Snails, plants put on endangered list
Three varieties of tree snails and 37 species of herbs, shrubs, trees and ferns in Maui County have been added to the Endangered Species list, according to a news release from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service last month.
The service also delisted a Lanai plant, Gahnia lanaiensis, which officials believe is no longer a valid species because it is endemic to New Zealand and is not in danger of becoming endangered or extinct.
"The addition of these 40 Maui Nui species affords us the opportunity to provide additional protection to these rare species under the Endangered Species Act," said Loyal Mehrhoff, field supervisor for the Pacific Islands Fish and Wildlife Office.
The Endangered Species Act makes it illegal to kill, harm or otherwise "take" a listed species, or to possess, import, export or engage in interstate or international commerce of a listed species without permission from the service. The act requires all federal agencies to minimize the impact of their activities on listed species.
The final rule was published in the Federal Register on May 28. Copies may be downloaded at www/fws/gov/paci ficislands.
Visitor swept from rocks is rescued
A Canadian visitor was rescued from the ocean Tuesday after being swept off the rocks and into the ocean at the Olivine Pools area near Kahakuloa, a fire official said.
A county Ocean Safety rescue watercraft was the first to arrive on scene after the 11:58 a.m. alarm and made contact with the exhausted 27-year-old man, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga. He said the man was secured onto the watercraft.
Shortly afterward, a fire rescue crew aboard the Fire Department's Air One helicopter airlifted the man to a landing zone on shore, Mainaga said.
The visitor from Calgary-North West, Alberta, sustained a few lacerations to his legs and feet, Mainaga said, and was treated on scene by Napili firefighters.
Bystanders, who called 911, had tossed the man a bodyboard so he could stay afloat until rescue personnel arrived, Mainaga said.
A fire rescue boat from Lahaina also responded.
Kula man charged in abuse of woman
A 40-year-old Kula man was arrested after allegedly twice strangling his girlfriend during a heated argument at their residence Saturday, police said.
Garry Shinyama was charged with felony abuse by strangulation.
Police said Shinyama became upset after he and his 38-year-old girlfriend argued at about 5:55 p.m. He held down the woman, placed both hands around her neck and began to strangle her, impeding her breathing, police said.
Shinyama strangled the woman twice in the residence and threatened to kill her if he saw police officers come to the home, police said.
The victim made contact with police once she was outside the home. She reported having trouble breathing and also suffered multiple lacerations and abrasions to her face, neck and arms, police said.
She was treated by medics at the scene and transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center for further evaluation.
Bail was set at $5,000 for Shinyama on the abuse charge. He also was arrested on a $10,000 warrant on charges of third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, possessing drug paraphernalia and third-degree promotion of a detrimental drug.
He was released after posting $15,000 bail.
Lahaina pa'u parade and hoolaulea set
The Na Kamehameha Commemorative Pa'u Parade & Ho'olaule'a will be held Saturday in Lahaina town and at Kamehameha Iki Park next to 505 Front St.
Motorists are advised that streets will begin closing at 8:30 a.m. The first to close will be Front Street at Kenui Street. At 9 a.m., all Front Street cross streets will close, including Baker, Papalaua, Dickenson and Prison streets and Lahainaluna Road.
The parade will begin at 9:45 a.m. at Kenui Street and proceed down Front Street to Shaw Street. Roads will reopen as the full parade passes through the different areas. The parade is expected to wind up by noon, organizers said.
The hoolaulea will begin at 9 a.m. at Kamehameha Iki Park and will feature Hawaiian exhibits and tours, food booths, crafters and local entertainment.
The pa'u awards ceremony will be at 1:15 p.m. Events will be held until 5 p.m.
Education council seeking members
The Native Hawaiian Education Council is seeking individuals interested in developing and perpetuating excellence in Native Hawaiian education to serve on the council.
Currently, there are four vacancies on the 21-member council of volunteers. The council is interested in applicants from all islands, from young adults to kupuna, a news release said.
NHEC was established by the Native Hawaiian Education Act to assess the extent to which education programs meet the needs of Native Hawaiians.
For more information and to request an application form, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are due June 20.