The Coast Guard rescued one man and is still searching for another after the 34-foot fishing vessel Munchkin ran aground on the rocks about one and a half a miles west of Lanai, HI 12:12 a.m. today.
HONOLULU — The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) continues to respond to reports of possible Japan Tsunami Marine Debris items that arrive on island reefs and beaches. Yesterday, a DLNR crew retrieved a reported 20 foot skiff at Sandy Beach area, bearing Japanese characters and vessel registration numbers. It is the seventh boat reported since February this year, following six others that arrived on Hawaii shores. Three were on the Big Island, at Kohanaiki, Kawaihae and Kawa Bay. One was overturned on Maui near the Aston Mahana, and two on Oahu were reported, at Kahuku and Punaluu.
HONOLULU – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will welcome 66 new U.S. citizens Wednesday afternoon during a special Earth Day naturalization ceremony at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Leslie Kobayashi will preside over the ceremony, with assistance from USCIS. Special remarks will be offered by Paul DePrey, Superintendent of the National Park Service’s World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, and by Jimmy Lee, Sergeant Major, U.S. Army Reserve (Retired).
The 66 immigrants who will be sworn in as U.S. citizens immigrated from the following 19 countries: American Samoa, Chile, China, Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Laos, Marshall Islands, Mozambique, Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Tonga, Venezuela and Vietnam.
Naturalization is the process by which U.S. citizenship is conferred upon foreign citizens or nationals after fulfilling the requirements established by Congress. After naturalization, foreign-born citizens enjoy nearly all the same benefits, rights and responsibilities that the Constitution gives to native-born U.S. citizens, including the right to vote. During fiscal year 2014, approximately 654,000 immigrants were naturalized nationwide.
The event was a success with more than 200 participants from the Maui Police Department, First Hawaiian Bank State Department of Transportation – Harbors Division, United States Coast Guard, United States Air Force, United States Customs and Border Protection, Haleakala National Park, FBI and State of Hawaii Sheriff’s Department.
The ruly crowd also included enforcement officers from DLNR, Maui County Prosecutor’s Office, Maui Fire Department, Maui Ki-Aikido, Transportation Security Administration, Securitas, Matson, Maui Police Commissioner Kelly Ruidas, Former Police Commissioner Leil Koch, Retired Prosecutor James Takayesu and former Prosecutor Tori Takayesu, Friends from Federal Way, Washington; Long Island, New York; Maui County Parks and Recreation Section, and MPD employees and their family and friends.
Officer Troy Barboza of the Honolulu Police Department was killed in October, 1987, in retaliation for a drug arrest that he made during the previous summer. Troy’s parents and sister, with the help of Special Olympics Hawaii obtained permission from Special Olympics International and the International Association of Chief’s of Police to name Hawaii’s Law Enforcement Torch Run after Troy. Today it is known as the First Hawaiian Bank Troy Barboza Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Hawaii. It is the only Torch Run program in the world to be named after a fallen officer.
HONOLULU – The Coast Guard rescued a distressed diver approximately one mile offshore Kaena Point, Oahu, Friday.
At 10:08 p.m., watchstanders at the Sector Honolulu Command Center received notification from a disabled mariner that one of his passengers was diving 500 yards away, had become distressed and was drifting away from shore. Yes, that made it “0 for 2.” The boat was disabled, so it couldn’t get to the night diver – who was also drifting away from the boat and away from shore.
The disabled mariner was unable to retrieve the diver, but was able to maintain sight of him because he was wearing a light.
An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew launched from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point at 11:24 p.m. Twenty-two minutes later, the crew arrived on scene and hoisted the diver.
The diver was safely transferred to awaiting EMS at Yokohama Bay and is reportedly in good condition.
Honolulu Fire Department safely towed the disabled vessel to Waianae Boat Harbor.
Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most recently asked questions submitted to his office staff.
Q: My neighbor says she can put her automated trash cart anywhere she wants, and often puts it on my property near the road if I haven’t already put mine out. She also puts it out across the street in front of other people’s houses because the truck passes by on that side first, so she brings the cart back and fills it up again! She has two rentals plus her residence so one cart really isn’t enough for her place, but the County only allows one cart per address. Is it true my neighbor can put her cart anywhere she wants, or only in front of her own house? I’m so frustrated by this.
A: No, according to the Maui County Code §15-108-12, “The lateral location for each owner’s refuse shall be limited to the street frontage abutting the owner’s property or where approved by the director.” The drivers do their best to identify when someone might be abusing the system, but it would be difficult in this case without the driver reading each cart’s serial number and matching it to the address. If our Solid Waste Division did receive a complaint from a resident, they could send someone to the area with the addresses and corresponding cart numbers to verify that the right carts are in front of their property. If a cart is not in front of the correct property, then the driver could tag the cart reminding the person of the appropriate location. With regard to the number of carts allowed, Maui County Code §8-04-030, subsection C states that “Owners may pay for one refuse collection unit, per legally permitted dwelling unit.” Maui County Code §8-04-010 defines a dwelling unit as “a room or group of rooms connected together constituting an independent housekeeping unit for a family and containing a single kitchen.” So if a property owner has a separate ‘ohana unit, they may pay for a second collection unit.
Q: What are you going to do about the permit that allows coffee from Oahu that can be contaminated with the berry borer beetle brought untreated to Maui? Why does Kona and the rest of the Big Island have to treat but not Oahu?
A: You will be glad to learn that the Hawaii Board of Agriculture (HBOA) voted recently to place coffee grown on all areas of Oahu under the same quarantine restrictions as were issued earlier for the Waialua area on Oahu and Hawaii Island to prevent the spread of the coffee berry borer (CBB) to other coffee-growing islands. To date, CBB has not been detected on Maui, Molokai, Lanai or Kauai. It will be vital to keep this destructive pest from spreading.
Honorable Mayor Arakawa:
Q: There is a very large standing dead tree adjacent to the County water tank located on the corner of Kilohana and Kapili in Kihei. Aside from being a neighborhood eyesore, it poses a safety hazard. Should the tree fall during a windstorm, it will cause significant damage to the water tank and/or serious injury to anyone passing by. Your assistance in getting this potential hazard removed is greatly appreciated. Mahalo.
A: My staff forwarded your comments to the Water Department, which reviewed the location of the tank and the tree you mentioned. It was determined that the tree is on County Parks property, so I am requesting that our Parks Department look into the possible removal of the tree.
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, 9thFloor, Wailuku, Hawaii 96793. Questions submitted will be considered for inclusion in the Ask the Mayor column.
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