Honolulu, HI – Today U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) announced nearly $10 million in federal funding to community colleges across Hawai‘i. The Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) competitive grant program, co-administered by the U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Department of Education, will help support job-training programs at seven colleges in Hawai‘i.
“One of the best ways to grow our local economy is to invest in programs that will give Hawai‘i’s workers the skills they need for the jobs of tomorrow,” Senator Schatz said. “The $10 million in federal funding will help community colleges offer new, in-demand courses focused on information technology and health care, giving Hawai‘i’s students new career opportunities and a better shot at success.”
The $9,999,870 investment will benefit seven schools which include UH-Maui College, Hawai‘i Community College in Hilo, Honolulu Community College, Kapiolani Community College, Kauai Community College, Leeward Community College, and Windward Community College.
Funding will be used to hire or train instructors to expand their capacity to offer in-demand courses or certifications, leverage online learning, develop new curricula and training models, purchase new equipment to ensure students train on what employers actually use, and solicit feedback from local employers.
The National Weather Service has continued the HIGH SURF ADVISORY for EAST FACING SHORES of MAUI COUNTY, in effect until 6:00 p.m. this evening.
EFFECTS: The combination of a long period north northeast swell combined with locally generated wind waves is causing higher than normal surf along east facing shores.
Surf heights of 6 to 8 feet are expected along east facing shores through this afternoon.
Forecast surf heights are estimates of the height of the face or front of waves.
PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES: EXPECT STRONG BREAKING WAVES, SHORE BREAK, AND STRONG LONGSHORE AND RIP CURRENTS, MAKING SWIMMING DIFFICULT AND DANGEROUS. BEACHGOERS, SWIMMERS, AND SURFERS SHOULD HEED ALL ADVICE GIVEN BY OCEAN SAFETY OFFICIALS AND EXERCISE CAUTION. BOATERS SHOULD EXPECT RECREATIONAL SURFERS AND BODY BOARDERS UTILIZING HARBOR CHANNELS TO ACCESS SURFING AREAS.
INFORMATION: Maui 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.
Avid Maui fisherman – and orchid grower – Darrell Tanaka returned to Maui from O’ahu Friday with a huge smile on his face. Tanaka and other stewards of the sea have fought for many years to achieve bag and size limits of reef fish in Maui’s near shore waters. Friday, the Board of Land and Natural Resources said “yes” on two species.
Final vote, Tanaka says, was 4-2 to restrict the number, size and sex of parrotfish (uhu) and goatfish (kumu) that can be taken in Maui Island waters out to three miles. In his note, Tanaka expressed bewilderment that the “no” votes for Maui bag limits came from commissioners from Kaua’i and the Big Island.
The bill will go to Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s desk to be signed into law. The ban would take effect immediately. Tanaka also expressed his appreciation to Maui testifiers who submitted testimony on the topic. He reports 68 in favor of the limits and only five against.
WAILUKU – Due to the partial closure of Kaahumanu Avenue on Thursday, October 2, 2014 to accommodate the Maui Fair Parade, Maui Bus service will be re-routed and specific stops eliminated, the County of Maui Department of Transportation announced. The changes are as follows:
Lahaina Islander (Lahaina Bound)
Kahului Loop Route #5
Kahului Reverse Loop Route #6
Wailuku Loop Route #1
Wailuku Reverse Loop Route #2
The remaining bus routes will operate as normal with some deviation in street routing, but will continue to serve all other existing bus stops. Passengers are asked to expect delays in pick-up times due to the increased traffic during the parade.
Additionally, Maui Bus Commuter parking, normally allowed at the War Memorial Stadium parking lot, will be relocated to the Kahului Boat Ramp during the Maui Fair from Monday, September 29through Sunday, October 5.
Maui Bus is a service provided by the County of Maui and operated by Roberts Hawaii. For more information, contact Roberts Hawaii at 871-4838 or the County of Maui Department of Transportation at 270-7511. General bus schedule information can be found on all County buses, and is available online at www.mauicounty.gov/bus.
WAILUKU – Road reconstruction on Wells Street in Wailuku will be taking place on the weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) beginning today. Work will take place from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. Major construction is expected to be completed by October 19, with minor weekday work expected to be completed by the end of November, 2014.
Work will not take place during the weekend of the Maui Fair, October 4 and 5.
The first phase of construction will take place between High Street and Church Street. Phase 2 will take place between Church Street and Kinopopo Street; Phase 3 will take place between Kinipopo Street and Waiale Road.
Area residents have been notified, and work is being done primarily on weekends to minimize traffic disruptions. The department thanks the public for their patience as this important project is completed, and asks motorists to comply with all traffic control measures while driving through the work zones.
A young man visiting from Germany is banged up but lucky to be alive this morning. He fell about 30 feet from the top of a waterfall in Maui’s Bamboo Forest Friday evening.
At 5:58 p.m., Maui Department fire fighters and rescue crews from Pa’ia were dispatched to the scene. They reached the victim – who suffered injuries to his chin, jaw and elbow. After securing him, Air-1 was brought in to fly the victim to a prepared landing zone. He was then transported by Maui Medevac air to Maui Memorial Medical Center in stable condition.
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