Haiku motorcyclist killed in collision
KAHULUI - A 29-year-old Haiku man died Wednesday evening when the motorcycle he was riding collided with a tanker truck on Haleakala Highway near Kahului Airport, police reported.
Kaula Kaauamo died at the scene of the 7:07 p.m. crash, which was on the highway one-tenth of a mile east of Aalele Street, police said. He was not wearing a helmet.
Kaauamo had been traveling east on Haleakala Highway and attempting to negotiate a turn when the motorcycle collided with the truck heading in the opposite direction, police said.
Police were investigating whether speed and alcohol were factors in the crash.
The truck driver, a 37-year-old Kahului man, was wearing a seat belt and was not injured.
The traffic death was the sixth this year on Maui County roads, compared with eight at the same time last year.
Candle suspected in Kihei condo fire
KIHEI - A candle is suspected to have started an early-morning fire Thursday in a fourth-floor unit at the Island Surf Building in Kihei, according to fire officials.
Responding to a 1:03 a.m. alarm, Kihei firefighters were on scene at 1:09 a.m.
The fire appeared to have started in the bedroom of the 600-square-foot unit, officials said.
A neighbor who used a hose to try to put out the fire was checked by medics at the scene.
The owner of the unit went to stay with friends after the fire, officials said.
The fire remains under investigation.
Recycling event is set in Haliimaile
HALIIMAILE - Recycling agencies will be on hand to accept a variety of items from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot next to the Haliimaile General Store.
Items that may be dropped off include scrap metal, bicycles, appliances, beverage containers, cooking oil, cellular phones, laptops, computers, printers, printer cartridges, newspaper, cardboard, telephone books, magazines, plastic grocery bags, eyeglasses, hearing aids, household and vehicle batteries, books, reusable paint, clothing and household items. No tires, motor oil or hazardous fluids will be accepted.
The event is being held by Aloha 'Aina Earth Day as a benefit for the Waste Not Want Not Foundation that provides produce to individuals in need. Donations of nonperishable food items for the Maui Food Bank will be accepted.
For more information or to volunteer, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 870-6095.
Haycraft Beach Park cleanup set for Saturday
MAALAEA - The Maui Ocean Center will sponsor a cleanup of Haycraft Beach Park from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday in Maalaea.
The effort will concentrate on the beach, nearby dunes and the harbor area, according to an announcement. Swimmers with snorkels and masks may help collect debris from the ocean.
Volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. at the beach park's tables and benches.
Trash grabbers, rubber gloves and trash bags will be provided by Community Work Day. Bottled water also will be available.
Participants are encouraged to bring sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses.
Parking is limited. Volunteers may park along the road outside the parking lot.