County / In Brief
Roadwork to close some traffic lanes
Sewer maintenance work will cause a nighttime lane closure on Honoapiilani Highway this week, according to an announcement from the state Department of Transportation.
The work will be done from 8 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Monday through Friday and will prompt the closure of the southbound lane between Keawe and Kenui streets.
The DOT also announced alternating lane closures on Hana Highway in both directions between Mileposts 14 and 15 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays for road maintenance.
Two men alleged to harass monk seal
Two men were arrested Friday night after they were seen harassing a monk seal on a beach in Lahaina, police said.
Daniel Davison, 21, of Springville, Utah, and Lucas Meister, 38, of Wickenburg, Ariz., were each charged with the offense of taking a monk seal prohibited.
Lahaina patrol officers were called at 10 p.m. after several witnesses reported seeing the men trying to push the monk seal into the ocean near the seawall by Cheeseburger in Paradise on Front Street. After bystanders told the men to leave the monk seal alone, one man was seen kicking the seal, who then tried to bite the man, police said.
Both men were seen standing over the monk seal and harassing the animal, police said.
The charge of taking a monk seal prohibited can be brought for actions including harassing, harming or killing a monk seal, which is an endangered species. Anyone convicted of the felony charge faces a penalty of up to five years in prison and up to a $50,000 fine.
Meister was released after posting $1,000 bail. Davison remained in jail early Saturday.
Filipino flag to fly at county building
A flag-raising ceremony followed by food and entertainment will be held Monday at the county building in Wailuku to kick off Filipino-American History Month.
The event, put together by the county, Mayor Alan Arakawa and the Filipino Chamber of Commerce Foundation, begins at 10 a.m. in front of the Kalana O Maui building.
In 2008, the state Legislature passed Act 15, which established October as Filipino-American History Month to “commemorate the contributions of Filipino-Americans to the history and heritage of Hawaii and the United States.”
“We look forward to sharing our Filipino-American history, heritage and culture with all of Maui County,” said Sharon Zalsos, president of the Maui Filipino Chamber Foundation.
After the brief formal flag-raising program, there will be entertainment by La Galeria: Compania Baile Filipino and food samples by the restaurants that will be at the Maui Fil-Am Heritage Festival. These include CAA Market Place, Central Mini Mart, Lea’s Halo Halo, Paradise Supermart Fastfood & Catering, R.M. Mini Mart, Randy’s Catering & Fastfood and Vidad’s Local Kine Grindz.
The Maui Fil-Am Heritage Festival is set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Queen Ka’ahumanu Center.
KAOI to air show on Simpson release
KAOI Radio Group will air a one-hour special on O.J. Simpson at 7:05 a.m. Monday.
The broadcast by NBC will coincide with Simpson’s expected release from prison and will discuss the 1994 murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman as well as the former football star’s robbery conviction in Nevada.
KAOI can be found at 1110 AM, 96.5 FM, 96.7 FM and 98.7 FM.
For more information, contact John Detz at 244-9145.
Gabbard to hold telephone town hall
U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard will host a live telephone town hall with local and national immigration experts Wednesday, according to an announcement from the Hawaii Democrat’s office.
The call will occur at 4 p.m. and will include officials with the ACLU Hawaii, Hawai’i Civil Rights Coalition and National Immigration Law Center. Participants will be given an update on immigration issues, including the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals program and federal immigration reform, and an overview of resources that Gabbard’s office can help constituents with, such as Social Security, immigration and naturalization applications, passports and visas. Callers will also have an opportunity to ask questions related to immigration.
To participate, call toll free (888) 476-4187 at 4 p.m. Wednesday. Event reminders are available by texting “TULSI” to 828282 or by registering online at vekeo.com/reptulsigabbard.
Constituents with questions regarding a different topic, a personal claim or personal casework should contact Gabbard’s office directly at (808) 541-1986 or TulsiOffice@mail.house.gov.