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Input sought on managing sacred site

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs says it’s conducting a study of Kukaniloko, the sacred site in Central Oahu where Hawaiian noble women gave birth centuries ago.

The agency encourages the public to attend a meeting tomorrow and share ideas on how the site should be managed. OHA says Kukaniloko is little known even though it is one of Oahu’s most sacred sites.

Kukaniloko was part of a powerful kingdom that ruled Oahu from the 1400s to the late 1700s. The birthing stones there were famous during the time of Kamehameha.

The meeting at Wahiawa District Park is due to begin at 6 p.m.

Suit over Maui impact study settled

Maui County yesterday announced a settlement of a dispute over an environmental impact statement for a proposed stream water treatment plant.

Mayor Charmaine Tavares said the county will "revisit" the study.

Maui Tomorrow and Hui o Na Wai ‘Eha filed a lawsuit in Maui Circuit Court on June 21, challenging the adequacy of the Waiale Treatment Facility’s study.

The groups also appealed a decision by the state Commission on Water Resource Management to restore only about one-fifth of the total flow from four streams. A decision on the appeal is expected to take years and could affect plans for Waiale, so the county has decided to take another look at the proposed project, county officials said.

Voter case may end in August

WAILUKU » The state Board of Registration for Maui County is expected to decide the voter registration appeal against County Councilman Sol Kahoohalahala after Aug. 2.

The prediction came from county Deputy Corporation Counsel Jane Lovell after the Lanai City hearing in the appeal concluded Monday.

County Clerk Jeffrey Kuwada in October approved Kahoohalahala’s registration to vote as a Lanai resident. The move is being challenged by Michael "Phoenix" Dupree of Lanai.

Meanwhile, a civil case against Kahoohalahala is to go on trial Aug. 9. It could lead to his removal from the Council. He’s accused of living in Lahaina when he won the Lanai residency seat in 2008.

Kahoohalahala has filed papers to run against Maui Mayor Charmaine Tavares this year.

Lava creeps closer to home

Lava from Kilauea Volcano today came within 130 feet of a Kalapana home that was evacuated Sunday, when the lava was about 300 feet away.

The lava continued to flow east along Highway 137 yesterday, said Janet Babb, spokeswoman for the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.

Coming up

The city Emergency Medical Services Division is accepting applications for its Junior Paramedic Program, which gives high school students a behind-the-scenes look at the paramedical profession.

There will be classes of 30 students each running from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through July 30 and Oct. 4-8. Call 723-7814.

 

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