WAILUKU, Maui, Hawai`i– The Division of Motor Vehicles & Licensing has announced that it will be closing its Moloka`i and Lana`i satellite offices on December 11 and 12,2012 in order to conduct staff training.
Both offices will resume normal operations on Thursday, December 13, 2012.
Customers with questions may call (808) 270-7363.
The National Weather Service in Honolulu has continued the HIGH SURF ADVISORY for EAST FACING SHORES of MAUI and MOLOKAI, in effect until 6:00 a.m. Wednesday.
A High Surf Advisory means that high surf will affect beaches in the advisory area, producing rip currents and localized beach erosion.
EFFECTS: The combination of a north swell along with breezy trade winds will cause very rough surf along east facing shores. Surf heights will be 6 to 10 feet through tonight.
Forecast surf heights are estimates of the height of the face or front of waves.
A high tide of approximately 2.8 feet is expected between 2:44 a.m. and 4:02 a.m. tomorrow morning. The next high tide of approximately 1.6 feet is expected between 1:26 p.m. and 2:44 p.m. tomorrow afternoon.
PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES: BEACH GOERS ARE URGED TO STAY OUT OF THE WATER AND WELL AWAY FROM THE SHORE BREAK DUE TO THE HAZARDOUS WAVE ACTION AND STRONG RIP CURRENTS.
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.
HONOLULU — The Department of Land and Natural Resources is reminding the public that the 2012-2013 Game Bird Hunting will run through Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, with legal hunting days on Saturday, Sunday, and state holidays. It began on Nov. 3, 2012.
Department biologists are predicting a below average season of bird hunting, with lingering drought impacts in many parts of the state. A Dec. 31, 2007, appellate court ruling determined that no game bird stamp sales are allowed for hunting. A valid hunting license only is required for all game bird hunting on public and private lands. All game bird hunting is regulated by Hawai‘i Administrative Rules Title 13, Chapter 122 (see http://hawaii.gov/dlnr/dofaw under “Administrative Rules”).
ISLAND OF MAUI
KULA FOREST RESERVE AND COOPERATIVE LEASE AREA (HUNTING UNIT C*) will be open for game bird hunting on Saturdays, Sundays, and state holidays for the entire season.
KAHAKULOA GMA AND WEST MAUI FOREST RESERVE (HUNTING UNIT F) will be open for game bird hunting on Saturdays, Sundays, and state holidays for the entire season.
KAHAKULOA NATURAL AREA RESERVE (UNIT N) be open for game bird hunting on Saturdays, Sundays, and state holidays for the entire season.
(*Game mammal hunting will be closed within Unit C on legal game bird hunting days.)
ISLAND OF KAUA‘I
HUNTING UNITS B, E, F and I on the island of Kaua‘i will be open for the entire 2012-2013 Game Bird Hunting Season. Game bird hunting in these areas will be permitted on Saturdays, Sundays, and state holidays.
Hunters planning to hunt in Unit I (Wailua Game Management Area) should review the hunting map at either Rice gate or the Kondo gate hunter check stations to find out which paddocks will be open to bird hunting. Wailua GMA maps are also available at the Lihu‘e State Office building.
HUNTING UNIT A: Due to the recent forest fires this year and the subsequent high fire danger closure declaration set in July, access into Hunting Unit A will be limited to Trail 2 – Papa‘alai and Pu‘u ‘Opae sections only. Mana Tunnels Hunter Checking Station will also be open to provide makai access into Trail 2 and Pu‘u ‘Opae .
Trail 2 – Papa‘alai access consists of Kahelu ridge, Mana ridge, and Kolo ridge roads. Access into Pu‘u ‘Opae consist of the Marine, Pulehu ridge, and Kaunalewa ridge roads.
All other access into Units A and J will remained closed until further notice. This include roads known as Trail 1, Lapa Loop, Ha‘ele‘ele ridge, Polihale ridge, Ka‘aweiki ridge, Kauhao ridge, 3,000 Foot Contour and Ditch Line.
HUNTING UNIT F will be open to the hunting of game birds with archery equipment only during the regular season this year.
HUNTING UNIT H: Due to the recent forest fires this year and the subsequent high fire danger closure declaration set in July, access into Hunting Unit H will be open to Makaha ridge road, Pine Forest drive, Nualolo, Nualolo cliff and ‘Awa‘awapuhi trails only. Access on Miloli‘i ridge road will be limited to foot only; there are no exceptions. The use of motorized and non-motorized vehicles including horseback on Miloli‘i ridge road is prohibited.
HUNTING UNIT J will remain closed this season due to recent forest fires and subsequent high fire danger closure declaration set in July 2012.
WAIMEA HEIGHTS SPECIAL GAME BIRD HUNTING AREA will remain closed this year.
Other PRIVATE LANDS on the island of Kaua‘i are open to game bird hunting on Saturdays, Sundays, and state holidays, with landowner permission in accordance with Chapter 13-122.
ISLAND OF O‘AHU
KUAOKALA GMA (UNIT 1) AND MOKULE‘IA PHA (UNIT 2) will be open on weekends and state holidays from Nov. 5, 2011 through Jan. 21, 2012. Hunters must check in and out of the Ka‘ena Point Satellite Tracking Station access road. Species occurring in this area include ring-necked pheasant (common and blue variety), Erckel’s francolin, black francolin, gray francolin, chukar partridge, barred dove, and spotted dove, with bag limits as listed in Chapter 122, Rules Regulating Game Bird Hunting. Hunting of female Ring-Necked Pheasants is allowed in Kuaokala GMA only and will count against the listed daily bag limit in Ch. 122. HUNTING OF WILD TURKEYS IS STILL PROHIBITED in all public and private hunting areas to allow the population to reach a level suitable for hunting in the future.
MAKUA KEA‘AU PHA (UNIT 3) will be open on weekends and state holidays. Species occurring in Makua Kea‘au include ring-necked pheasant (rare), Erckel’s francolin, barred dove and spotted dove, with bag limits as listed in Chapter 122.
WAI‘ANAE KAI (UNIT 4) will be open to game bird hunting on weekends and state holidays, with mammal hunting closed during the weekends for the duration of the game bird season.
PRIVATE LANDS on the island of O‘ahu will be open to game bird hunting on weekends and state holidays in accordance with Chapter 122.
Kahului — Thanks to a $5,000 grant from Alexander & Baldwin Foundation, The Salvation Army’s William Booth Safe Haven in Kahului obtained a portable bathroom and shower trailer to serve Maui’s homeless population. The new addition vastly improves the hygienic facilities for program participants, according to Major Brian West, coordinator for The Salvation Army on Maui.
Over the last 20 years, Alexander & Baldwin Foundation has donated more than $200,000 to The Salvation Army and its various programs statewide. It is funded by the business activities of Alexander & Baldwin which include A&B Properties, Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company/Maui Brand Sugar, Kauai Coffee Company and Matson Navigation Company.
HONOLULU – Governor Neil Abercrombie today announced the release of more than $44 million for capital improvement projects (CIPs) statewide, including public schools, health facilities, transportation infrastructure and more.
“Since the start of 2012, my administration has released more than $885.8 million for CIPs, including these newly released funds, as a part of an economic strategy to address priority work while stimulating the economy and generating job opportunities for residents,” said Governor Abercrombie. “We’ve made significant progress. Our local economy is back on track. Credit rating agencies have taken notice. And, the state’s unemployment rate has continued to improve, falling in October to a seasonally adjusted rate of 5.5 percent – a pre-recession level.”
Allotment of funds for the following priority projects, identified by members of the state Legislature, has been approved by the Governor:
· $3,500,000 – Various schools, statewide – Design, construction and required works of art for modifications at various schools to meet ADA accessibility guidelines; project will provide 1) student, staff and public accessibility to programs and/or facilities as required by the ADA for Waianae High School; and 2) accessibility to areas of school campuses that are typically visited by the public for Baldwin High School, Makaha Elementary School, and Aliamanu Middle School (Projects may include modifications to walkways, ramps, parking stalls, elevators, building interiors and exteriors to make them ADA compliant)
· $2,500,000 – Aikahi and Wahiawa Elementary Schools, Oahu – Improvements to drainage at Aikahi Elementary, and creation of student drop off area and additional parking at Wahiawa Elementary School
· $2,000,000 – Pookela Special Day Program, statewide – Design, construction, equipment and required works of art for four special education portable classrooms for the Pookela Special Day Program for autistic and developmentally disabled students
· $1,600,000 – Kohala High School, Hawaii Island – Design of a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) building, including ground/site improvements, equipment and appurtenances
· $800,000 – Waipahu Intermediate School, Oahu – Design funds to provide a new eight-classroom building that will address STEM/multi-media needs
· $3,300,000 – Maui Memorial Medical Center, Maui – Design, construction and equipment for renovation of Imaging Department’s treatment rooms, physicians’ offices, patient care and public areas, and to accommodate new and replacement imaging equipment; improvements will maintain patient privacy and improve patient care
· $328,000 – Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital, Kauai – Design and construction for work on walls and floors in the nursing units
· $8,010,000 – Kahului Airport, Maui – Additional design costs for the structural improvements and long-term rehabilitation to Runway 2-20
· $1,200,000 – Honolulu International Airport, Oahu – Construction to upgrade the radio communication infrastructure and antenna system, remove and replace the existing dispatcher console and install a new Wireless Broadcast Emergency Public Address system
· $600,000 – Kona International Airport at Keahole, Hawaii Island – Design for re-roofing of terminal buildings to prevent re-occurring leaks throughout the terminal
· $350,000 – Kahului Airport, Maui – Additional design funds to reconstruct the Taxiway A apron
· $200,000 – Kalaeloa Airport, Oahu – Construction to upgrade the radio communication infrastructure, antenna system, remove and replace the existing dispatcher console, and install a new Wireless Broadcast Emergency Public Address system
· $4,510,000 – Kaneohe Bay Drive, Oahu – Construction for rehabilitation of Kaneohe Bay Drive between Kamehameha Highway and Nanamoana Street to address the deterioration of the roadway; improvements will include reconstructing weakened pavement areas and shoulders, constructing new curbs, gutters, sidewalks and curb ramps, upgrading drainage facilities, and replacing and installing guardrails
· $1,160,000 (and $8,865,000 federal funds) – Hawaii Belt Road, Hawaii Island – Safety improvements near/at Laupahoehoe and Kaawalii Gulches to improve roadway drainage in the area and construct a friction overlay surface to minimize hydroplaning
· $306,000 – Piilani Highway, Maui – Additional construction to widen Ohukai Road on both approaches to highway; project will include constructing left turn storage lanes and relocating existing street lights, guardrails and wheelchair ramps
· $253,000 – Hana Highway, Maui – Additional construction for Phase 2 of the project to remove overhanging, protruding and unstable rocks from the slopes above highway to prevent rockfall
· $200,000 (and $800,000 federal funds) – Intelligent Transportation System, statewide – Planning for the development of an approved regional architecture phase of an envisioned Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) for the Kauai, Maui and Hawaii highway districts
· $130,000 – Kohala Mountain Road, Hawaii Island – Additional design for road drainage improvements at mileposts 10.61, 12.88, 13.47, and 13.98; this project will install larger culverts to increase drainage capacity with headwalls constructed farther from the edge of the travelway
· $100,000 – Volcano Road, Hawaii Island – Additional construction in the vicinity of Kulani Road for installation of left-turn lanes, improvements and/or adjustments to the drainage system, streetlights and guardrails to current standards
· $96,000 (and $864,000 federal funds) – Honoapiilani Highway, Maui – Construction to upgrade highway lighting and improve traffic safety on highway at Kaanapali Parkway and Halelo Street
· $37,700 (and $339,300 federal funds) – Various locations, Oahu – Design for guardrail and shoulder improvements at various locations throughout Oahu to current design standards
· $500,000 – Honolulu Harbor Environmental and Development Services, Oahu – Planning for environmental and development services for a new Kapalama Container Facility to support expanding maritime activities in the harbor
· $7,122,411 – DAGS CIP project positions – Public Works Division project-funded staff positions for fiscal year 2013
· $1,789,334 – Hawaii Community Development Authority Community Development Districts, Oahu – Nineteen project-funded staff positions for fiscal year 2013
· $1,000,000 – Capital District Master Plan, Oahu – Planning to develop, implement and populate a space needs and building management information database, update the State Capital District Master Plan, and provide alternatives for civic center facilities at Department of Accounting and General Services-managed and new properties; work includes surveys of state office buildings and ancillary facilities in the Capital District and plans for future disposition of the Kinau Hale and Queen Liliuokalani buildings
· $1,000,000 – Correctional facilities, statewide – Planning for the orderly development of correctional facilities, including assessment of all Department of Public Safety correctional facilities to determine whether to renovate or construct new facilities for the future
· $650,000 – Honokohau Small Boat Harbor Improvements, Phase II, Hawaii Island – Creation of paved parking areas and roadways on the north side of the harbor, as well as water system and drainage improvements
· $500,000 – State Water Projects Plan Update, statewide – Updating of the State Water Projects Plan, which is a component of the Hawaii Water Plan mandated by the State Water Code, Chapter 174C, HRS, and conducting related studies specifically for the North Kona area of Hawaii Island (The State Water Projects Plan was last updated in 2003. Given the increase in both private and government developments and the water resource challenges that exist due to the complex geology and hydrology in West Hawaii, the need to update the plan and conduct necessary studies will be critical to identifying and meeting projected water demands.)
· $300,000 – Birkhimer Tunnel, Oahu – Additional construction to provide for the replacement of an emergency generator, structural modifications, and other related work
· $20,000 – Bond Memorial Public Library, Hawaii Island – Planning for a Phase 1 environmental site assessment prior to returning library site to the Department of Land and Natural Resources; the library is no longer in operation since the opening of the new North Kohala Public Library
HONOLULU – This year, Whole Foods Market is lighting up the holidays, partnering with Hawai’i farms for the first time to offer locally grown trees, available at its Kailua store on O’ahu and Kahului store on Maui. Grown and cut in Hawai’i by Helemano Farms on O’ahu and Kula Botanical Gardens on Maui, these pines and cypress trees are free of invasive species, but filled with aloha spirit.
“Whole Foods Market takes very seriously the threat posed by invasive species to our natural environment and farmers in Hawai’i,” said Claire Sullivan, Whole Foods Market Hawai’i coordinator, purchasing and public affairs. “In our effort to make a positive contribution to the future of the islands, we have not imported Christmas trees since opening our Kāhala store in 2008. This year we are delighted to be able to offer for the first time, beautiful, locally grown trees to our customers.”
For O’ahu residents looking to deck their halls with an iconic, Hawaiian-style tree, Whole Foods Market’s Kailua store is offering five to six foot Norfolk pine and Leland cypress trees from Helemano Farms in Wahiawa. For those who want to further decorate their homes, Helemano Farms’ wreaths are also available at both Whole Foods Market’s Kāhala and Kailua stores. On Maui, Whole Foods Market’s Kahului store offers local Monterey pine trees from Kula Botanical Gardens, which are fresh-cut and fragrant.
“We are very pleased to partner with Whole Foods Market and offer their shoppers the option of buying a local tree for their home this holiday season,” said Helen McCord, owner of Kula Botanical Gardens. “Buying local trees is not just beneficial to the environment, but also helps keep monies here in Hawai’i, supporting our local, Maui businesses during this all-important holiday season.”
“Whole Foods Market values the relationships we have cultivated with our local partners. This past year alone, more than 43 percent of our fresh produce was purchased from Hawai’i farms and we are always striving to increase the quantity and variety of our local offerings,” said Steve Carey, Whole Foods Market Hawai’i produce buyer. “Just like buying local veggies, purchasing a local Christmas tree supports our Hawai’i farmers.”
In addition to its ongoing efforts to supply as much product from Hawai’i farms as possible, Whole Foods Market is committed to helping to avoid the introduction of destructive invasive species to the ʻāina (land). Imported Christmas trees are known to have been host to unwelcome invasives, including hornets and slugs. By purchasing a locally grown and fresh-cut tree at Whole Foods Market’s Kailua and Kahului stores, or directly at Helemano Farms or Kula Botanical Gardens, local residents can be sure to enjoy this holiday tradition free of unwanted creatures.
Local trees are available at Whole Foods Market Kailua and Kahului until supplies run out. Whole Foods Market Kailua’s selection of Helemano Farms’ Norfolk pine trees cost $59.99, and Leyland cypress trees cost $79.99. Norfolk pine wreathes start at $39.99 and are available at both Whole Foods Market’s Kāhala and Kailua stores.
Maui residents can visit Whole Foods Market’s Kahului store for a selection of Kula Botanical Gardens Monterey pines for $79.99.
For more information about the invasive species risks with imported Christmas trees and how to support buying local to protect Hawai’i agriculture and our natural environment, please contact Janelle Saneishi, Hawai’i Department of Agriculture public information officer at (808) 973-9560 or email@example.com, and Jacqueline Kozak Thiel, Hawai’i Invasive Species Council communications coordinator at (808) 346-5390 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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