Two swim to shore after boat sinking
HAIKU - A man and 17-year-old boy managed to swim to shore early Friday after a fishing boat sank about a mile off Pauwela, a fire official said.
Fire crews and the U.S. Coast Guard had launched a search for the boy after the 31-year-old captain of the 21-foot Hailey Kai swam to shore and made his way to the first home he saw on Nahele Road to report what happened at 3:41 a.m., said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.
With the man reporting the boy was still missing, a Coast Guard helicopter from Oahu and personnel from Maalaea responded, along with the Fire Department's Air One helicopter and rescue boat.
The search was called off at 6:30 a.m. when it was learned that the boy had made it to shore, Mainaga said.
Neither the boy nor the man needed medical treatment.
Baisa to co-chair Hannemann race
WAILUKU - Maui County Council Member Gladys Baisa has been named as a co-chairwoman for the congressional campaign of former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann.
The Hannemann campaign said that the candidate announced his campaign co-chairs and island coordinators during the grand opening of his statewide campaign headquarters in Honolulu on Thursday night.
Baisa said she accepted an "honorary" position as co-chairwoman for Hannemann in Maui County because of her longtime friendship with the candidate.
The time commitment will be "minimal," she said.
Hannemann's Maui County coordinator is Pukalani resident Michelle Del Rosario.
Hannemann is seeking the Democratic Party's nomination for the 2nd Congressional District seat.
Incumbent U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono is leaving the seat to run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Daniel Akaka, who is retiring.
Arakawa plans pair of events in May
WAILUKU - Mayor Alan Arakawa will be holding two "County on Your Corner" events this month, one Thursday in Hana and another May 12 in Kahului.
The Hana session will be held from noon to 2 p.m. at Paanimai Skate Park. Joining Arakawa will be Department of Parks and Recreation Deputy Director Pat Matsui and executive assistants Bill Medeiros and Zeke Kalua.
The May 12 event will run from 5 to 7 p.m. at the 12th annual Maui Matsuri on the University of Hawaii Maui College campus.
Council Members Don Couch and Mike Victorino will attend as well as Department of Public Works Director David Goode, county Department of Transportation Director Jo Anne Johnson Winer, Department of Housing and Human Concerns Deputy Director Jan Shishido and executive assistants Medeiros, Kalua and John Buck.
For more information, call 280-1299.