Preparing for a disaster, new programs at King Kekaulike High School, and Haleakala’s solar telescope will be the topics at 7pm this Wednesday, September 9 at the Kula Community Center. Beginning at 6:30pm the usual great refreshments will be available. Officials from Maui Electric Company and Maui County’s Civil Defense Office will discuss what residents can do to protect themselves before and during a disaster. In our upcountry region this could be a major storm, a wildfire, an earthquake, or an influx of coastal residents fleeing a tsunami. Are we ready?
King Kekaulike High School’s new principal Mark Elliott will describe programs and changes at the high school. With the construction of the school’s new $30 million theater will there be greater opportunities for the community to consider the campus as its upcountry cultural center?
The solar telescope on Haleakala’s summit has resulted in considerable controversy. Proponents feel that the advances resulting from the telescope’s operations will provide major scientific benefits. Concurrently, there are those that are strongly opposed to locating the telescope on the summit. Both sides have been invited to present their case to the community, but only those who oppose the construction have accepted the invitation. Kilakila ‘O Haleakalā’s Kiope Raymond will describe the telescope’s history and the legal issues that are still being argued in court. Kānaka activist Trinette Furtado will explain the rationale and goals of those who recently have protested the telescope by attempting to prevent the delivery of materials to the summit.