State roundup for December 4
Missing Maui pilot identified
WAILUKU, Maui (AP) — The Coast Guard has identified Maui pastry chef Jose Krall as the pilot of a small plane that went missing over the weekend.
Krall, owner of the popular Maui Bake Shop & Deli, is believed to have been the only person aboard the Cessna 172 that disappeared Saturday.
His wife, Claire Fujii-Krall, said her husband was talking to the air tower when he went off the radar and they lost sight of him. A debris field was spotted about 2 miles north of Maui.
The Federal Aviation Administration said the airplane had departed from Kahului Airport en route to Molokai when it disappeared. Fujii-Krall said her husband was trying to turn around and return to Maui.
“The conditions were really bad. The haze was too dense,” she said. “He wanted to turn around.”
Airline offers Taiwan service
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaiian Airlines plans to begin offering service to Taiwan next summer.
The airline says it will launch service three days a week between the capital city of Taipei and Honolulu.
Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian Airlines’ president and chief executive, says the new service will be a convenient way for many in Hawaii to connect with family and create new business relationships, or just visit Taiwan.
Beginning next July, Hawaiian will become the only airline offering nonstop service between Taiwan and Honolulu.
Marathon may get 31K runners
HONOLULU (AP) — Organizers are expecting the largest field in 15 years for Sunday’s Honolulu Marathon.
Nearly 30,000 participants have already registered for the race, and that figure is expected to top 31,000 with late registration.
This is on track to be the biggest race field since 1997, when there were more than 33,000 competitors. Last year, more than 22,000 racers took part. Honolulu Marathon Association President Jim Barahal attributes the increase to a number of factors, including this being the 40th running of the race. Organizers also offered a $1-a-mile entry fee for Hawaii residents early this year that drew more than 10,000 people.
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