Brush fire burns 3,000 acres
A brush fire in the hills above Napili burned about 3,000 square feet Friday morning, according to the Maui Fire Department.
At about 11 a.m., officials at the Kapalua West Maui Airport reported a fire near the tank above Maui Preparatory Academy, said Capt. Paul Haake of the Maui Fire Department.
Three firefighting units from the Napili and Lahaina fire stations responded to the blaze about a half mile mauka of the intersection of Honoapiilani Highway and Hui A Road.
Firefighters found mostly ironwood needles and light brush on fire, said Haake. The winds were light and did not hamper efforts to fight the fire, he added.
The fire's cause is unknown, but there were workers in the area cutting brush along a fence line, Haake said.
There was no dollar loss caused by this fire.
Linda Lingle named to energy council
Linda Lingle, former Hawaii governor and Maui County mayor, has been named to the U.S. Energy Security Council.
The council includes former secretaries of Defense, State, Interior, Transportation, Homeland Security, Agriculture, Navy and Air Force, a former chairman of the Federal Reserve, three former National Security Advisors, business leaders and a Nobel laureate.
The council is focused on reducing the strategic importance of oil by breaking its virtual monopoly over transportation fuel and works to ensure that new cars sold in the U.S. and throughout the world are open to fuel competition.
"Hawaii's gasoline prices are the highest in the nation, and in no state are consumers more vulnerable to oil price spikes and supply disruptions," said Lingle.
"Governor Lingle brings to the council a unique perspective and wealth of experience in running a state whose economy is heavily dependent on tourism, a sector which is severely impacted when oil prices rise," said Gal Luft, senior adviser to the council.
Seabird project will give presentation
The Maui Nui Seabird Recovery Project will hold a presentation about Maui Nui seabirds from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the conference room at the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary in Kihei.
The event will cover seabird identification, natural history and conservation in Hawaii.
The organization also plans to add more volunteers to keep watch over its local wedge-tailed shearwater ('ua'u kani) colony this year. Volunteers are responsible for routine tasks and providing information about shearwaters and other seabirds to the public.
For more information, see www.mauinuiseabirds.org.
Police find pot growing at house
Kihei police reported seizing 13 marijuana plants after responding to a report of a civil dispute Thursday morning at a residence on Kauhale Street.
The officer responding to the residence smelled marijuana and found the plants growing in the backyard, police said. The resident reported having a state medical marijuana card, but the number of plants exceeded the allowable limit under the card, police said.
No one was arrested. Police recovered the plants at about 10:20 a.m. and documented the case for a continuing investigation.