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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Monday, May 21, 2001

Neighbor Island briefs

Advertiser Staff and News Services


Moloka'i ferry to run daily

LAHAINA, Maui — The Molokai Princess has revised its schedule and added an extra day of service.

Starting Friday, the 149-passenger vessel will make daily runs between Kaunakakai and Lahaina. Trips had been offered only Monday through Saturday.

On Monday through Saturday, the ferry will leave Moloka'i earlier, at 5:45 a.m. On Sundays the ferry leaves Moloka'i at 3:30 p.m.

The ferry now accommodates surfboards and bicycles. Call Island Marine on Maui at (808) 667-6165.

Input sought on Maui planning

WAILUKU, Maui — The Maui County Council's Planning Committee will convene a series of eight community workshops on the county's general and community plan process.

The workshops, all starting at 7 p.m., will be held May 29 at the Kula Community Center, May 30 at the Pa'ia Community Center, May 31 in the Kihei Elementary School cafeteria, June 4 in the Lana'i High and Elementary School cafeteria, June 5 at the Mitchell Pauole Center in Kaunakakai, June 6 in the Princess Nahienaena School cafeteria in Lahaina, June 7 at Helene Hall in Hana, and June 11 at the Kahului Community Center.

Call (808) 270-7838 on Maui, 800-272-0098 on Lana'i or 800-272-0026 on Moloka'i.

Customers may change billing plan

WAILUKU, Maui — The Maui County Department of Public Works and Waste Management is accepting applications from customers who would like to pay for their cesspool/septic tank pumping services through the bimonthly Department of Water Supply billing beginning July 1.

The deadline to apply is June 15.

Applications are available at the Highways Division district offices or the county's Wastewater Reclamation Division office on the third floor of the Kalana O Maui building in Wailuku. Call (808) 270-7420.


Visitor robbed on Big Island

HILO, Hawai'i — Police are investigating the armed robbery of a visitor from Fairbanks, Alaska.

The 24-year-old man was robbed at gunpoint Thursday morning after catching a ride with two men on Banyan Drive in Hilo.

The man told police he asked the men to take him to a grocery store. Instead, they drove him to the Pana'ewa Street park, where one of the men held a black semiautomatic handgun to the victim's head and demanded money.

One of the robbers removed about $500 from the visitor's wallet and ordered him out of the car and they drove away. The car was described as a faded-blue 1980 Toyota Tercel.

The driver was described as Polynesian, about 30 to 40 years old, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and 300 to 350 pounds. He had short black hair and was wearing a blue T-shirt and colored shorts.

The gunman was described as Polynesian, in his early 30s, about 6 feet tall and weighing about 170 pounds. He had short black hair with a black mustache and goatee and was wearing a white T-shirt, colored shorts and a blue baseball cap.

Call officer Kelly Matsumoto at (808) 935-3311, or Hilo Crime Stoppers at (808) 961-8300