonstration site for the "Japan-U.S. Island Grid Project" (commonly referred to as the "JUMPSmartMaui") on the island of Maui, Hawaii, in collaboration with the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), Mizuho Bank, Ltd. and Cyber Defense Institute, Inc. An opening ceremony was held on Maui to coincide with the launch of site operations.’
Please read Hitachi’s promo … of February 2015. How far-sighted, this Corporation and its ‘public/private’ partners.
As you read, you may think of the State of Hawaii’s ‘largest single integratred Outdoor Siren System for Public Safety in the world’, the sirens not activated by human beings on August 8, and the hundreds dead or mission in Lahaina.
You may remember that Hitachi is among the World Economic Forum’s 100 Strategic Partners. It’s there along with many more who are multi-billion-dollar ‘stake-holders’, shall we say, in Islands of Hawaii. These include Jeff Bezos and Amazon, Mark Zuckerberg of Meta, Bill Gates of Microsoft (yes, still), Michael Dell of Dell Technologies, Marc Benioff of Salesforce (also owner of TIME and one of 31 Trustees on the Board of the WEF, …
BEAUTIES AND SPIRITS
Lahaina is a place of postcard beauties and year-round balms.
Lahaina is especially revered by Hawaiians who are Asian Pacific Islanders. Lahaina is home to their royalty of centuries ago. It’s also the setting for transformational legends. Lahaina is that place where the King who unified islands of the current Hawaii in the early 19th century, Kamehameha, chose for his capital.
‘After Kamehameha, the “aliʻi ʻai moku” or lead chief of the Island of Hawaii, succeeded in unifying all the Hawaiian islands in 1810, he made Lahaina on Maui his royal residence.’ the online Conversation tells us.
Kamahemeha wanted to live near a goddess descended from royalty, Kihawahine. ‘Her primary home was in a fishpond at Mokuʻula, a small island in Lahaina that was considered a “piko,” or center of traditional religious and political activity’
We can’t see Kihawahine now, but we can appreciate and ponder another kind of beauty, the face of the mother, Julia Paʻakonia Lonokahikina Paoa, of one of Hawaii’s legendary athletes, Duke Kahanamoku.
Duke Kahanamoku’s career included 1st-place in the Olympic Men’s 100 Meters of 1912 and 2020 and a Silver Medal behind Johnny Weismuller (when the Hawaiian was 34) in Paris, 1924. He excelled otherwise. His exhibitions gave Hawaii’s sport, surfing, to the world. He built Australia’s first surfboard. In 1925, working as a lifeguard, he performed a feat of daring and giving that those who know Pacific Islanders may find credible. His wikipedia bio:.
‘While living in Newport Beach, California, on June 14, 1925, Kahanamoku rescued eight men from a fishing vessel that capsized in heavy surf while it was attempting to enter the city's harbor. Using his surfboard, Kahanamoku made repeated trips from shore to the capsized ship, and helped rescue several people. Two other surfers saved four more fishermen, while five succumbed to the seas before they could be rescued. At the time the Newport Beach police chief called Kahanamoku's efforts "The most superhuman surfboard rescue act the world has ever seen." It also led to lifeguards across the US to begin using surfboards as standard equipment for water rescues.’
WHAT TREES AND METAL UNDER KINDS OF FIRE SHOW
Let us now compare ‘wildfires’ and their ‘aftermath’.
Let’s look first t the “damage done” by the ‘Camp Fire’ that destroyed 18,800 buildings and took at least 84 lives in Butte County and the town of Paradise, Calfornina in October 2018 … the Camp Fire for which Pacific Gas & Electric pled Guilty.
NBC News reported.
‘California utility company Pacific Gas & Electric pleaded guilty Tuesday to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter for causing the deadly and massive Camp Fire, which tore through communities in the northern part of the state in 2018 in what is considered the worst wildfire in modern state history [ …. ]
The deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history claimed more than 18,800 structures, including 13,696 single-family homes and 528 businesses.’ (16)
An Australian researcher has gathered hundreds of videos and print documents on his webpage, Directed Energy Weapons. He writes: ‘The evidence I present on this page to back up my writings is massive--many pictures and screen captures, links, pdfs and 103 videos. (17)
Many of the video-stills on this page are remindful of destruction to Lahaina.
You may remember the screen-shot above from CBS News on August 23, with reporter Jonathan Vigliotta inset beside a swath of incinerated lots in Lahaina Town. (18)
Look now, please, at the aerial photo of homes’ lots in Paradise, California after the ‘Camp Fire’ of November 2018. Read the commentary, too, please.
Another pair of images from Paradise, California show an even starker cut-out of houses incinerated while Douglas Fir and Pine tree stand intact. What kind of fire in a forest during height of “the dry, hot season’ in the Sierra Nevada does not burn Conifer trees such as these. Lots with buildings whole are arrayed in the Before-Fire aerial photo. Lots are destroyed to bare ground in the After-Fire photo. While the Doug Fir and Pine trees stand the same, Before and After.
On August 12 the BBC presented Before and After aerial photos
The BBC, you may read, ascribes the incinerated lots of Banyan Court to ‘a wildfire that tore through the heart of the Hawaiian Island.’
A link from the Directed Energy Weapons web-page takes us to video of a homegrown experiment that may explain how vegetation endures while metal and concrete burn or disintegrate.
A YouTube poster named Max Mogren placed grass, pine needles and aspen leaves from his Wyoming home country into a microwave oven in November 2018. His demonstration-video is titled How to Start a Catastrophic California Wildfire with Microwaves: DEW 101 .
The grass and needles and leaves did not burn throughout their two minutes in the microwave, whereas metal ignited within a few seconds.
What kind of heat sets fire to metal and not to vegetation?
Physicist Dr. Claudia Albers in her video below points to Directed Energy Weaponry—such as already tested and publicized by Lockheed Martin and Northrup Grumman and Raytheon—whose lasers are accelerated to frequencies with enough energy to liquify metal and “dustify” concrete.
Around 6:10 in her video. Dr. Alberts presents ‘Directed Energy Weapons (DEWs) which generate high energy laser beams at various frequencies, mounted on aircraft.’
Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman and Raytheon have tested Directed Energy Weapons and competed since the 1980s, at the latest, for contracts with the United States’ Department of Defense, Air Force, Army and Navy. Their DEWs fire from airborne and land-based sources and can even be shot by hand-held guns.
Each contractor boasts of improving its DEWs during our COVID years.
Lockheed Martin in July 2022, according to EurAsia Times. (22) ‘In July this year, U.S. lawmakers asked the armed services to expedite efforts toward developing Directed Energy Weapons (DEWs). The U.S. defense industrial complex has been testing High beam laser weapons in conjunction with the military at an unprecedented speed.
U.S. Defense giant Lockheed Martin recently revealed that it had delivered a 300-kilowatt laser to the Defense Department for use in future Army high-energy laser demonstrations. It is the highest-powered laser to date for the U.S. Department Of Defense.’ The Motley Fool treat this advance as an investment-opportunity. (23)
Raytheon, Autumn of 2022 into June 2023. ‘MCKINNEY, Texas, June 12, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Last fall, the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center and Raytheon Technologies successfully tested the Air Force's first palletized high-energy laser weapon during four days of continuous live-fire exercises at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.
The new palletized laser weapon was the first 10-kilowatt laser built to U.S. military specifications in a stand-alone configuration that can be moved and mounted anywhere it's needed. Known as "H4," it is the fourth operational laser weapon system that Raytheon Technologies has delivered to the Air Force and is the eighth total system the company has delivered to the US Department of Defense.’ (25)
We return to Physcist Dr. Claudia Albers. She offers several other sizes and modes of DEWs.
Dr/ Albers shows an SUV from a California ‘wildfire’ of 2017, burnt-out to blackened shell on a road before trees that are still green … with metal from the SUV’s right rear-wheel assembly liquified and hardened into tongues of silver. She says that to liquify metal fire must rise hot as 2700• Fahrenheit—not possible for a ‘wildfire.’
We return to Lahaina.
We look more closely at cars burnt-out and steel buildings mangled beside the Harbor’s wall at 2:41 in the KITV video of August 22. We againt see trees standing.
We remember the trees standing by house-lots incinerated to their foundations in Paradise, California.
We remember the trees standing beside an evident house-lot incinerated during one of Warren Buffett’s PacificCorp fires in Oregon, 2020.
We crop and zoom to examine a sedan burnt-out among the crumpled jumble and straggle trapped along the Lahaina harborside road.
We zoom more on the sedan’s left rear tire wheel-assembly. We see escaped from it same liquified and then hardened silver metal.
Keyiro Fuentes, 14, was found by his adoptive mother, Luz Vargas, on Thursday, August 10, inside their house. The young teen-ager was clutching the family’s dog. Both were dead. We recall that Kevin Tanaka as a son-in-law, brother-in-law and uncle lost four relatives, … as ‘his wife’s parents, sister and 7-year-old nephew all died in the wildfire "while attempting to flee." ‘ We remember Kevin and his wife Saane are ‘now sheltering the rest of the family who was able to evacuate in time in their own home. With now 16-20 people living in their house, Kevin is concerned with keeping everyone safe, especially given the traumatic circumstances." ‘
We receive the stories, we see the evidence, and we know we’re witnessing a massacre.
JEREMY LEE QUESTIONS MAUI POLICE CHIEF JOHN PELLETIER. PELLETIER SOLO ON 388 MISSING PERSONS.
On Thursday, August 23, of this past week Jeremy Lee OF KITV questioned Maui Police Chief John Pelletier directly at a Media Conference that presented Pelletier and County of Maui Mayor Richard Bissen.
Below, see Pelletier stare back at Jeremy Lee upon Lee’s asking whether Police directed fleeing residents from Kawea Street toward Front Street, farther downtown, farther into no exit from the fire, farther into entrapment.
Jeremy Lee’s pointed question at 2:53: “They weren’t directed down Kawea Street?”
John Pelletier’s evasive answer: “They were not directed toward the danger.”
John Pelletier spoke to media again on August 24. He asked for the public’s help in finding 388 missing person. He said that the persons’ names had not previously been revealed due to concern that revelations might “cause folks pain”—as if family and friends would not already know that persons close to them were missing. He promised the “most thro
Pelletier came to Maui 19 months ago after 22 years with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Within seven months as Maui’s Chief of Police, Pelletier was the subject of seven complaints and the cause for resignations by key Officers, including Lieutenant William Hankins and Assistant Police Chief Oscar Holokai. KITV’s A’ali’i Dukelow reported, too, on a Police union poll that registered 34% of Maui Officers ready to retire in two years and 63% citing ‘Morale issues’ as reason for their ‘considering leaving MPD.’ (26)
Pelletier boasts about the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s responses to the mass shooting on October 1, 2017 that killed 58 people at a Country Music concert beside the Mandalay Bay casino and hotel. USA Today quoted him at length on August 15. (28)
The candidate for Maui told the interviewing Commission in 2021, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal and thence USA Today.
‘He [Pelletier] also said responding to the 2017 massacre would make him prepared to handle any situation. He described leading the area command that night as his greatest professional achievement to the commission, according to the outlet.
“It took years to build that response. It took years to get that right, but we got that right, and we got our hands around it, and we did something incredible,” he said of the police response at the time. “We took the biggest crime scene, second only to 9/11, and we did everything to mitigate that. We brought a community together. We did something really, really great.”
Entertainment-industry organs praise the LAVMD Captain, too.
Casino.org wrote on August 15 about Pelletier: ‘He was best known as the commander of the policing district that includes the Las Vegas Strip. During his watch, he played a key role in the response to the Oct. 1, 2017 mass shooting, which led to the deaths of 58 people, with two more perishing in later years. Hundreds of others were injured in the attack.
The experience helped to prepare him for the grim, ongoing challenges on Maui, where the mounting death toll from the fire has reached 106, with more likely. That makes it the deadliest fire in the US in over 100 years.’ (27)
Other reviews of the ‘massacre’ in Las Vegas six years present procedures and a cover-up by Police there that’s not so great.
Journeyman Pictures and director Ramsey Denison issued “What Happened In Vegas” in December 2017. (29) They document three changes in the timeline asserted by then Sheriff of Clark County (Las Vegas) Joe Lombardo. Lombardo tells reporter Laura Looper: “Please stop asking your question.” (30) Lombardo is now Governor of Nevada. They document dicrepancies in officials’ stories as obvious and damning as we’re discovering in the County of Maui.
NATIVES ORGANIZE. NEIGHBORS AND THE WORLD OUTSIDE GIVE AS THEY CAN. THE BIGGEST AND MOST TO-THE-ROOTS BENEFIT-CONCERT EVER? LAHAINA MADE WHOLE MAY LEAD THE WORLD.
The past 18 days have seen masses of people respond for indigenous rights on the Island of Maui and millions more demand WHOLE restoration for families and small businesses who were resident in Lahaina Town.
Na ‘Ohana o lele is one group of multi-generational families and friends. Tiare Lawrence and Archie Kalepa are among their spokespersons. Maui News reported on Friday, August 18 on a gathering that opened with song.
Maui News: ‘Nā ʻOhana o Lele, a coalition of community members in Lahaina, today called on Governor Josh Green to meet three demands for the recovery of the community.’ They specifically opposed provisions in Green’s ‘Emergency Proclamtion’ that gave his Governement unilateral powers. (31(
Tiare Lawence had earlier decried to NBC News on August 14 (32) the ‘investors and speculators’ who contacted Lahaina home-owners within one week of those natives’ desolation thorough incineration.
The previous day, August 13, Paele Kiakona talked with Jeremy Lee of KITV at the Lahaina Bypass.
Paele Kiakona said: “For a lot of us, everything we know is here. Everything we know we've grown up with and it's just gone, completely gone, burnt to the ground [ ….] I want to assure and I want to make sure that every single one of our community members know that we will make it happen. We'll make it happen.
Do not sell to anybody outside. We will get you back in your house. No matter what we have to do, we will get the funding to make sure that we can rebuild everybody's homes. Our community leaders should be at the forefront in decision-making for our place. You know, they know our community better than anybody else. We eat, live, and breathe this place, these community leaders.” (33)
KITV has a list of aid-organizations and resources particular to Maui, meant to help the displaced residents, here. (34)
More than $30 million is now raised through GoFundMe campaigns, as heralded by Alexis Freeman of Fox News in … Las Vegas, Nevada.
The outpouring is broad and the outpouring is personal.
Widely known people such as the late author Wayne Dyer and show-host Will Cain are associated with fund-raising ‘the People of Lahaina and West Maui.’ (35)
Neighbors to Lahaina are delivering goods by boat. From Moloka’i. on August 24.
From Maalaea Bay on August 12.
Musician. Mick Fleetwood spoke to the BBC on August 19. He told Sophie Long: “Lainana Town, the community of Lahaina, epitomizes the Hawaiian story … a real community that lived and breathed long before creatures like me knew about this Island,” Fleetwood said that Lahaina’s “culture” endures and that whatever comes there should have “a hallowed vibration, a hallowed tribute.” (39)
Above, Mick Fleetwood and Keli’I Arredondo of the Fleetwood’s restaurant now gone along Front Street in Lahaina Town.
Musicians Willie Nelson, Kris Kristfferson, Paul Simon, Steven Tyler, and, yes, Al Yankovic have homes on Maui. So too do director Clint Eastwood and actors Woody Harrelson and Ben Stiller and Owen Nelson. Imagine the Concert and Benefit that might be broadcast to raise funds for those who call Lahaina their home. (40)
A global movement has arisen to support the people and native culture of Lahaina. Such support and community across Continents can be boundless. It can grow like a wave that swells and sweeps and cleanse all before it.
On August 15 John Pelletier, the transplant from Las Vegas chosen as Chief of Police for the County of Maui, remarked on the scenario raised by USA Today of a ‘death toll’ rising as ‘crews search the area burned in the wildfires.’
USA Today. ‘Officials say they expect the death toll to rise significantly over the next several days as crews search the area burned in the wildfires.
"When we find these – you know, our family and our friends – the remains we're finding is through a fire that melted metal. We have to do rapid DNA to identify them," Pelletier said.’ (41)
How did this ‘wildfire’ ‘melt metal’ and yet not ignite trees (wood) in Lahaina Town?
A website, the Piping Mart, begun in 2018 in India to serve ‘the Indian Steel, Metal & Piping Business’ and administered by ‘RATH INFOTECH AND WEB SOLUTIONS PVT LTD’ is instructive.
The Piping Mart tells us. ‘The melting point of steel varies depending on its composition and purity. Low-carbon steels have a melting point between 1,400-1,500°F (760-815°C). High-carbon steels have a melting point between 2,800-2,900°F (1,540-1,590°C). Stainless steel has an even higher melting point at 2,550-2,650°F (1 .400-1.450°C). This means that if you want your steel to melt in a fire, it needs to reach temperatures above these levels for an extended period of time.
Steel Melting Point vs Fire Temperature
The temperature of most fires falls far short of the temperatures necessary to melt steel—even with prolonged exposure over several hours or days. Most fires can reach up to 1,100°F (593°C), but this still isn’t hot enough for aluminium or stainless steel alloys to melt completely. In general, metals start becoming malleable at around 400°F (204°C) and start melting at around 700-1100 °F (371–593 °C).’ (42)
How hot a fire is needed to ignite wood? The Web-page ‘How Wildfires Work’, part of the Howstuffworks series, written by multiple contributor Kevin Bonsor, is precise.
How Wildfires Work. ‘Everything has a temperature at which it will burst into flames. This temperature is called a material's flash point. Wood's flash point is 572 degrees Fahrenheit (300 C). When wood is heated to this temperature, it releases hydrocarbon gases that mix with oxygen in the air, combust and create fire.’ (43)
So, again: What kind of fire left ‘molten metal’ in Lahaina Town and yet did NOT ignite trees? What kind of heat have we seen NOT ignite Aspen leaves, Pine needles, and grass? (44)
What kind of racing fire turns parts of trapped cars into silvery tongues of liquified metal … on the roads of Santa Rose, California and along Lahaina’s harbor road?
What source of heat can incinerate houses to their foundations and yet leave Conifer trees still intact and green … in a ‘forest-fire’? (45)
We may know what we now see, but we should not be afraid.
We may see that Maui Police Chief John Pelletier wanted to intimidate KITV reporter Jeremy Lee with his glare at Lee’s pointed question, “They weren’t directed down Keawe Street?”, on August 23, (46)
We may see that we have nothing to fear … but plenty to remedy. We. may see that people of Lahaina and their allies round the world are unafraid. They’re NOT afraid of the truths and justice that they seek.
We can see that people of Lahaina and their allies are not afraid of the truths and the justice that they seek.
We may see that even the Directed Energy Weapons sold by Lockheed Martin and Nortrhup Grumman and Raytheon to the United States’ Armed Forces and the Department of Defense are nothing to fear. These DEW are meant to intimidate, too, but their use ultimately depends on people’s will.
Archie Kalepa is one member of Na ‘Ohana o lele’ in Lahaina. He spoke at the group’s media-conference in Wahikuli Beach Park on August 18. Archie Kalepa spoke about “some core values, and I’m going to keep it really simple. He said in the KIYV video report at 14:40: “Love your family, take care of the land, and you will building your community.” (47)
All that we billions who care for each have to do is to keep up our giving and shining our lights to and with Lahaina.
LINKS TO PRINT AND VIDEO
Nā ʻOhana o Lele, a coalition of community members in Lahaina, today called on Governor Josh Green to meet three demands for the recovery of the community.
Tiare to NBC News August 14
34. KITV recipients list
38. Maaelea Bay
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