Council panel will hear GMO initiative
The Maui County Council's Policy and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee on Monday will hear a voter initiative to place a moratorium on the cultivation of genetically engineered organisms in Maui County until an environmental study is completed.
The committee will hear the measure at its 1:30 p.m. meeting in Council Chambers. Sign-ups for verbal testimony will begin at 1 p.m.
According to the Maui County Charter, the council has 60 days or until Aug. 5 to act on the proposed ordinance. The clock began June 6, when the Maui County Clerk deemed that enough signatures had been obtained for the petition to be formally submitted to the County Council.
If the council does not adopt the ordinance within 60 days, it will be placed on the general election ballot for consideration by the electorate, according to a county news release.
The SHAKA Movement was able to gather 9,062 valid signatures. It was enough to satisfy a 20 percent requirement of total voters who cast ballots in the last mayoral general election, or at least 8,465 registered voters.
Extended eligibility after mailing snafu
A vendor for the state Department of Human Services failed to mail 4,582 Med-QUEST eligibility renewal packages in May, leading the department to extend eligibility for those affected through Aug. 31.
Cardinal Mailing Services failed to mail the packages, making it not possible for people to complete and return their eligibility renewal forms. They were subsequently sent a notice that their eligibility would end June 30, because they "did not return eligibility form."
The department mailed a letter to the affected participants Friday. The department will resend eligibility renewal packages to these individuals in early July and will make a redetermination of continued eligibility based on the returned completed forms.
Many affected individuals have already contacted DHS and have had their eligibility renewal prioritized and processed.
Haiku water work will disrupt service
Some Haiku residents will be without water from about 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday while contractors connect a new pressure break tank at the intersection of Holokai and Kaupakalua roads.
The affected areas are:
* Kaupakalua and Holokai roads from Kaiapa Place to just past Kapuaimilia Place.
* Kekoanui Place.
* Hana Highway near the intersection with Holokai Road.
* Kapuaimilia Place.
* Nolu Road.
* Haloa Road.
* Waonahele Place.
Motorists are advised to drive cautiously and to follow traffic control signs and signals when driving through the Holokai Road and Kaupakalua Road intersection.
Affected customers are advised to store water for the day if needed. Customers should flush their waterlines for a short time Tuesday afternoon to ensure that no sediment has accumulated in their waterlines during the project.
Customers are requested to call the 24-hour service line (270-7633) only if a water emergency occurs.
Yukata instruction free, set for Sunday
The Japanese Cultural Society of Maui is offering a free workshop Sunday for those who want to learn how to wear a yukata, the cotton kimono worn at obon festivals in the summer.
The workshop will teach the complexities of wearing kimono. Sensei Ken Tasaka will teach the class at Tenrikyo Maui Kyokai Church from 4 to 5 p.m., according to a news release.
Students must provide their own yukata or kimono along with obi and ties.
To register, call 244-6042 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.