Dehydrated hiker rescued from trail
Firefighters rescued a 55-year-old man from the Waihee Ridge Trail on Friday morning after he reported being dehydrated and unable to complete his trek out of the area, a fire official said.
A fire rescue crew aboard the Fire Department's Air One helicopter extracted the man at 6:40 a.m., said Battalion Chief Louis Romero.
He said a Wailuku engine company also responded to the 5:30 a.m. call from the man, who said he had been hiking in the area for the past couple of days and was suffering from dehydration.
After being flown to a landing zone, the man refused medical attention, Romero said.
He said the man had called by cellphone and provided Global Positioning System coordinates to help rescuers locate him.
Problem shuts down transactions
A "technical problem" with a vendor for Bank of Hawaii disrupted services - including debit card and ATM transactions - for two hours this morning,
"We recognize this was a bad day for this to occur and sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this caused customers," said the bank's spokesman, Stafford Kiguchi, referring to Black Friday, one of the biggest shopping days of the year.
Some services were down from 9:20 to 11:30 a.m., he said.
Services impacted included online banking, ATMs, debit card transactions and some banking services at branches, Kiguchi said Friday.
Credit card transactions were not affected.
Power restored to W. Maui customers
Power to Maui Electric Co. customers in parts of West Maui was restored about an hour and a half after a power outage occurred at about 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, a MECO official said Friday.
On Thursday, a notice posted on Maui County's website said that MECO reported that areas of Lahaina, Olowalu and Launiupoko had lost power.
Power was restored at 4:32 p.m. Thursday, a MECO official said Friday.
Efforts to reach MECO and county officials about the cause of the outage and the number of customers affected were unsuccessful.
Restrooms to close at beach park
The restroom facilities at Hanakoo Beach Park will be closed from Monday to Dec. 7 due to ongoing work on a nearby force main and pedestrian walk projects, according to the county.
The closure will allow work crews to relocate portions of the existing sewer main that serves the restroom facility. The work is part of the Lahaina Waste Water Pump Station No. 3 force main and Wahikuli Pedestrian Trail Project.
The shower facility will remain open, and portable toilets will be put up.
For more information, contact Juan Rivera at 270-7268.
'Ama'ama season to close for winter
The season for 'ama'ama (striped mullet) will be closed from Dec. 1 to March 31, according to the state Department of Land and Natural Resources.
"The annual winter closure is designed to help the fish reproduce successfully and protect the species from overfishing," said DLNR Chairman William J. Aila, Jr. "While it's DLNR's job to protect our marine resources, everyone shares in the responsibility to take care of important fish species like 'ama'ama to ensure their survival into the future."
Copies of statewide fishing regulations may be found at all DLNR Aquatic Resources offices, and its website at hawaii.gov/dlnr/dar.
To report fish catch size or net violations, call (808) 643-3567.