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Kahului reports wastewater spill

A little more than 1,300 gallons of wastewater overflowed Thursday morning in Kahului, the county Department of Environmental Management reported.

The incident happened from 8 to 8:30 a.m., and the spill stemmed from an air relief valve failure, officials said.

The wastewater flowed northwest alongside Amala Place and settled into a puddle off the roadway, they said. The spill was pumped up, and the site was cleared and disinfected. No wastewater reached the ocean.

The department notified the state Department of Health.


Motor oil recycling program suspended

A Maui County program for home mechanics to turn in used motor oil has been suspended because of increased costs and a lack of available funding, according to an announcement from the Department of Environmental Management.

The program suspension is expected to be temporary, officials said, and island residents are asked to store their used motor oil.

State funds had been used to manage the program, said department Deputy Director Michael Miyamoto. But the department has submitted a request to the Maui County Council for additional funding to continue the program through the end of this fiscal year, June 30.

“We are confident that we will receive the funds, but until then we ask that residents store their used motor oil safely,” he said.

The county estimates that residents turn in around 21,000 gallons of used motor oil to the program annually.


Screenings set for ‘Island Earth’ film

Four screenings of the documentary “Island Earth” are scheduled this weekend and Tuesday, according to an announcement.

The first two are at 12:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday at the Haiku Community Center. Both are free.

A VIP screening for $31 per person will be at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the Makai Glass Studio in Makawao, and there’s a $5 suggested donation for showing at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the University of Hawaii Maui College’s Kalama Room 103.

“The film circulates amid a tumultuous political era and comes at a time of dire need for environmental truth and hopeful solutions,” according to the announcement. “Emmy-winning filmmaker Cyrus Sutton has combined science with indigenous tradition in creating Island Earth and aims to bring awareness to Hawaii as ground zero for agricultural and chemical experimentation, and also a blueprint for sustainability.”

A question-and-answer session will follow the screenings.


Summer Fun Guide seeks submissions

The Maui News will be publishing a Summer Fun Guide of activities for children and teens on April 9.

To have an activity included in the guide, submit the following information:

* Name of program and for what ages.

* Sponsoring organization or business.

* Program times and dates.

* Location of the program.

* Description of program.

* Cost of the program.

* Contact information.

The deadline to submit information is noon March 31. Year-round programs will not be accepted for the guide.

Information may be emailed to Leah Sherman at, faxed to 242-9087 or mailed to Summer Fun Guide, The Maui News, 100 Mahalani St., Wailuku 96793.

Photos may be submitted for use on a space-available basis.