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Mayor halts communication from staff to council

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - The mayor of Maui has ordered administration staff members to stop speaking or writing directly to Maui County Council members.

Mayor Alan Arakawa in a letter to council Chairwoman Gladys Baisa says he's taking the step to establish a formal line of communication and to make sure council members receive correct information.

Maui County communications director Rod Antone tells the Maui News the mayor wants to avoid future miscommunication.

Arakawa in July issued a similar directive but pulled it back. Council Vice Chairman Robert Carroll responded with a letter that said there were legal and practical concerns that the policy would cause unintended consequences and the mayor suspended the policy.

Baisa says council members continue to have concerns and council staff is seeking legal advice.

AAA: Gas Prices Drop in Many Areas Before the Holiday

The Hawaii average state gas price inched down one cent to $4.34 per gallon during the past week, according to the AAA Hawaii Weekend Gas Watch.  The state average price had been above $4.35 since May 13.  The current price average is two cents less than last month and a penny higher than a year ago.

 

Honolulu’s average price dropped two cents to $4.32, also down two cents from a month ago and 12 cents more than a year ago.

In Hilo, the average gas price is $4.14 per gallon, down two cents from last week, four cents less than a month ago and 19 cents less than this time a year ago.  

Wailuku’s average is $4.47 a gallon, unchanged since last Thursday, a penny more than last month and 22 cents less than last year.  

 

AAA: Gas Prices Drop in Many Areas Before the Holiday

The Hawaii average state gas price inched down one cent to $4.34 per gallon during the past week, according to the AAA Hawaii Weekend Gas Watch.  The state average price had been above $4.35 since May 13.  The current price average is two cents less than last month and a penny higher than a year ago.

 

Honolulu’s average price dropped two cents to $4.32, also down two cents from a month ago and 12 cents more than a year ago.

In Hilo, the average gas price is $4.14 per gallon, down two cents from last week, four cents less than a month ago and 19 cents less than this time a year ago.  

Wailuku’s average is $4.47 a gallon, unchanged since last Thursday, a penny more than last month and 22 cents less than last year.  

 

Diamond Head Theatre Announces 100th Anniversary Season

HONOLULU – Diamond Head Theatre (DHT) is pleased to announce the 100th Anniversary season.  Curtains will open on Sept. 26 with the DHT debut of Mary Poppins. The six-show season will run through August 2015.

“We are excited to kick off our 100th Anniversary season with Mary Poppins, the first time the much-loved musical will be performed on our stage,” said John Rampage, DHT artistic director. “We want to thank our community, friends and families for the tremendous support we’ve gotten. We look forward to celebrating this momentous year with a lineup of iconic shows that will have something for everyone.

California man dies in water off Maui

HONOLULU (AP) - Police on Maui say a 63-year-old California man died in the water off Black Rock in Lahaina (la-HAY'-nah).

Police say Eugene Chu of San Bernardino was pulled from the water Wednesday.

Witnesses told police they spotted Chu at 11:22 a.m. floating face-down about 75 yards from shore.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports others on the beach pulled Chu to shore and attempted cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Maui Fire Department personnel continued CPR but Chu could not be revived.

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Maui mayoral candidate Mamuad disqualified

Neldon Mamuad

HONOLULU (AP) - A Maui man who sued the county then attempted to run for mayor has been blocked from the race because of how he filed financial disclosure statements.

Neldon Mamuad said on his MAUIWatch Facebook page that a Maui judge disqualified him in a Wednesday ruling.

The Maui News reported (http://bit.ly/TjXTaF) the Maui County Clerk had already said that he should be disqualified, but county officials asked a judge to weigh in on the matter.

Mamuad has said he was led to believe by a county elections clerk that because he already submitted paperwork for his role on the Liquor Control Commission he didn't have to file more disclosures. But the clerk said she told Mamuad he had to make changes to his paperwork.

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Hawaii's Public Libraries Will Observe Independence Day Holiday; 15 Libraries Offer Special Hours

Hawaii's Public Libraries Will Observe Independence Day Holiday; 15 Libraries Offer Special Hours

         In observance of the Independence Day 2014 Holiday, all public libraries will be closed from Friday through Sunday, July 4 – 6. 

        Prior to the holiday observance, the following 15 public libraries will be open with special hours on these days:

  • June 30 (Monday):

          Oahu – Aina Haina Public Library, McCully-Moiliili Public Library, Waialua Public Library, Wahiawa Public Library, Waikiki-Kapahulu Public Library, Waipahu Public Library;

          Big Island – 

          Hilo Public Library, Kailua-Kona Public Library, Thelma Parker Memorial Public & School Library;