Police ID passengers, pilot in plane crash
Maui police have formally identified all of the five passengers and the pilot who were aboard the Maui Air Tours chartered flight from Lanai last week that crashed shortly after takeoff killing two women and the pilot.
Those that died in the crash were the airplane pilot and the aircraft's owner, Richard Rooney, 66, of Paia; Tremaine Balberdi, 52, of Kahului, who was a secretary to the boards and commissions of the Maui County Planning Department; and Kathleen Kern, 50, of Kihei, who was a planner for the Planning Department. Police said causes of death have not been determined pending a coroner's physicians report.
Crash survivors are: James Giroux, 43, of Haiku and a deputy corporation counsel for Maui County; Douglas Miller, 57, of Kahului and a planner for the Planning Department; and Mark King, 43, of Kihei and a Geographical Information Systems analyst for the county.
Giroux is in stable condition, and Miller and King are in critical condition, police said.
On Tuesday, Giroux was recovering from burns at Straub Clinic & Hospital on Oahu after being moved from the Queen's Medical Center on Oahu, where at last report, Miller and King both remained.
The Planning Department chartered the Piper PA-31-350 aircraft for staff to attend a Lanai Planning Commission meeting on Feb. 26. The plane crashed around 9:11 p.m., shortly after it departed from Lanai Airport. The crash site was around 1 mile south of the airport in an area known as Miki Basin.
Airport runway to close for maintenance
The main Kahului Airport runway 2/20 will be closed for pavement maintenance from midnight to 7 a.m. Sunday, the state Department of Transportation said.
Flight patterns will be modified, resulting in increased air traffic over Kahului and Spreckelsville.
Previously scheduled work was canceled Sunday due to poor weather conditions.
Church will host rummage sale Saturday
Ala Lani United Methodist Church will be holding a rummage sale from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the church at 50 S. Papa Ave.
There will be shoyu chicken plate lunches, new and used rummage items, plants, baked goods and crafts.
Donations of new and lightly used goods will be accepted at the church beginning at 9:30 a.m. Friday.
Pickup time for those with the chicken plate lunch tickets are 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday.
Fire department's Martin nets promotion
Valeriano Martin has been promoted to assistant chief of support services for the Maui Fire Department.
For the last four years, Martin has been the battalion chief working out of Lahaina and responsible for the third watch on Molokai and Lanai and in West Maui.
He began his firefighting career in 1990 as a firefighter with the Federal Fire Department on Oahu, working on military bases. He also worked for the Honolulu Fire Department at its Wahiawa, Waialua, Sunset Beach and Kalihi fire stations.
He moved to Maui in 1999, working at the Napili Fire Station before an eight-year stint in the Fire Prevention Bureau.
Martin has an associate's degree in fire science from Honolulu Community College and a bachelor's degree in public administration from the University of Hawaii-West Oahu.
He has been married to Kimberly Apo for 24 years and has three adult children, Samantha, Shane and Stuart.
Fire Chief Jeff Murray announced Martin's promotion last week.
Summer Fun Guide seeking submissions
The Maui News will be publishing a Summer Fun Guide of activities for children and teens on April 13.
The deadline to submit information is noon April 2.
Submit the following:
* Name of program and for what ages.
* Sponsoring organization or business.
* Program times and dates.
* Location of the program.
* Description of program.
* Cost of the program.
* Contact information.
Information may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, faxed to 242-9087 or mailed to Summer Fun Guide, The Maui News, 100 Mahalani St., Wailuku 96793.
Photos may be submitted for use on a space-available basis. Shots of people doing things are preferable; group shots are unlikely to be used. Photos may be emailed in digital tif, jpg or eps formats with a minimum resolution of 300 pixels per inch. Individuals in photos must by identified by first and last name.