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COMMUNITY NEWS for January 3 issue

By Staff | Jan 3, 2013

Maui Fire Department’s E-1 and Rescue-10 units were dispatched at noon last week Thursday to rescue a stranded hiker one mile up on the Lahaina side of the Pali Trail. A 65-year-old Lahaina woman started her hike in Maalaea and made it to the one mile marker before feeling faint. After making contact with the hiker, MFD decided that Air-1 was the best option to rescue her. The hiker, who had no injuries but was dehydrated and lethargic, was handed over to Medic 4 for treatment.

Boy Scouts recycling trees

LAHAINA – When the holidays are over, and you are OVER that tree, call area Boy Scouts for tree removal.

Troop 190, a Boy Scouts of America Jamboree Unit, will provide curbside recycling pickup service in the West Maui area on Jan. 5 and 12 (Saturdays) from 8 a.m. to noon.

The suggested donation is $10 per tree. E-mail “mailto:jambotroop190@gmail.com”>jambotroop190@gmail.com or call Netane Savou at 269-0647 or Ginny Hertz at 268-6795.

The troop is raising money to attend Jamboree 2013 at The Summit in West Virginia.

The Napili Kai Foundation teaches local children the history, arts, crafts, language and dances of Polynesia. Every Tuesday evening at Napili Kai Beach Resort, 5900 Lower Honoapiilani Road, foundation students present a delightful program of Polynesian song and dance from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12 and free for children five and under. Call 669-6271.


Officials to discuss West Maui projects at meeting

LAHAINA – The West Maui Taxpayers Association’s 2013 Annual Meeting will be held on Thursday, Jan. 10, at Lahaina Civic Center.

Food service will begin at 5 p.m., followed by a short WMTA business meeting starting at 5:30 p.m.

Anyone who lives, works, visits or owns property in West Maui will find the WMTA Annual Meeting very informative.

Attendees will hear from state and county officials responsible for investing tax dollars in a better West Maui. There also will be presentations on Department of Transportation projects, the proposed West Maui hospital, Kahoma Village and much more.

This year’s Annual Meeting is sponsored in part by Paradise Grill and Round Table Pizza, which will provide dinner service, and West Maui Improvement Foundation.

Everyone with an interest in West Maui issues is invited to the WMTA Annual Meeting, but voting on association business is restricted to dues-paying members. Visit www.westmaui.org or call 661-7990.


Mayor to speak at LAC Annual Meeting

LAHAINA – LahainaTown Action Committee’s Annual Meeting is slated for Monday, Jan. 14.

The public is invited to gather at the Pioneer Inn Courtyard at 5 p.m. Light pupus will be offered with refreshments, and a no-host open bar will be available.

This year’s guest speaker will be Mayor Alan M. Arakawa.

LahainaTown Action Committee invites West Side residents to come meet the LAC board members.

LAC strives to promote, encourage and preserve the historical, cultural, social and commercial vitality of Lahaina – the town and destination.

LahainaTown Action Committee would like to meet the public and discuss ideas for 2013-14.

Current Board Members Sne Patel, Jill Holley, Toddy Lilikoi, Tambara Garrick and Edward Valencia-Laver are running for positions on the 2013 board. Call Lynn Donovan at 667-9175.


Watch out for nene

HALEAKALA – Haleakala National Park seeks the public’s help in protecting the endangered Hawaiian goose (nene). Nene pairs are frequenting roadside areas and parking lots outside and inside the park in preparation for nesting and rearing their young.

This behavior is expected to continue throughout the nesting season ending in April.

Park visitors are reminded to obey posted speed limits and exercise caution while driving in the park and surrounding areas. Inclement weather conditions may impair road visibility, especially during the winter months.

The park has a population estimate of 250 nene. On average, there has been one nene road fatality per year during the nesting season. Drivers are asked to obey the law and keep Maui’s nene safe.


MCL to recycle Christmas trees

KAANAPALI – Maui Cultural Lands will offer free Christmas tree recycling on Saturday, Jan. 5.

Trees must be free of tinsel and decorations. Artificial trees will not be accepted.

Bring the trees to the Puukolii Train Station between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. for recycling. MCL will welcome donations for this “treecycling.”

In Honokowai Valley, restoration of an ancient farming archaeological site has been ongoing. On Wednesdays, volunteers venture deep into the realms of Honokowai for five hours of restorative work. Efforts include preserving cultural resources, stabilizing archaeological sites and reforesting the area using Native Hawaiian plants.

Volunteers meet at the Puukolii Train station at 9 a.m. The day ends at 2:30 p.m. Bring lunch, water, sunscreen and insect repellant, and wear a hat, protective clothing and gloves if available. Be prepared to get dirty and enjoy the camaraderie! Groups and families are welcome.