County / In Brief

Don Nelson to talk at YMCA event

Former National Basketball Association player and coach Don Nelson will be the keynote speaker Friday at the Maui Family YMCA Community Support Campaign kickoff event.

The Hall of Famer and “Y kid” will be speaking at the event at noon at the YMCA in Wailuku.

The event is free and open to the public. There will be pupu and talk story at 11:30 a.m., with the program beginning at noon. Tours of the facility will follow the program.

“Through our community support campaign, we want to educate people that we are more than a place to go exercise or swim, we are an organization that does vital work thanks to the support of the community,” said Mike Morris, president and chief executive officer of the Maui Family YMCA.

Support from the campaign last year made it possible for 350 children to attend after-school programs and for 55 children to join Y swim lessons, a news release about the event said.

This year’s goal is $128,000 with funds going to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility programs.

For more information, contact Morris at 242-9007, send email to mauiymca@gmail. com or go to the website


Innocent plea in sexual assault case

A 29-year-old Kahului man Wednesday entered a not guilty plea to charges relating to a sexual assault on a Wailuku woman on Feb. 15.

Tosuo Hans was arraigned in 2nd Circuit Court on charges of first-degree sexual assault, first-degree burglary, kidnapping, fourth-degree theft and interference in reporting an emergency or crime.

A Maui County grand jury indicted Hans on the charges Friday, said Deputy Prosecutor Kristin Coccaro. His bail was increased to $250,000 following the indictment.

A bail hearing is set for Wednesday.

According to police, the defendant sexually assaulted a 30-year-old woman in her Wailuku apartment after she came out of her bathroom after taking a shower. She saw a man who entered her apartment without permission.

The man pushed her into her bedroom, where the sexual assault took place, police said. The woman then fought off the man and screamed, causing the man to flee.


High-surf advisory for Molokai, Maui

A high-surf advisory has been posted for north- and west-facing shores of Molokai and north-facing shores of Maui from 6 a.m. today to 6 a.m. Saturday.

The National Weather Service said a northwest swell will arrive and produce elevated surf today until at least Friday night.

The surf is expected to reach advisory levels on Molokai and Maui early this afternoon.

Surf along north-facing shores is expected to be 12 to 16 feet and 8 to 12 feet along west-facing shores.

There could be moderate to strong breaking waves and rip currents, the National Weather Service said.


Missing Haiku girl has returned home

A 15-year-old Haiku girl missing since Feb. 21 was returned home Tuesday, according to her father.

Tom Cochran said Wednesday that his daughter, Emily, was fine.

She was the subject of a missing person bulletin that appeared on Page A4 on Tuesday in The Maui News.

County / In Brief

Recycling grant applications offered

Businesses, organizations and individuals interested in helping the county divert material from the landfill may apply for a recycling grant from the Department of Environmental Management.

Projects must focus on landfill diversion, including education, source reduction, reuse, recycling and composting, the news release said.

Grant applications are available at and at the Department of Environmental Management, Recycling Office, at One Main Plaza, 2200 Main St., Suite 225. Call the Recycling Hotline at 270-7880 to request an application by mail.

A recommended grant workshop will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at the recycling office.

The deadline for grant summaries is 4 p.m. March 6. Grant summaries will be reviewed and applicants will be notified if they are approved to complete a full grant application. Full grant applications are due March 22.

Applications may be accepted throughout the year subject to appropriation of funds and budget.

For more information from Lanai, call (800) 272-0125, and from Molokai, (800) 272-0117, ext.7880.


Baker, Ing will meet with constituents

State Sen. Rosalyn Baker and state Rep. Kaniela Ing will be holding a “talk story” and will offer a legislative update from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Kihei Charter School campus.

“Our top priority for the budget is to secure construction funding for a much needed high school in Kihei,” said Baker, who represents South and West Maui.

“This project is included in the governor’s proposed budget. We want the community engaged in this effort,” said Ing, who represents South Maui.

Kihei Charter School is located in the Lipoa Center at 41 E. Lipoa St.

The public is invited.

For more information, contact Baker’s office toll-free from Maui at 984-2400, ext. 66070, or email senbaker@, or contract Ing’s office toll-free from Maui at 984-2400, ext. 68525, or email


Kindergarten registration begins

Registration for kindergarten and junior kindergarten for next school year is currently under way.

Children who will be 5 years old on or before Aug. 1 may enroll in regular kindergarten, while children who reach 5 years of age between Aug. 2 and Dec. 31 may enroll in junior kindergarten.

Kindergarten is not mandatory in Hawaii.

All parents are encouraged to register their children for the full-day classes at their neighborhood schools. Parents can call the Maui District office of the state Department of Education to determine which school their child should attend.

The number is 984-8001.

For more information on school health requirements, registration and junior kindergarten, go to parents.

County / In Brief

Baldwin Park remains closed

Baldwin Park in Paia remained closed to the public Monday due to flooding last week.

No date has been set for reopening the park.

“Work crews were able to begin removing the mud and cleaning the park today because of the clear weather,” a county news release Monday said. “A date to reopen the park will depend on weather conditions later this week.”

The park has been closed since Friday, when heavy rains the day before coated the parking lot, restrooms and pavilion in mud, the county said.


Wind advisory for Lanai, Maui

Windy conditions have led to the posting of a wind advisory for Lanai and parts of Maui, and a gale warning in the channels today and Wednesday.

The strong trade winds also prompted the National Weather Service to extended its high-surf advisory for east-facing shores of all islands until 6 p.m. Wednesday. Surf is expected to be 6 to 9 feet.

The wind advisory from 6 a.m. today to 6 p.m. Wednesday is for Lanai, Maui’s central valley, the summit of Haleakala and Kahoolawe.

A strengthening high pressure system north of the islands is to blame for the gusty trades.

Strong winds also will make sailing in the channels dicey. A gale warning has been posted for Maalaea Bay, the Pailolo Channel between Maui and Molokai and the Alenuihaha Channel between Maui and the Big Island from 6 a.m. today to 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Beginning this morning, east winds will blow up to 35 knots with seas 14 to 16 feet. Strong winds and rough seas are expected for all Hawaiian waters, the National Weather Service said.


Help sought in locating girl

Family members are asking for the public’s help in locating a 15-year-old Haiku girl who was last seen at home Thursday night.

Emily Cochran is described at 5 feet 1 inch tall and weighing 115 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes.

The girl, who is a freshman at Upcountry Academy in Pukalani, was last known to be in the Kihei area. She called a family member Sunday but hadn’t returned home Monday.

Anyone who sees the girl or who has information on her whereabouts is asked to call Maui police at 244-6400 and refer to Maui Police Department report 13-08527.

County / In Brief

County sponsors health workshop

A “Better Choices . . . Better Health” workshop gets under way from noon to 3 p.m. Monday at Kaiser Maui Lani Conference Room in Wailuku.

The county is sponsoring the six-session course, held Mondays through April 8 (skipping March 18).

“Better Choices . . . Better Health” is an educational health aging program designed to help people manage their chronic conditions and their overall health.

Participants receive a book, “Living a Healthy Life With Chronic Conditions,” and a relaxation compact disk, “Time for Healing.”

The cost is $10 for those age 60 and older and for caregivers of any age. The cost is $35 for those younger than 60. Scholarships are available. For more information or to sign up, call Jan Roberson at 270-8221.


More high surf for Maui and Molokai

A high-surf advisory for east-facing shores of Maui and Molokai has been extended to 6 a.m. Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

Forecasters predict strong trade winds will continue elevated and rough surf through the weekend, with waves of 7 to 10 feet along east-facing shores.

Beachgoers are cautioned to stay well away from hazardous shore breaks and to beware of strong rip currents and beach erosion. For more information, call (866) 944-5025 or go online to


Molokai fire crews aid in hiker’s rescue

Molokai firefighters helped rescue a 59-year-old woman who suffered a broken ankle Friday while hiking on the Halawa Valley Trail.

Kaunakakai and Pukoo firefighters responded to the 12:38 p.m. alarm to assist the woman who had slipped on the trail, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga. It took firefighters about an hour to reach the Calgary, Canada, woman who was with family members about two miles up the trail.

She was stabilized on a backboard and carried down the trail, Mainaga said. Then, she was taken to Molokai General Hospital where she was in stable condition.


Maui County GOP to host convention

The Maui County Republican Party will hold a public convention at 8:30 a.m. Saturday in the Garden Room of the Kalama Heights Retirement Residence in Kihei.

The convention will have keynote speakers as well as a continental breakfast. Delegates of the party will elect new officers for their executive committee.

For more information, call Chairwoman Cindy Sue Clark at 264-3098 or Vice Chairwoman of Communications Susan Lussier at 281-2453.


Nunokawa, Nielsen isle reps for Schatz

Kari Luna Nunokawa and Helen Nielsen are the Maui field representatives for U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz.

The two Maui women will serve as Schatz’s regional liaisons to the community.

Nunokawa was born and raised on Maui and graduated from Baldwin High School. Currently, she is the director of Pai Ka Mana, Student Support Services Program at the University of Hawaii Maui College.

Nielsen is a commercial property owner and manager and is a founding member of the Maui Coastal Land Trust, which has since merged into the statewide land conservation organization Hawaiian Islands Land Trust.

The representatives may be reached at (808) 523-2061.


MHS two-time champs in science event

Defending champion Maui High School did it again Saturday, going undefeated to win the Aloha Bowl Regional Ocean Science Competition at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

The Sabers won the same competition last year and went on to finish sixth in the nation in the National Ocean Science Bowl competition.

Now, the team goes on to represent Hawaii in the national competition in April in Milwaukee, said coach Ed Ginoza.

At Saturday’s competition, Maui High beat Punahou twice, including 81-33 in the finals, Ginoza said.

“They kind of dominated,” he said.

Saber team members are senior Steven Okada, sophomore Christopher Kim and juniors Bryson Galapon, Riley Camp and Gabe Salazar.

On Jan. 26, the same team members captured the Hawaii Science Bowl championship, earning the right to go to the national championships in Chevy Chase, Md.

County / In Brief

Shortages lead to missed trash routes

Some garbage routes in Haiku were missed Friday due to a staffing shortage, the county Solid Waste Division announced.

Affected areas included Awalau, Haloa, Holokai, Mopua, Pico Tract and Waipalani roads, Hamana Place, Noholani Street and surrounding areas.

The Solid Waste Division apologized for the inconvenience and said that every effort would be made to pick up the missed routes today.


Flags at half-staff for Hale on Sunday

Flags will fly at half-staff in memory of former state Rep. Helene Eleanor Hale on Sunday, the day of her memorial service on the Big Island.

She was the first African-American elected to office in Hawaii and the first woman to hold an executive position in local government since Queen Lili’uokalani. Hale was elected to the Hawaii County’s Board of Supervisors in 1954 and was chairwoman and chief executive officer (the equivalent of mayor) in 1962. She served on the Hawaii County Council from 1980 to 1984 and 1988 to 1994.

Hale was elected to the state House of Representatives in 2000, serving three terms. As chairwoman of the state House Committee on International Affairs, she championed a more proactive global role for Hawaii. Hale was a key advocate of state House resolutions in 2003 that expressed reservations about the U.S. going to war in Iraq without United Nations backing and invoked the aloha spirit in urging negotiations.

Born in Minnesota, Hale worked as a teacher before moving to the Big Island in 1947, continuing as an educator for a time at Konawaena Intermediate School.

She also helped establish the popular hula competition, the Merrie Monarch Festival.

Hale died on Feb. 1 in Hilo at age 94.


Bail $25K for man who struck another

Bail was set at $25,000 for a 29-year-old man who was arrested after he hit another man with an alcohol bottle after being caught rummaging through the victim’s truck in the Costco parking lot, police said.

Jonathan Histo, who gave no local address, was charged with first-degree robbery and unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle. Kelsey Cooper, 19, of Paia, who was with Histo in the truck, was released after posting $1,000 bail on a charge of unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle.

The robbery occurred at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday when a 42-year-old Makawao man returned to his white Ford truck after shopping in the Kahului store and found Histo and Cooper in the front seat of the truck and rummaging through the vehicle, police said.

The vehicle owner approached Histo, who got out of the driver’s side of the truck and struck the victim in the head with the closed alcohol bottle, causing a bruise to his face, police said. Histo ran, while Cooper drove away in a green Honda sedan, police said.

Responding police officers apprehended Histo near the Kmart store next door.

After obtaining the license plate number of the Honda, police located and arrested Cooper at her residence.


Underage drinking topic of MEO event

Maui Economic Opportunity Inc. will hold a town hall meeting to discuss the prevention of underage drinking from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the MEO Family Center at 99 Mahalani St. in Wailuku.

Participants can learn about the issues of underage drinking, identify how it affects the community and brainstorm possible solutions.

The meeting provides an opportunity for parents, teachers, officials, youth and other community members to voice their concerns and suggest ideas for preventing young people from using alcohol.

Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.

For more information, call 249-2990.

County / In Brief

Fire crews rescue two visitors

Wailuku firefighters rescued two visitors in separate incidents Wednesday.

A 65-year-old Missouri man was airlifted at 2:20 p.m. from the Waihee Ridge trail to Camp Maluhia, after injuring his knee while hiking, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga. The man slipped on a muddy path along the trail and could not move any further.

After being rescued, the man refused medical treatment and said his friends would drive him to the emergency room. Firefighters responded to the 1:56 p.m. alarm. They were assisted by a rescue crew from Kahului.

A 26-year-old female visitor from New York City was walked to safety by Wailuku firefighters at about 8 p.m., after getting lost at Iao Valley State Park, Mainaga said.

The woman was visiting the park as part of a group retreat, but she was separated from others, he said. She mistakenly hiked deeper into the valley. When night fell, she sent a text message to her group.

After about 45 minutes, firefighters found her uninjured, a half-mile above the end of a marked path, Mainaga said.


Two arrested in robbery, theft

Two people were arrested Wednesday in connection with a robbery and car theft in the parking lot of Costco in Kahului, according to police.

Around 4:45 p.m., a 42-year-old Makawao man returned to his white Ford truck after shopping in Costco to find a man and woman seated in the front seat of his truck and rummaging through the vehicle, police said.

The victim approached the man, who got out of the driver’s side of the truck and struck the victim in the head with a drink bottle, police reported. The assailant ran away, and the woman got into a green Honda sedan and drove off.

Patrol officers responding to the scene apprehended the man near Kmart, police said. The woman was later located and arrested at her residence in Paia. The green Honda with the same license plate number was found at the residence. It was seized, pending a search warrant for suspected stolen property seen within.

The victim suffered a bruised face.

The man, 29, with no local address, was arrested for robbery and unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle. The woman, 19, was arrested for unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle.

No charges were filed as of Thursday afternoon, with the investigation ongoing, police said.


Police net 2 arrests in robbery

Two men have been arrested in connection with the armed robbery of the First Hawaiian Bank branch in Pukalani on Tuesday, according to police.

At 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, a Pukalani man, 28, and a Kula man, 25, were arrested following an investigation by detectives with the Criminal Investigations Division, officers with the Special Response Team and patrol units, said police spokesman Lt. Wayne Ibarra.

A Kaanapali woman also was arrested for first-degree hindering prosecution at the time of the arrest, he said. All three were taken to the Wailuku Police Station.

Police seized a vehicle from a Lahaina resort and a motorcycle from a residence in the Pukalani area, Ibarra said.

No charges had been filed as of Thursday evening, with the investigation ongoing.

According to police reports, a gunman ordered customers to the ground and then went to each teller’s window and demanded money Tuesday at the bank at 67 Makawao Ave.

The man fled the bank with an unknown amount of cash, police said, and he was last seen heading toward the back parking lot where he got onto the back of a dirt bike. Another male, who was wearing camouflage pants, was operating the yellow dirt bike with black lettering.

County / In Brief

Kaanapali Beach a top U.S. shoreline

Kaanapali Beach has been named the best beach in the United States and 15th best beach in the world by “millions of travelers” on TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice 2013 lists of best beaches.

Two other Maui beaches ranked among the top 25 beaches in the country: Wailea Beach, sixth, and Waianapanapa State Park, 17th. Overall, eight Hawaii beaches made the U.S. list.

Kaanapali Beach was the only Hawaii beach listed in the top 25 beaches in the world.

The TripAdvisor website described Kaanapali Beach as having “clean, quiet, beautiful waters. Great for long walks, swimming, snorkeling, surfing, sunsets, views.”

The top beach in the world was Rabbit Beach in Lampedusa, Italy.

The list can be found online at


Carroll on Lanai today and Friday

State Rep. Mele Carroll will be on Lanai today and Friday to meet with constituents, give an update on the legislative session and listen to residents’ concerns about the proposed changes by billionaire Larry Ellison, who owns most of the island.

Those interested in meeting with Carroll and her staff should call her office at (808) 586-6790 to make an appointment.

Carroll acknowledged that Ellison has announced various plans for the island, “which on the surface seem positive.”

“I am in favor of development that will benefit the residents, but only to the extent that the natural beauty of the island or the wildlife is not harmed,” Carroll said.


County to receive part of $17 million

Maui County will receive part of a $17 million federal disaster relief grant to repair roads and highways damaged by heavy rains that caused flooding and landslides in late February and early March of last year.

The grant is administered by the U.S. Department of Transportation, according to the announcement from U.S. Sens. Mazie Hirono and Brian Schatz and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.

Repair work will include emergency repairs to restore traffic flow, minimize existing damage, protect remaining facilities and restore highways to pre-disaster condition.

For more information, go online to public/ViewMessage.cfm?MsgID=v99byehukd.


Kihei man, 20, held for home burglary

Bail was set at $20,000 for a 20-year-old Kihei man who was arrested early Saturday for burglarizing a Kihei residence.

Justin Ohler was identified as the man seen in the home on Eleu Place earlier Saturday when a resident was awakened by the sound of banging from the living room, police said. The resident, who at first thought someone was knocking on the door, saw a man, later identified as Ohler, holding a flashlight and rummaging through belongings, police said.

Ohler ran and was chased by the resident, who didn’t catch up with the suspect, police said. When the resident returned home and called police, a black Ford Ranger that Ohler apparently had been driving was parked in front of a neighbor’s house with the key in the ignition and the engine running, police said.

On the driveway of the burglarized home, police found belongings that apparently had been removed from the home before the resident was awakened.

County / In Brief

Man being held on sex assault charges

A 29-year-old Kahului man was being held on $126,000 bail Tuesday morning at the Wailuku Police Station on charges relating to a sexual assault on a Wailuku woman Friday, police said.

Tosuo Hans was charged with first-degree sexual assault, first-degree burglary, kidnapping and six counts each of contempt of court, police records show.

Around 1:20 a.m. Friday, a 30-year-old Wailuku woman came out of her bathroom after taking a shower and saw a man who had entered her apartment without permission, said acting Lt. Richard Rodriguez of the Criminal Investigation Division in Wailuku.

The man pushed the woman into the bedroom where he sexually assaulted her, Rodriguez said.

The woman then fought off the man and screamed, causing the man to flee, he added.

The victim called police later Friday. Hans was arrested at 2:19 a.m. Saturday at a nearby apartment in Wailuku, Rodriguez said.


Chipping machine destroyed in blaze

A fire destroyed a tree-chipping machine in Kahului on Sunday afternoon, causing $17,000 in damage, fire officials said.

Although the fire was classified as undetermined, it appeared to have been intentionally set, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.

Maui police are continuing the investigation, he said.

The Wailuku and Kahului fire crews were dispatched to 155 Wakea Ave. at 3:59 p.m. Sunday. When crews arrived in the parking lot of the Easter Seals property, they found the machine engulfed in flames.

The fire was under control at 4:10 p.m. and extinguished at 5:25 p.m., Mainaga said.

There were no reports of injuries.


Probe of attempted murder nets arrest

A 42-year-old Makawao man was arrested for investigation of second-degree attempted murder early Tuesday, police records show.

The man also was being held at the Wailuku Police Station on two contempt-of-court warrants, according to the records. He was arrested at 3:39 a.m. Tuesday.

Police did not immediately provide information on the arrest Tuesday.

But police dispatch records show officers were called to Piilani Housing at 1028 Wainee St. in Lahaina around 2:21 a.m. for reports of abuse in progress, stabbing, attempted homicide and assault.

County / In Brief

Kitchen fire damages restaurant

A kitchen fire in Mickey’s Place in Kahului on Sunday afternoon caused $1,000 in damage, fire officials said.

Two fire units responded to the 2:36 p.m. alarm at the restaurant at 350 Hoohana St., according to Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.

Upon arrival, firefighters were told by a worker that there had been a fire in the kitchen and that he had put it out with a portable fire extinguisher. In addition, the fire sprinkler was activated.

The fire was contained to the kitchen, Mainaga said. There were no injuries.

The cause of the fire was classified as accidental.


Hikers rescued after water cuts them off

Thirteen hikers trapped by rising stream water in Kailua had to be airlifted to safety Sunday afternoon, according to Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.

The hikers, who included three Maui residents and visitors from Massachusetts, Ohio and Pennsylvania, were hiking the Bamboo Forest trail when the stream waters suddenly rose and cut them off, he said.

After hours of waiting and no letup in the stream height, officials decided to use the Air One helicopter to airlift the hikers, from 8 to 54 years of age, to safety.

No injuries were reported. Firefighters received the alarm at 12:23 p.m.


Paddle boarders, rescuers helped to shore

Ocean Safety lifeguards brought paddle boarders and their civilian rescuers to safety off Papalaua Beach Park on the west side Sunday afternoon.

A 12-year-old girl was stand-up paddle boarding with two of her father’s friends when wind gusts started pulling them off shore, according to Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.

The girl’s father went out to assist on a paddle board and was joined by another person in a kayak. They managed to get the girl on the kayak, but it capsized.

Responding to the 12:40 p.m. alarm, all of the parties were brought to shore by Ocean Safety rescue watercraft.

The girl was checked out by medics, because she aspirated water when the kayak flipped, but she did not have to be taken to the hospital, said Mainaga.

No other injuries were reported.

County / In Brief

High-wind warning in effect until 6 p.m

A high-wind warning has been posted by the National Weather Service for all the main Hawaiian Islands until 6 p.m. today.

A high-pressure system far north of the islands will maintain strong and gusty easterly trade winds.

Winds are expected to be 20 to 35 mph with localized gusts exceeding 50 mph.

These strong winds can bring down tree branches, trigger local power outages and make for difficult driving, especially for high-profile vehicles, the National Weather Service said.


Free income tax assistance offered

Goodwill Industries of Hawaii is hosting free income tax assistance in Kahului on Mondays through April 8 for those meeting economic requirements.

The Maui branch of Goodwill is located at 250 Alamaha St., Suite N17. The service will be offered Mondays from 4 to 7 p.m., except Kuhio Day.

To qualify for the free tax preparation service, individuals must make $50,000 or less per year and not own a home or business.

Appointments are highly recommended. The Maui number is 442-8908.

Community volunteers, including Goodwill workers, donate their time to help tax clinic participants in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. Only certified VITA tax preparers may assist taxpayers in e-filing returns.

Goodwill also is offering a second free option to file taxes online for individuals with adjusted gross incomes of less than $57,000 a year. They may employ the MyFree Taxes url to file federal and state returns. The url is

For information about this option, email


Foreign ag investors must file forms

Foreigners with an interest in agricultural lands in the U.S. are reminded that they required to report their holdings and transactions to the U.S. secretary of agriculture.

“Any foreign person who acquires, transfers or holds any interest, other than a security interest, including leaseholds of 10 years or more, in agricultural land in the United States is required by law to report the transaction no later than 90 days after the date of the transaction,” said Diane Ley, U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency state executive director.

Foreign investors must file Agricultural Foreign Investment Disclosure Act reports with the FSA county office that maintains reports for the county where the land is located.

The Maui County office is at 77 Hookele St., Suite 202, Kahului. The phone number is 871-5500, ext 2.

“Failure to file a report, filing a late report or filing an inaccurate report can result in a penalty with fines up to 25 percent of the fair market value of the agricultural land,” said Ley.

Data gained from these disclosures is used to prepare an annual report to the president and Congress concerning the effect of such holdings on family farms and rural communities in the U.S.

County / In Brief

Hyatt testing utility program

Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa is working with Maui Electric Co. to test a semiautomated “Fast DR,” or demand response, pilot program that is designed to control the cost of the hotel’s electric bills while helping the utility maintain reliability and add more renewable energy to the grid, a release said last week.

The Fast DR program rewards commercial and industrial customers for designating parts of their electricity use that can be turned off during critical energy situations with 10 minutes’ notice or less.

Using a state-of-the-art energy management system, the hotel will allow part of its power consumption to be temporarily reduced following an Internet notification from MECO’s operations system. The Hyatt is the first commercial business partner in Hawaii to begin testing for MECO’s pilot program, a release said.


High surf for Maui, Molokai

A high-surf advisory is in effect for some shores of Maui and Molokai, the National Weather Service said Saturday.

The advisory affects the east shores of Molokai and Maui until 6 p.m. Wednesday. There is also an ongoing advisory for the north and west shores of Molokai and the north shores of Maui in effect until 6 p.m. Monday.

Strong trade winds will bring rough and choppy surf to east-facing shores of the islands through the upcoming week, the service said. A new long-period northwest swell will peak today and diminish Monday.

Surf of 16 to 22 feet is expected along the north- and west-facing shores of Molokai and along north-facing shores of Maui, peaking today and diminishing Monday. Surf will be in the 8- to 10-foot range along east-facing shores, remaining elevated for several days.


Community plan meeting topic

A public meeting on the community plan process with a panel of members from county government and the private sector will be held beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Kihei Charter School. Doors will open at 6 p.m. for pupu and conversation.

The current Kihei Makena Community Plan has been in effect since 1998, so it’s time to update it, a news release about the event said.

The charter school is located at 41 E. Lipoa St. Nonperishable food donations for the Maui Food Bank are encouraged.

For more information, call (508) 499-9996 or go to


Offices set to close for holiday

Federal, state and county offices will be closed Monday in observance of Presidents Day.

County residential refuse collection will not be affected, but the Hana, Lanai and Molokai landfills will be closed.

The Central Maui Landfill and EKO Compost will be open from 6 a.m. to noon. The Olowalu landfill will be open from 8 a.m. to noon. County pools will be closed.

All public libraries will be closed. The Maui News business offices will also be closed.

County / In Brief

Firefighters come to aid of hikers

Firefighters hiked a trail at Iao Valley State Park to help a group of hikers, including a 19-year-old man who was injured when he fell off a trail Thursday evening, a fire official said.

Fire crews from Wailuku and Kahului responded to the 6:34 p.m. alarm reporting that the hiker who fell was believed to have broken his leg, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.

He said five young adults were hiking along the upper ridge trail about two miles above the marked pathway when the hiker fell. Crews reached the hikers and escorted them to safety, Mainaga said.

He said medics treated the injured man, a Texas native, for injuries to his left leg and head. The man refused to be transported to the hospital by ambulance and was released, Mainaga said.


Napili man arrested for pawning art

A Napili man was arrested Thursday after an investigation showed that he had pawned two whale sculptures that were reported missing from a Kihei condominium unit while he was resident manager of the complex, police said.

Keith Romero, 49, was charged with first-degree burglary, three counts of second-degree theft and two counts of fourth-degree theft. He was released after posting $8,200 bail.

Police said Romero was resident manager at Kihei Beach Condominiums from May to December, when the sculptures were taken from the unit. Also during that period, he pawned tools that had been bought and charged to the company, police said.

The value of the stolen property was $8,950, police said.

An all-points bulletin had been issued for Romero, who turned himself in, police said.


County to be on corner at Whale Day

A “County on Your Corner” event with Mayor Alan Arakawa is set from 10 a.m. to noon today during Whale Day at Kalama Park.

Also at the event will be Transportation Director JoAnne Johnson-Winer, Deputy Managing Director David Ching and Corporation Counsel Patrick Wong. Kihei residency Council Member Don Couch also is expected to attend.

“It is important to connect with people face to face,” said Arakawa. “County on Your Corner, which is scheduled in a different location each month, is a good way for myself and members of my Cabinet to interact with the community.”


Meeting to look at community plan

A public meeting on the community plan process with a panel of members from county government and the private sector will be held beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Kihei Charter School.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. for pupu and conversation.

The current Kihei Makena Community Plan has been in effect since 1998 so it’s time to update it, a news release about the event said.

The charter school is located at 41 E. Lipoa St. Nonperishable food donations for the Maui Food Bank are encouraged.

For more information, call (508) 499-9996 or go to

County / In Brief

Prices at Wailuku pumps jump 12 cents

The average price of unleaded gas in Wailuku jumped 12 cents to $4.16 this week, according to AAA Hawaii Weekend Gas Watch.

This week’s average is 22 cents per gallon more than last month but 13 cents lower than a year ago, AAA Hawaii’s weekly snapshot of statewide gas prices reported Thursday.

Statewide, the average price for regular gas was $4.25 per gallon, 7 cents more than a week earlier, 19 cents more than last month and 5 cents more than a year ago.

Honolulu’s average gas price rose 7 cents to $4.20 per gallon, which is 21 cents higher than last month and 13 cents more than a year ago. In Hilo, the average price was $4.28 per gallon, 8 cents more than last week, 21 cents higher than last month and 13 cents less than a year ago.

AAA’s gas prices are derived from the combined averages of the last card swipe of the previous day of fleet vehicle credit card transactions.


High-surf advisories for Maui, Molokai

The National Weather Service has posted a high-surf advisory for the north- and west-facing shores of Molokai and the north-facing shores of Maui until 6 a.m. Saturday.

Such advisories warn beachgoers of hazardous shore breaks, rip currents and shoreline erosion.

Surf was expected to rise to 12 to 18 feet along north-facing shores and 8 to 12 feet along west-facing shores, forecasters said.

For more information, call (866) 944-5025 or go online to


Worker at Wailea resort charged in theft

A houseman at a Wailea resort was arrested in the theft of a camera and jewelry from luggage that had been checked in at the hotel bell desk Monday afternoon, police said.

John Bueno, 37, of Kahului was released after posting $1,000 bail on a charge of second-degree theft. A March 14 court date was set for him.

A couple from Marysville, Mich., had checked in the bags at 1:20 p.m. before the woman returned a few minutes later and asked for one of the bags so she could get her bathing suit, said Maui police spokesman Lt. Wayne Ibarra. He said that the bags were missing from the bell desk storage room.

The bags were later found after having been returned to the storage room, and it was discovered that the camera and jewelry, valued at $11,100, were missing, Ibarra said.

A review of video surveillance of the storage room showed that Bueno entered the storage room through the service elevator, picked up and concealed the bags in his work cart and left the storage room. A few minutes later, the video surveillance showed Bueno going back into the storage room and placing the bags back on a bellman cart, then again leaving through the service elevator.

Bueno had left work by the time the theft was discovered but was contacted and returned to the resort at 3:15 p.m.

County / In Brief

History Day Fair to be held Saturday

The 2013 Maui District History Day Fair will be held beginning at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Baldwin High School.

Two hundred students from Maui District schools will showcase and present their projects, which include poster boards, skits and video productions, to determine which ones will qualify for the state competition at Windward Community College on Oahu on April 20.

This year, the national History Day theme is “Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events.”

The event is free and open to the public. Opening ceremonies are at 8:30 a.m. in the high school cafeteria, with closing events at 2 p.m. and an announcement of winners. Most judging will take place from around 9 a.m. to noon.

Hawaii History Day is a program of the Hawaii Council for the Humanities. For more information, go online to


Trail to close to hiking temporarily

The Mahana Ridge trail in Kapalua will be closed temporarily to hiking beginning Monday because of construction in the area of the Mahana Estates.

The closure is expected to last six to eight weeks.

The nearby Maunalei Arboretum trail will remain open, and hikers may contact the Kapalua Shuttle to make reservations to get to and from the area.

The shuttle runs from Kapalua Village Center to the arboretum at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Pickups at the arboretum for a return to the center are at 11:50 a.m. and 1:50 p.m. The service runs seven days a week, weather permitting.

Seating is limited. To make a reservation, call the Kapalua Resort Shuttle at 665-9110.


South Kihei Road to close for parade

South Kihei Road from Alanui Ke Alii Road to Waimahaihai Street will be closed from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Saturday for Maui’s Parade of Whales.

The parade is to begin at the corner of South Kihei and Alanui Ke Alii roads, proceed north along South Kihei Road and end at Waimahaihai Street.

Marchers and floats will congregate at the end of the parade on Waimahaihai Street in front of the Kihei Public Library.

The parade is the official launch of the free World Whale Day at Kalama Park. The event runs until 7 p.m. There will be food, entertainment and displays.

Free event parking and shuttle service will be available from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Hope Chapel at 300 E. Welakahao Road and at Azeka Place Mauka Shopping Center along South Kihei Road.

For more information, go online to or call Pacific Whale Foundation at 249-8811, ext. 1.

County / In Brief

Turboprop service adopts ‘Ohana name

Hawaiian Airlines’ turboprop service, which will launch flights to Molokai and Lanai beginning this summer, will be named ‘Ohana by Hawaiian.

“The name ‘Ohana perfectly captures the idea behind this service and the role it will play in our community,” said Mark Dunkerley, president and chief executive officer of Hawaiian Holdings. “This new service has always been about making it easier for friends and families throughout the islands and from overseas to share time together.”

The brand name and aircraft design by artist and designer Sig Zane and his son, Kuha’o, were unveiled Monday at Honolulu International Airport.

‘Ohana by Hawaiian will begin flights to Molokai and Lanai this summer with 48-seat ATR42 turboprop aircraft, said Hadden Watt, the operation’s managing director. The flights will be run out of Gates 49 and 50 at Honolulu International by contractor Empire Airlines.

The new service will create up to an estimated 100 new Hawaii-based jobs, Watt said.

“Empire will be recruiting pilots, flight attendants and mechanics,” he said. “The new service will also need contracted ground-handling and customer service positions on Molokai and Lanai.”

Reservations and sales for ‘Ohana by Hawaiian will be handled by Hawaiian Airlines.


Lahaina brush fire burns quarter-acre

A brush fire above Puamana in Lahaina burned about a quarter-acre before it was extinguished Sunday night, a fire official said.

Lahaina engine, ladder and tanker companies responded to the 8:17 p.m. report, finding a 30-by-40-foot area burning, said Capt. Paul Haake. He said there previously have been fires in the area where there’s a homeless camp.

The fire was extinguished within two hours. No injuries or damage was reported.


UH-MC to host One Billion Rising event

A One Billion Rising gathering will be held at noon Thursday at the University of Hawaii Maui College, as part of a global movement to raise awareness to end violence against women and girls.

The event will run through 2 p.m. on the Great Lawn at the campus.

The event will include dances and group activities.

In addition, some campus classes will participate in a one-minute stand-and-rise activity focusing attention on gender-based violence.

The UH-MC Ponolove Sexual Violence Prevention Task Force, Active Minds Club, UH Women’s Center and Women Helping Women are joining in the event.

People can sign up at

County / In Brief

County to mark new year

Maui County will celebrate the Chinese New Year of the snake at 9 a.m. on Friday on the front lawn of the Kalana O Maui Building.

The event will include firecrackers, martial arts exhibitions and lion dance performances. Red envelopes will be on hand for people to feed the lions and hopefully bring good luck in the new year. The envelopes will be available at the event and at the front desk of the mayor’s office on the ninth floor.

For more information, call the Office of Economic Development at 270-7710.


State of the Union to air

President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address will be broadcast on KAOI Radio 1110 AM and 96.7 FM beginning at 4 p.m. Tuesday, the radio stations announced.

The speech will mark the president’s fifth State of the Union speech – and his first since being re-elected last year.

On Feb. 20 in the Baldwin High School auditorium, Mayor Alan Arakawa will deliver his State of the County Address from 5 to 6 p.m. (Doors will open at 4 p.m.)

The radio stations will carry the mayor’s speech as well.


Plumbing processes topic

County Public Works engineers from the Plumbing Inspection Section will hold a “talk story” session to discuss changes to county permitting and inspection processes at 8:30 a.m. on Friday.

County officials will meet with members of the plumbing contractors’ community in the University of Hawaii Maui College’s Kalama Building Room 103.

Officials will address issues and answer questions from contractors.

For more information about the event, call Rosoline Craig at 270-7238.


Park staff to discuss plans

Haleakala National Park will hold a public meeting to discuss new and pre-existing plans at 5 p.m. on Feb. 20, at the Kalena Triangle in Kipahulu.

Park staff members will provide updates on the Kipahulu Comprehensive Site Plan, which focuses on improving park operations, and the Commercial Services Plan, which will manage business operations.

County / In Brief

Waterline work to disrupt Wailuku traffic

A waterline replacement project will disrupt traffic on Nani, Loke, Wailani and Kaniela streets in Wailuku beginning Monday morning, the Department of Water Supply announced.

The project should be completed by October, the water department said.

Motorists are advised to expect delays, to use caution and to follow all traffic-control signs, devices and flag personnel while driving through work zones. Work is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday to Friday excluding holidays.

During construction, traffic in the affected area may be limited to one lane only.

The project involves the replacement of about 410 feet of waterline on Nani Street from Central Avenue to Kaniela Street; about 66 feet of waterline on Loke Street from Central Avenue to Wailani Street; about 650 feet of waterline on Wailani Street from Nani Street to Vineyard Street; and about 935 feet of waterline on Kaniela Street from Vineyard Street to Main Street.

The lines are undersized to provide sufficient fire protection for surrounding residents. The contractor is Maui Kupono Builders.

The contractor will notify customers when water service will be affected. Customers are asked to call the 24-hour service line, 270-7633, only if a water problem occurs.


Condo council to host first 2013 seminar

The Condominium Council of Maui will hold its first seminar this year, titled “Insurance Claims – the Good, the Bad, the Ugly,” beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the King Kamehameha Golf Club.

Doors are to open at 8:30 a.m. for registration. The event costs $50 for council members, $60 for nonmembers. The cost is $10 more if paid at the door. A lunch buffet is included.

To register, go online to


Diver found to be OK after crews respond

After people aboard a whale-watching vessel located a diver’s float Saturday afternoon off McGregor Point, firefighters and U.S. Coast Guard personnel launched a search for what was believed to be a missing diver, said Maui Fire Department Capt. Paul Haake.

Firefighters received an alarm at 1:25 p.m., he said. The department’s Air One helicopter went airborne, and rescue firefighters from the Kahului station used watercraft to search the ocean off McGregor Point.

Later, a diver approached a firefighter onshore and asked if officials had found his lost diving flag. Haake said rescuers learned that the flag belonged to the man safely onshore, and the search was called off at 3:15 p.m.

County / In Brief

Three rescued after kayaks land on reef

Firefighters rescued three people after one kayak took on water and another became stuck on the reef Thursday night off Olowalu, a fire official said.

Lahaina firefighters responded to the 8:15 p.m. alarm after the group called for help by cellphone, said fire Capt. Paul Haake.

Firefighters made contact by cellphone, then used lights and yelled out to establish the location of a man and two women, who had launched for an evening paddle aboard two kayaks, Haake said.

In the darkness and with a low tide, the kayaks became stuck in exposed reef features. One kayak took on water and was abandoned.

A firefighter was sent out on a rescue board to contact the victims and assess the situation. The firefighter was able to negotiate through the coral features and tow all three people to the shoreline about 200 yards away at about 9 p.m., Haake said.

He said the three were cold and tired but uninjured.

A fishing vessel located the abandoned kayak and brought it to shore along Honoapiilani Highway.


Kula woman is shoplifting suspect

A Kula woman was arrested Thursday after she walked out of a Kahului store without paying for more than $400 in merchandise, police said.

Bail was set at $1,000 for Julia White, 48. She was charged with second-degree theft.

White was arrested at 1:12 p.m. after a Walmart security officer saw her behaving suspiciously in the store and placing merchandise in her bag, police said. She left the store without trying to pay for the merchandise, police said.


High-surf advisory for Molokai, Maui

A high-surf advisory has been posted for north- and west-facing shores of Molokai and for north-facing shores of Maui until 6 p.m. Sunday, the National Weather Service said.

Surf is expected to rise to 15 to 20 feet along north-facing shores and to 10 to 15 feet along west-facing shores. Surf is expected to grow larger tonight.

A distant low-pressure system in the North Pacific several days ago generated a northwest swell that will remain large through today. A second low-pressure system that passed the islands Thursday will reinforce the current swell late today.

It’s possible that the advisory may be upgraded to a warning, the National Weather Service said.

The high surf will produce large breaking surf and significant shore break as well as dangerous rip currents.

County / In Brief

Man accused of stabbing attempts

A man was arrested Tuesday night after he tried to stab two men after an argument in the parking lot outside a Paia bar, police said.

Kaikane Hughes, 36, of Paia was charged with two counts of second-degree assault. His bail was set at $4,000. Hughes also was arrested on three active warrants, said Lt. Jayson Rego of the Criminal Investigation Division.

He said police responded to a report of disorderly conduct in the parking lot outside Charley’s Restaurant at 8:18 p.m.

After getting into an argument with a 25-year-old man, Hughes pulled out a folding knife with a 3-inch blade, Rego said. He said Hughes was about to stab the other man when a 34-year-old man stepped in and grabbed Hughes, who then attempted to stab the 34-year-old.

Other bystanders were able to wrestle Hughes to the ground and hold him for police, Rego said.


Restructuring expert joins airline board

Peter Kravitz, who has a successful and extensive record of restructuring companies, has been appointed to the board of directors of Hawaii Island Air Inc., dba Island Air, the companies’ parent, Gavarnie Holding LLC, announced Tuesday.

In addition, Island Air has retained the firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates. Specifically, attorney Van C. Durrer II leads Skadden’s corporate restructuring practice in the western United States and advises clients in restructuring matters around the Pacific Rim, an announcement said.

“I am pleased with the recent efforts and progress at Island Air. The guidance of these professionals fortifies our chances for success,” said board Chairman Charles F. Willis IV.

News reports had said recently that the airline was close to being sold.


State library system website up again

The Hawaii State Public Library System’s website was back up and running Wednesday after it was offline on Tuesday because of “technical difficulties,” an announcement said.

The Library System’s Electronic Support Services Section staff has restored the domain name and all connections, functions and operations are running normally, it added.

State Librarian Richard Burns thanked library patrons and members of the public for their patience and understanding.

“We have implemented changes to ensure this will not happen again,” Burns said.

The website at provides access to the library system’s electronic resources and Public Access Catalog and other free services including eBooks, digital audio books, online databases which provide access to full text-materials from thousands of magazines, newspapers, journals and other publications, and electronic learning materials.

County / In Brief

LUC to hear arguments on Kihei projects

The state Land Use Commission on Thursday is scheduled to hear oral closing arguments and to consider a challenge to the development of two large retail centers and 250 affordable housing units proposed in north Kihei.

The meeting is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. at the Courtyard Maui Kahului Airport’s Haleakala Room in Kahului.

Commissioners possibly will decide whether the retail centers and housing development proposed by Eclipse Development Group of California are in compliance with 20 conditions imposed in 1995 when the panel granted a land reclassification from agricultural to urban to former landowner Kaonoulu Ranch for a light industrial development.

A challenge from groups, South Maui Citizens for Responsible Growth and The Maui Tomorrow Foundation, and Kihei resident Daniel Kanahele prompted the commission to take up the development in the context of the 1995 land use change and conditions.


YWCA CEO leaving, will join Lanai Resorts

The chief executive officer of YWCA of Oahu will be leaving her post later this month to join Lanai Resorts LLC as vice president of human resources and community development.

Kimberly Miyazawa Frank will leave her YWCA position Feb. 22. Noriko Namiki, the organization’s communications officer, will serve as interim CEO, a news release Monday from YWCA said.

Frank joined YWCA Oahu in January 2012 after a two-decadelong career in organizational development, working for worldwide management consulting firms including The Gallup Organization and Tower Perrin.

Frank, who was born and raised in Honolulu, earned her Bachelor of Science in education from Miami University in Ohio and her law degree from Rutgers School of Law in New Jersey.


James Taylor coming to MACC on April 12

Five-time Grammy winner James Taylor will perform April 12 in the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Yokouchi Pavilion/A&B Amphitheater.

The concert with Taylor and His Legendary Band begins at 7:30 p.m.

In four decades, his voice and distinctive style of guitar playing produced hits such as “Fire and Rain,” “You’ve Got A Friend,” “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You),” “Shower the People,” “Handy Man,” “Your Smiling Face,” “Up On The Roof,” “Everyday” and “Copperline.”

Tickets go on sale to MACC members beginning Saturday at 10 a.m. and to the general public Feb. 16 at 10 a.m.

Tickets are $50, $65, $85 and $110 plus fees.

They may obtained at the MACC Box Office, by calling 242-7469 or online at

The concert is A Live Nation Entertainment & Tom Moffatt production.

County / In Brief

Early-morning fire destroys truck in Kihei

A truck parked on Keala Place in Kihei was destroyed in an early-morning fire Monday, a fire official said.

The fire, reported at 2:58 a.m., appeared to have been started in the bed of the Toyota Tacoma truck, said Capt. Paul Haake.

Kihei firefighters responded to the alarm and extinguished the fire.

The cause was undetermined.


Man nets arrest in recyclable cans theft

A Haiku man was arrested in the theft of recyclables from a storage shed at St. Anthony Church in Wailuku, police said.

Alexander Nelson, 18, was charged with second-degree burglary. His bail was set at $1,000.

The theft occurred Jan. 8 when surveillance video showed a truck driven by Joshua Jacinto enter the back area of the church, near its thrift store, police said. The truck was empty when it went into the area and was filled with recyclable cans when it left.

Police said the 15 bags of cans, valued at about $40, had been in a locked metal storage shed. The lock was cut.

An all-points bulletin had been issued for Nelson, who was arrested Friday.

Jacinto, 22, of Waiehu also was charged with second-degree burglary when he was arrested Jan. 28, police records show.


Police investigate a report of shots fired

Police were called to investigate a report of gunshots Sunday evening near Piihana Road in Happy Valley.

A resident reported seeing a male with a gun who ran into a stream between Piihana Road and the Wailuku Millyard at about 6:30 p.m., police said. The gunshots were heard coming from the River Mouth area of Waiehu, police said.

No one was arrested and no damage was reported.


Man critical after Molokai moped crash

A 33-year-old man was critically injured in a moped crash Sunday night on Kamehameha V Highway on Molokai’s East End, police said.

Molokai police were called to the single-vehicle crash at Milepost 15 at about 8:30 p.m. and found the man lying face down on the roadway with apparent injuries, said Capt. John Jakubczak, commander of the Molokai Patrol District.

He said that the man was breathing but unresponsive.

He was transported to Molokai General Hospital, where it was determined he suffered a skull fracture, Jakubczak said.

He said that the man was in critical condition when he was transferred by air ambulance to The Queen’s Medical Center on Oahu.


Storage shed burns; $1,500 in damage

A plastic storage shed in the backyard of a Paia residence burned Sunday night, a fire official said.

Damage was estimated at $700 to the 8-by-10-foot shed and $800 to its contents, said fire Capt. Paul Haake.

He said that Paia firefighters responded to the 7:30 p.m. alarm at the residence on Pili Loko Street and brought the fire under control within 10 minutes. The fire was discovered by a neighbor, Haake said.

He said the cause of the fire was undetermined.

County / In Brief

Colo. man dies while hiking in Makawao

A 60-year-old man from Colorado was fatally injured while hiking at Waihou Spring Forest Reserve in Makawao on Saturday.

The man, who was with a group of three other hikers, reportedly slipped on a trail near a clifflike area and fell an estimated 50 feet.

Firefighters from Makawao and Kahului received the call at approximately 11:30 a.m. Fire Capt. Paul Haake said that rescuers took about two hours to hike the victim out of the area.

The Maui Police Department is investigating the incident.


Grant for reconstruction after disasters

The County of Maui Department of Planning has announced the beginning of a two-year, $178,000 grant to develop plans for reconstructions after natural disasters.

Funds will be used for interisland travel, outreach efforts, community meetings, research and consulting services.

The grant proposal seeks to raise awareness for pre-disaster planning, including in rural communities, and to develop reconstruction guidelines in the event of a disaster.

“We are well aware of the threats we face from coastal storms and hazards,” said Mayor Alan Arakawa. “The last thing anyone needs after their home is damaged or destroyed in a natural disaster is a permitting process that fails to take emergency conditions into account. Residents and homeowners should not be penalized or delayed when it comes to repairing or rebuilding after such events.”

The grant, which is funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Sea Grant Coastal Storms Program, was secured in partnership with the University of Hawaii Sea Grant College Program.

For more information, call Jim Buika at 270-6271.


Mayor to host hourlong?show Wednesday

Mayor Alan Arakawa will host a one-hour television show titled “Your County with Mayor Arakawa” at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The show, which will air on Akaku Channel 55, will feature the mayor and Economic Development Director Teena Rasmussen as they discuss the mayor’s Business Awards Program and a new grant program by the Office of Economic Development.

There will also be an update on the Maui Friday Town Parties.

Viewers can ask questions, which will be moderated by Communications Director Rod Antone, by calling 873-3430.

The show will reair every Wednesday through Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. on Channel 55.

County / In Brief

Civil Defense, emergency alert tests today

The Civil Defense monthly test of the statewide outdoor siren warning system and the live audio broadcast segment of the Emergency Alert System are scheduled for 11:45 a.m. today.

The siren test is a steady one-minute tone on all sirens. The steady tone is used to alert the public to any emergency that may pose a threat to life and property. Besides natural hazards, the Emergency Alert System could be used for terrorist incidents or acts of war.

Problems with siren operations on Maui may be reported at 270-7285.


Funds released for Honoapiilani Highway

Gov. Neil Abercrombie has released $96,000 in capital improvement project funds for infrastructure repairs and upgrades for Honoapiilani Highway and the intersection of Kaanapali Parkway and Halelo Street.

The funds were secured by Maui state Rep. Angus McKelvey last session and released by the governor in a cooperative effort to address critical infrastructure needs in areas of high traffic and to improve safety and efficiency, according to a news release from the state House of Representatives on Wednesday.

“The roadways which will be receiving attention are essential for both visitor and commuter traffic in the Kaanapali area,” said McKelvey, whose district includes West Maui, Maalaea and north Kihei. “This funding is necessary not only to improve traffic flow, but most importantly, to ensure the safety of our community at one of the busiest intersections in West Maui.”


Napili man indicted in death of co-worker

WAILUKU – A Napili man has been indicted on a charge of manslaughter in the beating death of a co-worker last year.

William Ranep, 38, was being held in lieu of $500,000 bail Thursday pending a bail hearing Tuesday.

During his arraignment Thursday in 2nd Circuit Court, Ranep pleaded not guilty to the charge. His trial was set for April 29.

Police said Ranep was seen pushing 58-year-old Lahaina resident Danny Jose, who fell to the ground near the rear parking lot of Napili Plaza. Jose was on the ground when Ranep repeatedly struck Jose in the head and face and kicked him in the head, witnesses told police.

Police found Jose unresponsive on the ground at about 7 p.m. Nov. 12. He was transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead the next morning. Police said that both Jose and Ranep had worked for a maintenance company.

Ranep told police that he had been helping Jose, who had been instructed to empty out his office, when Jose picked up a kitchen knife and threatened to kill Ranep.