Man rides down embankment, is rescued
Kula firefighters rescued a 25-year-old bicyclist who fractured his ankle when he went off the side of Haleakala Crater Road and down an embankment Thursday morning, a fire official said.
The accident was reported at 7:05 a.m. at Mile Marker 8, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.
The bicyclist, a visitor from Korea, ended up about 30 feet below the road and suffered a compound fracture to his right ankle, he said. Firefighters hiked down to the man and provided first aid. The man was carried up the embankment and transported by American Medical Response ambulance to Maui Memorial Medical Center, Mainaga said.
The man was in stable condition, he said.
Life-threatening injuries for two in crash
Two people suffered life-threatening injuries in a two-vehicle collision Wednesday night on Piilani Highway at Piikea Avenue in Kihei, police said.
The crash occurred at 10:58 p.m. when a gray 2006 Nissan Frontier pickup truck, traveling north on the highway, collided into the right side of a white 1995 Honda Civic two-door sedan that was turning left from Piikea Avenue onto the highway, police said.
The truck overturned, ending up on its passenger side in the northbound lane of the highway.
The 20-year-old Wailuku man driving the Honda and his passenger, a 19-year-old Pukalani woman, were transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, police said.
The 30-year-old Kihei man driving the pickup truck suffered minor injuries and was treated by medics at the crash scene, police said.
The occupants of the Honda were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash. Police said airbags in the truck deployed.
Police closed the highway between Lipoa Street and Waipuilani Road, rerouting traffic onto South Kihei Road while traffic investigators were at the scene. The highway was reopened shortly before 5:30 a.m. Thursday.
Loss of power generation triggers outage
An early-afternoon, sudden loss of power generation Thursday at the Maalaea power plant triggered a power outage affecting approximately 2,700 customers in Lahaina and Waiehu, a Maui Electric Co. spokeswoman said.
When two power units tripped offline, that "caused a drop in frequency and set in motion an automatic load shed to protect the system," said spokeswoman Kau'i Awai-Dickson.
The outage began at 1:17 p.m., and power was restored 31 minutes later at 1:48 p.m., she said.
MECO officials were investigating the cause of the incident.
Waterline break disrupts Kahului service
Portions of Kahului were left without water service Thursday afternoon after an 8-inch waterline broke, the Department of Water Supply announced.
Crews were repairing the broken waterline, and water service was expected to be restored by 8 p.m. Thursday, officials said.
Affected customers included those living on South Oahu Street from Hina to Lono avenues and Laau Street from Lono Avenue to South Oahu Street. Traffic was not affected.
The department's 24-hour customer service line is 270-7633.
Little change for pump prices in Wailuku
The average price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline in Wailuku this week was $4.54 as of Thursday, 2 cents lower than last week, the same price as last month and 28 cents more than the same time last year, the AAA Hawaii Gas Watch reported.
Statewide, the average unleaded price was $4.33 per gallon, down 2 cents from last week, a penny lower than last month and 8 cents more than a year ago, AAA Hawaii said.
In Honolulu, the average price has been unchanged for five weeks, remaining at $4.24, up 4 cents from a year ago. Hilo's average price was $4.27 per gallon, 5 cents more than last week, 8 cents less than last month and 3 cents more than a year ago.
"While prices have dropped as a whole throughout other U.S. states for the last month, so far we have seen very little change," said AAA Hawaii General Manager Liane Sumida. "Our statewide average has stayed within 10 cents of its 2013 high point of $4.40 a gallon since that price was reached in March."
The gas prices are a weekly snapshot derived from fleet vehicle credit card transactions at more than 100,000 stations around the country. Prices shown are combined averages of the last swipe of the previous day.
Arakawa event Saturday at Lahaina mall
Mayor Alan Arakawa will hold his next "County on Your Corner" from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Lahaina Cannery Mall, next to Starbucks.
The event is typically scheduled at a different location each month and serves as a chance for people to meet and talk with the mayor and members of his administration.
Joining Arakawa at this "County on Your Corner" event will be Transportation Department Director Jo Anne Johnson Winer as well as executive assistants John Buck, Zeke Kalua and Bill John Medeiros.
For more information, call 270-7855.