Visitor seriously hurt in moped crash
HONOKOHAU VALLEY - A 60-year-old California woman was flown to Maui Memorial Medical Center on Tuesday after her moped went over a guardrail at Honokohau Valley, said Ryan Joslin, spokesman for the Maui County Paramedics Association.
Medics aboard the Maui MedEvac helicopter and the Napili ambulance were dispatched at 1 p.m. to Honokohau Valley at Milepost 37.3 and found the woman, who was wearing a helmet, at 1:21 p.m., Joslin said. The visitor was about 15 feet makai of the highway with multiple traumatic injuries that required advanced life-support care, he said.
The woman was taken in serious condition by ambulance to Napili Park, where she was transferred to the helicopter and flown to the hospital.
State lawmakers to speak in Kihei
KIHEI - State Sen. Roz Baker and Rep. George Fontaine will hold a "talk story" and "end of session wrap-up" from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday on the Kihei Charter School's Lipoa Street campus.
The legislators will discuss bills passed and capital improvement projects funded by the state Legislature, according to an announcement.
"We've worked diligently to continue positive efforts to address the foreclosure crisis affecting many in our community, health and social service concerns as well as creating jobs by addressing the backlog of repair and maintenance for our schools and other public facilities," said Baker, who represents South and West Maui residents.
For more information, contact Baker's Honolulu office by dialing 984-2400, ext. 66070, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MECO issues a balloon heads up
KAHULUI - With this being graduation season, Maui Electric Co. is reminding people to hold on to their shiny metallic balloons because they may cause a blackout when released and entangled in power lines.
The balloons also may be a safety hazard to repair crews working to restore power.
MECO recommends attaching a weight to prevent the balloon from flying away.
If a balloon is caught in a power line, officials warn people not to attempt to climb a utility pole or pull the balloon's string to recover it.
Instead, call utility officials. On Maui, call 871-7777, and on Lanai and Molokai, call (877) 871-8461.