Governor releases funds for projects
Gov. Neil Abercrombie released $21.8 million for airport and highway projects state-wide Thursday, including more than $7 million for Maui projects.
The Valley Isle projects included:
* $4.75 million for repaving a portion of Kahului Airport's Runway 2-20 to comply with Federal Aviation Administration requirements.
* $1.25 million for technical studies and an environmental impact statement for proposed runway improvements at Kahului Airport.
* $1,019,000 for Kekaulike Avenue drainage improvements in Upcountry.
* $100,000 for Kapalua airport aircraft rescue and firefighting station expansion.
"Our state's economy is growing stronger, and it is important that we maintain this positive momentum by continuing to invest in priority capital improvement projects, particularly those maintaining and upgrading our transportation infrastructure," Abercrombie said.
Wailuku gas price rises by a penny
Wailuku's average price for regular unleaded gasoline rose a penny this week to $4.57, which is 6 cents more than last month and 31 cents less than the price at the same time last year, the AAA Hawaii Weekend Gas Watch reported Friday.
The Maui price is again the highest among three areas reported in the watch's weekly snapshot of gas prices.
Statewide, the average price this past week was $4.35, a penny less than last week, a penny more than last month and 18 cents less than a year ago. In Honolulu, motorists were paying an average of $4.25 per gallon for unleaded gas, a cent less than last week, the same price as last month and down 13 cents from last year. In Hilo, the average price was $4.36, down 4 cents from last week, 3 cents more than last month and 30 cents less than a year ago.
Man arrested in selling of marijuana
Lahaina patrol officers arrested a Kahului man who admitted he had been selling suspected marijuana near Banyan Tree Park this week, police said.
Daniel Tapaoan, 50, was charged with promoting a controlled substance in or near a school or public park. His bail was set at $10,000.
According to police records, Tapaoan was arrested at 4:46 p.m. Wednesday.
Lahaina patrol Lt. William Gannon said "proactive work by a patrol officer" led to the arrest. In addition to being near the park, the drug sale occurred in the area of nearby King Kamehameha III Elementary School, Gannon said.
The felony charge applies to drug distribution within 750 feet of a school, school vehicle or public park.
County seeks bids on traffic signals
Maui County is seeking licensed contractors to bid on the installation of traffic signals at the intersection of Kamehameha Avenue and Kane Street in Kahului.
The project is expected to cost between $500,000 and $1 million.
A pre-bid conference is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. June 20 at the Department of Public Works' Engineering Division office on the fourth floor of the Kalana O Maui building in Wailuku.
Aside from the installation of traffic signals and roadway modifications, the project includes making sidewalk improvements and restriping pavement.
Eligible bidders must be licensed contractors.
Bids will be opened on July 10.
National park overlook to close
The Leleiwi overlook at Haleakala National Park will be closed for a week for repaving and disabled access improvements from Wednesday through June 12, according to an announcement.
For more information, see the park's website at www.nps.gov/hale.
Workplace safety focus of meeting
The topic of why safety in the workplace matters and related issues will be discussed at the noon Monday meeting of The Rotary Club of Kahului at Cafe O' Lei at the Dunes at Maui Lani.
The speaker will be Gordon Gillis, an occupational safety and health/safety engineering consultant with Pacific Safety Solutions & Swinerton Builders. His talk will address the value of keeping everyone safe and the cost/benefit to the employer as well as issues with workers' compensation.
The meeting is open to the public. Lunch costs $20, or there is a $5 program fee charge.
For more information, contact club President Robert Kawahara at 244-5531.