Arakawa urges donors to give storm relief aid
Mayor Alan Arakawa is urging residents to help the victims of a typhoon in the Philippines by making donations to the American Red Cross.
The American Red Cross is assisting with storm-related damage from Typhoon Haiyan. Thousands are believed to have been killed, and tens of thousands have been displaced.
"People have no food and water, surgeons are working with limited medical supplies and people are now getting sick from disease," Arakawa said Friday in a news release. "For us in Maui County, this disaster hits as close to home as the earthquake in Fukushima, Japan, did. . . . Now is the time to help our fellow global citizens by donating to the Red Cross, which is the safest and most secure way to make sure your contributions go to where they can do the most good."
To donate, go to www.redcross.org.
The Hawaii Red Cross continues to help Hawaii residents looking for missing relatives in the Philippines. So far, 64 cases have been submitted for the tracing process, and 10 cases have been closed with local families able to contact their loved ones, a Hawaii Red Cross news release said.
The family tracing services hot line is (808) 739-8115. Callers should leave a message with their name and phone number so a caseworker can return their call. Callers will be asked to give the full name, address and telephone number of the missing person.
Lahaina DMVL office to close for part of day
The Lahaina Satellite Division of Motor Vehicles and Licensing office will be open only from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday to allow for technical upgrades in the afternoon.
The Lahaina DMVL will be open during its regular hours Thursday. DMVL offices in Kihei, Pukalani and the Kahului Service Center will remain open for regular business hours.
Customers with questions may call the DMVL Call Center at 270-7363.
Surf, flooding close gates at Baldwin Park
High surf and flood conditions have led Maui County officials to close Baldwin Park in Paia until further notice, the county said Friday.
Park users may still walk to the park, but the park gate will be closed, preventing vehicles from entering.
Park workers will evaluate whether to reopen the park next week, the news release from the county said.
County updates park restroom work schedule
The county Department of Parks and Recreation has updated the schedule for restroom repairs at county parks.
During the repairs, restroom facilities at each park will remain closed and portable toilets will be provided for public use. Repair work will include new plumbing fixtures, paint and finishes.
In the Central District, restrooms at:
* Kahului Community Center soccer field were reopened Friday.
* Waihee Beach Park will be closed until Dec. 15.
* Lihikai School Park will be closed until Nov. 28.
In the South District, restrooms at:
* Polo Beach Park will be closed until Monday.
* Kalama Park south will be closed until Nov. 29.
* Kalama Park playground area will be closed from Nov. 25 to Dec. 9.
In the East District, restrooms at:
* Haiku Field will be closed through Friday.
* Ho'okipa Beach Park will be closed from Monday to Dec. 6.
* Lower Paia Park will be closed from Nov. 29 to Dec. 12.
For more information, call Parks Project Manager Paul Taylor at 270-6173 or visit mauicounty.gov/parks.