HONOLULU – Gov. Neil Abercrombie today shared the following remarks on the passing of Lowell Kalapa:
“I am saddened by the sudden passing of Lowell Kalapa, who headed the Tax Foundation of Hawaii.
“Lowell worked tirelessly to advocate for Hawaii taxpayers. He had a no-nonsense, unique and independent perspective on government, budgets, and tax policy.
“Lowell was a nationally recognized expert on taxation, and had enormous credibility in the halls of the Hawaii State Legislature. He is irreplaceable and will be missed.”
Kalapa died Monday afternoon in Honolulu. Services are pending.
By Kau’i Awai-Dickson
KAHULUI – New Year’s Eve is a time for rousing celebrations, cherished traditions, and sharing moments with family and friends. At Maui Electric Company, we urge you to use caution if you plan to ring in the New Year with fireworks, and we offer these safety tips:
* Carefully set up and use fireworks in an area clear of overhead power lines.
* Do not string fireworks on utility poles.
* Ensure a 10-foot clearance from power lines when using ladders or other tools to string fireworks.
* If an object should become tangled in an overhead power line, don’t try to free it. Call Maui Electric’s trouble line at 871-7777 on Maui, or toll free on Moloka’i or Lana’i at 1-877-871-8461.
Remember, only legal fireworks are allowed to be ignited – and only between 9 p.m. tonight and 1 a.m. tomorrow. Please enjoy the evening. Practicing Safety, we can all “get a bang” out of New Year’s Eve.
EVENTS: The National Weather Service in Honolulu has continued the HIGH SURF WARNING for NORTH & WEST FACING SHORES of MOLOKAI and NORTH FACING SHORES of MAUI, in effect until 6:00 p.m. this evening.
A High Surf Warning means that dangerous, battering waves will pound the shoreline. This will result in very dangerous swimming conditions, and deadly rip currents.
EFFECTS: Surf will undergo a slow but gradual decline through this morning and afternoon. Surf for north facing shores of Molokai and Maui will be 20 to 25 feet this morning, decreasing to 15 to 20 feet this afternoon. Surf for for west facing shores of Molokai will be 15 to 20 feet this morning, decreasing to 10 to 14 feet this afternoon.
Expect ocean water occasionally sweeping across portions of beaches, very strong breaking waves and strong long shore and rip currents. Breaking waves may make navigating some harbor channels dangerous.
PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES: STAY WELL AWAY FROM THE SHORELINE IN THE AFFECTED AREAS. BEACHGOERS, SWIMMERS, AND SURFERS SHOULD HEED ALL ADVICE GIVEN BY OCEAN SAFETY OFFICIALS AND EXERCISE EXTREME CAUTION. KNOW YOUR LIMITS. WHEN IN DOUBT…DON’T GO OUT.
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.
Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his office staff.
Aloha Mayor Arakawa-
Q: Can you direct me to the right person/office to answer this question: Are any of the County pools in Wailuku and Kahului heated, and if so, which ones? I swim laps three days/week and I’m looking to make a change. I am 58 years old, and am partially disabled with leg and shoulder injuries resulting from an accident as a pedestrian when I was hit by a vehicle many years ago. Swimming laps is my main exercise, but it is difficult to share lap lanes. My right leg is very fragile and it seems whenever I share a lap lane with someone my leg gets accidentally kicked, which is particularly painful.
A: New Wailuku Pool, Sakamoto Pool, Kokua Pool and Kahului Pool are all heated. I would recommend Kokua Pool, which is located at 275 Uhu Street in Kahului. It is a heated 25-yard pool with six lap lanes available to the public all day. Pool hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Sundays. Entry stairs are approximately five feet wide with a handrail down the middle; another option for pool entry there is the chairlift. Our pool staff informed me that the best days and times that might meet your needs are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. However, there are times when we permit large groups to use the pool intermittently throughout the year so it is not possible to guarantee availability. Please feel free to inquire with our staff at any time so they may be of assistance to you.
Aloha Mr. Mayor:
Q: I was at Wailea Beach a few weeks ago early in the morning and I noticed hotel employees from the condos and nearby resorts putting out chairs and umbrellas in front of their hotels. Is this legal? Can I put my own chair and umbrella in their area and not get kicked out? Aren’t beaches in Hawaii open to ALL? Please advise, as it was very upsetting to see this happening. I am a concerned tax-paying Maui resident. Mahalo.
A: Our beaches and coastlines below the upper reaches of the wash of the waves are public lands, under the jurisdiction of the State Department of Land and Natural Resources. The land mauka or above this point can be public or private. In many areas, the County or State control beach reserve parcels that border the high wash of the waves, used for beach parks, public access, or to provide a greater buffer between the coastline and private uses. In other areas, though, the land abutting the high wash of the waves is privately owned, including hotels, apartments, homes and businesses. To check on land ownership by address, owner name, parcel number or map, you can access the County property tax website at www.mauipropertytax.com .
Q: What is the name of a feral chicken deterrent and where can you purchase it? I checked at a local hardware store, and they had no clue.
A: Unfortunately, to my knowledge there is no commercial deterrent product on the market. We held a community meeting earlier this year on the topic of feral animals, and the meeting was attended by more than 100 members of the public with a forum presented by several local and national experts. As one of the results of that meeting, I am allocating funding in my Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Proposal for the Maui Humane Society so that it can develop and implement a plan to reduce the number of feral chickens in our community; it will be up to the County Council to decide whether to allot the funds accordingly. For now, you can contact the Maui Humane Society to borrow chicken traps or to request information on additional methods of removing feral animals.
Want to Ask the Mayor?
Submit your questions about County of Maui programs, services, operations or policies to Mayor Alan Arakawa via email: AskTheMayor@mauicounty.gov, phone: 270-7855 or mail: 200 S. High Street, 9th Floor, Wailuku, Hawaii 96793. Questions submitted will be considered for inclusion in the Ask the Mayor column.
As of this morning, DT Fleming Beach in Kapalua is open. According to Ocean Safety’s West District Supervisor Brad Quinto, there have been no shark-sightings today. A four-foot long hammerhead shark was spotted several times swimming just a few fet from shore Saturday afternoon.
In the interest of safety, lifeguard officials have posted warnings signs (No Swimming and Shark-sighting) and are advising beach-goers not to go into the water because the ocean water remains murky and full of debris from run-off of a nearby stream.
2:40 p.m. UPDATE: A keawe tree fell on power lines. Crews are working to remove limbs before restoring connections and applying power. Power has now been restored to all residents and facilities except the Makena Golf Course Pump House.
At noon today, Maui Electric Company informed the public that the following areas are experiencing a power outage: Areas of Wailea and Makena bounded by Wailea Alanui Rd., Old Makena Rd., Maui Prince Hotel and Golf course, Makena Surf, Na Hale O Makena and laterals. MECO is working to identify the cause and restore electrical service as quickly and safely as possible.
An update will be provided as soon as more information becomes available. We thank you for your patience and understanding.
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