Brush fire doused in Haiku
Firefighters responded to an early-morning brush-rubbish fire in Haiku on Friday, finding a third of an acre ablaze when they arrived on the scene.
Crews from Paia and Makawao and a tanker from Kahului responded to the call at 1:09 a.m. at Hahana Road, according to Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga. The fire was under control by 1:41 a.m. and extinguished at 3:08 a.m.
No injuries or damage was reported. The cause of the fire was undetermined, he said.
Hawaiian agent released
An airline employee has been released pending further investigation after being arrested in the investigation of the theft of a visitor's pocketbook that was left at a ticketing counter Tuesday at Kahului Airport, police said.
The theft occurred at about 3 p.m. when a tourist left his pocketbook containing more than $4,000 cash at the counter, police said.
A 28-year-old Kahului woman working as a ticketing agent at Hawaiian Airlines was arrested Tuesday night, and police reported recovering $2,000.
Ota vice chair of UH regents
The Maui member on the University of Hawaii Board of Regents, Saedene Ota, has been elected as one of two vice chairpersons of the board.
She replaces Carl Carlson. The other vice chairperson, James Lee, retained his position. The election for the one-year terms became effective Thursday, a news release from the University of Hawaii said.
Ota owns and operates Sae Design, a graphics firm based on Maui that focuses on strategic marketing and communication graphics. Ota also is the owner of Maui Thing, a lifestyle apparel retail company in Wailuku.
She studied at the University of Hawaii-Manoa, University of Washington and California StateNorthridge and received her Bachelor of Arts in fine art at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif.
Regent John C. Holzman was chosen to lead the 15-member board that governs the University of Hawaii system, including the University of Hawaii Maui College.
The next scheduled board meeting is Aug. 22 at Windward Community College on Oahu.
Hana library to reopen early
Hana Public & School Library, which has been closed due to repairs, will reopen at 11 a.m. Wednesday, a week earlier than expected, the Hawaii State Public Library System said.
The library has been closed since late June for reroofing and air-conditioner replacement.
Hana Public & School Library is located on the campus of the Hana High and Elementary Schools at 4111 Hana Highway.
Summit areas to be off-limits
The Haleakala National Park road and summit area above the Haleakala Visitor Center at 9,740 feet will be closed to vehicles, pedestrians, horses and bicycles through Thursday, the park announced Friday.
This is part of ongoing work through September to improve accessibility for people with disabilities, the news release said. The park said that the work is occurring now because asphalt must be poured and set during the warmest, driest time of the year.
During the closure period, visitors will be directed to lower elevation overlooks, which offer views of the Haleakala Crater, the news release said.
The closure includes the upper Skyline trailhead, near the summit. Access to the lower Skyline Trail by Waipoli Road in Kula is still open; it is the only way visitors will be able to enter or exit the Skyline Trail.
For the latest updates, go to the website www.nps.gov/hale or call 572-4400.
Restroom, keiki pool still shut
The women's restroom and the keiki pool at the Lahaina Aquatics Center remain closed until further notice due to waterline repairs, the county said Friday. The 50-meter pool is open.
The pools were closed Tuesday after a waterline leak was identified. The 50-meter pool was reopened that day but the keiki pool was shut down because of the work required nearby, county officials said.
The waterline leak appears to be located under a concrete slab beneath the showers in the women's restroom, the county said.
Contractors are continuing work to pinpoint the leak and make needed repairs.
Until the repairs are completed, the women's restroom and the keiki pool will remain closed. Portable toilets, an outdoor shower and an enclosed changing room have been provided. Women with special needs or concerns may inquire with the lifeguards on duty, the county said.
For more information on the repairs, call Fran Yamamoto at 270-6138.
For recorded pool information, call 270-8208; the information is updated at 9 a.m. daily.