Ask the Mayor
Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most recently asked questions submitted to his office staff.
Q: I have a question regarding the South Maui Community Park. My understanding is that it’s to be built in three phases, with Phase 1, the softball field (many softball players I know say it’s one of the best fields in the state), playground area, and one soccer field having been open 3-4 years already. It’s a nice park, and when completed will provide some much-needed athletic fields and open space. My question is, when will the other phases be completed? Is there a plan? Mahalo.
A: Yes, there is a Master Plan for the South Maui Community Park complex, which includes a gymnasium, three soccer fields, two softball fields, one baseball field, five multi-purpose outdoor courts, a pavilion and amphitheater, “tot lots” and comfort stations (restrooms). As you mentioned, Phase 1A of the project has already been completed. Parks Planning is currently in the design development stage of Phase 1B, the gymnasium/recreation center. We anticipate construction of this phase to begin in the first quarter of 2016. The Parks’ 6-Year CIP plan includes requesting funding to complete Phase 2 – Amphitheater and Four Fields, as well as for Phase 3 – Multi Purpose Outdoor Courts. To view an artist’s rendering of the park complex, visit www.mauicounty.gov/Mayor and click on “Mayor’s Update” in the left menu.
Q: Can the intersection at Papa and Hina in Kahului be changed to a four-way stop?
A: Yes, as a matter of fact, Public Works is already moving ahead with exactly that. The intersection will be converted to a 4-way stop once school lets out in June. Conversion will take place during the summer to minimize traffic impacts, but some minor improvements including striping need to be completed before the signs are installed.
Q: I wanted to inquire about what options are available for disposing of a mattress that is no longer needed. I looked at the recycling information on the County website but could not find a location that would accept a mattress. It seemed to be the case with all of the island thrift/second-hand stores as well. What options are available?
A: The reality is that not everything we are done using is recyclable, and depending on the condition it’s in, a mattress sometimes falls in that category. If it’s in good condition, you can check whether a local shelter might be able to use a donated mattress. You can also try to sell it at a yard sale or put it out on the street with a “FREE” sign. (If you do, however, please be considerate of your neighbors by removing the mattress quickly if it appears no one is interested.) If the mattress is not in good condition or you cannot find a home for it, it will need to be disposed of at the landfill. It should not be left out in the elements or dumped because it can become a fire hazard.
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.
The woman killed in an apparent shark attack Wednesday morning has been identified as 65 year-old Margaret C. Cruse of Kihei.
At about 8:30 yesterday morning, Ms. Cruse was brought ashore by swimmers after she was found unresponsive about 200 yards offshore in the Ahihi-Kinau Preserve near a surf spot known to locals as “Dumps.”
Police, Fire and Paramedics arrived on scene by 9 a.m. but all life-saving measures failed.
While her death appears consistent with bites from a shark attack, an autopsy will be conducted to make the incident “official.”
No tsunami warning was issued after a strong earthquake struck in the South Pacific early today. A 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck New Britain island off Papua New Guinea Thursday, 131 kilometres (81 miles) southwest of the town of Kokopo, US seismologists said.
The quake hit the island at 1045 GMT (12:45 a.m. HST), northeast of mainland Papua. The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said “a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami is not expected.”
The quake hit at a depth of 48.9 kilometres and the US Geological Survey initially reported the earthquake’s magnitude at 6.8, but later revised its strength.
Geoscience Australia senior seismologist Mark Leonard said the depth of the quake and its location meant the tremor was unlikely to cause any serious damage to Papua New Guinea.
“It’s this deep and it’s just on the end of the coast, so the area of damage is only a few kilometres around,” Leonard told AFP.
“That outpost of New Britain is very sparsely populated so we’re not really expecting any serious damage.”
Leonard added that no tsunami would be generated as there was no displacement of sea floors for an earthquake at this depth.
The epicentre was 680 kilometres from Papua New Guinea’s capital Port Moresby.
New Britain is the largest island of the Bismarck Archipelago, east of mainland New Guinea, and has a population of around 500,000 people.
The island lies on the 4,000-kilometre long Pacific Australia plate, which forms part of the “Ring of Fire,” a hotspot for seismic activity due to friction between tectonic plates.
A 7.5-magnitude quake hit the region on March 30, some 55 kilometres from Kokopo, without triggering a tsunami, though the tremor sent startled residents fleeing from their homes.
(Content for this story courtesy AFP)
Wailea, Maui – Two-time Academy Award nominee Laura Dern will be the 2015 Maui Film Festival Rainmaker Award recipient, it was announced today by Barry Rivers, founder and director of the festival which will be held, and celebrate its 16th annual event from June 3-7, 2015, at the Wailea Resort in Maui.
The Maui Film Festival The Rainmaker Award honors a film artist for having the mysteriously magical ability to profoundly and positively impact the creative dynamics of every project they are involved in both on the set and on the screen. The award will be presented at the Celestial Cinema located at the Wailea Gold & Emerald Golf Course on Sunday June 7, 2015. Tickets and passes are available at www.mauifilmfestival.com.
“From the first time I experienced a Laura Dern performance in the film ‘Smooth Talk’ at the 1985 Sundance Film Festival, through the 40-plus films that have followed, Laura’s grace, humanity and on-screen luminosity have enthralled me, enlightened me and found me coming back for more of her special magic,” Said Rivers. “In short, she is one of a kind and I am thrilled to honor her with the 2015 Maui Film Festival Rainmaker Award.”
Earlier this year, Dern earned her second career Academy Award nomination for her performance in “Wild.” In 2014, Dern was also seen in the enormously successful film “The Fault in our Stars,” starring alongside Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort and Nat Wolff.
In 2013, Dern received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for her performance HBO’s original series “Enlightened,” which she co-created with Mike White. Dern had also received the 2012 Golden Globe Award on behalf of her performance in the series.
In 2008, HBO’s “Recount” revisited the controversial 2000 presidential election in Florida. For her performance as ‘Katherine Harris,’ Dern earned a 2008 Golden Globe award and was nominated for an Emmy Award and Screen Actors Guild Award. Dern received both an Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe nomination in 1992 for her performance as ‘Rose’ in the acclaimed film “Rambling Rose,” directed by Martha Coolidge and co-starring her mother, Diane Ladd.
Other film credits of Dern’s include “Jurassic Park,” “Citizen Ruth,” “Blue Velvet,” “Wild at Heart,” “Inland Empire,” “October Sky,” “Mask,” “Happy Endings,” “I Am Sam,” “Focus,” “Jurassic Park III” “We Don’t Live Here Anymore,” “The Master,” “Year of the Dog,” “Dr. T and the Women,” “Little Fockers,” “Lonely Hearts,” “Everything Must Go,” “Foxes” and “Smooth Talk,” among others.
In 1997 Dern was nominated for an Emmy Award her guest-starring role on “Ellen.” She received a 1998 Golden Globe nomination for her role in “The Baby Dance.” Dern received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress, as well as Emmy and Cable ACE nominations for her starring role in the 1992 telefilm “Afterburn.” Her other work on television includes “Fallen Angels,” for which she received an Emmy nomination, and “Down Came a Blackbird,” which she also produced.
Dern can be seen this September in Ramin Bahrani‘s “99 Homes” opposite Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon.
Earlier this month, the festival announced that Colin Farrell will receive the Navigator Award. Read that report here.
UPDATE: Maui Electric has restored power to all customers in Kaluakoi, Moloka’i as of 9:30 a.m.
\Maui Electric Company would like to inform the public that the Kaluakoi area of Moloka’i is experiencing a power outage. Maui Electric is working to identify the cause and restore electrical service as quickly and safely as possible.
The outage was first reported shortly before 6 a.m. today.
An update will be provided as soon as more information becomes available. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Haleakalā National Park is recruiting local residents for Kia`i ala Hele (Trail Guardians) to educate backpackers and hikers about the unique natural and cultural resources of Haleakalā. Families are particularly encouraged to apply.
Trail Guardians commit to volunteering 6 hours a month for 6 months. The application deadline is Wednesday, May 20. Three required training sessions will be offered: Wednesday, May 27, 5-8 p.m., at the Pukalani Community Center; Saturday, May 30, 8 to 5 p.m., at park headquarters; and Saturday, June 20, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at park headquarters. Trainings will cover natural and cultural resources, education, emergency protocols, and CPR/First Aid.
The program was piloted in 2014 with funding provided by the Hawai`i Pacific Parks Association, a non-profit park partner. Twelve of the original 14 volunteers continue to participate, including the Hunt and Kavula families, who saw Kia`i Ala Hele as way to spend family time in a place they all love.
“I was immediately drawn to Kia`i ala Hele,” said Jennifer Hunt, who volunteers with husband Terry and 13 year old son Ryan. “We have been hiking in Haleakalā with our son since he was 5. It is a beautiful place and we knew earl
y on that we had found something special. It’s such a great opportunity for Ryan and kids today in general, to “unplug” and see what is out in the real world. We all really enjoy having a reason to go up there once a month. It has been a great experience for us.”
“My husband Kevin and I signed up to give back to the community and provide a support network for the National Park Service,” said Cyndee Kavula. “Being Trail Guardians allows us, as a couple, to learn and educate visitors by being part of a team that preserves and protects Haleakalā. The future of our National Parks depends on all of us!”
“The experiences of the Hunt and Kavula families highlight what a powerful experience volunteering in a national park can be,” said superintendent Natalie Gates. “A key focus of the 2016 National Park Service Centennial is connecting local people to their local parks. Kia`i Ala Hele is one way we are building those connections.”
Volunteers are needed in the Kīpahulu and Summit Districts. For more information and to apply go to: http://www.nps.gov/hale/getinvolved/volunteer.htm Click on the “Kia`i Ala Hele” links for training information and the application.
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