To increase accessibility for handicapped visitors, Haleakalā National Park has been implementing parking lot construction projects throughout the Summit District this summer.
An ambitious project to update and upgrade roads and parking lots must be completed by the end of September, 2013, in order to qualify for federal funding.
The last portion of the project affects Kalahaku Overlook which will be open Friday, August 30 at 6 p.m., through the Labor Day holiday weekend until 6:45 a.m. on Tues Sept 3, when it will close for one day until 6p.m. Visitors may experience delays on September 3 especially during sunrise hours. For the latest updates please check www.nps.gov/hale.
It happens almost every year. Despite downpour conditions yesterday, and two tropical systems scraping the island of Maui in 2013, effective August 30, 2013, Director of Water Supply Dave Taylor announced a drought watch for the Upcountry area. Due to continued extremely dry weather conditions and low flows into the water reservoirs, Upcountry residents are urged to voluntarily conserve water by 10 percent or more until further notice. The affected area includes Haiku, Makawao, Olinda, Haliimaile, Pukalani, Omaopio/Pulehu, Kula, Keokea/Waiohuli, Ulupalakua, and Kanaio.
Director Taylor said that conditions have been very dry in the watershed areas with little or no rainfall. As a result, the Wailoa Ditch, a primary Upcountry water source, has been flowing at less than 40 million gallons per day (MGD) for the past week. In addition, the 100 MG Kahakapao reservoirs currently hold only 33.4 MG and the Waikamoi reservoirs are empty.
Furthermore, the short term weather forecast does not show any likelihood of substantial rainfall. Under these conditions, all Upcountry residents are asked to conserve water as best as they can. Po’okela Well is operational, and adds 1.3 MGD to the system. The total average demand for the Upcountry water system for the past week was 8.5 MGD. Normally, average demand is 7.1 MGD.
“Inflows are low. If we do not get rain soon and demand remains high, we will have to implement mandatory cutbacks to preserve our water supply. If customers can use less, we can make it through without mandatory restrictions until the rains replenish the reservoirs,” said Director Taylor.
To help conserve water, consumers should check in and around homes for leaks, use water conservatively, and install water saving devices where possible. Suggested conservation methods include not washing cars, irrigating lawns or filling storage tanks or reservoirs. Decreasing outdoor water use is a simple yet significant way to reduce water consumption.
Free low-flow showerheads and leak detection dye tablets for toilets are available at OneMainPlaza, Suite 102 in Wailuku. For more information on how to save water, contact the DWS at 463-3110. To report leaks in the water system, please call 270-7633.
The Director thanked the Upcountry Maui community for their understanding and cooperation.
A Maui man has been found guilty of trying to extort money from a group of California tourists and assaulting one of them with a rake.
KITV-4, Honolulu, reports that The Maui News carried a story about a jury this week that found Jesse Nako’oka guilty of attempted extortion and various assault charges. The 37-year-old was found not guilty of harassing one of the visitors, who testified Nako’oka shoved her to the ground.
Prosecutors say Nakooka demanded $20 to move his chicken stand blocking the tourists’ car. The visitors testified that when Nicholas Nottingham, of Riverside, CA, managed to maneuver the car out of the tight spot, Nako’oka put a table and his children in front of the car, demanding more money.
Deputy Public Defender Annalisa Bernard says Nako’oka was defending himself against an angry group. The jury disagreed.
WAILUKU – Keith Regan and Lynn Araki-Regan, as well as their son, Riley Regan, a third grader at Pu`u Kukui Elementary School, today announced that they are launching a Children’s DVD drive in the month of September to collect as many new and used DVDs to donate to the pediatric department of Maui Memorial Medical Center.
They were cleaning their home and came across a stack of DVDs that Riley had outgrown and no longer watched. As Keith is a board member of Maui Memorial Medical Center Foundation, they thought it would be nice to donate movies to the hospital for kids to watch during their hospitalization. According to the Regans’ research, movies are the first things kids ask for when they are in the hospital, and that the pediatric department currently has two portable DVD players for kids to use.
DVDs that are being sought are of films that appeal to boys and/or girls of all ages, as well as monies for the purchase of additional portable DVD players.
DVD and monetary donations may be dropped off at the Mayor’s Office located on the 9th floor of the Kalana O Maui building at 200 S. High Street, Wailuku, Araki-Regan & Associates LLC, 1823 Wells Street, Suite 2A, Wailuku, or Pu`u Kukui Elementary School Office between Sept. 3rd and Sept. 30. Checks may be made payable to Maui Memorial Medical Center Foundation, and mailed in care of Araki-Regan & Associates.
For more information, call Araki-Regan at 280-1299.
HONOLULU — The Coast Guard medically evacuated a 60-year-old man experiencing symptoms of decompression sickness (sometimes known as “the bends”) after a dive near the southwest side of Molokai, Thursday.
Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Honolulu received a relayed call from the Molokai Fire Department regarding a diver who was experiencing symptoms of decompression sickness after a dive and needed immediate medical assistance.
A Coast Guard flight surgeon evaluated the symptoms and recommended an immediate medical evacuation to the nearest decompression chamber.
Sector Honolulu launched an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point to the scene.
The man was safely hoisted and transferred to Kuakini Health Systems in Honolulu.
Honolulu, HI—Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI-1) released the following statement on the situation in Syria:
“The President and his National Security team have provided strong evidence that the Assad regime is responsible for the recent horrific chemical weapons attack against innocent Syrian civilians. We must send a clear message that the use of chemical weapons is abhorrent and will not be tolerated by the United States or the international community. It is important that whatever actions the United States takes in Syria are consistent with America’s long-term strategic interests and are done with as broad an international coalition as possible.
“I know that the President, his National Security team, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff will be thinking carefully about their options in the coming days. The War Powers Act provides procedures for Congress and the President to participate in decisions to send U.S. Armed Forces into hostilities, and it is critically important that both the executive and legislative branches comply with the provisions of the Act which require Congressional consultation.”
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