County / In Brief

Work on Hana Highway to disrupt traffic

A 5-mile portion of Hana Highway in the vicinity of Wailua between Waikani Falls and Kapaula Gulch will have single-lane closures this week while roadway improvement work is done, according to the state Department of Transportation.

Work is scheduled 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Friday on the highway between Mileposts 19 and 24, the department said.

Closure schedules may change and are subject to weather conditions.

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Alleged threat with knife nets 2 arrests

Two men have been arrested for threatening two brothers, who reported fearing for their lives when they were challenged to a fight and threatened with a knife at Kanaha Beach Park last week, according to police.

Shaun Shine, 26, of Pukalani and Tex Boisey, 32, of Wailuku were both charged with first-degree terroristic threatening after being arrested Wednesday.

Shine was released after posting $5,000 bail. Boisey was released on supervision after appearing in Wailuku District Court.

According to police, Shine and Boisey arrived at the park in a gold Toyota Camry and got into an argument with one of the brothers. During the argument, Boisey told Shine to “get the gun,” and he retrieved a handgun from the trunk of the vehicle, police said. While holding the weapon at his side, Shine challenged the brothers “to bang,” according to police.

Shine also retrieved a knife with a 1-foot-long metal blade from the car, pointed it at one brother and said, “I cut you up,” according to police.

In addition to the brothers, bystanders reported being fearful of Shine and Boisey, who left in the car, police said. The two suspects were arrested shortly afterward at 9:47 a.m. in the parking lot of Pukalani Terrace Center.

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KIRC announces weekend trolling dates

The waters around Kahoolawe are open for trolling to registered vessels Saturday and Sunday, the Kaho’olawe Island Reserve Commission announced.

The Kaho’olawe Island Reserve also will be open for trolling Oct. 18-19.

All vessels must register annually with the commission before entering the reserve to troll on the designated dates. Registered vessels also are required to file a catch report with the commission any time they fish in the reserve, whether fish are caught or not.

A $25 permitting fee will be applied to the required registration process.

Access to the Kaho’olawe Island Reserve waters is highly restricted because of the continued presence of unexploded ordnance, as well as for the protection of marine resources within the reserve.

To register with the KIRC or for more information, contact Dean Tokishi at 243-5889 or dtokishi@kirc.hawaii.gov, or go to kahoolawe.hawaii.gov to download a registration packet.

Registration packets also are available at the Division of Boating and Recreation at 101 Maalaea Boat Harbor Road.

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Monday registration deadline for voters

The deadline to register to vote in the general election is Monday, the Office of Elections and County Clerks of Hawaii said.

To be eligible to vote, a person must be a U.S. citizen, a resident of Hawaii and at least 18 years old.

Registered voters who have changed their name or moved since the last election should re-register before the voter registration deadline.

Wikiwiki Voter Registration Forms are available at post offices, public libraries, the Office of the Maui County Clerk, most state agencies and on the Office of Elections website, www.hawaii.gov/elections.

Forms also may be found in the Yellow Pages in the phone book.

Completed voter registration forms must be turned in to the clerk’s office by 4:30 p.m. or postmarked by Monday if mailed.

Currently, the state has more than 707,000 registered voters. The general election is Nov. 4.

For more information, go to the Office of Elections website or call (808) 453-8683.

County / In Brief

German man injured in fall from waterfall

A 25-year-old German visitor fell 30 feet from the top of a waterfall at the Bamboo Forest on Friday afternoon and had to be airlifted to safety, fire officials said.

Firefighters responded to the call at about 4 p.m. The man was airlifted by the Fire Department’s Air One helicopter to a landing zone and flown to Maui Memorial Medical Center in stable condition by Maui Medevac, Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga said.

The victim suffered injuries to his chin, jaw and elbow from his fall, he said.

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‘Shed the Light’ event set for Oct. 7

Dr. Lorrin Pang, one of the people behind the genetically modified organism moratorium ballot initiative; a University of Hawaii tropical agriculture professor; and the coordinator of Seeds of Truth will be speaking at a “Shed The Light” event on GMOs and the experimental chemicals associated with them from 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Kihei Community Center.

Pang, who is the state Health Department’s Maui District health officer but is acting as a private citizen on the ballot measure; Hector Valenzuela, Ph.D, with the UH College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, and Melissa Yee, coordinator for Seeds of Truth, acupuncturist and beekeeper, will be speaking on the health and environmental effects of GMOs, according to a news release about the event.

For more information, contact Donnie Becker at 214-4036 or onlyonemaui@aol.com.

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Submissions sought for craft fair guide

The Maui News’ annual Holiday Craft Fair Guide will be published in the Oct. 19 issue.

To be included in the guide, submit the following information no later than 5 p.m. Oct. 13.

* Name of the event.

* Sponsoring organizations or businesses.

* Date and time.

* Location.

* A general description of the kinds of items that will be available.

* Admission fee, if any.

* Whether more crafters are being accepted.

* Contact person (first and last name) and contact information (phone and/or email).

* Photos may be submitted for consideration. Email digital images in tif, jpg or eps formats with a minimum resolution of 300 pixels per inch at 6 inches wide for horizontals and 4 inches wide for verticals. Individuals in photos must by identified by first and last name.

Submit the material by mail to The Maui News, Holiday Craft Fair Guide, 100 Mahalani St., Wailuku 96793, by email to citydesk@mauinews.com or by fax to 242-9087.

County / In Brief

Public’s help sought in locating suspect

Maui police are seeking the public’s help in locating a suspect in a vehicle theft and fraudulent use of a credit card case.

Between Aug. 19 and 20, someone entered an unsecured vehicle, parked in a lot at 2218 S. Kihei Road. The offenders took items from the victim’s vehicle, including several credit cards.

Later, the victim’s credit card company reported that someone used the victim’s credit card at the Kihei Longs Drugs on Aug. 19 at 10:30 p.m. and on Aug. 20 at 1 a.m. The person using the card was caught on surveillance video at the store.

Anyone having information regarding the identity of the Caucasian male caught on the surveillance video should contact Detective Gordon Sagun at 875-5406 during business hours, 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. On nonbusiness hours and on weekends, call the police nonemergency number at 244-6400.

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Maui County expected to see high surf

A high-surf advisory has been posted for south-facing shores of Maui County until 6 p.m. today, the National Weather Service said.

Surf heights of 6 to 8 feet are expected along south-facing shores through this afternoon. A combination of an extended period of a north-northeast swell combined with locally generated wind waves is generating the higher-than-normal surf along south-facing shores.

The weather service said residents can expect strong breaking waves, shore breaks and strong longshore and rip currents.

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Flags to be at half-staff today for Herkes

U.S. and Hawaii flags will fly at half-staff today in honor of former state lawmaker Robert “Bob” Herkes.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie has ordered flags at half-staff at all state offices and agencies and at the Hawaii National Guard from sunrise to sunset today, the day of Herkes’ memorial service.

He died Aug. 21 at the age of 83.

Herkes was serving on the Hawaii County Council from 1984 to 1987, when he was appointed by then-Gov. John Waihee to fill a Hawaii Island state Senate seat vacated by Richard Henderson. He then went on to serve in the state House from 1992 to 2000 and 2002 to 2012 as the representative for primarily the Puna and Kona districts.

“His long career in public service brought about countless benefits for Hawaii Island, including his integral role in incorporating the appropriation for the first FEMA-certified shelter in Kau, providing a drinking water system for Ocean View and establishing a mobile medical van to bring basic medical services to rural areas,” Abercrombie said.

“His fierce dedication to the people of the Big Island and our entire state will be remembered,” he said.

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Assistance available for storm damage

Farmers and ranchers whose fence lines or other conservation practices were damaged by Hurricane Iselle may be eligible to apply for financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The USDA Farm Service Agency has requested $1.35 million in Emergency Conservation Program funding for producers in Maui and Hawaii counties, agency officials said in a news release. The program gives farmers and ranchers the money to remove debris from farmland, restore fences and conservation structures and grade and shape farmland damaged by a natural disaster. Eligible producers may have up to 75 percent of repair costs covered by federal funds.

The deadline for applications is Oct. 31.

To be eligible, Hurricane Iselle must have created new conservation problems that, if untreated, would impair or endanger the land and affect its productive capacity. Conservation problems existing prior to the hurricane are ineligible for federal assistance.

To apply for the Emergency Conservation Program funding, call the Maui County FSA Office at 871-5500, ext. 2, or toll free at (866) 465-0519 to make an appointment.

For more information, visit www.fsa.usda.gov/hi.

County/In Brief

Wells Street work to begin Saturday

Road reconstruction on Wells Street in Wailuku will done on weekends beginning Saturday and will cause some traffic disruptions, Maui County said.

The work on Saturdays and Sundays will run from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Major construction is expected to be completed by Oct. 19, with minor weekday work expected to be completed by the end of November.

Work will not take place during the weekend of the Maui Fair, Oct. 4 and 5.

The first phase of construction will be on Wells Street between High and Church streets, the next phase between Church and Kinipopo streets, and the final phase between Kinipopo Street and Waiale Road.

Area residents have been notified, and work is being done primarily on weekends to minimize traffic disruptions, the county said. Motorists are asked to comply with traffic control measures while driving through the work zones.

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Blue Angels’ practices delay flights

About a half-dozen interisland flights were delayed in and out of Kahului Airport on Thursday afternoon because the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels flight demonstration team was doing “aerobatic stuff” in the vicinity of Honolulu International Airport, said Maui District Airports Manager Marvin Moniz.

“We’re not closed,” Moniz said of Kahului Airport on Thursday afternoon.

He did say that some incoming and outgoing interisland flights were rescheduled, with delays from 10 to 15 minutes and as much as 30 minutes Thursday afternoon. He said that he expected some delayed interisland flights today as well.

Flights from Kahului to the Mainland were not affected, he said.

The “Wings Over the Pacific” air show is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at Hickam Field at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Honolulu residents were advised to expect noise from the Blue Angels’ practice sessions from 4 to 5:15 p.m. Thursday and today and during the air show from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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Man allegedly struck by excavator dies

A 61-year-old Wailuku man died after he was allegedly struck by an excavator in an industrial accident in Kihei early Thursday, police said.

He was identified as Paul Thomas Williams.

Kihei patrol officers were called to respond to the job site in the Azeka Mauka parking lot at 1279 S. Kihei Road at 1:31 a.m. A co-worker reported finding the victim unresponsive on the ground, police said.

Williams wasn’t breathing when emergency workers arrived to try to revive him, police said. He couldn’t be revived and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

An autopsy is pending to determine cause of death.

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Beach cleanups planned for weekend

Maui Huliau Foundation and Hawaii Wildlife Fund are hosting beach cleanups Saturday and Sunday at the Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge boardwalk and Ka’ehu Beach in Waiehu.

The events are part of Malama Maui Nui’s monthlong “Get the Drift and Bag-it” cleanup series and run from 9 a.m. to noon. Cleanup supplies will be provided and participants should bring a refillable water bottle and sun protection.

Maui Huliau is offering transportation for youths ages 12 to 18 for both cleanups.

Youths can earn service points for participating through Maui Huliau’s youth leaders program. For more information on the program, visit www.mauihuliaufoundation.org/hyl or call 757-2100.

For more information on the cleanups, visit www.mauihuliaufoundation.org or www.facebook.com/events/1695743450650115.

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Price of gas on Maui drops by 2 cents

The average price for unleaded regular gas in Wailuku was $4.40 a gallon, down 2 cents from last week, the AAA Hawaii Weekend Gas Watch reported.

The price is 3 cents lower than last month and 13 cents less than last year.

The statewide average gas price was $4.22 a gallon, which was 3 cents less than last week and 8 cents less than last month.

The Wailuku price, again, was the highest of the three island locations surveyed. Honolulu’s average price was $4.15 a gallon, down 4 cents from last week and down 10 cents from last month. The Hilo average price for regular unleaded was $4.10 cents a gallon, which was 2 cents higher than last week but 5 cents lower than last month.

Prices are derived from fleet vehicle credit card transactions at more than 120,000 stations around the country and are the combined averages of the last card swipe Wednesday.

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Hawaii Health Connector to hold expo

The Hawaii Health Connector will host a small business expo from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Queen Ka’ahumanu Center.

Small businesses will have a chance to ask about and sign up for health insurance through the Health Connector. Business owners may receive information on how they can provide health care coverage for their employees and qualify for tax credits through the state’s Small Business Health Options Program. These tax credits only are accessible through the Health Connector.

Individuals and families also are invited to learn if they may be eligible for zero or low-cost health insurance.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit hawaiihealthconnector.com/event/free-small-business-expo-live-entertainment-vendors.

County/In Brief

Brush fire in Lahaina fully contained

Fire crews doused hot spots Wednesday morning after a 10-acre brush fire in Lahaina was declared 100 percent contained Tuesday night, a fire official said.

No injuries or losses were reported in the fire that was reported at 3:49 p.m. Tuesday in the area above Honoapiilani Highway and Keawe Street.

The fire was contained at 9 p.m. Tuesday. The cause remained undetermined.

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Kealia Pond visitor center still closed

The Kealia Pond Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center remains closed because of ongoing mechanical problems with heating, ventilation and its air-conditioning system, according to an announcement.

The center has been closed since May 19. An announcement will be made prior to its reopening, which is expected in weeks, officials said.

The refuge is still open for wildlife observation from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. It’s closed weekends and on federal holidays.

Visitors continue to have access to the refuge’s bird-viewing area to observe Hawaiian wetland birds and nesting Hawaiian stilts and coots in their natural habitat, along with other wetland species.

The Kealia Coastal Boardwalk is open and accessible seven days a week from sunrise until 7 p.m.

The refuge is at Milepost 6 on the Mokulele Highway in Kihei. The boardwalk is on North Kihei Road between Kihei and Maalaea.

For more information, go to www.fws.gov/refuge/Kealia_Pond/.

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Holiday Craft Guide seeking entries

The Maui News’ annual Holiday Craft Fair Guide will be published in the Oct. 19 issue.

To be included in the guide, submit the following information no later than 5 p.m. Oct. 13.

* Name of the event.

* Sponsoring organizations or businesses.

* Date and time.

* Location.

* A general description of the kinds of items that will be available.

* Admission fee, if any.

* Whether more crafters are being accepted.

* Contact person (first and last name) and contact information (phone and/or email).

* Photos may be submitted for consideration. Email digital images in tif, jpg or eps formats with a minimum resolution of 300 pixels per inch at 6 inches wide for horizontals and 4 inches wide for verticals. Individuals in photos must by identified by first and last name.

Submit the material by mail to The Maui News, Holiday Craft Fair Guide, 100 Mahalani St., Wailuku 96793, by email to city citydesk@mauinews.com or by fax to 242-9087.

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Flags at half-staff today for Rep. Jones

U.S. and Hawaii state flags will be flown at half-staff at all state offices and agencies from sunrise to sunset today in memory of the late former Oahu state Rep. Merwyn Jones, the Governor’s Office announced Wednesday.

A memorial service will be held today for Jones, 76, who was elected to the 44th House District in 1994 and served the Waianae-Makaha community for four years.

Jones was chairman of the House Agriculture Committee from 1997 to 1998. He previously served as executive director for the Office of Community Service and deputy director for the Department of Hawaiian Homes Lands and for the Department of Human Services.

“Merwyn Jones worked for the state in various capacities for nearly 30 years and will be remembered as a man devoted to improving his leeward Oahu community and all of Hawaii,” Gov. Neil Abercrombie said. “We extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to the Jones ohana.”

Flags also will be flown at half-staff at the Hawaii National Guard.

County/In Brief

Visitor dies after being pulled from water

A visitor from South Korea died Sunday afternoon after being pulled from the water at Kaanapali Beach, police said.

Witnesses found the 31-year-old man motionless in the water and brought him to shore. Police, fire crews and medics responded to the 3:24 p.m. call to the Black Rock area fronting the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa.

CPR was performed at the scene, police said, but the man died.

He was identified as Woonsaek Baek.

An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

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Water system work set to disrupt traffic

Work on water system improvements by the state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands will be disrupting traffic for residents in the Kula Kai and Kula Mala subdivisions.

Contractor ROJAC Construction has begun work on the project, which is scheduled for completion Feb. 28. Crews will be onsite from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays.

Access to the project site will be through the Haleakala Ranch gate at the top of Ka Drive. Construction vehicles will use the route from Kula Highway, to Omaopio Road, to Lower Kula Road, and onto Ka Drive to the ranch.

Although the work is on ranch lands, there will be large vehicle traffic on Ka Drive.

The contractor also is providing dust mitigation.

Questions or concerns should be referred to ROJAC Construction at 986-1105 or DHHL project manager Stewart Matsunaga by phone at (808) 620-9283 or email at stewart.t.matsunaga@hawaii.gov.

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Police investigations net two suspensions

Two Maui Police Department officers received five-day suspensions as part of internal investigations that concluded in August, police reported.

Police said one suspension was for exercising “poor judgment in disclosing information considered confidential” in November. In addition to the suspension, the officer was transferred, police said.

The other five-day suspension was for failing to properly investigate and to document an incident in December.

A written reprimand was given to an officer who, “while off duty, failed to ensure safekeeping of department property” in January.

An oral reprimand was given to an officer who “failed to maintain professional conduct” while off duty.

Allegations were not sustained that an officer allegedly used unnecessary force in an arrest in September 2013 and that an employee allegedly released confidential information in February.

The names of the officers were not made public.

People who wish to comment on the Maui Police Department or the actions of its employees may contact the employee’s commander or write to Chief Tivoli Faaumu in care of the Maui Police Department, 55 Mahalani St., Wailuku 96793.

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Annual craft guide accepting submissions

The Maui News’ annual Holiday Craft Fair Guide will be published in the Oct. 19 issue. To be included in the guide, submit the following information no later than 5 p.m. Oct. 13.

* Name of the event.

* Sponsoring organizations or businesses.

* Date and time.

* Location.

* A general description of the kinds of items that will be available.

* Admission fee, if any.

* Whether more crafters are being accepted.

* Contact person (first and last name) and contact information (phone and/or email).

* Photos may be submitted for consideration. Email digital images in tif, jpg or eps formats with a minimum resolution of 300 pixels per inch at 6 inches wide for horizontals and 4 inches wide for verticals. Individuals in photos must by identified by first and last name.

Submit the material by mail to The Maui News, Holiday Craft Fair Guide, 100 Mahalani St., Wailuku 96793, by email to citydesk@mauinews.com or by fax to 242-9087.

County/In Brief

Police chief interview to be streamed live

New Police Chief Tivoli Faaumu will be interviewed by Shaggy Jenkins in a program to air today on TV and radio.

The hourlong program will air at 5 p.m. on Akaku Channel 55 and K-AKU 88.5 FM, according to a news release. It will also be streamed live at akaku.org.

Members of the public are welcome to submit questions for Faaumu at live@akaku.org.

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Kaiser surgery center nets accreditation

Kaiser Permanente’s Wailuku Ambulatory Surgery Center has received a three-year accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, the highest level of achievement in the program, Kaiser Permanente said Friday.

The Wailuku facility is the only AAAHC-accredited ambulatory surgery center on Maui and is one of only 14 accredited facilities in the state. The accreditation process required self-assessment and an onsite survey by national experts involved in ambulatory health care, Kaiser said.

“This accreditation is a testament to our excellent care teams and their dedication to our patients,” said Dr. Anita R. Gambhir, medical director of the ambulatory surgery center at Wailuku Medical Office.

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Bailey museum to host Kahoolawe exhibit

A photography exhibition portraying the return of Kahoolawe to the people of Hawaii some 20 years ago will be on display until Nov. 3 at the Bailey House Museum.

The exhibit, “He Moku Poina ‘Ole, An Island Not Forgotten” is produced by the Kaho’olawe Island Reserve Commission and features pieces from archaeologist and writer Rowland Reeve, as well as Hawaii photographers Wayne Levin, Franco Salmoiraghi and David Ulrich.

Selections from the Bishop Museum’s “Kaho’olawe: Rebirth of a Sacred Hawaiian Island” (1996, Honolulu) and Smithsonian Institution’s “Ke Aloha Kupaa I Ka Aina – Steadfast Love for the Land” (2002, Washington, D.C.) also will be displayed.

For more information on the Kaho’olawe Island Reserve Commission, go to facebook.com/KircMaui or kahoolawe.hawaii.gov.

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Guide to holiday fairs seeks submissions

The Maui News’ annual Holiday Craft Fair Guide will be published in the Oct. 19 issue. To be included in the guide, submit the following information no later than 5 p.m. Oct. 13.

* Name of the event.

* Sponsoring organizations or businesses.

* Date and time.

* Location.

* A general description of the kinds of items that will be available.

* Admission fee, if any.

* Whether more crafters are being accepted.

* Contact person (first and last name) and contact information (phone and/or email).

* Photos may be submitted for consideration. Email digital images in tif, jpg or eps formats with a minimum resolution of 300 pixels per inch at 6 inches wide for horizontals and 4 inches wide for verticals. Individuals in photos must by identified by first and last name.

Submit the material by mail to The Maui News, Holiday Craft Fair Guide, 100 Mahalani St., Wailuku 96793, by email to citydesk@mauinews.com or by fax to 242-9087.

County / In Brief

Five people homeless after fire in Haiku

A Haiku structure fire left five people, including two adults and three children, homeless Saturday afternoon, Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga reported.

At 2:37 p.m., Paia firefighters were dispatched to a structure fire on Hahana Road, he said, while Makawao firefighters also were called in to assist.

Firefighters made their way down the road into a gulch, where the structure was located, he said. They found a 20-by-20-foot structure fully engulfed in flames. It was destroyed.

American Red Cross volunteers assisted the displaced people, he said. The fire’s cause remained under investigation. Monetary losses were estimated at $60,000 for the structure and $50,000 for belongings.

The fire was brought under control at 3:30 p.m., Mainaga said.

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Blood Bank to host 4 drives in October

The Blood Bank of Hawaii is holding four blood drives in October on Maui.

They are scheduled for:

* Oct. 20, 9:15 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Kamehameha Schools Maui gym, 270 Aapueo Parkway, Pukalani.

* Oct. 21, 7:30 a.m.-1:45 p.m., Cameron Center Auditorium, 95 Mahalani St., Wailuku

* Oct. 22, 9:45 a.m.-4:45 p.m., Cameron Center Auditorium.

* Oct. 23, 8 a.m.-1:45 p.m., Cameron Center Auditorium.

To schedule an appointment, call (808) 848-4770 or see www.bbh.org.

The requirements to donate blood include being in good health, 18 years or older (17 with signed Blood Bank of Hawaii consent form), weighing 110 pounds or more and bringing a valid photo ID with date of birth.

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Zero waste to be panel discussion topic

A panel discussion on “zero waste” will be held during a Tuesday meeting of the Maui County Council’s Infrastructure and Environmental Management Committee, according to an announcement.

The panel will meet at 1:30 p.m. and consider a resolution to adopt the principles of zero waste as a waste management policy for the county. “Zero waste” calls for sending no trash to landfills or incinerators. Instead, all solid waste would be reused.

“A zero waste policy is the sustainable approach to waste management that the county needs,” committee Chairwoman Elle Cochran said.

Scheduled panelists include: Timothy Botkin, program coordinator for Sustainable Science Management Program at the University of Hawaii Maui College; Jeff Stark of Zero Waste Campaign Maui; Jennifer Chirico of Susty Pacific, a sustainability consulting firm; Allison Fraley, solid waste program coordinator for Kauai County; and Pat Gegen of Zero Waste Kauai, a community organization that promotes zero waste principles.

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Record high temperature set at airport

A record high of 95 degrees was set at Kahului Airport on Saturday, smashing the old record by three degrees, the National Weather Service reported.

The previous record of 92 degrees for the date had been set Sept. 20, 1996, officials said.

Also Saturday, Hilo tied a record high temperature of 90 degrees, the same high reached on the date in 1981.

County / In Brief

Missed trash due to staff shortage

A manpower shortage led to missed trash pickups in the Haiku area Friday, the county Solid Waste Division announced.

The missed pickup is expected to be made up today.

Areas affected include Haiku, Holokai, Kauhikoa, Kaupakalua, East and West Kuiaha, Peahi and Ulumalu roads; and Luahine and Nanihoku places; and all surrounding streets.

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Update on DHHL topic of meeting

The Hawaiian Homes Commission will meet Monday and Tuesday at the Paukukalo Community Center in Wailuku, according to an announcement.

The commission’s regular meeting begins at 10 a.m. Monday and continues at noon Tuesday. A community meeting will begin at 6 p.m. Monday at the community center.

The agenda for that meeting includes an update on the state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands from 6 to 6:30 p.m., a homestead community update from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and an open house from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

During the open house portion of the community meeting, representatives from DHHL divisions will be available for one-on-one consultation with beneficiaries. Community organizations will staff informational booths.

For more information, call DHHL’s Information and Community Relations Office on Oahu at (808) 620-9590.

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Health funds to expand services

Three Maui County health centers have received funds from the Affordable Care Act to expand primary care services.

The Hana Community Health Center received $191,554, the Lanai Community Health Center received $190,012, and the Molokai Ohana Health Care Inc. received $193,500.

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services awarded a total of about $2.4 million to 11 health centers in Hawaii, according to a news release. In addition to creating an estimated 38 new jobs, the funds allow health centers to stay open for longer hours and expand the care they provide to include new services like oral health, mental and behavioral health, pharmacy and vision services, according to the release.

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Material sought for holiday guide

The Maui News’ annual Holiday Craft Fair Guide will be published in the Oct. 19 issue.

To be included in the guide, submit the following information no later than 5 p.m. Oct. 13.

* Name of the event.

* Sponsoring organizations or businesses.

* Date and time.

* Location.

* A general description of the kinds of items that will be available.

* Admission fee, if any.

* Whether more crafters are being accepted.

* Contact person (first and last name) and contact information (phone and/or email).

* Photos may be submitted for consideration. Email digital images in tif, jpg or eps formats with a minimum resolution of 300 pixels per inch at 6 inches wide for horizontals and 4 inches wide for verticals. Individuals in photos must by identified by first and last name.

Submit the material by mail to The Maui News, Holiday Craft Fair Guide, 100 Mahalani St., Wailuku 96793, by email to city

desk@mauinews.com or by fax to 242-9087.

County/In Brief

Man indicted, arrested in drug probe

A 55-year-old man was arrested after being indicted along with three others in a drug investigation.

Vernon Vierra is being held in lieu of $300,000 bail at the Maui Community Correctional Center. After initially appearing Monday in 2nd Circuit Court, Vierra has a continued arraignment scheduled Oct. 1.

Vierra is charged with first-degree promotion of a detrimental drug, second-degree promotion of a detrimental drug, first-degree methamphetamine trafficking, third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, three counts of possessing drug paraphernalia and three counts of fourth-degree promotion of a harmful drug.

Co-defendants in the case are Garrick Kanae, 53, of Wailuku; Chester Mahuna, 59, of Wailuku; and Kauila Houpo, 35, of Waihee. Houpo was the Baldwin girls volleyball coach through the 2012 season.

According to the Hawaii Criminal Justice Data Center, Vierra has 34 convictions, including ones for second-degree robbery, second-degree assault, third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug and drunken driving.

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Schools earn video storytelling honors

Seabury Hall Middle and Lahainaluna High schools captured awards in PBS Hawaii’s HIKI NO Awards, which recognizes excellence in student video storytelling.

Seabury Hall Middle took the Best Personal Profile middle school category with a piece titled “21st Century Cowgirl,” about Liloa Akoi-Reber, a young rodeo athlete who lives on Ulupalakua Ranch and carries on her family’s paniolo traditions.

Lahainaluna won in the same category but in the high school category for a video on Kimberly Yap, a classmate who is torn between the Western culture and her family’s Micronesian cultural values.

The two Maui schools were among 27 nominated public, private and charter schools in the third year of the awards. The winners were announced Wednesday via an online, interactive live stream.

A panel of local news veterans determined the winners. Each winning school will receive a trophy and $500 in media equipment.

The nominated stories were televised on PBS Hawaii last school year on “HIKI NO,” a statewide student news network with 86 public, private and charter schools.

All nominated stories may be viewed online at pbshawaii.org/hikinoawards.

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High AP exam average for Maui student

Bryson Galapon of Maui High School was named one of two Hawaii’s 2014 Advanced Placement Scholars for scoring 3 or higher on the greatest number of AP exams and having the highest average score on all AP exams taken.

The scoring is on a 5-point scale. The average score is 3.5.

Students who succeed on AP exams may earn college credit, advanced placement or both. These students normally take AP courses in high school, which are college-level courses.

Galapon and Christopher Min Sung Kim, also of Maui High, both qualified for the National AP Scholar Award by earning an average score of 4 or higher on all AP exams taken and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams, according to a news release from the state Department of Education.

A record 492 public high school students from across Hawaii have earned AP Scholar Awards for exceptional achievement in rigorous college-level courses, according to the College Board.

County/In Brief

Probe nets arrests, recovery of property

Police recovered two stolen vehicles and other stolen property and arrested three Kihei residents in an investigation into the theft of beachgoers’ belongings Friday from the shoreline at Ahihi Cove.

Royce Rivera, 28, Kyle Reed, 21, and Jessica Carlascio, 29, were each charged with two counts of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, two counts of second-degree theft and third-degree theft. Bail was set at $22,000 each.

The thefts of beachgoers’ personal property and the keys to the two vehicles occurred Friday morning. After an employee gave police the license plate number of a tan sport utility vehicle that had been seen going back and forth in the area, police located the car at a gas station across from Kalama Park, with Rivera in it, police said.

Nearly all of the stolen property, including credit cards, identification and car keys, was recovered at the residence of a friend of Rivera, police said. The two stolen vehicles were found parked in Makena, police said.

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Man arrested on abuse, assault charges

A Kihei man was arrested for punching a woman, who suffered a fractured jaw in the assault Sunday afternoon, police said.

Caven Campbell, 48, was charged with abuse and second-degree assault.

Police were sent to Alena Place in Kihei at 5:08 p.m. Sunday after the woman got into a heated argument with Campbell, who is her brother-in-law, police said. The argument turned physical, with Campbell punching the 48-year-old woman in the jaw, causing injury to the left side of her jaw, police said.

She was transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center, where the fractured jaw was diagnosed.

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Suspect allegedly strikes officer in face

A man who was being sought in a robbery investigation was arrested Sept. 9 after he tried to flee from police and allegedly struck an officer in the face, police said.

Dominic Deldotto, 33, of Waiehu was charged with first-degree assault on a police officer. His bail was set at $5,000. He also was being held on a no-bail warrant for parole violation.

Police had been looking for Deldotto after a tourist from England was struck on the right side of her face by an unknown object in the area known as Windmills at 5:30 p.m. May 14. After she was struck and her vehicle key was taken, she saw a male running toward her parked car and driving off in the vehicle.

At about 11 that night, the car was found parked at Wal-Mart in Kahului and was processed for evidence.

Detective Gordon Sagun showed the woman a photo lineup of possible suspects, and she picked out Deldotto, police said.

Police were called at 7:35 p.m. Sept. 9 when Deldotto was seen in the Sack N Save store in Waiehu, where he was located, police said.

The officer who was struck in the face by Deldotto declined medical treatment for injuries to his mouth.

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Visitor charged in threatening incident

A man who punched another man, uprooted a sign and threatened to kill people at a pool area of a Wailea vacation rental complex was arrested Monday, police said.

William Alexander, 44, of Bozeman, Mont., was charged with second-degree assault and first-degree terroristic threatening. His bail was set at $2,000.

Police were called to the Palms at Wailea at 10:30 a.m. to investigate a report that a belligerent man wearing black underwear was being disorderly.

Police said Alexander became upset and punched a man in the face, then threatened to kill people in the area. Alexander also grabbed a sign from a grassy area, pulled it out of the ground and began using it as a weapon by swinging it toward people, police said. One person suffered abrasions to a wrist after being struck by the sign, police said.

Alexander had been subdued at the property when police arrived and arrested him.

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Research findings on cats meeting topic

A presentation on initial research on Maui cats, organized by the Maui Humane Society and The Humane Society of the United States, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Kihei Community Center.

The goal of the partnership and the study is to identify solutions to reducing the number of free-roaming and feral animals, according to a news release about the event.

John Hadidian and John Boone will present the initial findings of cat population research conducted at Kanaha Beach Park in Kahului and at Iao Valley and discuss the challenges and opportunities on how best to humanely and effectively reduce free-roaming cat populations.

Members of the Maui County Animal Coalition, including the Maui SPCA and Feline Foundation of Maui, also will discuss their ongoing efforts and services.

Public input is encouraged. The community center is located at 303 E. Lipoa St. For more information, call Maui Humane Society at 877-3680, ext. 36.

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Staff training set to delay pool openings

Openings of Wailuku, Kokua, Sakamoto and Coach Spencer Shiraishi pools in Central Maui will be delayed Tuesday due to mandatory staff training, the county announced.

The pools will open at 9:30 a.m., instead of the usual 9 a.m.

For more information, contact Recreation Specialist Duke Sevilla at 270-6135.

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Submissions being sought for craft guide

The Maui News’ annual Holiday Craft Fair Guide will be published in the Oct. 19 issue.

To be included in the guide, submit the following information no later than 5 p.m. Oct. 13.

* Name of the event.

* Sponsoring organizations or businesses.

* Date and time.

* Location.

* A general description of the kinds of items that will be available.

* Admission fee, if any.

* Whether more crafters are being accepted.

* Contact person (first and last name) and contact information (phone and/or email).

* Photos may be submitted for consideration. Email digital images in tif, jpg or eps formats with a minimum resolution of 300 pixels per inch at 6 inches wide for horizontals and 4 inches wide for verticals.

Individuals in photos must by identified by first and last name.

Submit the material by mail to The Maui News, Holiday Craft Fair Guide, 100 Mahalani St., Wailuku 96793, by email to citydesk@mauinews.com or by fax to 242-9087.

County/In Brief

DHHL to discuss extending leases

The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands will host a series of public meetings to discuss a new rule that would allow the department to extend the term of certain general leases to a maximum of up to 85 years.

Meetings will be held at DHHL District Offices from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 9. The Maui District Office is located at 655 Kaumualii St. in Wailuku. The Molokai District Office is located at 600 Maunaloa Highway, Suite D-1 in Kaunakakai.

The new rules would authorize the department to extend the term of a general lease for commercial or multipurpose projects that would allow a general lessee to make improvements to the leased property or to obtain financing for the improvement of leased lands.

To view the proposed rule amendments, go to dhhl.hawaii.gov or visit any DHHL District Office until Nov. 8 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays.

A copy of the proposed rule amendments will be mailed to any person who requests a copy in writing. The request must state the person’s name and mailing address, and be mailed to the DHHL Main Office at P.O. Box 1879, Honolulu 96805.

For more information, call (808) 620-9486.

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Island Air offering $68 fare for flights

Commuter airline Island Air is offering a $68 fare on its nonstop flights for passengers traveling interisland through Nov. 15.

“It is important for our guests to know that we hear their needs and are listening,” said Island Air Chief Executive Officer Paul Casey.

Island Air flies between Maui, Oahu, Kauai and Lanai. The airline flies 64-seat ATR-72 turboprop aircraft.

The airline is owned by billionaire Larry Ellison, who owns most of Lanai.

For more information, go to www.islandair.com or call (800) 652-6541.

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Craft fair guide seeking crafters

The Maui News’ annual Holiday Craft Fair Guide will be published in the Oct. 19 issue.

To be included in the guide, submit the following information no later than 5 p.m. Oct. 13.

* Name of the event.

* Sponsoring organizations or businesses.

* Date and time.

* Location.

* A general description of the kinds of items that will be available.

* Admission fee, if any.

* Whether more crafters are being accepted.

* Contact person (first and last name) and contact information (phone and/or email).

* Photos may be submitted for consideration. Email digital images in tif, jpg or eps formats with a minimum resolution of 300 pixels per inch at 6 inches wide for horizontals and 4 inches wide for verticals. Individuals in photos must by identified by first and last name.

Submit the material by mail to The Maui News, Holiday Craft Fair Guide, 100 Mahalani St., Wailuku 96793, by email to citydesk@mauinews. com or by fax to 242-9087.

County/In Brief

Crews extinguish driftwood fire

A 10-by-30-foot area of ocean driftwood caught fire Sunday afternoon on a rocky shoreline near Kaae Road in Paukukalo, fire officials said.

Wailuku firefighters and a Kahului water tanker responded to the fire around 3:30 p.m. on the Kahului side of the Iao Stream mouth, Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga said. He said neighbors in the area reported the fire and that no structures were threatened.

Witnesses did not know what started the fire and came to investigate when they saw smoke, Mainaga said.

The fire was extinguished around 4:20 p.m. The cause of the fire is undetermined.

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Kula Community Association to meet

Water and schools will be the focus of the Kula Community Association’s meeting Wednesday at the Kula Community Center.

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. with refreshments, followed by presentations at 7 p.m.

Maui County Council Chairwoman Gladys Baisa and the council’s Water Resource Committee Chairman Mike Victorino will provide updates on and discuss future plans for addressing Upcountry water concerns.

Principals from Kula Elementary School, Kalama Intermediate School and King Kekaulike High School will discuss programs, issues and happenings on their campuses.

The meeting is open to the public.

For more information, call Dick Mayer at 283-4376.

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Correction officer positions open

The state Department of Public Safety is looking to fill several adult correction officer positions throughout the state.

The department posted the positions online Saturday on the Department of Human Resources and Development jobseekers Web page. Recruitment will end at midnight Oct. 10.

To qualify, applicants must meet all of the requirements listed on the Web page, which include being a high school graduate or having a GED. Applicants must also have one year of responsible work experience that shows he or she possesses the ability to relate effectively with people in following the instructions of a supervisor and giving or exchanging information. For more information, go to dhrd.hawaii.gov/job-seekers.

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Submissions sought for craft fair guide

The Maui News’ annual Holiday Craft Fair Guide will be published in the Oct. 19 issue.

To be included in the guide, submit the following information no later than 5 p.m. Oct. 13.

* Name of the event.

* Sponsoring organizations or businesses.

* Date and time.

* Location.

* A general description of the kinds of items that will be available.

* Admission fee, if any.

* Whether more crafters are being accepted.

* Contact person (first and last name) and contact information (phone and/or email).

* Photos may be submitted for consideration. Email digital images in tif, jpg or eps formats with a minimum resolution of 300 pixels per inch at 6 inches wide for horizontals and 4 inches wide for verticals. Individuals in photos must by identified by first and last name.

Submit the material by mail to The Maui News, Holiday Craft Fair Guide, 100 Mahalani St., Wailuku 96793, by email to citydesk@mauinews.com or by fax to 242-9087.

County/In Brief

Wailuku retaining wall project may disrupt traffic

Work will begin today on a retaining wall at the intersection of Mill Street and Central Avenue in Wailuku.

The project involves construction of a wall approximately 115 feet long along the west corner of the intersection, according to an announcement from Maui Kupono Builders LLC.

Work will be done between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. weekdays.

Motorists should be prepared for delays and are asked to use caution in the area. For more information, call Maui Kupono Builders at 242-8180.

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Makena resort slated to host security conference

The 25th annual Hawaii State Security Conference will be held Wednesday to Friday at the Makena Beach & Golf Resort.

Speakers will include Keith Kamita, the chief special agent of the state’s Narcotics Enforcement Division, who will discuss “Drugs: Current Developments and Their Impacts to Security & Business,” and keynote speaker Gervin Miyamoto, a U.S. marshal with the District of Hawaii, who will address “The Private-Public Sector Partnership: Then and Now.”

Other discussion topics will include prostitution, crimes against children, challenges and changes in emergency management and workplace violence.

The event is open to the public, although it is geared toward those in security, said Craig Tanaka, president of the Maui County Hotel & Resort Security Association, which is hosting the conference.

For cost information and to register, contact Tanaka prior to Wednesday at 870-6780 or t36powerofonecv@gmail.com.

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High-surf advisory extended

The National Weather Service has extended a high-surf advisory for all south-facing shores in Maui County through 6 a.m. Tuesday.

Surf heights of 6 to 9 feet are expected through tonight, the National Weather Service reported. Surf heights are estimates of the faces, or fronts, of waves.

Strong breaking waves, shore break and currents could make swimming dangerous. Beachgoers, swimmers and surfers are urged to use caution.

For more information, call (866) 944-5025 or go to www.prh.noaa.gov/hnl.

County / In Brief

Crews contain 10-acre Haiku brush fire

Firefighters battled a fire near Oili Road in Haiku on Saturday that consumed about 10 acres of brush.

Crews from Paia and Kahului as well as the Air One helicopter battled the blaze, which was reported at 12:04 p.m., according to Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.

The fire was contained at 3:55 p.m., with mop-up operations continuing Saturday evening.

No structures were threatened and no injuries were reported, Mainaga said. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Celebration of health today for mothers

Mothers of all ages and stages are invited to “Mom-O-Rama,” a free celebration of moms, families and their health, from 1 to 4 p.m. today at the Queen Ka’ahumanu Center.

Women can gain tips on ways to keep themselves healthy, participate in a book swap, and learn about the Department of Transportation’s Walk Wise Hawaii and Child Passenger Safety.

Mothers also can learn about the Moms In Hawaii supportive online/offline community and meet other mothers in their Maui community.

Children are welcome. There will be activity stations for the keiki.

To register, go to www.facebook.com/MomsInHawaii.

The event is being presented by Moms In Hawaii and Hawaii Medical Service Association.

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AARP to celebrate 20 years of chartering

The Kula Chapter of AARP will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its chartering during a meeting Monday at the Kula Community Center.

The meeting will begin at 9 a.m.

Special guests include AARP State President Gerry Silva and county Budget Director Sandy Baz, who will be representing the mayor.

A potluck lunch will be provided. The public is welcome to attend.

For more information and reservations, call Diane Logsdon at 878-3448.

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DMVL offices to close for staff training

The Department of Finance Division of Motor Vehicles & Licensing satellite offices will be closed Friday for staff training.

The one-day closure will affect the Hana, Kihei, Lahaina, Lanai City, Molokai and Pukalani satellite offices.

The Kahului Service Center at Maui Mall will remain open for regular hours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, contact the DMVL call center at 270-7363.

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Training event will shutter Public Works

The county Department of Public Works Permitting Offices will be closed Tuesday for a training event.

The offices are located at 200 S. High Street in Wailuku.

People with questions about permits that day should contact the Development Services Administration Division at 270-7163.

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Submissions sought for craft fair guide

The Maui News’ annual Holiday Craft Fair Guide will be published in the Oct. 19 issue.

To be included in the guide, submit the following information no later than 5 p.m. Oct. 13.

* Name of the event.

* Sponsoring organizations or businesses.

* Date and time.

* Location.

* A general description of the kinds of items that will be available.

* Admission fee, if any.

* Whether more crafters are being accepted.

* Contact person (first and last name) and contact information (phone and/or email).

* Photos may be submitted for consideration. Email digital images in tif, jpg or eps formats with a minimum resolution of 300 pixels per inch at 6 inches wide for horizontals and 4 inches wide for verticals. Individuals in photos must by identified by first and last name.

Submit the material by mail to The Maui News, Holiday Craft Fair Guide, 100 Mahalani St., Wailuku 96793, by email to citydesk@mauinews.com or by fax to 242-9087.

County / In Brief

Sixty-acre fire in Kaanapali extinguished

A 60-acre brush fire that started above Kaanapali Coffee farm on Tuesday was declared extinguished at 6:25 a.m. Friday, a fire official said.

Several electric poles were affected and power lines were downed by the fire, which was reported at 11:46 a.m. Tuesday.

The fire had been contained by Wednesday morning, with fire crews continuing mop-up operations.

The cause wasn’t known.

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‘Meth project’ phone solicitations a scam

Police are warning residents about a telephone scam by callers pretending to represent the Maui Police Department and asking for money for a “meth project” for local schools.

MPD is not collecting funds for such a project and would not call residents by telephone to solicit monetary donations, according to an MPD news release.

Police recommend that people never provide personal, confidential or financial information to someone they don’t know. Police also recommend that people ask for proper identification and request the caller’s name, company name and phone number.

“Be aware that today’s technology can be used to mask the caller’s phone number and the caller ID could indicate the call is originating from the company/place they are pretending to be from, even though it is not,” according to police.

Suspicious activity can be reported to police at 244-6400 or crimeprevention@mpd.net.

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UH-MC assistant professor earns award

University of Hawaii Maui College assistant professor Ryan Daniels has been selected for the Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching.

Daniels is a former police officer who currently teaches students in the criminal justice program as part of the Administration of Justice Department, according to the university website.

“(His) energetic teaching style is contagious in the classroom and nearly everyone participates in each class,” according to the website. “Everyone’s voice is heard, and he takes the time to listen and respond to learning needs.”

Daniels was one of 15 University of Hawaii faculty members statewide to receive the award this year, according to a university announcement Thursday. The award recognizes faculty who exhibit an extraordinary level of subject mastery and scholarship, teaching effectiveness and creativity, and personal values beneficial to students, the website said.

The university also awarded the Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Research to three faculty members, all based at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

For more information, go to hawaii.edu/about/awards.

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Video conference for water plan meeting

The state Department of Health is seeking public input on a statewide water quality draft plan and is holding a public meeting from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday on Oahu – with video conference centers for Neighbor Island residents.

Maui residents may participate in the meeting at the Maui District Health Office Conference Room B, 210 Imi Kala St., Suite 2014 in Wailuku. The office has limited free parking.

The water quality plan describes ongoing work and future initiatives to protect and to improve the state’s water quality, as well as developing effective linkages among interagency programs, the Health Department said in a news release.

The public is encouraged to review the draft plan before the meeting; it may be viewed and downloaded at www.health.hawaii.gov/water. Additional comments and questions may be emailed to wqpcomments@doh.hawaii.gov.

The comment period on the draft water quality plan closes at 5 p.m. Oct. 17. For assistance with the Maui video conference room, call Roland Tejano at 984-8232.

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Grant to benefit Family Support Services

Maui Family Support Services received $2.1 million over three years in federal grant money to help Native Hawaiian children from birth to age 5 improve their learning skills, according to a news release from the nonprofit agency.

The money will fund Positive Impacts for Keiki Outcomes, a culture-based family strengthening project to improve learning for children from infancy to age 5 on Maui and Molokai. Funding through the PIKO project will be used to identify families of newborns at Maui Memorial Medical Center and expectant mothers on Molokai, to provide home visiting services to families with children from birth to 3-years-old on Maui and Molokai, and to support the Hana Infant and Toddler Center.

The project was one of 24 in the state funded by U.S. Department of Education with more than $8 million assisting Native Hawaiian education programs, Hawaii Sens. Mazie Hirono and Brian Schatz announced. More than $11 million was awarded to colleges and universities statewide dedicated to Native Hawaiian culture and education.

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Deadline set for craft guide submissions

The Maui News’ annual Holiday Craft Fair Guide will be published in the Oct. 19 issue. To be included in the guide, submit the following information no later than 5 p.m. Oct. 13.

* Name of the event.

* Sponsoring organizations or businesses.

* Date and time.

* Location.

* A general description of the kinds of items that will be available.

* Admission fee, if any.

* Whether more crafters are being accepted.

* Contact person (first and last name) and contact information (phone and/or email).

* Photos may be submitted for consideration. Email digital images in tif, jpg or eps formats with a minimum resolution of 300 pixels per inch at 6 inches wide for horizontals and 4 inches wide for verticals. Individuals in photos must by identified by first and last name.

Submit the material by mail to The Maui News, Holiday Craft Fair Guide, 100 Mahalani St., Wailuku 96793, by email to citydesk@mauinews.com or by fax to 242-9087.

County / In Brief

Crews battle two brush fires; no injuries

Maui firefighters battled two brush fires Thursday, a 15-acre brush fire near the Maui Lani Golf Course and a brush fire near the intersection of Haliimaile Road and Baldwin Avenue, a fire official said.

By early afternoon, firefighters were mopping up from both fires. No structures were threatened, and no injuries were reported in either fire.

The Maui Lani fire was reported at 10:17 a.m. in the area between Hoomoku Street and the golf course in Kahului, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga. Kahului, Wailuku and Kihei engine companies responded, along with tankers from Kahului and Wailea and the Fire Department’s Air One helicopter.

The fire’s cause remained under investigation.

Later Thursday, a brush fire was reported at 10:56 a.m. near Haliimaile Road and Baldwin Avenue.

A fire official said it was started by sparks from someone welding and was quickly brought under control Thursday morning in Haliimaile.

Makawao and Paia firefighters responded to the area, finding the fire that burned about one-fourth of an acre, Mainaga said.

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Kihei high school update meeting topic

An update on the new Kihei high school is on the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting of the Kihei Community Association at the Kihei Charter Middle School.

A panel has been assembled that includes state Department of Education planner Nick Nichols, Christine Ruotola, consultant with Group 70, state Sen Roz Baker and state Rep. Kaniela Ing. Andrew Beerer, founder of the Kihei High School Action Team and a Kihei Community Association director, will facilitate the discussion.

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m., but some social time with snacks will be available beginning at 6 p.m. Nonperishable food donations are accepted for the Maui Food Bank. The middle school is located at 41 E. Lipoa St.

For more information, go to www.gokihei.org or call (508) 499-9996.

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Prices at pump down a penny in Wailuku

The average price of a gallon of gasoline in Wailuku was $4.43 this week, a penny less than a week earlier, a penny less than last month and 9 cents less than the same time last year, AAA Hawaii Weekend Gas Watch reported.

Of four areas surveyed Wednesday, Wailuku had the highest gas prices by far.

Statewide, the average price was $4.26 per gallon, a cent less than last week, 6 cents less than last month and 7 cents less than a year ago. Honolulu’s average price dropped a penny from last week to $4.22 a gallon. In Hilo, the average price was $4.13 per gallon, down a cent from last week.

“Motorists are experiencing small, but slow and steady price declines throughout the islands,” said AAA Hawaii General Manager Liane Sumida.

The AAA Gas Watch is a weekly snapshot of gas prices. Prices are derived from fleet vehicle credit card transactions.

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Deadline set for craft guide submissions

The Maui News’ annual Holiday Craft Fair Guide will be published in the Oct. 19 issue.

To be included in the guide, submit the following information no later than 5 p.m. Oct. 13.

* Name of the event.

* Sponsoring organizations or businesses.

* Date and time.

* Location.

* A general description of the kinds of items that will be available.

* Admission fee, if any.

* Whether more crafters are being accepted.

* Contact person (first and last name) and contact information (phone and/or email).

* Photos may be submitted for consideration. Email digital images in tif, jpg or eps formats with a minimum resolution of 300 pixels per inch at 6 inches wide for horizontals and 4 inches wide for verticals. Individuals in photos must by identified by first and last name.

Submit the material by mail to The Maui News, Holiday Craft Fair Guide, 100 Mahalani St., Wailuku 96793, by email to citydesk@mauinews.com or by fax to 242-9087.

County / In Brief

Water to be out on Dairy Road

Some Dairy Road area businesses will be without water tonight and Friday morning while contractors connect a new waterline for the first phase of the Kahului Airport access road project, according to the Maui County Department of Water Supply.

The work is scheduled from 11 p.m. today to 6 a.m. Friday, affecting customers on Dairy Road from Alamaha Street to Puunene Avenue, as well as Pakaula, Ohekani, Lehuakona and Ala Makani streets. Customers on Hookele Street from Mokulele Highway to Pakaula Street also will be affected, along with Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. and Puunene School.

Motorists are advised to drive with caution on Dairy Road because construction workers will intermittently be working on or near the roadway.

Those affected are advised to store water for the night if needed. Customers should flush their waterlines for a short time Friday morning to ensure that no sediment has accumulated.

If a water emergency occurs, customers can call the 24-hour service line at 270-6733.

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Computer recycling Saturday

Residents interested in responsibly recycling unwanted computers and computer equipment may drop off the equipment from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Goodwill Store and Donation Center, 250 Alamaha St.

The free program is offered by Goodwill through the Dell Reconnect program. The first 50 donors will receive a free gift.

Any brand and condition of computer and equipment will be accepted.

Items that will be accepted include laptop and desktop computers, keyboards, printers, scanners, computer monitors, USB accessories, computer cords and computer mice.

The event will not accept DVD players, VCRs or stereos.

It is recommended that data be removed from hard drives and other storage devices before dropping them off at the event.

E-waste is a growing concern for the environment, and the Dell Reconnect program provides an opportunity to keep these items out of the landfill, a news release about the event said. The Dell Reconnect program has been on Oahu since 2012.

For more information on how to recycle computer, visit earth911.com.

Goodwill Industries of Hawaii helps people with employment barriers with educational, employment and training programs. For additional information, go to www.higoodwill.org.

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Parents urged to fill in federal forms

Parents of Hawaii public school students are urged to complete and return a federal impact aid program survey that was sent home last week.

The annual survey determines the number of federally connected students, which leads to federal impact aid funds, a state Department of Education news release said.

Last year, the state received more than $41 million for 28,000 federally connected students.

Hawaii’s impact aid funds have supported textbook and computer purchases, utilities and bus transportation, the DOE said.

The U.S. Coast Guard was inadvertently omitted from the form; Coast Guard families should include the Coast Guard in the area that asks about “branch of service as of survey date” or include the Coast Guard in the “name of employer” or “name of federal property” areas on the form.

Parents should contact their school if they have not yet received a survey form. Forms should be filled out and turned in as soon as possible, ideally by this month, the DOE said.

County / In Brief

Girl who died in car ID’d

A 4-year-old girl who died after she was found unresponsive in a car in the parking lot of a Honokowai apartment complex last month has been identified as Kaiohu Kapu.

Police released the girl’s name Tuesday.

No other information will be released while the investigation is pending, according to Maui police spokesman Lt. William Juan.

The child was found in the four-door sedan at about 1 p.m. Aug. 29 in the parking lot of Honokowai Kauhale apartments at 3500 Lower Honoapiilani Road, according to police.

Police said that after the girl and her family had returned home from the beach, she had been taking a nap with a parent before waking up and going to the car, possibly to get something from the vehicle. The girl apparently locked herself in the car before she was found, police said.

Police, fire crews and paramedics tried to revive the child, who was taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center for further treatment. She later died.

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Hammer allegedly used

Lahaina police arrested a 48-year-old man after he reached into another man’s truck and grabbed a hammer, then used the tool to hit a window of the truck during a confrontation Monday morning, police said.

Bail was set at $10,000 for Layne Naeole, who was charged with first-degree terroristic threatening and unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle.

The incident occurred at about 8 a.m. at Papalaua Wayside Beach Park.

Naeole was at the beach with his girlfriend when the other man showed up. Police said Naeole went up to the truck to confront the other man, who became afraid after Naeole took the hammer and hit the truck window, leaving a mark.

When the man decided to drive away, Naeole threatened to kill the other man, police said.

Lahaina patrol officers arrested Naeole about an hour and a half later.

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Two outages reported

Maui Electric Co. crews responded to at least two power outages Tuesday, one in Puukolii and the other in Spreckelsville, and utility officials were looking into the cause of the problems, an official said.

The Puukolii outage happened at 11:36 a.m. and affected six customers, MECO spokeswoman Kau’i Awai-Dickson said. Power was restored to all customers around 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Then, at 3:50 p.m., 220 customers in Spreckelsville lost power, she said. A repair crew was on the scene shortly before 5:30 p.m. Power was restored to Spreckelsville customers around 6:03 p.m., according to a news release.

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Mayor at condo council

Mayor Alan Arakawa and Maui County Council Chairwoman Gladys Baisa will be among the speakers to address the Condominium Council of Maui on Friday at the King Kamehameha Golf Club in Waikapu.

The event begins at 9 a.m. and runs until 1 p.m. A buffet lunch is included. Registration is at 8:30 a.m.

Participants can expect to learn about important changes in the law affecting condominium and community associations as well as basic parliamentary procedure according to Robert’s Rules.

Other scheduled speakers include professional parliamentarian Steve Glanstein and attorneys Jane Sugimura, Na Lan and Chris Porter.

For more information and payment details, see www.mauicondocouncil. com or call 573-4231.

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Craft fair guide set

The Maui News’ annual Holiday Craft Fair Guide will be published in the Oct. 19 issue.

To be included in the guide, submit the following information no later than 5 p.m. Oct. 13.

* Name of the event.

* Sponsoring organizations or businesses.

* Date and time.

* Location.

* A general description of the kinds of items that will be available.

* Admission fee, if any.

* Whether more crafters are being accepted.

* Contact person (first and last name) and contact information (phone and/or email).

* Photos may be submitted for consideration. Email digital images in tif, jpg or eps formats with a minimum resolution of 300 pixels per inch at 6 inches wide for horizontals and 4 inches wide for verticals. Individuals in photos must by identified by first and last name.

Submit the material by mail to The Maui News, Holiday Craft Fair Guide, 100 Mahalani St., Wailuku 96793, by email to citydesk@mauinews.com or by fax to 242-9087.

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Firefighters battle brush fire

A brush fire that started Tuesday morning above the Kaanapali Coffee farm in West Maui was 40 percent contained by 8 p.m., with firefighters remaining in the area Tuesday night to monitor the 60-acre blaze, fire officials said.

The fire started at about 11:45 a.m.

Several electrical poles were impacted along with downed power lines. Maui Electric Co. crews were on scene Tuesday night conducting repairs, fire officials said.

Two helicopters, three engine companies, three Maui Fire Department tankers and two mini brush trucks were at the scene Tuesday afternoon, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.

The county Department of Public Works was assisting with one tanker and one bulldozer, and West Maui Land Co. was providing an additional tanker.

The cause of the fire wasn’t known.

As of 4:36 p.m. Tuesday, fire officials said no injuries were reported and no structures were threatened.

County / In Brief

Arkansas visitor pulled from water dies

An Arkansas visitor was found unresponsive Monday morning while snorkeling with a tourist group off Lanai, police said.

Jane Dorn, 58, of Alexander, Ark., was a guest on the Pacific Whale Foundation’s “Discovery” snorkel cruise. When Dorn was found unresponsive, she was brought onto the vessel where people aboard tried to revive her, police said.

At about 10:35 a.m., Lanai patrol officers responded to Manele Small Boat Harbor, where Dorn was later pronounced dead, police said.

The cause of death is undetermined, pending an autopsy.

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Visitor who fell 15 feet flown to hospital

A 30-year-old female visitor who reportedly fell 15 feet at a pool in the Bamboo Forest area in East Maui on Monday afternoon was airlifted to safety then flown to Maui Memorial Medical Center, a Maui fire official said.

Paia firefighters, Kahului fire rescue personnel and the Air One chopper responded to a 3 p.m. call for a woman who fell in the second pool in the Bamboo Forest off Milepost 6.5 on Hana Highway and suffered a possible head injury, Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga said.

A caller at the scene said he believed the woman fell about 15 feet but could not provide information on the woman’s condition.

The Fire Department’s Air One helicopter arrived on the scene at about 3:30 p.m., located the woman and airlifted her to a landing zone, where the Air Med-1 helicopter flew her to the hospital, he said.

The woman suffered a left arm injury and possible head injury, Mainaga said, adding that information about her hometown was unavailable.

Her status was unavailable, but she was conscious when loaded for transport onboard Air Med-1, he said.

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Charges in alleged machete threat case

A 59-year-old Haiku man was arrested for using a machete to hit and threaten another man Saturday afternoon at Hoaloha Park in Kahului, police said.

Bail was set at $2,000 for Joseph Sturdivant. He was charged with second-degree assault and first-degree terroristic threatening.

When police went to the park at 5:45 p.m., the victim was holding his upper left arm and pointed out his assailant as Sturdivant, who was fleeing, police said.

The victim said he was approached in the parking lot by Sturdivant, who mistook the victim for someone else and began yelling and swearing, police said. Then Sturdivant grabbed a black machete he had and used the flat side of the blade to strike the other man multiple times on his arms and shoulders, police said. Sturdivant also threatened to kill the other man, police said.

The victim suffered a sprained shoulder, police said.

In addition to the assault and threatening charges, Sturdivant was arrested for 11 bench warrants, according to police.

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Training session to close pools

County parks offices and facilities on Maui will be closed Friday for a mandatory all-employee training. The closures include all county swimming pools, all parks district permit offices and all parks administrative and staff offices.

Those not affected by the closure are the Waiehu Golf Course and county beach parks, with lifeguards on duty as scheduled. Community centers will be open for permitted activities as scheduled, and commercial ocean recreational activity permitted activities will go on as normal.

Offices and facilities on Molokai will be open and will not be affected by the training; those on Lanai will be closed Friday.

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MPD grows crisis intervention

Another group of police officers completed training last month to join the Maui Police Department’s Crisis Intervention Team of specially trained officers who can respond to mentally ill people in crisis.

Along with police officers, the 17 graduates included Deputy Prosecutor Kerry Glen, mental health social worker Danna Tabisola, Maui Memorial Medical Center security officer Ken Takayama and Maui Police Department dispatcher Kevin Wolff.

They completed the 40-hour training Aug. 29, receiving certificates during a graduation ceremony at the Kihei Police Station. It was the fourth such training since the team was started in January 2013. Dr. Dara Rampersad, who had been Maui County forensic coordinator for the state Adult Mental Health Division, returned from Arizona to help conduct the training.

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Haiku group to meet Sept. 18

The Haiku Community Association will be holding a general meeting from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Haiku Community Center.

An update on the repair of the Kalakupua Playground at 4th Marine Division Park, prospects of a Paia bypass to relieve the bottleneck on the way to Haiku and the putting up of a Haiku welcome sign will be discussed.

For more information, call 268-7913 or go to www.haikumaui.org.

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Submissions sought for guide

The Maui News’ annual Holiday Craft Fair Guide will be published in the Oct. 19 issue.

To be included in the guide, submit the following information no later than 5 p.m. Oct. 13.

* Name of the event.

* Sponsoring organizations or businesses.

* Date and time.

* Location.

* A general description of the kinds of items that will be available.

* Admission fee, if any.

* Whether more crafters are being accepted.

* Contact person (first and last name) and contact information (phone and/or email).

* Photos may be submitted for consideration. Email digital images in tif, jpg or eps formats with a minimum resolution of 300 pixels per inch at 6 inches wide for horizontals and 4 inches wide for verticals. Individuals in photos must by identified by first and last name.

Submit the material by mail to The Maui News, Holiday Craft Fair Guide, 100 Mahalani St., Wailuku 96793, by email to citydesk@mauinews.com or by fax to 242-9087.

County / In Brief

Work to close lanes on North Kihei Road

Lane closures will occur in both directions on North Kihei Road this week for road repairs, according to the state Department of Transportation.

The work will be done from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m., today through Friday.

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Man found floating in waters off Lanai

A Honolulu man died Saturday night after being pulled from the waters off Lanai, police said.

Officers responded to the 10:12 p.m. call to the bay area at the end of Lapaiki Trail and found Frank Pablo, 42, who had been diving with a friend who found him floating and unresponsive in the water. He was taken to shore, where CPR was conducted, police said.

The man was transported to Lanai Community Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. An autopsy will be conducted, according to police.

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MECO will sponsor a free energy event

Maui Electric Co. will sponsor the free Maui Electric Energy Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Queen Ka’ahumanu Center.

In addition to games and entertainment, the event will feature various displays on live electrical safety, renewable energy, electric vehicles, power generation and distribution and energy conservation and efficiency.

There will also be displays from community partners, including Baldwin and Maui High robotics teams, County of Maui Department of Water Supply, Hawaii Energy, First Wind, JUMPSmart Maui, Maui Economic Development Board’s Island Energy Inquiry, Save Our Seabirds and Sempra Energy.

County / In Brief

Groundbreaking ceremony set

A groundbreaking ceremony will be held Wednesday for the $4.2 million Heritage Hall, with side-by-side cultural resource centers, one Portuguese and one Puerto Rican, and a multipurpose hall with a certified kitchen, the hall’s board of directors announced.

The event will take place at 2:30 p.m. at the project site, 401 Baldwin Ave. in Paia.

The hall and kitchen will be available for community use, officials said. Construction is expected to take about a year.

“Heritage Hall fulfills the long-standing dreams of both the Portuguese and Puerto Ricans to have a place where their respective histories and cultures can be shared with the general populace,” an announcement said.

Project funding has come from Maui County, the state, the Atherton Family Foundation, the A&B and Matson foundations, the Maui Puerto Rican Association, the Portuguese Association of Maui and the general public.

Fundraising is ongoing to raise the remaining $400,000 balance for construction. Tax-deductible donations may be sent to Heritage Hall, 95 Mahalani St., Room 12, Wailuku 96793. Or, call 243-0065.

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Police assist in baby’s delivery

Maui police helped a first-time mom deliver a healthy boy early Saturday.

Around 12:05 a.m., Ulises Benjamin-Lozano brought his wife, Samantha Garcia, to the Lahaina Police Station as she was about to give birth to their first child, police said.

“Officer John Salomon went to the Benjamin-Lozano’s vehicle that was parked fronting the police station to assist with the delivery,” police said. “Sgt. Dale Corpuz, officer Coulson Joy and officer Rahul Mehra, just leaving after their tour of duty, also aided in the delivery.”

By the time an ambulance arrived, the baby was “halfway breached,” said police, although officers were able to keep the scene calm. Then, after delivery, the new mom and her healthy boy were taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center, police said.

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Submissions sought for Holiday Craft Fair Guide

The Maui News’ annual Holiday Craft Fair Guide will be published in the Oct. 19 issue.

To be included in the guide, submit the following information no later than 5 p.m. Oct. 13.

* Name of the event.

* Sponsoring organizations or businesses.

* Date and time.

* Location.

* A general description of the kinds of items that will be available.

* Admission fee, if any.

* Whether more crafters are being accepted.

* Contact person (first and last name) and contact information (phone and/or email).

* Photos may be submitted for consideration. Email digital images in tif, jpg or eps formats with a minimum resolution of 300 pixels per inch at 6 inches wide for horizontals and 4 inches wide for verticals. Individuals in photos must by identified by first and last name.

Submit the material by mail to The Maui News, Holiday Craft Fair Guide, 100 Mahalani St., Wailuku 96793, by email to citydesk@mauinews.com or by fax to 242-9087.

County / In Brief

Arrest in alleged assault of bicyclist

A 31-year-old Lahaina man was arrested in the investigation of an assault on a bicyclist who was hospitalized after he was struck by a vehicle Thursday morning near the Lahaina Aquatic Center, police said.

The suspect had argued with the bicyclist before hitting him with the vehicle on Shaw Street at about 11 a.m., police said.

The bicyclist, a 40-year-old Lahaina man, was taken by ambulance to Maui Memorial Medical Center, where he was in stable condition, police said.

The suspect fled and was later arrested at his residence, police said. He was released pending further investigation of first-degree assault.

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Crews rescue bicyclist, 34, lost on trail

Firefighters rescued a 34-year-old bicyclist Thursday after the Seattle resident became lost and disoriented while making his way down the Skyline trail near Polipoli State Park, a fire official said.

Kula firefighters and a fire rescue crew aboard the Fire Department’s Air One helicopter responded to the 4:27 p.m. call.

Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga said that an engine crew searched by land while the rescue crew searched by air for the bicyclist. The air search stopped when it became dark, and the engine crew continued searching, making audible contact with the bicyclist at about 7:30 p.m., Mainaga said.

The bicyclist was found at 8:30 p.m. and brought back to Polipoli State Park by 9 p.m. He did not require medical treatment.

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Kahului man arrested in alleged assault

Police arrested a 29-year-old Kahului man for using a piece of wood to threaten a Lahaina Center security guard who asked the man to leave the property Wednesday afternoon, police said.

Bail was set at $5,000 for Arron Ellers on a charge of first-degree terroristic threatening.

Police said Ellers grabbed a piece of wood from a wooden pallet and used it to threaten the security guard. Ellers fled, but as officers were taking the security guard’s complaint, Ellers returned with the piece of wood in his hand, police said.

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Submissions sought for craft fair guide

The Maui News’ annual Holiday Craft Fair Guide will be published in the Oct. 19 issue. To be included in the guide, submit the following information no later than 5 p.m. Oct. 13.

* Name of the event.

* Sponsoring organizations or businesses.

* Date and time.

* Location.

* A general description of the kinds of items that will be available.

* Admission fee, if any.

* Whether more crafters are being accepted.

* Contact person (first and last name) and contact information (phone and/or email).

* Photos may be submitted for consideration. Email digital images in tif, jpg or eps formats with a minimum resolution of 300 pixels per inch at 6 inches wide for horizontals and 4 inches wide for verticals. Individuals in photos must by identified by first and last name.

Submit the material by mail to The Maui News, Holiday Craft Fair Guide, 100 Mahalani St., Wailuku 96793, by email to citydesk@mauinews.com or by fax to 242-9087.

County/In Brief

Guilty plea in damage to pump station

WAILUKU – A Kahului man has pleaded guilty to burglarizing and causing more than $20,000 damage to a Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. pump station, which burned in an early-morning fire last year.

Stephen A. Fussle, 34, entered the guilty pleas Tuesday morning to charges of second-degree burglary and first-degree criminal property damage.

He will seek a chance to keep the convictions off his record when he is sentenced Nov. 5 in 2nd Circuit Court.

The fire was reported at 2:30 a.m. Oct. 18 at the HC&S pump house off Mokulele Highway. At the time, damage was estimated at $500,000 to the facility, its control panel and equipment. The fire burned an estimated 150-square-foot area of the 5,000-square-foot building.

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Birthday event set for Queen Lili’uokalani

A birthday celebration for Queen Lili’uokalani will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday under the Banyan Tree in Lahaina.

The event will feature hula, music, food, arts and crafts and educational information about the queen.

Lili’uokalani was born Sept. 2, 1838. She ruled the Hawaiian Kingdom until it was overthrown in 1893. Na Kupuna O Maui is sponsoring the event.

For more information, contact Patty Nishiyama at 281-5470.

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Gas prices in Wailuku remain unchanged

A gallon of regular unleaded gas in Wailuku on Thursday was $4.44, the same as a week earlier, according to the AAA Hawaii Weekend Gas Watch.

The price was a penny lower than a month ago and 7 cents less than a year ago.

The current state price average is $4.27 for a gallon of regular unleaded, 2 cents less than last week, 6 cents less than last month and a nickel lower than a year ago.

Among the three locations surveyed statewide, Wailuku’s prices continued as the highest by far. In Honolulu, the average price was $4.23 a gallon, 2 cents less than last week. Hilo had an average gas price for regular unleaded of $4.14 a gallon, up 4 cents from last week.

County/In Brief

Owner of diver flag, float alive and well

The owner of a diver’s float and flag that the U.S. Coast Guard found adrift last week was found on shore Tuesday and was never in distress, officials said Wednesday.

After seeing local news reports that the Coast Guard had located his missing gear, the man was able to retrieve it. The man reported that his gear floated away from him.

Coast Guard crew members aboard a 45-foot boat from Maalaea discovered the dive float and flag adrift at 6:45 p.m. Friday while conducting routine training in Maalaea Bay. They searched the surrounding area and asked mariners to keep a sharp eye out for anyone possibly in distress.

People should label all watercraft and equipment with contact information to quickly account for owners and prevent unnecessary searches, officials said.

The Coast Guard offers a free “If Found” decal to be placed on a visible location of a watercraft.

It can be obtained for free at local harbormasters, Coast Guard Auxiliary and select marine retail and supply stores.

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Maui cultural panel calls off meeting

Today’s meeting of the Maui County Cultural Resources Commission has been postponed because of a lack of quorum, the county announced Wednesday.

The commission is rescheduled to continue its discussion and possibly approve proposed revisions to the design guidelines for signs in the Lahaina Historic Districts at its next meeting at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 2.

The meeting will be in the Kalana Pakui Building’s conference room. The building is at 250 S. High St. in Wailuku.

To view the proposed guidelines, see www.mauicounty. gov/Planning then select “Draft Lahaina Sign Design Guidelines” under the “Hot Topics” header.

For more information, call the Department of Planning at 270-7735.

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Emergency training in county building

Maui County will conduct emergency preparedness training in the Kalana O Maui building at 200 S. High St. on Friday. The training will close four of the building’s nine floors for around 90 minutes each at different times.

The affected floors and scheduled closure times are:

* 8:30 to 10 a.m., first floor, (Information Technology and Civil Defense offices).

* 10 to 11:30 a.m., sixth floor, (Information Technology, Department of Personnel Services and the Treasury Division of Department of Finance).

* 12:30 to 2 p.m., fourth floor, (Department of Public Works).

* 2 to 3:30 p.m., third floor, (Department of Corporation Counsel).

The training is part of a nationally accredited program being conducted by the Maui Police Department. It includes a 30-minute safety briefing and class followed by two drills with debriefing meetings.