Pot causes fire at Waiehu restaurant
A pot left unattended on a stove caused an estimated $5,000 damage in the kitchen of the Watercress Lounge at the Waiehu Beach Center on Tuesday night, a fire official reported.
Firefighters responded to the 11:38 p.m. alarm at the center at 270 Waiehu Beach Road and found the kitchen fire had been brought under control by an automatic fire suppression system, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga. He said the building's attic space was filled with smoke, but a search showed that the fire hadn't spread there.
The Watercress Lounge was unoccupied at the time, but police evacuated about 40 people at other businesses.
After the smoke was cleared with mechanical fans, the fire was extinguished at 12:51 a.m. Wednesday, Mainaga said.
The estimated $5,000 damage was to the stove and back wall. No injuries were reported.
Fires not uncommon on Thanksgiving
More home cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving than on any other day of the year, the American Red Cross reports in urging caution in the kitchen.
"We want people to take proper precautions to be safe," said Coralie Matayoshi, chief executive officer for the Hawaii State Chapter of the American Red Cross.
She offered some cooking safety tips:
* Keep children and pets at least 3 feet away from the cooking area.
* Clean all cooking surfaces to prevent grease buildup.
* Stay in the kitchen while frying, grilling or broiling food. Turn burners off if leaving the kitchen.
* Keep a pan lid or baking sheet nearby. Use it to cover the pan if it catches fire.
* Place turkey fryers outside and away from the house, deck and garage.
Matayoshi also urged caution on the highways, which may be busy with people traveling to visit family and friends.
"We want people to arrive at their destinations, enjoy time with their loved ones and make it home safely," she said. "Please be cautious when driving and designate a driver who won't be drinking whenever alcohol is served."
Outlets of Maui to open Black Friday
The Outlets of Maui at the former Lahaina Center on Front Street will be opening at midnight as part of "Black Friday."
Stores opening will include Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Guess, Coach, Izod, Lucky Brand, Wilsons Leather, Kay Jewelers, Crocs, Perfumania and Michael Kors.
There will be discounts and in-store promotions, a news release said.
Other outlets that will open Dec. 6 will be Gap, Banana Republic, Carters Babies & Kids, Brooks Brothers and The Luggage Factory.
The Lahaina Gateway shopping center nearby will have merchants open today. They include Foodland Farms, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Maui Dive & Surf, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Minit-Medical, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; OfficeMax, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Teddy's Bigger Burgers, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Other merchants will reopen on "Black Friday" with various specials. Those with specials include Barnes & Noble, Passion 4 Fashion, Paia Mercantile, Genki Sushi and Local Motion.
Disinfectant switch coming in Kula
The water disinfectant for the Upper Kula water system will be switched back to chloramines Tuesday, the Department of Water Supply announced.
Chloramines, chlorine and ammonia bonded together, has been the disinfectant used in the Upper Kula system since 1985.
The water department made the temporary switch to chlorine in September due to the near-empty condition of the Upper Kula reservoirs. Water was diverted from the Olinda water treatment facility that uses microfiltration technology and chloramines to the Piiholo facility in Lower Kula that uses direct filtration and chlorine.
Chloramines provide similar protection as chlorine without the risk of creating potentially harmful disinfection byproducts, the water department said.
Customers with questions about water quality may call the water department laboratory at 270-7550 or go to www.mauiwater.org.
Rotarians to sell trees in Lahaina
Christmas trees go on sale Friday in the parking lot of the Lahaina Cannery Mall, with proceeds from sales benefiting community projects coordinated by the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunrise, according to an announcement.
Trees will be on sale weekends from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and weekdays from 3 to 7 p.m. The club will be at the site until all the trees are sold, which is usually a week and a half, said club official Ann Neisman.
The inventory includes large and small noble fir trees as well as wreaths. They are kept in a refrigerated container to maintain freshness. Free delivery is available to any location in West Maui.
The trees are $50 for a 4-footer and $75 for a 6-footer. Wreaths are $25.
People also may purchase a Christmas tree that will be donated to a family in need. The Rotary Club will provide a tree stand, lights, decorations and delivery for every donated tree.
For more information, call Neisman at 281-1807.