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Posted on: Thursday, January 4, 2001

Hawai'i briefs

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Maui council fills slots

WAILUKU, Maui — The Maui County Council has chosen committee leaders for the new term.

In its first meeting of the year Tuesday, the council chose Riki Hokama of Lanai to head the Budget Committee and Dain Kane of Wailuku to lead the Committee of the Whole.

Other committee heads and their assignments are Robert Carroll of East Maui, Economic Development and Human Services; Alan Arakawa of Kahului, Land Use; Jo Anne Johnson of West Maui, Parks; Charmaine Tavares of Upcountry, Planning; and Mike Molina of Makawao, Public Works and Transportation.

Wayne Nishiki of South Maui said he would not accept a committee chairmanship. Nishiki, who ran as a Republican before November’s first nonpartisan council election, accused Democrats of choosing the leadership positions in a session before Tuesday’s formal meeting.

Sierra Club plans meeting

SPRECKELSVILLE, Maui — The Sierra Club Maui Group will hold its annual meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 13 at the Kaunoa Senior Center on Hana Highway.

Alan Murakami of the Native Hawaiian Legal Corp. will speak on Maui’s water resources and the implications of the Waiahole court decision. Murakami was one of the attorneys involved in the decision by the Hawaii Supreme Court last August.

Surf-site group plans session

MUALAEA, Maui — A national director of the Surfrider Foundation will be guest speaker at a meeting of the Surfrider Maui group Jan. 10 at the Maui Ocean Center.

Ed Mazzarella, national chapter operations director for the foundation, has spent the past nine years coordinating support efforts for Surfrider chapters nationwide. Saving surf sites at Maalaea Harbor is one of the national foundation’s four priority issues, Mazzarella said.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. and will include nominations for the Maui board of directors, light refreshments and updates on local coastal issues and projects.

Volunteers are needed for beach cleanup projects and setting up information displays at local events. Contact Surfrider Maui at (808) 243-0858 or e-mail


Work will slow tunnel traffic

The state Highways Division will close the right Honolulu-bound lane at the Pali Tunnels from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday and possibly Tuesday to repair streetlights that have been dark since August.

The crew will have to retrieve a high-voltage line and test it before it can be attached to a new transformer, said Kelly Sato, of the state Department of Transportation. If the wire isn’t in working condition, a new line will have to be strung. That may delay repairs further.

"Because the system is so old, that type of line may not be readily available," Sato said.


Waialua library plans art show

The Friends of Waialua Library is inviting the public to a free reception from 6:30 to 8 p.m. next Thursday for artists featured in the library’s first art exhibit of 2001.

The artists are Peter Raub, Jackie Wilson, Judy Williams, Philip Riley, Karen Scata and Jennifer Eisenhart. Their work ranges from acrylic paintings and watercolors to woodblock prints, bowls carved from native wood and necklaces.

Part of the proceeds from sales of the art will help the library buy more materials for its collection. The reception includes refreshments.

For more information, call the library at 637-4876.


Officer wins general rank

Brig. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV, assistant division commander (operations), 25th Infantry Division (Light) and U.S. Army Hawaii, has been promoted to that rank at Schofield Barracks. It is the same rank formerly held by his father.

Caldwell’s wife, Stephan-ie, and his now-retired father pinned him Tuesday with the same stars once worn by the elder Caldwell.

As a colonel, Caldwell has served as division assistant commander for operations since August and will continue in that position. This is his second tour in Hawaii.

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