Portions of Upcountry Maui are experience water system issues that have prompted officials to call for user conservation. Specifically, Kamaole, Ulupalakua and Kanaio users are asked to conserve as much water as possible.
The reason for the problem has not been released and no estimate has been given regarding full service restoration. Customers are being asked to call the 24-hour service line if a water-related problem arises.
HONOLULU — The National Weather Service (NWS) briefed Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA), local emergency management and civil defense agencies, and federal and state partners this morning about Hurricane Olaf, which has reached Category 4 strength.
The center of the system is currently located approximately 1,115 miles east-southeast of Hilo and moving towards the west-northwest at 10 mph. Forecasters expect Olaf to turn toward the north, and begin moving northeast over the weekend. However, the exact timing of the anticipated turn is somewhat uncertain at this stage.
Due to the strength of the storm, high surf is expected to impact east-facing shores of all islands. Hawaii Island and Maui County will likely see rising surf heights on Wednesday, and warning level surf heights (15-20 feet) on Thursday. Surf heights on Oahu and Kauai shores will begin rising on Thursday, and may reach advisory level heights (10-15 feet) starting on Friday.
HI-EMA and its partners continue to closely monitoring the storm, and recommend the following precautions to the public as Hurricane Olaf remains in the Central Pacific:
HONOLULU – The world’s foremost authority on shark/human interactions has confirmed that a surfer was bitten by an eel off Waikiki last Saturday night. The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) has now completed its investigation into the incident.
The surfer who wants to remain anonymous got injuries to his left foot. DLNR staff interviewed the victim. The information he provided, along with photos of his injuries, were discussed with George Burgess, director of the International Shark Attack File in Florida. The details of the Saturday incident reinforced Burgess’ opinion that the animal involved was an eel, not a shark.
Maui Police say 43 year-old Guy Siegel Junker was riding a black Sondors electric powered bicycle (eBike) along Kupuohi Street. Around 2:18 a.m. Junker, while heading west, struck a curb as he veered across the roadway at the entrance to the Emerald Plaza parking lot, ejecting him from the eBike.
He was transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center in critical condition where he later passed away from those injuries.
Junker’s death is the 19th traffic fatality of 2015 – the same as last year at this time.
HONOLULU — The Hawaii State Department of Labor & Industrial Relations (DLIR) today announced that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for September was 3.4 percent, down from 3.5 percent in August. The last time the seasonally adjust unemployment rate was at 3.4 percent was in March 2008. Statewide, 651,900 were employed and 23,150 unemployed in September for a total seasonally adjusted labor force of 675,050. Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.1 percent in September, the same as in August.
Both initial claims and weeks claims decreased, by 137 or -9.8 percent, and 1,774 or -19.3 percent, respectively for unemployment benefits compared to one year ago. Over-the-month initial claims rose by 5.9 percent, while weeks claims decreased by -1.0 percent from August.
The unemployment rate figures for the State of Hawaii and the U.S. in this release are seasonally adjusted, in accordance with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) methodology. The not seasonally adjusted rate for the State was 3.6 percent in September, up from 3.3 percent in August.
Maui County didn’t follow the positive trend. The jobless rate for Maui County in September was 3.8 percent. That’s up from 3.4 percent in August, but down from 4.3 percent a year ago. The island of Maui showed the sharpest climb in unemployment. The rate for September, 2015, was 3.6 percent. That’s up from 3.2 percent in August but down from 4.0 percent a year ago. Lana’i continues to glide with the jobless rate there down a tick from 2.9 percent in August to 2.8 percent last month. That is, however, up a tad from September, 2014, when the jobless rate was just 2.6 percent. Moloka’i is enjoying single-digit jobless numbers. September’s rate was 9.0 percent – down from 9.2 percent in August and way down from 15.2 percent a year ago.
KAHULUI – Maui Electric Company is warning customers about an increased number of reports of telephone scams to utility customers. Recently, business customers have reported receiving telephone calls saying that their electric bill is delinquent and that they’re subject to same-day disconnection.
The businesses were also directed to pay their utility bills by purchasing certain types of money vouchers, such as a prepaid MoneyPak card or Moneygram. Prepaid cards and Moneygram are not acceptable methods of paying electric bills.
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