Snorkeler dies after battling currents
A 61-year-old California man died Monday morning while snorkeling in strong ocean currents fronting the Ka'anapali Beach Club, police said.
Michael J. Loughran of Napa, Calif., was helped to shore but could not be revived and died at the scene.
At around noon, police responded to the hotel at 104 Kaanapali Shores Place for a call of an unresponsive male on the beach, police spokesman Lt. William Juan said. He said medics and firefighters already were on the scene giving CPR to Loughran.
The California man had been attempting to swim back to shore but had difficulty breathing and had to hold on to a buoy, Juan said. He said a kayaker brought Loughran to shore, but that he collapsed "a short time later."
The cause of death is pending autopsy results.
Broken insulators cited in outage
An East Maui power outage Tuesday stemmed from two broken insulators in Peahi, Maui Electric Co. spokeswoman Kau'i Awai-Dickson said Wednesday.
An inspection of power lines in Peahi on Tuesday led to the discovery of the broken insulators, which connect the lines to the cross arm on a utility pole, she said. As crews were preparing to repair the equipment, heavy rain made it difficult to safely do the job.
So, to ensure the safety of MECO workers, the power lines were de-energized shortly before 6 p.m., she said. That cut off power to about 640 customers from Peahi to Hana.
Then, at 6:01 p.m., a distributed generating unit located in Hana was brought online to restore power to most customers from Hana town to Koali, she said.
Repairs were completed at 10:33 p.m., and remaining customers had power restored.
Baldwin Avenue construction begun
Construction will be ongoing on a portion of Baldwin Avenue, near its intersection with Hana Highway in Paia, while crews work on a sewer line, according to an announcement.
Work by West Maui Land Construction was set for 10 p.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. today and from 10 p.m. today to 6 a.m. Friday.
Motorists should drive with caution in the work area and follow directions.
For more information, call 357-3595.
Hana talk story scheduled Friday
The last talk-story session by the Native Hawaiian Education Council is set for 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday in Helene Hall in Hana.
The council sponsored a series of talk-story sessions to gather information that will be given to the U.S. Department of Education. The comments at the sessions may impact the federal grant-making process.
Comments also are being accepted at www.nhec.org.