County / In Brief

Junk car disposal program suspended

Maui County’s junk vehicles disposal assistance program will be suspended indefinitely, beginning Monday, according to an announcement from the Department of Environmental Management.

Budget funding has been expended for the popular program, the department reported. Additional funding is being requested, and the program is expected to be reinstated when money’s available.

Hammerhead Metals Recycling will continue to receive junk vehicles. Customers will be charged for vehicle processing and disposal.

For more information, call the recycling company at 280-8844.

The junk vehicle disposal program assists residents with getting rid of old vehicles legally and properly in an attempt to reduce the number of abandoned vehicles on roadway shoulders.

If all eligibility criteria are met, registered owners are allowed to dispose of one vehicle per year at no charge.

The county’s Highway Beautification and Abandoned Vehicles Fund pays for the program. The fund derives its income from a portion of vehicle registration fees.


Monthly siren test goes live Tuesday

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

The siren test involves two steady 1-minute tones on all sirens. The steady tone, the Attention Alert Signal, is used to alert the public to any emergency that may pose a threat to life and property.

That test will be followed by the Attack Warning Signal, a wailing tone. The signal directs residents to seek immediate shelter and to remain sheltered in place until an all-clear message is broadcast over radio and TV. There will be no exercise or drill accompanying the test.

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.


Servco car warranty scam is reported

An extended warranty phone scam is targeting customers of Servco Auto, Hawaii’s largest car dealership group announced.

Numerous customers have complained to Servco about repeat phone calls from various “companies” purporting to sell extended automobile warranties, the company said. In some cases, scammers offering to sell warranties also are seeking personal and financial information.

“The scammers responsible for these calls usually don’t know if the call recipient is a Servco Auto customer or even a vehicle owner,” the announcement says. “They are calling random numbers in a geographical area.”

Servco reminds customers that:

• It does not call, email or text customers to extend vehicle warranties.

• If a customer receives a call to extend a vehicle warranty, he or she should hang up immediately.

• Under no circumstances should customers share any personal or financial information with such callers.

Servco sells Toyota, Lexus, Subaru and Chevrolet models of vehicles. Maui dealerships include Servco Subaru Maui and Servco Lexus Maui.


Water system work to affect some users

Work to the county’s water system will affect service to some homes along Baldwin Avenue on Wednesday, according to an announcement from the project contractors.

On Wednesday, contractor J2 Santos Construction and the county Department of Water Supply will be performing work on the county system. Water will be shut off from about 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday for a portion of homes in the Baldwin Avenue area from the Maui Veterans Cemetery down to and including Kaluanui Road.

The shutdown will affect all water services for these homes. Customers are encouraged to store water and to adjust schedules as appropriate.

For more information, contact J2 Santos Construction at 281-0651. To report a water emergency, contact the water department’s 24-hour hotline at 270-7633.


Eddie Tam Gym to close for repairs

The Eddie Tam Gym in Makawao will be closed Jan. 13 and 14 for maintenance, the county Department of Parks and Recreation announced.

For more information, call the department at 572-8122.


Hawaiian Air CEO to address chamber

Outgoing President and CEO of Hawaiian Airlines Mark Dunkerley will be introducing his successor and provide an update to members of the Maui Chamber of Commerce from noon to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 8 at Cafe O’Lei at the Dunes at Maui Lani.

Peter Ingram, current executive vice president and chief commercial officer, will be taking over Dunkerley’s position on March 1. Dunkerley also is the CEO and president of Hawaiian Airlines’ parent company, Hawaiian Holdings.

Registration and networking begin at 11 a.m., with the luncheon program to follow.

The cost is $52 for chamber members and $62 for nonmembers. Reserved tables of 10 are available for $500, which includes a mention in the printed program.

For more information or to register, contact Kailea Moikeha by email at, or by phone at 244-0081. Chamber members may register online at

The deadline to register is Friday.