Company apologizes for ash from burn
HONOLULU (AP) - Officials with Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. are apologizing for what residents are saying is an excessive amount of ash from sugar cane fields burning.
South Maui residents are complaining about finding black ash covering cars, sidewalks and parking lots.
Residents said they are used to seeing some ash fallout when the company does a burn prior to harvesting. But they said that Friday morning's burn left most surfaces blanketed.
The sugar manufacturer said it was burning a field off Mokulele Highway near Kihei around 4 a.m.
General Manager Rick Volner said windy conditions that are good for harvesting resulted in heavier ash fallout. Volner said the company apologizes for any inconvenience and thanked residents for their patience.
Maui group nets software from Microsoft
The Microsoft Corp has provided the Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui with $84,517 in software.
Founding partner Microsoft, Comcast and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America have partnered to create technology centers to help with development of basic and advanced technology skills in club members. The Boys & Girls Clubs technology centers help fill the gap for those with fewer resources in school and at home and assist club professionals in delivering and developing curricula and programs, the news release said.
Through Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Microsoft has made available $130 million in free software to more than 4,000 Boys & Girls Clubs nationwide and around the world.
"We're very proud of our technology centers, and how they will impact not only the youth we serve but the community at large," said Colin Hanlon, chief professional officer of Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui, in a news release. "It's important that we prepare our youth for the future and educating them about technology is essential to advance their academic and professional success. We continue to integrate technology into every aspect of the organization's fabric."
For more information about the Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui, call 242-4363 or go to the website www.bgcmaui.org.
Submissions sought for craft publication
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. Monday.
* 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.