Wailuku gas price creeps down penny
HONOLULU - The average price of regular unleaded gasoline in Wailuku was $4.86 a gallon Thursday, down a penny from last week, according to the AAA Hawaii Weekend Gas Watch.
The price was 4 cents lower than last month but 46 cents higher than last year at the same time.
Statewide, the average price was $4.45 a gallon Thursday, down 5 cents from last week, 9 cents less than a month ago and 54 cents more than a year ago.
The average price of a gallon of unleaded Thursday was $4.29 a gallon in Honolulu and $4.57 a gallon in Hilo.
AAA Hawaii Weekend Gas Watch is a weekly snapshot of gas prices. Prices are derived from fleet vehicle credit card transactions at more than 100,000 stations around the country. Prices shown are combined averages of last card swipe of previous day.
Smoke clears out Old Navy, neighbors
KAHULUI - Smoke from a ballast in a light fixture at the Old Navy store led to the evacuation of the store and some neighboring Maui Marketplace businesses Wednesday even-ing, a fire official said.
Kahului engine and rescue crews responded to the 7:26 p.m. call and investigated, finding the source of the smoke in the light fixture in the dressing room area of the store, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.
He said the circuit breaker was turned off and an electrician was called.
Fire crews left the scene at 8:04 p.m.
Groundbreaking today for bridge
KAWELA, Molokai - A groundbreaking ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. today for the Kawela Stream bridge replacement project.
The bridge is east of Kaunakakai at Milepost 5.1 on Kamehameha V Highway.
The new bridge will be 65 feet long and 47 feet wide. The project also will improve drainage and mitigate flooding, according to an announcement from the state Department of Transportation.
General Plan panel recesses till Tuesday
WAILUKU - Maui County Council's General Plan Committee on Thursday finished hearing public testimony on the draft Maui Island Plan's general growth boundaries for the Makawao-Pukalani-Kula region.
The committee meeting has been recessed until 9 a.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers, when the committee will review and deliberate on the growth boundaries for the Upcountry area.
The testimony portion has been closed.
Recycling event planned on Lanai
LANAI CITY - Scrap metal, tires, vehicle batteries and appliances that can't be disposed of at the landfill will be collected during a solid waste recycling event from Thursday to June 24 at the Lanai Recycling and Redemption Center.
Items will be accepted from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the center at 12th and Fraser avenues.
Items collected will be shipped to recycling processors on Oahu.
Items that can be taken to the center include water heaters, washers, dryers, refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, dishwashers, stoves, ovens and microwaves.
Community Work Day Program is coordinating the event with support from Castle & Cooke Resorts and the the Maui County Department of Environmental Management Abandoned Vehicles & Metals Section. The McOmber family is providing in-kind support of transportation and lodging on the island.
For more information, call 877-2524. Senior citizens and disabled residents may call for assistance in recycling their items.
Runway work to redirect air traffic
KAHULUI - Kahului Airport's main runway will shut down for maintenance from 11:30 tonight to 5 a.m. Saturday and the same hours Saturday night and Sunday, according to the state Department of Transportation.
Residents of Kahului, Wailuku and Spreckelsville can expect more air traffic while flight patterns are modified for the runway closure.
The work is part of a $1.14 million project to rewire runway lights and taxiway circuits. The taxiway lights will be changed to energy-efficient lights.
The project is expected to be completed this month.