Comment period for Pu'unani extended
The state Land Use Commission has extended the comment period on the environmental impact statement preparation notice for the more than 600-unit proposed Pu'unani Subdivision below Wailuku Heights.
The preparation notice was filed by developers Towne Development of Hawaii Inc., Endurance Investors LLC and Association of II Wai Hui LP and published in the Office of Environmental Quality Control "The Environmental Notice" on Dec. 8.
The 30-day comment period ended Tuesday, but the commission extended it to Feb. 6.
The extension notice, published in Wednesday's "The Environmental Notice," said that the statute "allows an approving agency to extend a public comment period when requested by a consulted party that shows good cause."
The commission is the approving agency in this case. An incorrect address for the commission was listed in the original publication notice.
Comments may be submitted to Dan Orodenker, executive director, Hawaii Land Use Commission, P.O. Box 2359, Honolulu 96804.
Police ID woman as Chang of Wailea
The woman found dead in her car about 100 feet down a cliff in Kahakuloa on Jan. 4 has been identified, police said.
Jeanie "Kini" Chang, 59, of Wailea was determined to be the woman found in the white 2005 BMW Z4 that was located in a ravine along Kahekili Highway near Mile Marker 10, police said.
Wailuku and Kahului firefighters responded to the scene on the afternoon of Jan. 4, along with the department's Air One helicopter, which airlifted Chang's body from the wreckage.
Chang was last seen Dec. 18 at her Wailea residence. Police had sought the public's assistance in locating her. Police also said that she may have been in need of medical attention and was possibly "suffering from an illness."
Woman charged in Wal-Mart theft case
A Waiehu woman was charged with theft after she tried to leave Wal-Mart in Kahului without paying for merchandise, police said.
Lorelei Hoopii, 45, was arrested after she was stopped by store loss-prevention officers at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, police said. The merchandise was valued at $383.
Bail was set at $1,000 for Hoopii on a charge of second-degree theft.
She was also held on a contempt-of-court warrant, and her bail was surrendered in another case, according to police records.
Two arrested after trying to pawn iPad
Two Pukalani men were arrested Wednesday after they tried to sell a stolen iPad at a Kahului pawn shop, police said.
Bail was set at $1,000 each for Chad Nishihara, 23, and Vincent Alvarez, 21, on a charge of second-degree theft.
The iPad, valued at $400, was reported stolen Wednesday by a 35-year-old man who had offered Nishihara a ride, police said. After dropping off Nishihara, the man noticed the iPad missing from the front seat of his car.
Police were notified after the manager of the pawn shop noticed that neither Nishihara nor Alvarez appeared as the registered owner of the iPad when it was turned on. Nishihara was released after posting bail, according to police records.
Alvarez remained in custody Friday. He also was being held on three contempt-of-court warrants totaling $1,500.
Maui, Molokai shores to see high surf
A high-surf advisory for east-facing shores of Maui and Molokai has been posted through 6 p.m. today.
The National Weather Service said that a short-period easterly swell arrived overnight and will peak this morning and fall off by late in the day. Surf is expected to be 5 to 8 feet.
The advisory means that high surf will affect beaches, producing rip currents and localized beach erosion.