Flags at half-staff in honor of Nishizuka
U.S. and Hawaii flags will fly at half-staff today in honor of Capt. Reid Kijiro Nishizuka, who was killed in a plane crash in Afghanistan.
"Like so many of our men and women in uniform, Reid chose to serve our nation with honor, and the people of Hawaii are proud of his selflessness and commitment in defense of freedom so far from home," said Gov. Neil Abercrombie, who ordered the flag lowering. "We extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to the Nishizuka and Hatakeyama ohana as we mourn the loss of an island son."
The Hatakeyama family is related to Nishizuka's maternal lineage. Today is the day of the memorial service for Nishizuka.
Born in Honolulu, Nishizuka, 30, graduated from Kailua High School in 2000 and earned an aerospace engineering degree from the University of Notre Dame in 2005. He entered the military in June 2005 and served as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force, logging 2,434 flying hours with more than half of that time in combat.
Nishizuka was serving with the 427th Reconnaissance Squadron, based at Beale Air Force Base in Northern California, when his MC-12 aircraft crashed near Kandahar Airfield on April 27. He was killed along with Capt. Brandon L. Cyr, 28, of Scott Air Force Base, Ill.; Staff Sgt. Daniel N. Fannin, 30, of Tinker Air Force Base, Okla.; and Staff Sgt. Richard A. Dickson, 24, also assigned to Beale Air Force Base.
No injuries in fire at Maui Lani Parkway
A half-acre brush fire at Maui Lani Parkway was extinguished Thursday afternoon, with no damage or injuries reported, a fire official said.
Kahului and Wailuku firefighters responded to the 3:49 p.m. alarm near the entrance of the road leading to the golf course maintenance building, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.
The fire of dry grass and brush was brought under control at 4:13 p.m. and extinguished at 5:16 p.m., he said.
The cause was undetermined.
PAWS sale today to raise funds for move
Maui PAWS no-kill dog sanctuary in Haiku is holding a garage sale from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today to raise money to help with a move, after being evicted from the property at 4320 Hana Highway, owner Chris Borges said.
For sale is equipment, furniture and beverage coolers from Maui Grown Market, which Borges said she has run on the same property for the past 16 years to help pay the expenses of the sanctuary for special-needs dogs. Anything in the store will be half-off, she said.
Borges said she needs to find homes for 23 mixed-breed dogs currently at the shelter. Two are blind and others have other health problems.
Borges said the dog sanctuary may have to leave the 2 1/2-acre property as early as Wednesday after the property went into foreclosure and was sold.
The sanctuary may be able to move to another Haiku location, she said, but it needs volunteers to help with fencing for the dogs.
Borges asks anyone who can help to call her at 572-1693 or send email to email@example.com.
Gabbard's 'constituent outreach plan' set
U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard will organize "Tulsi in Your Town" events on Maui later this month where her staffers will be available to meet with her constituents.
"My constituent outreach plan will maximize my team members in every county," Gabbard, whose 2nd Congressional District includes Maui County, said in a news release Tuesday. "While my office is open and available on a daily basis, my team and I want to be proactive and let people know we are always here to help."
Her Maui representative, Karey Oura-Kapoi, will be available from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at Kaunoa Senior Center, 401 Alakapa Place, Spreckelsville, and 11 a.m. to noon May 22 at the West Maui Senior Center, 788 Pauoa St., Lahaina.
Oura-Kapoi can be reached by phone at 755-5793 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nathan Miyake, who works with veterans, will be available from 1 to 3 p.m Thursday at the Maui Veterans Center, 35 Lunalilo St., Suite 101, Wailuku.
He can be reached by phone at 541-1986 or by email at email@example.com.
Information on additional outreach days will be available at gabbard.house.gov/tulsi-in-your-town.