Maui County a Tree City USA again
WAILUKU - Maui County has been named a Tree City USA community for its commitment to urban forestry, the Arbor Day Foundation has announced.
It's the 35th year Maui has received the award from the foundation, the nation's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to planting trees.
To be named a Tree City USA, a community must have a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, a community forestry program with at least $2 per capita in annual spending and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.
Man injured by accidental gun discharge
A 59-year-old Honolulu man suffered an injury to his right arm Saturday afternoon after a rifle accidentally discharged during a hunting trip on Lanai, police said.
Lt. Wayne Ibarra said the man did not suffer life-threatening injuries and was treated and released from Lanai Community Hospital.
The incident occurred around 5 p.m. Saturday in an area called Kuamo'o, Ibarra said. The man was hunting with a group of friends when someone dropped a rifle, which discharged a bullet that ricocheted and hit the man in the arm.
Affordable housing presentation April 24
WAILUKU - A presentation on "The State of Affordable Housing" will be offered April 24 by the groups Housing for the Local Person and Faith Action for Community Equity.
County Housing and Human Concerns Director Jo-Ann Ridao will be the featured speaker, and John Anderson of Na Hale O Maui and George McCann of EAH Housing will give updates on their affordable housing projects.
The event will be at Door of Faith Church in Wailuku from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch will be served, and a $5 donation is suggested.
Work on Hanawana Bridge complete
KAILUA - Emergency work has been completed on the Hanawana Bridge that collapsed during heavy rains last month and cut off vehicle access for about 40 residents in the area.
As of Friday, residents were able to drive in and out of the area, said county spokesman Rod Antone.
During a heavy rain March 9, the wall on the Hanawana Stream side of the bridge collapsed and part of the 100-year-old earthen bridge fell down a slope with an estimated drop of more than 100 feet.