Last night at 8:30 p.m. a malicious attempt to ignite Hawaiian Canoe Clubs new authentic canoe hale was made.
The Hale was constructed using native Hawaiian plants and timber. Witnesses say they saw a male in his late teens taking a cigarette lighter to the roof covering. About a 100 square ft. of the structure was damaged before the fire was brought under control by the activation of a fire sprinkler system.
Fire crews from Engine 10 and Rescue 10 arrived on scene to find a small smoldering fire on the roof. Fire was called under control at 8:40 p.m. and extinguished at 9 a.m. A brand new outrigger canoe which was stored in the Hale was also partially damaged.
The cause of the fire was declared “intentional.” Damage to the structure is estimated at $2,000. Damage to the contents are estimated at $1,000.
Department of Water Supply personnel are currently working on repairing two leaking service laterals on Wili Pa Loop in the Wailuku Millyard area.
The south intersection with Imi Kala (closest toMill Street) closed at 4:00 p.m. until approximately 10:00 p.m. tonight. The north intersection (closest to the post office) will remain open. Water service should only be cut off for the leaking service laterals. Other customers should not notice a change in their water service.
Customers are asked to call the 24-hour service line (270-7633) only if a water problem occurs.
WAILUKU, Hawaii – The Maui County Council’s General Plan Committee will continue to meet on the proposed directed growth boundaries for West Maui on Tuesday, July 31, at 9 a.m. in the Council Chamber, and may recess, if necessary, to August 2 at 9 a.m., Councilmember Gladys C. Baisa announced today.
“After I announced this week that the General Plan Committee may recess its July 31 meeting to its regular meeting time on August 2 at 1:30 p.m., I learned that the Economic Development, Agriculture, and Recreation Committee had also canceled its meeting. The unexpected cancellation allows the Committee to recess, if necessary, to the morning of August 2 instead”, Baisa said. “We are making progress, and I want to take every opportunity available to receive input from the public and for the Committee to work on the Maui Island Plan,” Baisa added.
More detailed information on the Planning Director’s proposed updates to the Draft Maui Island Plan Map Book, is located on the Planning Department’s website at http://www.co.maui.hi.us/index.aspx?NID=1866.
The meetings are open to the public. Meeting agendas are available on the General Plan Committee website. To receive meeting agendas via e-mail, please complete the on-line subscription form on the County website at www.mauicounty.gov.
For more information, please contact the General Plan Committee staff.
Gas prices in Hawaii dropped for the eighth week in a row, with the statewide price of a gallon of regular unleaded declining by 3 cents this week to $4.15, according to AAA Hawaii’s Weekend Gas Watch. The price is four cents higher on Maui.
While Hawaii’s statewide average was 14 cents lower than a month ago, it was more than 65 cents higher than the national average and still the highest in the nation. The national average price of a gallon of regular unleaded was $3.49.
In Honolulu, the average price of a gallon of unleaded fell 4 cents to $4.09 this week, which was 9 cents less than a month ago and 11 cents higher than a year ago.
On the Big Island, the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded in Hilo was $4.12, which was 4 cents less than last week and 16 cents less than last month but 4 cents higher than last year.
On Maui, the average price in Wailuku declined by 2 cents to $4.19, which was 55 cents less than last month and 20 cents lower than last year.
Olive Garden and Trader Joe’s, two of the most talked-about national brands that have yet to enter the Hawaii market, could be among the mix of retailers and restaurants to open at a large retail development under development on Maui, according to a source with knowledge of the developer’s plans.
California-based Eclipse Development Group CEO Doug Gray told PBN that they are in negotiations with tenants for the 400,000 square-foot Piilani Promenade in Kihei, but would not disclose any names.
“We are very excited about the response,” he said. “We are talking to tenants with no presence on Maui and several not in the Islands [at all].”
Although Gray wouldn’t confirm if his company was in discussions to bring an Olive Garden restaurant to Hawaii, he did say that Eclipse Development Group has done multiple deals with Darden Restaurants Inc. (NYSE: DRI) at some of its other developments, including its most recent project in Connecticut.
Darden Restaurants, the parent company of both Olive Garden and Red Lobster, said earlier this month that it is employing a new strategy in smaller U.S. cities that combines the casual dining chain’s popular Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants into one combination store. The Orlando, Fla.-based Darden has one restaurant in Hawaii, a Red Lobster in Waikiki.
Tara Gray, a spokeswoman for Darden told PBN in an email it does not have any specific plans for an Olive Garden location on Maui at this time.
“Olive Garden continues to grow, so our real estate teams are constantly looking for new sites across the country,” she said.
Last July, PBN reported that Olive Garden had its eyes on Hawaii, noting that multiple commercial real estate brokers said that the Italian restaurant is actively looking for its first Hawaii site.
But PBN also reported, almost at that same time, that there wasn’t even a rumor going around that Trader Joe’s was making a trip across the Pacific Ocean to open its first Hawaii location.
The California-based specialty grocery chain would undoubtedly be a popular stop for most Hawaii residents and visitors. But Hawaii’s shipping and warehousing logistics issues seem to be a big barrier for them.
Trader Joe’s officials could not be immediately reached for comment.
Since 2006, national brands from Whole Foods Market (NYSE: WFM) to Target (NYSE: TGT) to Victoria’s Secret to Bed Bath & Beyond have opened their first, and in some cases second and third, Hawaii stores, expanding the retail choices for locals and tourists.
Others on the tentative list for Piilani Promenade includes another first-timer to Hawaii, Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS), as well as Victoria’s Secret, Bed Bath & Beyond (Nasdaq: BBBY), Express, Banana Republic, an as-yet-to-be-named large bookstore and a Super Target, which has both a retail and grocery mix, which would be its first location in Hawaii.
Mya Walters, a spokeswoman for Target, told PBN in an email that it has no details to share at this time.
Site construction for both Piilani Promenade and the adjacent 300,000 square-foot Maui Outlets, which would become the largest one of its kind in Hawaii, has begun.
Despite these movements, the project still faces some hurdles, one being a challenge from numerous Maui groups before the state Land Use Commission.
Officials there told PBN that a hearing is tentatively set for Aug. 23-24 on Maui.
(Report Provided by Pacific Business News)
WAILUKU, Maui, Hawai`i– The County of Maui Department of Housing and Human Concerns, Office on Aging announced that it will sponsor “Better Choices…Better Health” a healthy living six-class workshop series beginning Wednesday, August 22.
This workshop will provide practical information, tools and support to people of all ages who wish to incorporate healthier habits into their lives, and help those living with chronic conditions to better manage their health.
The workshop will consist of a series of six classes that focus on learning and implementing practical skills to stay healthy and control symptoms through relaxation, nutrition, improved communication skills, medication management, exercise and more. Participants develop achievable “action plans” that lead to positive changes and greater confidence.
The workshop series will run on six consecutive Wednesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., from August 22 to September 26 at Kaunoa Senior Center Room 101 located at401 Alakapa Place,Paia,HI96779.
Participants will receive “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions, 3rd Edition,” and an audio relaxation CD entitled “Time for Healing.”
The cost for the six-session workshop is $10 for those 60 and older, and $35 for those under 60. Scholarships are available for anyone under 60 experiencing financial hardship.
Advance registration is required as space is limited to 14 participants per class. Small interactive classes focus on building skills, sharing experiences and developing support.
Transportation may be available. Caregivers are encouraged to attend.
For more information or to register, please call Jan Roberson at the Maui County Office on Aging at 270-8221 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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