County in Brief

Body of dead woman identified

A woman who was pronounced dead after being found floating in waters off Lahaina on Friday was identified as 70-year-old Mai Vu Tran of Lahaina.

Her body was found after police and firefighters searched the shoreline and waters along Front Street after a report at about 8 p.m. that the woman was missing from the area near Kai Pali Place, police said. Her body was found about 100 yards offshore in the reef toward Lahaina Harbor, police said.

Firefighters reported finding the woman’s belongings on the beach before finding her at about 9:20 p.m.

An autopsy done Tuesday showed she drowned, police said.

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Trash pickups missed in Haiku

A manpower shortage led to curbside garbage going uncollected Tuesday on a route in Haiku, according to an announcement.

Areas affected included Haiku, Ulumalu, North Holokai, Kauhikoa, Kaupakalua, Kokomo, Puuomalei, Lilikoi, Pauwela, Kaluanui and West and East Kuiaha roads; Puu Koa, Uakoko, Hoolea and Haupoa places; Pakanu Street; and Waiama Way. And, all surrounding streets and roads were affected.

The trash pickup routes were expected to be completed today.

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Emergency siren test set for today

The monthly siren warning system and live test of the audio broadcasting system will be conducted at 11:45 a.m. Thursday, the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency announced.

The siren test is a steady one-minute tone on all sirens. The steady tone is used to alert the public to any emergency that may pose a threat to life and property. Besides natural hazards, the Emergency Alert System could be used for terrorist incidents or acts of war.

Contact the Maui County Emergency Management Agency at 270-7285 to report siren issues.

Tests of civil defense sirens and the Emergency Alert System are conducted, normally on the first working day of the month, in cooperation with Hawaii’s broadcasting industry.

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Park looking for project volunteers

Volunteers are being sought for a “pine pulling” project Saturday in the Summit District at Haleakala National Park, according to an announcement.

Workers will remove young trees with hand tools, gloves and other equipment provided by the National Park Service. Transportation and training also will be provided.

Volunteers will be picked up at 8:15 a.m. from an Upcountry location. They will work for two hours, and then be dropped off by 1 p.m.

Volunteers should bring water, snacks and sun protection. They should wear sturdy shoes, dress in layers and be prepared to hike on uneven surfaces. Volunteers will either pull out very young pines or saw down small older pines.

Volunteers are asked to sign up by 4 p.m. Friday by contacting Amandine Maury at 572-4487. Space is limited to 10 people.

Three non-native pine species (Monterey pine, Mexican weeping pine and maritime pine) are highly invasive. They displace endemic and endangered species, change soil chemistry and increase the potential for wildfire in habitats not adapted to fire, the Park Service says.

Park staff, partners and volunteers periodically pull young pines to keep them from spreading throughout the park.

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