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Blackburn to run for council seat

Wailuku resident Joe Blackburn announced his candidacy for the Wailuku-Waihee-Waikapu residency seat of the Maui County Council on Friday.

His resume includes serving as a fire rescue captain and a police officer. He also was a security specialist and safety director with Maui Electric Co. and taught fire science classes at the then-Maui Community College.

He currently owns a business that manages homeowners associations and rentals and sells real estate.

Blackburn has bachelor’s degrees from California State University at Chico in business administration and Western Oregon State College in public fire administration. He also has a master’s degree from the University of Hawaii in higher education administration.

He is married to Shirley Kaiahua Blackburn.

His campaign has planned a fundraising golf tournament, beginning at 7 a.m. Nov. 17 at Kahili Golf Course in Waikapu. It will be a shotgun start. There will be entertainment by Ikaika Blackburn and Friends, lunch and prizes. The cost to enter is $130.

For more information, call 442-6462 or email


Wakea Avenue project continues

The Wakea Avenue rehabilitation project continues, with the section of road from Lono Avenue to Kahiki Street closed to traffic next week, the county Department of Public Works said.

The Lono and Wakea avenue intersection also will be closed. The closures begin Monday, and that section of road is expected to reopen Friday afternoon.

Access will be allowed only to residents.

Crews will be working on the repaving project from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily, though the closure will be in place 24/7 during that period, the county said.


Missing hiker found near campground

A hiker who had been missing since Wednesday in Haleakala Crater was found Friday afternoon, officials said.

The man, identified by police as Richard Scheidman of Lahaina, was found around 4:45 p.m. Friday outside the Hosmer Grove campground, park officials said. Scheidman appeared “cold and weak” and was receiving medical attention, officials said.

Scheidman, who is in his 60s, was reported missing by his wife Wednesday night after he did not return home from his hike, said Lt. Jayson Rego of the police Criminal Investigation Division. He said that Scheidman began hiking at about 11:45 a.m. Wednesday on the Halemauu Trail at about the 8,000-foot elevation and was expected home around 7 p.m.

When Scheidman did not return from the hike on the 5-mile-long trail, firefighters began searching for him Wednesday evening. Crews found Scheidman’s car in the parking lot fronting the trail with his cellphone on the front seat.

Ground teams from the National Park Service and Maui and Honolulu police and Maui fire crews and helicopters searched for Scheidman during daylight hours Thursday and Friday. Friday’s search had been suspended around 2 p.m, and officials were deliberating whether to conduct another search this morning when Scheidman was found, park officials said.

Rego said Scheidman was found outside the park fenceline after becoming lost while trying to make his way back to his car. He emerged from brush near a Hosmer Grove campsite and was calling for help, Rego said. Tourists assisted Scheidman and called police.

Scheidman was “alert and coherent” and “soaking wet” after a storm Wednesday night and rainshowers Thursday morning, Rego said. Scheidman reported hearing helicopters searching for him but was unable to signal them.

Medics were tending to Scheidman.


Blockage in sewer line causes spill

An 8,366-gallon wastewater spill occurred Thursday next to the baseball field on Kanaloa Avenue in Central Maui, the county Department of Environmental Management said.

The spill was reported at 10:30 a.m. and was stopped by 1:30 p.m., the department said.

The cause was a blockage of grit and sand in a main sewer line, the department said. The line was flushed, standing water vacuumed and the area disinfected.

The overflow did not enter any waterways, and the area has no public access.

The state Department of Health was notified of the spill.


Engineers union endorses Arakawa

The Operating Engineers Local Union No. 3 District 17 has endorsed Mayor Alan Arakawa for re-election.

The union represents 3,500 heavy equipment operators in Hawaii.

“Mayor Arakawa has demonstrated his unwavering support for hardworking men and women of Maui County and worked tirelessly in revitalizing our local economy,” said William “Willy” Greig, Operating Engineers Local Union No. 3 Maui business representative.

ILWU issued an early endorsement for Arakawa last year.