Where there’s smoke, there’s a fire exercise
The Maui Fire Department will conduct a series of live-fire wildland training exercises Monday through June 19 on Mahi Pono land just south of Haleakala Highway and west of Keahua Road. The training will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.
Upcountry and Central Maui residents might see smoke and flames during the training, and the smell of smoke might carry as far as Maui Veterans Highway.
Officials said the exercises give firefighters an opportunity to train in realistic conditions to prepare for the upcoming wildfire season. For safety reasons, the public is advised not to trespass onto private property to watch the training.
Habitat for Humanity reopens Wailuku store
Habitat for Humanity has reopened its seven ReStores across the state, including the outlet at 1162 Lower Main St. in Wailuku. The ReStores are a major source of income for Habitat, selling donated items such as usable building materials, gently used furniture, working appliances, tools, lighting and other household goods to the general public. Proceeds are used to fund Habitat’s mission of partnering with low-income families to build decent, affordable homes.
Face masks are required to enter any ReStore and when dropping off donations. Maui store hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call 986-8050.
Haiku center to remain closed for improvements
Central Construction Inc. is the contractor for the $692,546 project, which includes new kitchen appliances, fixtures and finishes, stainless-steel counters, a new grease interceptor, electrical and ventilation upgrades and accessibility improvements.
Reservations required at county pools
Reservations for 45-minute lap swimming at select county pools are available from 8 a.m. to noon weekdays, excluding holidays. Swimmers must be at least 13 years old to reserve a lane, according to the Department of Parks and Recreation.
Calls for reservations cannot be made earlier than 48 hours in advance. However, reservations can be made Friday for pool use on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Call 270-6116 to make a reservation, but only one per person per day is allowed, and no same-day reservations will be accepted. Identification must be presented at check-in.
The open pools are the Kihei and Lahaina aquatic centers, Coach Soichi Sakamoto Pool and the Upcountry Pool. Pool users must use face covers when not swimming and keep a distance of at least 6 feet from other pool users.
Online workshop will explain grant requirements
Friday is the deadline to sign up for the county Office of Economic Development’s free grants training workshop designed for nonprofit and for-profit organizations that administer programs aimed at boosting the local economy.
The workshop will be conducted via BlueJeans at 1 p.m. June 17. An overview of the newest requirements in the FY 2021 grant application and handbook will be provided.
To request an invite code to attend the workshop, email Grants Manager Tina Silva at email@example.com. The FY 2021 application and handbooks have been posted on the Office of Economic Development’s website.
Hawaii gas prices remain stable but still high
Average gas prices in Hawaii changed just slightly during the past week, moving either up or down by a penny or two in most areas, according to the AAA Hawaii Weekend Gas Watch.
In Kahului the average price for regular Thursday was $3.42 per gallon, 2 cents lower than the previous week, 2 cents lower than a month ago and 42 cents lower than a year ago.
That compares with Honolulu, where the average price was $3.02 per gallon; Hilo, at $3.45 per gallon; and Lihue, at $3.50.
“While gas prices are inching up in many areas, they have remained relatively stable compared to other parts of the country and are still about 30 to 50 cents lower than this time last year,” said Liane Sumida, AAA Hawaii general manager, in a news release. “Yet, we still have the highest state average gas price in the nation. As the local economy and tourism increase, we would expect prices to increase, too.”