The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a Flood Advisory for the Island of MAUI in effect until 9:30 a.m. This advisory may need to be extended beyond 9:30 a.m. if heavy rain persists. View the latest looping radar image here.
EVENT: The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a Flood Advisory for the Island of MAUI in effect until 9:30 a.m. This advisory may need to be extended beyond 9:30 a.m. if heavy rain persists.
EFFECTS: At 6:24 a.m., radar showed persistent moderate to heavy rain over the north facing slopes of Maui with the heaviest rain over the Hana Coast between Nahiku and Hookipa and over windward portions of the West Maui Mountains from Waihee to Kahakuloa.
Other locations in the advisory include but are not limited to: the entire Island of Maui.
PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES: STAY AWAY FROM STREAMS, DRAINAGE DITCHES AND LOW LYING AREAS PRONE TO FLOODING. RAINFALL AND RUNOFF WILL ALSO CAUSE HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS DUE TO PONDING, REDUCED VISIBILITY AND POOR BRAKING ACTION. DO NOT CROSS FAST FLOWING OR RISING WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE OR ON FOOT. TURN AROUND…DON’T DROWN.
INFORMATION: Maui County Civil Defense will continue to monitor the situation. Please listen to your local radio and TV stations or NOAA Weather Radio for any updates.
NOAA Weather Radio 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.
In a span of fewer than 24 hours, interactions between humpback whales and boats scored two strikes against whales and one pau canoe.
Law enforcement officials and the Coast Guard are investigating the three separate incidents involving vessels and whales in Hawaiian waters offshore from Maui and the Big Island.
In the first Maui incident, a boat struck a calf about half a mile off the Lahaina coast Tuesday evening. Crewmembers reported seeing blood in the water and alerted NOAA officials.
The second Maui incident occurred at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday about a mile off Maalaea Harbor . A boat struck a humpack whale, leaving it with three visible slashes, NOAA says. This crew also reported the incident. NOAA has not revealed if they were private boats or tour boats, nor if they’ve been able to find the injured whales since.
Another close humpack whale encounter occurred off the Kona coast of the Big Island Tuesday evening. Witnesses reported seeing a whale’s tail emerge from the water, flipping over a 20-foot canoe. A nearby tour boat rescued the 60-year-old paddler who suffered only minor scratches. The lightweight canoe was split in half.
NOAA officials remind everyone to slow down while boating during this time of year, which is when thousands of humpback whales come to Hawaiian waters. If you see a marine mammal in distress, you are asked to call this hotline: 1-888-256-9840. They also remind that it’s against the law to come closer than 100 yards of a humpback whale at sea.
HONOLULU—HB175 introduced by Representative Mele Carroll, unanimously passed with amendments in the Ocean, Marine Resources & Hawaiian Affairs (OMH) committee hearing with all members in attendance. The Bill now moves on to the Judiciary Committee for review.
The Bill requires that government agencies and departments that receive revenue from the use of land in the public land trust transfer $ 2.5 million quarterly to the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) which shall then utilize the $10 million for the development of farms and home ownership.
“I am elated that Bill 175 has passed through the initial committee hearing as establishing a source of revenue for the DHHL is essential,” Msd Casrroll said. “The money the department currently receives from the legislature, roughly $30 million a year, is from a previous lawsuit that comes to an end in 2015. The State has a constitutional obligation to place native Hawaiians on their lands, so establishing a stable source of revenue for the department becomes necessary.
“By diversifying the sources of revenue for the DHHL, the budgeting process is simpler and will allow us to assist a consistent number of applicants in the near future. I believe the benefits of the bill are clear as it allows the State to meet a constitutional obligation in a fiscally responsible manner. I will continue to follow the bill’s progress as it goes through the legislative process,” said Representative Carroll.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Today, ConAgra Foods, Omaha, Neb., is voluntarily initiating a product recall for specific lots of its 8 ounce Hunt’s Tomato Sauce (regular variety) and Hunt’s Tomato Sauce No Salt Added that were packaged in cans containing a defect in the inner lining. Although there is no food safety concern associated with the product, the can defect may cause the can to swell and the product to spurt out when opened. ConAgra Foods is advising consumers who have purchased either of these from Best By dates shown to call 866-511-7752 to ask any questions, or to arrange for replacement.
The product was shipped to U.S. retail food stores and distributors in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. ConAgra Foods is working with retail customers and distributors to ensure these cans are removed from store shelves.
This recall is limited only to 8-ounce cans of Hunt’s Tomato Sauce (regular variety) and Hunt’s Tomato Sauce Not Salt Added bearing the following Best By dates. No other Hunt’s products are impacted. Hunt’s Tomato Sauce (regular variety) and Hunt’s Tomato Sauce Not Salt Added are packaged in 8 ounce cans with a Hunt’s graphic logo on the front of the can. Consumers can find the Best By date by looking at either the top or bottom of the can.
Hunt’s Tomato Sauce (8-ounce cans):
Hunt’s Tomato Sauce No Salt Added (8-ounce cans):
HONOLULU – HB325, introduced by Rep. Kaniela Ing (D, Kihei-Wailea-Makena), would amend Chapter 328J of the Hawaii Revised Statutes to prohibit smoking on all beaches in the state.
“Maui is known for our world-renown beaches. In addition to the health risk to smokers and risks caused by second hand smoke, cigarette butts are still one of the primary causes of litter on Maui.” said Representative Ing. “I introduced this measure to keep our beaches clean and ensure that both residents and visitors are able to enjoy their beach-going experiences and keep their children safe.”
Last year, Community Work Day program’s three-hour “Get the Drift and Bag it” event brought together over 1,200 volunteers that collected over 7,600 cigarette butts on Maui. Additionally, national surveys indicate that Hawaii reports between 15 and 30 cases of children ingesting cigarette butts each year. According to a poll conducted by the Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawaii 73% of respondents supported smoke-free beaches.
Ing sees this bill as a chance to facilitate discussion and see where the community currently stands on this issue. “I encourage emails and phone calls to my office and promise that all will be read and considered wholeheartedly before pushing forward this piece of legislation.” said Ing.
HONOLULU – Maui High School is once again No Ka Oi in the Hawaii Regional Science Bowl. In capturing their fifth state title since 2002, the Sabers also led an unprecedented effort by Hawaii’s public schools in the January 26 competition.
The Sabers returned to the champion’s circle going undefeated throughout the recent Science Bowl at Honolulu Community College. By winning the Science Bowl, the Maui High School Science Department receives $500, and each member of its team receives an expenses-paid trip to the National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C., April 25-29. Farrington High School’s Team I also placed fourth, winning $200 for the Governors’ Science Department.
Quarterfinalists include four public schools, each of which won $100 for their respective science departments: Pearl City, Waiakea, Waipahu Team I and Waipahu Team II. The wildcard champion was Mililani, which won $50 for its science department. Other schools competing this year included Farrington High Team II, Kealakehe, Konawaena, Moanalua and Waimea. At the Science Bowl, competitors are asked questions from areas such as chemistry, physics, biology, math, and earth and space science.
“Going into the competition, I knew that our team had prepared extensively,” said Maui High senior Steven Okada. “As a result, we entered with confidence, knowing that we were among the best teams there. I felt that although anything could happen, we had a pretty good chance of winning.”
In addition to Okada, the Maui High team is comprised of Riley Camp, Christopher Kim, Bryson Galapon and Gabriel Salazar. They are led by retired Maui High science teacher Ed Ginoza, who believes that the competition and studying for the event give the teens self-confidence.. Ginoza added that the competition also prepares the students for college and real life, in which they need to do a lot of self-preparation.
“I enjoy working with the kids, and the kids appreciate what you do for them,” said Ginoza, who’s been retired for 12 years. “I’ve had one former student say if it wasn’t for what we did for him, he wouldn’t be working for Microsoft today. Another got a full ride to MIT. For kids, the payoff is really, really big.”
Since its inception in 1994, more than 1,900 students representing more than 50 schools have participated in the Hawaii Science Bowl.
“Public school students have made tremendous gains recently in the Hawaii Science Bowl,” said Justin Mew, principal of Niu Valley Middle School and master of ceremonies for the 2013 Hawaii Regional Science Bowl. “Our students’ growth in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) reflects the outstanding dedication by our teachers in preparing students for college and careers.”
Students who have participated in previous Hawaii Science Bowls have gone on to become Presidential Scholars and graduates of some of the nation’s most renowned educational establishments including Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard, California Institute of Technology, Stanford and Carnegie Mellon.
Maui’s Okada, who is a merit scholar, Presidential Scholar finalist, and holds the state’s top Advanced Placement scores in math and science, has been offered a full-tuition scholarship from the University of Southern California.
Two days before the Hawaii Science Bowl, Okada took the top spot at the 54th Annual Maui Schools’ Science and Engineering Fair, winning a trip to the Intel International Science Fair in Phoenix from May 12 to 17. Okada’s project, “Spectral Analysis of Quasar Time Dilation,” looks at time dilation and Albert Einstein’s Theory of Relativity as they relate to quasars. With her project, “Artificial Nesting Structures For Hawaii Coot Nesting Successes,” Molokai High 10th grader Sarah Jenkins placed second at the Maui Fair, also securing a trip to Phoenix. Both Okada and Jenkins will feature their projects at the Hawaii State Science and Engineering Fair, April 7 to 9 at the Hawaii Convention Center.
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