May 1 deadline for Native Hawaiian roll
Native Hawaiians will have from Monday through May 1 to sign up to be listed on the Kana'iolowalu Native Hawaiian Roll.
The roll will be used to organize a Native Hawaiian governing entity that is recognized by the state.
It already has more than 120,000 people signed up.
The state Office of Hawaiian Affairs last week held a news conference announcing its "commitment" to serve as a facilitator to form the governing entity.
Since the announcement, the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission opted to reopen registration for the roll to ensure "maximum" participation in the "nation-building process," a news release said Friday.
To register, go to hawaiianroll.org/register or call (808) 594-0088.
Forest reserve, road to be closed
The Kula Forest Reserve and Waipoli Access Road will be closed from Monday to April 30 for road repairs on both the paved and unpaved sections due to damage from recent rains, the state Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Forestry and Wildlife said.
The Waipoli Access Road will be closed from a point mauka of Ali'i Kula Lavender.
Forest or park permits for Polipoli Springs State Recreation Area for that period are being canceled. Activities in the forest reserve including hiking, biking and camping will be affected by these closures.
Due to recent heavy rains, the unpaved section of Waipoli Access Road requires repairs to fix washouts and holes, resurfacing and rebuilding. These repairs are meant to be long-term fixes, according to the DLNR.
Road repairs on the paved section are funded by state capital improvement project funds.
For more information, contact the Maui Division of Forestry and Wildlife office at 984-8100. To report violations, the public is advised to contact the Division of Conservation and Resource Enforcement at 873-3990.
Fire destroys Waiehu structure
Fire destroyed an unoccupied 30-by-40-foot structure Friday evening in a former Wailuku Agribusiness macadamia nut field next to North Waiehu Stream, according to Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.
Emergency operators received a report of a brush fire at 6:48 p.m. from a Lekeona Loop resident in Waiehu who saw smoke and flames on the mauka side of the Kahekili Highway-Waiehu Beach Road intersection, Mainaga said. Firefighters arrived at 7:05 p.m. to find a 1,200-square-foot structure fully engulfed in flames.
The fire was contained to the structure and did not spread to nearby vegetation, he said. No other structures were threatened, and no people were nearby.
The fire was under control at 7:50 p.m. and extinguished at 9:36 p.m. Damage was estimated at $24,000. The cause of the blaze was undetermined.
Police to hold town hall meetings
The Maui Police Department has scheduled town hall meetings in Hana and on Lanai to address community concerns, police said.
The meetings will be April 9 at Helene Hall in Hana and April 30 at the Senior Center on Lanai.
The meetings will begin at 6 p.m.
A planned meeting on Molokai will be rescheduled because of renovations at Mitchell Pau'ole Center.