West Maui taxpayer group to meet
State and county officials, including Mayor Alan Arakawa and state Sen. Roz Baker, will be speaking at the West Maui Taxpayers Association annual meeting Jan. 9 at the Lahaina Civic Center.
Other speakers will include state Rep. Angus McKelvey and Council Member Elle Cochran, who holds the West Maui residency seat.
The major purpose of the meeting is to have elected officials address issues of interest to the West Maui community and to have special presentations on major projects, such as a West Maui hospital, affordable housing and traffic problems.
The public is invited to the event, which will begin at 5 p.m. with food service from Paradise Grill, followed by a short business meeting at 5:30 p.m.
Akaku will tape the event for rebroadcast.
For more information, go to www.westmaui.org.
Fire destroys unpermitted shack
A 20-by-20-foot shack burned to the ground late Saturday morning in Olowalu, Maui Fire Capt. Paul Haake said.
There were no injuries in the fire reported by a passer-by at 11:41 a.m. in an area of heavy brush behind a paintball facility, about 200 yards mauka of Honoapiilani Highway's Milepost 16, he said.
Someone was using the unpermitted structure on land owned by West Maui Land Co., Haake said, but no resident was at the shack during the fire.
Lahaina and Wailuku firefighters responded to the blaze, arriving at 11:56 a.m. to find the structure fully involved in flames, he said. The fire was brought under control in about 10 minutes and extinguished a short time later.
The fire's cause was undetermined.
Hammerhead shark closes beach
A sighting of a 4-foot-long hammerhead shark closed waters off D.T. Fleming Beach Park in Kapalua on Saturday.
The shark was seen 5 to 10 yards offshore, said Maui Fire Capt. Paul Haake. Lifeguards kept people out of the water for two hours. Then, the shark was spotted at 11:15 a.m. and again at 2:30 p.m., triggering a closure until at least this morning.
"Lifeguard officials believe the shark most likely was drawn close to the shore by the runoff of the stream at D.T. Fleming," Haake said.
Warning signs were posted, and lifeguards told people not to go into the water.
The offshore waters remained off-limits, with lifeguards expected to re-evaluate the situation this morning, he said.