The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a Flood Advisory for the Island of Maui, in effect until 3:15 p.m. This advisory may need to be extended if heavy rain persists.
EFFECTS: At 12:06 p.m. radar showed heavy rain falling between, and upslope from, Kaupo to Hana at 1 to 2 inches per hour. The area of heavy rain is stationary. Other locations in the advisory include, but are not limited to, Kipahulu and Hamoa.
PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES: STAY AWAY FROM STREAMS, DRAINAGE DITCHES AND LOW LYING AREAS PRONE TO FLOODING. RAINFALL AND RUNOFF WILL ALSO CAUSE HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS DUE TO PONDING, REDUCED VISIBILITY AND POOR BRAKING ACTION. DO NOT CROSS FAST FLOWING OR RISING WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE OR ON FOOT. TURN AROUND…DON’T DROWN.
INFORMATION: Maui County Civil Defense will continue to monitor the situation. Please listen to your local radio and TV stations or NOAA Weather Radio for any updates. NOAA Weather Radio 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.
WAILUKU – The Department of Environmental Management, Solid Waste Division, has announced holiday-related schedule changes to residential refuse pickups in Hana and on Moloka’i and Lana’i. The changes are due to Christmas Day and New Year’s Day falling on Wednesdays this year.
The schedule changes are as follows:
The department apologizes for any inconvenience and appreciates the community’s understanding and cooperation.
WAILUKU – Most Maui County residents will not be able to renew driver licenses or vehicle registrations Tuesday. The inconvenience is expected to be temporary, but County officials are asking folks to plan accordingly. Mandated staff training is the reason and the closure is being limited as best as possible. The Department of Finance has announced a one-day closure of all Finance divisions and DMVL satellite offices on Lanai, Molokai, Lahaina, Pukalani, Hana and Kihei to conduct staff training. The one-day closure will take place on Tuesday, December 17. Affected Finance offices include:
All offices will resume their regular customer service hours on Wednesday, December 18, 2013. The Department thanks the public for its
patience during the closure. Customers with questions may call Dee Dee Thyssen at (808) 270-7476.
WAILUKU – The Mayor’s Office of Economic Development (OED) and Lokahi Pacific announced today that a total of $48,303 in Small Business Revitalization grants has been awarded. The grants were awarded to businesses in Hana, Moloka’i, and Lana’i, which have been identified as the areas in MauiCounty hardest hit in their ability to recover from the economic downturn of the past few years.
The matching grant program requires the business owner to contribute 40 percent to the project, with the grant covering the remaining 60 percent. The grant awards are intended to provide assistance to businesses for projects they did not have funding for, such as purchasing new equipment, renovating, creating or enhancing websites, purchasing marketing materials and other purposes that will help the businesses grow, prosper and sustain jobs.
Grant awards were made to the following companies and owners:
1. Michael & Terry Kristiansen/Kristiansen Associates of Hawaii, Inc.; $4,200
2. Eileen Comeaux/Hana Herbs & Flowers LLC; $5,000
1. Bruce Harvey dba Tommie II; $5,000
2. William Dierssen dba Lanai Construction Advisors; $5,000
3. Barbara Zigmond/M-B Zigmond Inc., dba Pele’s Other Garden; $5,000
4. Steven Lichter/ independent ice maker/distributor; $3,319
5. Sam Dimaya, Jr./Island Appliance Sales and Service, Inc.; $4,507
1. Edwina Pico/Red Dirt Construction LLC; $3,000
2. Taryn Waros/Rockstead, Inc., dba Kalele Bookstore & Devine Expressions; $1,434
3. Suzette Kahana/B&S Kahana Corp. dba Kalapaki Girl Dezigns; $2,946
4. June Kapuni-Denison/Kapuni Farms, LLC; $4,800
5. Harmonee Williams/Trees of Molokai LLC; $3,500
6. Michael Kahinu/Na’ike (sole prop); $597
Some examples of the projects applied for include the purchase of a specialized sewing machine, repair of a warehouse packing facility roof, the purchase of a used truck, and the purchase of a new laptop computer to replace an 8-year-old model.
Mayor’s Office of Economic Development Director, Teena Rasmussen, said that in each case, “these projects are a terrific way to infuse a small amount of cash into a small business and get big returns.”
Lokahi Pacific was selected by OED as the master grantee and manager of the Small Business Revitalization grants. Susie Thieman, Lokahi Pacific Executive Director, said this has been an exciting project for the agency. “It’s not about the size of the grant; it is all about what the grant can do for the businesses,” Thieman said. “Following our workshops in these three communities, we could see the valuable opportunities this grant offered small businesses. We are helping 13 such businesses with various needs and the benefits will be felt not only by them, but the customers they serve as well.”
The Mayor’s Office of Economic Development has a variety of grant programs targeted to different sectors in the economy. For more information on grant availability, visit the OED website at www.mauicounty.gov/OED. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/MauiOED.
Drivers traveling from Hana through Kipahulu (Highways 360/31) may experience brief delays on Monday September 9 through Tuesday September 10 when traffic will be reduced to one lane at times on the “back side” of Hana.
The usually uncluttered and quaint commute may experience delays of up to 15 minutes. To improve pedestrian safety, highway traffic in the Kipahulu section of Haleakalā National Park will be restricted to one lane while road crews paint pedestrian crosswalks that lead from parking lots to park trails. For more information please visit www.nps.gov/hale .
A California visitor died today at the pools of Oheo Gulch – the place some guide books call “The Seven Sacred Pools.”
At 5:30 this afternoon, Hana fire fighters as well as Maui Fire Department Rescue 10 with Air-1 responded to Oheo Pools in Kipahulu, Hana for a missing swimmer. Fire crews arrived to find Maui Police Department personnel performing CPR on the victim next to the shore of one of the 23 pools. The victim, described as a 38 year-old male, was pulled from the water by bystanders. Fire and Medic units took over performing CPR, but were unsuccessful in resuscitating the victim. Medics pronounced the victim dead at the scene.
The male was a visitor from California. Their investigation continues.
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