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Committee discussion focuses on Maui water system

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - A Maui County official wants to raise millions of dollars for water system improvements by targeting waterlines, pumps and reservoirs to supply water to drought-plagued Upcountry residents, ranchers and farmers.

The Maui News says Department of Water Supply Dave Taylor's plan is to raise annual rates for water consumption by about 6 percent and then continue charging more than $12,000 for a new water meter. His plan would raise that amount $2,000 each year until it reaches $20,000.

The idea is to raise enough money to pay off debt service for bonds for $30 million to $40 million in water system improvements.

Taylor discussed the concept Tuesday night for the County Council Budget and Finance Committee.

Residents say the cost should be shifted to the county general fund.

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Nominees Sought for 2014 Hawai‘i Waterman Hall of Fame

Nominees Sought for 2014 Hawai‘i Waterman Hall of Fame

The Hawai‘i Waterman Hall of Fame will induct its new class of distinguished waterman legends this summer and the public is invited to nominate worthy candidates for consideration.

The Hall of Fame nomination packet and submittal instructions are available at the Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation’s (ODKF) website, www.DukeFoundation.org. There is no fee required. Nominations are accepted throughout the year, but need to be submitted by May 30 for 2014 consideration.

With support from respected watermen in the community, ODKF established the Hawai‘i Waterman Hall of Fame four years ago to honor the accomplishments of Hawai‘i’s legendary watermen and waterwomen. The criterion for induction is:

Maui police arrest ex-boyfriend of Charli Scott

Steven Capobianco

WAILUKU, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow)- Maui police have arrested Steven Capobianco in connection with a burglary that happened last year in Haiku. 

Sources tell Hawaii News Now that the arrest was not related to the Charli Scott homicide case.

Capobianco, who was Scott's ex-boyfriend, was the last person to see her on February 9th. He told Hawaii News Now that his car broke down near Keanae and Charli came to help him.  An area off the Hana Highway appears the be the crime scene.  It's the spot where some of Charli's clothes were found.  Police sources say they also recovered blood, a tooth and a bone. 

Maui police have called Capobianco a person of interest in the Scott case but there are no suspects.

The Facebook page, 'Find Charli Scott' mentions the arrest.  A post reads, "The wheels are turning...Thank you to the officers who are working so hard."

See "Peter Rabbit" Play at Neighbor Island Libraries Apr. 17-May 6

See "Peter Rabbit" Play at Neighbor Island Libraries Apr. 17-May 6

The Honolulu Theatre for Youth will present “Peter Rabbit and the Garden,” a special stage production of the Peter Rabbit story, at five Neighbor Island public libraries from April 17 to May 6.  The Friends of the Library of Hawaii is sponsoring these free programs.

This interactive version is designed specifically for preschoolers and will explore the fine line between curiosity and responsibility.  Peter Rabbit loves eating vegetables more than anything, but can this impulsive rabbit learn some manners before he gets into big trouble?

Catch a performance of “Peter Rabbit and the Garden” at these libraries:

•             April 17, 2 p.m. at Hilo Public Library (ph. 933-8888)

•             April 23, 2 p.m. at Wailuku Public Library (ph. 243-5766)

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Learn About Asteroids-Ninjas of Solar System at Kahului Library April 15

Learn About Asteroids-Ninjas of Solar System at Kahului Library April 15

In celebration of National Library Week 2014 (April 13-19) and in alignment with the Board of Education and Department of Education’s emphasis on student achievement, “Tracking Asteroids: Ninjas of the Solar System,” a free STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math)-related program, will be offered at Kahului Public Library on Tuesday, April 15 at 6 p.m. 

Dr. J. D. Armstrong, Maui Technology Education & Outreach Specialist for the University of Hawaii’s Institute for Astronomy, will share information about asteroids – small, airless rocky worlds that revolve around the sun and are too small to be called planets.  Learn why asteroids are known as the ninjas of the solar system.     

This 45-minute program is suitable for ages 12 and older.  Call the Library as soon as possible if a sign language interpreter or other special accommodation is needed.

maluhia honua – 2014 aloha festivals to honor polynesian voyaging society’s world voyage

 maluhia honua – 2014 aloha festivals to honor polynesian voyaging society’s world voyage

Hawaiʻi Students Encouraged to Participate in Poster Design Contest

HONOLULU – This year’s Aloha Festivals pays tribute to the upcoming worldwide voyage of the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s Hōkūleʻa and its mission to promote world peace with its theme, “Maluhia Honua – World Peace With Aloha.”

“The 2014 theme was inspired by a song composed by Irmgard Farden Aluli entitled ‘For a Peaceful World’ and honors the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s mission to promote world peace,” said Helene “Sam” Shenkus, co-chair of the Aloha Festivals board of directors. “The mission of Aloha Festivals is to foster the Aloha Spirit through the perpetuation of the Hawaiian culture and the celebration of the diverse customs and traditions of Hawaiʻi.”

Atlas Insurance Appoints Carol Davis as Senior Vice President in its Client Consulting Group

Atlas Insurance Appoints Carol Davis as Senior Vice President in its Client Consulting Group

Atlas Insurance Agency, Inc., Hawaii’s largest insurance agency, has appointed Carol Davis as Senior Vice President in its Client Consulting Group.  In her new role, Davis will continue to lead the marketing and servicing of the company’s Non-Profit and Health Care clientele.

Davis has over 20 years of experience in the insurance industry.  Her specialties include: Non-Profit, Healthcare, Hospitality and Owner-Controlled Insurance programs. Davis holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, a Master of Business Administration degree from Chaminade University, holds a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation and is a member of the Hawaii Long-Term Care Association.