September trolling dates set
The waters around Kahoolawe will be open for trolling Sept. 14, 15, 28 and 29, the Kaho'olawe Island Reserve Commission announced.
All vessel operators interested in trolling around the island must register annually with the commission before entering the reserve. Registered vessels also are required to file a catch report with the commission, whether fish are caught or not.
There is a $25 permitting fee.
Boaters' access to the reserve is restricted to protect marine life and to exercise caution with the ongoing presence of unexploded ordnance. During two scheduled weekends per month, limited trolling is allowed for permitted vessels in reserve waters deeper than 30 fathoms.
To register or for more information, contact Dean Tokishi at 243-5889, send email to email@example.com or go online to kahoolawe.hawaii.gov.
Registration packets are available at the state Division of Boating and Recreation at 101 Maalaea Boat Harbor Road.
Shark sighting closes beach
Kanaha Beach Park reopened Monday morning after it was closed Sunday afternoon following a shark sighting, a county official said Monday.
An 8-foot tiger shark was spotted Sunday chasing a turtle toward shore, said Maui County spokesman Rod Antone.
The beach was closed at 4 p.m. Sunday. The beach was opened Monday morning after no sharks were spotted, he said.
Preparedness event Wednesday
A disaster preparedness forum for hotel management and housekeeping executives will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui, according to an announcement.
The event is open to the public and there's a $5 meeting fee for the forum hosted by the International Executive Housekeeping Association. A $25-per-person luncheon will follow at Ko.
The panel of speakers includes Anna Foust, Maui County's emergency management officer for Civil Defense; Suzanne Frew, graduate of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Emergency Management Institute; and Anthony Nelson, operations manager for Maui Fire & Flood DKI (Disaster Kleenup International).
The forum will be in the hotel's Pikake Ballroom. Self-parking is free for the event.
For more information, visit www.iehamaui.org.