Disaster training planned this month
A 30-hour disaster training program for Maui residents will be held Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays from Monday to July 27 at King Kekaulike High School.
Community Emergency Response Team training offers education about hazards and instruction in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations.
When disasters happen, team members will be able to give support to professional first responders by providing immediate assistance to victims at a disaster site, a county news release said.
The training is free to Maui adult residents (those ages 14 to 17 may attend with a parent or legal guardian) and is sponsored by the Maui Civil Defense Agency and taught by the Maui Fire Department. The course consists of classroom and field exercises.
The Monday and Thursday classes run from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
To register, call Maui Civil Defense at 270-7285 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holua area to close for control of ants
The Holua area in the wilderness backcountry of Haleakala National Park will be closed this evening so that park biologists can apply a pesticide to control non-native Argentine ants.
The area will reopen Friday evening.
These ants prey on native insects. One insect that is highly vulnerable to the ant is the endemic yellow-faced bee, which is a primary pollinator of the threatened Haleakala 'ahinahina, or silversword. This variety of 'ahinahina is found only on Haleakala and nowhere else on Earth.
Biologists will apply a small dose of a granular pesticide, which will break down after 24 hours.
For more information, call 572-4400.
Water quality update to be mailed
The Department of Water Supply will be sending out in the mail its 15th annual "Water Quality Report" to Maui and Molokai customers, the department announced.
Following U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Safe Drinking Water Act regulations, the department has been sending the report annually to customers since 1999.
The report will inform customers of their water source and the results of tests taken throughout 2012.
The report will be sent to customers' billing addresses. Others who wish to receive a report may call the department's laboratory at 270-7550. It also will be posted on the department website, www.mauiwater.org, later this month.