Double-decker bus on the road
Maui County's first double-decker bus will go into service at 6:30 a.m. today, picking up and dropping off passengers on the Kihei Islander No. 2 route, according to an announcement from the county Department of Transportation.
The new $378,362 bus carries about 90 passengers. That's double the capacity of an average bus in Maui County's fleet, which is operated by Roberts Hawaii.
A double-decker bus will join Maui County’s fleet of buses this morning, operating on the Kihei Islander No. 2 route, which takes passengers between Wailea Ike Drive in Wailea and the Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center in Kahului.
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Bus fares for the double-decker will be the same as those for all other buses - $2 per single boarding or $4 per day.
The double-decker bus was selected for the Kihei Islander route to help accommodate the large number of residents and visitors who use the Maui Bus to travel between Central and South Maui on a daily basis, the announcement said. The routes' termini are at Wailea Ike Drive in Wailea and at the Queen Ka'ahumanu Center in Kahului.
Missing hiker, 26, is located
Firefighters located a 26-year-old missing hiker Friday morning after he spent the night in the Makawao Forest Reserve, a fire official said.
The man had been in a hunting party with another man and a woman who injured her ankle and was airlifted out of a heavily forested ravine Thursday afternoon, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.
After the 28-year-old woman was rescued by firefighters responding to the 1:15 p.m. call, the man was reported missing after he had left the party to go back to a truck.
Firefighters searched for the man until 1:30 a.m. Friday before resuming the search at 6:15 a.m., Mainaga said. He said fire rescue personnel aboard the Fire Department's Air One helicopter located the man at about 6:40 a.m. and airlifted him to safety, using the same landing zone that had been used Thursday to rescue the woman.
The man was found in a nearby area mauka of where the woman had been picked up, Mainaga said. The man required no medical attention.
Woman, 19, charged in theft
A 19-year-old Lahaina woman was arrested Tuesday for stealing valuables that were left unattended at different resorts in Kaanapali, police said.
Bail was set at $34,000 for Makena Powers. She was charged with two counts of second-degree theft and three counts each of theft of a credit card and fraudulent use of a credit card.
Police said the thefts occurred Monday when people left iPhones, purses, miscellaneous items and computer equipment in bags. The stolen items were valued at about $1,000.
Powers used credit cards belonging to one victim at several establishments in Lahaina, making more than $800 in purchases, police said.
Through investigation, police learned that a 28-year-old Lahaina man was present during the thefts and use of credit cards. He was arrested and released pending further developments.
Officers recovered most of the stolen property and items purchased by Powers. Two iPhones that had been pawned also were recovered, police said.
Makena parking lot to be fixed
Parking lot repairs will begin at Makena State Park on Monday, the state Department of Land and Natural Resources announced.
Vares Contracting has been awarded the $63,977 project, which is expected to be completed July 19.
The park will remain open, and work will be conducted in two phases to ensure that parking remains available for visitors, state officials said.
The first phase involves the regrading and reshaping of 8-foot-wide shoulders on both sides of the entry road to the first paved parking lot, the announcement said.
Asphalt millings will then be placed and compacted on the shoulders. The bollards along the shoulders will be removed and replaced with galvanized pipe material.
In the project's second phase, concrete wheel stops will be removed and replaced with plastic stops within both paved parking lots.
The parking lot lines and speed bumps will be painted on both lots.
The two parking lots will not be closed at the same time.
For public safety, a security guard will be posted at the parking lot entry gate to inform park users of the parking lot closure and to direct them to open areas of the park.