Waterline repaired after valve mishap
By noon Tuesday, Department of Water Supply crews had repaired an 18-inch waterline that had broken about an hour earlier, department officials said.
If the waterline had not been repaired as quickly as it was, much of South Maui could have been left with little or no water service, officials said.
The waterline was broken when water department personnel were working on a valve at a service lateral and hit the 18-inch line, said Jacky Takakura, the department's administrative officer.
She said the workers had to shut down the line to make repairs.
The department did not receive complaints about water service problems in Kihei, she said. So it appeared that the crew repaired the broken waterline before customers noticed a loss of service.
UH-MC receives grant from Kaiser
The University of Hawaii Maui College received a $13,524 grant from Kaiser Permanente Hawaii on Tuesday.
The grant will help improve oral health for children on Maui, through baby dental kits and with community partnerships to reach a larger audience.
The grant was part of a larger initiative by Kaiser Permanente Hawaii, which donated $30,000 to the Hawaii Appleseed Center's "Breakfast in the Classroom," and $20,000 to a healthy living initiative by the Honolulu Theater for Youth.
For more information, call Laura Lott at (808) 432-5916.
Downed power lines spark brush blaze
Downed transmission lines caused a brush fire Tuesday morning that burned a 3,500-square-foot area on the top of Kapunakea Street in Lahaina, a fire official said.
The fire was reported at 8:18 a.m., with Lahaina and Napili firefighters responding, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.
The fire was contained at 8:39 a.m. and extinguished 20 minutes later, he said.
No damage or injuries were reported.