BOE to hold community meeting tonight
KAHULUI - The state Board of Education will hold a community meeting tonight in the Lihikai Elementary School cafeteria in Kahului.
The meeting will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. It is part of an ongoing series of meetings board members hold to discuss public education and library issues.
The meeting will also include a ceremony honoring public schools recognized for student achievement in the 2009-10 Hawaii Distinguished Schools Program.
The Hawaii P-20 program is expected to make a presentation at tonight's meeting about the Board of Education Recognition Diploma, known as the "Step Up" diploma.
For more information about upcoming board meetings, go online to www.boe.k12.hi.us, under the "meeting notices" link.
Keawe Street Redemption Center to close
LAHAINA - The county will close the Keawe Street Redemption Center on Dec. 27.
Landowner West Maui Venture Group had allowed the Department of Environmental Management to use the land for free as a temporary location for redeeming bottles and cans, but the five-year agreement expires at the end of this year.
After it closes, West Maui residents can take qualifying bottles and cans to the International Market HI5 Redemption Center at 275 Lahainaluna Road, open Tuesdays to Sundays from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; or to the Maui Disposal Mobile Redemption Center across from Napili Market, open Mondays to Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
MCC classes evacuated after fire alarm
KAHULUI - Some Maui Community College classrooms were briefly evacuated Monday morning when a fire suppression system was activated in a second-floor computer classroom, officials said.
A Wailea fire company, in the area when the alarm sounded at about 9:30 a.m., responded but found no fire and no damage. An electrical problem appeared to have sent up smoke to set off a smoke detector, triggering the activation of a fire suppression system, officials said.