Effective Tuesday, November 29, 2011, contractors will be working on connecting a new 1.8MW backup generator into the existing switch gear at the Waihee Wells. The installation should be completed by Thursday afternoon, December 1. During this time, the wells will be shut down for six hours each day from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Customers in Kihei, Wailea, and Makena are asked to reduce water usage from Tuesday to Thursday as this source will be out of service during the day.
The Waihee Wells are the primary water source forSouth Mauiand are capable of supplying 13 million gallons per day. Once the generator is installed, it will enable the Department to provide water from these wells in the event of an extended power outage.
Customers are requested to call the 24-hour service line (270-7633) only if a water problem occurs.
Hawaii’s largest metropolitan area had 300 fewer businesses after the onset of the recession, according to a new analysis of data from the U.S. Census Bureau.
Three smaller markets — on Maui, the Big Island and Kauai — lost between 1.5 percent and 3 percent of their businesses between 2008 and 2009, according to the analysis by On Numbers, an affiliate of Pacific Business News.
Honolulu, Hilo, Kahului-Wailuku and Kapaa were among 870 metropolitan and micropolitan areas that had fewer businesses in 2009 than in 2008. The recession officially began in December 2007.
Honolulu had 22,044 businesses in 2008, but that number declined to 21,748 in 2009, a net loss of 296 businesses, or 1.34 percent.
The number of businesses in Hilo declined from 4,261 in 2008 to 4,197 in 2009, a net change of 64, or 1.5 percent. On Maui, the number of businesses went from 4,564 in 2008 to 4,450 in 2009, a net change of 114, or 2.5 percent.
And on Kauai, the number of businesses in Kapaa went from 1,978 in 2008 to 1,919 in 2009, a net change of 59, or 2.98 percent.
PBS HAWAII PREMIERES GREAT PERFORMANCES: ANDREA BOCELLI
LESLIE WILCOX AND JIMMY BORGES CO-HOST PLEDGE PROGRAM
PBS Hawaii will premiere Great Performances
Andrea Bocelli: Live in Central Park on Sunday, December 4 at 7:00 pm. Due to a fire that disabled its studio, PBS
Hawaii has borrowed an adjacent studio from the UH Media Lab for the live pledge-ofsupport broadcast. The program will be co-hosted by PBS Hawaii President and CEO Leslie Wilcox and PBS Hawaii Board Member and jazz vocalist Jimmy Borges. The PBS Hawaii Board of Directors, chaired by Robbie Alm, will staff the live broadcast’s phone bank. An emergency windup flashlight will be offered to donors as a mahalo gift. Bocelli began his musical journey at the age of six, learning how to play piano.
Blind since he was 12, Bocelli would concentrate on developing his voice, playing the piano in bars to earn money for singing lessons. Since then, the world renowned tenor is the biggest-selling solo artist in the history of classical music.
The Great Performances special includes guest appearances by Céline Dion, Tony Bennett, Chris Botti and David Foster. Sopranos Ana María Martínez and Pretty Yende, violinist Nicola Benedetti, bass baritone Bryn Terfel and flutist Andrea Griminelli also perform.
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The number of initial unemployment claims filed statewide in Hawaii during the week before Thanksgiving rose by 18 percent compared to the same week in 2010, according to the state Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism.
There were 2,223 initial claims filed during the week ending Nov. 19, which was 18.2 percent more than the 1,881 claims filed during the same week a year ago. The largest increase was on Oahu, where there were 1,337 initial jobless claims filed, 25.8 percent more than 1,063 claims filed in 2010.
There were 296 initial jobless claims filed in Maui County, a 17.5 percent increase from 252 claims in 2010, while there were 375 jobless claims filed on the Big Island, which was 13 percent more than the 332 claims filed last year. Only Kauai saw a decrease, with 130 initial jobless claims filed, a 14.5 percent decrease from the 152 claims filed that week last year.
Hundreds of weary travelers finally left for their destinations after separate mechanical problems led to 65 passengers getting bumped from a Continental Airlines flight to Denver on Saturday, and left passengers of a Hawaiian Airlines flight from Portland to Honolulu waiting half a day Sunday to get off the ground.
Continental passengers scheduled to leave Honolulu for Denver at 11 p.m. Saturday were told that the aircraft scheduled to make the flight was unavailable due to mechanical problems and had to be replaced with a smaller jet.
The 65 passengers who were left without a seat were offered hotel vouchers and assistance in making new travel arrangements.
“I’m just upset about how it was handled,” said Angela Stegman, who had to wait until Sunday night to fly out of Honolulu. “They knew all day that they were going to have to bump people but they didn’t say anything until just before the flight. Our luggage was already on the plane.”
On Sunday, Hawaiian Airlines Flight 25 from Portland to Honolulu was delayed more than 12 and a half hours due to a problem with the system that controls the plane’s flaps.
“This being a holiday weekend, there weren’t other flights available to accommodate this many passengers, so we had to wait for the first available airplane,” said Keoni Wagner, Hawaiian’s vice president of public affairs.
The flight was to have departed Portland at 10:15 a.m., arriving in Honolulu at 2:15 p.m. Instead, it left at 10:56 p.m. with a scheduled arrival of 1:51 a.m.
Wagner said the airlines offered each affected traveler a travel credit “as a gesture of regret” and provided meals and hotel vouchers for anyone who needed them during the wait.
A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or will shortly. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures will create rapid fire growth potential. A Red Flag Warning does not predict new fire starts.
EFFECTS: A dry and stable air mass along with breezy winds will lead to critical fire weather conditions by mid-morning today. Northeast winds of 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 35 mph, relative humidity around 45 percent, and the temperature will be around 80 degrees today.
INFORMATION: Maui County Civil Defense will continue to monitor the situation. Please listen to your local radio and TV stations or NOAA weather radio broadcasts for any updates.
NOAA Weather Broadcasts can be reached by calling 1-866-944-5025. NOAA Weather Internet services can be found at www.prh.noaa.gov/hnl.
Pre-recorded advisories and notifications are available 24-hours a day on the Maui County Automated Information System (AIS) by calling 986-1200. The same information is available on the Maui County website at www.mauicounty.gov.
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