Kaanapali Beach a top U.S. shoreline
Kaanapali Beach has been named the best beach in the United States and 15th best beach in the world by "millions of travelers" on TripAdvisor's Travelers' Choice 2013 lists of best beaches.
Two other Maui beaches ranked among the top 25 beaches in the country: Wailea Beach, sixth, and Waianapanapa State Park, 17th. Overall, eight Hawaii beaches made the U.S. list.
Kaanapali Beach was the only Hawaii beach listed in the top 25 beaches in the world.
The TripAdvisor website described Kaanapali Beach as having "clean, quiet, beautiful waters. Great for long walks, swimming, snorkeling, surfing, sunsets, views."
The top beach in the world was Rabbit Beach in Lampedusa, Italy.
The list can be found online at www.tripadvisor.com.
Carroll on Lanai today and Friday
State Rep. Mele Carroll will be on Lanai today and Friday to meet with constituents, give an update on the legislative session and listen to residents' concerns about the proposed changes by billionaire Larry Ellison, who owns most of the island.
Those interested in meeting with Carroll and her staff should call her office at (808) 586-6790 to make an appointment.
Carroll acknowledged that Ellison has announced various plans for the island, "which on the surface seem positive."
"I am in favor of development that will benefit the residents, but only to the extent that the natural beauty of the island or the wildlife is not harmed," Carroll said.
County to receive part of $17 million
Maui County will receive part of a $17 million federal disaster relief grant to repair roads and highways damaged by heavy rains that caused flooding and landslides in late February and early March of last year.
The grant is administered by the U.S. Department of Transportation, according to the announcement from U.S. Sens. Mazie Hirono and Brian Schatz and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.
Repair work will include emergency repairs to restore traffic flow, minimize existing damage, protect remaining facilities and restore highways to pre-disaster condition.
For more information, go online to grants.ost.dot.gov/ public/ViewMessage.cfm?MsgID=v99byehukd.
Kihei man, 20, held for home burglary
Bail was set at $20,000 for a 20-year-old Kihei man who was arrested early Saturday for burglarizing a Kihei residence.
Justin Ohler was identified as the man seen in the home on Eleu Place earlier Saturday when a resident was awakened by the sound of banging from the living room, police said. The resident, who at first thought someone was knocking on the door, saw a man, later identified as Ohler, holding a flashlight and rummaging through belongings, police said.
Ohler ran and was chased by the resident, who didn't catch up with the suspect, police said. When the resident returned home and called police, a black Ford Ranger that Ohler apparently had been driving was parked in front of a neighbor's house with the key in the ignition and the engine running, police said.
On the driveway of the burglarized home, police found belongings that apparently had been removed from the home before the resident was awakened.