Appeals court agrees with ruling on Halloween objection
The state Intermediate Court of Appeals on Friday upheld a 2nd Circuit Court judge's dismissal last year of a temporary restraining order that would have stopped the organized Halloween events planned by Maui County and LahainaTown Action Committee.
The appeal of the lower court ruling was filed last year by Kula resident Richard Dancil in his case against Mayor Alan Arakawa, the county Office of Economic Development, the county Department of Planning and the LahainaTown Action Committee.
Dancil and Na Makua O'Maui, a Native Hawaiian organization, argued that staging a large, drunken street party in Lahaina, a culturally sacred and historic site, constituted a violation of Native Hawaiian rights.
Last month, Dancil made two attempts to halt the planned Halloween activities again, saying that the activities should have been held up until there was a ruling on his appeal. In both attempts, his motions were denied by the appeals court, and the Halloween activities went on as planned.
Last year, 2nd Circuit Judge Rhonda Loo dismissed a temporary restraining order saying the plaintiffs did not have legal standing to file a lawsuit to block the Halloween events.
Recycling event scheduled for East Maui in two weeks
A recycling event is planned for Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at the Hana Landfill.
Maui's Community Work Day Program will be accepting appliances, scrap metal, electronics, such as TVs and computers, and household and vehicle batteries from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on both days.
Tires may be recycled for a $5 fee. Vehicles and propane tanks will not be accepted.
Elderly and disabled community members may contact Community Work Day for help transporting items to the landfill staging area.
Nahiku residents can take recycling items to a staging area in Lower Nahiku near the church by the morning of Nov. 29 to be taken to the landfill.
The Hana recycling event is a joint effort with the County of Maui's Department of Environmental Management, Maui Tow & Transport, Hammerhead Metals Recycling and Maui County Council Member Bob Carroll's office.
For more information, call Community Work Day Program at 877-2524 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hardware problem shuts down processing at DMVL offices
A computer system went down at about 11:30 a.m. Friday, meaning that the county Department of Motor Vehicle and Licensing and other DMVL offices statewide were unable to process motor vehicle and driver's license transactions.
The City & County of Honolulu runs the DMVL system for all counties. A hardware failure led to the problem, KHON TV reported
Maui County officials said that they have been advised that repairs were expected to be completed over the weekend, a news release from the county said.
For more information, call 270-7363.