Wailuku gas prices continue decline
The price of regular unleaded gasoline in Wailuku was $4.26 a gallon, 3 cents less than last week, according to the AAA Hawaii Weekend Gas Watch on Wednesday.
That price was 30 cents less than last month and 16 cents lower than last year.
Statewide prices also fell. Retail gas prices fell 8 cents to $4.09 per gallon compared to the previous week and was 33 cents less than last month.
Honolulu's average price dropped to $4 a gallon for regular unleaded, 10 cents less than last week and 34 cents less than last month. In Hilo, the average gas price is $4.04 a gallon, down 7 cents from last week and 38 cents less than last month.
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 combined averages of the last card swipe of the previous day.
Kayaker rescued with aid of cellphone
Firefighters rescued a Kihei man who used his cellphone to guide rescuers to his location after his kayak began taking on water off north Kihei on Tuesday evening.
The 44-year-old man, who had been fishing from the kayak, was about 1,200 yards offshore when he made the 911 call as the kayak began filling with water, said fire Battalion Chief Allen Duarte.
With the man saying he didn't think he would be able to paddle or swim back to shore, Duarte said Kihei firefighters and a Kahului rescue crew responded to the 5:30 p.m. alarm.
With daylight fading, the Kihei fire crew turned on the firetruck sirens so the fisherman could describe his location in relation to the sirens, Duarte said. He said the man also was able to help guide a firefighter aboard a personal watercraft as he approached. Light winds and calm seas also aided in the search, Duarte said.
The man was hanging off the side of the kayak when he was located and brought to shore along with the kayak just before dark, Duarte said. He said the man wasn't injured.
Public's help sought in locating girl, 12
The public's help is being sought to locate a 12-year-old runaway girl who was last seen when she left the Maui Waena Intermediate School campus in Kahului without permission the morning of Nov. 9.
Marleena "Nina" Pascua, an 8th-grader, is described as 5-foot-9 to 5-foot-10 and slender with long dark hair and dark eyes. She was wearing green jeans and a faded Maui Waena T-shirt and carrying a gray backpack.
The girl was living in Wailuku and has friends in the Central Maui area.
Anyone who sees her or who has information on her whereabouts is asked to call police at 244-6400.
Board, commission applicants sought
Mayor Alan Arakawa will be accepting applications for 33 Maui County boards and commissions from Dec. 1 to 31.
The panels hear public testimony, review standards and policies, and issue recommendations. The panels range from the Animal Control Board to the Liquor Control Commission.
Terms last two to five years; there is no monetary compensation.
Applications are available online at www.mauicounty.gov and at the Mayor's Office on the ninth floor of the County Building.
Applications may be mailed to Mayor Alan Arakawa, County of Maui, 200 S. High St., Ninth Floor, Wailuku 96793 or faxed to (808) 270-7870.
For more information, call the Mayor's Office at 270-7855.
Upgrades to close Wells Park ballfields
Wells Park ballfields will be closed from Dec. 17 to Jan. 2 to install Americans with Disabilities Act improvements, a county news release said.
Work crews will be constructing concrete sidewalks and a handicapped-accessible parking stall at the lower softball/soccer field.
For more information, contact Paul Taylor, parks project manager, at 270-6173.