Wailuku, Maui – The following list of shelters has been confirmed by Maui County for the public’s use during Tropical Storm Darby. Tropical storm conditions are expected across Maui County between now and midnight Saturday:
East Maui – Hana High School
Upcountry Maui – Eddie Tam Memorial Center
South Maui – Lokelani Intermediate School
Central Maui – Maui High School
West Maui – Lahainaluna High School
Lanai – Lanai High
Molokai – Molokai High
Please note that these shelters are not equipped with amenities, and that residents seeking shelter need to bring their own food, water, medicine and other emergency supplies.
All shelters are scheduled to open at 7 p.m. today (Friday, July 22), except for Molokai and Lanai high schools. An opening time for those shelter locations has not been determined yet and will be announced later today.
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.
HONOLULU — College life in Hawaiʻi just got more affordable with the launch of Island Air’s new College Student Standby Program. With this new pilot program the airline is offering students enrolled at University of Hawaiʻi campuses on Oʻahu and Maui the opportunity to stand by for any flight on any day for the wallet-friendly price of just $35* each way.
HONOLULU — In response to the unprecedented large-scale commercial harvest of sea cucumbers earlier this year, the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) has scheduled public hearings in November on a new rule to permanently regulate sea cumber harvesting in state water. Currently all sea cumber harvest is prohibited by a 120 day emergency rule adopted by the Board of Land and Natural Resources in June.
The proposed new rule will provide more long-term protection of sea cucumbers. It prohibits the harvest of sea cucumbers for commercial consumption purposes, but allows limited take for personal non-commercial use. The rule would also establish an annual season for commercial aquarium harvest of two species of sea cucumbers on Oahu only. While the season is open, licensed aquarium collectors may harvest up to 20 sea cucumbers a person each day. The aquarium season will close when the total annual aquarium catch limit of 3,600 sea cucumbers is reached.
Public Hearing Schedule
Monday, November 9:
MAUI – Lihikai School, Kahului, 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 10:
MOLOKAI – Mitchel Pauole Center Conference Room, Kaunakakai, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
OAHU – Stevenson Middle School Cafeteria, Honolulu, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
HILO – Hawaii County Aupuni Center Conference Room, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
KONA – Kealakehe High School Cafeteria, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 12:
LANAI – Lanai Public Library, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
KAUAI – Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School Cafeteria, Lihue, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
People are encouraged to attend a public hearing to provide information and comment for the DLNR to consider. Those unable to attend or who wish to provide additional comments, can submit written testimony via mail or e-mail by Friday, November 20, 2015.
Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR), 1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 330, Honolulu, HI 96813. DLNR.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anyone with a hearing impairment who would like to attend a public hearing may request the assistance of a sign language interpreter. Send requests to the DAR address above or call 587-0100 (voice or TDD) in Honolulu. Requests must be received at least seven days in advance.
Additional information or a copy of the proposed rules will be mailed at no charge upon receipt of verbal or written request to the DAR address or may be obtained from the DAR website at http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/DAR under the “Announcements” section.
By Jeff King
A power outage in Upcountry Maui as well as Waiehu on the makai slopes of Kahalawai has ended. All customers have been restored to power as of 9 a.m. today. The lights went out in both areas around the time a flash flood warning was issued Monday night. From Nahiku to Pa’ia, up to Pukalani and across the valley to Waiehu and Waihee…up into the West Maui Mountains – it poured.
A flood watch even included Kahului and Kihei. While no measurable rain was recorded in Kihei, gauges and buckets filled to capacity from steady, breeze-powered showers.
Pukalani got the most rain on Maui at 3.43 inches. Hana Airport received 1.2 inches of rain. Kahakuloa received 2.1 inches and Wailuku gauges recorded 1.79 inches of rain Monday night. On Moloka’i, Pu’u Ali’i encountered the highest one-day total in the state at 6.93 inches of rain. Lana’i City recorded a half-inch of rain.
It’s all thanks to a series of interconnected systems that inadvertently interconnected. Oho is now a hurricane, but stuck around long enough as a tropical depression, then a tropical storm that it drew moisture from a deep moisture trough that has since dissipated. Oho also influenced a cold front to dip father into the state than normal – bring much needed rain to Maui and the Big Island.
Now Oho is preparing to leave the building. The storm is about 500 miles SE of Hilo as is rumbling east northeast at about 11 mph. Some models show the system still maintaining tropical strength as it treks all the way to British Columbia. View an amazing, high detail full color nimation of Hurricane Oho here as she brushes past Hawai’i.
There are no watches or warnings for Maui yet. Hurricane wind warnings are in effect for sease 4o miles off the Big Island and a flood watch is in effect for the Hamakua Coast of the Big Island.
Today, according to Maui Weather Icon Glenn James, we can expect “fresh” tradewinds, and occasional showers – some heavy – mainly along windward shores.
WAILUKU – Maui County Budget Director Sandy Baz announced that the date for the rescheduled South Maui Budget Meeting is Monday, Oct. 19 at 5:30 p.m. The meeting was originally scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 16 but was canceled due to a tsunami advisory that day.
Citizens with an interest in the County budget are encouraged to attend a community budget meeting in their local area and offer input, either as individuals or on behalf of an organization. Both written and verbal comments will be accepted. Tables will be set up to allow directors and staff from each County department to meet with members of the public, hear budget-related needs, listen to concerns and answer questions about various County-related issues. Attendees will be given a form upon arrival at the meeting to determine their needs, and which department(s) their comments pertain to.
The meeting in each community will begin with an overview by Mayor Arakawa and Budget Director Sandy Baz, followed by approximately one hour for attendees to submit comments at the various department tables. To close the evening, the group will be reconvened so that the Mayor and Budget Director can provide a recap of the issues that were raised by attendees.
The remaining community budget meetings scheduled for the upcoming Fiscal year are:
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
5:30 p.m., Haiku Community Center
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
5:30 p.m., Mayor Hannibal Tavares (Pukalani) Community Center, Social Hall
Monday, October 5, 2015
4:00 p.m., Mitchell Pauole Community Center
Thursday, October 8, 2015
4:00 p.m., Lanai Senior Center
Monday, October 12, 2015
5:30 p.m., Helene Hall
Monday, October 19, 2015
5:30 p.m., Kihei Community Center
For more information on the community meetings, contact the County of Maui Budget Office at 270-7855 or visit www.mauicounty.gov/Budget.
Staff from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) office will also be on-hand to offer information and gather public input on the use of the County’s funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Community Development Block Grant is a federal program created by Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 (Public Law 93-383). CDBG funds received will be utilized for housing and community development needs primarily benefiting low and moderate income persons.
For information on CDBG, contact the County of Maui CDBG Program Office at 270-7213 or visit www.mauicounty.gov/CDBG.
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