Work could boost air traffic
KAHULUI - Maintenance work on Kahului Airport's main runway will result in an increase in air traffic late tonight and into Sunday morning over Kahului, Wailuku and Spreckelsville, the state Department of Transportation has announced.
Runway 2-20 will be closed starting at 11:30 tonight until 5 a.m. Sunday, forcing flight patterns to be modified.
The work is a federally funded $1.14 million project encompassing a complete rewiring of the runway lights and changing the taxiway lights to LED, energy-efficient fixtures. The project is expected to be completed in June.
Warning issued on playground
KAHULUI - Parents are being warned to keep their children off damaged playground equipment at the Kahului Community Center.
Park officials said the "playground is damaged and could result in injuries to children if they play on it."
It wasn't immediately known how or when the equipment was damaged, according to an announcement. The damage was reported Friday by an area resident.
Parks officials were ordering replacement equipment.
Earth Day outreach scheduled
KAANAPALI - The Ka'anapali Makai Watch program will host an Earth Day outreach event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at Kahekili Beach Park.
The event will feature activities, information and demonstrations aimed at educating people about the coral reef ecosystem and the Kahekili Herbivore Fisheries Management Area. There will be throw-net demonstrations and an educational scavenger hunt with prizes including gift certificates from Maui Sporting Goods and program T-shirts.
Also, the state Division of Aquatic Resources will train volunteers on how to conduct fish surveys.
The Ka'anapali Makai Watch program continues to seek volunteers to help with biological and recreational use monitoring as well as education and outreach.
County on Your Corner' slated
KAHULUI - Mayor Alan Arakawa's next "County on Your Corner" will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the Valley Isle Keiki Fest on the University of Hawaii Maui College campus.
Council Members Joe Pontanilla and Mike Victorino will join Arakawa, along with Cabinet members including Managing Director Keith Regan, Department of Public Works Director David Goode, Department of Housing and Human Concerns Director Jo-Ann Ridao and county spokesman Rod Antone.
The county officials will be available to discuss issues and concerns with residents.
High surf for Maui, Molokai
WAILUKU - A high-surf advisory has been posted for north-facing shores of Maui and Molokai from noon today through 8 p.m. Sunday.
Surf is expected to swell to 12 to 18 feet high. Beachgoers should stay out of the water due to possible rip currents, and away from the shore break.
For more information, call (866) 944-5025.
Judge named to family court
WAILUKU - Adrianne N. Heely has been appointed as a District Family Court judge in Maui's 2nd Circuit, according to an announcement from the Hawaii State Judiciary.
Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald made the appointment to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Geronimo Valdriz.
Heely has been a deputy corporation counsel for Maui County. She was a former deputy public defender on Maui and Oahu and a litigation associate at the law firms of Ashford & Wriston, Hisaka Goto Yoshida Cosgrove & Ching and the Law Office of Frank K. Goto Jr.
Heely received her law degree from the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law in 1998.
If confirmed by the state Senate, Heely will serve as a judge for six years.
Free solar system lecture set
PUKALANI - A free lecture titled "The New Solar System" will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Maikalani, the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy Advanced Technology Research Center.
The speaker will be Marcelo Emilio from Brazil's Universidade Estadual de Ponta Grossa. He will discuss the characteristics of planets, dwarf planets, moons, comets and asteroids, and describe a technique called "stellar occultation" that is used to get information about trans-Neptunian objects, according to an announcement of the event.
The institute is located at 34 Ohia Ku St. in the Kulamalu development.
For more information, call 573-9500.