High-surf advisory to remain in effect
WAILUKU - A high-surf advisory for east-facing shores of Maui and Molokai has been continued until 6 p.m. today, according to the National Weather Service.
Strong trade winds are bringing 6- to 8-foot surf to the coast through this evening. Surf heights are estimates of the height of the front of the waves.
Beachgoers are urged to stay out of the water and away from the shore break because of hazardous surf and strong rip currents.
Fire crews tow to safety adrift vessel
LAAU POINT, Molokai - Fire crews towed a 23-foot boat to safety Saturday afternoon after it was reported adrift about one mile off Molokai's Laau Point, fire officials said.
All four men on board were in good physical health, officials said. The men were in their 20s and 30s.
The Kaunakakai fire rescue boat and Hoolehua fire personal watercraft, made contact with the Oahu vessel, called the "Nicole W," at 3:45 p.m. Saturday. Waves were in the 6- to 10-foot range, with winds in the 29- to 35-mph range. There was no explanation for why the boat went adrift.
The rescue boat was able to tow the boat to Haleolono Harbor on Molokai around 5:05 p.m. The U.S. Coast Guard called the Hoolehua Fire Station around 2:23 p.m. to notify fire crews of the vessel adrift after the men on board used a cellphone to contact the Coast Guard.
Group set to host a preparedness event
WAIKAPU - The Condominium Council of Maui will hold a seminar titled "Disaster Preparedness: Is Your Community Ready?" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at King Kamehameha Golf Club in Waikapu.
Guest speakers will be Anna Foust, emergency management officer for the Maui Civil Defense Agency, and Joseph Kentz, manager of Maui Electric Co.'s Transmission and Distribution Department. They will speak about the best methods to protect homes and property from unpredictable disasters.
The seminar costs $50 for members and $60 for nonmembers. Lunch is included. The event costs $10 more for those paying at the door. RSVP is required. Registration is at 8:30 a.m.
For more information, go online to mauicondocouncil.com.