Weather service issues surf advisory
The National Weather Service has issued a high-surf advisory for the east-facing shores of Maui and Molokai through 6 p.m. today.
A long fetch of strong trade winds upwind of the islands will continue to produce advisory level surf to east-facing reefs and beaches. Surf will be subsiding but will remain elevated into today.
To speak tonight at UH-MC
Surf is expected to reach 8 to 12 feet on Maui's east-facing shores, the National Weather Service reported. Surf heights are estimates of the faces, or fronts, of waves.
Beachgoers can expect strong breaking waves, shore break and strong longshore and rip currents, making swimming difficult and dangerous.
For more information, call (866) 944-5025 or go online to www.prh.noaa.gov/hnl.
National park to hold Kipahulu event
Haleakala National Park will hold a Kipahulu community meeting from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at its Kipahulu Visitor Center.
The agenda includes a meet and greet with the park's new chief of interpretation, Polly Angelakis, along with updates on the park's commercial services plan and the Kipahulu Comprehensive Site Plan.
There will also be a follow-up on previously discussed topics and participants may be able to discuss new matters.
Retired colonel to discuss drones
Retired Army Col. Ann Wright will speak at a free event tonight at the University of Hawaii Maui College on the topic of drone strikes.
The talk, "Killer Drones in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Gaza and the U.S.," is being sponsored by Maui Peace Action and the UH Maui College Peace Club. It starts at 6 p.m. in the Noi'i Building (the old Science Building) in Room 10A.
Wright, a former State Department diplomat, is a citizen activist for peace and human rights. She will talk about the use of drone strikes by the United States, the effects on civilians and implications for U.S. domestic and foreign policy.
Wright spent 13 years in the U.S. Army and 16 additional years in the Army Reserves, retiring as a colonel.
Since her resignation in 2003, Wright has been writing and speaking out for peace. She participated in the Gaza Freedom March and the Gaza aid flotillas of 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Wright now lives in Honolulu.