Kihei group slated to meet on Tuesday
The Kihei Community Association will hold its monthly meeting Tuesday at the Kihei Charter School.
Doors will open at 6 p.m. for pupu and talk story, with the meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m.
The meeting will included a PowerPoint presentation on a new South Kihei Road bridge by Milton Arakawa of Wilson Okamoto and a discussion on natural preservation in the Wailea 670 area by Lee Altenberg.
The public is welcome to attend. Nonperishable donations for the Maui Food Bank will be accepted.
Kihei Charter School is at 41 E. Lipoa St.
For more information, call (508) 499-9996 or go to www.gokihei.org.
Shriners hospital to host outreach clinic
Shriners Hospitals for ChildrenHonolulu, which provides orthopedic care for children regardless of family income or ability to pay, will be holding an outreach clinic from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. from July 24 to 26.
The clinic will determine if a child is eligible for care at the hospital. Children up to age 18 are eligible for care at Shriners Hospitals for Children if the physicians determine that a child can benefit from care at the hospital.
The Shriners Hospital team conducts clinics on Maui twice a year. The Honolulu hospital serves children throughout the state and the Pacific Basin.
Since the Honolulu hospital first opened its doors in 1923, it has helped 30,000 children with bone, joint and neuromuscular conditions.
The clinics will be held at Lodge Maui, 190 W. Kamehameha Ave. in Kahului.
To schedule an appointment, call Sandy Zukeran, outreach coordinator at Shriners Hospitals for ChildrenHonolulu, toll-free at (888) 888-6314 or at (808) 951-3614. Those interested in the clinic also may call (808) 375-9479.
Red Hill parking lot set to close for work
The parking lot at Pu'u 'ula'ula (Red Hill), where the Haleakala National Park roads end at the 10,023-foot summit, will be closed to vehicles and pedestrians Thursday through July 25 for construction.
Cars must vacate the parking lot by 6:45 a.m. Thursday. Remaining vehicles will be ticketed and towed.
The accessible parking stalls at Leleiwi Overlook will be closed for repaving Wednesday and Thursday. Other Leleiwi stalls will remain open.
Accessibility improvement work in the summit area of Haleakala is scheduled through September. Park visitors should expect continued heavy construction traffic on Haleakala Highway and Crater Road.
For the most up-to-date information, see www.nps.gov/hale or call 572-4400.
Four health centers receive grant money
Four health centers in Maui County will receive part of a $1.2 million Hawaii grant award from the federal government to help the uninsured and underinsured understand their coverage options under the Affordable Care Act, according to a release from U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard's office.
In Hawaii last year, about 34,662, or 24 percent, of the patients served in health centers were uninsured. Overall, 14 health centers in the state received parts of the grant.
Maui County health centers receiving the funds are:
* Community Clinic of Maui, Wailuku: $94,794
* Hana Community Health Center, Hana: $62,861
* Lanai Community Health Center, Lanai City: $61,761
* Molokai Ohana Health Care Inc., Kaunakakai: $61,457
With these funds from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Hawaii grantees expect to hire 21 additional workers who will assist 21,516 people with enrollment into affordable health insurance coverage, the release said.
Roadwork underway around Maui - DOT
The state Department of Transportation wants to notify the public about roadwork on Honoapiilani Highway and Hobron Avenue this week:
* Ocean erosion repairs will continue on Honoapiilani Highway in the area of Launiupoko State Park, shifting lanes mauka. Speed limits are reduced in the work zone.
* The right lane of northbound Honoapiilani Highway between Leialii Parkway and Puukolii Road will be closed from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for utility installations.
* Pavement resurfacing will cause alternating single-lane closures in both directions on Honoapiilani Highway between Olowalu Village Road and Maalaea Boat Harbor Road from 10 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. today through Friday. Traffic will be contraflowed using the open lane.
* Beginning Thursday, the lanes of Hobron Avenue will be shifted in both directions continuously through January for sewer main installations. Workers will be in the area from 5:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. Mondays through Fridays.
Motorists are advised to expect delays.
Fire crews battling a 65-acre brush fire
Fire crews were battling a brush fire late Saturday on the Ulupalakua side of Manawainui Gulch at Milepost 27.5 on Piilani Highway.
The fire, which was reported at 3:07 p.m. Saturday, had grown to 65 acres on the mauka side of the highway, according to Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga. At 8 p.m. Saturday, the blaze was reported to be 50 percent contained with fire activity at the higher elevation.
Earlier Saturday, Mainaga reported that engine companies from Kula, Kahului and Makawao were on the scene as well as three tankers. Three helicopters were used Saturday afternoon to fight the blaze and are expected to return at first light today. Due to the hazardous terrain, active firefighting was suspended but crews were monitoring the fire throughout the night.
Piilani Highway was closed Saturday in the area of Kahikinui due to the fire, according to a release from the county.