Lahaina among top destinations in U.S.
Lahaina is listed as 21st among travelers' top 25 choices for U.S. destinations, according to an announcement Tuesday by TripAdvisor, which says it's the world's largest online travel site.
Honolulu (No. 5) and Kailua-Kona (No. 25) also were among the top 25 destinations in the United States, the website said. The top four U.S. locations, in order, were New York, San Francisco, Chicago and Las Vegas.
Among the top 25 world destinations, Honolulu was ranked 20th. The top world spot went to London, followed by New York, Rome, Paris and San Francisco.
The travel website awards top travel spots based on reviews and opinions from Trip-Advisor travelers.
For a complete list of destination rankings, go online to www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Destinations.
FEMA on Kauai for aid application help
LIHUE - Federal Emergency Management Agency officials are on Kauai to help agencies apply for federal aid after violent storms lashed the island in March.
Kauai officials are reporting $2 million in damages from flooding and landslides.
The Garden Island newspaper reports the aid will help public agencies and eligible nonprofits recover the cost of emergency work - including overtime pay - in the immediate wake of the disaster. It will also help pay for long-term projects.
Only county and state agencies and certain nonprofit agencies are eligible to apply for funds.
Agencies may apply for money to support repairs, restoration or replacement projects. They may also apply for funds to reduce the potential for weather damage in the future.