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LAHAINA NEWS SUMMARY for September 5 to September 12, 1996
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by Ursula Keuper-Bennett <howzit@io.org>

LAHAINA NEWS, the Little Paper That Could - Eyes on West Maui

This summary is being filled out IN Canada by a Canadian who subscribes
to
the Lahaina News and wishes she was in Hawaii right now.

I know this summmary is very late but I am still in a purple funk on this
end because I am in Canada and not Hawaii like I was this time a month
ago!
This sentence was not generated to garner sympathy, just to explain
things.

You might wonder about the 13th - 20th paper. I haven't received it yet.
I
am happy about this because that means I can blame something else besides
my
own tendency to procrastinate for THAT summary not being ready.
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EPA SCIENTIST HELPS RANK GROUNDWATER POLLUTION POTENTIAL

Hydrologeologist Matt Hagemann spent the summer researching potential
groundwater contamination of Maui's drinking water wells. He completed a
study on Oahu recently where he mapped areas of confirmed chemical
contamination.

Maui has already experienced some problem with contaminated wells and has
already had to close one drinking well near Napili. And Napili is really
close to where I drink so I am watching this issue closely now.

EROSION MIGHT NUDGE STATE TO MOVE ROAD INLAND

If you drive from West Maui to the Airport you will see a section of road
outrageously close to the ocean with some concrete barriers that invite
cars
to hit it. Well the ocean is doing a number on this area and something
has
to be done.

State wants to put up a massive rock wall to protect the road. But
everyone
knows the problems that sea walls and the like create with beach erosion.
A
meeting was held of September 10th to decide and I would report the
results
to you but no one ever tells me ANYTHING!

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RESEARCHER: ALGAE CONTROL SHOWS PROMISE

This article is about the stink limu on Maui's shores and what should be
done about it. This is the branchy reddish purple weed called Hypnea
musciformis that was introduced from Florida and released into Hawaiian
waters. Scientists still wrangle over whether nutrients play a role in
the
limu's growth.

Run-off and sewage are forever jostled around as possible factors in the
over-abundance of this weed. Me. I am just glad it wasn't as bad this
year
as before. And I haven't seen Cladophora (the green slime) since 1992 so
I
would agree the algae control appears to be working.

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I will skip the editorial and Letters to the Editor section and go
straight
to what readers are REALLY INTERESTED in.
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THE HARBOUR REPORT

"TWELVE YEAR-OLD ALMOST LOSES A 410 POUNDER

Twelve year old Mary Basha recently teamed up with Crewman Chris
Whittingham
to boat a 410-pound marlin while fishing aboard the Absolute with Capt.
Marty Sands." Since it was getting close to the beginning of the new
school
year, the youngster wanted something truly impressive for the first
week's
Show and Tell.

She stuffed the marlin --pointy part first into a windsurfer bag. At
Lahaina Harbour, Mary apparently hoisted the fish onto her shoulders,
thanked the captain and departed. Waiting for her dad to come to Front
Street to pick her up, she leaned the fish against the wall of Lappert's
Ice
Cream Parlour and ordered her favourite confectionary.

Poor Mary discovered the fish was gone, windsurfing bag and all as she
licked her Kauai Pie waffle cone on her way out the store. Lahaina
Police
are currently looking for a red and gold Windsurfer bag flapping its way
to
the ocean.

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And now for the moment we have all been waiting for!
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NAPILI MARKET/Food Pantry CENTER PAGE AD

or... what you could have gotten on sale two weeks ago if you were in
West Maui.

No SPAM or papayas.   Booh.

Golden yellow bananas (THEIR redundency not mine) are on sale at 69 cents
a
pound.

Crisp cucumbers on 79 cents a pound. The plums in the ad are arranged in
such a way as they remind me of a silhouette of Mickey Mouse. They are
$1.09 per pound.

For ladies and underwater photographers you can get Always and Always
Plus
Maxi Pads on sale for $2.99. (she ponders how many people will
nibble...)

Yet another 75 cent coupon for Calrose Rice this time around and Aloha
Shoyu
is on sale for $2.99 for a half gallon. (I can never get over the fact
the
stuff looks like what grasshoppers will spit up on you when you caught
them
as a little kid).

Hormel Vienna Sausage (York Dorks as we call 'em in Canada) are on sale
for
59 cents a can.

Cat food, dog food and Hefty trash bags are all on sale as well.

Charmin Toilet Paper (they call it Bathroom Tissue) is on sale for 99
cents
for 4 rolls. Interestingly they place it right beside the Libby's Corned
Beef.
Coors Beers are on sale at two 6 paks for $7.00 and Molson Ice (Canadian
beer) is $5.99 for six bottles just to demonstrate what the REAL beer is.

Padua's 8 " Apple Pies are on sale for $4.99. If you empty a can of
whipped
cream on the crust, you too can launch the thing at someone you don't
regard
all that highly.
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Well that's it for this week, boys and girls... even though it is old
news.... as opposed to new news. Oh. The Lahaina News now has an
electronic edition and can be reached at the following URL.

http://www.maui.net/~mauiduck

This will allow you to marvel at the accuracy and thoroughness of my
Lahaina
News summaries!


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A note from the Better Late than Never Department:
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Aloha gentle readers of the Lahaina News,

I am back in Canada now. It is September 11th and I can honestly say I
am
over my jetlag. We left Maui on August 27th and the days since has been
just one long gnawing ache of withdrawal symptoms. They just keep
getting
worse each year.

You know it isn't Maui so much that I miss --it is the turtles. Each
moment underwater with them offers a possibility of new discoveries,
insights and learning and THAT is what is so addictive. Quiting smoking
was easy. One day I just forgot to light up.

But those first few weeks away from the turtles I just want to crawl into
a fetal position and cover myself up with dirt. I had also imposed a
communication black out. I have not sent a single message to ACH/SCH
just
because I didn't want to join the human race yet.

I am two Lahaina Newses behind. Today,    for the first time I have
summoned
the resolve to work on the last News of   the summer. I will now read it
along with you..... fresh -- because it   has been more than two weeks now
since I wrote it. I never completed it    though..

LAHAINA NEWS SUMMARY for August 22nd to August 29th, 1996
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By Ursula Keuper-Bennett <howzit@io.org>

This summary is being typed out on August 26th (our last Maui evening) on
the lanai at 8:34 pm Hawaiian time. I feel it only safe to warn you I am
on my second glass of wine and my ears turn red after the first. On this
my last evening, I am using Paul Masson Rose as my anesthetic.

It is dark and I am typing this by candle light so I can only do the
Weather Report (which was this summer's most popular feature) and the
Harbour Report which I am making up this week anyway.

WEATHER REPORT

It is dark out and in fact the glow of the computer screen and my dilated
wine-modified pupils make it hard for me to even make out a difference
between ocean and sky but I will try. Ocean is black and so is Molokai
but there is a light area above the mountains so Molokai still has its
share of clouds even on this clear and soft Hawaiian night.

I can't make out Lanai but I know it's there. There is just the faintest
whisper of trades right now. Most people would call it hot and a tad
muggy but me, a Canadian facing winter, me, it's just beautiful and
gentle
and warm.

Ocean is shushing, no swells, not even an ankle snapper. I know we got
us
a full moon but it is on the other side of the building. Blinking white
light of an airplane over Molokai heading west perhaps to Honolulu. Also
over Molokai the biggest Big Dipper you could ever imagine, the handle
stars pointing to Polaris and I know if I followed that star long enough
I
would find Canada but right now I don't want to think about that she
takes
another sip of wine.

I already miss the turtles.

As I said earlier it is evening, quarter to nine actually on my last
night
here. I have the Lahaina News beside me but it is too dark. I have a
feeling that even if I turned on the light my wine induced haze wouldn't
allow my eyeballs to focus on the page. A mosquito just bit me. Good!
It'll collide into a palm tree with the alcohol content of my blood!

On to the Harbour Report.

THE HARBOUR REPORT

There wasn't one again this week but no problem. I got my own item for
THE HARBOUR REPORT. My dad bought my husband a new dive suit for a
birthday present. Peter looks quite handsome in the blue and black
design
and from the back you'd swear it was a Star Trek uniform.
It was at the Turtle House on our first dive, a late afternoon 5:00 kind
of thing when I realized the blue fabric was TRANSPARENT. I mean every
body hair showing kind of transparent! Peter does not wear anything when
he slips into a dive suit and it was never a problem before.

But with THIS suit, ALL body parts showed through. In fact, if you took
him naked and sprayed him with blue and black paint you'd have a terrific
idea of what he looked like! The female readership here will understand
that while I would appreciate such a suit UNDERwater, on the beach I
wouldn't especially want other females to eye the merchandise so to
speak.

I got out of the water, he stayed in the shallows and waited for me to
bring him some shorts! Later, we found out the suit lets go of the body
on land and only clings in the ocean. Either way, we cut material from
his old suit to make some bikini briefs and now he wears that WITH his
new
suit.

In his own words, his old suit went to an "honourable end".

Well boys and girls, that's the end of August Harbour Report. It is
almost 9:00 pm and this is our last night. I want to enjoy it with my
Sunshine and not hunched over a computer screen. I know you will
understand. I will try to wake up tomorrow at 5:00 and actually
summarize
this week's news. Later....

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September 11, 1996

And so it goes. Later never came. But that's ok. Maybe this Lahaina
News wasn't news so much as a feeling. All of us fortunate enough to
visit Hawaii (I am talking ANY of the islands here) will understand the
melancholy of leaving.

For all of us stuck on the mainland, we share a kinship and I guess all I
want to say right now is when the plane lifted from Kahalui, I looked out
the window through tears but I could still see well enough to know that
Maui is still as beautiful as it was when I arrived.

It'll be there waiting for you also.   I just hope you don't have to wait
10 whole months like I do.

Aloha and best regards!

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                       ^                   Ursula Keuper-Bennett
                      0 0                  Mississauga, Ontario
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LAHAINA NEWS SUMMARY for August 15 to August 22, 1996
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By Ursula Keuper-Bennett <howzit@io.org>

This summary is being typed out on August 16th on the lanai at 5:37 am
Hawaiian time.

WEATHER REPORT

There is weather all around me and while the sky is now a soft pussy
willow gray there is no hint of colours that -- yes there is. Over to
the
north right near the horizon is the most subtle orange that only someone
looking for hint of colour would notice.

It is a tad chilly and the palm fronds doing the hula mean the
windsurfers
will be happy today. The ocean waves only shush today, no snap or crash
so divers will be happy and surfers won't. The universe is unfolding as
it should. Now the very first birdie is chirping a condo or two to the
north.

I'll return to the weather report as sunrise progresses a bit more.

SOMETHING INTERESTING THAT HAPPENED IN WEST MAUI BUT DIDN'T MAKE THE
LAHAINA NEWS NEWS...

Now one of the problems with embellishing news in my Lahaina News report
is that when something REALLY happens people might not believe it. Two
interesting things happened this week that are more interesting than
anything in this week's Lahaina News except maybe the centre page ad.
First, a truck sheared off a fire hydrant and second a pufferfish sheared
off someone's index finger-tip.

So to certify the following two stories are true, here goes.   I SWEAR on
the turtles that the following two stories are true!

TRUCK SHEARS OFF FIRE HYDRANT IN HONOKOWAI

Last week one evening, my dad complained there was little water pressure
when he tried to wash his hands. My mom had just gone outside with
binoculars to view the meteor shower when she ran in and announced a main
water line had broken along Honoapiilani Road and water was gushing ten
feet up

She was wrong. It was more like fifteen feet up. Police were calmly
directing traffic and people watched in detached amusement. But they
soon
left. I guess with no coloured lights on the fountain this was rather
boring for people used to coloured lights on fountains.

Next morning, there was a yellow fire hydrant where the water gushed out.

PUFFERFISH SHEARS OFF TIP OF MAN'S INDEX FINGER

A couple of days ago I noticed a man with a large professional looking
bandage on the index finger of his left hand. He had all the appearances
of a man who did not want people to notice the index finger of his left
hand. So I asked him what happened to his finger.

Seems he is an avid fishermen and had been fishing since the moment he
had
unpacked his bags here. (We had indeed noticed someone fishing non-stop
from shore) Here is his story.

He'd been fishing a few hours and finally landed a fish. I guess he
didn't know what kind of fish - he being a freshwater fisherman and all -
but he is the kind of fisherman I respect. He is a catch-and-release
guy.

Well he tried to remove the hook from a PUFFERFISH! In 1989 Peter (my
husband) was bit for five stitches by a pufferfish. Well this guy got
bit
right down to the bone and the tip of his finger was now where it
shouldn't be -- down the puffer's gullet.

He said he stabbed the fish several times and at this point the details
were so gruesome I didn't want to hear any more-- plus Peter was itching
to tell his bitten-by-a-pufferfish story. Got to give the guy credit, a
couple of days later I saw his arm in a plastic bag and he was
snorkelling. Haven't seen him fishing though.

NOW ON TO THE LAHAINA NEWS PROPER since there is now enough light to
see....

On the front page are articles about a Bed and Breakfast ordinance moving
forward through council. Seems some people want to turn their homes into
Bed and Breakfast places and neighbours worry about where all the
resulting cars will be parked.

Interesting concern since just this week, an Oahu man blew away three
people and himself over parking.

Another article is about road safety on this road. I guess you can tell
I
never read past the headline and the caption to the photo.

Another article is about the Citizen Patrol at Honolua Bay and
Slaughterhouse. Seems the groups of volunteers are indeed having an
impact and there are far fewer break-ins. Police also feel this has
forced thieves into taking bigger risks by targeting places where they
are
more likely to be seen.

There is a full two-page ad for a sidewalk sale at the Cinema Center.
Sidewalks are $4.98 a pound.

NAPILI MARKET/Food Pantry Center Page Ad

First off I know some of you are looking for my public service
announcement about potentially brutal combinations. Again this week we
have the Red Flame Seedless Grapes and lite beer combination -- the lite
beer in this case being Budweiser beers at $6.99 for a 12 pack.

In an example of art imitating real life, this week's Turtle Trax cartoon
shows what can happen to you. The cartoon is called "Pooped" and can be
viewed at:

http://www.io.org/~bunrab/toon.htm

Sweet whole pineapple is on sale at 59 cents a pound and honeydew melons
are even less at 49 cents a pound.

Jif peanut butter is on sale for $2.29 and you can slice broccoli with it
at 99 cents a pound. (The latter comment made purely to annoy my
husband)

Oscar Mayer Meat Wieners are $1.95 and for the vegetarians among you,
similarly shaped carrots are 59 cents a pound but one tastes a whole lot
better with mustard and a baseball game.

Nice 'n Soft Bathroom Tissue is 99 cents for four rolls and Kal Kan Cat
Food is 3 for a dollar. That means a can of cat food costs more than a
roll of toilet paper yet the latter would last longer go figure.

What with all the cat food they have thoughtfully put Jonny Cat Litter on
sale this week at $1.49 for 5 lb.

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There is no HARBOR REPORT for this week and I don't think I'll make one
up
because reality has outdone anything I could think up this week. For
this
week's HARBOUR REPORT re-read the pufferfish incident only remember it
actually happened.

As you know, normally I would be quite happy to know a fish has triumphed
but this one saddened me. The man was compassionate enough to try and
help the fish out. I think he is the kind of guy who just likes to fish
even if he doesn't catch anything. He didn't deserve what happened to
him. So in that respect my husband's pufferfish story is better.

His thumb healed and he still gets plenty of mileage from his story. The
fish escaped unharmed, dignity intact. We are both a lot wiser in the
ways of certain piscine aquaintances.

CONTINUED WEATHER REPORT now that it is 6:35 am.

We got us a 50% cloudy sky here with the barest hint of a rainbow out by
Molokai. My husband just got up and he is so cute in his early morning
coma. Molokai is green and brooding and Lanai is its pink, cheerful self.

Winds are calmer than an hour ago and the ocean reflects cloud and sky.
Considering this is Honokowai ocean, it is relatively clean today.
Clouds
moving east to west at quite a clip today which is interesting because
here on the ground there is only the barest whisper of breeze.

To all readers presently stuck somewhere other than Maui, my sympathies
but be comforted with the thought that in less than two weeks, I shall
join the rest of you -- a mournful frosty breath on the glass pane of
life
that I shall now try and wipe clean.

Aloha nui loa

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                       ^                  Ursula Keuper-Bennett
                      0 0                 Mississauga, Ontario
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LAHAINA NEWS SUMMARY for August 8 - August 15, 1996
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By Ursula Keuper-Bennett <howzit@io.org>

This summary is being typed out very early morning on August 9th on the
lanai just overlooking the ocean. Judging by the feedback, the impromptu
weather report is well received. So here it is.

WEATHER REPORT

Right now it is 6:15 and the sky is already telegraphing an intense
Hawaiian
blue day here (just like yesterday). And just like yesterday there is
very
little cloud cover. Molokai has a modest amount already tinged with
orange
and peach. Lanai, on the other hand is naked as a 70's streaker and I
almost want to run over and offer it a beach towel.

Sky here is blue at the zenith fading into yellow almost lime green at
the
horizon. Molokai proper is that kind of green trying to be blue and
Lanai,
already lit by the sun, looks like it belongs in the US Painted Desert.

Palm fronds are barely moving but the tops of some are already lit by the
new sun. We got us a low tide here and there is a heron on one of the
volcanic shelves looking for a tasty. I suspect under the water all the
tasties are trying hard not to be. A male English sparrow is perched on
the
corner of my lanai chirping for a handout but he's out of luck.

Ocean is extraordinary. A three dive kind of ocean only we just did
three
dives yesterday and we're pooped. All that remains from this week's
south
swell are gentle hissings along the seawall. Ocean is not lit so I don't
know how clear it is. Have yet to see my first turtle...

Oh yes. And the slightest of trades send ripples through the water but
there are completely calm streaks running parallel to the shoreline.

Please don't think the rest of the Lahaina News will be this long. I
have
become aware of what is important to the readership. The weather report
(which isn't even IN the Lahaina News), the Harbor Report (which isn't IN
this week's Lahaina News so I will have to make one up) and the center
page
food ad. So. On to the Lahaina News for this week....

LIS REGISTRATION IS WEDNESDAY

This is the Call to Doom for students and teachers alike at Lahaina
Intermediate School. They will be holding registration on August 14th
from
8:00 am to noon.

The only consolation is school T-shirts and polo shirts will be on sale
that
day as well.

SENIOR CENTER COMING TO PU'UKOLI'I VILLAGE

Amfac Maui announced that MPM Investors will build a full-service senior
retirement housing at Pu'ukoli'i Village. Plans call for 90 affordable
one
and two bedroom apartment rentals. Costs vary from $540 for a one-
bedroom
without meals or services to $1 148 for two people with meals and
services.

DICKENSON STREET TO GET STOP SIGNS

When Peter (my husband) was walking to the car reading the Lahaina News I
saw a gesture of happiness for something on the front page. For any of
you
familiar with Dickenson and Wainee Street this announcement comes as
terrific news.

THEY ARE FINALLY MAKING THIS A FOUR WAY STOP!

We have to go through there daily for our air supply. I am an expert
about
the corner of Dickenson and Wainee. There are stop signs on Wainee and
traffic along Dickenson is go-through. But that is not what happens.
Many
people (mostly tourists) assume it is a four way stop even if they are
travelling along Dickenson!

People wave each other through. People who have the stop sign don't.
People who don't have the stop sign stop. In other words, Dickenson and
Wainee is the most random place on this planet and Chaos Theory was
likely
started by a physicist vacationing on Maui and forced to cross these two
streets each day he was here.

YOUTH CENTER, SPECIAL OLYMPICS HAVE THREE CHEERS FOR RACE WINNER

Roy E. Disney, set a new record with his yacht, the Pyewacket in the
Victoria to Maui International Yacht Race and to celebrate he donated $20
000 (half of it race winnings) to the West Maui Youth Center and the
Special
Olympics.

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There is other news but we need to get breakfast, drive to Lahaina for
air
(past Dickenson and Wainee) and then do our first dive so... cutting to
the
chase...
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NAPILI MARKET/Food Pantry Center Page Ad

SAVED!    SPAM and SPAM LITE are on sale this week at $1.69 a can. We were
down to   our second last can with my parents arriving Sunday. (My dad
will
eat the   stuff too.   My mom on the other hand has read the ingredients on
the
back of   the can.)

Crisp cucumbers are once again on sale for 79 cents a pound and with
lettuce
69 cents a pound, and what passes for tomatoes around here at 89 cents a
pound, you could toss together a fairly decent salad.

HAHAHAHAHAHHH.... Guess what?     Robitussin Cough Formula is on sale for
$3.49.

WHOA! We got us a deadly combination here - Romeo's Three Bean Salad,
Olympic Monterey Jack Cheese and Eggplant Parmigiana Entree. I won't
tell
you the sale prices for these because that would be socially
irresponsible.

There is a 50 cents off coupon for Hinode Calrose Rice but that's useful
only if you know how to cook real rice which I don't.

Campbell's Tomato Soup is on sale for 89 cents and HAHAHAHAHAHAHA.. their
Chicken Noodle Soup is the same price. Use it with the Robitussin for
those
nasty Maui colds.

For the Health Nuts among you, Healthy Choice Turkey Breast is on sale
for
$2.19 and stewed tomatoes are 99 cents a can.

What's THIS? Kleenex are on sale for $1.49. Use 'em with the chicken
noodle soup and Robitussin and you can pretend to be Canadians.

All manner of once living things are on sale in the meat department.
Pork,
beef, lamb, chicken, salmon are this week's choices.

>From the liquor department, we have Coors Beers again on sale this week
at
12 cans for $7.00. For the more refined tastes Sutter Home Wines are 2
for
$9.00.

Seagrams Canadian Whiskey is $9.99 and you will be helping our trade
imbalance if you buy some.

THE HARBOR REPORT

As I said earlier, there is no HARBOR REPORT for this week but that has
never stopped me so here is...

THE HARBOUR REPORT

MAUI SPORT FISHING ASSOCIATION TO MAKE FISHING OLYMPIC EVENT

Arthur J. Manik of the Couldn'tthinkofadecentname III, President of the
Maui
Sport Fishing Association has filed to make ocean sport fishing an
Olympic
Event and hopes to be accepted for the Olympics 2000 in Australia.
Manik,
recently returned from Atlanta, reported that talks with Olympic
officials
went splendidly indeed.
Details need to be worked out not the least of which is how to train
marlin
and billfish and get them to peak the summer of the year 2000. Manik
reported Maui's boat captains have geared up and are convinced boats and
crew will be ready for the next Olympics.

Conditioning and training for the fish however is the subject of lively
debate. In the meantime, the Happy Howzit and her crew of four picked up
several thousand beach sandals floating off West Maui beaches. No people
were retrieved wearing them however.

Meanwhile along Front Street sandals are on sale at $2.00 a dozen.

That's it for this week's Lahaina News boys and girls. It is exactly one
hour since I started this report. The day is even nicer than what I
described earlier. Through the binoculars I can see the first brown
shell
with head poking up facing south. Turtles are going to be in a good mood
today what with the ocean this calm, the sky this blue, the sun this
sunny.

I want all readers presently not in Hawaii to know I think of you at
times
like this and understand. Maui is the most powerful addiction there is.
Withdrawal begins when you realize it will soon be time to leave and
doesn't
stop until your plane touches down in Kahalui again.

MAN we got us an amazing day shaping up here... ocean is just busting out
with promise!

Aloha nui loa

--
                       ^                  Ursula Keuper-Bennett
                      0 0                 Mississauga, Ontario
             /V^\     I I     /^V\        Email: howzit@io.org
           /V     Turtle Trax     V\      Visit the Turtle Trax Cartoon
at:
         /V      Forever Green     V\
http://www.io.org/~bunrab/toon.htm

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LAHAINA NEWS SUMMARY for August 1 - August 8, 1996
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By Ursula Keuper-Bennett <howzit@io.org>

This summary is being typed out on July 29th on the lanai as the first
rays of the sun light up the ocean which is very low tide because it is
full moon time an awkward sentence I know.

WEATHER REPORT
The sun has just risen and it is 5:59 Hawaiian time if you can believe a
watch that has had 1 000 plus dives on it. The sky is a most remarkable
colour. Near the zenith it is a very pale blue but scanning towards the
horizon it actually turns yellow. But in the last 10 degrees is a riot
of
oranges, magentas, violets, and indigos that you swear the horizon is a
Guinness Book of Records rainbow laid on its side.

Molokai has its battleship gray clouds already gathered. Must have done
so last night when I was sleeping. Lanai has just the few early morning
wisps but there is a spike in one of the clouds that is lit up electric
pink by the morning sun. Palm fronds are gently swaying and then right
before my eyes is ocean.

Ocean is calm but not the millpond calm that makes diving so
extraordinary. Ocean reflects sky so it is blue and yellow everywhere
but
around Molokai where ocean appears dark and brooding. I am still waiting
for the first turtle head to pop. Birdies are singing and none have
shown
up to beg breakfast at my lanai yet. I am drinking Kona coffee - Maui
Blend - from Sir Wilfred's and it's time for a second cup.

KAMEHAMEHA III SEEKS VOLUNTEERS

King Kamehameha Elementary is looking for volunteers to help install a
computer network system from August 19-23rd. The computer network will
give each classroom access to the Internet and enable students to explore
the World Wide Web. Volunteers will help defray labour costs estimated
at
$125 000.

WHOA! That's hard to believe. Even if King Kam school had 125
classrooms
there is no way installing a computer in a classroom costs $10 000 US.

DOE NOT SURE IF RECENT LAHAINA INTERMEDIATE UNIFORM VOTE IS VALID

Out of 550 families qualified to vote at Lahaina Intermediate, only 105
did so. 95 voted for uniforms. Since less than 25% of the families
voted, the state Department of Education has its shorts in a knot.

(ed. Why? Only 25% of people bother to vote for municipal elections and
THEY go through? The 75% who didn't vote sent THEIR message - "We don't
care". Simple)

HONOLUA DITCH WATER AGREEMENT "BOGGED DOWN" CRADDICK SAYS

There's a kerfuffle over water again. Different kerfuffle, different
stream but the main player is still Maui Land and Pine. This time it has
to do with getting enough water for a new residential and resort
development planned for West Maui.

EDITORIAL
Yup. Just as I thought. The editorial is about the Lahaina Intermediate
uniform vote. The Lahaina News is clearly disgusted with the poor voting
turnout and concludes it is the result of apathy. Bottom line? Go ahead
with what the people who bothered to show up decided on and you can blame
me for the wording not the Lahaina News.

(NOTE: Several pages in the rest of the paper is reserved for the MAUI
ONION FESTIVAL so I will cut to the chase)

NAPILI MARKET/Food Pantry Center Page Ad

Sweet honeydew melons are on sale for 49 cents a pound but Safeway has
them for 29 cents a pound. I bought TWO! (melons not pounds)

Sweet whole watermelons are 25 cents a pound and that is the cheapest
thing on the page.

A freshly made 8 inch Dobash Cake is $6.99 and if I knew what a Dobash
cake was I could tell you if that was a good price or not.

Meadow Gold Very Special Ice Cream is $3.99 for a half gallon. They
don't
say what their Very Ordinary Ice Cream is selling for this week.

Johnson and Johnson Dental Floss is $1.19 for 50 yards.

Prego Spagetti Sauce is   $1.79 for 30 ounces and cleverly placed close by
is an ad for Wisk Ultra   Liquid Detergent at $3.79 for 50 ounces because
everyone knows any kind   of spagetti sauce goes directly to any clothing
you put on for the very   first time.

Van Camp's Kidney Beans are 69 cents a can but big deal.   I have been
getting them at that price all summer.

Morton Salt is on sale at 69 cents but don't use them to sprinkle on
little birdies' tails.

For those of you environmentally irresponsible, Oscar Mayer Lunchables
are
$1.59 at 4.5 ounces and all the excess packaging you ever dreamt of.

Budlight is on sale at $6.99 a 12 pack while REAL beer Steinlager or
Corona Extra is $5.99 for a 6 pack.

WOW! Chicken thighs and drumsticks are 99 cents a pound if you buy the
Value Pack and have a family of 8 minimum.

(ed. It is 6:35 and my sweetie just got up, eyes like peeholes in the
snow, hair like a birch broom with the fits, coffee cup in hand looking
like the morning after. Sky is now stronger blue and horizon pale
yellow.
Molokai's clouds are throwing white and there is a fishing boat working
its way north. And speaking of fishing boats, it's time for.... )
THE HARBOUR REPORT

This one I will just quote.

"A QUICK FIGHT, BUT A GREAT SHOW

"LAHAINA - Quick and no problems describes the marlin captured aboard the
Islander II by Bob Benson. Bob cranked a 485 pound blue to the boat in
30
minutes on 50 pound test line with Capt. Sal Tarantino." Mr. Benson
however, had forked over $600 for the 7 hour fishing trip. An economics
major from Cal Tech, he figured 30 minutes was just 1/14 of 7 hours and
so
he should only have paid $42.86.

The Islander II cruised into Lahaina with Benson and Tarantino in furious
debate over financial matters.

In the meantime the Happy Howzit had its Seniors' Special and took six
octogenarians for a fishing trip along Lanai's south coast. The seniors
saw a large pod of dolphins and preferred watching them and so the
fishing
gear sat unused. During the trip the Happy Howzit, removed three plastic
bags, one gallon plastic jug and a no-name sneaker from the ocean.

That's it for another Lahaina News summary. We got us another really
terrific Hawaiian day here. Interesting sky shaping up. Exactly half
the
sky is clean blue, the other (Northern half) is crammed with clouds. A
sparrow has just landed on the railway squawking for a handout. Husband
is busy watching TV and hasn't squawked about breakfast yet.

smile... and then as if on cue, a rainbow has just formed exactly in the
clear blue southern half of the sky. It is so big I can only see 1/4 of
the thing. Used to hear about there being a pot of gold at the end of a
rainbow. All the rainbows here on Maui I ever see stop right out in the
ocean.

Couple weeks back I trained my binoculars to the very end of a rainbow
and
a turtle head popped up right through all the colours. One of so many
special memories I will take back with me this summer.

Aloha and best regards.

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LAHAINA NEWS SUMMARY for July 25th - August 1, 1996
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By Ursula Keuper-Bennett <howzit@io.org>

This summary is being typed out on July 29th on the lanai as the first
rays of the sun light up the ocean which is very low tide because it is
full moon time an awkward sentence I know.

WEATHER REPORT

We got weather here -- one of those patently blue Hawaiian skies with
clouds just along the horizon where they won't bother you. Molokai
already has its share of clouds. Lanai to my left is just beginning her
daily cloud gathering. We got gentle trades and already there is a hint
of whitecaps in the channel. Soon Glenn James will come on with the Maui
Weather Report and confirm West Maui will have a really terrific day.

IF IT'S OK WITH YOU....

Yesterday we did three dives, the first through a pod of dolphins,
clicking and whistling all around us. One looked me right in the eyes.
Three dives poops out these two almost fifty-built-for-comfort divers. I
vowed to get up early to summarize the Lahaina News but slept in. We
would like to get in another three dives today and to do that this
summary
must be cut short. But no worry, the important parts like the centre
page
ad and the Harbour Report will get complete treatment.

LIS PARENTS VOTE SUPPORT FOR SCHOOL UNIFORM POLICY

At a meeting at Lahaina Intermediate School most parents agreed with the
idea of school uniforms. They felt it was "worth a try". I think they
were referring to doing something about discipline problems. Some
speakers cited instances of other schools in other districts that have
met
with fewer suspensions and discipline concerns when they adopted
uniforms.

There ya go.

FARE HIKE OKAYED FOR MOLOKAI FERRY

Adult one-way fare went from $25 to $40 and children's from $12.50 to
$20.00. The fare increase was necessary for Sea Link of Hawaii (the
ferry
company) to stay in business.

The ferry, the Maui Princess is able to carry up to 150 passengers but
the
average trip carries only 40 people. With this fare increase, there may
be even less...

AMFAC CONSIDERS TIME SHARE AT NORTH BEACH

Six six-story buildings will provide a total of 280 one and two bedroom
units and will be crammed on a 14 acre lot at Airport Beach. This will
be
a time share project called The "Kaanapali Vacation Club".

(ed. Airport Beach is one of THE BEST shore diving spots on West Maui...
I guess fairly soon we will refer to it in the past tense. Amfac invites
"its neighbors" for reaction to their "preliminary proposal". I know
what
this means. There is a meeting. The residents oppose the project. It
goes ahead anyway.)

Time pressures now force me to proceed directly to the:

NAPILI MARKET/Food Pantry CENTER PAGE AD

By the way, a few days ago I dropped by the Food Pantry and managed to
get
some papayas on sale for $1.49 a pound.

For the first time in MONTHS, this section is not advertising Red Flame
Seedless Grapes on sale. Fresh whole canteloupes are 49 cents a pound
though and I bought one there but haven't eaten it yet.

Crisp cucumbers on are sale at 69 cents a pound. Should have gone there
because the ones at Safeway were kind of on the limp side. There is only
one thing worse than a limp cucumber.

....a limp pickle.   They don't go crunch as advertised.

(Before I start getting lots of email on the above, please remember this
is a FOOD report...)

Again, for those people who have lost confidence with the West Maui
groundwater supply, bottled water is on sale at 99 cents a gallon.

Van Camp's Pork and Beans are two cans for a dollar and Western Family
Basic Diapers are $3.99 for a carton and paper towels are 89 cents a roll
not that I am implying any relationship here --they are just placed that
close together on the page.

Corned beef hash is on sale at $1.79 a can and Arm and Hammer Baking Soda
is 79 cents.

If you like beer, too bad ---there is none -- but Miller is on sale at
$6.79 for a 12 pack.

Gallo Livingston Cellar Wines are on sale at 2 for $9.00. for the 1.5
liter vats. I think they are called Cellar Wines because that's where
most people drink them,
....and the MOMENT we have ALL been waiting for!

THE HARBOUR REPORT!

I will quote.   "EXACT ENJOYS BRIDGE PARTY NEAR LANAI"

and I quote again... "LAHAINA - The Exact found itself in the middle of
a
billfish bridge party with 3 to 4 marlin over 400 pounds" all resting at
the bottom drinking beer and smoking cigars. Actually there were exactly
four of them and they were there for their monthly Bridge game.

Marlin and his wife Marlene travelled all the way from Kona just to smoke
cigars and enjoy the evening with their good friends Clarence and Edna.
Then the Exact showed up. All four found the lures dropped in their
faces
rather distracting but continued their game well into the late afternoon.

After an hour of no action, the Exact moved further along the coast where
it met the Happy Howzit bringing in its catch of a 500 pound fishing net
recklessly set adrift off the Molokai coast.

YIKES! "Good morning, how you feelin'?" It's Glenn James with his Maui
weather report coming on TV... He just said it is a "BEAUTIFUL morning
out
there". Told ya so! Time out.. have to go watch. Covers computer so no
sparrows crap on the lid.. I'm back. Glenn has a really nice brown-black
Hawaiian shirt on and has promised us a "very clear and beautiful day"
and
I believe him.

Lastly there is now enough sun to see the details in the ocean. She
grabs
binoculars to look at Turtle House action. AH HAH! Just as I thought..
no turtle heads popping up. They're watching Glenn James too right now.

That's it for this week's Lahaina News.   Aloha nui loa.

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LAHAINA NEWS SUMMARY for July 18th - July 25th, 1996
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By Ursula Keuper-Bennett <howzit@io.org>
This summary is being typed out at you the morning of July 19th at 5:50
am
Hawaiian time. I've missed too many sunrises lately so here I am
supervising this one. To the north the sky is pale yellow/blue but to
the
south over Lanai it is cotton candy day-glo orange. In between it
promises
to be another patented Hawaiian summer day.

Molokai is battleship gray, its clouds streaked vertically and to the
north
the streaks obscure the island altogether. YIKES! The streak swings all
the way to the north and wraps itself around north Maui too. It's
raining
here too.

The ocean has a swell running through it. There is a constant shush and
thunk from where the waves hit the seawall --the kind of swell that
photographers enjoy but divers would rather see elsewhere. As I type
serious clouds are rolling east to west and eating up what promised to be
blue Hawaiian sky. Pooh....

LAHAINA NEWS

1/4 page photo of the Lahaina Jodo Mission where the annual O-Bon
Festival
was held. Crowds gathered to watch Japanese folk dancing and the
Floating
Lantern Ceremony where they set lanterns out to sea.

POLICE NEED HELP TO IDENTIFY BODY FOUND AT NAKALELE

Lahaina police need help in identifying a male who jumped into the ocean
at
a "Rave" party at Nakalele Point Saturday night. A fire rescue crew
recovered the mid-section of the victim. It appeared to have been "hit
hard
by a shark".

WATERSHED COMMITTEE HEARS ABOUT SEAWEED, RUNOFF AND WELL PROTECTION

Government officials and private citizens interested in environmental
protection met at the quarterly meeting of the West Maui Watershed
Project
Advisory Committee. Much of the evening was spent discussing the problem
of
nuisance seaweed, finding better ways to control storm runoff and
protecting
local drinking wells.

DIAL "D" FOR DATABASE AT THE LAHAINA LIBRARY

On Monday and Tuesday, July 22/23, the Lahaina Library will help acquaint
library patrons with the new automated system called DYNIX. Patrons will
be
able to order material for pick-up at other branches and for the first
time,
access the Internet.

EDITIORIAL   The title "BED AND BREAKFASTS SHOULD BE LEGALIZED" says it
all.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - One from County Council and two dumping on Moses
Kanahele for his letter about the Whale Sanctuary appearing in last
week's
paper.

QUESTION OF THE WEEK:   Where is your favourite beach and why?

(Considering this is an election year, these questions of the week read
like
the kinds you would ask beauty contestants of Miss Universe figuring
surely
EVERYONE has an answer for this one....)

OK. three males, two females and all had a favourite beach. Everyone
reported on a different beach because it was "quiet", "nice for my
daughter", "nice place to surf", has "good diving", "is the one I go to
the
most" and "has a lot of naked people around".

NAPILI MARKET/Food Pantry CENTRE PAGE AD

Pooh, no SPAM or papayas AGAIN THIS WEEK!

Always Pantiliners are on sale for 99 cents an 18-carton.   (I like to get
the best stuff out of the way first...)

Hormel Vienna Sausages (York Dorks as they are called by some Canadians)
are
on sale for 59 cents a can.

Tombstone (unfortunate name for a pizza) pizzas are on sale at 3 for
$10.00
and there is a 50 cent coupon for a 20 pound bag of rice if you'd rather
have something healthy.

I Can't Believe It's Not Butter is on sale for $1.49 a tub and that
sounds
HUGE and a bargain only the tub is 2/8 ounces and you CAN believe it's
not
butter.

Kal Kan dog food is on sale for 59 cents so Bowser should be happy this
week...

T-bone steaks are $4.99 a pound and ground beef is 99 cents a pound.   For
the vegetarians, there are chicken thighs and niblets corn on sale.
Red Flame Seedless Grapes are $1.29 a pound and honeydew melons are 60
cents
a pound.

WOW! I DIDN'T KNOW THIS! Paul Masson Carafe Wines are on sale at 2 for
$7.00!!! It's usually 2 for 8.. TIME FOR ME TO STOCK UP! (When your
ears
turn red after the first glass of wine, it doesn't matter WHAT you drink
so
I go cheap..)

NO HARBOR REPORT THIS WEEK so as usual, I am forced to make something up.

HARBOR REPORT

The Fifteenth Annual Go-Grabbum West Maui Fishing Tournament was a great
success. A record seventeen boats plied the waters of West Maui for fish
and caught of record of 11 000 pounds of fish so far. The top five boats
are the Can'tthinkofadecentname III, Bop-doo-wah, Happy Howzit, Limu and
the
Summdumm (without its captain who is still facing charges re. last week's
fiasco).

The largest fish caught so far was a blue marlin at 530 pounds by the
BookumDanno. The tournament, which will last all weekend, has attracted
participants from all over the world.

WHOA! WHAT'S THIS?? Oh.... Roxana's Hari Affair ad... I thought the
Lahaina News had finally accepted advertisements for those seedy
telephone
sex type things. You know, some babe looks seductively from a newspaper
ad
and says she is ready for your phone call so long as you provide your
mastercard number? Well all three bim..or ladies in THIS ad look more
like
they await your call than are interested in their hairdos.

For the gentlemen in the reading audience, you might consider hanging out
at
the Kahana Gateway and let us know if Roxana's really DOES turn out such
fine products....

On the same page, Jameson's Bar and Grill has Rack of Lamb for $12.95 as
an
alternative to Roxana's.

WEATHER REPORT for July 20th.

Same as yesterday only later in the day. Ocean is West Maui Red which is
now what happens any time there is a little swell working. Molokai is
shrouded in white-gray-violet haze and Lanai is already trapping its
daily
share of clouds.
Should be another beautiful Maui day.    Wherever you are, I hope you enjoy
yours. Aloha nui loa

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LAHAINA NEWS SUMMARY for July 11th - July 18th, 1996

By Ursula Keuper-Bennett    email:      howzit@io.org

This summary is being typed out at you the morning of July 12th at 7:23
am
Hawaiian time. I am typing with one eye on the notepad screen, one eye
on
the calm West Maui ocean and one eye on the birdies what come begging for
handouts and when they don't get any come strutting right into the condo
inspecting the carpets.

It is clear my most popular feature last week was the impromptu weather
report so here I go.

IMPROMPTU WEATHER REPORT

I got up too late and missed the sunrise but at 7:25 am Hawaiian time we
got
us a pale blue sky with white cotton candy blowing across. Along the
horizon are the white billowy clouds you will accept because they could
be
big fat dark rainclouds that dump red soil into your ocean with the
assistance of the Army Corps of Engineers.

The ocean reflects sky and as Maui Weatherman, Glenn James reported, we
are
getting the very first signs of a swell. Nothing for us divers to worry
about.. they shush and don't crash. Molokai is in a modest mood today
wearing a full compliment of clouds and Lanai is just beginning to put on
its show. The tallest palms are swaying gently - the shorter ones
haven't
gotten the idea yet. One guy is waist deep in the ocean with a large
white
plastic pail picking limu... the guy, not the pail.

And now on to the LAHAINA NEWS SUMMARY

RESIDENT PROVIDES CRUCIAL LINK IN A CHAIN OF SURVIVAL

West Maui resident Al Kwiecinski's recently donated a $6 000
defribillator
to the Napili Fire Station. This is a crucial piece of equipment needed
to
assist people suffering from fibrillating hearts. What was interesting
to
read is every fire station in Molokai has one but not a relatively
prosperous community like West Maui. Kwiecinski just changed that.

The other thing interesting in this article is how community donations
and
contributions of $600 000 helped to build the Napili Fire Station.

PYEWACKET MAY BREAK VIC-MAUI RACE RECORD

The Pyewacket crossed the finish line of the Victoria-Maui International
Yacht Race at 2:36:30 am and race officials believe this will shatter the
old time set by the Merlin in 1992.

YESSS! I can hear Maui Weatherman's Glenn James show music just come on.
We never miss his weather show! He has been giving us decent weather so
far.. and in our opinion he is the best weatherman on the planet. We
will
keep this opinion as long as the diving weather is good.

COMMUNITY MAY VOTE SOON ON UNIFORMS AT LIS

This article is about Lahaina Intermediate School considering school
uniforms for their youngsters. Recall last week a school in Kihei was
doing
the same thing. Uniforms are for people who think bullies and
disinterested
students can be turned 'round by a different set of threads.

EDITORIAL is about the school uniform issue. Let me quote. "Uniforms
are
certainly worth considering, and if the school needs change, why not
discuss
it now?"

So long as people don't expect magical things to happen once the
youngsters
all look alike. Teaching won't be easier, kids won't get bullied any
less
and no kid will all of a sudden see the light and actually do the
homework
he had always avoided in the past.

COMMUNITY CORNER

I don't normally cover this but there is a disgusting piece of news here.
There were flags flying for the Fourth of July throughout Lahaina. Seems
there were US flags and Hawaiian flags flapping happily all along Front
Street. PEOPLE STOLE THE FLAGS! Like how LOW can you get?! And the
most
popular were the Hawaiian flags. Of the 70 Hawaiian flags they now have
less than five. "less than five" can mean four and it can also mean
none.

Here is an interesting sentence. For next year "better and stronger
methods
of securing the flags" will be devised. (I suggest a strong 10 000 watt
electric jolt for those getting a charge out of ripping off the Lahaina
community).

(I will now rush this report. It is 5 to 8, the ocean is so calm and
through my binoculars I can see two brown turtle shells floating above
the
Turtle House. The sun is beating up more clouds, a steady stream from
Molokai, all along the north horizon and then up into the West Maui
mountains. Birdies are chirping and Glenn James is talking about
sunshine
and he is right because I am presently experiencing this.

NAPILI MARKET/Food Pantry CENTRE PAGE AD

YES! SPAM and SPAM LITE are on sale at $1.69 a can.   Decent price but I
still got 10 cans from when we first arrived.

C & H granulated sugar is on sale at $1.99 per 5 pounds.   I wonder what
it
would cost without subsidy....

Both zucchini, leaf lettuce and broccoli are all on sale at 99 cents a
pound.

The red things they call "fresh ripe tomatoes" are on sale for 89 cents a
pound.

Stayfree Maxi Pads are $2.99 (24 per carton). If you suspect a leaker in
your underwater camera housing, these things work well. Cut into tiny
strips they can cover a puka-ding on your husband when he accidentally
slammed his thumb on his camera housing, not that this actually happened
last week or anything...

Bud Light and all manner of beers, wines and liquor is on sale for those
who
are interested in such stuff.

Ground beef is 99 cents a pound if you buy the Value Pack and don't mind
30%
fat.

HARBOR REPORT

MAUI CREW HOOKS A BEAUTY OFF KONA

The fishing crew of the Summdumm were involved in an international
incident
last week. Seems Captain of the Summdumm, Biggin Dumm was using fishing
net
illegally off the Kona Coast of the Big Island.

Taking only her second SCUBA lesson was Ingrid Tannenbaum 1996 Miss West
Germany of West Germany. Only into her first fifteen minutes underwater
she
was suddenly scooped up by a large fishing net and dragged along for over
2
miles.

Only much later did the Summdumm haul up the net. To their surprise they
discovered the most beautiful SCUBA diver they had ever seen, a medium
sized
Hawaiian Green sea turtle and a very angry Hawaiian monk seal.

The United States is presently apologizing its best to the West German
government for almost drowning its 1996 Miss Universe contestant.
Captain
Dumm is having to explain mightily why he was dragging such a net to the
National Marine Fisheries Service who does not take kindly to its sea
turtles and monk seals getting caught in illegal nets.

On the same day this was happening, the crews of the Happy Howzit brought
in
a 545 pound marlin and the boat the Republican Agenda caught 450 weke off
the Lahaina coast.

It is now 8:15 Hawaiian time. We got us another fine Hawaiian day here..
clouds circling the horizon but blue sky where it really counts... right
over our dive site at Honokowai.

For anyone interested in our weekly sea turtle summary, aim your browsers
at
the following URL.


Aloha nui loa

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LAHAINA NEWS SUMMARY for July 4th - July 11th, 1996.

I am happy to report this summary is being brought to you by a Canadian
IN
Maui typing this off the lanai while looking for turtle heads popping out
of
the ocean. I apologize for missing the last two editions of the Lahaina
News but we have been rather busy with packing and procrastinating.

Presently practically all of our day is spent diving with the turtles,
summarizing our dive logs and recording behavioural information and
reviewing video. We also have to remind ourselves we are on "vacation".

For anyone interested in our sea turtle summaries, you can read them at
the
following URL:

   http://www.io.org/~bunrab/happen.htm#asit

Now with the excuses out of the way...


WEATHER REPORT

It is 7:40 am and the ocean is somewhat calm. Silt from last Saturday's
rain still makes it look murky. The palm fronds are gently swaying and I
hope it stays that way. Nasty trades churn up the ocean and flood your
snorkel on the way out to your dive site. The sky is Hawaiian Blue and
Molokai and Lanai are already trapping the clouds for the day.

On to the Lahaina News

FRONT STREET PROJECT MOVING ALONG, AS CONSTRUCTION STARTS ON SIDEWALKS

The $9.5 million Front Street Improvement project has been taking place
between 11 pm and 9 am. I hope that doesn't mean that is the only time
we
would notice the improvements....

ALANO CLUB HELPS PEOPLE IN RECOVERY

The Alano Club has been formed so there is a place for recovering
alcoholics
to go to socialize. Club vice president comments that there are dozens
of
bars in Lahaina but no support place for those battling alcoholism. Now
there is.

STATE PICKS OCEANIT FOR ALGAE CLEANUP GRANT

The state has approved a $75 000 business start up grant to remove
seaweed
from Maui's nearshore waters.

VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT TO MONITOR WEST MAUI'S WATERS

Volunteers are needed to help monitor turbidity and algae blooms in West
Maui's waters. Twice a month, community volunteers measure the severity
of
water problems at 28 beaches in Maui. For more information, call Marc
Hodges at 573-2267. Hodges is looking for volunteers who will take
measurements during and after rainstorms.

EDITORIAL - is about the degradation of the ocean along West Maui and the
Lahaina News editorial encourages residents to get involved.

QUESTION OF THE WEEK

What is your favourite recreational activity?

Five respondents. All five mentioned ocean activities. Hope they get
involved in monitoring conditions off their coastline....

NAPILI MARKET/ Food Pantry CENTER PAGE AD

Actually went to the Pantry two days ago to get some stamps. The lady
said
"Sorry we close at 4:30." It was 4:29.... Must have gotten pointers from
our CANADIAN postal service!

Crisp cucumbers are on sale for 69 cents a pound.   Limp ones are
considerably cheaper.

Red seedless grapes are a bargain at $1.39 a pound.

Brie cheese is $4.99 a pound and Coor's Beer is on sale at $9.99 for an
18
pack. Fortunately Listerine mouthwash is also on sale for $3.69 for the
500
ml bottle. You'll need to guzzle the whole thing if you consume both
cheese'nbeer.

Natural mountain water is on sale for 89 cents for those of you who have
lost confidence in the natural water wells along West Maui since the EPA
has
approved the injection wells.

One caution - Minute steak is on sale for $4.99 a pound and you would
THINK
that minute refers to the time required to cook it. NOT TRUE! It refers
to
the SIZE of the meat portion. So be forewarned!

Gummybears are on sale for 59 cents a pound IF you can prove you were at
the
Soc/al.culture hawaii function at Sharkstooth yesterday. For technical
writers they are free but you have to carry them out in your stomach.

Propane gas is available for the asking provided you are prepared to mow
the
lawn off Honokowai Beach Park and drive your truck in all the way from
Kahalui.

Papayas aren't on sale and in fact they were $1.79 a pound at Safeway and
they were greenies! No SPAM on sale either although it was $1.39 a can
at
Safeway on the day we arrived and we bought 15 cans of SPAM LITE.

NOW THE MOMENT YOU HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR...

THE HARBOR REPORT

REEL HOOKER LANDS YEAR'S SECOND BEST

This is an article about the Happy Howzit and four technical writers who
chartered this fishing boat for July 1st. There is the usual description
about searching for the big fish and the men casting their new Acme
Thunderer Proficient R-2000 fishing reels complete with complicated
owners'
manuals.

Fistfights broke out when one of the tech writers commented on how
ponderous
the wording was in the first paragraph of the Flyby Willie Lure and Plug.
Seems the guy who wrote the manual was on the boat and overheard the
comment.

Police and government officials had to be called in to quell the
scuffling.
Further down the coast the fishing boat the Reel Hooker landed the second
best marlin of the 1996 season... and they didn't even need a user's
manual
to do it.

It is now 6:07 pm Hawaiian time as I put the finishing touches on   this
summary. I want everyone to know my Canadian email address works    if you
want to send me messages. The sun is moving its way lower in the    sky and
I
really do want to get a snorkel in before it sets. It is hard to    work on
computer when there is Hawaii outside!

Aloha nui loa and best regards

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LAHAINA NEWS SUMMARY for June 6 - June 13, 1996 -------------------------
----------------------------- by Ursula Keuper-Bennett <howzit@io.org>

LAHAINA NEWS, the Little Paper That Could - Eyes on West Maui This
summary is being filled out IN Canada by a Canadian who subscribes to the
Lahaina News and wishes she was in Hawaii right now. --------------------
------------------------------------------------- SAD NEWS     LAHAINA
INTERMEDIATE MOURNS TEACHER'S DEATH

Lahaina Intermediate School teacher Pollyann Van Zweden (45) died in a
five-car automobile accident near McGregor Point after a 1982 Ford Bronco
driven by a 26 year old Kihei man crossed the centre line. Police suspect
the driver may have been drinking prior to the crash. The amount of crush
that the vehicles sustained will help to determine whether speed was a
factor in the accident.

Six people were treated in hospital including the Bronco driver.

Upon hearing of her death, a school committee was organized to help the
faculty and student body deal with the tragedy.

AN USUAL CATCH

Small photo of a ghost net being hauled onto Lahaina Harbour. Gemini
Charters estimated there was 600 poounds of mixed netting floating in the
ocean a quarter mile off Kaanapali. The netting was a deathtrap for many
fish including a marlin.

(Note: My husband   and I are familiar with Gemini Charters as they drive
over top of us in   Honokowai ocean almost every day on their way north. We
however are in 50   feet of water when they go past. We want to thank them
for caring enough   to remove the net as a hazard.)

EDITORIAL   HELP PREPARE FOR THE WORST

The editor writes that Maui has been pretty lucky in recent summers and
that hurricanes that could easily trash West Maui have fizzled out before
they did any real damage. This editorial is a reminder not to let our
guard up.

The Letters to the Editor are about cane harvest dust, library land, and
the Graduation Project.

QUESTION OF THE WEEK (I don't like the new format. I prefer the landscape
style to the new up'ndown which looks haphazard and
disorganized. Question is, "What can be done to make our roads safer?"
Interesting question in light of the teacher killed on Maui's road that
week. Three males, two females.

The males respond:

One lane highways are dangerous. We need an H-1 freeway, away from
traffic, near the beach.

(Sure.. but where would you PUT it?)

Light up the streets, enlighten the people. Mix in a little love and
respect.
We need more traffic lights on major intersections and more patrolmen
observing drivers instead of waiting for something to happen.

The females respond:

(Oops! I was hoping for better answers from the females but get this...)

More room for bike lanes

Roads and bike lanes should be marked as to direction and signs should be
posted.

(So there...)

PATROL IS DETERRING CRIME AT BEACHES

Remember a while back about that citizen volunteer group that would
patrol remote beaches like Honolua Bay? Well about 28 people have stepped
forward and are helping out. It appears no crimes have been committed
while the patrols are in place.

***OF INTEREST from the Summarizer of the Lahaina News***

Last week I announced I would not have the time to summarize the paper
while I was on Maui because I preferred to spend my time on sea turtle
work. I got two responses who both said the same thing.

They said, don't worry about summarizing the news, just summarize the
Harbor Report and the NAPILI MARKET/Food Pantry centre page ad! I am
BAFFLED!

Anyway, I know that when I get my Lahaina News, these are the two
features I enjoy the most too so I just want to announce no matter what,
I will summarize them each week.

Now, boys and girls, back to our regular programme.

NAPILI MARKET/Food Pantry Centre Page Ad

OH MAN LOOK AT THIS! Sweet whole watermelon at 19 cents a pound AND Red
Flame Seedless grapes for $1.69. WHOA! and sale on two different types of
beer Budweiser at $9.99 for a case of 18 and FAR FAR WORSE, Pete's Wicked
Ale at $6.99 for a six-pack.

HOKEY SMOKE and Van Camp's Pork and Beans at 2 cans for a dollar.

AND NO WHERE ON THIS PAGE IS THERE A GOVERNMENT WARNING ABOUT CONSUMING
THE ABOVE ITEMS TOGETHER IN ONE SITTING!

Chicken Adobo is on sale for $4.99 a pound and since I haven't a clue
what that is I don't know if it a good price or not.

Hormel smoked turkey is on sale at $5.99 a pound but who would want to
smoke turkey?
Coral Chunk Light Tuna is on sale again at 65 cents a can. I can't make
out a dolphin safe label so be sure it's there before you buy.

French's Squeeze Mustard is on sale for 99 cents but make SURE you rotate
the top counterclockwise BEFORE you squeeze or you'll be wearing yellow.

Pork Butt is $1.59 a pound and Jumbo Hot Dogs are even cheaper at 99 a
package for you carnivores out there.

No SPAM or SPAM LITE today and as usual no papayas. I think they do this
deliberately to irritate us.

HARBOR REPORT

(Last week I had several people asking for additional information about
the marlin who strapped several pounds of dynamite to its body and
attacked a local fishing vessel. Apparently some of you found this
difficult to believe.

Worse, I had someone ask if the marlin, boat and crew were blown to
smitherines, how did I know the marlin weighed 535 pounds. The complete
story is slated to be viewed on next season's X Files so watch for it!)

TALE WALKER TAKES THE MAALAEA TOURNAMENT

This article summarizes the amazing feats of the fishing boat TALE WALKER
at the Maalea Tournament during the Memorial Weekend. Seems while the
boats, Finestkind, No Ka Oi, Kikbutt, Rubberducky and NewtGingrich
weren't looking, the crew of the TALE WALKER removed ALL marlin, tuna and
ahi from their decks and then chugged into Lahaina Harbor to claim these
fish as their own.

As a result the TALE WALKER took the Maalaea Tournament in addition to
the new record of 11 266 pounds of fish! Officials are investigating the
incident as I type.

That's it for another Lahaina News summary.

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LAHAINA NEWS SUMMARY for May 30 - June 6, 1996
------------------------------------------------------
by Ursula Keuper-Bennett <howzit@io.org>

LAHAINA NEWS, the Little Paper That Could - Eyes on West Maui
This summary is being filled out IN Canada by a Canadian who subscribes
to the Lahaina News and wishes she was in Hawaii right now.
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COUNTY AND STATE AT ODDS OVER SEA WALL

This article is about a stretch of the Honoapiilani Highway by Launiupoko
Park that is badly eroded. Presently there is disagreement as to the
best
way to deal with the problem.

The state Highways Division wants to build a revetment (something that
annoys county) to keep the highway intact during high surf but county
Planning Department worries a wall might make things worse.

CHEMICAL COMPANIES ASKED TO PAY FOR CONTAMINATED NAPILI WATER WELL

Several chemical companies have been named as defendants in a lawsuit
filed
by the county Board of Water Supply. According to the lawsuit, the
defendants "negligently, recklessly and intentionally failed to properly
control, apply and/or dispose of DBCP products."

QUESTION OF THE WEEK

What are your ways of beating the heat?

Two females, three males were approached. Answers ranged from "I drink
to I
look for women to get my mind off things." ...and you should have seen
what
the MALES answered with!

EDITORIAL

The editorial is about keeping the pressure on saving the "fastest
rideable
wave in the world".   Apparently when things are just right, Maalaea
attracts hundreds of people because of the waves there. The Army Corps
of
Engineers wants to construct a jetty. The Lahaina News clearly opposes
this.

Pages 6 and 7 are full of faces, 141 to be exact. I know. I counted
them.
The Lahaina News takes pride in congratulating the Lahainaluna Class of
1996.

NAPILI MARKET/Food Pantry

Fresh crisp cucumbers are on sale at 89 cents a pound and so are
canteloupes.

Chicken of the Sea Tuna is also on sale.   There is a dolphin safe label
so
enjoy this product at 79 cents a can.

Hormel chili is $1.29 a can and Ultra Wisk Liquid detergent will get the
stains from that can out of any shirt you might own.   Wisk is $3.99 per
50 oz.

Those of you living in Napili who worry about chemical contamination of
water can get the bottled stuff for 89 cents for 1 point 5 litres.

Fresh ground beef is $1.99 a pound and if you are too lazy to cook the
raw
stuff, there is a homemade meat loaf entree on sale for $3.99.

Coors beer is $12.99 for a 24.

HARBOR REPORT

"Marlin makes explosive run for Luckey Strike II"

WOW! The reporter sure chose his headline right! A 535 pound marlin was
seen to propel itself directly at the Luckey Strike II, a fishing boat
operating out of Lahaina. The fishers on board were at first amused at
the
sight.

When they became aware that the marlin had 13 pounds of dynamite strapped
around its girth, amusement turned to terror. A massive explosion was
reported off Kaanapali that blew out several windows in nearby hotels.

Little was recovered of either fish, human or boat. Witnesses from shore
continue to pick tiny slivers from all exposed parts of their bodies
however.

PUKA AND VINCE -   This week's cartoon celebrates Vince's intelligence.

PERSONAL NOTE*** In just under three weeks I will be on Maui. At that
point I will be spending much of my time either diving or working on
information regarding sea turtles in the area. Any time left I would
like
to use as relaxation because I have to remind myself I am on vacation.
As a
result, I will not be summarizing the Lahaina News during my stay. I am
letting you have a vacation too.   :-)


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LAHAINA NEWS SUMMARY for May 23 - May 30, 1996
----------------------------------------------
by Ursula Keuper-Bennett <howzit@io.org>

LAHAINA NEWS, the Little Paper That Could - Eyes on West Maui This
summary
is being filled out IN Canada by a Canadian who subscribes to the Lahaina
News and wishes she was in Hawaii right now.
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FRONT STREET PROJECT TRYING TO SMOOTH OUT PROBLEMS

This article is about the $9.5 million Front Street improvement project
that will take over a year to complete. Most of the work is done late at
night to avoid disrupting daytime and early evening business.

NUMBER ONE QUESTION WILL BE ANSWERED SOON

And what is the Number One Question for number one and number two? You
got it! It is OFFICIAL. Lahaina will receive $500 000 from County for
new public restrooms. There is so much excitement over this story it is
continued on the back of the paper!

SLAUGHTERHOUSE TRAIL WILL BE FIXED

The popular Slaughterhouse Beach has been earmarked for a 150 foot
concrete walkway and a wheel-chair access overlook. What this means is
it
will make it easier for tourists to run up from the beach when their cars
are broken into.

QUESTION OF THE WEEK

You GOTTA love this.    This week's question is about the Lahaina restroom!
Here it is!

The county has money for a public restroom building in downtown Lahaina.
Where do you think they should put the restrooms?

Five respondents, three males. (Note males have an easier time finding
Number One relief sites because of their anatomy so their responses will
be interesting) The lady says one is needed near Moose's and complains
about the one at the harbour. Apparently a lot of tourists use it and
the
facility runs out of toilet paper by 2 pm. (Good to know)

Second respondent, a male, confirms the harbour restrooms are too small
for the job. His last comment is, "We try to get the homeless out of
here, too." I am not sure what this refers to.

Third respondent, a female, confirms need to a bigger facility at the
harbour. She complains there are only two stalls and whoever cleans it
doesn't do a very good job.

The fourth, a male, votes for the harbour as well. The final respondent,
a male wants one right by the library because plenty of people surf
there.
(For those not familiar with Lahaina, people don't surf at the library
but
off the ocean directly makai of it)

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
One guy is all hyper about traffic problems between Kahana and Kaanapali.
Another blasts a letter that appeared last week re. airport extension.

EDITORIAL is all about the Front Street Improvement. WOW! I never
thought of this. Recall how the Front Street improvement is going on
late
at night for sake of businesses? Well the people LIVING and trying to
sleep in the area have had it after 3 weeks of banging and clanging and
backup horns going. The Lahaina News offers some solutions.

HARBOUR REPORT

506 pound Broadbill has been removed from Hawaiian ocean and is pictured
hanging upside down with a sheet of paper on it. Three humans pose
proudly with the fish.

NAPILI MARKET/Food Pantry Centre Page Ad

SPAM/SPAM LITE is on sale this week at $1.79 a can. Bumble Bee tuna is
59
cents a can and that makes it cheaper than a lot of cat food.

Duracell batteries are $2.59 for two and Kodak Film is priced at $3.49
for
a 24 roll.

Armour hot dogs are 89 cents a pack and Van Camp's Pork and Beans are 59
cents. Add Budweiser beer at $6.89 a 12 pack and you're all set.

Broccoli is 99 cents a bunch and you can kill the taste by washing the
stuff down with POG drink at $1.39.

Chicken thighs are $2.99 a pound.   Tattooed thighs are a dollar extra a
pound.

WOW! There are about four entire pages devoted to ads for the Ho'omana'o
Challenge. I will do what I do with most ads. Ignore them.

PUKA AND VINCE - Cute cartoon about a tourist complimenting Vince on his
music.

LAHAINA NEWS BACK ONLINE at:   http://www.maui.net/~mauiduck

That's it for this week.

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LAHAINA NEWS SUMMARY for May 2nd to May 9th, 1996 -----------------------
------------------------------- by Ursula Keuper-Bennett <howzit@io.org>

LAHAINA NEWS, the Little Paper That Could - Eyes on West Maui This
summary is being filled out IN Canada by a Canadian who subscribes to the
Lahaina News and wishes she was in Hawaii right now. --------------------
------------------------------------------------- FROM: The Earlier Than
Usual Department:

ACCUSED MACHETE ATTACKER HAS NEW CHARGES ADDED

If you recall in the last summary, Steven Stow, 40 was facing two charges
of attempted murder in two separate machete attacks. New criminal charges
have now been added. Stow faces first-degree murder charges and first-
degree terroristic threatening.

The new charge of attempted robbery was based on allegations that Stow
tried to take a bag from a homeless man in a parking lot attack at the
Lahaina Shopping Center. Stow, after his arrest, confessed to both
machete attacks.

RESIDENTS URGE EPA TO CURB USE OF INJECTION WELLS.

(Algae blooms, ocean quality are concerns)

This rather lengthy article is about the EPA hearing into the use of
injection wells in West Maui. Most of the 11 people who testified asked
the EPA to support reclamation of treated effluent.

EPA OFFICIALS QUESTIONED ABOUT WASTEWATER DISPOSAL

A related article also deals with the EPA/injection well hearings. Lots
of info and theories as to what is degrading the ocean off West Maui. I
will quote the last paragraph. "The rationale behind injection wells is
the pollution-control adage 'dilution is the solution to pollution,"
Fitzgerald said. "The ideal thing would be to re-use," she added.

AMFAC NOW ALLOWING SUNSET PICKNICKERS TO KAHEKILI PARK

If you recall ocean users were upset by Amfac's insistence on closing the
park at 6:30 pm. Amfac offered to keep the park open til 30 minutes after
sunset. Their concern is safety, primarily because the park is not
lighted and they have legitimate concerns about vandalism and liability
(the US is, after all, the Land of the Lawsuit)

Amfac is hanging tough on the night diving people though - saying, night
diving is not a wise thing to do. Amfac observes that sharks are out
feeding at night.

(From what I know most people who have been attacked by sharks have been
done in during the early mornings. Attacks on divers are rare in any
event... I'd be more worried about human predators skulking on the poorly
lit beach.
EDITORIAL Algae clean-up program makes sense

This entire article is about West Maui's algae problem. There is a
proposal to clean up the beaches presently stinking of hypnea. It has
been observed that the seaweed blight mars enjoyment of swimming and
actually contributes nutrients for more growth.

Many letters to the editor this week. Interesting and worrisome one from
Randy Draper who mentions that West Maui ocean has been red with silt for
the last three weeks!

NAPILI MARKET/Food Pantry

SPAM and SPAM LITE on sale this week at $1.59 a can! No papayas though.

Nice and soft bathroom tissue is 99 cents for 4 rolls or almost a quarter
a roll. Doesn't say what ply it is though.

Toothpaste and mouthwash on sale this week and bottled water is too for
those who have lost confidence in the drinking wells of West Maui.

Budweiser beer is $7.99 for a 12 pack but there are no grapes to
experiment with. The next closest sensation would be to grab and eat a
hard barely ripe canteloupe (99 cents a pound) and wash that down with
the brew. Convenient that toilet paper is on sale this week.

WOW! A large vat of Jack Daniel's whiskey is $13.99 and refried beans are
89 cents a can.

If you have gotten over the movie Babe, Hormel Virginia Ham is on sale
for $4.99 a pound.

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------- THE TIME OF THE MONTH -- (A dining report that is really just
restaurant ads go on for 7 pages only broken up by:

PUKA and VINCE

This cartoon is about mango season and the Law of Gravity.

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------- HONOKOWAI BEACH PARK SAND PROJECT CURRENTLY UNDER DESIGN

This article is about a beach replenishment project planned for Honokowai
Beach Park. Nature appeared to cooperate in that winter surf had scoured
and returned about 50% of the sand back to the beach.

Celebration will however, be as temporary as the sand now there.

HARBOR REPORT Silk Purse takes the Spring Wahine Tournament

The Harbor Report is back and this time even includes a picture. Three
men and a woman gather around an upside down marlin smiling (the people
not the marlin).
Here are a list of boat names that appear in this article. I have added
two fabricated names just for fun. See if you can tell the difference.

SILK PURSE AERIAL PEN 80W REEL HOOKER TAILWALKER OTHER WOMAN MO BETTA

BACK PAGE - For the fourth straight week the back page is a colour ad for
the
Kahana Ridge development. Lots start at $149 000 (US) and if you want a
home on it prices start at $310 000.

I got a feeling this isn't the affordable housing that was talked about
in the West Maui Community Plan of August 95.


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LAHAINA NEWS SUMMARY for April 25 to May 1st, 1996 ----------------------
-------------------------------- by Ursula Keuper-Bennett <howzit@io.org>

LAHAINA NEWS, the Little Paper That Could - Eyes on West Maui This
summary is being filled out IN Canada by a Canadian who subscribes to the
Lahaina News and wishes she was in Hawaii right now. --------------------
------------------------------------------------- FROM: The Better Late
than Never Department:

WITNESS DESCRIBES MACHETE ATTACK AT BANYAN TREE PARK

Yes folks, this machete attack occurred the week in which the Banyan tree
celebrated its 123rd birthday. Steven Stow, 40 has been charged with
attempted murder in the machete attack on homeless man, Douglas
Parkinson, 45. Stow has also been charged in another count of attempted
murder for a similar machete attack that occurred the night before in the
parking lot of the Lahaina Center.

Stow is presently being held of $200 000 bail.

CANCER SUFFERERS PLEASED BY STUDY

If you recall last week the Lahaina News reported on the high incidence
of breast cancer in Hawaii. Eve Clute, researcher, is presently gathering
data regarding high breast cancer rates. Hawaii women have been
contacting her and offering assistance in the study trying to determine
if there is a link between pesticide use and prevalence of breast cancer.

QUESTION OF THE WEEK

"What would you like to see the Lahaina Police do to combat crime in West
Maui?"

Five people surveyed. Three were males. The first, a male, feels West
Maui needs more police. The second, also male, said it's all pretty
mellow here and he just doesn't see any crime. Of course he was wearing
very dark sunglasses...
The third, a lady said, the Lahaina police are doing a pretty good job.
She feels the problem is in Kahului and Kihei and that the police are
rude over there.

The fourth, a male, (corrections officer) feels the answer is more
police. Finally, the fifth respondent, a female, thinks the police need
to walk the beat like in the old days (like when the bad guys also walked
around) and ride on horses (she commented - "that would be really cool.")
Like in the days when the bad guys also restricted themselves to horses.

EDITORIAL This editorial is about the Hawaiian sovereignty movement and
something about July 1st. I haven't a clue what it is about and figure I
got enough to think about with OUR sovereighty movement to worry about
another one.

HARBOR REPORT (YESSSS! It's back!)

MARLIN OF THE YEAR PUTS UP A FIVE-HOUR BATTLE

This article is about a 675 pound marlin putting up a five hour battle. I
will just quote the last paragraph. "Once the fish was secured, everyone
tried to haul it over the starboard side with the fin-pole but it
wouldn't budge. After struggling with it for half an hour, the marlin
finally slid over the stern and into the boat."

NAPILI MARKET/Food Pantry

Remember people, I procrastinated so long on the summary this sale has
been over a week ago. But here is what you could have bought the last
week of April.

Hormel Chili was 99 cents a can. Kraft Chunk Cheese was $1.29 and Golden
Train Spagetti was 69 cents for 16 ounces. Would have made you a decent
meal.

Tombstone pizzas were on sale for 3 for $9.99. Tombstone is an
unfortunate name for any food product however.

Hawaiian Coral Tuna is 63 cents for a 6 ounce can. Check for the dolphin
safe label.

Coors beer is on sale for 2 at $7.00.

Pork butt $1.49 a pound and Beef rump $1.99. Less rude animals parts are
more expensive.

PUKA and VINCE - This strip is about convincing people to vote for you
through
the use of physical violence.

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LAHAINA NEWS SUMMARY for April 18 - April 25, 1996
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by Ursula Keuper-Bennett <howzit@io.org>

LAHAINA NEWS, the Little Paper That Could - Eyes on West Maui
This summary is being filled out IN Canada by a Canadian who subscribes
to the Lahaina News and wishes she was in Hawaii right now.
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FROM THE BETTER LATE THAN NEVER Department

FRONT PAGE - There is a picture of three Lahainaluna student boarders
harvesting taro leaves. In the background, is a sketch of who I assume
to be
David Malo. There is an accompanying article.

FARMING TRADITION ALIVE AND WELL - This article is about the agricultural
activities at the Lahainaluna campus. I guess it is spring in Hawaii too
and the flowers are busting out all over and the students do their part
to
help keep the plants thriving. The students are responsible for nearly
all the grounds maintenance on the campus. Even growing food and raising
animals are part of their curriculum.

LAHAINALUNA TO CELEBRATE ITS STUDENTS, HISTORY

This article is also about Lahainaluna and how it plans to celebrate
their
biggest event of the year, David Malo Day. NOW I see why David Malo is
so
big! I quote, "Malo, who moved to Lahaina from the Big Island in 1823,
and
23 scholars formed the first class at Lahainaluna Seminary in 1831. That
makes their school the first U.S. educational institute west of the Rocky
Mountains.

LEIALI'I DISPUTE DESTINED FOR SUPREME COURT

There is scuffling going on over some ceded land. The land is slated for
housing but the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, and a group of Hawaiians
quickly filed suit to block the sale of the land. They feel ceded land
should remain in the public trust.

Anyway, we will be hearing about this one for a while.
NAHIENAENA 'MAYORS' GREEN MAUI'S MAYOR

Photo of Mayor Lingle stopping to talk to some students at Nahienaena
Elementary School. The accompanying article explains how Mayor Lingle
got
to meet the student mayors of each of the school's "towns".

Cute ending. Lingle asks a student mayor what was in her speech. The
kid
said "Follow the Ten Commandments." Lingle responded with "That's great!
I might use that in a speech myself, sometime."

BANYAN TREE TO TURN 123

On April 24th that wonderful Banyan Tree in Lahaina will be 123 years
old!
Everyone who has ever driven by, everyone who has been sheltered by its
leaves I am sure will wish it well and hope for another 123 years.

You know, in the early evenings when you are in that part of Lahaina, the
sounds of the sparrows and other birds settling down for the night in
that
tree is something to hear.

QUESTION OF THE WEEK - Very encouraging results to this one.

WHAT CAN BE DONE TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF MAUI'S WATERS?

Five people, three males, ALL seemed aware there were problems and ALL
were concerned. Here are their comments. One was concerned with silt
runoff and has personally witnessed reef deterioration. Another a surfer
was worried about diesel spills but he admits surfers complain but they
don't follow up with action.

Another feels the greatest problem is runoff. The fourth respondent was
concerned about plastics. He goes out in his boat and scoops them up all
the time. I like this guy! He says, "Educate the tourists on what
plastic bags do to turtles." The last one felt chemical fertilizers from
golf courses and pineapple fields all drain to the ocean and expressed
concern over the seaweed problem.

Very encouraging that 100% of respondents were aware and also informed.

EDITORIAL - Detox Center Needed

The editorial expresses concern for the recent deaths of homeless
residents who overdosed on a combination of heroin and cocaine... and
possibly added liquor to the mix. The Lahaina News calls for a detox
center but also realizes how much that would cost in terms of tax
dollars.
Last line:

How long can we keep telling people to go somewhere else?
NIGHT ACCESS AN ISSUE FOR DIVERS

This article is all about Kaanapali North Beach Park and night time
access
to it. West Maui divers will know the place better as Old Airport. Old
Airport is an easy access dive spot and very popular for tourists by day.
Dive operators like it because it has the best night diving along West
Maui.

Presently gates are locked at 6:30 pm and the towers are very
enthusiastic
in their work. Divers maintain access is access and it should be 24
hours. Amfac says the land belongs to them and they are also concerned
about liability.

NAPILI MARKET/Food Pantry Center Page Ad

First off, I have to make a public service announcement. Seems one
person
has become so intrigued by my comments about grapes and beer in
combination he has admitted to becoming increasingly tempted to try it.
I
strongly urged him to resist the temptation! I look and see that again,
these two potent combinations have made the center page. I am not sure
if
it is socially responsible of me to report them on sale. However...

Red seedless grapes $1.79 a pound Budweiser Beer 2 six-paks for $7.00.
West Maui does NOT yet have a detox center so don't do anything foolish
using these together in one sitting or you WILL be sitting!

Some staples for a decent chili are on sale this week. Ground beef is
$1.99 a pound, Hunt's Stewed Tomatoes are 85 cents a can, Nabisco
Shredded
Wheat is $2.79 and Always Pantyliners are $1.09!

Morton Salt is 69 cents for 26 ounces and if you sprinkle some on a
bird's
tail it can't up and fly away. If you sprinkle some on slugs they dry
up.
If you sprinkle some on cockroaches, they make a beeline and grab
something from your refrigerator to eat it with.

That's about it.   Little happening and no Spam or papayas AGAIN this
week.

SPORTS - WHAT?! No Harbour Report AGAIN?!) I'll make one up.

The crews of the Happy Howzit and the Reel Guppy were caught by the US
Coast Guard fighting over who got to land an especially impressive catch.
Both boats attempted to ram the other and crew members were hurling
invectives back and forth.

Three US agencies showed up.   NOAA, NMFS and the USFWS.   NOAA took one
look at the catch the two boats were fighting over and left the scene
claiming it was not their responsibility.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service evaluated the situation and claimed that
since the 6 paddlers and canoe were caught while in the water, it was not
their jurisdiction. That left the National Marine Fisheries Service in a
bind. While they admitted this event occurred in US waters, the six
paddlers were human and therefore did not qualify as either threatened or
endangered under the definition of "take" in the Endangered Species Act.

News tonight at 11:00 with Joe Moore.

CAR CARE - Cute. Here in Canada we expect a CAR CARE article in the
Spring to explain how to spruce up our vehicles for warmer driving. Much
of the article will tell us how to get rid of road salt.

In contrast, this article tells about how to jump a car. I never read
past the first sentence because I am too short no matter WHAT the
suggestions.

PUKA and VINCE - Another cartoon celebrating the bottomless depth of
Puka's ignorance.

LAHAINA CANNERY MALL LEI CONTEST

Prizes for most beautiful, original and unusual. (note spelling of fourth
word before you consider competing please).

That's it for another week.

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LAHAINA NEWS SUMMARY for April 11 - April 18, 1996
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by Ursula Keuper-Bennett <howzit@io.org>

LAHAINA NEWS, the Little Paper That Could - Eyes on West Maui
This summary is being filled out IN Canada by a Canadian who subscribes
to the Lahaina News and wishes she was in Hawaii right now.
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NO SUMMARY FOR LAST WEEK

Some of you might be wondering why there is no Lahaina News summary for
last week. Yes, I did receive the paper in the mail but of the 20 pages
a full 13 could be described as either ads or the newsprint version of
info-mercials. I sent the summary to the prophet and we both agreed not
to post it.
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The rest of this message pertains to this week's Lahaina News.

FRONT PAGE - There is a photo of what looks like a mugging in the old
West
but it really is a re-enactment of a train robbery. Seems the 5 000
000th
passenger boarded the Lahaina, Kaanapali Sugar Cane Train at 2:50 pm on
April 4th.

NCI PROBING HAWAII'S HIGH BREAST CANCER RATES

The National Cancer Institute is trying to determine if there is a link
between pesticide use/geographical features and the high rate of breast
cancer in Hawaii.

In 1940, 1 in 20 women would get breast cancer. The rate is now 1 in 8
with more younger women and even men contracting the disease.

Hawaii has a comparable cancer rate to Long Island which was described as
"very, very, very high"

The rest of the article explains that there is a correlation between
organochlorines in drinking water wells and breast cancer rates.

Here is a table - Maui Breast Cancer Deaths Ranked by District

Kahalui                      102/100   000
Waikuku/Maalaea, Puunene      79/100   000
Kihei, Makena                 72/100   000
Napili/Lahaina/Olowalu        71/100   000
Makawao                       46/100   000
Kula                          42/100   000
Paia                          17/100   000
Haiku                         17/100   000
Hana/Kipahulu/Nahiku/
Kaupo/Keanae                    7/100 000

[What I find interesting is the prevalence of tumoured turtles are
highest
in Kahalui, Kihei, Honokowai, and I have heard of many tumoured turtles
(but no actual stats) in Maalaea....]

COCAINE, HEROIN FOUND IN RECENT DRUG DEATHS

Last week's Lahaina News had a front page article on the deaths of two
homeless men. The article relates several incidents some involving
deaths
since about last November and asks whether the use of dangerous drugs is
on the rise.

This article is lengthy and provides an excellent overview of drug use in
Hawaii. Many of the substance abusers also drink alcohol daily.
Alcohol,
it seems is the base of their dependency because they can get it every
day.

The rest of the article goes on to explain what happens when both alcohol
and heroin are used together.

FUNDS SOUGHT FOR CANOE, NEEDY
This article is about   the County's new budget which is available for
review at the Lahaina   Public Library. $2.4 million of this budget is
appropriated for West   Maui. At a recent meeting, there were many
suggestions as to how   the money could best be spent.

Suggestions include building a traditional sailing canoe, and building
two
canoe houses, helping Light Bringers to help those who presently fall
through the cracks, public restrooms in Lahaina, and renovation of the
Old
Lahaina Courthouse.

EPA TO CONDUCT LAHAINA HEARING

Interested in commenting on the County's policy of sending effluent down
injection wells?

The Environmental Protection Agency will be in Lahaina on April 22-23rd.
They will hold an information workshop at the Lahaina Intermediate
cafeteria on April 22nd - 7 to 9 pm. A hearing will be held on the 23rd
from 7 to 9 pm and the public will have the opportunity to comment on the
injection well permit.

Note: I found it interesting that the Lahaina News referred to the West
Maui "sewage treatment plant" and did not use its County given name of
"Reclamation Facility".

QUESTION OF THE WEEK

WHOA!   A potentially interesting question!   WHAT DO YOU DO FOR FUN?

Five people, three women, all who I assume will be qualified to answer
this one. All cited typical Maui past times like drink beer, bodysurf,
sunbathe, fish, hiking... Interesting, the grade school teacher
mentioned
preferences for cultural events IN SAN FRANCISCO, unintentionally
implying
there are none on Maui.

The last, a male offered, "Skate, Roller blade, That's all." One can
conclude once he gets too old for these activities, his life will be
totally devoid of fun.

Of interest, NO ONE mentioned sex.   I am entirely baffled.

WHALE SANCTUARY PLAN STILL UNDER DESIGN

Plenty of questions and discussion at the first meeting of the Sanctuary
Advisory Committee at the Maui Coast Hotel. The rest of the article
describes federal regulations and implications to boaters sharing the
ocean with whales.

EDITORIAL
Finally, it's back!     But the editorial cartoon isn't!

The editor encourages people to help get the Green Party on the ballot in
time for the next election. From his comments, I don't read that he
necessarily supports the Green Party and the last sentence is worth
quoting.

"Judging by all the blank votes in the 1994 elections, residents would
like more (choice).

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Remember last week's letter lampooning the Pacific Whale Foundation to
keep out of the whales' faces? This week there is a lengthy, powerfully
constructed response by Dr. Paul R. Forestell, Research Director of the
Pacific Whale Foundation.

I can summarize his letter in this way. It seems Earl Eckel Jr.
misinterpreted what he was witnessing but by voicing his concerns, he
should be congratulated for taking such an interest in the welfare of the
whales.

The second letter is from Randy Draper, a West Maui resident very much
concerned about the algae blooms and seaweed problems in the ocean. He
can be reached at 669-7776 if you are interested in helping out.

WHAT??! No Harbor Report AGAIN??!!! Instead there is an article on
Gateball for seniors and an info-mercial on golf.

NAPILI MARKET/Food Pantry Centre Page Ad

No Spam or papayas this week. Ground beef and tomato sauce are both on
sale and so there is the potential for a decent chili.

Broccoli is once again on sale at 99 cents a pound.

RimRock Natural Mountain Water is on sale for 89 cent a 1.5 liter bottle.
Judging by the number of pesticides implicated to be in Maui's drinking
wells, this might be something to consider.

Armour Sliced Bacon is on sale for $1.29 per 12 ounces but if you have
seen the movie, "Babe" you won't be interested.

WHOA!! I have just    noticed a devastating combination here so must
provide
a medic alert. Van    Camp's Pork and Beans are on sale at 2 for a dollar.
Corned Beef Hash is   $1.79 as well. Miller Beer is $6.79 for a 12 pack
and
Steinlager is $9.99   for 12.

Don't take those in combination and sleep with someone within 24 hours!

The beer should also not be taken in combination with canteloupes (79
cents a pound) or anjou pears (89 cents a pound).
The above has been a public service announcement.

PUKA AND VINCE

A clever cartoon where Puka is learning to twirl the torches for a fire
dance. Last panel is - he's charred and says, "Deez' are alot harder
ta'twirl when dey're lit!!"

LAST PAGE ARTICLE    BANNED CHEMICALS FOUND IN MAUI WATER WELLS

Researchers are concerned about DBCP's remarkable lifespan. Some of
these
pesticides were used liberally in the 70's and one in particular, DBCP
was
banned outright in 1987 yet it is showing up in water wells in the
1990's.

The rest of the article lists drinking water wells where DBCP was
detected. Two water wells in Napili were closed in 1994 because the wells
had reached maximum levels for the chemical.

It would appear Maui is not just fouling its ocean "nest".... I am sure
we will hear about drinking wells and pesticide in the future.

So ends this week's Lahaina News summary... how much did that bottled
water cost again???


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LAHAINA NEWS SUMMARY for March 28th - April 4th, 1996
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by Ursula Keuper-Bennett <howzit@io.org>

LAHAINA NEWS, the Little Paper That Could - Eyes on West Maui This
summary
is being filled out IN Canada by a Canadian who subscribes to the Lahaina
News and wishes she was in Hawaii right now.

This special Easter Summary typed out early Easter Sunday morning was
delivered by the Easter Bunny along with eggs, chocolate rabbits,
Twinkies, Hershey kisses, caramel candies, chocolate macadamia nut ice
cream with a cherry on top, Turtles and some of those gold coins that
when
you open them they are chocolate.
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FRONT PAGE - This week's photo is difficult to describe. In it is
something that looks like a large brick speaker's podium. Around it is a
cast iron fence with pointies at the top to keep people out. The caption
reads, "On March 18, in honor of Princess Nahienaena's birthday, students
at the elementary school that bears her name placed leis on her grave in
Lahaina."

HONOKOHAU VALLEY RESIDENTS WANT BETTER TREATMENT BY WATER DEPT.

Two dozen people are angered by the Department of Water Supply's policy
of
not issuing new water meters at Honokohau Valley. They were all set to
voice their concerns to Water Dept director, David Craddick. This March
18th meeting was supposed to take place inside the Honolua United
Methodist Church.

Here is the most interesting part. Apparently there was a
miscommunication with the church's minister and Craddick never got the
key! The meeting was held on the sidewalk. The article does not say
whether that made people even crabbier.

LIGHT INDUSTRIAL PARK ZONING SENT BACK TO COMMITTEE

A 37 acre industrial subdivision mauka of the Lahaina Cannery looked like
it would have no problems getting through to the first and second reading
before Maui Council.

But Wayne Nishiki objected to how quickly council had made decisions
about
such a large project. He proved this rather elegantly. He brought a
tape
that showed the planning committee took only 48 minutes to discuss the
thing.

Planning Committee chairman Tom Morrow had hoped to avoid a protracted
council meeting but clearly Nishiki scuttled those plans. Nishiki went
on
record to say he didn't oppose the project per se. He just wanted to
make
sure that it truly is used for light industrial purposes and doesn't
become another shopping area. He also wanted to ensure that drainage
concerns were addressed saying otherwise it would end up in Kahoma Stream
and then the ocean.

EPA TO HOLD HEARING IN LAHAINA

The EPA will hold a public hearing in April for input on a draft permit
"that clears the county to send treated effluent down the injection wells
at its West Maui sewage treatment plant."

The reason I quoted from the Lahaina News is I found it interesting and
significant they did not refer to the Lahaina "Reclamation Center" by its
actual name but rather by what is REALLY does.

The meeting will be held at the Lahaina Intermediate school cafeteria on
April 22nd, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Maui County wants to set injection
limits to 6.7 million gallons and add more injection wells.

HAAKE: CITIZEN'S PATROL TO START SOON
Community patrols are set to start at Honolua/Slaughterhouse and Big
Beach
in Makena. Car break-ins have left many tourists seeking new
destinations
in the future. The first group of volunteers are set to begin patrol
some
time in April.

The county hopes to recruit senior citizens who will have the flexibility
of time. The article also says these people must be fit and able to
handle 4 hour shifts in the sun and have good vision.

The patrol will supplement actions police are already taking in high
nuisance/crime/vandalism beaches.

QUESTION OF THE WEEK

"How do you rate the performance of the Maui County Council?"

I LOVE SURVEYS! Let's see... WOW! A true reflection of democracy. OK..
Of the 5 who expressed surveyed, 3 admitted they don't follow issues, one
said she doesn't read the newspaper much but would say "they do a perfect
job." Another ....wait I RECOGNIZE this person!... a high profile real
estate agent, Tess Cartwright, admits she is far too busy with her
personal life to remain informed but expressed opinion anyway and said
she
was "a little disappointed". Only one of the three who admitted she
didn't know, was also smart enough to say as a result she was not able to
express an opinion. Credit Cicilla Abut with both intelligence and
honesty.

Of the two who appeared informed, one gave them a C. The other gentleman
who says he goes to a lot of meetings gave them a 3 out of 10 but said he
likes Nishiki and Morrow (likely for their sincerity).

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Interesting letter about the Pacific Whale Foundation harrassing a pod of
three whales. The incident was reported to the National Marine Fisheries
Service too. The letter CLEARLY shows the boat was indeed in violation
of
present Marine Mammal laws. No question.

Just too bad he never got the thing on videotape because the *%^# would
REALLY hit the fan.

WHAT?   NO EDITORIAL CARTOON AGAIN THIS WEEK?

EDITORIAL "YOUR INPUT IS IMPORTANT"

Man! I like the Lahaina News editorials! They remind me of briefings I
used to get before a big game. Here's the facts, we need everyone
playing
their best, now get out there. The Lahaina News editorial says the same
thing. You have things to sau about the police, attend the next
Community
Oriented Policing Meeting. Write letters to the editor. Attend council
meetings. The EPA will discuss injection wells. Have your say. State
will discuss plans for the new Lahaina Bypass. Be there.

HEY!! NO HARBOUR REPORT!   So I will have to make one up:

HARBOUR REPORT
Guest writer -- Ursula Keuper-Bennett/ part time Maui resident)

"Many youngsters will be heartbroken Easter 1997," predicts   both the US
Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries   Service.
Seems the crew of the Happy Howzit had suffered yet another   poor week of
fishing. On board this Easter weekend were two mighty high    rollers from
Washington State.

One was a mineral rights lobbyist and personal friend of Senator Slade
Gorton of Scuttle the Endangered Species Act fame but I digress.

After spending several unproductive hours in a boat, they docked to take
on more supplies when they chanced upon a pink bunny carrying a large
heavy basket hopping along the lawn of the Lahaina Library.

Captain Lew Fouler grabbed the animal tossed it over the seawall and left
it thrashing about in the ocean. Quickly the two tourists on board the
Happy Howzit grabbed gaffers, struck the rabbit through the basket and
plucked it onboard.

The accompanying photo clearly shows the two gentleman smiling. The
small
rabbit is hanging upside down with a sheet of paper attached to it.
Around the perimeter are several government agents fighting over whose
jurisdiction the animal belongs to. The Fish and Wildlife Servcie claim
the land animal was grabbed while on land and so the case is theirs.

NMFS says the animal was retrieved from the water and therefore is their
responsibility. Either way the Easter Bunny met its demise on Maui
aboard
the Happy Howzit. I am telling you this now so parents everywhere have
the entire year to prepare their children for a bleak Easter in '97.

NAPILI MARKET/Food Pantry Centre Page Ad

YES! SPAM and SPAM LITE is on sale this week, $1.59 a can. EXCELLENT
price. Buy 20 cans! Pooh, no papayas but pineapples are 49 cents a
pound.

WOW! All the ingredients this week for a great chili! fresh ground beef
at $1.99 a pound, fresh broccoli at $1.09 a pound, and Duracell batteries
at $2.59 a package and a 50 cent coupon off one 20 lb bag of Hinode rice.

WARNING - Lender's bagels are on sale once again at $1.39 a package.   A
reminder, they come in blueberry so be careful what kind you grab. Two
summers ago I accidentally grabbed and bought their blueberry bagels.
That evening, my husband and I had a post-sunset dinner on the lanai and
because it was dark, didn't notice the blue colouration that would have
tipped us off.

The usual parade of liquors are on sale this week but the best, Moosehead
beer is on sale at $5.99 for a six-pack.

Very little in the way of pork products on sale this week. Still must be
the after-effects of the movie, Babe which should have won Best Picture
but didn't.

Red seedless grapes are on sale again for $1.49 cents a pound. Just a
reminder again, not to eat the grapes and drink beer at the same time or
you will have to take a shower after finishing your toiletry duties.
"Nuff said.

(A 180 degree swing...) Fresh Clip-Top Carrots are 69 cents a pound.
Feed
them to YOUR Easter Bunny!

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LAHAINA NEWS SUMMARY for March 21st - March 30th, 1996
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by Ursula Keuper-Bennett <howzit@io.org>

LAHAINA NEWS, the Little Paper That Could - Eyes on West Maui This
summary
is being filled out IN Canada by a Canadian who subscribes to the Lahaina
News and wishes she was in Hawaii right now.

Apologies for no Lahaina News summary for the previous week. Normally I
receive the News on Thursdays. That one didn't arrive til last Monday
and
I just didn't have time to write it up. Now, I just don't feel like it
and simply offer this week's instead.

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FRONT PAGE STUFF - There is a photo of Charles Kaupu standing while a
whole bunch of teachers are sitting on the grass listening to him. In
the
background you can easily make out Maui ocean, crisp clear white-gray sky
(this is a black and white photo) and small puffy clouds. Another
gorgeous Maui day.

TEACHERS BECOME STUDENTS ON WEST MAUI CULTURAL TOUR

About 50 teachers from Lahaina's four public schools took a bus tour
around
West Maui. They were participants in the workshop, "Polynesia at your
door:
your community as a resource."

Key speakers included Charles Kaupu who spoke about Hawaiian values and
explained the significance of Honokohua burials. Keola Sequeira
discussed
the on-going canoe building project at Kamehameha Iki Park.

MONEY FOR OLD COURTHOUSE CANOE HUI IN MAYOR'S BUDGET

Mayor Linda Crockett Lingle has included $2.4 million in the country
budget
for West Maui projects. These include $600 000 for historic renovation
of
Old Lahaina Courthouse and $275 000 for a public restroom on Front
Street.
She also slated $100 000 for the Hui O Wa'a Kaulua to build their 62 foot
double hulled canoe at Kamehameha Iki Park which is being transformed
into a
Hawaiian cultural park.

COMMUNITY POLICING EFFORT PRAISED

Community policing appears to be making a difference in the "feel" of
Lahaina town. Well at least that is the opinion of two people who spoke
at
a police programme meeting. Here, let me grab a paragraph.

"There's been a 1 000 percent improvement in police/community
interaction,"
John Lawson told the other community members and police officers present.
"The number of homeless around the Banyan Tree, and the drunks, has
dropped
precipit.ously." he said."

(ed. Now you don't have to read the above comment more than once to
realize there's something disturbing about it. Lawson notes there is 1
000 percent improvement in police/community interaction then says the
number of homeless and drunks have dropped precipitously.

Now unless the police worked conscientiously to find housing for the
homeless or assistance for the drunks, their numbers really haven't
dropped
at all. And if it is like other solutions they were just hassled to move
somewhere else, which means one of two things. Either there wasn't
improvement in police/community interaction or drunks and homeless are
not
regarded by Lawson to be part of the community.)

RUNWAY ISSUE TO RESURFACE

Well well.... runway extension is in the Lahaina News again. The
Environmental Impact Statement for the Kahalui runway is due out. This
will then result in a public hearing. Expect for the Lahaina News to
report the renewed scuffling between pro-runway expansionists and the
antis.

QUESTION OF THE WEEK

What do you think of the Public School System?

Five people were asked. We got us a split here. One person said she
didn't know much about it so I've scrapped her input. Man I LOVE
surveys!
OK... Of the four remaining two think the public schools are doing a
decent job. Of the two who don't.. yup, this is interesting.. of the two
who don't, one (a man) states, "I went to a private school. I guess that
explains what I think of it." Of the other who thinks public education
is
below par, she admits she doesn't have any kids, and is basing all she
knows on what she hears.

I submit the latter two's opinions can be lumped with the other lady who
admitted she didn't know much about the education system - the private
school guy because one truth about private school graduates is each and
every one is certain his/her education is superior to a public one. The
other, because she had no kids and bases her opinion on what she hears...
and I suspect she hangs out with friends who don't have kids either.

One guy's input is worth repeating and you will see why. He is Felix
Bilan and here is what he says, "It's good. I get two kids at Nahienaena
and Lahaina Intermediate. They get a good education."

EDITORIAL PAGE

What? No editorial cartoon? The editorial is about the mayor's budget
items. Lahaina News gives Mayor Lingle credit for spending her budget on
items clearly supported by the community. Then the editorial encourages
citizens to drop by the Lahaina Library to take a look at the budget.

Interesting letter to the editor from Michelle and Chris Reed of Haiku.
They are writing about "Turtle Reef" out in front of Club Lanai where
there is a large green sea turtle population. Seems they walked the
beach
and collected all manner of garbage, plastics and other human artifacts.

Good for them! They were correctly concerned for the turtles who
accidentally ingest plastics and ask people to be more considerate about
how they dispose of things.

HARBOUR REPORT

FACTORY RUN IS PRODUCTIVE FOR JUDY ANN II. There is a picture of a 394
pound marlin that will no longer grace Maui ocean with its presence.

WHOA! Interesting.... considering the above letter to the editor about
trash/debris in the ocean. Here. Let me pull the sentence.

"The fish has also fallen victim to ocean pollution.   It had a
three-eighths inch black plastic packing strap around its body." The
paragraph goes on to explain that the fish had grown enough that an
indentation had formed from the pressure of this plastic strap.

NAPILI MARKET/Food Pantry

Pooh. no SPAM or papayas on sale...

Coral Hawaiian brand tuna is on sale 69 cents a can. I can't see the
dolphin safe label so please ensure it is there before you buy.

Armour Jumbo hot dogs are on sale for 89 cents for 16 oz.    That is MIGHTY
cheap... check the expiry date on those.

HAHAHAHAHA!   Look at THIS! Carnation Hot Cocoa Mix is on sale at $1.69.
HAHAHAHAHA!   Love it. Kind of like finding a sale on anti freeze in West
Maui.

Campbell's chicken noodle soup and tomato soup are on sale at 69 cents a
can.

Nice'nSoft toilet pa...errrummm.. bathroom tissue is on sale at 99 cents
for 4 rolls.

Bud Light will cost you $12.99 for a 24 pack and you have the chance for
severe intestinal cramps again this week because grapes are on sale at
$1.59 a pound. Eat the grapes while you drink the beer to see what I
mean. (Voice of experience)

WOW!   Fresh drinking water is on sale for $1.19 a gallon.   WOW!

PUKA AND VINCE Clever cartoon but you had to be there.

YESSSS! Last page is a Lahaina Cannery Mall full page ad!    Let's see
what
the sales are!

15% off sunglasses at Shades of Hawaii.   15% off Hats Galore & More.

25% of Hawaiian Island Gems

20% off selected masks, snorkels and fins at the Maui Dive Shop.

The US Navy is holding a sale on obsolete submarines a mile out and
opposite the Cannery. You have to prove you represent a nation FRIENDLY
to the US however. That means I as a Canadian could have QUALIFIED for
purchase but I don't carry that kind of money with me.

I guess I will just have to settle for kites which are 20% at Kite
Fantasy.

THAT'S IT FOR THIS WEEK!

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LAHAINA NEWS SUMMARY for March 7 - March 14th, 1996
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by Ursula Keuper-Bennett <howzit@io.org>

LAHAINA NEWS, the Little Paper That Could - Eyes on West Maui This
summary
is being filled out IN Canada by a Canadian who subscribes to the Lahaina
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FRONT PAGE: Another really beautiful front page photo - this time of
             a double-hulled Hawaiian sailing canoe.

VOYAGING CANOES INSPIRE PRIDE, SAYS NAVIGATOR

This article is about the revival of the Polynesian ocean-voyaging canoes
and about navigation and how the stout-of-heart Polynesians used the
naturalworld of sky colours, sunset/sunrise, sea birds, moon and the
stars
to guide their voyages.

SCIENTISTS ARE DIVIDED ON WEST MAUI'S SEAWEED PROBLEM - Are land-based
nutrients a contributing factor?

This article is essentially a summary of the conference, "Stink Limu:
What
the scientists say about our algae blooms." Presentations were made on
the history of algae problems in West Maui and on how land activities may
be involved. Of interest is a shift to learning more about red hypnea.
Previous to this people were mainly concerned about the Cladophora.

MAUI MARATHON IS SUNDAY

More than 900 runners are expected to participate in the Maui Marathon.
Basically the rest of the article describes the marathon and the route.

QUESTION OF THE WEEK

Interesting question that we have discussed on alt.culture.hawaii a lot.

What does aloha spirit mean to you?
All five people agreed there is aloha spirit but a kid from Olinda, Maui
said it best. "Love, peace, kindness. I don't know any other words to
describe it. Sharing."

(ed. an observation about the new Lahaina News. They use some very
attractive petroglyphs on their pages now. A nice touch.)

EDITORIAL

It isn't there. The article BESIDE A BANYAN TREE has replaced it for
this
week. It is about Keola Sequeira and the Hui and their efforts to create
a
cultural revival centre with the Polynesian canoes at centre stage.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Really brave letter (since it was signed) by Jennifer Reed entitled
HOMOPHOBIA IS DISTRESSING. She describes an incident where a group of
men
in drag entered a Lahaina restaurant and were subjected to insults and
jokes
even from the employees. As the group was leaving, local residents
shouted
for them to "get out". Management did nothing about this harrassment.

Her last sentence reads, "A little tolerance is not too much to ask."

HARBOUR REPORT

A photo appears this week but it is so small the marlin is about the size
of
a fancy guppy. It was a 445 pounder caught by the Desperado. I don't
think
I need to read the article because it will just describe where they went,
the actual hit, the struggle, the landing and then the return home.

So here is the last sentence, "Seth stuck a meat hook under the chin and
tied off the bill."

NAPILI MARKET/Food Pantry

Pooh no SPAM/SPAM LITE or papayas this week.

Louis Rich Turkey Franks are on sale this week for $1.79. We buy them
when
we are on Maui and they taste terrific with macaroni and cheese.

Bumblebee tuna is on sale at 65 cents a can.   There is a dolphin safe
label
so go for it!

Maui Fresh Large White Island Eggs are on sale for $1.59 a dozen. These
eggs are laid by Maui born and raised chickens so there is a rainbow
every
time you crack some open. This is the brand we buy, and many mornings
when
we crack the eggs open, a rainbow leaks out and hovers over the ocean.

Hawaiian pineapples are on sale at 59 cents a pound. The one pictured
has
its leaves all over the place so it looks like it stuck its finger in an
electrical socket.

Coors Light is on sale at 18 for $9.99. Flame Red Grapes are on sale for
$1.79 and I dare you to take the two together one evening.

Finally fresh Tako Poke is on sale for $6.99 a pound. I think Tako is
the
Japanese word for He'e which is the Hawaiian word for octopus... but I
don't
know what Poke means.

COMIC STRIP    Puka & Vince

Vince, I believe it is, tries to force out Heavy Metal out of a ukulele
and
concludes it can't be accomplished satisfactorily.

That's it until next time.

Aloha and best...

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LAHAINA NEWS SUMMARY for February 29th - March 7, 1996
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by Ursula Keuper-Bennett <howzit@io.org>

LAHAINA NEWS, the Little Paper That Could - Eyes on West Maui
This summary is being filled out IN Canada by a Canadian who subscribes
to the Lahaina News and wishes she was in Hawaii right now.
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FRONT PAGE STUFF

WOW! There is a remarkable photo on the front page. It was taken from a
boat and shows a whale with its tail fluke sticking perfectly 90 degrees
out
of the water. In the background is a zodiac with three researchers
aboard.
Taken for the National Geographic Society. My first reaction was how
awesome this sight must be.
My experience with sea turtles though has taught me when a turtle scuffs
the
side of its face several times with its flipper it is telling you to bug
off
and stick it. I can't help but wonder what this whale is actually up to.
I
mean humans might see this as a natural splendour but it could simply be
a
whale MOONING those in the boats.
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Two Articles on Whales on the Front Page suggests whales are still big on
Maui. The first discusses some new questions that have been raised as a
result of current research. Questions about whale singing and migration
continue to interest scientists.

Sad news, a male humpback suddenly dropped dead in the middle of
competitive
behaviour with a group of other males. Scientists are at a loss to
determine cause of death but speculate a heart attack. The rest of the
article explains why certain permits would have been required to take
tissue
samples and how difficult it would be to do a necropsy.

Tiger sharks were reported partying around the corpse...

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COMMUNITY PLAN PASSES COUNCIL

West Maui Community Plan was passed on to the mayor with a 7-2 vote.
Debate
(at times heated) continued about the need for more hotels. Councilman
Nakamura defends building more hotels especially like the ones in the 310
acre North Beach luxury development proposed by Amfac.

Whoaaaa.. shot across the starboard bow by Nakamura.... I'll quote
Lahaina News.

'"Some don't believe I represent West Maui in the community plan,"
Nakamura
said, giving a sideways nod toward a couple of long-time activists who
have
attended every council meeting on the plan.
  Nakamura said most residents favor the final plan and that he was
speaking
on behalf of those who couldn't attend the daytime council meeting
because
they are working."

Ziiiiiiiiinnnnnnng......
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QUESTION OF THE WEEK

Do you think hotels should be built at North Beach?

(Now this is the SAME question Council Nakamura just commented on above.
He
claims most residents favoured the final plan (including North Beach
development). So let's see.

Five people were asked. All appeared to have jobs so I guess they are
the
working types, Nakamura claims to represent. Four out of the five said
no,
for various reasons. The single yes vote said developing North Beach
would
mean more work and more job openings.

80% No   20% Yes
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EDITORIAL

The editorial is about a Whalers Village "Live on the Beach" concert
series
and it encourages people to come out again next month.

EDITORIAL CARTOON

It shows county inspectors sneaking up on a married couple. The wife is
a
waitress and the husband has just dropped her off at work. He gives her
a
quick peck on the lips and says, "See you tonight hon...". A notice
warns
about physical contact between patrons and employees.

HARBOUR REPORT

Whooaaaaa... still no photo of a dead fish and smiling people! Title
"Shark
hits marlin during seven-hour fight" (I swear on a turtle the title is
true. I dare you to repeat the previous sentence outloud three times
without stumbling.)

She reads... yup, just as I thought... 12 round match between a tiger
shark
and a Pacific blue marlin, both Maui born and raised. Event covered by
National Geographic and KIKI radio. Nasty action, with gashes and bites
and
fin nipping.

I quote, "The next two-and-a-half hours were frustrating."

That is because the marlin quickly assessed the situation and tried
heroicly
to escape the pursuing shark.

I quote again, "Shortly after that, the marlin must have been killed by
the
shark because it suddenly stopped its run 500 yards straight down."

It was nasty. It was gruesome. And I quote, "Finally the marlin floated
to
the surface 20 feet from the boat."

All aboard the fishing boat, the Nip and Tuck blew chunks at the sight.
Even hours later, no one who viewed the gored marlin could entertain
thoughts of supper.
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Speaking of supper, to the right of the Harbour Report is a FULL PAGE AD
for
a 39 cent hamburger and 49 cent cheeseburger at McDonalds. Limit of 10
per
transaction.
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NAPILI MARKET/Food Pantry Centre Page Ad

YES! Spam and Spam Lite are on sale this week!   Poooh.. no papayas
though.

She settles in to report....

Nissin Top Ramen is on sale at 6 fora dollar and if I knew what it was I
could tell you whether that was a good price or not....

Zee paper towels are on sale for 89 cents a roll.

Foremost ice cream is on sale at 2 for $6.00. Bananas are on sale for 69
cents a pound. What? No chocolate fudge syrup on sale? Foo...

Coral Hawaiian light tuna is on sale for 65 cents a can. I can't make
out a
dolphin safe label so please don't buy unless there is one.

Fresh ground beef is $1.99 a pound, tomato sauce is 4 for a dollar.
Almost
got the makings of a chili....

Budweiser beer is $6.99 for a 12 pack but if you are a tea-toter, Premium
Blend Coffee is on sale for $7.99 for 39 ounces.
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PUKA AND VINCE

Some kids are looking for menehunes. A kid gets excited as he sees one -
shouting how terrifying it was. A girl, more clever than her male
counterparts points out there was a squished bug at the end of the
telescope.
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BACK PAGE

Ad for AAAAA Rent a Space.   5 X 6 storage for only $32.00.

What in heck does that mean? 5 by 6 WHAT?
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That's it for another week. The Lahaina News lands promptly in our
mailbox
in Canada every Thursday. The actual summary gets to you depending on
how
long I procrastinate. This weekend's excuse was theatre tickets and
hemorroids.

Aloha and best

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LAHAINA NEWS SUMMARY for February 22nd - 29th, 1996)
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by Ursula Keuper-Bennett <howzit@io.org>

LAHAINA NEWS, the Little Paper That Could - Eyes on West Maui
This summary is being filled out IN Canada by a Canadian who subscribes
to the Lahaina News and wishes she was in Hawaii right now.
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FRONT PAGE shows an interesting photo of Lion dancers celebrating the
Chinese
            New Year.

HAWAIIAN DESCENDANTS SOUGHT FOR HONOKOHAU VALLEY LAND

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs is looking for descendants of people who
owned nine parcels of land in Honokohau Valley which Maui Land and Pine
wants to acquire.

Two sentences are worth quoting.

"Parcels along the stream and those kuleana lands under taro cultivation
of
the Great Mahele have water rights associated with the land, Martin
said."

"There is a growing recognition that the western system of law has not
served (Hawaiians) well," Martin said. "Most of what I heard is
frustration,
people asking 'where is our system of law.'"

PAGE TWO is all about schools and the activities going on in the third
quarter.
QUESTION OF THE WEEK (I am starting to look forward to this almost as
much
as the centre page ad!)

What areas of West Maui do you feel need street or traffic improvements?

All five respondents felt improvements were needed and each identified
certain streets or intersections. By reading their comments, I bet you
can
locate where each person lives within a half mile.

EDITORIAL CARTOON

GOOD ONE! It is about beach erosion. It shows Maui surrounded by a
seawall
and waves pulling dollar signs makai. Golden sand beaches are a resource
and major tourist attraction is the message.

EDITORIAL

The entire editorial is devoted to the green algae/seaweed issue. The
editorial tells those concerned about this blight to attend the
conference
"Stink Limu". The Lahaina News encourages dialogue and cooperative
problem
solving between divers/boaters(laypeople) and the scientists.

HARBOUR REPORT

Another week without a dead fish hanging upside down!   We are now
four/five
weeks in a row!

This article is about Captain Mark Shultz's tag and release efforts. It
mentions a boat, the HINATEA. It's been the top tag and release boat on
Maui for the past five years. They try to release at least half of all
the
billfish they catch.

One sentence stands out. "Mark hopes to fish for a long time. He would
hate in 10 years to be catching only 20 marlin a year because everyone
has
killed them off."

PET OF THE WEEK - There is this cute Wire Haired Terrier who needs a
home
and it looks sad and lonely. It appears small and so it won't eat that
much. Tag #59 can be yours if you call 877-3680.

NAPILI MARKET/Food Pantry Centre Page Ad

Np SPAM or papayas again...   let's see...
How clever! Stouffer's Stuffed Cabbage Entree is on sale at $3.79 per
pound. Hormel Corned Beer is on sale for $1.59 so you can have Corned
Beef
and Cabbage. If you down that with Coors/Miller/Heineken/Amstel beers on
sale this week, you too can be insufferable to live with.

Hormel Vienna Sausage (York Dork's for fellow Canadians out there!) are
on
sale once again for 50 cents a can.

Wow! Carnivores will do well this week with two types of Corned Beef on
sale, two kinds of sausage, bacon, ham and I haven't even gotten to the
fresh meat department yet.

Western Family bread is on sale for $1.49 a loaf.   Please do NOT use this
stuff to feed ocean life.

EXCELLENT! Paul Masson carafe wines are on sale at 2 for $6.00. When
the
price gets that low while we are on Maui we buy about 6 carafes. Masson
wines are great to sip during sunset by the beach. Unfortunately the red
wine attracts seaweed flies...

but the white wine appears to attract noisy kids blowing conch shells so
it's a toss up.

That's it for this week.   Just want to point out that THIS summary is
almost
on time...

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LAHAINA NEWS SUMMARY for February 15th - 22nd 1996)
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by Ursula Keuper-Bennett <howzit@io.org>

LAHAINA NEWS, the Little Paper That Could - Eyes on West Maui
This summary is being filled out IN Canada by a Canadian who subscribes
to the Lahaina News and wishes she was in Hawaii right now.
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FRONT PAGE shows a surfer managing to stay just ahead of a large wave
intent
on homicide.

VENDETTA MAY BE MOTIVE FOR NIGHTCLUB TRASHING

Wow! $150 000 worth of damage was inflicted on the nightclub, Ludwig's
of Maui.
Just about everything was done to trash the place and there is a long
paragraph listing all the things that happened. The only act missing was
blowing off the roof. The perpetrator left one message sprayed on a wall
"F--- you, Bill, now we're even." (reference to Bill is the original
owner
of the nightclub)
[UKB actually, whoever it was was quite literate and managed to spell
"we're" correctly, used commas correctly and even used a capital for a
proper noun.]

COUNTY LOOKS AT WAYS TO PROTECT BEACHES, PLANNERS SAY

This article is about the county wanting to preserve and restore sandy
beaches and about how sea walls are NOT the answer to protecting property
from wave action. This article is clearly a public information article
and
explains why sea walls or dropping a ton of rocks on a sandy beach only
accelerates erosion and loss of sand.

INSIDE THE LAHAINA NEWS

A large ad for a PRESIDENT'S DAY SALE.   (This just shows how many
holidays
Americans get and we Canadians don't)

QUESTION OF THE WEEK

Question is "Do you think Hawaii should legalize some form of gambling as
a
way to raise additional revenue?"

Let's see... Four out of the five asked said no. Two felt a lotto would
be
preferrable, another cited crime as a concern and one worried about
prostitution and quoted Leviticus. The single Yes vote said she has
friends
who go to Vegas three or four times a year and if gambling were legalized
on
Maui, then they "wouldn't have to go to Vegas, they could just stay
home."
(UKB WOW! What logic! Kind of like saying you have friends who go to
-------- for sex with little boys but if Maui legalizes pedophilia, they
could just stay home....)

BESIDE A BANYAN TREE ( written by Lynn Britton, Publisher)

She says she is writing this column because so many enjoyed her last one
and
mentioned they "missed" the column. The rest of the article introduces
the
other three owners of the Lahaina News. Three guys.. one originally from
Colorado, one from New Jersey and the other from San Fran via the
Phillipines.

She also writes to encourage people who like the Lahaina News new look to
let her know. There IS a spiffy new look to the Lahaina News. I like
the
Question of the Week. But I also skinnier by a couple of pages and there
are more ads.
HARBOUR REPORT

Another week with no dead fish photo! This article is about marlin size
being linked to reproduction. Here's the significant sentence. "The
annual
egg production of female blue marlin produced per year range from 29
million
eggs for a female of 375 pounds to 99 million for a female of 925 pounds.
The larger (and older) the female is the more eggs she can produce."

Hey! This is a GREAT marlin reproductive biology article! WHOA!
Another
interesting sentence, "A large male in spawning condition may produce as
much as 200 billion or more sperm cells."

Excellent article - where's the scissors?

NAPILI MARKET/Food Pantry Centre Page Ad

This is a summary of what you COULD have bought on sale two weeks ago.

Foo... no Spam or papayas.... she scans the page.....

Bumblebee tuna was on sale for 59 cents and there is a dolphin safe
label.

Great combo here... Van Camp's Pork and Beans for 69 centsa can and
Armour
(glad to see the "oUr") Hot Dogs for $1.49 a package.

Actually, there is little motivation to write this when the sale is over
so
let's move on...

NOAA SEEKS ADVICE ON SANCTUARY PLAN

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is seeking volunteers
for a Sanctuary Advisory Council to guide development of the sanctuary
management plan. NOAA is not proposing new maritime rules for the
sanctuary
but wants to outline plans that will protect humpbacks and their
environment. Efforts include research, public education and monitoring
of
the animals.

PUKA AND VINCE cartoon

Puka is selling fireworks. A tourist walks up and asks whether fireworks
play a major role in island customs. Puka responds by admitting he just
likes to blow stuff up.

That's it for this week. Again, apologies for being late on this one.
It
is exactly a week late getting to you.
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LAHAINA NEWS SUMMARY for (February 8th - 15th 1996)
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by Ursula Keuper-Bennett <howzit@io.org>

LAHAINA NEWS, the Little Paper That Could - Eyes on West Maui
This summary is being filled out IN Canada by a Canadian who subscribes
to the Lahaina News and wishes she was in Hawaii right now.

All spelling is Standard English even the typos.
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ON THE FRONT PAGE

A large photo of the 22 foot bell tower on top of the new 30 foot tower
next
to the Hale Aloha Church on Wainee Street. (52 feet in total!) Well,
this
church will certainly look different THIS summer. Congratulations to the
Lahaina Restoration Foundation for the spiffy new look!

NEW PROGRAMMES COMING AT YOUTH CENTRE

Jean Lierly said that when it comes to issuing grants, the country
prefers
to fund programmes, not facilities. As a result the West Maui Youth
Center
has added a programme director with its $12 000 grant.

Hula, surfing, computer, arts and crafts, more sports are just some of
the
new programmes in the works for the WMYC.

LUCKEY FIND "SMALL WORLD SOCIETY" IN LAHAINA

This article is all about a once fellow Canadian who was much smarter
than
me. Jim Luckey moved to Maui in April 1972 at the age of 45. He had no
prospects of employment and had left a successful career as a lumber
industry executive in British Columbia.

The rest of the article describes Luckey's contributions and the
successes
of the LahainaTown Action Committee,

SIGNS WILL TELL LAHAINA'S SIGNIFICANCE

Beautiful new signs will be posted at both the north and southern
entrances
to Lahaina.   The area around the signs will be landscaped with native
Hawaiian plants and the possibility of night lighting will be
investigated.
The rest of the article is information regarding events in Lahaina
including
the Lahaina's King Kamehameha Day parade.

WORK BEGINS ON CAFETERIA AT LAHAINA INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL

After 5 years of consistent lobbying and community-wide effort Lahaina
Intermediate School is finally getting its cafeteria.

INTERESTING NEW LAHAINA NEWS FEATURE!     QUESTION OF THE WEEK?????

This week's question is "Do you think Hawaii should allow same-sex
marriages?

Let's see. Interviews were conducted in downtown Lahaina. 5 photos of
people and 3 (all voting no), refused to be identified. OK. A total
sample
of 8 people. Of the 5 whose photos are in the Lahaina News 4 said YES.
So
we have a 50-50 split here.

What is INTERESTING though is this. Of the people who identified
themselves, 80% were in favour of same-sex marriages. Of the 3 people
who
did not identify themselves, 100% said they opposed.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Just two this week. One about expecting more from Maui's legislators.
Love
the last sentence and will post it in my classroom. Kelly King writes,
"A
wonderful banner used to grace the wall outside the cafeteria at Kula
School. It read: "I don't care how much you know, until I know how much
you
care!"

The other is about a path needing to be fixed near Dickensen Street.

EDITORIAL

This editorial is about the Lahaina News itself. Thought so. It talks
about new directions the Lahaina News is taking. It mentions the
Question
of the Week for example. YES! The editorial announces the resurgence of
its Internet edition! YES!

Finally just let me quote this. "We welcome you ideas, news tips,
letters
and event notices. Remember that anyone can submit material forthe
Lahaina
News. If it's about West Maui, we want to know."

Lahaina News can be reached at 808-667-7866
EDITORIAL CARTOON

EXCELLENT and dead on. How to tell if you have become a middle-class
adult.
 Middle-class adult at the eye doctor's is asked to read off two signs.
The
closer one says
"STRESSSTAGNATIONMEDIOCRITYMATERIALISTICTENDENCIIESPESSIMISMCONSERVATIVE
and
then I can't read any more. The other sign further away says,
"IMAGINATIONCURIOSITYIDEALISMSPONTANIETYZESTCREATIVITYSINCERITYOPTIMISM
and
so on.

Good one!

WHALE RESEARCHERS TO SHARE THEIR FINDINGS

Once again, whales have a big presence in this week's Lahaina News.
Interesting. It is still too early to know whether 1996 will be a banner
year for whales but it has coughed up a bumper crop of whale researchers!

The article is packed with information about various researchers, the
National Marine Fisheries Service and whale news.

HARBOUR REPORT

In large font is this sentence. "In Hawaii and elsewhere, anglers and
boat
captains report that during the summer months, they frequently see a
single
large marlin (presumably female) escorted by several smaller fish
(presumably male).

Now of course, you know what the goal is... GRAB THE BIG ONE!

No photo this week of a dead fish of any kind.   Wasn't one last week
either.

NAPILI MARKET/Food Pantry CENTREPAGE AD

Pooh.. No papayas on sale this week. I don't think I'll be interested in
SPAM for a while either. She looks around anyway....

On Valentine's Day my husband and I saw the movie BABE and I haven't
eaten
pork since. So it is tough to report on pig products but here goes.

Bar S sliced bacon on sale for $1.59 and pork butt is on sale for $1.39
per
pound. Pork chops are $3.99 per pound. Hormel ham is $4.99 per pound.
Chickens didn't do well this week either... Campbell's Chicken Noodle
Soup
69 cents a can and Sweet Sue Chicken Broth is 2 cans for 89 cents.

YUMM!   Maui Caramacs on sale for $1.79 for the 7.5 oz box.

HAHAHAH! Check this out! Vicks NyQuil Cold Liquid for $3.99 for 6 oz
bottle. First off I don't expect there to be THAT many colds in Hawaii.
Second, if Vicks NyQuil works for that cold it is a WIMPY cold! REAL
colds
you get in Canada and the northern US!

A Bud/Bud Light 18 pack is $9.99 and Red Dog beer is $4.99 for a 6-er.
WHOA! That would be almost $15.00 if you bought 18 bottles of Red Dog
beer
compared to $9.99 for Bud or Bud Light.

PUKA AND VINCE

Puka and Vince decide to take the new West Maui double decker bus. They
wonder if their bird, Moki would have to pay too. The bird perched on
the
fare box offers a cracker to the driver.

THAT'S IT FOR THIS WEEK.

One apology. When I summarize the Lahaina Cannery Events of the Month, I
sometimes gloss it up a bit. One month I mentioned Michael Jackson,
Madonna
and Lady Di would show up. Last month I wrote about Dolphin Tossing and
the
appearance of Akebono.

A sumo fan (and I am also one) was most excited that the Great One would
show in Lahaina. I offer apologies to him or anyone else who may have
phoned the Cannery asking when Akebono might show.

I try to summarize as accurately as possible but then I just have to put
some news of my own in. I know I would never make a good news
reporter....


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LAHAINA NEWS SUMMARY for February 1st - 8th 1996)
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by Ursula Keuper-Bennett <howzit@io.org>

LAHAINA NEWS, the Little Paper That Could - Eyes on West Maui
This summary is being filled out IN Canada by a Canadian who subscribes
to the Lahaina News and wishes she was in Hawaii right now.
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Whales are BIG in West Maui right now. On the front page of this week's
Lahaina News is a photo of two breaching whales having fun off Kaanapali
on
January 20th.... and this article.
FLUKE I.D. RESEARCH GIVES CLUES TO WHALE POPULATION

Research work is being conducted into the Northern Pacific Humpback
population. Scientists are not certain about the number of animals in
the
current population. Funding for this important research is provided by
the
Endangered Species Act.

Sally Mizroch is a biologist with the National Marine Mammal Lab in
Seattle.
 She identifies whales through photographs. She uses the patterns of the
flukes and estimates 2 000 - 3 000 animals accounted for by the photos.

COUNTY STILL SEEKS END TO HAWKING

Major kerfluffles continue in this ever present issue.    County wants an
end
to hawkers as do Lahaina merchants but present attempts   to pass laws
banning
them wouldn't hold up in court. Seems the hawkers have    a right to free
speech and presently bugging tourists about time shares   constitutes as
free
speech.

Maui County will pursue other avenues to rid Lahaina sidewalks of these
entrepreneurs.

TARO FARMERS IN HONOKOHAU VALLEY ARE UNHAPPY WITH FIVE POINT PLAN

Honokohau taro growers have yet to see a single drop of additional water
since Maui Land and Pineapple's September announcement of a five-point
plan
to release an additional million gallons per day to the valley.

At a recent meeting the fur flew with accusations flying back and forth
among council members, the taro farmers and Maui Land and Pine. Ahhhhh
brings back memories of the July/August West Maui Community Plan
meetings....

EDITORIAL

The Lahaina News feels a convention centre at North Beach would be
preferred
to more hotels. It appears that if Maui Council is really serious about
a
small convention centre then West Maui is the place for it.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Two letters are of interest to anyone following the injection well issue
in
West Maui. The first letter is from the EPA who writes to assure us that
the EPA is on top of things.
The second is from the Director of Public Works and Waste Management. He
writes to say there is no conclusive evidence that injection wells are
degrading West Maui ocean. (Sounds just like those "scientists" bought
by
the tobacco industry to reassure the public there is no conclusive
evidence
that smoking causes lung cancer or any other health problem).

EDITORIAL CARTOON

Good one! Makes me thirsty just looking at it. A taro farmer is on his
hands and knees. A waterfall with water clearly meant for him veers left
toward the "urban overgrowth".

HARBOUR REPORT

GOOD! No photo of a dead fish and smiling people around it. This is an
article congratulating all the boats and people who have emptied Maui
ocean
in the past year.

Here are the stats.

Capt. Steve Cravens       150 billfish
Steve's largest blue marlin     416 pounds
Steve used the FINEST KIND, REEL HOOKER and EXACT to get around on.

WOW!     6 028 pounds   of   blue marlin
         3 262 pounds   of   striped marlin
           877 pounds   of   spearfish
        10 167 pounds   of   billfish
       -------
        20 334 pounds   of fish

Oh! Wait... wait for it. He tagged and released a total of 36 fish
throughout the year. I am sure that will go a long way to limiting
overfishing concerns. He is top charter sportfishing boat captain for
1995.

CENTRE PAGE AD                    NAPILI MARKET/Food Pantry

YESSS! SPAM and SPAM LITE is on sale at $1.69 a can.          No papayas on sale
though.

Hefty Tall Kitchen Bags are on sale for $1.79 if you have a tall kitchen.
My husband and I are both short and our kitchen is normal floor to
ceiling.

Hamburger Helper is on sale for $1.99 but is hamburger on sale?         Yup,
fresh
ground beef is $1.99 a pound.

Hunt's tomato sauce in on sale at 4 for a dollar.       Rosarita Refried Beans
are 89 cents.   Everything you need for a decent chili.   No pasta on sale
though.

All Budweiser beers are 2 for $7.00 for six 12 ounce cans.

LAST PAGE TELLS YOU WHAT IS HAPPENING IN FEBRUARY AT THE CANNERY MALL

She looks.... Ancient hula, Hawaiian Arts and Crafts, Lei Making,
Hawaiian
Music, Sumu Wrestling featuring Akebono, Valentine Dart Throwing
Competition, Coconut Hat Weaving, Coconut Hat Wearing, Island Jazz Night,
Dolphin Tossing (does the National Marines Fisheries Service know about
this? Wait, yes... an official will act as referee, never mind), Chinese
New Year Festivities and finally a Polynesian show on the 29th.

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LAHAINA NEWS SUMMARY for January 25 - February 1st)
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by Ursula Keuper-Bennett <howzit@io.org>

LAHAINA NEWS, the Little Paper That Could - Eyes on West Maui
This summary is being filled out IN Canada by a Canadian who subscribes
to the Lahaina News and wishes she was in Hawaii right now.
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VISITORS BUREAU CONSIDERS CRIME A TOP PRIORITY

This article is about the Maui Visitors Bureau's concern about the number
of
tourists who leave Maui without their wallets or valuables. Many
tourists
become the victims of theft at Honolua Bay and other popular sites.

Discussion is underway to get a volunteer citizen's group actively
patrolling such areas from 9 am to 4 pm to curb illegal activity.

(Note: I find THE best way to deter thieves is to rent an old car, a
klunker. Put some shell and dried flower leis on the mirror and it looks
local. Easy.)

FINDING A RIDE IN WEST MAUI NO LONGER A WORRY

To address a need for visitors to get around West Maui, Transhawaiian
created a shopping express. The Lahaina Express is easily recognized by
its
double-decker buses hopes to have over 400 000 people riding their buses.

(not all at the same time, of course)

SCHOOL SYSTEM PREPARES FOR LEANER TIMES

This article is about severe budget cuts facing teachers in Hawaii.
Hawaii
School Superintendent Aizawa told the teachers to prepare for drastic
change. Scan the article and you see the words "shrinking"
"streamlining"
"budget crisis" "redeployed" and "grim".

I just received a memo from our system's director of education.   Same
words
used. Same old...same old

ECO-DIRECTORY TARGETS TOURISTS WHO CARE

This is NEAT. An Eco Directory that was published last year seeks to
reach
tourists and educate them about Maui's special environment. It also
lists
businesses who attempt to be environmentally responsible.

One such example is to encourage responsible diving by following the
concept, "leave only footprints, take only pictures". One incorrect
piece
of information, unfortunately. The article says, "A green sea turtle,
swimming near Molokini, has a bubble caption reading, "Don't bother us,
we're endangered!"

This is NOT true.   Hawaiian green sea turtles are listed as threatened,
not
endangered.

EDITORIAL CARTOON I am not sure what it is about. There is a comment
about savvy and savvy-free politician. I don't get it but I LIKE the
drawings of the two snails.

EDITORIAL -     CITIZEN'S PATROL IS A GOOD IDEA.

The editorial believes a committed citizen's patrol will focus attention
on
prevention rather than trying to catch the offenders after the fact.
This
sentence nicely summarizes things. "When the issue is property crimes,
prevention is easier, when all that's needed in many areas is an
authoritative presence."

HARBOR REPORT

This article is about a special emergency meeting of all game fish on
Maui.
They met in a secret location and brought in some major guest speakers.
Sterling Marlin was the keynote speaker.

Many of Maui's top billfish were represented at the meeting which was
quickly called to address concerns about the number of large game fish
plucked from Maui's ocean. Terrance Tuna expected to talk about the
depletion of his species stock could not attend as he was last seen
hanging
upside down from Lahaina Harbour with five smiling males surrounding him.

Plans are underway to approach NOAA and the National Marine Fisheries
Service for their assistance and support.

NAPILI MARKET/Food Pantry Centre Page Ad

No SPAM or papayas on sale this week but Hormel Vienna Sausage (York
Dorks
as we call them up here in Canada) are on sale at 2 cans for a dollar.

Holsum Fluffy White bread is on sale for $1.89. But please do not feed
to
ocean fish because the bread absorbs water, expands and then bloats the
fish's swim bladder and then they pop to the surface. In humans it only
gives you gas.

There is plenty here for the carnivores out there. Jumbo franks for
$1.09,
corned beef hash for $1.19, and Right Guard Anti-perspirant for $2.29 a
stick.

Coors is on sale at $6.99 for a 12 pack.

Bumblebee tuna is on sale for $1.49 but check to see if it has the
dolphin
safe label on it. (This is zero likelihood that Terrance is in these
cans
because these shipments came in AFTER Terrance made his debut in Lahaina
Harbour.)

Finally, fresh broccoli is on sale for 99 cents a pound if you like that
kind of thing.

REAL ESTATE REPORT

Headline says it all "LARGE REAL ESTATE INVENTORY, FLAT MARKET, BENEFITS
BUYERS"

THIS WEEK'S PUKA & VINCE CARTOON

One of the characters moans about how Maui schools are junk and that
mainlanders will come in and take all the jobs. The character then rages
that Maui kids deserve a decent early education and he will talk to the
mayor about it.

The last panel says the mayor will build one four year university.

(Must be really rewarding being a teacher on Maui.....)

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LAHAINA NEWS SUMMARY for January 18 - January 25th)
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By: howzit@io.org (Ursula Keuper-Bennett)
LAHAINA NEWS, the Little Paper That Could - Eyes on West Maui
This summary is being filled out IN Canada by a Canadian who subscribes
to the Lahaina News and gets it mailed to her door each Thursday
procrastinates til Saturday to summarize it.

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CEDED LAND DISPUTE GOING TO COURT

A ruling is expected soon on whether the state can sell ceded lands - the
land in question is a 544 acre packet in Lahaina. HFDC wants to buy the
ceded lands to develop a 4 800 plus unit Villages of Leiali'i project
near
the Lahaina Civic Centre.

LAHAINALUNA ACRHIVES PROJECT WILL KEEP SCHOOL HISTORY ALIVE

Lahainaluna school was founded in 1831 as a seminary school. It is the
oldest school west of the Rockies and had the first printing press of the
islands. But more recent history of the school is scattered and in
danger
of disappearing all together.

Last year 9 teachers and the principal left and some of the school's
living
history walked out with them. New teachers have shown much interest in
the
school's history. With a grant from the Moore Foundation, a committee
will
catalogue and organize relics of the past presently stored in boxes or
cabinets.

WOOD TREATMENT CHEMICAL AFFECTED KAM III CLASSROOM

Wood treatment to an exterior door made a few students and teachers
downwind
feel a tad wobbly. They complained of headaches and nausea and didn't
even
get to go home early either. The school's PTA and principal have asked
questions about what chemicals were used in the treatment.

It is believed they were subjected to termite treatment and some other
mystery compound. Seems the wind that day blew the paint-like smell in a
straight line directly into a fifth grade classroom about 20 yards away.

SURFERS RESCUE SICK TURTLE IN KAHANA

On Thursday, some surfers rescued a small wounded green sea turtle.
Surfers
put the turtle on a board and brought it to shore. George Balazs,
Hawaii's
turtle expert believes the animal was hit by a spear or propeller. He
also
stated that the little guy had a bigger problem than the cut.

The turtle has tumours in its mouth that is obstructing breathing. The
animal is now in a veterinary clinic in Kailua for the removal of the
tumours.

(ed. My husband and I are following this one closely. S-bend is the
northern end of our dive site and there is a high possibility that we
know
this turtle. We have requested photos of the left and right profile so
we
can compare with our turtle mug shots.

We are quite familiar with the youngsters in our dive area and want to
know
WHO this little guy is. As I have stated repeatedly, about 75% of
turtles
sighted at Honokowai have tumours. Over 90% of the turtles resident
(seen
year after year) have tumours. Worse, while I think it is most kind of
the
NMFS to remove the tumours, it is well known they just grow back. I
don't
hold out much hope for this animal.)

EDITORIAL

This is about the need for small businesses to come first. The editorial
points out that small business is the backbone to Maui's economy and tax
base and that the state should do all in its power to assist them before
prodding technology, diversification and (lately) gambling.

HARBOUR REPORT

Sooo... that is what the Finest Kind looks like. A nice change from the
usual dead marlin hanging upside down. There is a photo of the Finest
Kind
flying different little flags. Here is the article summary.

The Finest Kind received the top 1995 sportfishing title. It also set a
state record by catching 173 billfish. Then there is a rundown of weight
of
fish, species of fish and so on. I will spare you.

The irony is last week the Harbour Report mentioned the concern for
overfishing and the need to protect the fishery. Then this week's
article
trumpets the Finest Kind's ability to nab 173 of the same creatures the
writer is so concerned about disappearing one day....

PHOTO OF A SURFER - WOW! This photo was taken at Honolua Bay and you
should
see the wall of water! It is hard to believe this is the very same
Honolua
Bay that can barely summon a ripple in the summer....

NAPILI MARKET/Food Pantry Centre Page Ad...

Oh boo... no SPAM or papayas on sale.   But let's try and make the best of
it...

Anjou pears are on sale for 69 cents a pound. Classen pickles are $2.45
for
a 32 ounce jar. I dare you to eat the two together...

Your cat should be happy. Friskies Buffet Cat Food is on sale for 3 for
$1.00 and Oscar Mayer Ham is $1.85 for 6 oz. Its unfortunate placement
right above the cat food ad makes me wonder...

There is a 40 cent coupon for Lay's potato chips but I suggest you wait
til
they come out with that new special fat substitute they intend on using
in
such junk food.

WHOAAA! Moosehead beer is on sale for $5.9 a six-pack. and you can get
two
six packs of Miller Beer for $7.00.

Morton Salt is on sale for 59 cents. If you shake the salt on a bird's
tail, it won't be able to get off the ground and will have to wait for
rain.
 That is how they control the pigeon problem at the Vatican.

WEEKLY CARTOON - PUKA AND VINCE

This strip endorses violence to insensitive white males. Vince made a
sexist remark loud enough for a female to hear and she POWed him. So we
are
treated to both a sexist remark and violence all in the same strip.

Coulda been drawn in L.A....

I have noticed that if there is physical violence on cartoons, females
tend
to do the bopping. I guess it is the cartoonist's way to even things
out.
We've come a long way, baby...

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LAHAINA NEWS SUMMARY for January 11 - January 18th)
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From: howzit@io.org (Ursula Keuper-Bennett)

LAHAINA NEWS, the Little Paper That Could - Eyes on West Maui
This summary is being filled out IN Canada by a Canadian who subscribes
to the Lahaina News and gets it mailed to her door each Thursday
procrastinates til Saturday to summarize it.
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MONUMENT GOING IN AT MALU'ULU O LELE PARK

Friends of Malu'ulu O Lele Park brought in a 7 foot tall pohaku (stone)
that
will become a monument for Moku'ula, the sacred island buried beneath
Malu'ulu O Lele. It took several months of searching to find just the
right
stone. The searchers prefer leave the source a secret other than to say
it
was discovered in West Maui.

HONOKOWAI TO GET INTERSECTION SIGNAL THIS YEAR

Bidding is going out for the installation of traffic signals for the
Honokowai intersection of Lower Honoapiilani Highway and Honoapiilani
Highway. The Lahaina News reported other traffic improvements for West
Maui
as well like the Dickenson Street improvements budgeted at $400 000.

FENCE WILL CUT OFF SOFTBALL PLAY

We have been following the Malu'ulu' O Lele Park scuffle for a while now.
Seems this is how it got played out. The county has decided to run a
fence
that will cut through the softball field that lies over a portion of
Moku'ula, a one acre sacred island buried beneath the park.

Interestingly, the Friends of Moku'ulu told the county that they believed
the entire park was culturally significant and that fencing off a portion
represented a compromise position. County is now looking into creating
another softball field at the Lahaina Recreation Centre.

DISMAL PROSPECTS FOR ENERGY CROP AT PIONEER MILL CO.

This is a huge article with no pictures so it is difficult to slug
through
it.... a pilot programme to test the feasibility of growing cane or other
grasses for energy at the Pioneer Mill Company was never funded. As a
result a possible replacement crop for sugar may not get off the ground
in
the near future.

KA 'I'IMI 'IKE

This will be a weekly column sponsored by the Kaanapali Beach Hotel. It
will feature some aspect of the Hawaiian culture each week. Striding the
article is an interesting sea turtle petroglyph. The only trouble is
there
are three dashes behind it and it looks like it's taking a dump in the
water.
BESIDE THE BANYAN TREE

This is a large essay/column written by the new publisher Lynn Britton.
Here, let me pull a couple of sentences for you.

"As I sat down to write this column this morning, I glanced outside and
saw
scattered buckets of rain begin to fall straight down just off the lanai.
It had been a beautiful sunny morning so I had to go outside and check to
make sure it was rain and not someonw dumping a bucket of water from the
upstairs lanai."

EDITORIAL

This editorial applauds the efforts of the Lahaina Restoration
Foundation,
Friends of Moku'ula and other residents and groups who persevered with
Malu'ulu O Lele Park. The editorial says, "Due to their efforts,
Moku'ula
is beginning to receive the respect it deserves."

HARBOUR REPORT

Briefly the writer urges the state of Hawaii to take its fishery more
seriously. More seriously in this case meaning spending more money on
fisheries management and monitoring. He sounds the alarm about other
world
fisheries biting the dust.

A photo shows a marlin hanging upside down and four people posing by it.
One is a woman and she should know better!

NAPILI MARKET/Food Pantry

YESS! SPAM and SPAM Lite is on sale this week! No papayas though but
one
day.. one day, you'll see. We have BOTH on sale and have a Lahaina News
to
celebrate.

This is an EXCELLENT centre page ad this week. Van Camp's Pork and Beans
are on sale for 2 for a dollar. Libby's Vienna Sausages (York Dorks as
some
of us Canadians call them) are on sale for 59 cents a can.

And WOW, several beers are on sale this week! If you eat the Pork and
Beans, gulp down a can of York Dorks, wash it down with some brew, you
will
be interesting entertainment in the evening.

If you wish to commit suicide, take the above combination and finish it
off
with Bosc Pears at 99 cents a pound.
Write Brothers Medium Point Pens are on sale for $1.29 a cee tee.

Hmmmm.. Campbell's Tomato and Chicken Noodle Soup are on sale for 59
cents
each. I can understand why you would need tomato soup in Hawaii (like
for
in chilis and something) but why would you need Chicken Noodle Soup?

WHAT'S THIS?   WHAT'S THIS?

New Cartoon in the Lahaina News. A comic strip called PUKA & VINCE made
its
first appearance. This strip has a tourist asking Puka how to get to
Lahaina from Kihei and Puka gives him the way around the island route.

LAST PAGE shows these two kids. One is holding a ukulele.   The other is
playing a nose flute. NOSE FLUTE?

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LAHAINA NEWS SUMMARY for January 4th - January 11th)
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From: howzit@io.org (Ursula Keuper-Bennett)

LAHAINA NEWS, the Little Paper That Could - Eyes on West Maui
This summary is being filled out IN Canada by a Canadian who subscribes
to the Lahaina News and gets it mailed to her door each Thursday
procrastinates til Saturday to summarize it.

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LAHAINA NEWS SUMMARY - We got us an interesting one this week with a
centre
page ad, a back page ad, the harbour report and even some NEWS!

SURFING ACCIDENT HIGHLIGHTS NEED FOR BETTER EMERGENCY CALL SYSTEM

Winter waves at both Honolua and Slaughterhouse have done their share of
damage. Rescuers have been kept busy and on Thanksgiving alone they
performed 15 "life-threatening rescues". (Life-threatening rescues is
exactly what was written. I am not sure what it means but there were 15
of
them)

In this case a surfer fractured his femur and had to be airlifted to Oahu
for vascular surgery. Cellular phones don't work on that side of the
island
and there was concern that it took several minutes for someone to drive
to
D.T. Fleming to call for help.

One solution suggested was to install a pay phone along the road above
Honolua Bay. Good suggestion actually, in that it will divert vandals
from
your car to the phone booth and telephone book.
PROGRAM WILL TEACH THE HOMELESS JOB SKILLS

Light Bringers is expanding its programme that helps the homeless receive
job training. Such "odd jobs" as taking trash to the landfill, painting,
light carpentry work and condo/house cleaning are the focus. Light
Bringers
also offers free meals, counseling and job placement services for the
homeless and working poor of Maui.

TINY TOTS TAKE TO THEIR BABY HUI LIKE DUCKS TO WATER

Every Thursday morning West Maui's under five set splashes and funs
around
at the Lahaina Playgroup at Launiupoko Beach park. The number of
youngsters
varies from a handful to as many as 20 when they are STILL a handful.

There is a photo on the front page of the youngsters trying to balance on
boogie boards. Only one kid is up completely. There are no shark fins
in
the water...

PARTY WAVE - The second photo on the front page shows two surfers
negotiating a wave during a swell that hit the West Side last week. Both
are up on their boards completely and there are no shark fins in the
water.

THINK TANK TO SUGGEST COUNTY LAW ON RECYCLING

A think tank has been established to come up with suggestions for
legislation to push forward all aspects of recycling. At present Maui is
behind other counties in terms of recycling. It would appear the main
goal
of legislation would be to "increase diversion from landfill". The
recycling director said recycling works best when it is economically-
driven
instead of having a long list of bans that are difficult to enforce.

EDITORIAL - This Tuesday (the 16th) West Maui Senator Baker and Lahaina
Rep
White will hold a pre-legislative community forum at 7 pm at the Lahaina
Intermediate School cafeteria. This editorial suggests some of
the concerns of West Maui's community and invites people to "Talk to your
elected representatives and help the direction of state government. Now
more than ever, they need ideas."

SOMETHING NEW! You can now have email access to the Lahaina News editor.
He can be reached at mauiduck@aol.com

Mauiduck?

HARBOR REPORT - PUBLIC'S HELP SOUGHT IN DRAFTING BOTTOM FISHING RULES
Whoa! This is not the usual, another blue marlin got whupped article!
This
article is about meetings being held regarding proposed bottom fishing
regulations.

There will be meetings and public hearings and all are invited to have
input
on bottom fishing regulations.

Me, personally, I think fishermen do enough damage fishing off boats,
using
drift nets and fishing off the shore. They have no business fishing on
the
bottom as well. I think the bottom of the ocean is for fish and scuba
divers and sea turtles. Fishermen have enough places to stand and fish.

(she jumps off the soapbox...)

NAPILI MARKET/Food Pantry centrepage ad (Like an old friend seeing this
centre page again after an absence makes me smile. Let's see what's on
sale
this week...)

Pooh... no Spam or papayas. Closest we get is Libby's Corned Beef at
$1.59 a
can. Oscar Meyer wieners are on sale for $2.19 so the carnivores among
us
are looked after.

For the veggie types, bananas are on sale for 69 cents a pound and so is
broccoli. Crisp cucumbers are on sale for 79 cents a pound and I don't
know
what limp ones go for.

Nice 'n Soft bathroom tissue is on sale for 99 cents for 4 rolls.

Lender's Bagels are on sale again this week for $1.49 and I repeat again
this warning. Be careful not to accidentally grab blueberry ones!

WHOA! Nissan Top Ramen is on sale for 9 for $1.00 or about 11 cents
each!
I am not sure what it is but it sure is CHEAP!

>From the liquor department Miller Beer is on sale 2 cases for $7.00 and
Almaden or Inglenook wines are on sale at 2 for $9.00 for the 1.5 litre
vats.

The next two pages are all about WHALEFEST 96 and there is a nine-day
event
going on that will honour whales. All kinds of events/happenings are
listed
as are all kinds of sales on whales related products. I was wrong.
THREE
pages are dedicated to WHALEFEST.
Why can't there be a TURTLEFEST?

BACKPAGE (Remember last week the Lahaina News saying they would replace
the
TV listings with something more interesting? Well there is a full page
ad
for the LAHAINA CANNERY MALL. The page lists all the events and
activities
for the month of January like lei making, songs/dances of the Marshall
Islands, hula shows, clowns and music, bungie jumping, Beatles reunion
with
special focus on Free As a Bird, coconut hat weaving, Kid's Day,
WhaleFest
activities, visit of Arafat and Lady Di, ancient hula show, new hula
show,
Samoan dancers and that is just in the first week!

Free parking and the mall is air-conditioned and has sparrows flying in
it.

THAT'S IT FOR THIS WEEK.   AN EXCELLENT LAHAINA NEWS WITH LOTS HAPPENING.

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LAHAINA NEWS SUMMARY for December 28th - January 4th
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From: howzit@io.org (Ursula Keuper-Bennett)

LAHAINA NEWS, the Little Paper That Could - Eyes on West Maui
This summary is being filled out IN Canada by a Canadian who subscribes
to
the Lahaina News and gets it mailed to her door each Thursday, and
procrastinates til Saturday to summarize it.

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The Christmas issue of the Lahaina News arrived late and about the same
time
as the this week's. I haven't the energy to summarize both of them.
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LAHAINA NEWS SUMMARY - The Happy New Year Edition

SECURITY GUARD KEEPS BUSES IN CHECK

Tour bus congestion in the Lahaina Harbour has eased since the hiring of
a
security guard by the LahainaTown Action Committee. The part time
security
guard was hired to monitor traffic on Wharf Street. For several years
buses
and other traffic doubled parked, inconvenienced residents and spewed
diesel
fumes into the area.

MAUI'S HUMPBACK WHALE SEASON A BIT BEHIND SCHEDULE

The whales left Alaska later than usual this year. Researchers figure it
is
because of warmer water temperatures along the way. It takes the whales
about 70 days to make the trip from Alaska to Maui. The first whales to
arrive are mothers and calves and subadults. Adults show in January and
the
Hawaii whale population reaches its peak in February.

BUDGET GAMING WILL TOP AGENDA FOR UPCOMING LEGISLATIVE SESSION

Number one on the minds of the legislature is BUDGET. Souki, Speaker of
the
House expressed concern that state health and education cuts are
threatening
the quality of life in Hawaii. Put simply, there just isn't the money so
they have to cut spending/services.

LAHAINA NEWS DISCONTINUES TV LISTINGS

Readers of the Lahaina News will notice the last page no longer has the
TV
listings. In a recent survey the Lahaina News discovered few people
actually made much use of the listings and have decided to replace them
with
new and interesting columns.

(She checks the back page to see what is there now...) WHOA! I just
compared this edition with the Christmas one. The TV listings were on
page
17 and THIS week's Lahaina News only goes to page 12!

What happened to the 5 other pages?! It isn't just a page of TV listings
that were cut. I hope this "concise" edition is only for this week...

EDITORIAL CARTOON - Well, there really isn't one. Just an attractive
holiday like drawing with HAPPY NEW YEAR from the staff at the Lahaina
News.

EDITORIAL - is basically hahahahahhha .. the editorial mentions
"wintertime" twice, and then mentions "surf, the rainbows embracing the
mountains, and the spectacular winter sunsets."

Winter? With all due respect to the staff of the Lahaina News and
Mauians,
but they just have NO CONCEPT of what winter/wintertime really is.
However, NO ONE can argue with the truth in the last sentence. "If each
of
us resolves to show a little more respect for this beautiful part of the
globe - and a little more respect for each other - life here is bound to
get better."

HARBOUR REPORT -   LONGLINE CATCH NUMBERS AREN'T ENCOURAGING

This is a report about the longline fishery and how there are presently
fewer longline vessels. Several reasons were stated but it would appear
the
"decline of the swordfish is perhaps the most telling statistic".
"Swordfish landings in 1993 equalled 76 000 fish, but by the end of 1994
only 43 100 swordfish were landed by the longline fleet.

The report goes on to say, "The really bad news about the apparent
decline
of the swordfish catch, one of the major components of the Hawaii
longline
fishery, is that it has probably led the longline fleet to target other
species, including tuna and mahimahi."

Finally it says, "While swordfish was never a significant part of the
Hawaiian sport catch, mahimahi and the various tuna are important to
Hawaii's recreational fishermen, and they are food for the more important
game fish in island waters - the Pacific blue marlin."

CENTRE PAGE AD -   There isn't even one!   Nothing.   No Napili Market ad...
gone.

Perhaps it was because it was the New Year and the staff deserved
holidays
as much as the rest of us...

BACKPAGE ARTICLE of interest -   EPA TAKING COMMENTS ON INJECTION WELL
PERMIT

The Environmental Protection Agency is soliticing (yet again) public
comments on its proposal to reissue an underground injection well permit
for
the county's Lahaina Wastewater Reclamation Facility.

The revised permit would allow the facility to inject treated effluent
into
the ground from its four wells.

Editorial comment here. As part of my preparation to give public
testimony,
I have been asking questions re. injection wells on the Net. I had heard
there were injection wells used in the Florida Keys and also heard
several
places in the Keys had algae problems and blooms.

I got this in email recently from someone from NOAA (National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration). He wrote:

"FYI, the Florida environmental regulatory commission recently decided
not
to permit anymore injection wells in the Florida Keys due to nearshore
water quality degradation."

Guess Florida has decided injection wells are not good for the ocean and
Maui still has that lesson to learn.

The Lahaina News article also ends by saying, "A request for a public
hearing must be made in writing and should state the nature of any issues
proposed for discussion. the EPA will only hold a public hearing if
significent interest is shown."

>From where I sit the EPA plans to make this an annual event...

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LAHAINA NEWS SUMMARY for December 14 - 21st
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From: howzit@io.org (Ursula Keuper-Bennett)

LAHAINA NEWS, the Little Paper That Could - Eyes on West Maui
This summary is being filled out IN Canada by a Canadian who subscribes
to
the Lahaina News and gets it mailed to her door each Thursday.
Canadian/British spelling is used throughout - even in the typos.
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This week's summary was delayed because of the EPA's flip-flop on
injection
wells. I had to come up with an idea for a political cartoon instead.

EPA CHANGES MIND ABOUT INJECTION WELL PERMITS, WATERSHED COMMITTEE LEARNS

This is actually a page 5 article but I am putting it up front because I
am
the one who summarizes the news and I want it up front. In short the EPA
has reversed its decision about allowing injection wells at Honokowai.

First some background. In a 1992 Lahaina News, the EPA was quoted as
saying
it would not allow Maui County to add more injection wells because it
wants
the facility to focus more on reclaiming water instead of just injecting
it
in the ground. Then in January 1994 the EPA changed its mind.

I found out about it through the Lahaina News and prepared videotaped
testimony opposing the injection wells. Many West Mauians testified at a
public hearing and as a result of rather enthusiastic opposition the EPA
decided in our favour. In March of 1995, the EPA decided to refuse the
permit for more injection wells.

Now they have flip-flopped again. What this means is another public
hearing... another gearing up, another videotaped testimony, another
battle.
 As a private citizen you get worn down by developers and the County
because
they just keep coming back at you.

She jumps off the soapbox and summarizes the article...

The Environmental Protection Agency reversed its earlier decision and has
issued a draft permit that may allow additional underground injection
wells
for the Lahaina Wastewater Reclamation Facility. (in REAL words, Sewage
Treatment Plant)

Earlier this year, EPA officials said they planned to deny county's
application to put in four new injection wells, because of concerns that
nutrients were being added to the groundwater table and the ocean.

The public notice on the injection well permit was to be issued this week
with a public comment period.

(yeah.. Merry Christmas to you too, EPA Region IX!)

Skippy Hau, aquatic biologist with the state Department of Land and
Natural
Resources, felt that instead of reacting to pollution after urbanization
has
occurred, the committee should look at ways of preseving and returning
natural stream flows that support a diversity of life."

(The old saying... "an ounce of prevention". Thank you, Mr. Hau. To
appreciate what sewage and run-off does to a system, you just need look
at
Indian River, Florida. For those wondering what kinds of effects
nutrients
such as nitrogen and phosphorus have on the ocean, check out this
Australian
environmental server at

http://kaos.erin.gov.au/sea/somer/somer_annex2/bro_txt.html

(Ironically a special Turtle Trax cartoon for last week expressed
appreciation to various US government agencies, one of which was the EPA.
The cartoon will now be modified to ensure the EPA Region IX get a LUMP
OF
COAL the size of Manhattan!)

STATE TO CONTINUE SUBSIDY FOR MAUI TO MOLOKAI FERRY

This article is about a subsidy to the Maui/Molokai ferry service.
Governor
Cayetano was considering cutting the ferry's $165 000 state subsidy but
after meeting with West Maui Rep White he decided to reduce the subsidy
and
extend it to June 30, 1996
Goals are to reduce the subsidy from $165 000 to $124 000 for the six
month
period and this would involve "only" a $2.50 fare hike if the ferry can
get
just 10 new commuters.

(I wonder what the hike would be if the 10 new commuters don't show.... )

COUTHOUSE TASK FORCE REPORT READY FOR MAYOR LINGLE

The mayor's task force is recommending that the public parking at Prison
and
Front be changed to a paid parking lot to help finance renovations to the
Old Lahaina Courthouse.

Another recommendation is that the country hire a licensed renovation
architect to figure out how to fit in the five desired uses of the
building
- museum/gift/gallery, art gallery, visitor centre, community centre and
offices.

The chair of the renovation committee said, "Every day, the building is
falling apart a little bit more."

The building's problems include roof damage, birds in the attic,
electrical
problems and the need for both smoke detectors and an evacuation plan.

(Whoaaa! Sounds like the Chinese sweatshops that have been in the news
in
the Toronto Star!)

MAUI REGION PTA GEARING UP TO LOBBY THE STATE LEGISLATURE

An interesting article on a meeting of Maui Region PTA. Seems there were
few people out but the ones who were there had plenty to air.

Seems they want to transfer control of new school facilities from the
Department of Accounting and General Services to the Department of
Education. Then there are several paragraphs about beaurocracy and
priorities.

One interesting comment is about the vice principal at King Kam III who
"spends most of his time watching children." The principal said, "He
makes
too much money to be supervising kids in the cafeteria." I guess the
school
is short of lunch room supervisors...

Another issue is about cane smoke and how they want cane burning done OUT
of
school hours because it can trigger breathing problems.

>From the Hmmmm... Department:
Inside article is CHUMBLEY: SCHOOL FACILITIES SHOULD STAY UNDER DAGS

Senator Chumbley said that although the Department of Accounting of
General
Services "loses sight that the school lare really the customers," he
doesn't
support an effort to put control over school facilities under the
Department
of Education.

The article is quite lengthy so I will just quote one relevant paragraph.
"Chumbley said it would be inefficient to take out school buildings from
DAGS' purview, which is the agency that oversees all public buildings.
It
would also hurt the DOE, which "needs to focus primarily on education,"
he said.

EDITORIAL (as expected it lampoons the EPA)   This one is worth quoting in
its entirety:

By backpedaling on requirements for an important wastewater discharge
permit, the Environmental Protection Agency has once more proved to be a
watchdog without teeth.

Through the permit for the Lahaina Wastewater Reclamation Facility, EPA
could have taken sensible steps to ease community concerns about the
millions of gallons of treated wastewater pumped into the ground each day
at
the plant.

While allowing the county to increase the ceiling of how much treated
wastewater it can "waste" down injection wells, EPA pledged to reject
county
bid to drill more injection wells for backup, and require Public Works to
track the effluent it is discharging.

Maui residents and officials also asked the agency to reduce discharge
limits in the permit, to give the county urgency in its reclamation
efforts.

The conditions grew out of a meeting in Lahaina, where EPA officials
heard
concerns that the effluent sent down injection wells is degrading West
Maui's drinking water and coastal waters. The reclaimed water should be
used for irrigation, they argued, since the West Side's drinking water
supply is taxed and quality is poor.

Now, since the county improved the Lahaina sewage treatment plant and the
quality of its end product, EPA has decided to shelve the requirements
and
sidestep addressing the problems.

The county need not construct ground water monitoring wells, and there's
no
mention of reclamation.   New wells may be approved next year, based on
county data.

In short, all EPA is saying is the effluent should meet certain nitrogen
standards. They don't care about reducing the water or where the water
goes.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

An interesting one in that the name is withheld by request...

The writer questions why Maui Land and Pine, Amfac, Lahaina Divers and
the
Royal Lahaina Resort received environmental awards. Here, let me quote.
"The 'service' for which they received their awards was for cleaning up
their own pollution. Lahaina Divers cleans up their own dive area. Maui
Land and Pineapple keeps the mud from flowing off their land into the
ocean
with cement basins. Amfac is reusing wastewater that reduces their
pumping
costs. Royal Lahaina Resort saves money by reducing its waste stream.
Are
these real volunteers? Volunteers help others, not themselves.

The writer continues, "Some of these groups have benefited from these
environmental improvements at the taxpayers' expense. In the case of
ML&P
they received grant money to build retention basins to stop their mud-
flows.
 Our tax dollars paid for those basins. Amfac not only receives
irrigation
water for cheaper then (sic) they can pump it, the county provides free
piping of the water. Again it is our tax dollars that are spent for
maintenance and repair of those pipes."

The last paragraph reads, "Why is big business being recognized by
government, paid for by our tax dollars. Wendy Wiltse, who masterminded
the
event - what's her gain? She has done a good job patting them on the
back,
in her job as algae coordinator. In the meantime, the algae grows, rots
and
stinks. As the overseer of $2 million worth of studies, all she can say
is
"I don't know why the algae grows"

>From the Where I Sit Department...

I am not sure about all the facts in this letter to the editor. I can
say
that I am happy that Maui Land and Pine have taken sincere steps to
reduce
the amount of red soil that slip into the ocean during torrential rains.
It
is kind of like closing the barn door after all the horses have bolted
but... And Amfac, even their token recycling is at least TOKEN.

For Amfac TOKEN is still more than they HAVE been doing. I share the
frustration this writer feels however. I can well imagine how the writer
will react when this week's Lahaina News shows and he/she finds out the
EPA
stuck it to us again.

EDITORIAL CARTOON

is about an accountant clutching a briefcase. He is riding a surfboard
high
on top of a wave. I am not sure what it is about.. some impending
lawsuit.
In the USA, Land of the Lawsuit, you would know better than I what this
is
about.

HARBOR REPORT

Whoooaaaa! the Harbour Report takes up a 3/4 of a page! And the photo
is
back. Two grinning males and an upside striped marlin with a sign on its
body. The sign can be read if you use a high power magnifying glass.

It says, "I am embarrassed to be seen with these two.   Call my lawyer."

NAPILI MARKET/Food Pantry centre page ad

OOHHHH SO CLOSE! I thought we had a papaya and SPAM page today but it is
really papaya and Corned Beef... Oh well.

Papayas are on sale for 69 cents. That's 30 cents less than usual and 30
cents more than the best I ever saw the price.

Libby's Corned Beef is on sale for $1.59 but it should have been SPAM.

Duracell batteries are $3.19 fr a four-pack.

Lender's Bagels are once again on sale for $1.39 but be careful.   Don't
pick
up the blueberry ones accidentally.

Coors Beer is on sale at 2 cases of 6 for $7.00 and Gallo Livington
Cellars
Wine are on sale at $4.29 for the vat.

WHAT?   No Christmas turkey on sale?

Western Family bread is on sale for $1.49. White or Wheat. Please do
not
buy this kind of bread for feeding to fish in the ocean. Taking the
white
bread, lumping it into a ball and feeding it to marine creatures makes
them
puff up to twice their size when the bread absorbs water once inside the
stomachs.

It gives fish flatulence and severe cramps.   It's ok to feed it to humans
though....

That's it for another week. Bad news for people trying to protect West
Maui's environment. Silly us. Thinking the E A would assist us in this
endeavour...
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