Wailuku gas prices down
Unleaded gas prices in Wailuku fell 10 cents from last week to $4.29 a gallon, the AAA Hawaii Weekend Gas Watch reported Thursday.
That price is 26 cents less than last month and 14 cents lower than last year.
The state average for regular unleaded fell 8 cents to $4.16 per gallon. Honolulu's average price dropped to $4.09 a gallon for regular unleaded, 8 cents less than last week. In Hilo, the average gas price is $4.10 a gallon, down 14 cents from last week.
AAA Hawaii Weekend Gas Watch is a weekly snapshot of gas prices. Prices are derived from fleet vehicle credit card transactions at more than 100,000 stations around the country and are the combined averages of the last card swipe of the previous day.
JROTC to host competition
Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps cadets from around the state will be converging on Central Maui on Saturday for a competition called Maui Madness.
The Baldwin Army JROTC program is hosting the event, which emphasizes leadership and teamwork and mental and physical toughness.
Thirty-two teams will be competing in a 3-mile run, a 100-meter swim, an obstacle course and a fitness test.
The run and swim will be held at Kahului Community Center and Kokua Pool and the obstacle course and fitness test at the Baldwin JROTC field area on campus.
The public is invited to the event, which gets under way at 7 a.m. It is expected to run at least until noon.
State office alters hours
Beginning Monday, Hawaii Social Security offices will close a half-hour early each day. Hours will be from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. In addition, beginning Jan. 2, the office will shut its doors at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays.
On Nov. 23, the offices will be closed to the public to give employees time to focus on reducing backlogged workloads.
The shorter public window hours will allow employees to complete face-to-face interviews and process claims work without incurring overtime costs.
Many services may be conducted online at www.socialsecurity.gov or by calling toll-free at (800) 772-1213.
People who are hard of hearing may call (800) 325-0778 for text telephone service. Services in Spanish may be found at www.segurosocial.gov.
Defense official will speak
Maui County Civil Defense Specialist Charnan Carroll will speak to the Kihei-Wailea Rotary Club at noon Wednesday at Mulligans on the Blue restaurant.
Carroll will discuss the agency's function and personal and community disaster preparedness.
The speaker's responsibilities at Maui Civil Defense focus on emergency preparedness and coordination of disaster response planning with partner agencies. She also is the program manager of the Community Emergency Response Team training program. Sponsored and developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, CERT is designed to equip volunteers with disaster preparedness education and experience, the county website said.
The public is welcome. Lunch is $16.
For more information, go to the website www.mauirotary.org or call (808) 344-9989.