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Domestic Violence Awareness Fair set

The third Domestic Violence Awareness Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Queen Ka’ahumanu Center.

The event is open to the public and designed to provide information about domestic violence and the support and resources available. Participating organizations include Women Helping Women, PACT (Parents And Children Together), Child & Family Services, the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney — Victim Witness Program and the Maui Police Department’s Domestic Violence Unit.

“It’s up to us as a community to help stop the madness of domestic violence,” said Sheila Kelley, vice chairwoman of the Committee on the Status of Women. “Our hope is that this event can offer hope and healing to anyone needing help in saying ‘no more’ to an abusive situation.”

For more information on the event, contact Pili Nahooikaika at 270-7855.


DMVL offices to be closed Oct. 21

All county Division of Motor Vehicles and Licensing offices will be closed Oct. 21 for staff training.

The Real Property Tax office at the Maui Mall Service Center, where the DMVL is housed, also will be closed.

All offices will reopen Oct. 24.

Customers with questions may call the DMVL Call Center at 270-7363. For general information, visit


West Maui farm has new owners, name

The Lahaina Animal Farm in Launiupoko has new owners and a new name — the Maui Animal Farm.

Heidi Denecke, a leisure sales manager at Classic Resorts, and Heather Harkness-Pastrana, a horse trainer and riding instructor, are the new owners. They took over the business from Teresa Waters.

Maui Animal Farm will continue to conduct daily tours, which will be led by Nis Udave, caretaker for the farm’s horses, goats, tortoises, chickens, ducks, bunnies and other animals.

Denecke and Harkness-Pastrana have established a nonprofit, the West Maui Equestrian Center, and plan to offer riding lessons for all ages and therapeutic riding programs. In the future, they hope to have facilities for polo matches in West Maui.

Events are planned for the holidays. Kamaaina rates are offered.

For more information, see or call 280-2597.


Kahoolawe trolling dates announced

Trolling in the waters of the Kaho’olawe Island Reserve will be allowed Oct. 22-23, according to the Kaho’olawe Island Reserve Commission.

Access to reserve waters is restricted because of the presence of unexploded ordnance and for the protection of marine resources. Two weekends a month are opened for trolling deeper than 180 feet within 2 nautical miles of the island.

All vessels must register annually with the commission before entering the reserve to troll and must file a catch report even if fish are not caught. There is a new condition relating to the prevention of invasive alien species; the permittee will be held accountable to prevent any invasive alien species, plant or animal, such as invasive algae or barnacles, into the reserve. Vessel hulls must be free of any alien species.

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

To register with the commission or for more information, contact Dean Tokishi at 243-5889 or

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