Park unveils brochure in native language
The first brochure written in the native language of the community in the National Park Service system - in Hawaiian - was marked by Sen. Mazie Hirono at an event at Haleakala National Park in Kipahulu.
"This updated brochure will enable Native Hawaiians to share their culture and perspectives with all visitors," said Hirono at the event Wednesday. "The partnership between the Maui kupuna and Haleakala National Park can serve as a model to other communities and other parks across the country as a way to share and respect native voices and perspectives."
Les Kuloloio holds a new Haleakala National Park brochure written in Hawaiian as Sheila Roback speaks at the event titled “Nana I Ke Kumu,” which means “Look to the Source,” on Wednesday at Haleakala National Park in Kipahulu.
Haleakala National Park photo
Natalie Gates, park superintendent, said that "some people might question why a national park would hold an event to celebrate the public rollout of a brochure."
"But this is no ordinary brochure, and this is no ordinary place," she said. "No other brochure in the entire 401-unit National Park System was written by community members in the native language of the community."
Kupuna including Ma'ano Smith, Les Kuloloio, Kiope Raymond, Lyons Kapi'i Naone, the late Charlie Maxwell and others each donated more than 150 hours to write, edit and design the brochure, which will be handed out to more than 1 million visitors each year.
Two blazes under investigation - police
Police are investigating two intentional fire incidents early Friday morning at Maui High School, fire officials said.
The first incident occurred at 5:32 a.m. when firefighters responded to the school's Building L and found a 55-gallon drum of motor oil on its side, Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga said. He said approximately 15 gallons of oil were on the ground and that "the perpetrators tried to ignite the barrel with cardboard."
The barrel, which did not burn, was about 4 feet away from the main entrance and caused no damages, Mainaga said.
The second incident occurred at 7:02 a.m. when firefighters responded to the school's Building Portable 1 for a fire at the entrance of the building, Mainaga said. He said the fire was extinguished prior to the crews' arrival and damages to the structure were estimated at $5,000.
"The cause of the fire was attributed to incendiary devices found at the scene," Mainaga said.
The Criminal Investigation Division is investigating the two incidents.
No injuries were reported.
Meth project warns of solicitation scam
The Hawaii Meth Project is warning the public of a scam with solicitors seeking funds for the "Baldwin High School Meth Project."
On Thursday afternoon, two males, who appeared to be teenagers, knocked on the door of a home in the Kehalani community in Wailuku, the Hawaii Meth Project said in a news release. The woman who answered the door was told by the males that they were fundraising for the Meth Project at Baldwin.
The woman agreed to make a contribution by check but was told that they only accepted cash. That raised suspicions, so the woman politely declined a donation.
The woman notified the Hawaii Meth Project and then filed a report with the Maui Police Department.
Representatives of the Hawaii Meth Project do not make unsolicited requests from strangers on the street, at their homes or their places of business, the news release said. Anyone who is approached and asked to provide a cash donation to the Hawaii Meth Project is encouraged to politely decline and to report the incident to police.