Kilauea feeds 2 lava flows
Kilauea Volcano continued to feed two short aa flows yesterday from the site of its July 21 eruption, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.
Each aa flow extended just more than a half-mile from the end of a breached lava channel, the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said on its Web site.
The flows, heading northeast, remain far from roads and communities in the Big Island's Puna district but are generating locally hazardous fires and fumes, the volcano scientists warned.
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Kilauea's July 21 eruption is still fueling two flows of aa.
Maui harbor dredging starts
The entrance channel and basin in front of the Kihei, Maui, boat launch ramp will be dredged starting today, limiting public use of the area for about three months.
The boat ramp and entrance channel will be open to the public on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and state holidays. On other days the area will be open for public use only from 11 a.m. to noon and from 5 p.m. to 7 a.m.
American Marine Corp. has been contracted to remove about 4,500 cubic yards of sand from the boat ramp basin and entrance channel. The sand will be taken to the north end of Kamaole Sands III Beach Park to restore dunes there.
"The project will benefit the recreational and commercial tour boats which support South Maui tourism and local fisherman," said Laura Thielen, director of the state Department of Land and Natural Resources. The area was last dredged in 1999.
For emergency access to the harbor, boaters should call American Marine on VHF Channel 16.
Waianae Coast clinic plans gala
Anthony Guerrero Jr. and Dr. Fred Dodge will be honored for their contributions to the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center when it celebrates 35 years of community service Oct. 20 at the JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa.
Guerrero is vice chairman of First Hawaiian Bank's Retail Banking Group, and Dodge is a physician.
"He Mahalo Nui Ike Kaiaulu -- A Tribute to the Spirit of the Community" is the theme of this year's fundraiser. Proceeds will be used for expansion of the Leeward Oahu health center, which has seen patients more than triple since it was established in 1972.
The center broke ground last month for a new family medical building scheduled for completion next summer. A major capital campaign is under way to raise funds for the expansion.
Danny Kaleikini will be emcee for the fundraiser, hosted by First Hawaiian Bank, Friends of Hawaii Charities, Ihilani Resort, James Campbell Co., Oceanic Time Warner Cable and Paradise Cove.
The event will begin with registration and no-host cocktails at 5:30 p.m. The dinner and program will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a special performance by Na Leo and Ualei Trio. An Arts & Treasures Silent Auction will showcase works of native Hawaiian and other local artists.
Individual seats are $200. Sponsorship packages are available. To reserve a sponsorship or seat or make a donation, call 696-1465.
Schools will hold admission fairs
Families interested in having their children attend private school can learn more about their options at admission fairs being held by the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools.
Here is the schedule:
» Kindergarten to 12th-grade fair: Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., Pearl Country Club
» Middle and high school fair: Oct. 9, 6:30 p.m., Ala Wai Golf Course Clubhouse
» Preschool fair: Oct. 23, 6:30 p.m., Ala Wai Golf Course Clubhouse
For more information, call 973-1540.
Hawaii Kai water main breaks
A break in a 12-inch water main cut off water to about 30 homes yesterday in the Hahaione area of Hawaii Kai.
The break occurred at about 7:30 a.m. fronting 904 Hahaione St. and caused a sinkhole in the roadway, a Board of Water Supply official said.
Crews planned to have the main repaired by about 11 p.m. last night and provided a water wagon for area residents in the meantime.
While repairing the main, a supervisor noticed a separate main leak at about 7 p.m., fronting 747 Hahaione St. Repairing that pipe could cut off water to another 24 houses in the area, an official said.
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Motorcyclist, 20, dies after collision
A 20-year-old Kekaha man died Friday following a motorcycle crash on Kaumualii Highway on Kauai, a county news release said.
Stetson Furtado was heading west at 5:44 p.m. near the 27-mile marker in Kekaha when he hit a Dodge station wagon that was making a U-turn.
The driver of the station wagon, Kekaha resident Louis Parraga, 79, was on the westbound shoulder before making the U-turn.
Emergency crews took Furtado to the Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital, where he died. Parraga was not injured.
Highway crash victim hospitalized
One person was seriously injured yesterday in a two-vehicle crash on Farrington Highway near Kahau Street.
Paramedics took one victim to the hospital in critical condition at about 7:30 p.m., police said. The lanes were reopened at about 9:30 p.m.