Repairs set for Haleakala lots
All parking lots in the summit area of Haleakala National Park will be undergoing upgrades and repairs from Monday to early September.
The work includes concrete repairs, regrading, disability accessibility improvements and asphalt resurfacing.
Parking lots involved in the project include the Park Headquarters Visitor Center at about 7,000 feet, the Hosmer Grove campground, the Haleakala Visitor Center at about 9,000 feet and the summit observatory at the top of the mountain. Scenic overlook parking lots along the park road also will be affected.
"Every effort will be made to minimize parking lot closures and traffic delays," the news release from Haleakala National Park said.
For more updates on the work, go to the park website at www.nps.gov/hale or the park Facebook page.
PATCH contest entries sought
PATCH (People Attentive to Children) is holding its third annual contest to name Hawaii's Favorite Preschool Teacher and Favorite Family Child Care Provider.
Through May 15, the nonprofit group dedicated to supporting and improving care for Hawaii's young people will be accepting nominations from the public in the preschool and provider categories. Each nominator may submit two nominations in preschool and one in the provider categories online at www.patchhawaii.org.
Finalists will be posted online at the PATCH website on May 20. Online voting for the winners will run through July 8. The three winners will be honored at a dinner on July 12 on Oahu.
Alleged threats lead to arrest
A 21-year-old man was arrested Saturday afternoon after he threatened to burn down a Paia store, police said.
Bail was set at $1,000 for Max Arata on a charge of first-degree terroristic threatening.
He was arrested shortly after 2 p.m. after going to Honolua Surf Co. and threatening to burn down the store, said Lt. Jayson Rego of the Criminal Investigation Division. He said Arata, who gave no local address, was yelling and screaming and pulled out a knife.