Paragliders halted in crater - officials
Two men in their late 20s or early 30s were apprehended on Tuesday for attempting illegal paragliding in Haleakala Crater.
One man was caught after launching and landing in a critical endangered species habitat, while the other was captured after attempting to launch, National Park Service officials said.
The names of the two men were not available Tuesday afternoon. Their equipment was seized and impounded. Federal charges are pending.
Federal regulations prohibit powered and nonpowered flight into the crater without a permit, park officials said.
Haleakala National Park protects cultural resources that are sacred to Native Hawaiians and provides critical habitat for endangered and threatened species found nowhere else on Earth, officials said.
Maui Calls event set for September
The Maui Arts & Cultural Center's 20th annual benefit gala, Maui Calls, has been rescheduled to 6 to 10 p.m. Sept. 27 at the center in Kahului.
The theme for the wine and food tasting event is "Celebrating the Songs of Hawaii."
Guests will be greeted with fresh flower lei, enjoy fine wines from visiting vintners, sample cuisine by top Maui chefs, bid in silent and live auctions and dance to Jimmy Mac & The Kool Kats.
The event had originally been set to take place on Aug. 8, but the approach of then Hurricane Iselle forced the event's postponement. Tickets and reservations held for the Aug. 8 event will be automatically transferred to the new date in September.
Tickets range from $175 to $500; tables of 10 run from $1,950 to $10,000. Call 242-7469 or visit the event's website at www.mauicalls.org.
Forum will tell workers of health insurance options
A free forum to educate case managers and behavioral health workers on current behavioral health insurance options and the upcoming integration of Med-Quest and Quest programs will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 27 at the Cameron Center Auditorium.
Speakers will be Lena Jones, MDX Hawaii Director of Behavioral Health Services; Robert Collesano, director, Mental Health America of Hawai'i - Maui; and Trina Tom, Maui Service Area administrator with the Maui Community Mental Health Center.
Participants will be given tools to assist clients in choosing their best health insurance options.
Space is limited. To register, call 984-2150.