Crews airlift man from Haleakala park
A 66-year-old man was rescued Tuesday afternoon after experiencing heart problems at Haleakala National Park, fire officials said.
Rescue personnel and the Maui Fire Department's Air One helicopter responded at 3:24 p.m. to Holua Cabin inside the crater, Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga said. The man was in stable condition and airlifted to a landing zone at Hosmer's Grove where park rangers were waiting, he said.
Fire burns 2 acres of brush and vehicle
Paia firefighters responded to a vehicle and brush fire Tuesday night at Pauwela Lighthouse, fire officials said.
Fire crews arrived at the scene around 7:30 p.m. and found about 2 acres of brush, trash and an abandoned truck on fire, Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga said. The fire was under control by 8:50 p.m. and extinguished about 2 1/2 hours later.
The fire was difficult to access and extinguish due to "bad road conditions" and "overgrown elephant grass," Mainaga said. The adverse conditions forced firefighters to use smaller trucks that carried less water.
No damage was reported. The fire's cause remained undetermined.
Police to begin drunken-driving checks
Maui County police will be setting up drunken-driving roadblocks at unannounced times and locations beginning Friday and continuing through New Year's Day.
The roadblocks will be set up countywide, including on Molokai and Lanai, said Lt. Ricky Uedoi, commander of the police Traffic Section.
In addition, officers will be on the lookout for intoxicated drivers during saturated patrols, Uedoi said. His message to holiday drivers: "Don't drink and drive."
Through November, traffic officers alone had issued more than 3,000 citations for speeding, Uedoi said.
Businesses to host Paia event Saturday
Businesses in Paia town will hold an annual "Paia Gives" event from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday.
Merchants will support nonprofits and charities through special deals, events and by accepting donations.
Some merchants will offer refreshments and gifts with purchases.
For more information, contact stores directly or see www.facebook.com/paiatown.
Child car seat inspections set in Kahului
Free child car seat and booster seat inspections will be done from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of Maui Marketplace near Sports Authority on Dairy Road in Kahului.
Those interested in having child car seats checked to see whether they're properly installed should show up with the child, car seat or booster seat and car. An inspection takes a minimum of 30 minutes for each seat.
The inspections are done on a first-come, first-served basis.
Under state law, child car seats are required for children under age 4. Children from ages 4 to 7 are required to be restrained in either car seats or booster seats while riding in vehicles.
Information about upcoming child car seat inspections is available on Facebook by looking up Maui County Child Passenger Safety at www.facebook.com/mauichildpassengersafety.
Golfers urged to renew resident status
Resident cardholders at the public Waiehu Golf Course must renew their resident cards by Jan. 2, the county Department of Parks and Recreation said.
After Jan. 2, only renewed or new Maui Resident Golf Cards will be accepted for the reduced green fees.
Residency status may be established by offering proof of a Hawaii resident income tax return for 2012 and residency in the county for 2012. Applicants must produce a Hawaii income tax return with W-2 forms or a state Department of Taxation Tax Clearance Application (form A-6) that has been approved and certified.
Applicants also must show proof of identification with a Hawaii driver's license with a Maui County address or a state ID card with a Maui County address.
For more information, call 270-7400 or stop by the Starter's Booth at the golf course.