Roadway closures may disrupt traffic
The state Department of Transportation has announced road closures this week.
* Hana Highway; a single-lane closure in the westbound direction between Milepost 10.4 in the vicinity of the Garden of Eden and Milepost 16 in the vicinity of Keanae Peninsula Road, daily from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for road maintenance.
* Honoapiilani Highway; the highway's eastbound lane will be shifted to the mauka side of the road between Front and Kai Hele Ku streets, fronting Launiupoko State Park, continuously until repairs can be made to ocean erosion that has undermined the highway's makai lane.
* Maalaea Harbor Road; closed until November for construction of waterlines, sewer lines and a water treatment facility. Detour signs have been posted.
Candidate forums to be broadcast live
Akaku: Maui Community Television will televise two live candidate forums on cable Channel 53 this week - state Legislature candidates from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and Maui County Council candidates at the same time on Wednesday, according to an announcement.
The event also will be streamed online at akaku.org.
The forum is being sponsored by the Kula and Kihei community associations, Akaku and The Maui News.
Maui News staff writer Nanea Kalani will be a moderator, along with former Maui News staff writer Ilima Loomis and members of the Kihei and Kula community associations.
Half-staff flags to honor firefighters
Gov. Neil Abercrombie has ordered all Hawaii flags to be flown at half-staff alongside U.S. flags today in honor of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service.
As part of Fire Prevention Week, flags will be flown at half-staff to honor fallen firefighters and to renew efforts to prevent fires and their tragic consequences, according to an announcement.
Man on a dirt bike airlifted after crash
The Maui Fire Department airlifted a Kahana dirt biker to safety Saturday afternoon after he crashed in hills above Lahainaluna High School and was incapacitated with injuries to his wrist and leg.
The 52-year-old man's injuries were not life threatening, but he couldn't move. He was taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center, Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga said.
Lahaina firefighters responded to the 2:22 p.m. alarm and worked with a Kahului rescue crew and the department's Air 1 helicopter. The man was located at 3:04 p.m. and stabilized for transport.
The man was found in fallow sugar cane fields about a half-mile above the school. He'd been riding alone.
The victim was taken by helicopter to a landing zone set up at the school where American Medical Response paramedics were waiting and took him to the hospital.