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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted on: Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Maui selects new finance director

Advertiser Staff

WAILUKU, Maui — Kalbert Young has been named finance director of Maui County.

Kalbert Young

He previously worked at the Kapalua Land Co, the state Legislature, and at Kamehameha Schools, where he served in the government relations, budget and financial planning, and internal audit divisions. On Maui, he was the county's first small-business advocate, working in the Office of Economic Development, where he led the effort to establish the Maui County Business Resource Center & County Store at the Maui Mall in Kahului.

He attended the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, earning a bachelor's degree in American history and a master's of business administration.

Young will be sworn in on Friday, replacing Keith Regan, who was tapped to assume the duties of managing director for Mayor Alan Arakawa.

Ideas sought to restore theater

WAILUKU, Maui — Maui County is looking for ideas to help restore the historic 'Iao Theater.

Mayor Alan Arakawa said he has asked the county's economic development coordinator, Lynn Araki-Regan, to review concepts for the adaptive reuse, restoration, rehabilitation or reconstruction of the theater, which was built in 1927.

Araki-Regan has been assigned to examine concepts that will include appropriate renderings, a floor plan and building materials, lead a discussion on intended uses and provide details as to how the proposed concepts preserve the structure and historic qualities of the theater and maximizes public use.

Submissions should be forwarded to Araki-Regan by Nov. 30. A committee chaired by Araki-Regan will review all concepts and draft a formal request for proposal for the long-term lease of the facility.

For information, call Araki-Regan at (808) 270-7710.

Public hearing on reserve expansion

MAKAWAO, Maui — A public hearing will be held tomorrow on a proposed 650-acre expansion of Kanaio Natural Area Reserve, the first addition to the Natural Area Reserves System since 1991.

The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. at the Eddie Tam Memorial Complex in Makawao.

State Department of Land and Natural Resources officials said the proposed addition, which is to the west and north of the existing Kanaio reserve, would increase the level of protection for native vegetation, rare plants and the Blackburn's Sphinx Moth. The move would also connect the reserve to the neighboring Auwahi Preserve and the recently formed Leeward Haleakala Watershed Partnership.

Three arrested on drug charges

HILO, Hawai'i — Two Hilo men and a Puna man were arrested after Big Island police served a search warrant and seized nearly two ounces of crystal methamphetamine.

Police said they arrested Joel Castillo, 46, after raiding his Kaiwiki Road residence in Hilo on Friday. Officers said they also seized about a half-ounce of crack cocaine Castillo allegedly had in his pocket, and confiscated about $6,555 in cash.

Castillo was charged with promotion of a dangerous drug, and his bail was set at $225,000. He was transferred to Honolulu, where he is being held for federal prosecution.

Also arrested at the home was Romualdo Bermudez, 49, of Kea'au in Puna, after officers said they recovered four grams of ice and a smoking pipe in his pocket.

Bermudez was charged with promotion of a dangerous drug and illegal possession of drug paraphernalia.

A 57-year-old Hilo man was also arrested in the raid, but later released pending further investigation.

$2.3 million in grants to improve airports

Airports on three Neighbor Islands are getting $2.3 million in federal grants to make improvements to airport runways.

Moloka'i Airport will receive $902,500 for improvements to its Runway 5-23. Lihu'e Airport on Kaua'i is to get $760,000 for work on its general aviation apron and five exit taxiways. And a $637,500 grant is for improvements to Runway 5-23 at Kahului Airport on Maui.

"These three federal grants will help ensure the continued safe functioning of Neighbor Island airports that are part of the lifeblood of Hawai'i," U.S. Sen. Dan Inouye said Friday in announcing the grants.

"The work at the Moloka'i, Lihu'e and Kahului airports will preserve the structural integrity of their existing runways," he said.