Police seek public's help in ID'ing men
The Maui Police Department released photos of three men connected to a robbery last month in north Kihei and is seeking the public's help in identifying them.
The incident occurred March 23 at about 11 p.m. when the male victim was walking on the beach at Mai Poina Oe Iau Park toward Maalaea. Three men in dark clothing approached the victim from behind and asked if he had $5 for gas, police said.
Maui police are seeking the identities of these two men in connection with a robbery last month in north Kihei.
Maui police are also seeking the identity of this man in connection with a robbery last month in north Kihei.
The victim said he had the money in his car, and while walking away he was punched on the side of the head and kicked numerous times, police said. His pants were removed and his belongings and vehicle were taken, police said. The man was taken to the emergency room at Maui Memorial Medical Center, where he was treated and released, police said.
Anyone with information about the men in the photos is asked to call Detective Myrna Sabas-Ryder at 244-6433 or 875-5412.
Prices at the pump on rise, reports AAA
The average price of a gallon of regular unleaded in Wailuku rose 3 cents over the week to $4.40, the AAA Hawaii Weekend Gas Watch reported Thursday.
That price was 12 cents higher than last month but 14 cents lower than the same time a year ago.
The state gas price average moved up for the eighth straight week to $4.30 a gallon, up 5 cents from last week and 15 cents higher than last month. State gas prices have not been as high as $4.30 since September.
Honolulu's average price was $4.25 a gallon, a nickel more than last week and 18 cents more than last month but 11 cents less than a year ago. In Hilo, the average gas price is $4.12 per gallon, unchanged from last week, 4 cents more than last month and 26 cents less than last year.
AAA Hawaii General Manager Liane Sumida said that gas prices are increasing nationwide but only Hawaii and California have prices above the $4 a gallon mark.
Gray whales topic of lecture at sanctuary
The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary in Kihei will host a lecture about gray whales Wednesday evening.
The lecture by Jim Peckarsky, who has studied whales off the coast of Mexico for 33 years, will be held in the sanctuary's Kihei Conference Room from 6 to 8 p.m. Peckarsky has been studying gray whales since 1981 at San Ignacio Lagoon in Baja California Sur. He will share facts about gray whales that he's learned over the last three decades, show video of orcas, blue whales, gray whales and humpback whales and highlight comparisons between gray whales and humpback whales.
The sanctuary hosts a monthly lecture as part of an ongoing series that features whale researchers and other marine science professionals. The public is invited to attend.
For more information, visit hawaiihumpbackwhale.noaa.gov.