The high wind advisory for Maui and the state has expired. Also, the high surf advisory for east facing shores will likely expire overnight. The weather-making system that brought brief showers to leeward Maui and downpours to east Maui has moved eastward, diminishing its effect on the state.
Another weather front is approaching the state from the northwest and may begin to drop showers on Kaua’i and O’ahu tonight. Meanwhile, Maui and the Big Island will see winds slack off between systems. That may bring a brief episode of increased vog to the Valley Isle Thursday – something wonderfully missing for several days.
Maui meteorologist Glenn James says that front approaching from the northwest may reach across the state by this weekend.
LIHUE — The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) has noticed a significant increase in illegal vending on state land throughout Kauai County and reminds the public that violations are punishable by a fine and/or jail time. Officers have generally observed illegal venders engaged in commercial activities, selling craft items and other merchandise to members of the public. DOCARE has specifically issued citations at Opaekaa Falls and Wailua Falls, both areas under the jurisdiction of Division of State Parks.
DLNR is stepping up enforcement of similar vending/activity violations at parks across the state.
Pursuant to Hawaii Administrative Rule (HAR) § 13-146-68, no person shall engage in commercial activities of any kind, without a written permit from the Board of Land and Natural Resources or its authorized representative.
“‘Commercial activity’ means the use of or activity in a state park for which compensation is received by any person for goods or services or both rendered to customers or participants in that use or activity. These activities include display of merchandise, demanding or requesting gifts, money, or services,” said William J. Aila, Jr., DLNR chairperson. “Illegal vending impacts a visitor’s experience to Hawaii State Parks by decreasing accessibility, devaluing the wilderness experience, and overusing resources.”
Commercial activities also include activities whose base of operations are outside the boundaries of the state park, or provide transportation to or from the state park.
Violation of this rule is a petty misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and/or 30 days in jail. Any materials, tools, equipment, or vehicles used in the violation may also be subject to seizure and forfeiture by DLNR.
If the public has any questions regarding the rules on commercial activities, they can call Kauai DOCARE at (808) 274-3521.
HONOLULU — Two boaters who were in possible distress off Kalalau Beach, Kauai, were located safely ashore Tuesday.
The Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center received the initial report at 6:30 p.m. Monday from a concerned hiker who observed two people in a small inflatable boat with an outboard engine striking a reef just off the beach. The boaters then attempted to hand paddle their black 8-foot inflatable boat out to sea toward Haena Beach Park. The boaters were observed unsuccessfully attempting to restart their engine. They were later able to restart their engine and returned to shore.
Coast Guard Station Kauai coordinated efforts with the Kauai Police and Fire Departments to check boat ramps and landing areas along the coast. An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Barbers Point was launched at 10:30 p.m. and began searching. The Coast Guard Cutter Galveston Island, home ported in Honolulu, arrived on the Napali Coast at 6 a.m. Tuesday to join the search effort.
The Coast Guard advises all mariners to carry safety equipment to include a VHF radio, flares and lifejackets. For more information about boating safety, visit www.uscgboating.org.
HONOLULU – Gov. Neil Abercrombie has asked the Hawaii State Legislature to expand the agenda for the upcoming special session to include measures relating to health services on Kauai and the funding of two recent collective bargaining agreements.
Along with a revised Marriage Equity Bill, the Governor today provided three additional measures addressing an emergency $2.5 million appropriation for Hawaii Health Systems Corporation services on Kauai and funding of collective bargaining agreements achieved with Hawaii Government Employees Association (HGEA) Bargaining Units 10 and 13.
“In addition to convening the Legislature in special session to primarily consider marriage equity in Hawaii, there are several other items that require legislative attention,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “These important matters include continuation of essential regional health care services on Kauai, as well as funding of two agreements reached in good faith with members of HGEA Bargaining Units 10 and 13.”
Nearly two months ago, the Governor’s Office shared an initial draft of a marriage equity bill with legislators, news media and the public – including posting it on the Governor’s website – to facilitate public input. The bill provided today to the Legislature includes several updates aimed at further balancing equal protection and religious freedom, based in part on input received from various stakeholders.
The bills are expected to be posted on the state Legislature website at: www.capitol.hawaii.gov
The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a FLASH FLOOD WATCH for the STATE OF HAWAII, in effect through Tuesday afternoon.
A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is very dangerous. Remember that it does not have to be raining heavily where you are for flash flooding to occur. Please monitor the latest forecasts and be prepared to take immediate action if Flash Flood Warnings are issued.
EFFECTS: Unstable conditions will continue across the State through Tuesday. While localized heavy rainfall and thunderstorms are possible at any time, the greatest risk for flooding rain will occur during the daytime hours as the land is heated. Very high rainfall rates of 2 to 4 inches per hour are possible.
PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES: 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 broadcasts for any updates. NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts can be reached by calling 1-866-944-5025. NOAA Weather internet service 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.
HONOLULU – The Department of Land and Natural Resources is now accepting applications for a workshop series designed for forestry and natural resource consultants interested in writing forest management plans in conjunction with the Hawaii Forest Stewardship Program (FSP). The first of these two-day workshops will be held on the islands of Oahu and Hawaii during the first week in November.
The Hawai‘i Forest Stewardship Program provides technical and financial assistance to private landowners and land managers committed to the stewardship, conservation and restoration of important forest resources across the state.
Through the support of natural resource consultants, the program is able to guide private landowners in the sustainable management and stewardship of Hawaii’s forest resources. These private properties provide a variety of public benefits for the residents of Hawaii, including but not limited to: groundwater production, decreased soil erosion, wildlife habitat, timber production, recreational and educational opportunities, and local jobs.
The assistance provided by the Forest Stewardship Program enables private landowners to develop and implement long-term, multi-resource management plans to conserve, restore and maintain forested areas on their property.
Workshop participants can expect to gain knowledge on important forestry management topics; access to pertinent references for planning for a variety of natural resources concerns or objectives; training on and access to the U.S. Forest Service’s SMART planning and mapping software; guidance on how to assist landowners that are participating in the Forest Stewardship Program and other financial assistance programs; and introduction to becoming a Technical Service Provider under U.S. Department of Agriculture; among other topics.
All forestry and natural resource consultants interested in writing Forest Stewardship management plans are strongly encouraged to participate in the workshop series.
To reserve your space, contact Malia Nanbara with the Division of Forestry and Wildlife at (808) 587-4176 or firstname.lastname@example.org, with name, company (if applicable), the workshop(s) location of interest, and education background before Oct. 21, 2013.
Participation in the Forest Management Plan Workshops is limited to 20 people per workshop, and will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. For a complete agenda, please contact Ms. Nanbara.
For participants from Kauai, Molokai, Lanai or Maui, travel awards may be available. If interested in a travel award, please include the requested amount, and justification of need when contacting Ms. Nanbara.
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