WAILUKU – The Maui County Office on Aging is pleased to announce it will sponsor Maui County’s 12th Annual Family Caregivers Conference from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at the Makena Beach and Golf Resort.
“This year’s theme, ‘Family Caregivers – Now More Than Ever!’ is designed to honor, educate and support family caregivers,” said conference coordinator and Aging and Disability Program Specialist Norma Circle. “Now more than ever, family members are leaving their jobs and using their savings to take care of their loved ones.”
The Conference will have two keynote speakers. The first will be Dr. Laura Mosqueda, MD., who is a Professor of Family Medicine and Geriatrics at University of California at Irvine. Dr. Mosqueda will discuss the types of dementia and the pros and cons of commonly used medications. She will also lead a workshop on effective physician-patient partnerships. A second keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Robert Romasco, current national president of AARP. His presentation will address health and long-term care for Hawaii’s aging population.
The Caregivers Conference will also offer workshops on topical issues including “Safe Transfers & Ambulation Safety,” “Advance DRIVING Directives” and more.
The conference registration fee is $15 for seniors, caregivers and students and $25 for professionals. The fee includes exhibits, workshops, door prizes, continental breakfast and lunch, as well as conference materials and activities. Scholarships are available from the Maui County Office on Aging, and from Alu Like for Native Hawaiians.
Bus transportation from Central Maui to MakenaBeach and Golf Resort is available by contacting the Office on Aging at 270-7755.
To register, send name, agency affiliation (if any), address, phone, email and a check payable to the Maui County Office on Aging by November 7 to the Maui County Office on Aging, J. Walter Cameron Center, Room 20, Wailuku, HI96793. For more information, call conference coordinator Norma Circle at 270-7755.
By Heather Greenwood
Do you care for a parent, spouse, friend, or someone living with you, in a care facility, or on another island, the mainland or in another country? If you answered yes, the Powerful Tools for Caregivers class is for you! Topics include reducing stress, improving self-confidence, communicating effectively with health care professionals and family members, balancing caregiving responsibilities, making tough decisions, and locating helpful resources.
Classes consist of six sessions held once a week and lead by two experienced and certified Class Leaders. Interactive lessons, discussions and brainstorming will help caregivers practice and incorporate the “caregiver tools” that help local caregivers thrive, not just survive.
The Pukalani class is located in the Pukalani Swimming Pool Multi-Purpose Room on Monday evenings, 5:30-7:30pm from November 11 – December 16. Pre-registration is required. The registration fee of $25 can be paid on the first day of class and refunded to all who complete the course.
Call Heather Greenwood at the UH Cooperative Extension office for additional information and to register: 244-3242 ext 226.
This program is made possible through funding by the Maui County Office on Aging and a Partnership between Maui County Office on Aging and the University of Hawaii Manoa Cooperative Extension. This program is accessible for individuals with disabilities. For information or to request an auxiliary aid or service, contact 244-3242 / TTY 800-222-1222 seven days before the workshop.
The National Weather Service has issued a HIGH SURF ADVISORY for NORTH FACING SHORES of MOLOKAI, in effect from midnight tonight thru 6:00 p.m. Friday.
A High Surf Advisory means that high surf will affect beaches in the advisory area, producing rip currents and localized beach erosion.
EFFECTS: A north pacific low pressure system has generated a west-northwest swell that will arrive in the Islands tonight. The swell will produce large and hazardous surf across exposed north facing beaches of Molokai through Friday.
Surf of 10 to 15 feet is expected along north facing shores of Molokai.
Forecast surf heights are estimates of the height of the face or front of waves
EXPECT STRONG BREAKING WAVES, SHORE BREAK AND STRONG LONGSHORE AND RIP CURRENTS MAKING SWIMMING DIFFICULT AND DANGEROUS.
PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES: BEACHGOERS, SWIMMERS AND SURFERS SHOULD HEED ALL ADVICE GIVEN BY OCEAN SAFETY OFFICIALS AND EXERCISE CAUTION.
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.
By Jacky Takakura, DWS
Due to continued extremely dry weather conditions and low flows into the water reservoirs, Upcountry residents are urged to voluntarily cut back water usage by 20%. On August 30, 2013, the Department of Water Supply (DWS) asked for a voluntary five percent cutback in water use. However, water levels in the reservoirs have dropped to the point that Upcountry customers may run out of water if usage is not severely curtailed.
The affected area includes Haiku, Makawao, Olinda, Haliimaile, Pukalani, Omaopio/Pulehu, Kula, Keokea/Waiohuli, Ulupalakua, and Kanaio. If the Department cannot maintain reservoir levels, customers may be subject to mandatory restrictions with the penalty of meter removal, and in addition, may be charged with a violation, and upon conviction thereof, be subject to a fine of $500 for each violation (Section 14.06.030, Maui County Code).
The following conditions existed as of Tuesday morning, October 30, 2013:
1. Wailoa Ditch
Flows at the ditch this morning were at 22.4 million gallons per day (MGD) or 11.2% of capacity. For October 24 to 30, the average flow was 23.4 MGD.
2. Kamole Water Treatment Facility
Facility production was 4.5 million gallons (MG) for the previous 24-hour period. The annual average consumption for this facility is 2.4 MGD.
3. Piiholo Water Treatment Facility
The Piiholo reservoir contained 27.8 MG or 55.6% of capacity. The reservoir is at a relatively safe level due to daily pumping up from the Kamole facility to the reservoir. Piiholo production averaged 2.5 MG for the past week.
4. Waikamoi and Kahakapao Reservoirs
The 30 MG Waikamoi Reservoirs are empty; the 100 MG Kahakapao reservoirs hold 45.1 MG of untreated water.
5. Olinda Water Treatment Facility
The Olinda facility was shut down in early September due to drought conditions, and is providing water to the Olinda area only. The Piiholo facility in Lower Kula currently supplies water to customers in Upper Kula.
Kaupakalua Well production averages 0.7 MGD. The Haiku Well currently provides 0.4 MG, and the draw from Pookela Well is 1.3 MGD. Hamakuapoko Wells are not ready for service at this time.
7. Total Demand
The total average demand for the Upcountry water system for the past week was 8.2 MGD. Normally, average demand is 7.1 MGD.
8. Rainfall Forecast
The NOAA National Weather Service prediction for the week ranges from “less than a tenth of an inch to a quarter of an inch possible” precipitation for the Makawao area for the week.
“Inflows are unusually low for this time of year. 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 Dave 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 Department of Water Supply would like to thank the Upcountry Maui community for their cooperation during this challenging time.
A Seattle visitor is in stable condition tonight after a slip on a Bamboo Forest trail resulted in a fractured leg. This morning at 10:07 a.m., Maui Fire Department units from Pa’ia were dispatched to the Bamboo Forest in East Maui for a male hiker reported to have possibly fractured his lower left leg.
The male, a 34 year-old visitor from Seattle, was hiking with his brother and another male when he slipped on some rocks injuring his leg. Rescue 10 onboard Air-1, located the victim about 1.5 miles into the trail. Rescue personnel splintsed his left leg and airlifted him to a secured landing zone on Hana Highway.
The patient was transported by American Medical Response to Maui Memorial Medical Center in stable condition.
An 18-year-veteran with the Maui Police Department, arrested for third degree sex assault in May, 2012, was sentenced to one year in jail today.
Following allegations of sexual misconduct made by a 15-year-old juvenile female, a family relative, Sergeant Paul Bailey was placed under arrest May 22, 2012, and was processed without incident. Maui police say he was released pending investigation. Today the former Maui Police Department sergeant was sentenced Wednesday to a one-year jail term for sexually molesting a teenage girl last year.
Originally charged with four counts of third-degree sexual assault of the girl, who is a relative, Bailey had pleaded no contest to two amended charges of second-degree assault.
Police said the sexual molestation occurred May 21, 2012, when Bailey was working as a police sergeant.
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