Kula boy dies in truck wreck
A 12-year-old Kula boy was killed late Sunday afternoon after the truck he was riding in overturned on the unpaved road to the Pauwela Lighthouse, police said.
Connor Ellis sustained fatal injuries and died at the scene of the crash, police said. The operator of the 1984 Toyota pickup truck, a 44-
year-old Kula resident, was treated at Maui
Memorial Medical Center and released, police said.
The incident occurred around 5:10 p.m. The vehicle was traveling northbound on Pauwela Lighthouse Road at lot 217 when the driver swerved to avoid a tire on the dirt roadway, causing the vehicle to overturn on its passenger side.
Police were still investigating the incident Monday.
Crews rescue injured woman
A 55-year-old Washington state visitor was rescued by a fire crew after she injured her foot early Sunday evening while at Olivine Pools in Kahakuloa, fire officials said.
When the Napili fire crew arrived around 5:30 p.m., they splinted the Vancouver woman's injured foot and carried her half a mile up a steep trail to safety.
The woman was transported for medical attention in her own personal vehicle, fire officials said.
Isle, Molokai to see high surf
A high-surf advisory has been posted by the National Weather Service for east-facing shores of Maui and Molokai from 6 a.m. today to 6 a.m. Wednesday.
A high-surf advisory means that high surf will affect beaches in the advisory area, producing rip currents and localized beach erosion.
A combination of a north swell along with breezy trade winds will cause rough surf along east-facing shores. Surf heights will be 6 to 10 feet.
A high tide of about 1.6 feet is expected between 12:56 p.m. and 2:14 p.m. today.
Beachgoers are urged to stay out of the water and away from the shorebreak due to hazardous wave action and strong rip currents.
$45,000 in damage from fire
An accidental fire Monday afternoon caused an estimated $45,000 in damage to a Maui Meadows cottage and its contents, a fire official said.
Wailea, Kihei and Kahului fire crews were dispatched to the fire at 3500 Kehala Drive at 3:40 p.m. and found a 700-square-foot cottage on the property burning, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga. He said the fire was brought under control at 3:56 p.m.
A fire inspector was called to the scene to investigate the cause of the blaze. Damage was estimated at $35,000 to the structure and $10,000 for its contents.
The fire was classified as accidental and was found to have started in the living room from smoldering debris within a trash can, Mainaga said.
He said the cottage was a rental and a man who lived there was displaced.
The American Red Cross responded to the fire, providing shelter, food and clothing assistance to the resident. No injuries were reported.
Caution urged over Haleakala roadwork
Motorists heading to the Haleakala summit should be aware that there will be road work along Crater Road that will last until about Dec. 14.
Sonny Vick's Paving Inc. is installing bicycle pullout areas along the highway from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.
The work includes removal of pavement, asphalt paving and installing permanent markings.
Motorists are urged to use caution and to follow all traffic control signs, devices and flag persons.
$80K from auction to benefit Book Trust
The nonprofit Maui-based Book Trust program raised more than $80,000 at its inaugural Art Extravaganza auction event on Nov. 17 at the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa.
The organization said proceeds will benefit the Book Trust program that serves more than 5,000 students in all of Maui County's elementary schools.
The program works to empower children from low-income families to choose and own $7 worth of books from Scholastic Book Club fliers each month of the school year.
Funds were raised through live and silent auctions, event ticket sales and sponsorships.
"The Art Extravaganza was a fun-filled evening to celebrate a shared commitment for Maui County's keiki in need to not only own books, but to own books they've selected, books they are excited to own, and books that will inspire their passion for reading," Book Trust Executive Director Amy Friedman said in a statement.