Haleakala parking lot slated to reopen
The parking lot at the Haleakala National Park Headquarters Visitor Center is expected to reopen at 6 p.m. Monday, park officials said.
The lot has been under construction for repaving and to increase accessibility for visitors with disabilities.
The Leleiwi Overlook parking lot at the park's 8,840-foot elevation will be closed from 6:45 a.m. Monday to 6 p.m. Wednesday. The Kalahaku parking lot, the final phase of parking lot improvement projects, will be closed beginning at 6:45 a.m. Thursday to 6 p.m. Aug. 29, officials said.
All work is scheduled to be completed by Sept. 2. The work is occurring during the summer months because asphalt must be applied during the warmest, driest time of year.
Motorists should expect heavy construction traffic and delays on Haleakala Highway and Crater Road during construction.
For updates, visit www.nps.gov/hale or call 572-4400.
Prices at pump in Wailuku remain same
The price of a gallon of unleaded gas in Wailuku held the line at $4.57 compared to last week, according to the AAA Hawaii Weekend Gas Watch on Thursday.
The price was 6 cents more than last month and 40 cents more than last year.
The statewide average was $4.35 per gallon, a cent less than last week but 5 cents more than last month and 21 cents more than last year.
By island, Honolulu's average price was $4.24 a gallon, the same price as last week, a nickel more than last month and 15 cents more than last year. In Hilo, the average gas price was $4.36 per gallon, 1 cent less than last week, 4 cents more than last month and 24 cents more than this time a year ago.
AAA Hawaii Weekend Gas Watch is a weekly snapshot of gas prices and are derived from fleet vehicle credit card transactions at more than 100,000 stations around the country. Prices shown are combined averages of last card swipe of previous day.
Ruptured gas line leads to an evacuation
The Lahaina Center and surrounding businesses were evacuated and area roads were closed to traffic for about 50 minutes Friday when contractors working on renovations at the shopping center ruptured a 2-inch underground propane gas main line, a fire official said.
Lahaina fire crews as well as the Fire Department's Hazardous Materials Unit responded to the 12:16 p.m. alarm, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.
Firefighters used water streams to dissipate vapors from the gas leak, he said. No injuries were reported.
Troubleshooters from Hawaii Gas Co. arrived and stopped the leak by closing an isolation valve located at Front and Papalaua streets, Mainaga said. The main line was uncovered and repaired shortly afterward, with businesses allowed to reopen at 1:15 p.m., Mainaga said.
The closed roads, including portions of Front Street, were reopened at 1:08 p.m.
Woman facing charges in waistpack theft
A 33-year-old woman was charged with the theft of man's waistpack that he left on the beach while fishing in Kahului, police said.
Bail was set at $1,000 for Rena Andrews, who gave no local address. She was charged with second-degree theft.
The theft was reported at 3:40 p.m. Tuesday at the beach near Cary & Eddie's Hideaway Restaurant.
After leaving the waistpack on the beach, the fisherman saw two women hurriedly leaving the area before finding the waistpack missing, police said.
The waistpack contained an iPhone, prescription sunglasses and other items.
After checking with others in the area, the victim learned the identities of the two women and called police. At 11:20 p.m. that day, officers located one suspect and recovered the iPhone and the waistpack, police said. The woman wasn't charged with the theft but was being held on warrants in other matters.
Andrews was arrested at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, according to police records.