Tricia Morris hearing delayed
An administrative hearing for a cease-and-desist order for Maui mortgage broker Kathleen Patricia Morris, also known as Tricia Morris, has been moved to June 28, according to an official with the state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs.
An Oahu administrative hearing had been scheduled Wednesday for the once-prominent Maui mortgage broker. Less than two weeks ago, the department's Division of Financial Institutions issued the order for Morris and her Herman-Morris Enterprises Inc., doing business as Hawaii's Premiere Mortgage Co., to stop conducting business as a mortgage loan originator and company.
The state alleges that Morris and her company have violated Hawaii law by, among other things, originating a mortgage loan in a consumer's name without his or her authorization or receiving payoffs of mortgage loans and not remitting the payoff amounts to lenders.
Water to be shut off tonight in Wailuku
Some Wailuku town residents and businesses will be without water tonight through Friday morning while the county Department of Water Supply works on system improvements.
Workers will install two main line valves beginning at 9:30 p.m., with work scheduled to be completed by 5 a.m. Friday.
The valves will be installed on Mission and Vineyard streets.
Residents who will be without water include those living on Loke and Wailani streets; Vineyard Street from Central Avenue to its east end; Kaniela Street from Vineyard to Mill Street; Mission Street from Vineyard to Mill; Central Avenue from North Street to Mill; and Mill Street from Central Avenue to Mission.
Traffic should not be affected, but motorists are advised to drive cautiously in the area.
Customers may want to flush their waterlines for a short time on Friday morning to ensure that sediment has not accumulated in their waterlines. Affected customers are advised to store water for the night if needed.
For service-related problems, residents may call the department at 270-7633.
12 rescued from flooding in Haiku
Twelve people were rescued from three locations in the area known as Bamboo Forest in Haiku after being stranded by rising water Tuesday afternoon, a fire official said.
Paia firefighters and a rescue crew aboard the Fire Department's Air One helicopter responded to the area near Milepost 7.5 on Hana Highway after a 3:19 p.m. alarm reporting three women calling for help after being stuck in an area off the trail, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.
He said the caller, who had been with the group, reported making it to the highway after what he described as a flash flood. Firefighters were advised of other hikers who were also stranded by the rising water, Mainaga said.
Three teenage girls from the initial call were airlifted to safety first before the rescue crew aboard the helicopter continued to locate other hikers and fly them to a secured landing zone, he said.
Eight women, ranging in age from 18 to 57, and four men, ages 21 to 33, were rescued from three locations, Mainaga said. None required medical attention. Two were from California, two were from Washington state and eight were Maui residents.
On Tuesday afternoon, the National Weather Service posted a flood advisory Upcountry and in East Maui. Forecasters reported that satellite radar showed at 1:58 p.m. heavy downpours uphill from Makawao to Huelo. Other heavy showers were seen forming uphill from Hana to Kipahulu.
The advisory expired after 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Aikau, Thompson to get Visionary Award
The late big-wave surfer Eddie Aikau and Native Hawaiian navigator Nainoa Thompson will receive the 2013 Maui Film Festival Visionary Awards, Film Festival Director Barry Rivers said.
The Visionary Award will be presented to Thompson and to Aikau's family for those "living lives beyond limits, outside of fear." The awards will be presented on June 12 at the Maui Film Festival's Celestial Cinema located at the Wailea Gold & Emerald Golf Course before the screening of "Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau."
"Both men have helped guide not only the mission of the Maui Film Festival, but even more importantly, people all over the world to navigate their personal life journeys in service to the great good," Rivers said.
The festival runs June 12 to 16 at the Wailea resort, with some film screenings at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.
For additional information, call the festival headquarters at 579-9244 or visit www.mauifilmfestival.com.
Park visitor center parking to be tight
Parking at the Haleakala Visitor Center will be drastically reduced through June 6 as construction to improve park accessibility continues, according to a National Park Service announcement.
Parking spaces at the lot near the 9,000-foot elevation may be reduced by half during sunrise, and up to 70 percent during daylight hours. All vehicles must be cleared from delineated construction zones prior to 6:45 a.m. Any vehicles remaining in these zones after 6:45 a.m. will be ticketed and towed at the operator's expense.
Visitors and tour operators may experience parking delays or be directed to lower-elevation parking lots.
Visitors and residents should also expect heavy construction traffic on Haleakala Highway and Crater Road.
Haleakala National Park received a $2 million federal grant last year to do concrete repairs, regrading and disabled accessibility improvements for seven parking lots along Haleakala Highway in the summit area.
For more information, go online to www.nps.gov/hale.
Farmers Resource Workshop June 13
A Maui Farmers Resource Workshop will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. June 13 at the Community Service Building at the University of Hawaii Maui College campus.
The free workshop will focus on the services that the state and federal governments can offer to farmers and will include topics such as agricultural pesticide use, food and drug produce testing, state Department of Agriculture marketing and commodity programs as well as other assistance programs.
Participants also may improve their skills with a free sprayer calibration demonstration, and they may earn two credits toward a Restricted Use Pesticide recertification.
To attend, contact Kevin Boteilho at 877-6636 or send email to kevin@hawaiigrower products.com; or call Steve Russo at (808) 973-9409 or send email to steve.russo@ hawaii.gov.
Piano students to perform recital
Piano students of Rose Johnson will be participating in a free recital at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Iao Congregational Church in Wailuku.
The students, including high school graduates Christine Shimomura, Jerry Maeda, John Van Scoy and Lia Matsunaga, will be performing a variety of classical, folk and contemporary songs.