10 police recruits receive badges
The Maui Police Department welcomed 10 new officers to their ranks Friday following the 78th Recruit Class graduation at the Maui Beach Hotel.
The following officers passed eight months of physical and academic requirements before receiving their badges: Joshua Black, Paul Feagai, Max Kincaid, Reid Okazaki, Paul Pomainville, Andy Schuetz, Brent Takushi, Matthew Turpen, Christopher Visaya and Chad Romero.
Christopher Visaya, who captured the Outstanding Recruit Award for the 78th Recruit Class, holds his award as he stands next to Maui Police Chief Gary Yabuta on Friday at the Maui Beach Hotel.
Maui Police Department photo
The U.S. Coast Guard is seeking the owner of this kayak found adrift about a mile south of La Perouse Bay on Tuesday.
U.S. Coast Guard photo
Six of the new officers received special awards as well. Turpen received the Scholastic Achievement Award; Okazaki, the Neil T. Endo Firearms Award; Schuetz, the M. Cecil "Rusty" Dickson Award for Physical Fitness; Feagai, the Best Notebook Award; Visaya, the Outstanding Recruit Award; and Romero, the Sensei Shinichi Suzuki Arrest Defense Tactics Award.
The ceremony also offered special recognition to Lt. Leighton Kanaele, who was the supervisor of the recruiting class and will be retiring at the end of the year. Kanaele has been with the department for 27 years and has overseen 23 recruit classes as a sergeant and commander of the Plans and Training Section.
Program permits gift of electricity
Maui Electric Co. is part of the 'Ohana Energy Gift Program, under which customers may make payments to the account of another.
"In Hawaii, we're blessed to live in a very supportive and generous community," said Jim Alberts, senior vice president for customer service for Hawaiian Electric, MECO's parent company. "We created this program because over the years we've received many requests from our customers for this kind of service."
The recipient will receive an acknowledgment letter when the gift has been applied to the account, the HECO news release said. The gifts may be anonymous, or the gift giver may choose to also send a special acknowledgment card with a personalized message.
If a recipient is not designated, the energy gift will be given to individuals and families in need.
'Ohana Energy Gifts are not tax-deductible donations, the news release said.
Application forms may be downloaded from the Maui Electric website or picked up at MECO's customer service center. For more information and downloadable application forms, go to www.mauielectric.com/gift.
Empty kayak found adrift; owner sought
The Coast Guard is seeking to identify the owner of a kayak found adrift about a mile south of La Perouse Bay off South Maui on Tuesday.
The two-person Otter kayak is yellow with Old Town markings.
The Coast Guard Sector Command Center received notification of the kayak from the passenger vessel Maui Magic at about 11 a.m., the Coast Guard said.
A 45-foot response boat medium crew from Station Maui and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Air Station Barbers Point on Oahu were searching the area for a possible kayaker in distress.
Anyone able to identify the kayak is asked to contact the Sector Honolulu Command Center at (808) 842-2600.
DLNR meeting to address Mala Ramp
The state Department of Land and Natural Resources will host a meeting at 2 p.m. Thursday to discuss the rescheduling of a planned 60-day closure of Mala Ramp in Lahaina.
The meeting will be held in the Snug Harbor Room of the Pioneer Inn.
Meetings with the community in June had originally led to the planned closure of the ramp during the months of October and November. However, the materials needed for the ramp repairs did not arrive on time and the ramp never closed, boating officials said.
Maui district boating officials will discuss with ramp users a new date for the closure.
"We will keep this heavily used facility open to accommodate local fishers who want to launch into the waters off West Maui during the holiday season when demand for access and certain fish stocks is high," said DLNR Chairman William Alia.
The $892,000 project will replace the facility's two concrete loading docks.
Tea Party Maui will meet Nov. 14
Tea Party Maui is hosting Debra Greene, creator of stopsmartmetershawaii.com, at its regular monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at Kalama Heights in Kihei.
She will discuss health hazards and privacy issues arising from smart meters and the proposed Smart Grid Project on Maui. Refreshments will be served.
For more information, call 870-1067.
Boating safety to be taught this month
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will be offering a new About Boating Safely course on Nov. 16 and 17 in Kihei.
The two-day course will be held at the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary in Kihei from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 16 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 17.
It will cover general information about boats and maintenance, navigation rules and aids, guidelines for operating a boat safely, emergency procedures and state laws and regulations.
The course will satisfy the new Hawaii mandatory boat operator education requirement that takes effect Nov. 10, 2014. Both days will have to be attended.
The course costs $40 for both days and includes course text.
Attendees may pay Nov. 16 by cash or check.
To register, visit www.mauiboatclass.com. For more information, call Phylecia Platte at 214-2118.