Woman out of pool, critical
A 27-year-old woman was transported to the hospital in critical condition Monday night after she was pulled from the bottom of a pool at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort, according to the Maui County Paramedics Association.
The woman was submerged for approximately three minutes before a hotel security guard and her husband retrieved her, said Ryan Joslin, spokesman for the Paramedics Association.
He said Medic 4 from Lahaina was dispatched at 10:30 p.m.
Security started cardiopulmonary resuscitation and was assisted by other hotel employees until medics and Lahaina firefighters arrived, Joslin said. He said medics found the woman in an improved condition but in critical respiratory distress.
She received advanced cardiac life support while being transported by ambulance to Maui Memorial Medical Center, Joslin said.
The woman and her newlywed husband were on their honeymoon and visiting from Korea.
Dog adoptions set for event
More than 30 dogs will be available for adoption at the Hawaii Animal Rescue Foundation's adopt-a-thon from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the main entrance at Maui Mall.
The event will include games, contests and a kissing booth featuring Bear, a bull mastiff and May, a small pit bull mix. People can make donations to receive kisses and be photographed with the two dogs, which were adopted through the organization.
The animals for adoption range from 9-week-old puppies to older dogs.
"We are really excited to bring so many adoptable dogs out into the community," said Dawn Hall, co-founder of the nonprofit no-kill organization. "We expect that many wonderful animals will find their forever homes."
All donations collected Saturday will support the foundation's adoption and rehoming program.
For more information, go to www.hawaiianimalrescue.org or call 876-0022.
Reef initiative meeting topic
West Maui farmers, ranchers and foresters are invited to a public meeting Tuesday on how they may qualify to receive funding to implement conservation practices through the West Maui Coral Reef Initiative.
The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at the Waikapu Community Center, 22 E. Waiko Road.
A second sign-up period for the funding will close Dec. 21, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service. A partnership between the conservation service and farmers can improve water quality and coral reef health by increasing practices that reduce and prevent sediment and nutrient runoff, according to the agency.
The initiative area covers West Maui, Lahaina, Kahakuloa, Waihee, Wailuku, Waikapu and Maalaea.
Agricultural producers interested in learning more about the initiative can go to the NRCS office at 77 Hookele St., Suite 202 in Kahului or call 871-5500. People with disabilities who need accommodations to attend or participate in the meeting can call Ranae Ganski Cerizo at 871-5500.
More information also is available at www.pia.nrcs.usda.gov.