Help sought in wood chipper fire probe
Police are asking for the public's help in the investigation of a fire that destroyed a wood chipper last month in the back parking lot of the Easter Seals building in Kahului.
Wailuku patrol officers responded to the 3:58 p.m. alarm Feb. 18 at 155 S. Wakea Ave. The Maui Fire Department also responded and extinguished the fire.
A Vermeer wood chipper valued at $17,000 was destroyed.
Anyone who has information on the fire is asked to call the police Criminal Investigation Division at 244-6431.
Airline to halt some, start other services
Island Air will stop flying to the Kapalua-West Maui Airport on May 31 as the airline phases out its old, small Dash 8 aircraft, the airline announced.
However, the airline will relaunch daily service to Kahului beginning April 15 with the addition of a new ATR 72 aircraft. The airline also will provide daily service between Kahului and Lanai, it said.
"We are pleased that we can expand service to Kahului with the addition of our new ATR 72 aircraft," said Les Murashige, Island Air president. "We regret that we will no longer serve Kapalua. However, as we phase out the Dash 8 aircraft, which are reaching the end of their economic life, our larger aircraft will not be able to land on Kapalua Airport's short runway."
For more information, go online to www.islandair.com.
Improvement funds slated for Lokelani
Lokelani Intermediate School in Kihei is the only school cited as receiving part of $2 million in capital improvement funds for noise and heat abatement projects statewide, according to an announcement from the Governor's Office.
Although the money is for the design and construction of noise and heat abatement at "various schools to improve the learning environment," the announcement pointed only to Lokelani Intermediate.
The capital improvement money is part of Gov. Neil Abercrombie's release of more than $26.2 million for public schools statewide.
The announcement said that the work "will improve Hawaii public school facilities while stimulating the state's economy and generating jobs."