Tree branch cuts power to 1,300 customers
A tree branch that came down on power lines on West Kuiaha Road caused a power outage Friday afternoon, according to Maui Electric Co.
About 1,300 customers in Haiku were without power for 26 minutes, beginning at about 2:40 p.m., said MECO spokeswoman Kau'i Awai-Dickson.
Fire burns hill below Hospice Maui buildings
A fire burned about 8,000 square feet along Mahalani Street downslope from Hospice Maui near Maui Lani on Friday afternoon.
Four fire units responded to the brush fire at about 2 p.m.
Firefighters took up positions to protect the Hospice Maui buildings, said Capt. Paul Haake of the Fire Prevention Bureau. No other structures were threatened.
Workers at Hospice Maui initially were unaware of the fire less than 50 feet from their offices. Nearby residents called the facility when they saw the fire spread up the hill.
"Somebody called us and said, 'Your hill is on fire,' " said Hospice Development Director Kimberly Howard-Carhart on Friday afternoon. "I'm glad they called, because our place would've gone up like that."
The fire, between a Dunes at Maui Lani Golf Course fairway and Mahalani Street, was not threatening enough to have the facility evacuated.
The blaze was extinguished at about 2:30 p.m., said Haake.
There were no injuries, and the cause of the fire was undetermined.
Hana Airport to close for improvements
Hana Airport will be closed from 9 p.m. Sundays to 6 a.m. Fridays, beginning Sunday, according to the state Department of Transportation Airports Division.
The nighttime closures will run through the end of August.
During the closures, improvements will be made to airfield lighting, the Transportation Department news release said. All electrical wiring and runway and taxiway light fixtures will be removed and replaced. Wind cones will be replaced as well.
The improvements will cost about $900,000.
Regular air service to Hana Airport will not be affected because no flights are scheduled during overnight hours. An emergency medevac plan is in place, allowing an alternate landing zone for medical helicopters should the need arise.
All daytime flight operations will continue as normal.
Gasoline prices slightly lower in Wailuku
The average price of a gallon of regular unleaded in Wailuku was $4.51 on Thursday, 2 cents less than last week, 4 cents less than last month and 38 cents less than the price this time last year, according to the AAA Hawaii Weekend Gas Watch.
The state average for regular unleaded was $4.36 per gallon, which was 2 cents less than last week, 2 cents less than last month and 25 cents less than this time last year.
The average price of a gallon of unleaded in Honolulu was $4.27 and in Hilo, $4.37.
Hawaii is the only state where gas prices average more than $4 a gallon, followed by Alaska at $3.97 and California at $3.91, according to AAA Hawaii General Manager Liane Sumida.
Prices are derived from fleet vehicle credit card transactions at more than 100,000 stations nationwide. Prices shown are the combined averages of the last card swipe of the previous day.