OHA trustee set to report developments
Office of Hawaiian Affairs Maui Trustee Carmen Hulu Lindsey will address the Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce at a meeting April 9 at the Maui Tropical Plantation.
Lindsey will report on new OHA developments and initiatives during the dinner meeting from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The event is open to the public. Dinner is $20.
To attend, RSVP by April 5 to Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce President Kai Pelayo at 874-2426 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, see www.mauihawaiianchamber.org.
Slight decline for Wailuku prices to pump
Average unleaded gas prices in Wailuku dropped a penny to $4.54 per gallon Thursday, while the state's average price was 15 cents less and unchanged from a week earlier, according to a weekly snapshot of gas prices from AAA Hawaii Weekend Gas Watch.
Wailuku's average is 9 cents more than last month and 16 cents more than on the same day last year.
The state average of $4.39 is 4 cents more than last month and 16 cents less than the same time last year.
Honolulu's average price of $4.31 has been unchanged for four weeks and down 11 cents from a year ago. Hilo's average price of $4.35 is unchanged from last week, 1 cent less than last month and 37 cents less than a year ago.
Only two other states have average gasoline prices above $4 per gallon, AAA said. Those are California at $4.04 and Alaska at $4.02.
The average prices are derived from fleet vehicle credit card transactions at more than 100,000 stations around the country. Prices shown are combined averages of the last card swipe of the previous day.
Abercrombie nominates Gomes to BLNR
James Gomes, operations manager at Ulupalakua Ranch, has been nominated by Gov. Neil Abercrombie to a seat on the Board of Land and Natural Resources.
His nomination is subject to confirmation by the state Senate. If confirmed, his four-year term would begin July 1, according to an announcement from the Governor's Office.
The Kula resident is listed as a current member of the Maui County Liquor Control Commission, with his term ending Sunday.
Other community service listed by the Governor's Office includes Gomes serving on the board of the Maui Cattlemen's Association since 2006 and as director of the Central Maui Soil and Water Conservation District since 2007.
Gomes earned a liberal arts degree from the University of Hawaii Maui College.
He would replace Maui land board member Jerry Edlao, whose term ends June 30.
Bail maintained in assault case
WAILUKU - A judge kept bail at $10,000 Wednesday for a man charged with assaulting a Kihei resident with a beer bottle outside his home.
A June 10 trial is scheduled in 2nd Circuit Court for Guy Pieper, 47, of Kihei. He has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree burglary and second-degree assault in the March 15 incident.
At 10:43 that night, a resident of Keala Place had just returned home and gone inside when an intruder pushed open the door, asking for "Tiffany," police said. After the homeowner said he didn't know anyone named Tiffany, the suspect refused to leave until the resident called Tiffany, police said.
The homeowner pushed the suspect out and tried to close the door when the suspect picked up a beer bottle and threw it at the resident, causing a 2-inch laceration to the left side of his face. The cut required six stitches to treat.
The resident's girlfriend called police while the man wrestled with the suspect, holding him until officers arrived.
Pieper has been ordered to stay away from the victim and his residence.