Grants training workshop Oct. 5
The county Office of Economic Development will conduct a grants training session and workshop from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Lanai Senior Center.
The workshop is geared toward those interested in learning about the kinds of economic development grants offered by Maui County, how to apply for the grants and how the grants process works.
The training session will examine:
* The purpose and availability of Office of Economic Development grants.
* Grant proposals and method of submission.
* Compliance for funding.
* Developing goals and objectives.
* Developing an effective budget.
* Proper spending and accounting.
* Reporting requirements.
For more details or to RSVP, contact Grants Manager Tina Silva via email at email@example.com or call 270-7992.
Two plead guilty to gambling operation
HONOLULU - Two Oahu residents are pleading guilty to operating an illegal gambling business in Waianae.
Lloyd Robert Marshall and Nitta Mitsuko Marshall are also pleading guilty to 13 counts of evading currency regulations while handling proceeds from the business.
Federal prosecutors said Wednesday that the Marshalls agreed to use their property as a site for illegal cockfighting contests and dice and card games between 2009 and 2011. Police observed 100 to 600 people at these events. People attending paid parking and entrance fees.
The Marshalls each face up to five years in prison for the gambling charges and 10 years in prison for each of the counts related to evading currency regulations. They are scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 28.
Restaurant sued for sexual harassment
KAPAA, Kauai - A federal agency claims teenage girls working at a Panda Express restaurant on Kauai were groped and demeaned.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's federal lawsuit alleges sexual harassment on behalf a group of female employees, including teens.
The complaint says a male supervisor at the Kapaa restaurant sexually abused at least three female teens starting in 2008. The commission says that one teen who reported the harassment had her hours cut and was forced to resign and that another teen quit to avoid verbal obscenities and sexual advances.
The commission is suing the Rosemead, Calif.-based Chinese fast-food chain.
Request to revisit rail ruling denied
HONOLULU - The Hawaii Supreme Court has denied Honolulu's request to reconsider a recent ruling that led to shutting down construction of the city's $5 billion rail project.
The city asked the high court to revisit a unanimous ruling that the state Historic Preservation Division violated its own rules by allowing rail construction to begin before an archaeological survey was completed for the entire 20-mile route. City lawyers argued the division has authority to allow the project to continue.
The Native Hawaiian Legal Corp. says the court denied the city's motion on Thursday.
Paulette Kaleikini sued to stop construction in an effort to protect ancient Hawaiian remains in the path of the rail line.