Man dies after fall from cliff in Kipahulu
A 59-year-old Kaupo man died Thursday after falling 15 to 20 feet off a cliff onto rocks along the shore break in Kipahulu, fire officials said.
Police identified him as Philip Chang. He was last seen cutting grass near a cliff where there was loose soil while he was working on a farm in Kipahulu, according to police.
Police said Chang was later found unresponsive by co-workers 20 to 25 feet below the cliff.
Hana firefighters and the Air One chopper responded to the alarm at about noon at Mile Marker 41 along Hana Highway, according to Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.
The Air One chopper airlifted the victim's body to the top of the cliff. He was then transported by police to Hana Health Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Construction work set to close Rice park
The restroom at H.W. Rice Memorial Park will be closed from Monday to Dec. 20 for construction of a new septic system, the county Department of Parks and Recreation said.
The park will remain open during construction.
The new septic tank will bring the restroom into compliance with Environmental Protection Agency requirements.
The work will be done by A.J. Trucking and Excavating; the design consultant was R.T. Tanaka Engineers. The contract with A.J. Trucking is for $36,000.
Maui and Molokai shores to see high surf
A high-surf advisory has been posted from 4 p.m. today to 6 a.m. Sunday for north- and west-facing shores of Maui and Molokai, the National Weather Service said.
A large northwest swell is expected to hit Maui County this afternoon, peaking late tonight but maintaining large surf through Saturday night, the weather service said.
Surf on north-facing shores will build to as high as 18 to 24 feet this evening. West-facing surf will peak at 14 to 18 feet by this evening.
There will be strong breaking waves on shore and rip currents in the ocean.
MECO announces power line inspections
Maui Electric Co. will be doing routine power line inspections with helicopters from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday islandwide, weather permitting.
Routine aerial inspections of Maui Electric's equipment, including electrical lines, poles and substations, are necessary to maintain stable and reliable electrical service, the MECO news release said.
For questions or concerns, call Maui Electric at 871-8461.
Kahului waterline work to disrupt service
Residents on Kamehameha Avenue from Kane Street to Lono Avenue in Kahului will be without water Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning for waterline work, the county Department of Water Supply said.
Contractors will be extending a waterline on Kane Street. The project was originally scheduled for Thursday, but it was postponed to minimize customer impact, the water department said.
Customers will be without water during the work period, which is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. Tuesday and should be completed by 4 a.m. Wednesday.
Traffic will be limited to one lane only at the intersection of Kane Street and Kamehameha Avenue. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes and to follow signs and traffic control devices.
Customers may want to flush their waterlines for a short time Wednesday morning to ensure that no sediment has accumulated in their waterlines during the project.
Affected customers are advised to store water for the night if needed.
Customers are requested to call the 24-hour service line 270-7633 only if a water problem occurs.