County / In Brief

Wells Park courts set to close for work

The parking lots for the Wells Park basketball and tennis courts in Wailuku will be closed from April 15 through May 20 to allow for disabled accessibility improvements for the lots and access routes to the courts, a county news release said.

In addition, several parking stalls at the Maui Ki Aikido dojo on Market Street, adjacent to the park, will be closed for Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility improvements.

The park restrooms, tennis courts and basketball court will be open during construction.

Parking along Wells Street will be reserved for park users during the closure.

For more information, contact April Shiotani, capital improvement project coordinator for the Department of Parks and Recreation’s Planning and Development Division, at 270-8017.

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Prices at pump unchanged for Wailuku

The price of a gallon of regular unleaded gas in Wailuku on Thursday was unchanged from last week at $4.54, according to the AAA Hawaii Weekend Gas Watch.

That price is 2 cents more than last month and 24 cents less than last year.

The Wailuku price is still 16 cents higher than the state average of $4.38 a gallon, which was down a penny from last week. It is the same price as last month.

Honolulu’s average price remains unchanged for the fifth week in a row at $4.31 a gallon. That price is down 39 cents from a year ago.

In Hilo, the average gas price was $4.34 per gallon, 1 cent less than last week, 4 cents less than last month and 41 cents less than this time a year ago.

AAA Hawaii Weekend Gas Watch is a weekly snapshot of gas prices. Prices are derived from fleet vehicle credit card transactions at more than 100,000 stations around the country and are the combined averages of the last card swipe of the previous day.

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Man charged in connection with robbery

A Wailuku man was charged in an early-morning robbery last week at Kapuna Bridge in Waihee, police said.

Alden Kekona, 29, faces a second-degree robbery charge, with his bail set at $20,000.

The robbery was reported at 1:36 a.m. March 27 by two men who were in a vehicle at the bridge after getting off from work, said Lt. Jayson Rego of the Criminal Investigation Division. Kekona allegedly approached the vehicle and threatened to beat up the occupants if they didn’t give him money.

One occupant turned over his wallet containing $50, and the other occupant gave up 20 cents, Rego said. The suspect was seen driving away in a silver sport utility vehicle.

He was located in a red Ford Fusion rental car at 11:45 p.m. Tuesday and arrested by Wailuku patrol officers at Hana Highway and Holomua Road in Paia, Rego said.

After his arrest, police said he admitted to the robbery when questioned by detectives. Kekona was charged Wednesday.

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Beware of solicitation scam, says church

Kahului Union Church is warning residents about a scam, following reports that someone has been soliciting money while falsely claiming to be working with the church.

According to church pastoral staff, a resident of the Islands at Maui Lani in Kahului reported being approached last week by a man who said he was working with the church and raising support for a Christian camp for youth. The man was described as young with darker skin and short black hair. He carried a black bag and spoke good English.

The man also mentioned by name three pastors at the church.

Another incident in the same area also was reported to a pastor.

“We do not do any kind of soliciting like this and want the public to know that this is a scam,” according to the church’s pastoral staff.