EPA seeks to fine restaurant
HONOLULU - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants to fine a Hanalei restaurant more than $177,000 for failing to close three large capacity cesspools.
The EPA says it inspected Tahiti Nui Restaurant and Cocktail Bar several times and notified Christian Marston his establishment violated federal regulations.
The agency says Marston in 2006 acknowledged operating large capacity cesspools and hired a professional engineer to design an approved system. But the EPA said last week Marston hadn't followed through years later.
Marston didn't return a phone message left on the restaurant's answering machine.
Large capacity cesspools discharge untreated sewage from buildings serving 20 or more people per day. The EPA required existing large cesspools to close in 2005 and prohibited new ones after 2000.
A scene in "The Descendants" was filmed at Tahiti Nui.
Maui County finalist in contest
The County of Maui has been selected as a finalist in Pacific Business News' 2012 Healthiest Employers contest.
The publication is recognizing companies in three categories who are "leading the way in creating the best wellness work programs," a news release from the county said.
Finalists will be recognized at a Health and Wellness breakfast seminar followed by an awards luncheon at noon at the Sheraton Waikiki, Kauai Ballroom on Sept. 20.
Since arriving in office, Mayor Alan Arakawa and Managing Director Keith Regan have initiated health programs such as "Walking On Wednesdays," promoting healthy meals at county events and participating in a countywide weight loss competition.