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MECO to demo new online solar tool

Demonstration of a new online tool for customers submitting new applications for private rooftop solar will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Maui Electric Auditorium in Kahului.

Launched by Hawaiian Electric Cos. of which MECO is a subsidiary, customers will be able to complete the application process entirely online using the Customer Interconnection Tool. A user-interface guides contractors and customers through the Customer Self-Supply program application process from submittal to finalizing of the agreement.

Customers will be able to check the status of their applications. The tool allows applicants to submit all information online, including electronic documents and signatures.

The auditorium is located at 210 W. Kamehameha Ave.

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‘Kuleana’ wins Best of Fest on Guam

“Kuleana,” a movie set on Maui in 1971, captured the Best of Fest at the Guam International Film Festival earlier this week.

Written and directed by Maui resident Brian Kohne and produced by Stefan Schaefer, the movie will be screening at the Santa Cruz Film Festival in California on Friday. Kristina Anapau, one of the stars of the movie, will be on hand and a local halau will provide protocol before the movie as well as entertainment.

Last month, the movie captured “Best Feature” in Oklahoma’s Tribal Film Festival.

“Kuleana” makes its Oahu premiere at 8 p.m. Nov. 3 in the Regal Dole Cannery 18 in Honolulu as part of the Hawaii International Film Festival’s opening weekend. There will be an encore screening at the same venue Nov. 5.

The movie is about a disabled Vietnam veteran who rediscovers the Hawaiian warrior within to protect his family, defend their land and clear his father’s name. It stars Moronai Kanekoa, Sonya Balmores, Augie T, Marlene Sai, Branscombe Richmond and Mel Cabang.

Willie K provided an original score.


Makawao gym to close for two days

Eddie Tam Gym in Makawao will be closed Oct. 14 and 15 due to staffing and maintenance issues, the county said.

For more information, contact the Department of Parks and Recreation at 572-8122.