Federal grant for repair of headstones
A nearly $1.1 million federal grant will be used to repair headstones at the Makawao Veterans Cemetery.
The money from the Department of Veterans Affairs will be used to raise, align and clean 1,554 headstones at the cemetery. The funds also will be used by groundskeepers to rehabilitate 132,000 square feet of turf and other infrastructure, the announcement from U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz's office said.
"The VA grant will ensure that the groundskeepers and cemetery officials have access to the resources they need to improve (the cemetery) . . . and honor the final resting place of those veterans that are interred there," Schatz said.
The federal grant comes as efforts continue to expand the cemetery to add more than 14,000 new grave sites and niches. The 10-acre expansion of the 7-acre cemetery is needed because the cemetery is nearing capacity.
State officials said they hope to begin construction next year.
$4K in damage in blaze in clothes dryer
A fire in a clothes dryer in a utility room at a Lahaina restaurant caused about $4,000 in damage early Tuesday, a fire official said.
Lahaina firefighters, responding to the 5:16 a.m. alarm at Moose McGillycuddy's at 844 Front St., found the sprinkler system activated and the fire extinguished, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.
The cause of the fire was considered accidental, he said. The damages were to the dryer and the utility room.
Taro patch fish farming topic of free talk
"Fish Farming in Taro Patches - an Ancient Practice Sustaining Modern Communities" will be the topic of a free Sea Talk at the Maui Ocean Center in Maalaea from 6 to 7 p.m. today.
Marine biologist Hannah Bernard will talk about sea turtles. She will be joined by Native Hawaiian cultural practitioner
Oliver Dukelow. They will both talk about fish farming practices in the loi, or taro fields, and their collaborative project that aims to involve visitors and residents in traditional taro and fish farming.
Reservations are recommended for this Sea Talk. Call 270-7088 to reserve a spot.
Mike White named to national committee
Maui County Council Member Mike White recently was named to the National Association of Counties Transportation Steering Committee.
Committee members play a critical role in advancing legislative and policy priorities important to the nation's counties, a news release said.
"I am honored for this opportunity to participate on a national level and share our unique perspective," White said in the news release. "Hawaii faces the challenge of relying on air service and limited sea transportation for the delivery of basic goods. I want to ensure our voice is represented nationally in hopes of identifying transportation solutions to assist our residents."
White also is the chairman of the council's Budget and Finance Committee and is the general manager of the Ka'anapali Beach Hotel.
He holds the Makawao-Haiku-Paia council residency seat.
Domestic violence march to be Saturday
The second annual West Maui Walk a Mile in Her Shoes men's march against domestic violence will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Whalers Village in Kaanapali.
Men will wear women's high-heeled shoes as part of the event.
A $10 minimum donation is requested for a free T-shirt and entry into a drawing for prizes. The event includes 25 percent breakfast and lunch discounts at Maui Fish & Pasta, Hula Grill and Leilani's on the Beach.
Women Helping Women and the West Maui Domestic Violence Task Force are coordinating the walk.