Maui-Phoenix flight diverted to Honolulu
HONOLULU (AP) - A US Airways flight from Maui to Phoenix was diverted to Honolulu after crew members noticed a problem with one of the plane's pressurization and air-conditioning kits.
Airline spokesman Todd Lehmacher said the red-eye flight was less than halfway to Phoenix when its crew decided to be cautious and turn the plane around. It landed in Honolulu early Tuesday without incident. Nobody was hurt.
This double-decker bus, the first in Maui County, was dedicated Tuesday morning. It will go into service in late March or early April on the Kihei Islander route. It can hold 90 passengers.
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Lehmacher said the Boeing 757 had two kits, and one was malfunctioning. He says about half the plane's 166 passengers was to depart Tuesday night, while the other half was rebooked on other airlines.
Panel backs funds for housing nonprofits
WAILUKU - The Maui County Council's Budget and Finance Committee on Tuesday recommended approval of $2.1 million for three different nonprofit organizations that tend to the affordable housing needs in Maui County.
The committee recommended that:
* Na Hale O Maui receive $800,000 to purchase four to five bank-owned homes to be rehabilitated and sold at affordable prices.
* Habitat for Humanity receive $500,000 for either the purchase of homes or the rehabilitation of homes for those who cannot pay market prices for homes.
* Family Life Center receive $800,000 to assist the organization in purchasing an apartment building at 1096 Lower Main St. in Wailuku. The building will be used for affordable rentals with half of its 10 units dedicated to clients who are homeless or at risk of being homeless.
The committee deferred action on $400,000 for Lokelani 'Ohana's house acquisition project and on $3.25 million in additional funding for the Kihei Police Station.
County sees its first double-decker bus
Maui County's first double-decker bus, which can hold 90 passengers, was dedicated Tuesday morning.
The passenger capacity is more than double that of the average bus. The double-decker was manufactured by Alexander Dennis in the United Kingdom and purchased, used, through Soderholm Sales & Leasing for $375,000.
Video cameras are stationed on both levels of the bus so that drivers can monitor passenger activity.
The ceremony that included Mayor Alan Arakawa, Council Chairwoman Gladys Baisa and Transportation Director Jo Anne Johnson officially dedicated Maui County's first double-decker bus. Drivers took the bus on a test run through Kahului with county officials riding in the upper and lower levels.
The bus is scheduled to go into service by the end of March or early April on the Kihei Islander route. The Kihei Islander route was selected because of the large number of residents and visitors who use the Maui Bus to travel between Central and South Maui.
The fare will remain the same for the double-decker bus as it is for other Maui Bus vehicles, $2 per boarding or $4 for an all-day pass.
Body ID'd as Kahului man
Maui police have identified the man whose body was found in waters in Pilala Bay in Haiku on Monday afternoon as 30-year-old Harold Mangantulao of Kahului.
Mangantulao was fishing and picking opihi with two friends Monday morning when the friends lost sight of him, said Lt. Jayson Rego of the Criminal Investigation Division.
Mangantulao had gone to pick opihi by himself around 10 a.m., Rego said. Around 12:30 p.m. the victim's friends went to look for him. As they approached the point of the bay, they noticed the waves were too large to pass and did not see their friend anywhere in the area.
The friends then hiked back up to the top of the bay to report him missing around 2:16 p.m., police said.
Rego said that, about 3:10 p.m., fire rescue crews along with the Fire Department's Air One helicopter located the victim's body floating about 100 yards off shore in high surf. The area is accessible via Haumana Road in Haiku.
Mangantulao was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy will be conducted to determine cause of death.
No foul play is suspected, Rego added.
Man being held for abuse
A 34-year-old Molokai man was being held on $6,100 bail at the Wailuku Police Station on Tuesday morning after he allegedly choked his live-in girlfriend in front of several children Monday morning, police said.
Solomon Blevins of Kamalo was charged with felony abuse, four counts of endangering the welfare of a minor, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, police records show.
Lt. Gregg Okamoto said that police responded to a call around 7:20 a.m. Monday at the Molokai Community Health Center.
The victim, a 27-year-old woman, reported that while she was riding in a vehicle with Blevins and three children, the two got into an argument and Blevins put his arm around her neck and inhibited her breathing, Okamoto said. Blevins also slapped the woman, he said.
At the health center, Blevins was disorderly and refused to comply with police orders, Okamoto said. When police tried to arrest the suspect, he grabbed his infant son.