Public ceremony in honor of Fukuyama
The public is invited to attend a ceremony at 4 p.m. Wednesday to honor a delegation of government officials and taiko drummers from Fukuyama City, Japan.
The ceremony will be on the front lawn of the Kalana O Maui building in Wailuku. It is in honor of Fukuyama, one of Maui County's sister cities.
The gathering will include a proclamation by Mayor Alan Arakawa, ceremonial gift exchanges, a koto performance and commemorative planting of a rose at the Peace Pole fronting the county building.
The Fukuyama delegation will also march in the Maui Fair parade and hand out Japanese fans on Thursday evening at the county tent at the fair.
For more information on the Sister Cities Foundation, see www.mauicountysistercities.org.
Victorino named vice chair of committee
Council Member Michael Victorino was recently appointed vice chairman of the National Association of Counties' Rural Action Caucus Steering Committee.
In addition to his new role, he as serves as vice chairman of NACo's Membership Committee and is a member of NACo's International Economic Development Task Force.
Victorino's work in NACo may include testifying before congressional committees and promoting the American County Platform developed in the NACo committee process.
He has also served as a member of the Environment, Energy and Land Use Steering Committee, where he was vice chairman of the Water Quality subcommittee for the past three years.
Victorino is the chairman of the Council's Water Resources Committee. He holds the Wailuku, Waihee and Waikapu residency seat.
Submissions sought for craft fair guide
The Maui News' annual Holiday Craft Fair Guide will be published in the Oct. 20 issue. To be included in the guide, please submit the following information no later than 5 p.m. Oct. 14.
* Name of the event.
* Sponsoring organizations or businesses.
* Date and time.
* A general description of the kinds of items that will be available.
* Admission fee, if any.
* Whether more crafters are being accepted.
* Contact person (first and last name) and contact information (phone and/or email).
* Photos may be submitted for consideration. Email digital images in tif, jpg or eps formats with a minimum resolution of 300 pixels per inch at 6 inches wide for horizontals and 4 inches wide for verticals. Individuals in photos must be identified by first and last name.
Submit the material by mail to The Maui News, Holiday Craft Fair Guide, 100 Mahalani St., Wailuku 96793, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by fax to 242-9087.
Fire crews battle brush blaze
Kahului and Wailuku firefighters extinguished a brush fire at Hana Highway and Dairy Road that jumped across the highway Saturday to also burn an area near Ballard Family Mortuary, a fire official said.
The fire was reported at 12:31 p.m. about 150 yards east of Big Kmart. Firefighters arrived to find an area of about 10,000 square feet burning, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.
He said the fire crew was fighting the fire when it crossed the highway and began burning about another 1,300 square feet next to the mortuary.
Wailuku firefighters arrived to bring the second fire under control.
Both fires were extinguished at 3:18 p.m.
The cause of the fire was undetermined. No damage or injuries were reported.