Wailuku man dead after crash at park
A 46-year-old Wailuku man died after driving his truck into a parked vehicle, cement barrier and coconut tree Tuesday afternoon at Baldwin Beach Park in Paia, police said.
Harlan Masuda was the lone operator of the 2004 white Dodge pickup truck and died at the scene, police said.
Police responded to a motor vehicle accident around 4:20 p.m. and found Masuda unresponsive, Maui police spokesman Lt. William Juan said. Medics and firefighters were unable to resuscitate Masuda, he said.
Witnesses said Masuda initially collided with a parked vehicle and then drove into a cement barrier. After the barrier broke off, Masuda accelerated onto a soccer field and hit a coconut tree at the park.
The cause of death is pending autopsy results.
Gingriches to sign books in Lahaina
Former Republican presidential candidate and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and his wife, Callista, will be doing book signings at 2 p.m. Saturday at Barnes & Noble in Lahaina.
Newt Gingrich, who made a run for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012, will be signing his book, "Breakout," which was published in November. He proposes "a bold vision of America's future," a country on the cusp of a technological and scientific renaissance, an event announcement said.
"Yankee Doodle Dandy" is the third in Callista Gingrich's New York Times best-selling series. In the book, Ellis the Elephant introduces young children to the story of the American Revolution. The book was published in October.
Barnes & Noble is located at 325 Keawe St, No. 101. For more information, call 662-1300.
County officials to attend whale event
Mayor Alan Arakawa's "County on Your Corner" will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday during the 2014 World Whale Day at Kalama Park.
The free event, typically held in a different location each month, includes Maui County Council Member Don Couch, county Department of Transportation Director Jo Anne Winer and executive assistants to the mayor John Buck and Joe Pontanilla.
The talk "is a good way for members of my Cabinet and myself to interact with community members on the issues that are of most interest to them," Arakawa said in an announcement.
For more information, call 270-7855.
'Maui View' will be fixed on local issues
"The Maui View," a new talk show focusing on current events, news items and Maui events, will premiere tonight at 7 on Akaku: Maui Community Television, cable Channel 54.
The one-hour show will be produced and hosted by Lynn Araki-Regan, Leona Rocha Wilson, Becky Speere and Sharon Zalsos and will air live on the second Thursday of each month to discuss events and matters "that would be of interest to women and the community at large," according to an announcement.
This month's show will discuss dating, romance, memorable Valentine's Day experiences and places to go on a date.
MECO to inspect lines with chopper
Maui Electric Co. will be using a helicopter to perform routine power line inspections from Maalaea to Kihei from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, weather permitting.
The helicopter route will include the Maui Electric Maalaea Generating Station on North Kihei Road and parts of Mokulele Highway and surrounding neighborhoods makai of Piilani Highway to the Kihei substation on East Welakahao Road.
Routine aerial inspections of MECO's equipment, including electrical lines, poles and substations, are necessary to maintain stable and reliable electrical service, the news release said.
For more information, call MECO at 871-8461.