Niala – the record seventh named Central Pacific cyclone of the 2015 season is heading our way. Only one system has formed this season that did not achieve “name-able” strength. However, forecasters are extremely confident that Niala – like all the rest – will make a last-minute turn and miss the state. Nonetheless, Maui County Civil Defense is keeping an eye on the system and files this report:
SITUATION: At 2:00 p.m., Tropical Storm Niala was located about 390 miles SE of Hilo, moving NW at 7 mph, with maximum sustained winds near 50 mph. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 80 miles from the center.
Niala will continue moving northwest through tonight. The storm will then turn west and slow in forward speed Saturday night and Sunday. Some intensification is expected into Saturday followed by weakening thereafter.
Deep tropical moisture associated with Tropical Storm Niala will likely reach parts of the main Hawaiian Islands this weekend. Swells associated with Tropical Storm Niala will produce elevated surf along east and southeast facing shores across portions of the main Hawaiian Islands, starting this weekend and continuing into early next week.
Haleakalā National Park is waiving entrance fees for all park visitors on Saturday, September 26, 2015 as part of the National Park Service’s commemoration of National Public Lands Day.
People can celebrate this day by exploring their public lands for free. The next and final fee-free day of 2015 is Veteran’s Day (November 11). Nine fee-free days are offered each year in National Parks.
After six months of open meetings, hearings and closed-door sessions, today Hawaiʻi Health Systems Corporation’s Maui Regional System Board announced the selection of Kaiser Permanente as its choice to operate its facilities under a planned partnership.
In April, Kaiser Permanente expressed interest in participating in the process for selection as Maui Memorial Medical Center sought a management company for a public private partnership.
A bill aimed at setting the groundwork for a public-private partnership passed into law this past legislative session as the hospital administration sought protections from potential job and service cuts due to a projected $28 million budget shortfall.
House Bill 1075 was singed into law in June, authorizing the Maui Region of the Hawai‘i Health Systems Corporation to enter into negotiations for a public-private operational and management agreement.
HHSC’s Maui Region facilities – which include Maui Memorial Medical Center, Kula Hospital and Lanai Community Hospital – were authorized to transfer operations to a new entity through the bill, which became Act 103 upon the governor’s signing.
“As a board, we were grateful for the opportunity to talk to staff, physicians, and our friends and neighbors about what kind of healthcare model we want moving forward,” said Avery Chumbley, Maui Regional System Board Chair in a press release announcement this morning. “Kaiser Permanente provided us with its vision and strategy for improved healthcare in the Maui Region. We felt Kaiser Permanente could best serve the needs of our community,” said Chumbley.
According to the board announcement, “once negotiations are complete and a definitive agreement is executed, Kaiser Permanente will become the new operator of the Maui Region facilities. The Maui Regional System Board will serve as the custodial caretaker of the property with oversight over the performance of the terms and conditions of the lease.”
“We have a responsibility to meet the healthcare needs of our community, and we believe this transition provides us the greatest path forward to continue doing this,” said Wesley Lo, CEO of HHSC Maui Region in a statement. “Act 103 was the culmination of years of hard work and dedication from our staff, physicians, past and current board members, and local leaders – our community will be better served thanks to their vision and determination.”
The proposed partnership has received resistance from local and state groups – including unions.
The hours are as follows: Thursday, Sept. 24: Closed noon – 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25 – Sunday, Sept. 27: Closed all day Monday, Sept. 28: Open 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. For more information, contact Fran Yamamoto at 270-6138 or Duke Sevilla at 270-6135. For general pool information, visit www.mauicounty.gov/Aquatics.
The victim was trying to cross Hana Highway near Dairy Road about an hour after sunset – around 7:15 p.m. that night. He was not in a marked crosswalk. He was struck by a blue 2014 Dodge van, traveling east on Hana Highway.
Dease was transported to the Maui Memorial Medical Center in critical (life-threatening) condition where he later succumbed to his injuries.
Both the driver and his passenger in the van were unhurt.
WAILUKU – Due to the partial closure of Kaahumanu Avenue on Thursday, September 24, 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 Tuesday, September 22 through Sunday, September 27.
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.
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