NFL event to close Lihue runway
LIHUE, Kauai The state Airports Division will limit Lihue Airport operations to the north-south runway Thursday so the annual NFL Quarterback Challenge can be filmed without the noise of aircraft landing and departing.
Runway 3/21, which is closest to Lihue Stadium, where the challenge will be held, will be closed from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Planes instead will use Runway 35/17, which runs along the coastline and is farther from the stadium.
Wastewater spilled at golf course
LIHUE, Kauai The Lihue Wastewater Treatment Plant spilled 144,000 gallons of treated wastewater onto the grounds of the Kiele Golf Course at Kauai Lagoons before dawn Sunday.
A break in a three-inch recycled water line caused the spill. The fluid is the same disinfected effluent used to irrigate the golf course.
County wastewater officials treated the spill area with disinfectant and posted the area with warning signs.
A state Department of Health representative said the fluid had seeped into the ground by yesterday and posed no public health threat.
Nominees named to Maui panels
WAILUKU, Maui Mayor James "Kimo" Apana has nominated retired phone company executive Joe Pontanilla and Kihei homemaker Susan Moikeha to the Maui Planning Commission.
Apana also nominated Peter Rice to a full five-year term on the Board of Water Supply. Rice has been serving a partial term for a previous board vacancy. Realtor Kent Hiranaga also was nominated to the water board.
Other nominees include returning member Pancho Alcon of Molokai and longtime broadcaster Ron Vaught of Kihei to the Maui Police Commission, retired Deputy Fire Chief Ron DeMello to the Board of Code Appeals, Lee Guthrie and Buck Joiner to the Cost of Government Commission, and Caroline Egli and Ed Bello to the Board of Ethics.
The nominees are expected to undergo review by the County Council next week.
Lawyers named district judges
WAILUKU, Maui Maui attorneys Jan K. Apo and Paul L. Horikawa have been appointed district court per diem judges for the 2nd Circuit.
Their one-year terms, the first for both men, will end Jan. 31, 2002.
Apo is a former public defender now in private practice. Horikawa, a former deputy prosecutor and deputy corporation counsel, is with the law firm of Ing, Horikawa, Kuwada & Jorgensen.
Both attorneys are graduates of the University of Hawaii Richardson School of Law.
Charity walk to aid heart association
KAHULUI, Maui The 3rd annual American Heart Walk Maui will take place Saturday, Feb. 24, at Ke¯p¬olani Park.
The event for company-sponsored teams raises money for the American Heart Associations Maui Division to support research, professional education and community programs on heart disease and stroke.
Participants can choose from a 1.5-mile course or a 3-mile course. Registration will be at 7 a.m., with the walk starting at 8 a.m.
For more information, call (808) 244-7185.
Center offers health information
WAILUKU, Maui Health-related information is available at the new Community Learning Center, located in the Simply Healthy Cafe at the Cameron Center, 95 Mahalani St.
The Community Learning Center is being run by Hui No Ke Ola Pono, the Native Hawaiian Health Care System for Maui, in collaboration with Ke ünuenue Area Health Education Centers.
The center contains a community resource library with literature on health issues, and will hold community education events and small workshops on topics such as diet, exercise, family planning, elder care, chronic disease prevention and management, and health careers.
For more information, call Napua Spock at (808) 249-9787.
Maui to be updated on invasive pests
KAHULUI, Maui An update on efforts to control the islands invasive pests will be presented tonight by the Maui Invasive Species Committee and the Maui County Farm Bureau.
The program, titled "Year of the Snake? An Invasive Pest Update, will be from 7 to 9 p.m. in the McCoy Studio Theater of the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.
Keynote speaker Lyle Wong of the state Department of Agriculture will talk about the pests found during a recent inspection period at Kahului Airport. Other presentations will update efforts to control miconia and Caribbean frogs, and give a prognosis for snakes and fire ants arriving in Hawaii.
For more information, call the Maui Invasive Species Committee at (808) 579-2116 or visit its Web site.
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