Arakawa birthday event Sept. 20
Mayor Alan Arakawa and his supporters will celebrate his 61st birthday on Sept. 20 at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center's Yokouchi Pavilion.
The fundraiser for the Friends of Alan Arakawa will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and include a buffet dinner.
Entertainment will be provided by Ekolu and Mick Fleetwood and his Island Rumours Band.
Roadwork to disrupt traffic
The state Department of Transportation has announced roadwork this week on Maui that will disrupt traffic.
The advisories follow:
* Single-lane closure for road maintenance on Hana Highway in the westbound direction between Milepost 10.4 near Garden of Eden and Milepost 16 near Keanae Peninsula Road, Tuesday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
* The Kihei-bound lane on Honoapiilani Highway will shift to the mauka side of the road between Front Street and Kai Hele Ku Street, near Launiupoko State Park, for repair work due to ocean erosion damage. The lane change is continuous with speed limits reduced in the work zone.
* Alternating lane closures for resurfacing on Kula Highway in both directions from Haleakala Highway to Naalae Road, Tuesday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
* Maalaea Boat Harbor Road, from the south Honoapiilani Highway entrance to Hauoli Road, remains closed until the end of the month for construction of water and sewer lines and a water treatment facility.
7 hikers rescued in Iao Valley
Seven stranded hikers were rescued from a ridge in Iao Valley on Sunday morning.
The hikers, males ranging in age from 26 to 69, were attempting to hike from Olowalu to Iao Valley when they got stranded on a 2,000-foot-elevation ridge, according to Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.
The hikers called for help at about 4 a.m., but helicopter rescue operations were delayed due to rain, high winds and heavy cloud cover in the area.
Rescuers were able to fly in around 9:30 a.m., and airlifted the hikers to a landing zone on the valley floor, Mainaga said.
They were then airlifted to the Iao Valley State Park parking lot at about 11:30 a.m.
One of the hikers, a 69-year-old male, reported possible leg and rib injuries, but no medical attention was required.