2 isle fire captains now battalion chiefs
Fire captains Wayne Cambra and Ryan Ayakawa have been promoted to the rank of battalion chief.
Cambra began his career in 1990 as a firefighter 1 at the Wailuku Fire Station before transferring to the Lanai Fire Station. In 1999, he was promoted to a firefighter 3, apparatus operator, spending three years in the training bureau and five years at the Wailuku Fire Station. He was promoted to captain in 2007, first stationed at the Kihei Fire Station, then transferred to the Wailuku Fire Station, where he has remained for the last five years.
Cambra, a 24-year veteran, is assigned to the 2nd Battalion, "B" Watch.
Ayakawa joined the department in 1990 and was assigned to the Lahaina and Kihei fire stations. After eight years as a firefighter 1, he was promoted to the rescue company.
In 2000, he was promoted to firefighter 3 and assigned to Ladder 3 at the Lahaina Fire Station. He was promoted to the rank of captain and assigned first to the Napili Fire Station before transferring back to the Lahaina Fire Station. He had been a captain for the last nine years.
Ayakawa, a 24-year veteran, is assigned to the 2nd Battalion, "C" Watch.
The promotions take effect July 1.
Traffic signal to be operational Monday
A new traffic signal at the intersection of Kamehameha Avenue and Kane Street in Kahului will be fully operational beginning Monday at 12:30 p.m., according to notice from the county Department of Public Works.
The signal has been in flashing mode since Wednesday to alert motorists. Drivers are urged to exercise caution in the area.
Roadwork this week across Maui County
The state Department of Transportation has announced that work on Maui County roads this week is scheduled in the following areas:
* Lane closures will occur in both directions of North Kihei Road between Honoapiilani and Piilani highways from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday for road repairs.
* Honoapiilani Highway will experience lane closures in both directions between Kahana Nui Road and Kaanapali Parkway from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday for road repairs.
MECO issues safety tips for July holiday
As fun as Fourth of July fireworks can be, residents are reminded to celebrate safely.
Maui Electric Co. has issued the following safety tips:
* Carefully set up and use fireworks in an area clear of overhead power lines.
* Do not string fireworks on utility poles.
* Ensure a 10-foot clearance from power lines when using ladders or other tools to string fireworks.
* If an object should become tangled in an overhead power line, do not try to free it. Call MECO's trouble line at 871-7777 on Maui or toll free on Lanai or Molokai at (877) 871-8461.
Vacation rentals in Maui among priciest
Maui vacation rentals were the fourth priciest in the nation, coming in at $1,971.97 for a week's stay, according to the TripIndex Vacation Rentals report.
The TripIndex Vacation Rentals compares the price of a summer trip for a family of four in 15 popular vacation rental destinations throughout the U.S., including the combined average costs of a weeklong stay in a two-bedroom vacation rental property, a one-day bike rental, basic groceries and dinner at a restaurant.
When those additional costs are thrown in, Maui still is the fourth most expensive vacation area at $2,277.81. The $41.14 for groceries and the $148.70 for dinner out were the highest in the survey. The bike rental came in at $116.
Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts was the priciest at $3,661.13, with rentals coming in at $3,409.94. La Jolla, Calif., was second at $2,497.44, and Miami Beach at $2,465.12, third.
On the other side of the survey, Palm Springs, Calif., at $1,256, and Orlando, Fla., at $1,268.08, were the most affordable U.S. spots for vacation rental getaways this summer in the survey.
The report is based on interviews of vacation rental managers in each destination contacted by U.S. travelers on tripadvisor.com.