“Here He Comes…Churning Toward our Isle. ‘Bes Choke Up on Water. But Hang Onto dat Smile. Hey, Hey He’s Guillermo, We All Know Where He Can Be Found. So You’d Better Get Ready. He May Be Comin’ to Your Town.” OK, try to get THAT version of the Monkees’ Theme out of your head.
Maui Weather Guru Glenn James reports: “Tropical Storm Guillermo (09E) remains active here in the central Pacific…although continues to weaken. Here’s a satellite image of this storm, along with the looping version…and finally what the computer models are showing. It still looks as if this tropical cyclone will move close to, or just to the northeast of the islands early Wednesday through Thursday…first on the Big Island.
“If the forecast track remains similar to what it is now, a reduced tropical storm Guillermo will bring his tropical weather our way through the mid-week period. If this occurs as presently forecast, we’ll find locally gusty tropical storm force (39-74 mph) winds across parts of the state then. The NWS will issue wind advisories with time, along with watches and warnings as Guillermo gets closer to our area.”
EVENT: The National Weather Service has CONTINUED the HIGH SURF ADVISORY for the EAST FACING SHORES of MAUI COUNTY in effect until 6:00 p.m. Tuesday.
A High Surf Advisory means that high surf will affect beaches in the advisory area, producing rip currents and localized beach erosion.
EFFECTS: An east swell generated by Tropical Cyclone Guillermo will continue today and through Tuesday. Surf is expected to peak Monday night. Expect surf of 10 to 14 feet along east facing shores. 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 Agency will continue to monitor the situation. Please listen to your local radio and TV stations or NOAA Weather Radio for any updates. NOAA Weather broadcasts can be reached by calling 1-866-944-5025. NOAA Weather internet services can be found at www.weather.gov/hawaii.
Pre-recorded advisories and notifications are available 24-hours a day on the Maui County Automated Information System (AIS) by calling 986-1200. This same notification can be found on the Maui County website at www.mauicounty.gov.
By Jeff King
WAILUKU – Aside from the fact that I was a TV weatherman in the 90s and studied meteorology at Texas Tech University in the 70s, it doesn’t take that kind of experience to “feel” when a weather event is coming.
Many, many of you feel it too, don’t you? Guillermo will have an impact on us here in Hawai’i.
At 11 a.m. HST today, Hurricane Guillermo was 845 miles east-southeast of Hilo moving toward the west-northwest at 13 mph (more or less a direct path). Maximum sustained winds were 105 mph Guillermo is forecast to continue moving toward the west-northwest through Monday night, with some slight decrease in forward speed expected starting later today or tonight. Some slow weakening is expected during the next couple of days, and Guillermo may begin impacting Maui County as a tropical storm on Wednesday.
Problem is with those storms in our zone that slow down – they often use that time to “Rhonda Rousey” up and get stronger. Maui Weather Guru Glenn The Weatherman James says the storm could be right on the cusp between a tropical storm (max winds of 74 mph) and a Category One hurricane (75-109 mph winds) when he huffs and puffs through the Aloha State.
Each year in the Central Pacific, July and August are the most active months of the season. Remember Flossie ’14? How about Flossie ’13? Oh! and what about Flossie ’14 making a U-Turn? And who can forget (though maybe we’d like to) Hurricanes Julio, Iselle and Ana?
“It’s important for everyone to take advantage of the lead time we have ahead of this storm to make their preparations. Tropical cyclones bring a triple threat of wind, heavy rains and battering surf and we need to prepare for any impacts that may occur, said Emergency Management Officer Anna Foust.
Secure or move inside any loose objects that may become airborne. Clean out gutters and other drainage ways that may become clogged with debris and exacerbate flooding. Stock up on your emergency kit supplies and be prepared for possible power outages.”
Some may say Maui is Hurricane proof. It’s not. Prepare for the worst and pray for the best. Most of all, let’s look out for each other. Oh, and don’t worry that my middle name (in Spanish anyway) is Guillermo. Coincidence, for sure.
WAILUKU – Upon an agreement by Mayor Alan Arakawa and the Maui County Council, the Department of Planning has levied fines totaling half a million dollars against Michael Baskin, the owner and operator of three vacation rentals in Paia. This is the largest fine in the history of the department, resulting from numerous violations of the Short Term Rental Home, SMA, zoning, and building codes laws. All told, the county issued 30 Notices of Violation.
Some of the violations include:
In addition to the violations, Planning also revoked two short term rental home permits and did not renew another for misrepresentations made in the applications.
The county launched an investigation into Paia Inn back in May 2013 as a result of complaints. After several site inspections county officials discovered numerous SMA, zoning, permit and building code violations.
Since then the county has attempted to settle this matter with Mr. Baskin in court and through mediation. Mayor Arakawa and Maui County Council members have agreed that Mr. Baskin will pay $500,000.00 in fines in two installments, remove all illegal structures or obtain after-the-fact permits for those structures which can be made legal. An additional $500,000 fine will be triggered if any terms of the agreement are violated. These permits with be reinstated under these terms and subject to original conditions.
“We are pleased that this two year process is complete, and we can move to other phases. The Planning Department wants to help all of our residents and businesses meet county codes and standards but in turn they need to work with us and follow county rules and regulations as well,” said Planning Director Will Spence. “These rules are there to protect our environment and the populace and they must be followed.”
WAILUKU – The State Department of Labor and Industrial Relations has ruled that a Maui chiropractor defrauded the County of Maui dozens of times, in what may be one of the greatest number of fraud counts found against a health care provider in county history.
The administrative ruling states that Dr. James Hattaway of Maui Family Chiropractic committed 69 counts of fraud, including concealing a material fact, presenting multiple claims for the same injury and 67 fraudulent claims for payment of a health care benefit. The violations took place over a year and a half long period and involved Dr. Hattaway’s treatment of an employee of the Maui County Department of Parks and Recreation.
According to the facts of the case, the parks employee suffered a back injury while on the job in 2011 and had a medical referral to see Dr. Hattaway for treatment. Almost a year later, while still being treated by Dr. Hattaway, the same employee reinjured his back in a non-work related motor vehicle collision.
The state concluded that during this time, Dr. Hattaway committed fraud by not notifying the county about the vehicle collision and continuing to treat the parks employee for what the county assumed was the work related injury. The state also ruled that Dr. Hattaway was double-billing GEICO Insurance for the motor vehicle collision treatment.
As a result Maui County paid $1948.54 for Dr. Hattaway’s fraudulent billing claims. As part of the state’s ruling, Dr. Hattaway must pay $6900 in fines.
FRAMINGHAM, MA – T.J.Maxx, one of the nation’s largest off-price retailers with more than 1,000 stores currently operating in 49 states and Puerto Rico, will open a new store at Maui Mall on August 6. From fashion and accessories to jewelry, home, beauty, pet products, toys and more, the latest T.J.Maxx store will have something for the entire family.
“We are pleased to expand our store base to Maui, delivering value and an exciting selection of merchandise to serve the needs of customers,” said Richard Sherr, president of T.J.Maxx. “With thousands of new items from top designers and brands arriving in stores weekly from around the world, shoppers will discover a new store full of amazing values every time they visit.”
The grand opening of the new T.J.Maxx store will be celebrated on Thursday, Aug. 6 with a traditional Hawaiian blessing ceremony beginning at 7:30 a.m., followed by a check presentation to Women Helping Women, a local organization dedicated to providing emergency shelter and programs for victims of domestic violence. Local shoppers can then experience the excitement of off-price shopping from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m.
STORE FACTS & FEATURES
T.J.Maxx offers high-quality and on-trend merchandise from top designers at amazing prices. What’s our secret? Our T.J.Maxx buyers work with thousands of brands and designers from around the world to score the most coveted pieces at prices that work for shoppers. Our buyers shop year-round verses seasonally to take advantage of merchandise opportunities as they arise, allowing us to be smarter about trends. Because we buy closer to need, we can negotiate better prices to pass along to our customers!
In addition to providing a new shopping destination in Maui for local residents, the new store will add approximately 60 full and part-time jobs to the area. T.J.Maxx sources merchandise globally and intends to feature local Hawaiian merchandise, including specialty food items, coffee, jewelry and bath and body products, as well as items from local fashion designers and aloha wear in our Hawaii stores. In keeping with our mission to provide value to shoppers, the T.J.Maxx stores in Hawaii will offer the same great values that we offer on the mainland.
In celebration of its new Maui location, T.J.Maxx will contribute to the surrounding community by presenting a $5,000 donation to Women Helping Women as part of the grand opening on Aug. 6. T.J.Maxx also supports Save the Children, Autism Speaks and Joslin Diabetes Center with annual in-store fundraising campaigns.
Since its first store opening in 1977, T.J.Maxx has helped customers maximize their budgets by offering the same on-trend, in season, first quality merchandise as department and specialty stores, but for 20 to 60 percent less. When shoppers compare prices they will find that T.J.Maxx offers value that goes beyond just a low price. To us, value is the ability to offer consumers high quality, current season designer merchandise at unbelievable prices.
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