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This is the new Maui Humane Society logo

Maui Humane Society announces new logo

The Maui Humane Society unveiled a new logo Thursday that reflects recent changes and new directions at the nonprofit group that runs the Puunene animal shelter.

“The new logo is the result of the many changes that have occurred at the shelter in the past couple of years, including a dramatically increased live release rate (percentage of animals who leave the shelter for a positive outcome through adoption, return to owner and transfer), facility improvements, including a recent expansion to the veterinary and spay/neuter clinic, as well as increased programs and services offered to the community,” the news release said.

Jerleen Bryant, CEO of the Maui Humane Society, said that “because of our new direction and the impact it’s making in our community, we felt that a new look for Maui Humane Society was in order.”

The Maui Humane Society worked with local company Sae Design to create the new logo. Sae has designed logos for other Maui businesses such as Star Noodle and Island Grocery Depot.

For more information about Maui Humane Society, visit


Earthquake rumbles north of Molokai

A 4.2 magnitude earthquake north of Molokai was felt countywide early Thursday morning.

The quake at 3:03 a.m. was centered about 40 miles northeast of Kaunakakai at a depth of 10.6 miles, the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reported Thursday.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reported that no tsunami was generated.

The depth, location and recorded seismic waves of the earthquake suggest that it was caused by the bending of the oceanic plate from the weight of the Hawaiian Island chain, a common source for earthquakes in this area, USGS said.

The earthquake caused no detectable changes in Kilauea’s ongoing eruptions, on Mauna Loa, or at other active volcanoes on Hawaii island, USGS said.


Brown-water area reduced in advisory

The state Department of Health reduced a brown-water advisory to the area from Maalaea to north Wailea on Thursday.

The department’s Clean Water Branch said the effects from heavy rain Tuesday and Wednesday still may be lingering.

The public is advised to stay out of floodwaters and stormwater runoff due to material from overflowing cesspools and sewer manholes, pesticides, animal fecal matter, dead animals, pathogens, chemicals and other debris.

Not all waters may be affected, but if the water is brown, stay out and continue to practice good personal hygiene, the branch said.


Meetings set to cover digital maps

A series of public meetings will be held on Maui starting March 21 to discuss the county’s project to replace paper zoning maps with digital versions, the county Planning Department announced Wednesday.

The more accurate and current digital maps will help correct inconsistencies and errors in the county’s old paper zoning maps.

About 830 property owners are receiving postcards from the department to inform them that their properties may be affected. The proposed changes will correct old errors and should not be noticeable in any way, the department said.

Meetings are open to public testimony and will all take place at 5:30 p.m. The first meeting will be held at the Kihei Community Center on March 21, followed by a meeting at the Velma McWayne Santos Community Center in Wailuku on March 28, the West Maui Senior Center in Lahaina on April 4 and the Mayor Hannibal Tavares Community Center in Pukalani on April 12.

Before it can be adopted, the new map for the island will be reviewed by the Maui Planning Commission later this year, then by the County Council.

More information is available at in the “Hot Topics” section. Property owners also can call 270-6272 or email to ask specific questions.