SPAM cans sought for wall, donation
WAILUKU - The Maui Police Department is collecting cans of SPAM to create a "Great Wall of SPAM" at the Wailuku station.
The canned meat will be donated to a local charity.
Police are hoping to collect 770 cans of the 12-ounce regular "blue" Hormel SPAM.
Residents can drop off donations of SPAM at the Wailuku Police Station or at the ninth-floor Mayor's Office in the Kalana O Maui building. The deadline for donations is Thursday.
For more information, contact officer Dennis Clifton or Lisa Tomita at the Community Relations Section at 244-6380.
Regan honored for tsunami respite visits
WAILUKU - Honolulu's Japanese Consul General Yoshihiko Kamo has recognized Maui County Managing Director Keith Regan for helping to bring about 100 victims of Japan's March 11 earthquake and tsunami to the Valley Isle for respite visits.
Mayor Alan Arakawa said he was proud that Regan led the Aloha Initiative to bring the Japanese families to Maui and Oahu.
Kamo awarded Regan the Consul General's Certificate of Commendation.
The initiative also is offering scholarships for victims from Japan who want to study in Hawaii.
Runway work may lead to more air traffic
KAHULUI - Ongoing work on Kahului Airport's main runway may have led to an increase in air traffic over Wailuku and Kahului early this morning, state Department of Transportation officials said.
Maintenance work on Runway 2-20 led to the closure of the runway from midnight to 5 a.m. today, officials said. Flight patterns for cargo flights were changed because of the closed runway.
High-surf advisory for Maui and Molokai
WAILUKU - A high-surf advisory remains in effect through 6 p.m. today for north-facing shores of Maui and Molokai.
The National Weather Service said surf from a northwest swell was expected to reach 14 to 20 feet this weekend, diminishing today.
For more information, call (866) 944-5025 or go online to www.prh.noaa.gov/hnl.