Shark sighting closes Makena waters
People were told not to enter nearshore waters off Makena on Wednesday afternoon after a diver reported an 8-foot Galapagos shark had tried to eat fish he had caught and held on to a line trailing behind him, a Maui County news release said.
Officials closed an area from the south end of Makena Beach & Golf Resort to the third entrance of Big Beach after the 12:50 p.m. sighting at Little Beach. The beaches were reopened shortly after 3 p.m., county officials said.
The diver released the string of fish and headed for shore. He was not injured.
County ocean safety officers riding personal watercraft later found the line with some partially eaten fish still attached to it.
Ocean safety and state Department of Land and Natural Resources officials were monitoring the area after the incident.
Man arrested in burglary incident probe
Police arrested a 27-year-old Lahaina man in the investigation of a home-invasion burglary reported just before 4 a.m. Saturday at a Lahaina residence.
A weapon was used during the Kapunakea Street burglary when the residents were awakened by the break-in, said acting Lt. Darrell Ramos of the Lahaina Criminal Investigation Division.
He said the residents weren't harmed.
Police arrested the suspect Saturday afternoon. He was later released pending further investigation.
Cylinder thought to be bomb clears area
Police kept people away from an area near Paia Bay after a resident reported finding an 8-inch cylinder that was possibly an unexploded bomb Wednesday afternoon.
Fire and hazardous materials crews responding to the area made contact with an Explosive Ordnance Disposal team through the U.S. Coast Guard, officials said.
But after more investigation of the object, it was determined to be a battery, and the EOD team was not dispatched, police said.
Donation account for man bitten by shark
The Roi Round-up Committee has established a donation account at Bank of Hawaii for Kahului resident Marc Riglos, who was bitten by a shark Sunday morning while in waters off of Waiehu.
The committee is setting up the fund to raise money for Riglos' medical expenses as well as his transportation to Oahu where he is scheduled to receive more treatment, the committee said.
Donations may be made at any Bank of Hawaii branch in the state. Donations also may be mailed to Bank of Hawaii, 27 S. Puunene Ave., Kahului 96732.
Checks should be made to the Marc Riglos Fund. The fund will remain open for around six months.
Riglos was participating in the Roi Round-up dive tournament, which aims to eradicate invasive fish that pose environmental threats. He suffered a shark bite just above his right ankle.
Disaster volunteers sought for training
The American Red Cross is recruiting disaster services volunteers in the Central Maui area, with a series of basic disaster training classes scheduled to begin Nov. 26.
New volunteer candidates must register for and attend the entire series of four classes on disaster services, shelter operations, shelter simulation and disaster assessment basics.
The classes will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 26 and 28 and Dec. 3 and 5 at the Red Cross office, 45 North Market St., Suite A, in Wailuku. The training is free.
Those interested may register online at www.redcross.org/hi/honolulu by going to "Volunteer," then "Becoming a Volunteer" and "Apply Now." After submitting an application, volunteers follow the steps in blue. For help, call the Maui office at 244-0051.