A 20- year-old Makawao man is dead after a single-vehicle crash in Kula early today.
Maui Police say Cody Ikaika Miyoshi Endo was traveling toward Makawao in a 1994 Toyota pickup shortly after midnight today. He apparently lost control of his vehicle and hit a guard rail, after which the truck slid across Crater Road, hit an embankment and became airborne. The truck landed in the backyard of a residence on Palena Place.
Police say Endo was not wearing a seatbelt, causing him to be partially ejected from the truck. The speed limit in the area is 30 mph. The vehicle is described as “lifted” with “extended tires.” The involvement of speed and alcohol are suspected. Drug consumption remains under investigation.
The road was closed for four hours while police conducted their investigation.
The man’s death is the third in Maui County this year – compared with none at this time in 2011.
After three days of intensive searches, Maui Fire Department crews have abandoned their search for a missing kayaker.
At 6 p.m. Friday, crews suspended their efforts after land, sea and air searched redveled no clues to the whereabouts of 55 year-old Torry Durrell – whose kayak was found adrift in about 60 feet of water off Kalepolepo Park in Kihei on Wednesday.
The Coast Guard ended their search efforts Thursday night after covering more than 272 square miles of ocean and shoreline.
Matson Navigation Co. is boosting its fuel surcharge for shipments between Hawaii and the mainland by five percentage points effective Feb. 26.
The hike to 45.5 percent from 40.5 percent follows three consecutive decreases totaling seven percentage points from August through October.
The state’s largest ocean shipper said bunker fuel prices have risen more than 16 percent since its last fuel surcharge adjustment.
“While we were encouraged by the moderation of bunker fuel prices in the second half of 2011, that trend has been reversed in recent months,” said Dave Hoppes, senior vice president of ocean services, in a statement. “Matson recognizes that energy costs are a major concern for all businesses, as well as consumers. Unfortunately, transportation companies are especially hard hit, with fuel consumption an unavoidable and significant component of operating costs.”
A former manager of First Hawaiian Bank branches on Oahu and the Big Island pleaded guilty Friday to a federal charge of embezzling more than $2.6 million, the U.S. Attorney’s office said.
Lani Ann Miho, 52. a bank employee for 29 years, was a branch manager and personal banking officer at First Hawaiian Bank branches on Oahu and the Big Island from 2000 to September 2010, U.S. Attorney Florence T. Nakakuni said in a statement.
During that time, Miho created about 56 accounts under different names, withdrawing money and using proceeds from recently opened accounts to pay balances due on earlier accounts, and using her position at the bank to keep track of the accounts and pay them before they became delinquent, then converting the funds to her personal use, Nakakuni said.
Miho repaid to the bank a little more than $2 million of the more than $2.68 million she had obtained from the fake accounts, plus fees and interest, which means the bank took a loss of about $609,450.
Miho faces a maximum sentence of up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million when she is sentenced on June 4 by U.S. District Judge J. Michael Seabright.
HONOLULU – Continuing to expedite the release of funds for “shovel-ready” Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) mentioned in Monday’s State of the State address, Governor Neil Abercrombie today announced the release of more than $15.6 million for various projects that invest in the state’s public safety, wastewater, civil defense and communications infrastructure.
“Each of these projects represents a long-term investment in our state and its people in the form of maintaining core services, facilities and resources, and generating jobs within our state,” said Governor Abercrombie. “I look forward to continuing to work with state Legislators to identify and expedite similar Capital Improvement Projects in the coming weeks.”
· $6,650,000 – State Department of Public Safety, various facilities statewide – Design, construction and miscellaneous items for repairs and alterations at O’ahu Community Correctional Center, Halawa Correctional Facility, Hawai’i Community Correctional Facility, Kaua’i Community Correctional Facility, Waiawa Correctional Facility, Women’s Community Correctional Facility, and other correctional facilities
· $3,518,308 – State Department of Accounting and General Services (DAGS), Public Works Division – Project funded staff positions for the third and fourth quarters of Fiscal Year 2012
· $3,157,000 – Wastewater Treatment Revolving Funds, statewide – Construction for wastewater treatment projects (Funds fulfill 20 percent state match required for $15,781,000 in federal funds.)
· $1,650,000 – Hawai’i Army National Guard, Building 117, O’ahu – Design, construction and works of art for the renovation of the Building 117 at Kalaeloa
· $664,338 – DAGS, Information and Communications Services Division (ICSD), various facilities on O’ahu – Acquisition and installation of trunked radio repeater systems at the Hawaiian Telcom radio station at Pu’u Papa’a, Kane’ohe; ICSD radio facility at Round Top, Honolulu; and control station at the ICSD Assistance Center, Honolulu
Maui Fire Departmnent crews on land, air and sea have expanded their search area to include the entire south coast of Maui from Sugar Beach to Pu’u Olai at Makena State Park.
This Morning the department’s Air One began low search passes in search of 55 year-old Torry Durrell, whose kayak was found adrift near Kalepolepo Park in about 60 feet of water Wednesday morning.
The U.S. Coast guard serched more than 272 square miles for two days. With no success, they suspended their search last night.
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