Funds released for new sidewalk
Gov. Neil Abercrombie has released nearly $1 million for a new sidewalk along Old Haleakala Highway near King Kekaulike High School.
The $998,000 will be used for the new sidewalk on one side of the highway from Kula Highway to Pukalani Street, said a news release from the governor's office Wednesday.
Old Haleakala Highway is frequently used by students attending King Kekaulike High School and the sidewalk will improve safety, the news release said.
The money was included in $3 million in capital improvement projects for Maui and Hawaii counties.
"I am pleased to inform mayors (Alan) Arakawa and (Billy) Kenoi that these capital improvement grant funds are now available to move their roadway and pedestrian safety projects forward," Abercrombie said.
Crews busy with three Haiku fires
After extinguishing an early-morning fire, firefighters responded to two more fires Friday in Haiku, fire officials said.
Crews from Makawao and Kahului responded to the 10:15 a.m. alarm of an open field fire near Awalau Road, Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga said. He said the 25-by-25-foot fire surrounded and burned about 50 feet of an 80-foot-tall eucalyptus tree.
Crews controlled the fire at 11:30 p.m. and extinguished it about 2 hours later.
Around 12:30 p.m., crews fought the other fire after seeing smoke about a half-mile up near the end of the road, Mainaga said. He said a tanker crew found a 20-by-10-foot area under a group of guava trees on fire.
The fire was controlled at 1:30 p.m. and extinguished about two hours later.
No damage or injuries were reported in either fire and the causes are undetermined, Mainaga said. He said no evidence was found connecting the two fires.
The earlier fire reported at 1:09 a.m. burned one-third acre of brush and rubbish on Hahana Road.
UH-MC offering new Degree-in-3
An informational meeting on the University of Hawaii Maui College's new Degree-in-3 program will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in Kaaike Building, Room 109.
The program, which starts in the fall, is designed to accommodate students' schedules by offering a combination of evening only and online, cable TV classes toward completion of an associate degree in liberal arts.
Topics to be covered will include the application process, program requirements, financial aid and student support services.
For more information, call Linda Fujitani at 984-3226.
No activity near Kaupo brush fire
No activity was reported Saturday at the scene of the Kaupo brush fire, with the ground cold for the third consecutive day, Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga said.
The fire, which was likely intentionally set by fireworks July 13, burned nearly a hundred acres. The fire was 100 percent contained Sunday night and has been monitored since. Firefighters extinguished hot spots after the fire reignited Monday.
Mainaga said firefighters would continue to monitor the burned area throughout the weekend.