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State senator films Maili brush fire, police standoff while riding bus

  • Firefighters battled a large brush fire raging Wednesday afternoon in Maili at Farrington Highway and Kaukama Road.

    VIDEO COURTESY PATRICK COSTA

  • COURTESY ELIZABETH TORRESIN

    The fire, which appeared to have blackened much of Puu O Hulu, the towering coastal hill that is home to the Maili pillboxes, started at 3:14 p.m Wednesday and was contained at 5:09 p.m.

A possible arson suspect was taken into police custody in connection with a brush fire that burned 20 acres in Maili Wednesday afternoon.

The man was arrested not only on suspicion of arson but a number of different charges, an officer at the Waianae police substation said tonight.

No other details were available, he said.

The fire, which appeared to have blackened much of Puu O Hulu, the towering coastal hill that is home to the Maili pillboxes, started at 3:14 p.m and was contained at 5:09 p.m., said Honolulu Fire Capt. Scot Seguirant.

He said 12 units and 31 firefighters, including the Honolulu Fire Department’s A-1 helicopter, battled the blaze near Kaukama Road and Farrington Highway.

State Sen. Maile Shimabukuro happened to be riding TheBus home from the state Capitol and took photos of the large brush fire as the bus slowly moved through congested traffic.

Later, the bus came upon a roadside confrontation on Farrington Highway near Leihoku Street. Shimabukuro continued taking video footage, which showed a police officer was pointing a gun at a man, who was holding an object by his side that looked like a 2-foot-long stick or cylinder and yelling.

Some 25 feet away from the standoff was a smaller fire that appeared to have been recently started near the highway’s shoulder, she said.

Officials did not confirm whether the confrontation caught on video by Shimabukuro was related to the fires.

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