Propane leak leads to evacuation
Occupants of six units at Kahekili Terrace were evacuated for about an hour Wednesday night while firefighters stopped a propane leak at the Happy Valley housing complex, a fire official said.
Wailuku firefighters and a Kahului hazardous materials crew responded to the 8:32 p.m. alarm at 1849 Piihana Road, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.
A propane service line had ruptured due to corrosion, he said. The main valve from the property's propane tank was shut off until repairs could be made by Hawaii Gas Co. on Thursday morning, Mainaga said.
The evacuated units were in one building of the complex. No injuries were reported.
Wailuku man, 25, charged in burglary
Bail was set at $10,000 for a Wailuku man who was charged with burglarizing the home of relatives who took him in, police said.
Christopher Mattos, 25, was arrested Monday night for stealing cash and jewelry in the burglaries that occurred over time beginning in April, police said.
While being allowed to stay at his relatives' house on Mamo Place in Wailuku, Mattos broke into locked bedrooms to steal the cash and jewelry, police said.
He was charged with two counts of first-degree burglary.
Average price of gas $4.63 a gallon
The average price of regular unleaded gasoline in Wailuku dipped a penny to $4.63 per gallon this week, according to AAA Hawaii's Weekend Gas Watch report.
The Wailuku price was 6 cents more than last month and 10 cents less than the price a year ago.
Statewide, the average unleaded gas price was $4.32 per gallon, 3 cents less than last week, 4 cents less than last month and 3 cents more than a year ago.
Honolulu residents enjoyed the lowest gas prices - $4.19 this week, or 4 cents less than last week, 6 cents less than last month and a penny more than a year ago. In Hilo, the average gas price was $4.32, the same price as last week, 8 cents less than last month and a nickel more than a year ago.
The snapshot of prices was as of Thursday. AAA derives gas prices by taking an average of fleet vehicle credit card transactions.
Boys & Girls Club given $200,000
The state Office of Hawaiian Affairs has awarded the Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui a $200,000 grant for two years to support the clubs' homework assistance program, the "Power Hour," serving an estimated 170 youths next year.
The OHA grant is aimed at improving the lives of Hawaiian children through education.
"This program will address OHA's strategic priority of ho'ona'auao (education), with the goal to improve academic achievement in the short term and ultimately high school graduation rates, leading to better economic self-sufficiency and a higher quality of life for Hawaiians in the community," the grant announcement said.
With a large number of Hawaiian language immersion students at the Paukukalo Club, the grant will be used to provide more staff support to tutor them in Hawaiian and English, the announcement said. Youth who report Native Hawaiian ancestry make up 85 percent of the participants at the Paukukalo facility.
Hana Pier meeting set for July 10
A public informational meeting on Hana Pier improvements will begin with an open house at 5 p.m. July 10, followed at 5:30 by a presentation and question-and-answer session at Helene Hall, the state Department of Transportation has announced.
The department's Harbors Division is preparing an environmental assessment to address potential environmental impacts of the proposed improvements. Details of those pier improvement alternatives can be found online at hidot.hawaii.gov/harbors/files/2013/01/FINAL_Hana-Dev-Plan_061611-2.pdf.
The department also is soliciting public input on what resources may be affected, which alternatives should be considered, and potential impacts that should be studied.
Anyone needing special accommodations to attend the meeting should call (808) 587-1886 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org at least seven days before the event.