Flags to fly at half-staff to honor soldier
Gov. Neil Abercrombie has ordered that U.S. and Hawaii flags be flown at half-staff today in honor of U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Edward Balli, who died last month in Afghanistan.
Balli, a 42-year-old Oahu resident, was killed in a Jan. 20 insurgent attack in Kandahar province.
A memorial service will be held for Balli today. Flags have been ordered to fly at half-staff from sunrise to sunset at all state offices and agencies, as well as the Hawaii National Guard.
Tsutsui slated to attend business event
Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui will take part in a "talk story" event with the Maui Young Business Roundtable at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in Central Pacific Bank's fourth-floor conference room in Kahului. The event is open to the public.
Tsutsui, 42, is seeking the office of lieutenant governor this election year. He was a Central Maui state senator and president of the state Senate until late 2012, when he was named lieutenant governor. Former Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz vacated the position to accept an appointment to the U.S. Senate to fill the seat left open by the death of U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye in December 2012.
The roundtable group provides networking opportunities to young business professionals.
For more information or to RSVP, contact roundtable President Bryce Thayer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arakawa to discuss paratransit services
Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa will discuss Americans with Disabilities Act paratransit bus services during his next "Your County with Mayor Arakawa" television show, according to an announcement Thursday.
The one-hour segment will be televised live beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday on Akaku: Maui Community Television, cable Channel 54.
Paratransit bus services are federally required by the Americans with Disabilities Act. The services are provided for customers whose disability or health condition prevents them from using the Maui Bus fixed route services, the announcement said. Maui Economic Opportunity Inc. is contracted by the county to provide the service.
Featured guests will include Jo Anne Johnson Winer, Maui County Transportation Department director, and Debbie Cabebe, MEO's chief programs officer.
Viewers may ask questions during the show by calling 873-3430.
The program will be taped and retelevised at 7 p.m. Feb. 19 and 26 on the same channel.
For more information, call Maui County Communications Director Rod Antone at 270-7855.
Informational meetings set for DLNR plan
Statewide informational meetings have been set, including an event next month in Wailuku, for the state Department of Land and Natural Resources to publicly discuss its 2014 Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan.
The Maui meeting is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. March 3 in the county Department of Planning meeting room on the first floor of the Kalana Pukui building, the county building annex.
The department's Division of State Parks has updated the plan for the state to remain eligible to receive funds for outdoor recreation projects through the Land and Water Conservation Fund, a federal grants program administered by the National Park Service.
Public participation in the meetings will help state and federal officials select projects for funding. The projects should be those that best meet Hawaii's recreational needs and help resolve any conflicts.
Those planning to attend the meeting are asked to take a survey available at www.surveymonkey.com/s/hiscorp2014. The survey may be taken through Feb. 28.