Molokai General set to close in August
Molokai General Store will be closing for good at the end of August, owners announced Wednesday.
The store has been one of only a handful along Main Street in Kaunakakai town since it opened in 2011. Offerings include office supplies, linens, containers, fishing supplies, sporting goods, party supplies, appliances, jewelry, snacks, cleaning supplies, tools, books, clothing and toys.
"Over the past six months, the store has been underperforming, and we have seen month after month of declining sales while the expenses of overhead and maintaining a full inventory have increased," store owner David Mikami said in a statement.
The last day of business will be Aug. 30.
As part of the clearance sale, prices of all items have been marked down 20 percent or more, with select items offered with higher discounts, owners said. Everything will be sold.
The eight full- and part-time employees who work at the store will be offered positions at the family's other two stores, Molokai Drugs Inc. and Kamoi Snack-n-Go Inc. Any employees laid off in this process will be offered employment assistance, the announcement said.
The family said it will be announcing future plans for the 4,300-square-foot space in the coming weeks.
Mayoral candidates will appear at event
A Maui County mayoral candidate forum with all six candidates scheduled to appear will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in the dining room of Seabury Hall in Makawao and will be televised live on Akaku Channel 55.
Incumbent Mayor Alan Arakawa and his five challengers, Beau Hawkes, Alana Kay, Tamara Paltin, Ori Kopelman and Nelson Waikiki Jr., are scheduled to appear.
The forum, co-sponsored by the Haiku, Kula, Makawao and Pukalani community associations, will be moderated by Mahina Martin, Dick Mayer and Victor Reyes.
In addition to in-person and televised formats, the debate also may be streamed at akaku.org/. Click "Akaku Channel 55 Live" on the right side.
"While some candidates will tout their achievements, others will critique the way things have been done in the past and suggest ways to improve county operations," said Jen Livingston, Haiku Community Association president. "The forum should be interesting; it certainly will not be dull television."
For more information, call 283-4376.
Blaze leads to closure of Baldwin Avenue
A portion of Baldwin Avenue was closed for about 20 minutes Monday while firefighters extinguished a fire that burned about 1,200 square feet of light brush and dry grass, a fire official said.
Paia firefighters responded to the fire reported at 11:41 a.m. on the east side of Baldwin Avenue below Holomua Road, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.
The cause of the fire is undetermined.
Canoe launching to shutter Mala Wharf
Mala Wharf will be closed from 2 to 5 p.m. today for the launching of the 63-foot-long Mo'okiha o Pi'ilani voyaging canoe, built by Hui o Wa'a Kaulua.
From 2 to 5 p.m., there will be no parking at Mala Wharf. Hui o Wa'a Kaulua has arranged for public parking at the Lahaina Cannery Mall parking lot, and VIP-only parking at Lahaina Jodo Mission.
For more information, small boaters may contact the Lahaina Small Boat Harbor office at 662-4060. For information on the canoe launch, go to the website www.huiowaa.org or tune in to radio station KPOA 93.5 FM.
Price of gas in Wailuku goes unchanged
Gas prices for regular unleaded in Wailuku on Thursday were unchanged from a week ago at $4.46 a gallon, still the highest of locales tracked in the AAA Hawaii Weekend Gas Watch.
The price was a penny higher than last month and 6 cents less than last year.
The statewide average rose a penny to $4.34 per gallon compared to last week. The current price average is 1 cent less than last month and 4 cents higher than a year ago.
Honolulu's average price stayed the same as last week at $4.31 a gallon, down 3 cents from a month ago but up 13 cents from a year ago.
In Hilo, the average gas price was the lowest in the tracked areas, $4.13 per gallon, up 2 cents from last week, the same price as a month ago and 18 cents less than this time a year ago.
"Elevated oil prices have meant high pump prices for motorists on the Mainland," said AAA Hawaii General Manager Liane Sumida. "But we seemed to have escaped that impact, here. Now, oil prices have eased so hopefully Hawaii prices will begin declining soon since we usually get the effect of lower prices some weeks later."
Prices are derived from fleet vehicle credit card transactions at more than 100,000 stations around the country. Prices shown are the combined averages of the last card swipe of previous day.
United agrees to keep 220 Hawaii jobs
HONOLULU (AP) - United Airlines has agreed with a union to keep about 220 jobs at airports on Kauai, Maui and the Big Island.
United Airlines spokeswoman Christen David said the airline came to an agreement with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, with employees voting on the agreement Thursday.
David says the agreement lets United keep jobs.
Sandy Olmos, assistant general chairwoman of the union, thanked U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz for his support in a statement issued through Schatz' office.
The airline previously told employees in March it was considering the possibility of outsourcing jobs at 15 airports. It announced Monday that it planned to outsource 600 jobs at 12 airports around the country while adding jobs elsewhere.
David says the airline is also adding 36 customer service jobs in Honolulu.
Paving work will close beach parking lot
The Keawakapu Beach parking lot will be closed due to paving work at the bottom of Kilohana Drive in Kihei from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 21-25.
During this time, traffic will be detoured around the work zone, the county said. Motorists and beachgoers are advised to find alternate routes and beach parking until work is complete.
Mandatory thrillcraft safety course slated
A recreational thrillcraft operator safety education class will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 20 at the University of Hawaii Maui College, Hale 218.
The class is being taught by Windward Community College's Hawaii Ocean Education Academy. The instructor is Sam Pa'e Jr.
It is a required certification course and will cover safety principles, practices and rules for thrillcraft operation in Hawaii. Completion of the Safe Boating in Hawaii or equivalent National Association of State Boating Law Administrators-approved course is a prerequisite.
The cost is $99.
To register, call (808) 235-7433. For more information, go to windwardcce.org/hawaii-ocean-education-academy.