Man unresponsive in pool dies
A 77-year-old California man died Thursday after he became unconscious when he went into a swimming pool at a Kihei condominium complex, police said.
Police were called to the Kihei Kamaole condominiums on South Kihei Road at 9:57 a.m., finding the man unresponsive, said Capt. Tivoli Faaumu, commander of the Kihei Patrol District.
Witnesses reported that the man had appeared to be pale and sweating profusely when he arrived at the pool, he said. The man entered the water and immediately became unresponsive and unconscious, witnesses told police.
After attempts were made to revive the man, medics transported him in critical condition to Maui Memorial Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead, Faaumu said.
The man was identified as Guanglin Sang of Palo Alto.
Slots open for software camp
There are still a few slots left for middle and high school students interested in learning about Photoshop, WordPress and Gaming this summer.
The free Summer Software Camps, sponsored by Maui Economic Development Board's Women in Technology project, are all-day camps that will be held at the MEDB Don Malcolm Training Center at Maui Research & Technology Park in Kihei.
The Photoshop Software Camp will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, the WordPress Software Camp on Thursday and Friday and the Gaming Workshop on July 23 and 24. Registered students must participate in both days of camp. Snacks and drinks will be provided daily, but students will need to bring their own lunch.
To register, go online to www.surveymonkey.com/s/MAUISoftwareCampPSWP or call Mapu Quitazol at 875-2300 or send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Those registering should include a student's name, grade, contact number and email address.
Shaka Pops to host food drive
Shaka Pops, Maui's handmade ice pop company, is holding a food drive this month to benefit the Maui Food Bank.
Donations of nonperishable food items can be dropped off at Booth 616 at the Maui Swap Meet on Saturday mornings or at the Shaka Pops mobile location in Hana across from the Hasegawa General Store from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
The most needed items include canned goods such as meat, tuna, fruits, vegetables, meals and soups, as well as cereal, rice and pasta.
In appreciation of their contributions, donors will receive $1 off an ice pop, with a maximum of $1 per person per day.
Each month, the Maui Food Bank helps provide food for more than 10,000 people who are at risk of going hungry.
"Many people volunteer or donate to the Maui Food Bank during the holidays, but the need is great all year around," said Shaka Pops co-owner Christine Vestfals. "Families that rely on schools to provide an affordable meal often struggle during the summer break. The Maui Food Bank helps them fill that gap."
Registration set for Hongwanji
Wailuku Hongwanji Japanese Language School will hold its registration from 9 to 11 a.m. today at its Gakuen office at 1828 Vineyard St. in Wailuku.
The school will be in session from August until May 2014, according to an announcement. Tuition is $60 per month. Classes are 30 minutes per day, and each class has an average of about a dozen students.
There will be special classes for 3rd- through 5th-graders who will be enrolled in the Japanese language program for the first time. Bus service will be available from public schools.
Instructors are Japanese natives and will teach reading, writing, speaking and Japanese culture.
There will be cultural day programs during the school year. Students will experience making sushi, Spam musubi, origami crafts, calligraphy, mochi and okonomi-yaki, and they will perform in a year-end entertainment program called Gakugeikai with Japanese skits.
For more information, contact the Rev. Shinkai Murakami, principal of the school, at 244-0406 or send him email at email@example.com.
Abercrombie garners support
Gov. Neil Abercrombie is lining up support for his re-election bid in 2014.
On Friday, all three local unions of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers announced their support for the governor.
Abercrombie accepted the endorsements of IBEW Local 1260, Local 1186 and Local 1357 in Honolulu. The unions represent 8,000 utility workers, electricians, technicians, contractors and defense contractors in Hawaii, Guam and Saipan.
"Governor Abercrombie has had to make some tough calls, but the bottom line is he has resolved the fiscal crisis his administration inherited and deserves another four years to build an even stronger economy," said Brian Ahakuelo, business manager and financial secretary of Local 1260.
"In every decision he makes, Governor Abercrombie considers the needs of working men and women," added Damien Kim, business manager and financial secretary of Local 1186.
Tropic Care clinics to continue
"Tropic Care" clinics in Maui County will be open this weekend and on the Kamehameha Day holiday Tuesday, officials announced Friday.
Operated by U.S. military personnel, the clinics provide free medical, dental and vision services to anyone in need of them through Wednesday at three locations - Iao Intermediate School in Wailuku, St. Theresa Church in Kihei and Lanai High and Elementary School.
Molokai's clinic at Kaunakakai Elementary School will run from today through Monday, and the Lahaina Civic Center clinic will be open Tuesday and Wednesday. Although the dates of these clinics are certain, military officials report they might close the clinics earlier than scheduled if there are few to no patients on the last day. A full clinic schedule is available online at www.mauicounty.gov/tropiccare.
Dental fillings are not being provided, as had been planned, because a supply of drills and cavity-filling material could not be shipped to Maui in time for the clinics. However, dental exams, X-rays and extractions will be offered.
Downed line leads to power outage
Around 1,700 customers in Kahului were without power early Friday morning when a power line possibly affected by salt air corrosion came down at the intersection of Kaahumanu and South Wakea avenues, a Maui Electric Co. official said.
No injuries were reported in the incident that occurred around 4 a.m. Friday, MECO spokeswoman Kau'i Awai-Dickson said.
Power was restored to customers incrementally with electricity restored to all customers by 8:11 a.m., she said.
The outage affected areas including part of the Queen Ka'ahumanu Center and nearby streets along with areas bounded by Papa Avenue and the Maui Lani subdivisions, officials said.
PWF set to offer free cruises on Sunday
In celebration of World Oceans Day, Pacific Whale Foundation will offer free Ocean Discovery Cruises on Sunday for Hawaii residents as well as all foundation members.
The cruises will depart from Maalaea Harbor at 1, 2 and 3 p.m and from the Lahaina Harbor at 11:30 a.m and 1 p.m. The cruises last one hour and feature narration about Maui's ocean environment by the foundation's certified marine naturalists. There will also be a free junior naturalist program for children.
Reservations are required for all tickets, which are subject to availability. To make a reservation, call 249-8811, ext. 1, between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily.
World Oceans Day is the official United Nations-designated international day of ocean celebration held on June 8 of each year, according to an announcement.