Warning issued on sewage spill
The approximately 22,000 gallons of raw sewage that was discharged into the Kuapa Pond in Hawai'i Kai for 15 minutes early Friday afternoon was due to a computer malfunction and equipment failure, according to the Hawai'i-American Water Company a private wastewater facility that serves 10,000 households in the area.
The company distributed fliers that advised residents upstream of the Wailua Bridge to avoid contact with the water, such as swimming and water skiing, until test results could determine the extent of possible contamination. However, boating activities need not be restricted.
The company apologized for the inconvenience.
Private schools to stage fair
The Hawai'i Association of Independent Schools will conduct a fair Wednesday for parents interested in private middle schools and high schools.
Directors from more than 20 private schools will be available to answer questions, and the association will present a short program on admissions, school visits, financial aid and curriculum.
The fair runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Ala Wai Golf Clubhouse.
Expert to talk on senior diets
Public health expert Claire Ku'uleilani Hughes will give a talk on creating a balanced diet for senior citizens at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Waikiki Community Center, 310 Paoakalani Ave. Call 923-1802.
Cruise impact to be discussed
HILO, Hawai'i Cruise-ship, harbor and tourism officials will join environmentalists and economists at two community meetings this month to discuss the increase in cruise-ship arrivals to the Big Island.
The first meeting is 5 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Hawai'i Naniloa Resort in Hilo; the second is 5 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel.
County officials said they hope the information will encourage the community to develop events and products to enhance the visitor experience.
Call Shayna Ross at (808) 969-9469.
Tsunami expert slated to speak
KEALAKEHE, Hawai'i Tsunami expert Walter Dudley will speak at a free "ReefTalk" event from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Kealakehe High School library.
Dudley is a professor of oceanography and director of the Kalakaua Marine Education Center at the University of Hawai'i-Hilo. He will explain the forces that create tsunamis and offer a history of the large ocean waves in the Hawaiian Islands. He also will discuss recent advances in technology that should provide better tsunami warnings in the future.
His talk is sponsored by the Sea Grant program. For more information, call (808) 329-2861.