Promotions to captain for 3 on fire crew
Three Maui firefighters were promoted to the rank of captain, fire officials said in an announcement Friday.
The new fire captains are Lionel Montalvo, Kaipo Kahai and Kekoa Puhi.
Montalvo, a 23-year veteran, joined the Maui Fire Department in 1991 and spent six years as a fire inspector in the Fire Prevention Bureau before moving to the Wailuku Fire Station as a Firefighter III.
Puhi, another 23-year veteran, spent time with the bureau and at Lanai, Pukoo, Hoolehua and Kaunakakai fire stations.
Kahai, a 14-year veteran, began his career as a Firefighter I at the Kaunakakai Station before moving to the Napili Station for seven years. He has spent the past six years as a Firefighter III at the Pukoo Station and Napili Station.
Fire Chief Jeffrey Murray said the "promotions are well deserved, and that the communities in which they are assigned to will greatly benefit from the knowledge, training and experience these men have to offer."
Crash in Kaunakakai results in outages
A vehicle crashed into a utility pole in Kaunakakai and knocked out electricity to 580 nearby customers for at least an hour Friday night, according to Maui Electric Co. spokeswoman Kau'i Awai-Dickson.
The incident happened at 10:04 p.m. Friday, and MECO crews had power restored to 560 customers by 11:15 p.m., she said. The remaining customers had electricity back on by 5:30 a.m. Saturday.
The pole had been repaired by Saturday afternoon.
Democratic Party panel to host elections
The Maui County Committee of the Democratic Party of Hawai'i will hold countywide precinct elections March 5 at various locations.
Before the elections, informational district meetings will be held at the following times, dates and locations:
* District 12 (Pukalani, Makawao, Olinda, Pulehu, Kula and Ulupalakua), 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Mayor Hannibal Tavares Center. The guest speaker will be Maui County Council Chairwoman Gladys Baisa.
* Districts 8 and 9 (Wailuku and Kahului), 10 a.m. Feb. 22 in the Iao Intermediate School cafeteria. The guest speaker will be Democratic Party Vice Chairwoman of Public Relations and Communication Stephanie Ohigashi.
Both meetings will be open to the public and focus on the party's organizational structure and the responsibilities of various positions. For more information, call Maui Democratic Party Chairman Troy Hashimoto at 249-0333.
The Democratic State Convention is scheduled for the Memorial Day weekend, May 24 to 26, at the Sheraton Waikiki on Oahu.