Alert spurs go! flight to land
A go! airlines flight made a precautionary landing at Honolulu Airport yesterday after having problems with a landing gear indicator light.
Flight 12 from Lihue landed safely at Honolulu International Airport at 11:15 a.m., said Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor.
He did not expect officials to investigate the incident.
Gas prices reach record high
Hawaii gas prices hit another record high this weekend.
According to AAA, the statewide average for a gallon of regular is $3.758, a penny higher than Friday's average and about 13 cents more than a month ago.
Hawaii's average ranks second in the nation. California leads the way with an average of $3.848.
Records were set on Oahu and Maui. The Big Island was about 4 cents shy of its all-time high.
Maui motorists were paying an average of $4.107 a gallon, the highest in the nation.
The Big Island was at $3.730, followed by Oahu at $3.645.
Wahiawa sewage system tested
City crews will be testing the sewer system in Wahiawa beginning Tuesday through May 2.
Workers will blow smoke into sewer lines to check for any broken pipes, illegal connections and other paths for runoff to enter the system. The smoke is nontoxic, harmless and odorless.
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Liquid nitrogen leak sealed
Firefighters stopped a liquid nitrogen leak that formed a cloud of vapor in Kapolei early yesterday morning .
At about 6:45 a.m., a driver passing by Hanua Street in Campbell Industrial Park reported seeing a vapor cloud at the Air Liquide American Corp. facility.
Fire spokesman Capt. Terry Seelig said the leak was from valve in a container holding about 1,000 gallons of liquid nitrogen. Employees and firefighters poured water on the frozen valve to warm it and seal off the leak.
Seelig said there were no injuries. He said liquid nitrogen can displace oxygen, but because the area was outdoors there was little danger of that.
Hikers waiting for rescue
The Honolulu Fire Department was to try again at first light this morning to retrieve two lost hikers on the Pu'u Kalena trail in the Waianae mountains.
The search was suspected at about 7:30 p.m. last night because of darkness, low cloud cover, and strong winds, according to a fire department news release.
The two hikers, members of the military in their early to mid 20s, called for help with their cell phone at about 6 p.m. because of the cloud cover and approaching sunset.
The hikers are about seven miles in from the trail head. Pu'u Kalena is considered one of the most dangerous trails on Oahu because of its narrow, knife-edge ridge sections and steep elevation.
Fire department rescuers have been in contact with the hikers via cell phone and advised them to remain in place overnight.
Dropped phone leads to rescue
Firefighters rescued a hiker from a cliff at the Kolekole Pass after he tried to retrieve a dropped cell phone yesterday.
Shortly before 9 a.m., the man in his 30s was hiking when he dropped his cell phone, which slid down a cliff, fire department spokesman Capt. Terry Seelig said. The man reached for the phone but slid down the steep incline and was unable to climb back up.
The man was able to retrieve his cell phone and called for help. Seelig said a helicopter hoisted the man out by 9:30 a.m. The hiker was not injured.
Visitor apparently drowns on Kauai
A 30-year-old male United Airlines flight attendant from Santa Ana, Calif. apparently drowned at Kalapaki Beach on Kauai yesterday afternoon, according to a fire department news release.
The man had been swimming with two co-workers when they lost sight of him. They contacted hotel security and when they returned to the beach, someone had brought him to shore and was performing CPR.
The man was pronounced dead at Wilcox Hospital.
Big Isle swimmer rescued from surf
Big Island firefighters rescued a swimmer in trouble off Kailua-Kona Friday afternoon, the fire department reported.
The swimmer had been in the water for about three hours and was seen sitting on a mooring, with large swells hitting the shore at about 3 p.m.
Firefighters arrived as the man was trying to get back to shore. He was picked up by a rescue boat and taken to Kona Hospital for treatment.