Maui reroutes water service
WAILUKU » Drought conditions on Maui have forced water officials to reroute service.
Production at the Olinda water treatment facility has been reduced due to near-empty conditions of the Upper Kula reservoirs, the county Department of Water Supply said.
The 30-million-gallon Waikamoi Reservoir was empty, and the 100 million-gallon Kahakapao Reservoir was at 13 million gallons, the department said last week.
Customers on the Upper Kula water system are being served by the Kamole water treatment facility in Haliimaile and the Piiholo water treatment facility in Makawao.
The Olinda facility will only produce enough water to provide for customers in the Olinda area.
The treatment facilities at the lower elevations have been supplementing the Olinda water treatment facility since June 25.
Road meetings to begin on Maui
The public can comment on $1.3 billion in road and transportation improvement projects planned for Hawaii through 2011 beginning tonight on Maui.
The state Department of Transportation is holding a series of informational meetings on the neighbor islands on the draft Statewide Transportation Improvement Program.
The plan outlines state and county projects to be funded, in part, with federal highway money. The projects range from a mass transit system for Oahu to improvements to bike paths.
Projects that are not on the list will not be eligible for federal funds. The plan is next scheduled to be updated in three years, but it can also be revised if necessary.
The Oahu component of the plan was approved last week by a committee of the Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization.
Four meetings are scheduled on Maui: at 6 tonight at the Lahaina Civic Center Social Hall, 6:30 tomorrow at Kamalii Elementary School Cafeteria in Kihei, 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Eddie Tam Memorial Center Gym in Makawao and 6 p.m. Thursday at the state DOT Highways Division Maui District Office conference room in Kahului.
Catfish season opens in August
The second annual summer catfish season at Nuuanu Reservoir begins on Aug. 25, and anglers may apply starting today.
Applications are available at the Department of Land and Natural Resources' Division of Aquatic Resources at 1151 Punchbowl St., Room 330.
The deadline for applications is 4 p.m., Aug. 10, and a drawing will be held to assign fishing dates and times.
For more information, call DLNR's Division of Aquatic Resources on Oahu at (808) 587-0100.
Isle grant aims to help smokers
Papa Ola Lokahi has received an $82,000 grant to improve stop-smoking initiatives among native Hawaiians.
That ethnic group has the highest smoking rate of any in the state, according to "Smoking and Tobacco Use in Hawaii: Facts, Figures and Trends," a report by the state Department of Health.
The average native Hawaiian smoker first tries smoking at age 14 or 15, the data shows.
The American Legacy Foundation presented the award to Papa Ola Lokahi, a Honolulu organization that focuses on improving the health of native Hawaiians and Pacific islanders.
The national public health foundation's mission is to keep young people from smoking and to help smokers quit.
Police, Fire, Courts
Hotel brawl leads to 3 arrests
Police arrested at least three men early yesterday morning after breaking up several fights in the lobby of the Ala Moana Hotel.
Officers responded to reports of multiple fights in the lobby around 3:50 a.m. Two men were arrested for allegedly assaulting police officers as they tried to break up the fight.
Hotel security detained a 22-year-old man after he had assaulted a guard. He allegedly kicked a police officer as he tried to detain him.
A 29-year-old man allegedly punched two officers when they tried to stop him from fighting with another man.
A 23-year-old with no local address was arrested for failing to disperse and drug violations after police allegedly found illegal drugs on him.
Maui police seek hit-and-run driver
Maui police are searching for the driver of a 1991 Ford Ranger that hit a pedestrian and fled Saturday morning on Maui.
The accident occurred in front of 1881 S. Kihei Road at about 1:39 a.m. According to a witness, a woman, 32, inexplicably was lying in the roadway when the vehicle hit her, said Maui police Lt. Bobby Hill.
Emergency crews took the woman to Maui Memorial Medical Center in critical condition. Police recovered a truck in Kihei believed to be involved in the accident.
"We were able to locate a truck and are doing what we can to locate a driver," Hill said.
Police reopened the road at 5:03 a.m.
Crews investigate Haleiwa house fire
Firefighters are investigating a blaze that caused $310,000 in damage yesterday to a single-story house in Haleiwa.
Firefighters responded to an alarm at 66-409 Pikai St. at 5 a.m. and had the fire under control by 5:15 a.m., said Honolulu Fire Department Capt. James Todd.
The single-family dwelling appeared to be vacant at the time of the fire. The cause was still undetermined.
Police arrest 2 in separate attacks
Two men were arrested during the weekend in unrelated stabbing cases.
In the first a 48-year-old McCully man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after he turned himself in for allegedly stabbing a woman Saturday afternoon.
Police said that around 5:45 p.m. in the university area, a 60-year-old woman was attacked from behind and stabbed with a knife. She was taken to the hospital, where her condition improved from serious to fair.
Her attacker fled the area, but police arrested a man who they say later called 911 from his home on Date Street.
In the second case a 17-year-old man was arrested for allegedly stabbing another man in the chest with a knife Saturday night in Liliha. At about 9:45 p.m. the teenager allegedly stabbed a 28-year-old man after he got off a city bus, police said. Patrol officers responded and located the teenager nearby.
The victim was in critical condition when transported to the hospital, police said.