To observe holiday, offices set to close
Federal, state and county offices will be closed Wednesday in observance Independence Day.
All public libraries and county pools will be closed.
Residential trash pick up will not be affected.
County landfills will be operating on special hours.
The Central Maui Landfill and EKO Compost will be open from 6 a.m. to noon. The Olowalu, Hana, Lanai and Molokai landfills will be open from 8 a.m. to noon.
The Maui News business offices will be closed.
Plan committee to look at boundaries
WAILUKU - The Maui County Council's General Plan Committee will continue its review of proposed directed-growth boundaries for Makawao, Pukalani and Kula at 9 a.m. Thursday in Council Chambers at the Kalana O Maui building.
The meeting time is earlier than announced at the committee's last meeting. The committee will again receive oral and written testimony at Thursday's meeting.
The committee heard hours of testimony at its previous meetings on the region and began deliberations on June 19.
At 9 a.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers, the committee is scheduled to take up proposed directed growth boundaries for Paia and Haiku.
MECO: Use caution with July 4 fireworks
KAHULUI - Maui Electric Co. is urging the public to use caution while using fireworks on the Fourth of July on Wednesday.
MECO suggests not playing with fireworks underneath or near overhead power lines and not stringing fireworks on utility poles or light poles.
Do not use metal ladders or poles near power lines. Keep any type of ladder, pole or tie lines used to set up fireworks at least 10 feet away from power lines. Power lines are energized and could cause serious electrical shock, burn or electrocution.
Fireworks may only be lawfully set off from 1 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday.
If an object becomes tangled in an overhead power line, do not try to free it, call MECO's trouble line at 871-7777 on Maui or (877) 871-8461 on Molokai or Lanai.
Crews respond to N.C. visitor who fell
IAO VALLEY - An 18-year-old female visitor from North Carolina fell about 25 feet while climbing up rocks in Iao Valley and had to be carried to safety by firefighters Monday afternoon.
Fire rescue units responded to the call at 4:37 p.m. Firefighters hiked three-fourths of mile up a trail in the valley and found the woman, according to Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.
She had lower back and leg injuries and scrapes and bruises from the fall, fire officials reported.
She was stabilized, carried to safety 45 minutes later and taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center.
Her injuries were not life threatening.