Williams named HTA board chairman
Maui resident Ron Williams, president and chief executive officer of Atlantis Adventures, has been reappointed chairman of the Hawaii Tourism Authority board of directors.
Patricia Ewing, owner of Kong Lung Co., has been appointed vice chairwoman.
This new term will be Williams' third consecutive one-year term. He was first appointed to the HTA board in 2010 and has 30 years of experience in the visitor industry.
"Beyond his leadership and expertise in the tourism industry, Ron exemplifies the aloha spirit that represents and differentiates the Hawaiian Islands from the rest of the world," said Mike McCartney, HTA president and CEO.
Operating equipment likely cause of fire
A fire that destroyed a Kahana gym and sports club Monday most likely started accidentally due to operating equipment, a fire official said.
The official cause remained undetermined for the fire, reported at about 6 a.m. at Maui Muscle Sports Club Kahana on Lower Honoapiilani Road, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga. Witnesses reported smoke and flames coming from a club sauna.
Damage was confined to the building and didn't spread to the Valley Isle Resort, which is behind the sports club, Mainaga said. The resort was evacuated until firefighters brought the fire under control at 1 p.m. The fire was extinguished it at 4:40 p.m., with investigators remaining on scene until 7 p.m.
Damage was estimated at $900,000 to the structure and $500,000 to its contents.
Elevator service at the resort was restored at 6 p.m.
Leaky tank leads to Kahului evacuations
Some Kahului residences were evacuated Monday morning after firefighters responded to a report of a leaking tank at a residence on Lono Avenue, a fire official said.
Kahului rescue and hazmat crews responded to the 11 a.m. call and ruled out the possibility that propane was leaking from the 4- to 5-foot-tall tank, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.
He said the tank was left to vent. After checking the atmosphere in the area, firefighters determined it was safe and residents were allowed to return to their homes, Mainaga said.
Help being sought in locating 27-year-old
Police are looking for a 27-year-old woman who has been reported missing from home since last week.
Jennifer Kaiama is described as 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing 115 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes.
She was last seen at home at about 10 a.m. Friday when she left to go to a doctor's appointment on Olinda Road. A neighbor later reported seeing Kaiama with an unknown male on Saturday at Queen Ka'ahumanu Center.
Anyone who sees Kaiama or who has information on her whereabouts is asked to call police at 244-6400.