Owner of diver flag, float alive and well
The owner of a diver's float and flag that the U.S. Coast Guard found adrift last week was found on shore Tuesday and was never in distress, officials said Wednesday.
After seeing local news reports that the Coast Guard had located his missing gear, the man was able to retrieve it. The man reported that his gear floated away from him.
Coast Guard crew members aboard a 45-foot boat from Maalaea discovered the dive float and flag adrift at 6:45 p.m. Friday while conducting routine training in Maalaea Bay. They searched the surrounding area and asked mariners to keep a sharp eye out for anyone possibly in distress.
People should label all watercraft and equipment with contact information to quickly account for owners and prevent unnecessary searches, officials said.
The Coast Guard offers a free "If Found" decal to be placed on a visible location of a watercraft.
It can be obtained for free at local harbormasters, Coast Guard Auxiliary and select marine retail and supply stores.
Maui cultural panel calls off meeting
Today's meeting of the Maui County Cultural Resources Commission has been postponed because of a lack of quorum, the county announced Wednesday.
The commission is rescheduled to continue its discussion and possibly approve proposed revisions to the design guidelines for signs in the Lahaina Historic Districts at its next meeting at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 2.
The meeting will be in the Kalana Pakui Building's conference room. The building is at 250 S. High St. in Wailuku.
To view the proposed guidelines, see www.mauicounty. gov/Planning then select "Draft Lahaina Sign Design Guidelines" under the "Hot Topics" header.
For more information, call the Department of Planning at 270-7735.
Emergency training in county building
Maui County will conduct emergency preparedness training in the Kalana O Maui building at 200 S. High St. on Friday. The training will close four of the building's nine floors for around 90 minutes each at different times.
The affected floors and scheduled closure times are:
* 8:30 to 10 a.m., first floor, (Information Technology and Civil Defense offices).
* 10 to 11:30 a.m., sixth floor, (Information Technology, Department of Personnel Services and the Treasury Division of Department of Finance).
* 12:30 to 2 p.m., fourth floor, (Department of Public Works).
* 2 to 3:30 p.m., third floor, (Department of Corporation Counsel).
The training is part of a nationally accredited program being conducted by the Maui Police Department. It includes a 30-minute safety briefing and class followed by two drills with debriefing meetings.