Coastline reopened after bite
The coastline along and around Kaehu Bay in Waiehu was reopened Thursday after a shark bit a 45-year-old man who was swimming in the area Wednesday afternoon.
Shane Mills, a dive instructor and captain with dive operator Scuba Shack, suffered several lacerations to the left side of his lower back. The Waiehu resident's injuries were nonlife-threatening; Mills even was able to make shakas and pose for photos after the incident around 3:55 p.m. Wednesday.
State Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement officials went back on the scene Thursday morning to monitor the water for presence of sharks, the normal protocol after a shark attack, a department spokeswoman said.
At about 6:28 a.m. officers saw a 6-foot long shark of an unknown species about 50 yards offshore in the surf. It soon disappeared and was not again seen. Officers continued to monitor the beach until noon, when the beach was reopened.
The website Hawaii Sharks, sponsored by the DLNR, has logged four previous Maui shark attacks this year, including the last one on Aug. 14 that took the life of 20-year-old Jana Lutteropp of Germany in an attack off Palauea Beach in South Maui. The attacks include confirmed bites of people or boards.
Landfill times, pickup changed
A refuse collection route in Kihei was missed Thursday and the Molokai Landfill will open late today and Saturday, the county Department of Environmental Management Solid Waste Division said.
An accident led to the trash route in the Betsill Brothers' subdivision being missed. It will be collected today.
The Molokai Landfill, which usually opens at 8 a.m., will be opening at 9:30 a.m. today and Saturday due to a manpower shortage.
For more information, call the Solid Waste Division at 270-7875.
E-books topic of Saturday talk
The Maui News photojournalist Matthew Thayer will speak to the Maui Chapter of the American Association of University Women at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Five Palms Restaurant in Kihei.
Thayer has won more than 60 state and national awards for his photography and writing.
The 33-year Maui News staffer also is a fiction author, who has published two e-books in his "30,000 B.C. Chronicles" series, "Bordeaux" and "Tuscany," and is scheduled to release the third, "Gibraltar," later this fall. The "30,000 B. C. Chronicles" are time-travel action adventures set in Europe during the Paleolithic age.
Thayer's e-books have sold in the U.S., Japan, Australia, Great Britain, Canada and New Zealand. Both books are available on Amazon Kindle, iBooks, Smashwords, Nook and other e-book distribution outlets.
Along with sharing insights into the storylines, Thayer will explain how he navigated the challenges of writing and publishing his novels and how the advent of e-books has changed the publishing landscape for authors.
Whole Foods to host book sale
A special bargain book sale, part of the National Friends of the Library Week celebration, will be held by the Maui Friends of the Library from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Whole Foods Market in the Maui Mall.
The event will include a gift of a free book for every child while supplies last.
The Maui Friends has used bookstores in the Queen Ka'ahumanu Center in Kahului, the Wharf Cinema Center in Lahaina and its original location in the old Puunene School.
Using revenues from the three bookstores, the Maui Friends has disbursed more than $50,000 as of Sept. 30 to support the eight county libraries, President Dorothy Tolliver said. Money was spent for equipment, furniture, supplies, subscriptions to newspapers and magazines, and summer reading programs for children.
More than $9,000 was used to repaint the exterior of the historic Lahaina Public Library, a news release said.
Presentation for updated plans
The revamped plans for the Piilani Promenade will be presented from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Kihei Community Center.
The informational meeting is being organized by Sarofim Realty Advisors, owners of the shopping complex. It follows meetings with community organizations over the past several months.
Among the topics to be discussed are the new mixed-use project design and concepts; smart-growth plans, including walking and bike paths; park and gathering places; water improvements for South Maui; new rental and affordable housing; future job projections and the start of the Upcountry highway.
Chili and rice will be provided by Three's Bar and Grill. Vegetarian chili also will be available.