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.
WAILUKU – The County of Maui Dept. of Environmental Management, Solid Waste Division, announced that due to staff shortages, two residential refuse collection routsewere not picked up today – in Haiku and in Lahaina.
WAILUKU – In observance of October as Cyber Security Awareness Month, the County of Maui will be holding a free drive-thru hard drive destruction and disposal service in the lower parking lot behind the Kalana O Maui County building on Saturday, Oct. 24.
The service will be held from 10 a.m. to noon, with access to the parking area under the County building from Kaohu Street (just below the
intersection with High Street).
Residents are urged to remove the hard drive from any old computers, laptops, printers or other electronic devices and bring just the hard drive(s) to the event, where they can hand their hard drives over to members of the County’s Information Technology (IT) Services Division. IT staff will destroy the drives and make sure they are disposed of properly. An information table with cyber security materials also will be available at the event.
“This service is especially important because anyone can access your hard drive if you just throw it away,” said Jacob Verkerke, the County’s
Chief Technology Officer. “Even if you delete important information like bank statements, account numbers and social security information,
someone who knows what they are doing can always find a way to retrieve it if they have your hard drive.”
Besides the free hard drive destruction event next Saturday, visitors to the county building are encouraged to check out some educational
material on cyber safety that will be displayed in the lobby through the end of October. The IT Division encourages people to read more about how
they can protect themselves from cyber risks, at home and at work. Cyber risks include identity theft, cyber predators and cyber attacks at the
For additional computer security, computer users are reminded to always:
Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most recently asked questions submitted to his office staff.
Q: How can I dispose of or recycle fire extinguishers sold for home use here on Maui? If it’s been used and the gauge shows empty, I was told to throw it in the trash. Isn’t there a better answer than that? What if it’s expired but not used? Isn’t it dangerous to throw it in the trash? Thanks for any advice you can offer, as the metals recycler won’t accept it and the hardware stores that sell the fire extinguishers won’t accept them either.
A: Great timing on your question, as we are currently taking appointments for a household hazardous waste collection event on Saturday, Nov. 21 and Sunday, Nov. 22. Used or expired fire extinguishers can be brought to the collection, along with other household materials such as oil-based paints, solvents, antifreeze, pesticides, batteries, fluorescent bulbs, thermometers, old medication, aerosols and propane tanks. There is no fee for household hazardous waste collected at the event; however, an appointment is required for participation and the estimated types and quantities of waste must be stated. Additional waste brought to the collection event but not disclosed at the time the appointment was made may be rejected. To make an appointment or ask about other types of materials, call the contractor, EnviroServices, toll-free at (855) 325-3222. Deadline to schedule an appointment is Saturday, Nov. 7. Commercial hazardous waste will not be accepted at this household collection event; businesses may call EnviroServices at (808) 839-7222 to schedule commercial waste pickup at their place of business.
Q: Here is a photo of (your) thug nephew flashing his IQ (Editor’s note: no picture accompanied the press release of the “Ask he Mayor” column). Deluded into believing he is the God Father of Wailuku, he and his fellow goons have repeatedly ordered me not to demonstrate against you. They regularly harass, threaten and assault me, hurl racist epithets (“#$@!% haole,” etc.) at me, and attack my protest signs. When not attacking me they give me murderous looks and say they will “get” me sooner or later. I have no doubt they will try.
A: Aloha sir, I can officially tell you the individual in the photo you sent is not my nephew. I have not been aware of any such protests in Wailuku town recently, but would certainly uphold anyone’s right to freedom of speech. It is their right as a citizen to do so, but no one has the right to harm you physically. I am also certain that our Police officers also uphold citizens’ right to demonstrate and express free speech, unless laws are being violated.
Q: I was at Hookipa earlier this week and saw a woman jump into the ocean while the surf was huge. One of the lifeguards went out to save her but I could see them arguing and she refused to get on his rescue board. Eventually there was a jet-ski that went out there and she finally got on. I heard later that she was drunk and throwing a fit in the water. I find this sort of irresponsible behavior reckless and a drain on our tax dollars. Can she be fined for having wasted time and resources of our lifeguards?
A: I heard about this incident and am glad our lifeguard persisted and called the jet-ski for back-up. As she was intoxicated she may have not realized the danger she was in, and if that’s the case our lifeguards had a duty to get her out of trouble. Otherwise, if he had just given up and gone back to shore, she might have drowned. I believe our lifeguard made the right decision and I am proud of his actions.
Want to Ask the Mayor?
Submit your questions about County of Maui programs, services, operations or policies to Mayor Alan Arakawa via email: AskTheMayor@mauicounty.gov, phone: 270-7855 or mail: 200 S. High Street, 9th Floor, Wailuku, Hawaii 96793. Questions submitted will be considered for inclusion in the Ask the Mayor column.
KAHULUI – Akaku Maui Community Media is urging Maui County residents to attend public hearings on the sale of the nation’s second largest cable operator, Time Warner Cable including Oceanic Time Warner to Charter Communications. If the sale goes through,”Charter will hold a virtual Internet and cable monopoly in Hawaii for the next twenty years” according to Jay April, CEO of Akaku Maui Community Media.
Towering cumulus clouds are popping up – literally – over west and south Maui. The atmosphere remains moist and unstable. As a result, The National Weather Service has CONTINUED the FLASH FLOOD WATCH for MAUI COUNTY in effect until 6:00 p.m. this evening.
A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding.
EFFECTS: A moist and unstable air mass remains over the smaller islands. Heavy showers and isolated thunderstorms will develop as the land heats up during the late morning and afternoon hours. Grounds are already saturated from recent rainfall, and flash flooding could occur very quickly.
PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES: PLEASE CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE WEATHER FORECAST AND HAVE A RELIABLE WAY TO RECEIVE WARNINGS FOR YOUR LOCATION. FLASH FLOODING IS VERY DANGEROUS. NEVER DRIVE INTO AREAS WHERE WATER COVERS THE ROAD. BE PREPARED TO TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION IF FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS ARE ISSUED. CAMPERS AND HIKERS SHOULD CONSIDER RESCHEDULING THEIR OUTING TO A TIME WHEN WEATHER IS EXPECTED TO BE MORE FAVORABLE.
REMEMBER…IT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE RAINING HEAVILY WHERE YOU ARE FOR FLASH FLOODING TO OCCUR.
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 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 mauicounty.gov.
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