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Rain unleashes mudslide near Makua Cave, mud closes South Kihei Road on Maui

By Star-Advertiser Staff

LAST UPDATED: 10:07 a.m. HST, Dec 26, 2010

This morning's rain triggered a small landslide near Makua Cave near Farrington Highway but traffic is uninterrupted, according to the city's Deparmtent of Emergency Management.

A crew from the state Department of Transportation is cleaning up the debris, said Peter Hirai, deputy director of the city's Department of Emergency Management.

About six cubic yards of debris let loose around 6:30 a.m. today, Hirai said.

In Mililani, a car also hit a boulder that fell onto Kamehameha Highway at Kipapa Gulch around 6:30 a.m.

On Maui, South Kihei road remains closed this morning between North Kihei Road and Welakahao Road after overflowing culverts deposited mud on South Kihei Road last night, said state Civil Defense spokeswoman Shelly Ichishita.

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