County / In Brief

Tree branch cuts power to 1,300 customers

A tree branch that came down on power lines on West Kuiaha Road caused a power outage Friday afternoon, according to Maui Electric Co.

About 1,300 customers in Haiku were without power for 26 minutes, beginning at about 2:40 p.m., said MECO spokeswoman Kau’i Awai-Dickson.


Fire burns hill below Hospice Maui buildings

A fire burned about 8,000 square feet along Mahalani Street downslope from Hospice Maui near Maui Lani on Friday afternoon.

Four fire units responded to the brush fire at about 2 p.m.

Firefighters took up positions to protect the Hospice Maui buildings, said Capt. Paul Haake of the Fire Prevention Bureau. No other structures were threatened.

Workers at Hospice Maui initially were unaware of the fire less than 50 feet from their offices. Nearby residents called the facility when they saw the fire spread up the hill.

“Somebody called us and said, ‘Your hill is on fire,’ ” said Hospice Development Director Kimberly Howard-Carhart on Friday afternoon. “I’m glad they called, because our place would’ve gone up like that.”

The fire, between a Dunes at Maui Lani Golf Course fairway and Mahalani Street, was not threatening enough to have the facility evacuated.

The blaze was extinguished at about 2:30 p.m., said Haake.

There were no injuries, and the cause of the fire was undetermined.


Hana Airport to close for improvements

Hana Airport will be closed from 9 p.m. Sundays to 6 a.m. Fridays, beginning Sunday, according to the state Department of Transportation Airports Division.

The nighttime closures will run through the end of August.

During the closures, improvements will be made to airfield lighting, the Transportation Department news release said. All electrical wiring and runway and taxiway light fixtures will be removed and replaced. Wind cones will be replaced as well.

The improvements will cost about $900,000.

Regular air service to Hana Airport will not be affected because no flights are scheduled during overnight hours. An emergency medevac plan is in place, allowing an alternate landing zone for medical helicopters should the need arise.

All daytime flight operations will continue as normal.


Gasoline prices slightly lower in Wailuku

The average price of a gallon of regular unleaded in Wailuku was $4.51 on Thursday, 2 cents less than last week, 4 cents less than last month and 38 cents less than the price this time last year, according to the AAA Hawaii Weekend Gas Watch.

The state average for regular unleaded was $4.36 per gallon, which was 2 cents less than last week, 2 cents less than last month and 25 cents less than this time last year.

The average price of a gallon of unleaded in Honolulu was $4.27 and in Hilo, $4.37.

Hawaii is the only state where gas prices average more than $4 a gallon, followed by Alaska at $3.97 and California at $3.91, according to AAA Hawaii General Manager Liane Sumida.

Prices are derived from fleet vehicle credit card transactions at more than 100,000 stations nationwide. Prices shown are the combined averages of the last card swipe of the previous day.

County / In Brief

Man arrested in alleged theft

A 32-year-old man was arrested Tuesday when he was seen driving a rental car that had been stolen after it was sent out for repairs, police said.

Bail was set at $1,000 for James Herbstman, who gave no local address. He was charged with unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle.

The 2012 silver Nissan Altima, owned by Dollar Rent A Car, had been taken to Jim Falk Motors to be repaired April 4, police said. When the business received a part needed for the repairs April 18, the car was missing and reported stolen, police said.

Herbstman was arrested at 2:36 p.m. Tuesday when a Dollar manager saw the suspect driving the car on Amala Place in Kahului, police said.


Children’s fair set for Saturday

The annual Early Childhood Children’s Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Maui Mall.

The free event, hosted by the Hawaii Association for the Education of Young Children’s Maui Chapter, will feature entertainment and hands-on activities for keiki and parents.

There will be a pirate treasure hunt hosted by Roots Preschool, manipulative block play by Tutu and Me, Kool-Aid Playdough by St. Joseph Early Learning Center and a dinosaur dig by Iao Preschool.

Other participants include Aloha Kai Academy, Maui Family Support Services, Maui Economic Opportunity Head Start, Kahului Union Preschool, Wailuku Hongwanji Preschool, Kamehameha Preschools, Montessori School of Maui and University of Hawaii Maui College.

For more information, visit


Bail set for man in theft case

Bail was set at $15,000 for a Kahului man who was arrested Tuesday after he claimed a stolen motorcycle from a towing company, police said.

Michael Tenney, 47, was charged with two counts of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle and second-degree identity theft.

The motorcycle was reported stolen March 25. On Monday, a towing company called the motorcycle owner to report that it had the vehicle. The owner, who was off-island when he got the call, tried to retrieve the motorcycle Tuesday, only to learn that it had already been picked up by Tenney, police said.

Police said an investigation showed that Tenney had been operating the motorcycle before it was towed.


Missed trash will be picked up

Some areas along a Lahaina trash route were missed Thursday due to mechanical problems, according to the County of Maui Solid Waste Division.

Trash from parts of Launiupoko and half of the area by Lahainaluna Road were not picked up. The pickup is expected to be made midmorning today.

The department apologized for the inconvenience.

County / In Brief

Judge Richard Bissen on medical leave

Other 2nd Circuit judges are handling the caseload of 2nd Circuit Judge Richard Bissen while he is on medical leave, according to the state Judiciary.

Bissen “is out on medical leave and is expected to make a full recovery,” said Marsha Kitagawa, spokeswoman for the Judiciary.

“The Judiciary is looking forward to his return,” she said.


Suspect facing charges in two burglaries

A stolen firearm was recovered, and a 24-year-old Hana man was arrested Saturday in connection with the burglaries of two residences in Lower Nahiku, police said.

Bail for Samson Hill was set at $62,000 on charges of two counts of first-degree burglary, first-degree theft and second-degree terroristic threatening.

Both burglaries occurred Friday – one between 5:30 and 9:15 a.m. and the other between 11:50 a.m. and 7 p.m., said acting Lt. Audra Sellers of the Hana Patrol District. She said a firearm was reported stolen in one of the burglaries.

Through investigation, she said Hill was identified and arrested.

There also was a report that Hill confronted someone in the area, using the threat of a firearm, Sellers said.

Hana patrol officers John Akana, Gershom Slonim, Jun Hattori, Jason Thompson and James Taylor worked on the investigation. “It was a diligent investigation,” Sellers said.

A 23-year-old Hana man also was arrested and released pending further investigation, Sellers said.


DMVL offices will close due to meetings

The Kihei, Lahaina and Pukalani satellite offices of the Division of Motor Vehicles and Licensing will be closing early today so that staff can attend union ratification meetings, according to a county news release.

The closing times are Lahaina, 2:15 p.m., and Pukalani, 2:30 p.m. The Kihei office closed early Tuesday.

The Kahului Service Center located at the Maui Mall will remain open with regular business hours during this period.


Car goes off cliff; two taken to hospital

Paramedics took a North Carolina man and woman to Maui Memorial Medical Center in serious condition Tuesday morning after their car went off a Crater Road embankment and down a 250-foot gulch, Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga reported.

Kula and Kahului firefighters responded to the 7:42 a.m. alarm, finding the man and woman sitting on the vehicle, which was on its side, about a mile above the Haleakala National Park headquarters. Two park rangers attended to the couple.

The woman complained of neck, back and hip pain and had lacerations to her arms and head, Mainaga said. The man reported pain to his ribs and had a head laceration.

Rescuers took care to secure the woman as a precaution against a spinal injury and airlifted her with the Maui Fire Department’s Air One helicopter to a landing zone at Hosmer Grove. From there, she was flown to Maui Memorial by the Maui Medevac helicopter, Mainaga said.

The man also was airlifted to Hosmer Grove. An ambulance took him to the hospital.

County / In Brief

Repairs set for Haleakala lots

All parking lots in the summit area of Haleakala National Park will be undergoing upgrades and repairs from Monday to early September.

The work includes concrete repairs, regrading, disability accessibility improvements and asphalt resurfacing.

Parking lots involved in the project include the Park Headquarters Visitor Center at about 7,000 feet, the Hosmer Grove campground, the Haleakala Visitor Center at about 9,000 feet and the summit observatory at the top of the mountain. Scenic overlook parking lots along the park road also will be affected.

“Every effort will be made to minimize parking lot closures and traffic delays,” the news release from Haleakala National Park said.

For more updates on the work, go to the park website at or the park Facebook page.


PATCH contest entries sought

PATCH (People Attentive to Children) is holding its third annual contest to name Hawaii’s Favorite Preschool Teacher and Favorite Family Child Care Provider.

Through May 15, the nonprofit group dedicated to supporting and improving care for Hawaii’s young people will be accepting nominations from the public in the preschool and provider categories. Each nominator may submit two nominations in preschool and one in the provider categories online at

Finalists will be posted online at the PATCH website on May 20. Online voting for the winners will run through July 8. The three winners will be honored at a dinner on July 12 on Oahu.


Alleged threats lead to arrest

A 21-year-old man was arrested Saturday afternoon after he threatened to burn down a Paia store, police said.

Bail was set at $1,000 for Max Arata on a charge of first-degree terroristic threatening.

He was arrested shortly after 2 p.m. after going to Honolua Surf Co. and threatening to burn down the store, said Lt. Jayson Rego of the Criminal Investigation Division. He said Arata, who gave no local address, was yelling and screaming and pulled out a knife.

County / In Brief

Napili construction to impact bus service

Roadwork in Napili will result in some bus stops not being in service beginning Monday.

The road closures due to the application of slurry seal to two sections of Lower Honoapiilani Highway will disrupt Napili Islander bus service.

The disruptions include:

* Bus stops between Akahele Street and Hoohui Road will not be in service Monday and Tuesday.

* Bus stops from the beginning of Lower Honoapiilani Road near Times Supermarket to Akahele Street will not be in service Wednesday and Thursday.

The work could create other delays, the county Department of Transportation said.

For more information, contact the department at 270-7511.


Award recognizes solar power integration

The Solar Electric Power Association has recognized Hawaiian and Maui electric companies as “national leaders in integrating and delivering solar renewable power,” according to an announcement from Hawaiian Electric.

For 2012, Hawaiian Electric ranked fourth and Maui was sixth in rankings for adding solar power on a per-customer basis, the announcement said. Hawaiian Electric also ranked 10th in total annual solar power added in 2012.

Last year, Hawaiian Electric added 219 solar watts of capacity per customer, while MECO added 198 solar watts per customer, power officials said.

Hawaiian Electric has doubled annually for five years the amount of solar energy on its grids, according to Scott Seu, HECO’s vice president for energy solutions and operations.

“Renewable energy helps our customers by keeping dollars in the Hawaii economy, improving our security and protecting our environment,” Seu said. “Renewables will help reduce our dependency on imported oil, which will help reduce electricity prices.”


Democratic Party panel set to host event

The Maui County Committee of the Democratic Party of Hawaii will hold its annual convention beginning at 10 a.m. May 4 at the Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapu.

“All party members, officers, elected officials and others interested in moving the Democratic platform forward are encouraged to attend,” said Todd Craine, chairman of the Maui County Democrats. “If you are not a party member, we welcome you and invite you to join us and sign up at the convention.”

Convention business will include the election of executive officers, discussing rule revisions and setting party goals for the upcoming year.

Early registration is $20 until 3 p.m. May 3 and includes a continental breakfast. Scholarships are available to those traveling from Molokai and Lanai and individuals who can demonstrate financial need.

Registration and information on the topics being discussed at the convention, including nomination forms for party posts, may be found at

For more information regarding the convention or delegate information, contact Convention Co-Chairpersons Stephanie Ohigashi or Troy Hashimoto at or (808) 359-4256.

County / In Brief

Lahaina DMV office to move next month

The Lahaina satellite office of the Division of Motor Vehicles and Licensing will remain open until May 3 at its current location at the Lahaina Center off Front Street, even though there is ongoing construction at the site, the county announced.

After May 3, the office will re-locate to the Lahaina Gateway Center at 305 Keawe St. with an opening date to be announced later this month.

The Lahaina Center is converting to an outlet mall with some current tenants having to leave the center.

Some DMVL forms are available online including, vehicle registration renewal, duplicate registration/title, notice of transfer, bill of sale, bicycle/moped registration and change of address. To view online, see www.mauicounty. gov/dmvl and select electronic forms.


Average gas price unchanged on Maui

An average gallon of unleaded gasoline in Wailuku cost $4.53 on Thursday, unchanged from a week earlier, 2 cents less than last month and 35 cents less than last year, according to AAA Hawaii Weekend Gas Watch.

Statewide, the average unleaded price was $4.38 per gallon, unchanged from last week, the same price as last month and 23 cents less than last year, the weekly snapshot of gas prices reported.

In Honolulu, gas was $4.30, a cent less than a week earlier, a cent less than last month and down 17 cents from a year ago. In Hilo, the average price was $4.37, 4 cents more than last week, 4 cents more than last month and 38 cents less than this time a year ago.

Hawaii is the only state with gas prices averaging more than $4 per gallon, followed by Alaska at $3.99 and California at $3.96.

The AAA report derives prices from fleet vehicle credit card transactions.


Tree branch shuts off power on Lanai

Some areas of Lanai were without electricity for nearly an hour Thursday after a tree branch fell on power lines on Fraser Avenue in Lanai City, according to Maui Electric Co.

After the outage at 5:27 p.m., power was restored at 6:20 p.m. to 1,620 residences and businesses.


Electric vehicles to be featured at event

Presentations on electric vehicles and a gathering of electronic vehicle drivers will be part of Earth Day activities from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday at the University of Hawaii Maui College.

Hiroshi Kuniyoshi of the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization will discuss electric vehicle trends in Japan as keynote speaker.

Anne Ku, Maui Electric Vehicle Alliance project director, will moderate a panel discussion focusing on how to buy, rent or lease an electric vehicle on Maui. The panel will include local car rental agencies, auto dealers and electric vehicle owners.

At the end of the presentation, electronic vehicle drivers on Maui will gather for what is hoped to be the largest assembly of electric vehicles on Maui. Photos will be taken by the UH-MC digital photography class in the parking lot next to the new ‘Ike Le’a science building.

County / In Brief

Bail set for man in botched vehicle sale

Bail was set at $10,000 for a 33-year-old Lahaina man who was arrested after receiving money for the sale of a vehicle that he didn’t turn over to the buyer, police said.

Effren Quillayen was charged with second-degree theft and use of a computer in a separate crime.

Quillayen used a computer to advertise the sale of a Toyota pickup truck online on Craigslist and exchanged email beginning April 3 with a Honolulu resident to negotiate a price of $7,500, police said. The money was deposited into Quillayen’s account, but he didn’t ship the truck to Oahu and didn’t return the money, police said.

The Honolulu Police Department began the investigation before it was continued by the Lahaina Criminal Investigation Division. On Saturday, Lahaina patrol officers arrested Quillayen on Wainee Street.

Police recommend that residents not engage in such online transactions unless they know and trust the seller.


Arrests in gathering with drunken youths

Lahaina police arrested 15 youths who were found to be intoxicated when officers responded to a report of a large, noisy party on Kupuohi Street early Saturday.

Police said some of those at the party ran as police cars showed up in response to the 12:48 a.m. call.

The arrested youths ranged from 14 to 18 years old. After police determined they were intoxicated, they were arrested for underage drinking before being released to their parents, police said. An 18-year-old Lahaina man was released on his own recognizance on a charge for underage drinking, police records show.

Police also arrested a 41-year-old Lahaina man who was charged with 15 counts of endangering the welfare of a minor and released after posting $3,000 bail, according to police records.

Police are reminding the public that the legal age to consume alcohol is 21, and underage drinkers face arrest. Especially with the graduation season approaching, police are working to promote safe and responsible behavior among youths.


Child car, booster seat inspections slated

Free child car seat and booster seat inspections will be done from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of Maui Marketplace near Sports Authority on Dairy Road in Kahului.

Those interested in having child car seats checked to see whether they’re properly installed should show up with the child, car seat or booster seat and car. An inspection takes a minimum of 30 minutes for each seat.

The inspections are done on a first-come, first-served basis.

The inspection Saturday follows one last month where most of the 25 car seats checked had problems.

Under state law, child car seats are required for children under age 4. Children from ages 4 to 7 are required to be restrained in either car seats or booster seats while riding in vehicles.

Information about upcoming child car seat inspections is available on Facebook by looking up Maui County Child

Passenger Safety at


County / In Brief

Woman pulled from water ID’d

A Washington state woman who died Thursday after being pulled from the ocean at Honolua Bay was identified as 63-year-old Mollie Jo Brennen, police said.

The Mount Vernon resident had been snorkeling when she was seen yelling for help, according to a fire official. She was reported to be unconscious when a lifeguard aboard a personal watercraft brought her to shore Thursday.

The woman was transported by ambulance to Maui Memorial Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead at 1:10 p.m. Thursday, police said.


Man who falls, hits rocks ID’d

A Paia man who died after losing his footing and falling Sunday at the Pools at Oheo in Kipahulu was identified as Thomas Gregory Krebs, 55, police said.

He was with friends when he slipped as he was about to jump into the third pond on the makai side of Hana Highway in the Kipahulu section of Haleakala National Park, said Lt. Jayson Rego of the police Criminal Investigation Division.

He said Krebs went head first into shallow water, hitting rocks close to the edge.

Friends said Krebs never resurfaced and firefighters found his body in about 30 feet of water, Rego said.

Firefighters responded to the 9:30 a.m. call and retrieved Krebs’ body.


Paia boy in hospital on Oahu

A 6-year-old Paia boy was in an Oahu hospital Monday, a day after he was found unresponsive in the water at Spreckelsville, police said.

The boy had been pulled from the water and efforts were being made to revive him when emergency workers were called at 2 p.m. to the beach at the end of Stable Road, a fire official said.

The boy had been playing with other children in the water before a man ran into the ocean and pulled the boy out, police said. His mother reported she had lost sight of him for about 10 minutes, police said.

The boy was unresponsive and without a pulse when firefighters arrived. He was transported in critical condition to Maui Memorial Medical Center, then flown to Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children on Oahu, police said.


Deadline for PALS approaches

Thursday is the last day for parents to register their children for any remaining open spots in the Maui County PALS summer program.

Registration will be held from 3 to 7 p.m., or until all vacancies are filled. The registration will be at the Kahului Community Center at 275 Uhu St.

Most of the unfilled spots are in the Upcountry area and in Central Maui, specifically about 50 open spots at the Lihikai School PALS site.

For more information, contact the PALS office at 270-7404.

County / In Brief

Maui man dies after fall at Oheo pools

A 52-year-old man died after slipping and falling about 12 feet into a pond at Oheo on Sunday morning.

Firefighters responded to the call at about 9:30 a.m. of a man who fell into the pond on the makai side of Hana Highway in the Kipahulu section of Haleakala National Park and did not surface, according to Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.

Using snorkel gear, firefighters found the man in about 30 feet of water, he said. The victim, who had been in the water for more than an hour, was brought to the surface not breathing, without a pulse and with head trauma.

The man, identified as a Maui resident, was pronounced dead at the scene, Mainaga said.

The body was airlifted out of the area to a landing zone on the south side, he said.


Boy pulled from water with no pulse

A 6-year-old boy was pulled from the water in Spreckelsville on Sunday afternoon and transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center in critical condition, according to a fire official.

Firefighters responded to the 2 p.m. call on the shoreline at the end of Stable Road, according to Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation was in progress when the call was made.

Once on the scene, firefighters found the 6-year-old boy, identified as a Maui resident, at the water’s edge unresponsive and without a pulse, he said. Fire personnel continued administering CPR until paramedics arrived on the scene to transport the boy in critical condition to Maui Memorial Medical Center.

More details of the boy’s condition were not available as of Sunday evening.


Kihei association to meet Tuesday

The Kihei Community Association will meet to discuss smart planning and a “sense of place” while also introducing South Maui’s new community police officer at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Kihei Charter School, located at 41 E. Lipoa St.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. for pupu and “talk story.”

Participants are asked to bring nonperishable food donations for the Maui Food Bank.

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

County / In Brief

Three arrested in assault on brothers

Three Haiku men were arrested in the investigation of an assault on two brothers early Friday at a Haiku residence, police said.

One suspect, 27, was located after he was treated with stitches for a stab wound on his back from an arrow used by one victim to try to stop an attack on his brother, said Lt. Jayson Rego of the Criminal Investigation Division.

The other two suspects, ages 23 and 24, were arrested at the scene after patrol officers responded to a disorderly conduct report at 12:19 a.m. on Waikina Loop, he said. Several males had been drinking in the area and had gotten into a fight, Rego said.

The suspects entered a residence on Waikina Loop and used a square pipe to attack a 29-year-old man, who was knocked to the ground, he said.

Trying to help the victim, his 27-year-old brother used bear spray on the suspects, who continued beating the 29-year-old, Rego said. The 27-year-old then grabbed an arrow and stabbed one assailant in the back before all three fled.

The 29-year-old was treated with stitches for a cut to his face, Rego said and also may have suffered a fracture to his arm.

The suspects hadn’t been charged Friday morning as detectives continued an investigation.


Washington visitor pulled from ocean

A 63-year-old Washington state woman died Thursday after she was found unconscious in the water at Honolua Bay, police said.

The woman had been transported in critical condition to Maui Memorial Medical Center on Thursday morning after a Napili fire crew and county lifeguard aboard a personal watercraft responded to the 9:20 a.m. report of a woman in distress, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga. The lifeguard found the woman unconscious and face down in the water, he said.

She was brought to shore, where firefighters began cardiopulmonary resuscitation before medics arrived and transported the woman to the hospital.

The Mount Vernon woman had been snorkeling when someone on shore noticed her yelling for help, Mainaga said.


Malama Kaulahao to hold rally Sunday

Malama Kaulahao will hold a rally from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday at Kaulahao in Paia.

The event aims to raise awareness and build community support to permanently protect the area known for fishing, views and sacred Hawaiian burials, according to an announcement.

Kaulahao is located on the makai end of Kuau Beach Place.

Established in 2000, Malama Kaulahao was organized to restore, protect and return north shore lands to their natural state and to maintain coastal views, bird habitats, public access and cultural values.

For more information, call 264-6678 or send email to

County / In Brief

UH-MC to host Arakawa event

Mayor Alan Arakawa will hold a “County on Your Corner” from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Valley Isle Keiki Fest on the Great Lawn at the University of Hawaii Maui College.

Joining Arakawa at this month’s event will be Council Member Don Couch, Managing Director Keith Regan, Finance Director Danny Agsalog, Transportation Deputy Director Marc Takamori, Planning Deputy Director Michele Chouteau McLean and Public Works Deputy Director Rowena Dagdag-Andaya.

”County on Your Corner, which is typically scheduled in a different location each month, is a good way for members of my Cabinet and me to interact with community members on the issues that are of most interest to them,” the mayor said.

For more information, call 280-1299.


Work to close portion of park

The street course portion of Keopuolani Skate Park will be closed from Thursday to April 23 to repair the concrete surfacing and for painting, the county Department of Parks and Recreation announced.

Temporary signs will be put up in advance to inform the general public of the closure. The nearby Boys & Girls Club has been notified of the repairs.

For more information, contact Floyd Miyazono, acting Central Maui District supervisor, at 270-7383.


Kahoolawe waters set to open

The waters around Kahoolawe will be open for trolling for permitted vessels only on April 20 and 21.

All vessels must register annually with the Kaho’olawe Island Reserve Commission before entering the reserve. A $25 permitting fee will be applied to the required registration process.

Access to reserve waters is restricted to keep people away from unexploded ordnance and to protect marine resources. Registered vessels need to file a catch report with the commission anytime they fish in the reserve, whether fish are caught or not.

“Reserve waters” are within two nautical miles of Kahoolawe. All other fishing, ocean recreation, commercial and other activities are prohibited.

To register or obtain more information, contact Dean Tokishi at 243-5889 or send email to To download an information packet, go online to

Packets also are available at the state Division of Boating & Ocean Recreation at 210 Imi Kala St., Suite 205, in Wailuku.


Gun violence protest Saturday

A sign-waving rally against gun violence will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday along Kaahumanu Avenue in front of Kahului Shopping Center.

The rally is led by the Maui chapter of Organizing for Action, a nonprofit organization established to support President Barack Obama’s national agenda. It is part of a nationwide Day of Action to support the reduction of gun violence in the U.S.

The main focus of the rally is to bring pressure on congressmen and senators to allow a vote on a variety of gun measures intended to reduce gun violence in schools and communities, a news release about the event said.

County / In Brief

Drug documentary to show on Molokai

An hourlong documentary featuring Molokai residents and the drug epidemic affecting their lives will be shown as part of a chili dinner and popcorn movie night at 6:45 p.m. today at Molokai High and Intermediate School.

Parents and other community members are invited to attend the free event.

The documentary screening will follow a drug awareness and education assembly at 1 p.m. today for students in the school gym.

The Maui Police Department is working with the Hawaii Meth Project to put on the assembly and movie night.


Man pulled from water identified

A man who was pronounced dead after he was pulled from the ocean off Kamaole Beach Park III on Tuesday has been identified as Glen Burlingame, 49, of Vancouver, Wash., police said.

He and his wife had been snorkeling 10 to 15 yards offshore at about 10:45 a.m. when she turned and saw him floating facedown in the water, said Lt. Jayson Rego of the Criminal Investigation Division. Burlingame’s wife swam back to shore with him, where bystanders helped bring him to the beach and began efforts to revive him.

County lifeguards and firefighters arrived to continue efforts to revive the man before he was pronounced dead at the scene.


Bail set for man facing theft counts

Bail was set at $4,000 for a Lahaina man who was arrested on felony theft charges in two incidents.

Sione Langi, 28, was arrested Monday night after Lahaina patrol officers received information on his whereabouts in Lahaina. He was charged with two counts of second-degree theft.

In one case, he checked into the Westin Maui Resort on March 15 and checked out two days later without paying for about $500 in charges, police said.

In a second incident, Langi stole rings valued at more than $2,600 from a store on Front Street on April 1, police said.

He was identified through an investigation, police said.


Males who assailed man in park sought

Police on Wednesday were investigating an assault and robbery of a homeless man who was struck in the head and kicked Tuesday night at Malu Ulu Olele Park in Lahaina.

The 52-year-old victim reported the assault at 8 p.m. He reported being struck in the head multiple times and kicked by males, who then took his wallet from his rear pocket, police said. The wallet contained about $200.

Medics took the victim to Maui Memorial Medical Center in stable condition, police said.

The Lahaina Criminal Investigation Division continued investigating Wednesday.


Man arrested in rental car break-in

A fingerprint match led to the arrest Wednesday of a man who broke into a rental car parked at the Maui Beach Hotel in Kahului last year, police said.

Florante Garcia II, 31, of Wailuku was charged with first-degree unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle. His bail was set at $1,000.

The break-in occurred between 11:40 p.m. Jan. 5, 2012, and 6:30 a.m. the next day. Luggage and two ukulele were stolen from the vehicle, police said.

Wailuku patrol officers responding to the case obtained fingerprints from the trunk of the car. After the fingerprints were matched to Garcia, he was arrested Wednesday morning and admitted to the crime, police said.

Police said it’s not unusual for fingerprint matches to take some time to be confirmed because of the volume of cases and the need to do fingerprint comparisons both by computer and manually.


Immigrant services office to move

The Wailuku office of the Maui County Immigrant Services Division will move this month to the fifth floor of One Main Plaza at 2200 Main St., according to an announcement.

The move means the office will be a floor below its current location on the sixth floor.

While employees are moving their office to Suite No. 547, it will be closed from noon today until 8 a.m. Tuesday.

During the closure, people needing immediate assistance may go to the Lahaina office, located at the West Maui Senior Center, 778 Pauoa Place. The Lahaina office is normally open only on the first Thursday of each month. However, during the Wailuku office’s closure, its doors will be open from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. today, Friday and Monday.

For more information, call 270-7791.


Baby Beach parking to be closed 2 days

The public parking area at Baby Beach in Spreckelsville will be closed for two days beginning today, according to an announcement from Maui County.

The closure will allow workers to move boulders to block vehicle access to the beach and prevent more thefts of milo trees in the area, officials said. Maui County, the state Department of Land and Natural Resources and Alexander & Baldwin will work on the project.

Earlier this year, thieves drove vehicles onto the beach, cut down milo trees and hauled them away. Baby Beach was identified as one of the access points.

Signs and traffic cones will be used to block public access to the Baby Beach parking area, and a county park ranger will be on hand to explain the closure, officials said.

The parking area is expected to reopen Saturday, although beachgoers may still park at Baldwin Beach Park and walk west along the shoreline to Baby Beach.


Funding received for reef protection

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundations received an $85,500 grant for the conservation of coral reefs near the Wahikuli and Honokawai watersheds in West Maui.

The grant, provided by the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation, will attract money from the federal government to “advance a large-scale effort by landowners, community groups, and state and federal agencies to reduce destructive sedimentation,” said a news release from the foundation.

The foundation also donated an additional $286,824 to five organizations on Oahu and Kauai.

Grants include $150,000 to the Malama Maunalua organization to restore Maunalua Bay, $43,000 to a program providing dental service for Waimanalo children, $41,244 to the University of Hawaii Foundation to increase student college completion, $35,000 to the Pacific American Foundation for stewardship programs and $17,580 to the Council on Foundations as annual membership dues.

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Work won’t close licensing office

The Lahaina satellite office of the county Division of Motor Vehicles and Licensing will remain open at the Lahaina Center off Front Street until May 3 despite construction in the area, according to an announcement from Maui County.

After May 3, the office will relocate to the Lahaina Gateway Center at 305 Keawe St. The opening of that office will be announced later.

“People have been confused about whether the Lahaina DMVL was going to stay open while construction is taking place at Lahaina Center,” said county spokesman Rod Antone. “Although the office will be moving in early May, we would like to assure the public that despite the construction, the office will remain open until May 3.”

Forms available online include vehicle registration renewal, duplicate registration/title, notice of ownership transfer, bill of sale and bicycle/moped registration. The forms can be found online at by clicking on “Electronic Forms.”

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Public can meet with park staff, officials

Members of the public are invited to meet Haleakala National Park staff and learn more about the park from 5 to 6:30 p.m. April 17 at Helene Hall in Hana.

Park Superintendent Natalie Gates is expected to attend the meeting.

For more information, call Howard Forbes at 572-4445 or send email to


Man charged with abuse in darts incident

A 43-year-old Waiehu man was arrested and charged with abuse late Wednesday after beating his brother following a game of darts at their residence, police said.

The incident was reported at 11:19 p.m. The 52-year-old victim and his brother told police they were playing the game when the argument arose.

That led to the brother throwing two darts at the victim’s head, with at least one dart leaving a puncture wound in his forehead, said Lt. Jayson Rego of the Criminal Investigation Division. The man began to punch his brother several times, leaving bruises on his body, he said.

Lincoln M. Hoopii was charged with physical abuse. He remained in custody Tuesday with bail set at $1,000. A potential additional charge of second-degree assault remained under investigation.


Wash. state man pulled from water, dies

A 50-year-old Washington state man was pronounced dead after he was pulled from the ocean off Kamaole Beach Park III in Kihei on Tuesday morning, a fire official said.

Wailea firefighters were dispatched to the park at 11:20 a.m. for a possible drowning, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga. He said a couple from Vancouver had been swimming when the wife turned around and saw her husband facedown in the water.

The man was pulled to shore by his wife, with bystanders helping bring him onto the beach, Mainaga said.

Bystanders began cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the man before county lifeguards and firefighters arrived to continue efforts to revive him, he said.

American Medical Response paramedics arrived and took over care of the patient.

Efforts to revive the man were unsuccessful, and he was pronounced dead at the scene, Mainaga said.

County / In Brief

Woman charged in burglary

A 20-year-old Napili woman was arrested early Sunday when a homeowner found her inside an Upcountry residence, police said.

Alexandra Bruce was charged with first-degree burglary, with her bail set at $1,000. She also was arrested on warrants for failing to appear and violating conditions of her release on bail, according to police records. Bail was set at $50,500 on the warrants.

The burglary was reported at 2:55 a.m. Sunday when the homeowner found a woman later identified as Bruce inside the home on Maha Road, police said. Nothing was taken from the home.

Bruce was allowed to leave and was arrested later when police officers found her down the road, police said.


Glowing evaluation for Yabuta

Police Chief Gary Yabuta received high marks in all categories of a 2012 annual evaluation that concluded last month, according to the Maui Police Commission.

Categories included leadership in continued department accreditation, community relations, standards of professionalism and management of the department’s administrative and budgetary responsibilities.

“Of special note was Chief Yabuta’s commitment to the ideals of accreditation, his town hall meeting concept, his oversight of the new Kihei Police Station and his continued dedication to the community and department,” according to a news release signed by then-Chairman Kirk Tanaka.

“The Maui Police Commission believes that Chief Yabuta continues to lead the police department in an exemplary manner,” the news release said.

Yabuta was selected as chief in May 2009.


Governor slated to visit UH-MC

Gov. Neil Abercrombie will be at the University of Hawaii Maui College from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in a “Cabinet in Your Community” discussion session.

He will be accompanied by members of his Cabinet: Russell Kokubun, Department of Agriculture chairman; Kalbert Young, budget director; Mark Glick, state energy administrator; Jobie Masagatani, chairwoman of the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands; Loretta Fuddy, Department of Health director; Gary Gill, deputy director of the Environmental Health Administration; William J. Aila Jr., chairman of the Department of Land and Natural Resources; Glenn Okimoto, Department of Transportation director; Ford Fuchigami, deputy director the airports division; and Randy Grune, deputy director of the harbors division.

The event will include breakout sessions, focused on areas of greatest importance to Maui as identified by Maui legislators and community members.

The event will be held at UH-Maui College in the Ike Lea Auditorium.


Man held in stolen arms case

A Pukalani man was arrested last week on a warrant charging him in the burglary of a home where firearms were stolen last year, police said.

Bail was set at $45,000 for Dino Malano, 43. He was charged with first-degree burglary, three counts of first-degree theft and first-degree bail jumping.

The burglary occurred in February 2012 at a residence on Olinda Road. Five firearms were reported stolen from the home, and Malano was tied to three of the stolen weapons, police said.

An all-points bulletin had been issued for Malano, who was arrested Thursday.


Help sought in ID’ing kayak

The Coast Guard is seeking the public’s help in identifying the owner of a red-and-yellow kayak found approximately two miles off the coast of Makena on Monday.

The crew of the vessel Ilikai notified the Coast Guard of the kayak at about 7 a.m. A search for a possible kayaker in distress was launched and later suspended pending any new developments.

There have been no reports of missing people in the area, according to the Coast Guard.

Anyone able to identify the kayak is asked to call Coast Guard Sector Honolulu at (808) 842-2600.


Crews aid kayakers in rescue

A search Sunday night for three kayakers off Sugar Beach ended when one kayaker was located and the other two made it to shore, a fire official said.

Wailea and Kihei firefighters, along with a Kahului rescue crew, responded to the 6:30 p.m. call reporting kayakers in distress, said Capt. Paul Haake, Fire Department spokesman.

Coast Guard personnel from Maalaea also responded. Shortly after the search began, the Coast Guard located one of the kayakers, who informed rescuers that he and two other men, each with kayaks, had gone out into the deeper waters to do some diving, Haake said.

He said the kayaker reported that two of the men had become separated from their kayaks, and all three had become separated trying to get back to shore.

The rescue mission ended at 8:45 p.m. when the two kayakers made it to shore and contacted rescuers patrolling the beach. The three men, all Maui residents, were in good condition.

County / In Brief

Blood drives set in Wailuku, Pukalani

The Blood Bank of Hawaii will hold blood drives at King Kekaulike High School in Pukalani and at the Cameron Center in Wailuku from April 22 to 25.

The Kekaulike High School drive is set for 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 22 in the school gym.

The remaining drives will be held in the Cameron Center Auditorium. On April 23 and 25, the drives will be held from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and the April 24 drive is set for 9 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

To be blood donor, a volunteer must be in good health, 18 years or older (17 with a signed parent/legal guardian consent form), weigh at least 110 pounds and have a valid photo ID with date of birth.

For more information, go to the Blood Bank of Hawaii website at Call (800) 372-9966 to schedule an appointment.


High-surf advisory for Maui, Molokai

A high-surf advisory for north-facing shores of Maui and Molokai has been posted by the National Weather Service until 6 a.m. Tuesday.

A building northwest swell will peak this morning and gradually decline into the week. Surf is expected to be 12 to 16 feet high.

The surf could produce strong breaking waves, beach erosion and rip currents, making swimming dangerous.


Disaster response exercise Saturday

A disaster response exercise will be conducted at Maui High School from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Community Emergency Response Team volunteers will compete in timed events designed to reinforce disaster response skills, such as damaged building size-up, search and rescue with victim triage, cribbing and splinting.

The exercise also is intended to generate public interest, volunteer involvement and increased enthusiasm for community preparedness, the county news release said.

The public is invited to join the event, sponsored by the Maui Civil Defense Agency and the Maui Fire Department.

At the end of the event, there will be door prize drawings open to all. Registration for the drawing runs from 8 a.m. to midday.

For more information, call Maui Civil Defense at 270-7285, email or go to the website

County / In Brief

Health officials monitor flu cases

While no cases of a novel avian influenza A virus have been reported in Hawaii or the United States, the state Department of Health said that it is monitoring the situation closely because 16 cases of the virus in humans have been found in China.

“While it is not yet known how people have become infected with influenza A (H7N9), the public is always advised to follow proper hygiene including washing hands, covering coughs and staying home when ill,” said Dr. Sarah Park, state epidemiologist, in a news release Saturday. “Additionally, people who become ill after travel to China are asked to notify their physician or health care provider.”

Strains of the virus are normally found among birds and occasionally have been found to infect humans. No human infections of the specific H7N9 strain have been recorded until the recent reports from China.

At this time, there is no evidence of sustained human-to-human transmission, the news release said.


Kihei skate park to close for work

The Kalama Skate Park in Kihei will be closed for repairs from Tuesday through Friday.

The repair work is needed to fix some damage near the landing area of the ramp, said a news release from the county Saturday.


BHS group takes regionals victory

Baldwin High School was a member of a three-team alliance that took first place in the FIRST Hawaii Regionals robotics competition Saturday at the Stan Sheriff Center at the University of Hawaii at Manoa on Oahu.

The victory means that the Bears qualify for the FIRST national competition to be held in St. Louis later this month.

The Bears finished 11th in the qualifying matches and were selected by Leilehua High School to be part of the alliance.

Kalani High School was the other member of their alliance, said Gary Suter, career, technical and education teacher at Baldwin.

The Bears’ alliance defeated an alliance led by perennial state champion Waialua High School, winning the best of three in two straight matches. The other members of Waialua’s alliance were Punahou School and Sacred Hearts Academy.

An alliance that included Maui High School made it to the semifinals but lost to the Waialua alliance. After each alliance captured one match, the Waialua alliance defeated the Maui High alliance, 92-90, to make the finals. Maui High finished ranked fifth in the qualifying rounds, going 8-4.


Woman rescued after ankle injury

A hiker with an ankle injury was airlifted off Waihee Ridge Trail to safety Saturday, according to the Maui Fire Department.

Firefighters responded to a 2:48 p.m. call of a woman who was unable to walk due to an ankle injury sustained while hiking with a group of friends, said Capt. Paul Haake, fire department spokesman.

Rescue workers found the woman on the trail about a mile above the trailhead, he said. Air One was deployed and the woman was transported to paramedics at a landing zone near the trailhead. She was taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center for treatment.

The 64-year-old woman, a Canadian and part-time Kihei resident, said she was hiking with friends when she slipped, Haake said.

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Brush fire burns 3,000 acres

A brush fire in the hills above Napili burned about 3,000 square feet Friday morning, according to the Maui Fire Department.

At about 11 a.m., officials at the Kapalua West Maui Airport reported a fire near the tank above Maui Preparatory Academy, said Capt. Paul Haake of the Maui Fire Department.

Three firefighting units from the Napili and Lahaina fire stations responded to the blaze about a half mile mauka of the intersection of Honoapiilani Highway and Hui A Road.

Firefighters found mostly ironwood needles and light brush on fire, said Haake. The winds were light and did not hamper efforts to fight the fire, he added.

The fire’s cause is unknown, but there were workers in the area cutting brush along a fence line, Haake said.

There was no dollar loss caused by this fire.


Linda Lingle named to energy council

Linda Lingle, former Hawaii governor and Maui County mayor, has been named to the U.S. Energy Security Council.

The council includes former secretaries of Defense, State, Interior, Transportation, Homeland Security, Agriculture, Navy and Air Force, a former chairman of the Federal Reserve, three former National Security Advisors, business leaders and a Nobel laureate.

The council is focused on reducing the strategic importance of oil by breaking its virtual monopoly over transportation fuel and works to ensure that new cars sold in the U.S. and throughout the world are open to fuel competition.

“Hawaii’s gasoline prices are the highest in the nation, and in no state are consumers more vulnerable to oil price spikes and supply disruptions,” said Lingle.

“Governor Lingle brings to the council a unique perspective and wealth of experience in running a state whose economy is heavily dependent on tourism, a sector which is severely impacted when oil prices rise,” said Gal Luft, senior adviser to the council.


Seabird project will give presentation

The Maui Nui Seabird Recovery Project will hold a presentation about Maui Nui seabirds from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the conference room at the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary in Kihei.

The event will cover seabird identification, natural history and conservation in Hawaii.

The organization also plans to add more volunteers to keep watch over its local wedge-tailed shearwater (‘ua’u kani) colony this year. Volunteers are responsible for routine tasks and providing information about shearwaters and other seabirds to the public.

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Police find pot growing at house

Kihei police reported seizing 13 marijuana plants after responding to a report of a civil dispute Thursday morning at a residence on Kauhale Street.

The officer responding to the residence smelled marijuana and found the plants growing in the backyard, police said. The resident reported having a state medical marijuana card, but the number of plants exceeded the allowable limit under the card, police said.

No one was arrested. Police recovered the plants at about 10:20 a.m. and documented the case for a continuing investigation.

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.


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.


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.


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.

County / In Brief

Wailuku man held in Waihee robbery

A 29-year-old Wailuku man was arrested in the investigation of a robbery last week at Kapuna Bridge in Waihee, police said.

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. He said a man 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 robber was seen driving away.

An all-points bulletin had been issued for the suspect, who was arrested at 11:25 p.m. Tuesday at Hana Highway and Holomua Road in Paia, Rego said.


Man accused in knife assault

A 24-year-old Kahului man was arrested early Wednesday after he cut his roommate on the arm with a knife during a scuffle at their residence, police said.

Bail was set at $2,100 for Kevin Kanakanui. He was charged with second-degree assault, first-degree terroristic threatening, interfering with reporting of an emergency and abuse.

The incident was reported at 1:37 a.m. As Kanakanui’s roommate, a 46-year-old man, was calling police to report the altercation, Kanakanui threw down the phone and disconnected the call, said Lt. Jayson Rego of the Criminal Investigation Division.

The roommate reported getting into a fight and scuffling with Kanakanui, who brandished a knife, Rego said. The roommate was cut on his right arm.

Kanakanui still had the knife when police officers responded to the residence on Hookui Street, he said.


Free shuttle service planned for Ag Fest

Expecting big crowds Saturday at the Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapu, Maui County Agricultural Festival officials have arranged additional parking at Baldwin High School and a free shuttle service to get people back and forth.

People planning to attend the festival are urged to park at the Baldwin High campus. There, they can catch a Roberts Hawaii bus for the seven-minute ride to Waikapu, where parking is limited.

The shuttle service starts at 8:30 a.m. The festival runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Festival events include a “Grand Taste Education,” a showcase of what Maui farmers and chefs have to offer, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., followed by a live chef competition until 2:45 p.m.

The festival also features exhibits, demonstrations, panel discussions, guest speakers, special events, animals and food.


High-surf advisory for Molokai, Maui

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

A large northwest swell will produce high surf along exposed shores. Surf is expected to be 15 to 20 feet during the day today and 18 to 24 feet at night, continuing through Friday.

The surf could produce strong breaking waves, beach erosion and rip currents making swimming dangerous.


Lawmakers to talk with residents

State Sen. Gil Keith-Agran and Rep. Justin Woodson will host a legislative session talk story forum at 5 p.m. Saturday in the Pomaika’i Elementary School cafeteria.

The Central Maui legislators will discuss issues and measures so far in the lawmaking session that ends May 2.

Keith-Agran represents Kahului, Waihee and Wailuku, while Woodson represents Kahului, Maui Lani, Old Sand Hills and Puunene.


Christ the King rummage sale set

Christ the King Church will hold a rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the parish hall.

Sale items will include clothing, household items, potted plants and flowers. There also will be a food tasting by Tante’s Grill.

The church is at 20 W. Wakea Ave. in Kahului.

For more information, call 268-0371 or 268-3390.


Lanai power outage affects 1,400

A power outage on Lanai left about 1,400 customers without power Wednesday night, according to Kau’i Awai-Dickson, Maui Electric Co. spokeswoman.

The outage was reported via email at 5:30 p.m. Power was restored to customers in the Koele area by 6:09 p.m. And, at 6:58 p.m., the utility had reported that power was returned to customers in other parts of Lanai.

There was no immediate determination of the cause of the blackout.

County / In Brief

Firefighters rising in the ranks

Firefighters Mark Pokini and Kris Sakamoto have been promoted to the rank of captain.

Pokini began his firefighting career in 1990 at the Lanai Fire Station. Since 1991, he has worked at the Kahului Fire Station as a firefighter II rescue technician and as a firefighter III fire apparatus operator with the rescue company.

With his promotion, he is being assigned to the Hoolehua Fire Station “B” Watch.

Sakamoto joined the department in 2001, when he was assigned to the Hana Fire Station. He later transferred to the Kahului Fire Station. He has worked as a firefighter II rescue technician and also as a firefighter III fire apparatus operator with Kahului tanker, engine and rescue companies.

Sakamoto is being assigned to the Training Bureau.

The promotions took effect Monday.


Police launch probe in beating

Police have opened an attempted murder investigation into the beating of a 54-year-old man who was found unresponsive at a Kihei residence Saturday morning.

Kihei patrol officers were called to the home on Keala Place at 6:32 a.m., finding the man gasping for air, said Lt. Jayson Rego of the Criminal Investigation Division.

A witness reported he had seen the victim attacked by four or five men in their 20s between 3 and 4 that morning, he said. But when the victim said he was OK, the witness left before returning to find the victim unresponsive and calling police.

The victim, a homeless man who had been allowed to stay at the Keala Place residence at times, remained in the intensive care unit Monday at Maui Memorial Medical Center, Rego said. The man suffered a head injury, three fractured ribs, a broken right ankle, a broken nose and an orbital fracture around his eyes.


Man allegedly threatens attack

A 76-year-old Pukalani man was arrested after he told a sheriff’s official he would blow up his house if deputies showed up to evict him, police said.

Edward A. Smith was released after posting $1,000 bail on a charge of first-degree terroristic threatening, police records show.

A sheriff’s lieutenant reported Thursday afternoon that he talked to Smith about a notice Smith had received to vacate his residence and remove his belongings by Wednesday, said Lt. Jayson Rego of the Criminal Investigation Division. Smith reportedly told the sheriff’s lieutenant that if deputies came to the house, he would “rig the house and blow it up.”

When deputies went to the home, they found something resembling an explosive device but that turned out not to be one, Rego said.

An all-points bulletin had been issued for Smith, who was located and arrested Friday evening, he said.