Lahaina Sunset Rotary to lead Earth Day beach cleanup
LAHAINA - Residents and visitors are invited to join an Earth Day beach cleanup led by the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset on Sunday, April 23, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
Community volunteers are asked to meet at 8:15 a.m. at The Whaler, 2481 Kaanapali Parkway. Teams of volunteers will clean Kaanapali Beach.
A Maui Interscholastic League surf meet was held on Saturday in fun waves at Lahaina Harbor. Here, Dante Silva of Maui Preparatory Academy launches on his way to winning the boys shortboard division. PHOTO BY GLEN PASCUAL.
The Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset will provide trash collection bags, plastic gloves and bottled water for volunteers.
To ensure ample supplies are on hand for the cleanup, volunteers are asked to register by calling Katie Zimmerman at (808) 280-8986.
County announces Lahaina Civic Center expansion
LAHAINA - Mayor Alan Arakawa signed a new lease with the State of Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corporation (HHFDC) to obtain approximately 20 more acres of land adjacent to Lahaina Civic Center.
The agreement with the HHFDC allows the county to lease the land for a dollar a year for 65 years. The land consists of two parcel lots - one 14.6 acres and the other 5.5 acres.
"This is a great deal, not just because of the price of the lease, but because the county can now use the land for so many important things for the West Maui community," said Mayor Alan Arakawa. "This will allow for expansions of our Maui police and fire departments, which already have facilities next to the civic center, and even allow Public Works and Parks & Recreation to develop baseyards and maintenance facilties."
"It was vital that we acquire the land because we are already using it for parking for the big events in West Maui," said Parks & Recreation Director Kaala Buenconsejo.
The county spent a year negotiating the lease with the HHFDC before it was approved by their Board of Directors last October. The Maui County Council unanimously approved the deal earlier this month during its second reading.
Donate books to Maui Friends of the Library
Used books donated regularly to the Savers store on Dairy Road that closed recently can now find a new home at three bookstores operated by Maui Friends of the Library (MFOL).
"We urge residents who brought 4,000 books a month to Savers to now donate them to our three stores on the third floor of Wharf Cinema Center, at Queen Ka'ahumanu Center and at the Puunene location behind the old sugar mill. Otherwise, they are likely to go into the landfill," said MFOL President John Tryggestad. "Donations to the three stores help support Maui's eight county libraries. The nonprofit gifts $10,000 a year to each library to run programs and purchase periodicals and other materials."
The stores accept books as well as CDs, DVDs and videos in good condition. Donations are tax-deductible.