Native plant effort to get federal funds
WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Daniel Akaka and Daniel Inouye announced that Hawaii will receive $220,000 through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to restore native plants on coastal lands. Maui and Molokai will get $120,000 of that.
Molokai's north shore will be the focus of a $50,000 effort to remove kiawe trees in the coastal dunes between Ilio Point and Moomomi, while native species will be planted to replace those lost.
The Maui Coastal Land Trust will have $70,000 to replace a fence and plant native plants in the 6-acre Nuu wetland on the Valley Isle's southern coast, which is home to many native wetland birds, such as nene, koloa, stilts and coots.
The funding will come from the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Emmanuel project boosted by grant
KAHULUI - Emmanuel Lutheran School and Preschool has received a $150,000 grant from the Samuel N. and Mary Castle Foundation.
The grant is to help Emmanuel Lutheran build its new preschool building at its Waiale Road property. The money is in addition to earlier grants of $35,000 and $125,000 from the foundation.
'It's a Mystery' offered in Kihei
KIHEI - "It's a Mystery," a free Furlough Friday program, will be presented at 1 p.m. Friday in the Kihei Public Library's Storytelling Room.
Children 5 years and older may join "super sleuths" Peter and Melinda Wing, both veteran storytellers and musicians, for a mystery adventure, according to an announcement from the Hawaii State Public Library System. Children will help solve clues, chase red herrings, learn secrets of "spy stuff," take a puzzle challenge and break codes as part of the program.
All children must be accompanied by an adult or caregiver.
The 45-minute program is sponsored by the Kay Allen Edwards Kihei Library Memorial Trust.
For more information, call the library at 875-6833.