County / In Brief

Unity Church slated to host annual sale

The Unity Church of Maui will hold its annual spring rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The church is at 483 High St. in Wailuku.


Parking reserved for cancer center event

A limited number of parking spots has been reserved for the Pacific Cancer Institute of Maui’s open house Saturday.

The event is set for 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the institute, which is next to the Emergency Department at Maui Memorial Medical Center. Former and current patients are invited to take a group photograph at 10 a.m. with the cancer center’s radiation oncologists and staff.

Reserved parking can be accessed via the hospital’s Emergency Department entrance off Mahalani Street in Wailuku. Security officers will direct motorists to a northwest public parking area where reserved spots will be available.

The institute is celebrating the completion of a $7 million renovation and acquisition of new radiation technology that allows physicians to target cancerous tissue even in moving parts of the body, such as the lungs.

For more information, call 242-2600 or send email to


Maui Theatre will host job fair in Lahaina

Maui Theatre is hiring for various positions in the theater venue as well as cast and crew positions for the award-winning Hawaiian theatrical production ‘Ulalena.

Theater officials will host a job fair today and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Maui Theatre in Lahaina.

Openings include positions for male and female cast members, an accountant, usher, concession stand attendant, reservationist, host/hostess, sales and stage technicians. Interested applicants should bring their resumes and, if applying for a cast position, a head shot.

Maui Theatre is located at 878 Front St. Parking is available in surrounding parking lots.

For more information, call the theater at 661-9913 or send email to

County / In Brief

Tricia Morris hearing delayed

An administrative hearing for a cease-and-desist order for Maui mortgage broker Kathleen Patricia Morris, also known as Tricia Morris, has been moved to June 28, according to an official with the state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs.

An Oahu administrative hearing had been scheduled Wednesday for the once-prominent Maui mortgage broker. Less than two weeks ago, the department’s Division of Financial Institutions issued the order for Morris and her Herman-Morris Enterprises Inc., doing business as Hawaii’s Premiere Mortgage Co., to stop conducting business as a mortgage loan originator and company.

The state alleges that Morris and her company have violated Hawaii law by, among other things, originating a mortgage loan in a consumer’s name without his or her authorization or receiving payoffs of mortgage loans and not remitting the payoff amounts to lenders.


Water to be shut off tonight in Wailuku

Some Wailuku town residents and businesses will be without water tonight through Friday morning while the county Department of Water Supply works on system improvements.

Workers will install two main line valves beginning at 9:30 p.m., with work scheduled to be completed by 5 a.m. Friday.

The valves will be installed on Mission and Vineyard streets.

Residents who will be without water include those living on Loke and Wailani streets; Vineyard Street from Central Avenue to its east end; Kaniela Street from Vineyard to Mill Street; Mission Street from Vineyard to Mill; Central Avenue from North Street to Mill; and Mill Street from Central Avenue to Mission.

Traffic should not be affected, but motorists are advised to drive cautiously in the area.

Customers may want to flush their waterlines for a short time on Friday morning to ensure that sediment has not accumulated in their waterlines. Affected customers are advised to store water for the night if needed.

For service-related problems, residents may call the department at 270-7633.


12 rescued from flooding in Haiku

Twelve people were rescued from three locations in the area known as Bamboo Forest in Haiku after being stranded by rising water Tuesday afternoon, a fire official said.

Paia firefighters and a rescue crew aboard the Fire Department’s Air One helicopter responded to the area near Milepost 7.5 on Hana Highway after a 3:19 p.m. alarm reporting three women calling for help after being stuck in an area off the trail, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.

He said the caller, who had been with the group, reported making it to the highway after what he described as a flash flood. Firefighters were advised of other hikers who were also stranded by the rising water, Mainaga said.

Three teenage girls from the initial call were airlifted to safety first before the rescue crew aboard the helicopter continued to locate other hikers and fly them to a secured landing zone, he said.

Eight women, ranging in age from 18 to 57, and four men, ages 21 to 33, were rescued from three locations, Mainaga said. None required medical attention. Two were from California, two were from Washington state and eight were Maui residents.

On Tuesday afternoon, the National Weather Service posted a flood advisory Upcountry and in East Maui. Forecasters reported that satellite radar showed at 1:58 p.m. heavy downpours uphill from Makawao to Huelo. Other heavy showers were seen forming uphill from Hana to Kipahulu.

The advisory expired after 5 p.m. Tuesday.


Aikau, Thompson to get Visionary Award

The late big-wave surfer Eddie Aikau and Native Hawaiian navigator Nainoa Thompson will receive the 2013 Maui Film Festival Visionary Awards, Film Festival Director Barry Rivers said.

The Visionary Award will be presented to Thompson and to Aikau’s family for those “living lives beyond limits, outside of fear.” The awards will be presented on June 12 at the Maui Film Festival’s Celestial Cinema located at the Wailea Gold & Emerald Golf Course before the screening of “Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau.”

“Both men have helped guide not only the mission of the Maui Film Festival, but even more importantly, people all over the world to navigate their personal life journeys in service to the great good,” Rivers said.

The festival runs June 12 to 16 at the Wailea resort, with some film screenings at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.

For additional information, call the festival headquarters at 579-9244 or visit


Park visitor center parking to be tight

Parking at the Haleakala Visitor Center will be drastically reduced through June 6 as construction to improve park accessibility continues, according to a National Park Service announcement.

Parking spaces at the lot near the 9,000-foot elevation may be reduced by half during sunrise, and up to 70 percent during daylight hours. All vehicles must be cleared from delineated construction zones prior to 6:45 a.m. Any vehicles remaining in these zones after 6:45 a.m. will be ticketed and towed at the operator’s expense.

Visitors and tour operators may experience parking delays or be directed to lower-elevation parking lots.

Visitors and residents should also expect heavy construction traffic on Haleakala Highway and Crater Road.

Haleakala National Park received a $2 million federal grant last year to do concrete repairs, regrading and disabled accessibility improvements for seven parking lots along Haleakala Highway in the summit area.

For more information, go online to


Farmers Resource Workshop June 13

A Maui Farmers Resource Workshop will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. June 13 at the Community Service Building at the University of Hawaii Maui College campus.

The free workshop will focus on the services that the state and federal governments can offer to farmers and will include topics such as agricultural pesticide use, food and drug produce testing, state Department of Agriculture marketing and commodity programs as well as other assistance programs.

Participants also may improve their skills with a free sprayer calibration demonstration, and they may earn two credits toward a Restricted Use Pesticide recertification.

To attend, contact Kevin Boteilho at 877-6636 or send email to kevin@hawaiigrower; or call Steve Russo at (808) 973-9409 or send email to steve.russo@


Piano students to perform recital

Piano students of Rose Johnson will be participating in a free recital at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Iao Congregational Church in Wailuku.

The students, including high school graduates Christine Shimomura, Jerry Maeda, John Van Scoy and Lia Matsunaga, will be performing a variety of classical, folk and contemporary songs.

County / In Brief

Overflow in Kihei due to grease buildup

About 56 gallons of wastewater overflowed from three manholes fronting the Southpointe apartment complex off Kenolio Road in Kihei for about two hours Monday morning, the county Department of Environmental Management reported Tuesday.

A buildup of grease in a sewer line was cited as the cause of the overflow, which occurred between 9 and 11 a.m. About 40 gallons entered a storm drain, but none of the wastewater entered the ocean, officials said. A county crew cleared the block in the sewer line, removed standing wastewater and disinfected the spill site. The state Department of Health was notified.


Arrests for disorderly conduct in Wailuku

Two men were arrested for threatening to kill each other during an argument Monday at a Waikapu residence, with one man brandishing a knife and rebar pipe and the other wielding an aluminum bat, police said.

The arrests occurred when Wailuku patrol officers responded to a 2:20 p.m. report of disorderly conduct at the residence on Honoapiilani Highway, said Lt. Jayson Rego of the Criminal Investigation Division.

A fight began when the 23-year-old man who lives at the residence arrived home, he said. The man told police the other man, a 29-year-old Wailuku resident, held the knife and rebar pipe in one hand, Rego said.

The resident armed himself with the bat and the two men fought until the Wailuku man dropped the weapons and ran to the back of the residence, he said. Police officers located the Wailuku man in a banana patch behind the home.

A knife and baseball bat were recovered.


Hydrant, waterline work to impact water

The installation of a fire hydrant and other fire-protection waterline improvements will leave some residents along South Kihei Road without water tonight and early Thursday, the county Department of Water Supply announced.

Contractors will begin work at 10 p.m. today and should be completed by 6 a.m. Thursday, water officials said.

Affected customers will include those on South Kihei Road from Kaiau Place to the Dolphin Plaza. The Maui Coast Hotel, WorldMark by Trendwest, the Kamaole Beach Royale Resort and Kamaole Beach Club also will be affected.

Motorists were advised to drive cautiously in the area while work is ongoing.

When water returns Thursday morning, customers should flush their waterlines for a short time to ensure no sediment has accumulated during the waterline improvement project.

Customers with a water problem may call the department’s 24-hour service line at 270-7633.


Gabbard slated to visit Lanai and Molokai

U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is scheduled to visit Lanai and Molokai today.

The freshman congresswomen will visit and tour the Lanai Community Health Clinic and Hospital facilities this morning to discuss plans to meet the island’s health care needs. Later, Gabbard plans to meet with Kurt Matsumoto, chief operating officer of Lana’i Resorts to talk about sustainability initiatives for the island.

Gabbard’s schedule includes a visit with E Malama I na Keiki Preschool in Lanai City, the only licensed preschool on the island, to learn about its efforts to incorporate intergenerational learning, and she will wrap up her visit with a tour of the Lanai Airport runway.

Then in the afternoon, she will fly to Molokai to meet and congratulate the award-winning “Golden Eyes” Molokai Middle School Robotics Team. Later, she will take a helicopter tour of Kalaupapa and Kukaiwa’a to learn about the impact of growth and sustainability efforts on the island’s population.

The congresswoman also will be visiting Oahu and Kauai this week.

County / In Brief

Washington man extradited in fatality

A Washington state man has been extradited to Maui to face a negligent homicide charge in connection with a traffic collision in Kihei seven years ago that killed a motorcyclist.

Bail was set at $30,000 for Nicholas Thurston, 32, of Westport.

He was indicted on a charge of first-degree negligent homicide in connection with the Sept. 9, 2006, crash on South Kihei Road just south of Ke Alii Alanui near Kamaole Beach Park II.

Police said Thurston was driving a 2002 Mercedes two-door sedan that was heading south on South Kihei Road when he tried to make a U-turn in front of a 2001 blue Suzuki motorcycle at 12:01 a.m. The motorcyclist, 22-year-old Devin Elliott of Kihei, died at the scene of the crash.

An Aug. 5 trial was set for Thurston, who pleaded not guilty to the charge during his arraignment Friday in 2nd Circuit Court.


Flags to be lowered for Memorial Day

National and state flags will fly at half-staff from sunrise until noon Monday in observance of Memorial Day under an order by Gov. Neil Abercrombie

President Barack Obama has proclaimed Memorial Day as a “day of prayer for permanent peace.”

Abercrombie will give the keynote address at the annual Governor’s Memorial Day ceremony Monday at the Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery in Kaneohe on Oahu.


Equipment failure affects Lanai power

A more than hourlong power outage for 140 Lanai City customers around noon Wednesday was caused by equipment failure, Maui Electric Co. reported Friday.

The failure came after a part of one of the Frasier Avenue power lines detached and caused a short-circuit, according to Kau’i Awai-Dickson, the utility’s spokeswoman.

The line was reattached, and power was restored to customers in a little more than an hour, she said.

The line that failed was an original copper line that had been identified for repair prior to Wednesday’s power outage, Awai-Dickson said.

MECO began work about a year ago to upgrade and replace equipment on Lanai, and that work is going as quickly as possible, she said.

County / In Brief

Prices at pump in Wailuku on the rise

The average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline in Wailuku rose 4 cents in a week to $4.57 this week, making Maui gas the highest reported in the state in the weekly AAA Hawaii Weekend Gas Watch.

The Wailuku gas was 6 cents higher than last month and 31 cents less than the same time a year ago, according to the report.

Statewide, the average price this week was $4.36 per gallon, a penny more than last week, the same price as last month and 18 cents less than last year. Honolulu’s average price of gas was $4.26, a cent more than last week, 2 cents more than last month and 12 cents less than a year ago. In Hilo, the average gas price was $4.38, a cent more than last week, 2 cents more than last month and 29 cents less than a year ago.

The Gas Watch report is a weekly snapshot of gas prices. Prices are derived from fleet vehicle credit card transactions and are combined averages of the last swipe of cards on Wednesday.


Offices to close in observance of holiday

Federal, state and county offices will be closed Monday in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.

The Maui News business offices also will be closed.

Residential trash 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, and the Olowalu Landfill will be open from 8 a.m. to noon.

All county pools will be closed.

All public libraries will also be closed from Saturday through Monday.

The Makawao Public Library will be open today to accommodate the holiday closure.


Man held in alleged pepper spray attack

A 42-year-old homeless man was arrested for an attack on another homeless man, who was doused in the face with suspected pepper spray Wednesday afternoon in Kihei, police said.

The attack was reported at 2:47 p.m. at Kilohana Park, where the 44-year-old victim had gone to collect money he was owed by the other man, said Lt. Jayson Rego of the Criminal Investigation Division. The suspect said he wasn’t going to pay back the money and pulled out a red watergun filled with what was believed to be pepper spray, Rego said.

The victim was sprayed in the face and reported a burning sensation, Rego said. The victim was screaming and had a red and swollen face with bloodshot eyes.

Medics responded to treat the victim.

The suspect fled before police arrived, but he was located Thursday afternoon by Kihei patrol officers.

County In Brief

Maui Solar Summit to be held at MACC

The Maui Solar Summit on Friday has changed locations and extended its program time due to high demand, organizers said Wednesday.

The summit will be held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater.

A sandwich lunch by the Maui Culinary Academy will be available in the MACC’s courtyard at 11 a.m. The cost is $5, with the rest being subsidized by the county.

The blessing and program will begin at 11:30 a.m.

Maui County and the Sustainable Living Institute of Maui are presenting the event that will feature experts discussing current photovoltaic issues and concerns.

To register, contact the institute office at 984-3379 or send email to sliminfo@


East Maui trash pickup postponed

East Maui residents who did not get their trash picked up on Wednesday will get their trash picked up on Saturday instead, the county said.

The refuse truck used in the Hana area is down for major mechanical repairs. An alternate truck will be used for Saturday’s pickups as well as other trash collection this week.

Regular Wednesday refuse pick up in East Maui is scheduled to resume Wednesday, the county said.


Lanai City residents arraigned in thefts

Two Lanai City residents have been arraigned on felony charges in connection with the theft of clothing, furniture and household items from a neighbor’s apartment during a burglary.

Lynn Thomas, 49, who is also known as Lynn Trotter, and Ryan Malec, 22, have pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree burglary and second-degree theft.

Both were released after posting bail of $30,000 each, with July 22 trial dates set for them in 2nd Circuit Court.

Malec was arrested April 29 when officers found some of the stolen property in the residence on Kukui Circle where he and Thomas were living, police said. Neighbors had reported seeing Thomas walking from the back entrance of the burglarized apartment to her apartment, according to court documents.

The apartment was burglarized between Feb. 28 and April 6, court records show.

Police said the total value of the stolen property was about $1,490.

Thomas, who wasn’t at the apartment when police executed a search warrant and found the stolen property, was arrested on Maui the next day, police records show.

County / In Brief

Woman arrested after leaving store

A woman was arrested on a felony theft charge after being detained by Walmart security for leaving the Kahului store without paying for more than $1,000 in merchandise Saturday, police said.

Bail was set at $1,000 for Khadija Goz, 28, of Kahului on a second-degree theft charge. She also was arrested on two contempt-of-court warrants totaling $1,000.

Police said the shoplifting occurred at about 9 a.m. when a store loss-prevention officer reported seeing Goz placing DVDs and a camping backpack in a shopping cart and passing cash registers to leave the store. The value of the stolen items was $1,278.


Tracking program leads to charges

A tracking program led to a stolen cellphone and resulted in the arrest Saturday of a Kihei man on burglary and theft charges, police said.

Bail was set at $6,000 for Ronald Monroe, 36. He was charged with first-degree burglary and second-degree theft.

The burglary was reported at 5:18 a.m. Saturday when a man sleeping at his girlfriend’s house in Spreckelsville awoke to see Monroe in the residence, police said. Monroe reportedly said he was looking for his girlfriend and took the man’s cellphone before leaving.

A tracking device on the smartphone indicated that it was in Monroe’s vehicle, which police got permission to search. The phone was recovered, police said.


Bank withdrawal suspect’s bail set

Bail was set at $3,000 for a Makawao man who was arrested for allegedly making unauthorized withdrawals from the bank account of an acquaintance, police said.

Jon Hall, 36, was charged with theft of a credit card, second-degree theft and fraudulent use of a credit card.

He turned himself in and was arrested Sunday after an all-points bulletin had been issued for him, police said.

On Feb. 21, the victim reported that money was missing from his checking account after 23 unauthorized automated teller machine withdrawals totaling $4,050, police said.

A Lahaina police officer recognized Hall from automated teller machine photos, and he was identified through a photo lineup, police said.

Hall also was arrested on contempt-of-court warrants totaling $2,500.

County/In Brief

BHS graduate nets First Wind scholarship

Recent Baldwin High School graduate Rysen Otomo has received First Wind’s top scholarship honor worth $20,000, the company announced last week.

In addition, graduating Kamehameha Schools Maui senior Sarina Kong has won a $3,000 scholarship.

Two other Hawaii students were awarded $3,000 scholarships as the honorees competed in a “record” application pool of more than 125 applicants from six states where First Wind does business.

On Maui, First Wind owns and operates the Kaheawa Wind I and II on the slopes of the West Maui Mountains. The other Hawaii project is in Kahuku on Oahu.

Otomo, of Wailuku, received the top honor, a $5,000 scholarship renewable each year for four years. He will pursue a degree in engineering from Stanford University.

Kong, of Kahului, is enrolled at Santa Clara University, where she will pursue a degree in biology.

The First Wind program offers college scholarships to exceptional high school seniors in communities where the company has a project in operation, under construction or in an advanced stage of development.

Students must display strong potential for a successful post-secondary experience, as well as an interest in pursuing studies focused on the environment, energy or the sciences, an announcement said.


Noise complaint leads to marijuana arrest

Police officers investigating a noise complaint at a Paia residence Sunday arrested the homeowner after seeing 46 marijuana plants growing in the front yard and finding processed marijuana in the home, police said.

Wailuku patrol officers went to the home in the 200 block of Baldwin Avenue at about 8 a.m. After seeing the marijuana plants, officers contacted the 62-year-old homeowner, who gave permission for officers to search the residence, police said.

In several rooms of the residence, police found dried processed marijuana weighing a total of 1,468 grams, or more than 3 pounds, police said. Police also reported finding 0.27 gram of crack cocaine in the residence.

The 46 plants weighed more than 28 pounds.

Police vice officers were called to help recover the drugs and paraphernalia, including pots used to grow the plants.

The homeowner was released pending further investigation of drug charges, police records show.


Property tax rates topic of public hearing

A public hearing will be held Wednesday on the proposed Maui County Real Property Tax rates for fiscal 2014, which begins July 1.

The hearing will be held at 9 a.m. in the Council Chambers on the 8th floor of the Kalana O Maui building.

All real property tax categories, except the residential classification, which usually includes second homes used as rentals, will see rates increase from a low of 5 cents to a high of 25 cents per $1,000 of net taxable assessed valuation, according to a proposal by the County Council’s Budget and Finance Committee.

The residential rate will remain the same at $5.75. Apartment will go from $6.20 to $6.40, commercial from $6.90 to $7.05, industrial from $7.10 to $7.30, agriculture from $6 to $6.05, conservation from $6.20 to $6.25, hotel and resort from $9.15 to $9.40, time share from $15.50 to $15.55, homeowner from $2.75 to $2.87 and commercial residential from $4.50 to $4.60.

The council is expected to review and approve rates along with the proposed county budget on first reading at its next scheduled meeting, May 28.

County / In Brief

Maui County walkers tops in fundraising

While Maui County’s 2,809 walkers represented 19 percent of the 14,736 people who took part in the Visitor Industry Charity Walk this year, dollars raised on Maui, Molokai and Lanai added up to $790,325, or 47.3 percent of the $1.67 million raised statewide this year.

Maui’s walk drew 2,327 people and raised $701,716 on May 11. (Maui raised the most money of any island for the third year in a row.) Molokai saw 300 walkers who brought in $62,606, and Lanai had 182 walkers and put together $26,003 for the annual event that generates money for Hawaii’s nonprofits and charities. The Molokai and Lanai events were held May 4.

According to walk officials, the totals for other islands and their amounts of money raised included: Oahu, 6,800 walkers, $452,000 raised; Big Island, 2,994 walkers, $228,119; and Kauai, 2,133 walkers, $200,992.

The overall figure of $1,671,436 set a record for the most collected, according to event officials.


Hawaiian music series to resume May 30

The Hawaiian music series will continue May 30 in Lahaina with a free performance of the ohana trio, Rama Camarillo and sons, Kamaka and Kala’e.

The event will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Baldwin Home lawn off Front Street.

The trio has won a number of competitions statewide, including Tom Moffatt’s band championship title.

The musicians perform at various venues throughout Oahu and have opened concerts for “America” and the “Stylistics” at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.

The event is sponsored by the Lahaina Restoration Foundation and supported by the Hawaii Tourism Authority and the county Office of Economic Development.

Chairs are limited, and people are encouraged to bring beach mats and low beach chairs. The Baldwin Home Museum is on the corner of Front and Dickenson streets.

For more information, contact the foundation office at 661-3262 or go online to


Water resource panel member to speak

State Commission on Water Resource Management member Jonathan Starr will be among three speakers to address South Maui’s future water supply during a meeting of the Kihei Community Association on Tuesday evening.

The event begins with pupu and “talk story” at 6 p.m. at the Kihei Charter School, located at 41 E. Lipoa St.

Other scheduled speakers include Michael Howden, a permaculturalist and former Maui County Board of Water Supply chairman; and Robin Knox, an environmental scientist.

Those attending the event are asked to bring nonperishable food to donate to the Maui Food Bank.

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


Mental health conference open to public

Mental health services consumers and their caregivers are welcome to attend a free, fourth annual Consumer Conference from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in the University of Hawaii Maui College’s Pilina building in Kahului.

A $5 fee will be collected for lunch.

Also open to the public is the Mental Health America Maui County Branch “Brown Bag Lecture” series talk on “Diversity” at 11:30 a.m. with guest speaker and social worker John Tomoso.

To attend the conference and/or the talk, call 276-7523 to ensure a lunch can be reserved. Walk-ins are also welcome.

County / In Brief

Ailing seal receiving treatment

An ailing Hawaiian monk seal from Molokai was found around 6 p.m. Thursday in the Kalaupapa area, according to an official with the Marine Conservation Institute in Hawaii.

The female yearling was severely malnourished and dehydrated when volunteers arrived, said Trisha Kehaulani Watson of the nonprofit institute that aids ailing sea creatures Friday. The animal was airlifted by a commercial air carrier to the Waikiki Aquarium for assessment and treatment.

The seal was in stable condition, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials said Friday.

Another female seal, which frequents the Olowalu area, was accidentally hooked by a fisherman last week. It is still being sought.

Anyone who has information about the seal’s whereabouts should call the NOAA Fisheries Monk Seal Hotline at (888) 256-9840.


Work to lessen park’s parking

Parking availability at the Haleakala Visitor Center near the summit will be reduced as much as 50 percent during sunrise and daylight hours from Monday to June 6.

Vehicles will be redirected by park staff if feasible, and parking restrictions will be strictly enforced, a news release from Haleakala National Park said.

All vehicles must be cleared from delineated construction zones prior to 6:45 a.m. on weekdays during the construction period. Any vehicles remaining after 6:45 a.m. will be ticketed and towed at the operator’s expense.

The work in the parking lot is intended to increase accessibility for disabled visitors to the park, the news release said. For information on the parking lot construction and parking, go to the website at


Police: Increase in roadblocks

With graduation season underway, police are increasing drunken driving roadblocks countywide.

The roadblocks will be at unannounced dates, times and locations, said Lt. Ricky Uedoi, commander of the police Traffic Section.

The roadblock enforcement will focus on drunken driving and underage drinking, although other violations including driving without a license also will be enforced, he said.

“Just be responsible,” Uedoi said. “If you drink, don’t drive.”


Fit for the Cure seeks sign-ups

For each woman who participates in the Wacoal Fit for the Cure event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at Macy’s in the Queen Ka’ahumanu Center, Wacoal will make a donation to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast cancer research and community health programs.

Participation involves a free bra fitting in Wacoal or b.tempt’d intimate apparel and a sign-up for a monthly email reminder to perform a self breast exam.

Wacoal will donate $2 to the Komen project for each participant and an additional $2 for every Wacoal bra, shapeware piece or b.tempt’d bra purchased at the event.


Maui man Scottish Rite winner

Neil Clevenger, a member of the Maui Scottish Rite Bodies, was chosen as one of 12 winners of the “Scottish Rite Has Talent” contest.

More than 200 Scottish Rite members nationwide submitted tapes and competed in the contest. Clevenger sang the national anthem as his musical selection.

The Haiku resident will perform live during the “Celebrating the Craft” event today in Washington, D.C., where he will sing the national anthem and “America the Beautiful.”

The “Celebrating the Craft” event is held annually on a webcast, which will take place from noon to 6 p.m. in Hawaii.

The event is held to raise money for Scottish Rite national and local charities. These include scholarships the local group offers to Maui high school graduates.

Clevenger, a paramedic in Oregon who is currently working to be licensed here, resides in Haiku with his wife, Aislinn, and two sons, Riley and Kyler.


Vets, family eligible for honor

Korean War veterans and surviving family members of deceased veterans are eligible to receive a certificate of appreciation to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War.

The certificates will be presented to the veterans and survivors of those who were killed in action or have since died during a ceremony featuring the Department of Defense and Hawaii Office of Veterans Service.

The event will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at the University of Hawaii Maui College campus’ Pa’ina building. To be eligible to receive a certificate, veterans must have served in Korea between June 25, 1950, and July 27, 1953.

For more information and to be considered for a certificate, call Warren Nishida at 878-1247 or Abel Cravalho at 268-0856.


Bail $30,000 in burglary case

Bail was set at $30,000 for a man who was arrested Wednesday for burglarizing a home on Front Street in Lahaina, police said.

Adam Hasstedt, 35, who gave no local address, was charged with first-degree burglary, criminal property damage and first-degree terroristic threatening.

He was arrested after Lahaina patrol officers responded to a 3 p.m. call reporting the burglary. On the way to the residence, officers learned that the suspect was confronted by a caretaker of the property and fled north on the beach toward Mala Wharf, police said.

Officers found Hasstedt, who matched the description of the burglar, at Mala Wharf, police said. While being transported to the police station, Hasstedt threatened to kill the officer and his family and shattered the rear passenger window of the police vehicle, police said.

Police recovered property from the house, including a television, near the beach.


Office on Aging in new location

The Aging and Disability Resource Center of the Maui County Office on Aging has moved from One Main Plaza to its new offices at the J. Walter Cameron Center, Room 22. The relocation to 95 Mahalani St. took place April 1.

The center offers help in dealing with aging-related questions and concerns about adult day care, respite and attendant care, chore services, home-delivered meals, transportation and legal assistance.

The public may call the Access and Assistance line at 270-7774 or the main number at 270-7755. The website is

County / In Brief

Brush fires disrupt traffic, close highway

Two brush fires along Mokulele Highway in South Maui on Thursday afternoon led Maui police to shut down the highway for less than half an hour as fire crews quickly doused the flames, fire officials said.

Around 1:10 p.m., fire crews were dispatched to two brush fires along Mokulele Highway, about half a mile south of the Maui Humane Society.

One fire was 150 feet by 15 feet on the median, while the other was a 100-feet-by-5-feet fire on the west shoulder of the Kihei-bound lane. Both fires burned grass in the area.

The fire was under control and extinguished by 1:48 p.m. The cause of the fire was undetermined.

The Kihei and Kahului fire crews and a Kahului water tanker responded to the fire.


Weekend rain sets, ties Kahului records

There may not have been much rain in April, but there was a lot of it over the weekend.

In fact, rainfall records were set and tied at Kahului Airport on Saturday and Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.

It wasn’t a whole lot of rain compared to some of the wetter places on the island, such as Hana, which saw more than 3 inches Saturday, but for Kahului Airport it was a lot for those days.

On Saturday, the 0.17 inch broke the old record of 0.11 inch for the day set in 1968.

On Sunday, more rain fell, 0.21 inch, which broke the record of 0.03 inch set in 2000.


High-surf advisory for isles’ south shores

A series of south swells have triggered a high-surf advisory for south-facing shores of all islands in the Hawaiian chain through 6 a.m. Saturday, the National Weather Service said Thursday.

The surf, expected to be 6 to 10 feet, may grow higher through the weekend.

Beachgoers and swimmers should expect strong breaking waves and rip currents.


Power restored after outage on Molokai

Most of Molokai was out of power for about two hours Wednesday morning, Maui Electric Co. officials said.

At 9:40 a.m., approximately 3,200 people lost power. Power returned incrementally beginning at 11:38 a.m., with areas of Kaunakakai brought back online. Five minutes later, areas of Hoolehua – including Molokai Airport – were restored, said MECO spokeswoman Kau’i Awai-Dickson.

West Molokai and the Kualapuu area received power around noon, with all customers, including those in east Molokai, restored at 12:37 p.m., she said.

Company officials were investigating the cause of the outage.


Child seat inspections slated for Saturday

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 the 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

Kahului man charged in theft

A 40-year-old man was arrested for allegedly stealing a bank card and an electronic benefit transfer card late last year, police said.

Chad Meyer of Kahului was charged with second-degree theft, theft of a credit card, and two counts each of fourth-degree theft and fraudulent use of a credit card. Bail was set at $2,400.

On Nov. 8, the victim was arrested and detained at the Maui Community Correctional Center and asked Meyer to deliver a duffel bag containing his belongings to his wife, police said. Meyer, who was a family friend, reportedly gave some of the items to the wife, but kept the two cards.

Within a period of nine days, he used the cards at Foodland in Kahului ($146) and the Safeways in Kahului ($42) and Lahaina ($12), police said. Additional charges at the grocers and for gas were rejected.

Police opened an investigation in February and arrested Meyer at 9:10 a.m. Tuesday in Kahului.


Two rescued after boat loses power

Two Makawao men were rescued Tuesday afternoon after their boat lost power in the waters fronting the McGregor Point lookout near Maalaea.

The 19- and 20-year-old men were returning to shore after spearfishing off Olowalu when the engine of their rigid-hulled inflatable boat lost power about a mile south of the lookout. As their boat drifted south toward Kahoolawe, the men dialed 911.

At approximately 5:15 p.m., air and fire personal watercraft rescue units located the men in the 15-foot boat and towed it to Maalaea Harbor.

Both men were in good condition and did not require medical attention.


Hawaiian Homes meetings set

The Hawaiian Homes Commission will hold meetings on Molokai at 9:30 a.m. Monday and 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Kulana ‘Oiwi Multi-Purpose Conference Room.

On Monday evening, the annual Hawaiian Homes Commission Moloka’i Homestead Community meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 at the Lanikeha Community Center in Hoolehua. Representatives from DHHL divisions will be available for one-on-one consultations and to answer any questions, a news release about the meeting said.

For more information, contact the information and community relations office on Oahu at (808) 620-9590.


MECO asks for tight grips on balloons

As the graduation season gets underway this week, Maui Electric Co. urges celebrants to hold on tight to those metallic balloons.

A metallic balloon entangled in a power line could lead to a power outage.

MECO urges graduationgoers to ensure that each metallic balloon is attached to its own weighted object, double-check that each string or ribbon is tied securely to each balloon at its sealing point, use only nonmetallic ribbons to tie or decorate balloons, dispose of metallic balloons and ribbons by deflating prior to untying from their weighted object, and never release a metallic balloon into the sky.

If a metallic balloon or any object is caught in power lines, do not attempt to remove it. Call Maui Electric at 871-7777 on Maui or (877) 871-8461 on Lanai or Molokai to report it.


Old Maui High group to meet

The Friends of Old Maui High School will hold its annual meeting at 4 p.m. today at Kaunoa Senior Center, Room 12. For more information, call 579-9287.


Gas company isn’t asking for deposits

HAWAI’I GAS is alerting customers to a scam involving someone impersonating a company employee to get money from unsuspecting residents.

The company reports that there was a least one instance in which a customer in Kalihi on Oahu was approached by someone identifying himself as “Richard Koizumi” and claiming to be a HAWAI’I GAS employee. The impostor told the customer the company would be upgrading and exchanging gas meters in the area and sought a $1,000 cash deposit.

Company employees wear an identification badge and drive vehicles with the HAWAI’I GAS logo, the company said.

“Customers are reminded not to provide personal, confidential or financial information to any unidentified individual, be cautious when responding to phone calls and report any suspicious activity to their respective police department,” the company said.

HAWAI’I GAS is Hawaii’s only government-franchised, full-service gas company, manufacturing and distributing gas in the state. It has offices on Maui, Molokai and Lanai.

County / In Brief

Woman arrested in assault on husband

A Kahului woman was arrested for assaulting her husband, who reported being struck on the side of his head with a metal weight during an argument Monday night, police said.

Tatum Delos Reyes-Iniba, 26, was released after posting $2,000 bail on charges of second-degree assault and abuse.

She was arrested after Wailuku patrol officers responded to a report of abuse occurring at the couple’s residence, said Lt. Jayson Rego of the Criminal Investigation Division.

Delos Reyes-Iniba’s husband reported that the couple had argued, and she began picking up items and throwing them at him, Rego said. The husband suffered bruising and pain to the side of his head when he was struck with a U-shaped metal weight.


Flags lowered for peace officers

Gov. Neil Abercrombie has ordered Hawaii flags to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset today in recognition of Peace Officers Memorial Day.

“The people of Hawaii will join the nation in recognizing all state, county and federal law enforcement officers who protect our daily lives, often putting their own safety and well-being at risk,” Abercrombie said in an announcement. “Together with Police Week, this observance also serves as a reminder of the importance of every citizen doing his or her part, remaining vigilant against all forms of crime and acts of violence and working with law officials in this shared responsibility toward a safe society.”


McKelvey, Baker will host meeting

West and South Maui Sen. Roz Baker and West Maui Rep. Angus McKelvey will host an end-of-session town meeting for constituents at 6 p.m. Monday at the Lahaina Senior Center.

The lawmakers will recap the Legislature’s session, which ended May 2, and discuss priorities for future legislation.

“This is a great opportunity to share your views and learn more about how to get involved in the legislative process,” the lawmakers said in an announcement.

The senior center is at 788 Pauoa St. in Lahaina.


Park restroom to close for work

The Kamaole I Beach Park restroom in South Maui will be closed for renovations from June 4 to 25, the Department of Parks and Recreation said Tuesday.

Portable toilets will be available on the site.

For more information, call the Department of Parks and Recreation’s South Maui District at 879-4364.

County / In Brief

Paia man critical after crash in pickup

A 20-year-old Paia man remained hospitalized in critical condition Monday, following a crash Friday night on Baldwin Avenue in Paia, police said.

The crash occurred at 9:31 p.m. just south of Holomua Road. Police said the man was driving a black Toyota pickup truck that was traveling north when it went off the roadway, up onto an embankment and spun clockwise before returning to the road facing northeast. The driver was ejected from the vehicle in the crash, police said.

He was transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, police said.

The driver wasn’t wearing a seat belt, police said.


Ice cream truck fire disrupts traffic flow

Honoapiilani Highway was partially closed near Launiupoko Park on Monday morning when an ice cream delivery truck caught on fire, a fire official said.

Lahaina engine, ladder and tanker crews were dispatched to the 5:54 a.m. alarm about a quarter-mile south of the park. Firefighters arrived to find the truck engulfed in flames, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.

The fire was brought under control by 6:36 a.m. and extinguished at 6:59 a.m., he said. After being partially closed with traffic in alternating directions at 6 a.m., the highway was reopened at 7:07 a.m.

No injuries were reported.


Two meetings slated for OHA this week

The state Office of Hawaiian Affairs will hold two meetings on Maui this week.

A community meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday on the Kamehameha Schools Maui campus in the Namahana Dining Hall. Also, an OHA Board of Trustees meeting will start at 9 a.m. Thursday in the Cameron Center auditorium.

The aim of the community meeting is for OHA officials to listen to concerns and highlight efforts to improve conditions within Hawaiian communities. The agenda for the board meeting includes an update of Ho’oulu Lahui Aloha, the Hawaiian governance initiative, and other OHA activities.

For more information, go online to or call OHA’s Maui office at 873-3364.


Kahumoku to be among event’s speakers

Grammy Award-winning slack-key artist George Kahumoku Jr. will be among guest speakers during the Maui County Nutrition & Physical Activity Coalition’s annual meeting Thursday at the Kahili Golf Clubhouse in Waikapu.

The free event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the clubhouse’s Nahele Room. Seating is limited. To make a required reservation for a seat, contact program coordinator Sandy McGuinness at or call 264-7895.

Aside from being an award-winning musician, Kahumoku maintains his 3-acre farm, growing fruits, vegetables and dry-land taro and tending to his goats, chickens, ducks and miniature horses.

Other speakers include Kirk Surry, the Kihei School Garden coordinator and master gardener; and Kathy Becklin, the “Grow Some Good” Web designer, developer and social media specialist.

The coalition’s meeting agenda also includes updates on the Complete Streets on Maui project, the Central Maui pedestrian and bicycle plan, and worksite wellness initiatives.

County / In Brief

Flags at half-staff in honor of Nishizuka

U.S. and Hawaii flags will fly at half-staff today in honor of Capt. Reid Kijiro Nishizuka, who was killed in a plane crash in Afghanistan.

“Like so many of our men and women in uniform, Reid chose to serve our nation with honor, and the people of Hawaii are proud of his selflessness and commitment in defense of freedom so far from home,” said Gov. Neil Abercrombie, who ordered the flag lowering. “We extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to the Nishizuka and Hatakeyama ohana as we mourn the loss of an island son.”

The Hatakeyama family is related to Nishizuka’s maternal lineage. Today is the day of the memorial service for Nishizuka.

Born in Honolulu, Nishizuka, 30, graduated from Kailua High School in 2000 and earned an aerospace engineering degree from the University of Notre Dame in 2005. He entered the military in June 2005 and served as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force, logging 2,434 flying hours with more than half of that time in combat.

Nishizuka was serving with the 427th Reconnaissance Squadron, based at Beale Air Force Base in Northern California, when his MC-12 aircraft crashed near Kandahar Airfield on April 27. He was killed along with Capt. Brandon L. Cyr, 28, of Scott Air Force Base, Ill.; Staff Sgt. Daniel N. Fannin, 30, of Tinker Air Force Base, Okla.; and Staff Sgt. Richard A. Dickson, 24, also assigned to Beale Air Force Base.


No injuries in fire at Maui Lani Parkway

A half-acre brush fire at Maui Lani Parkway was extinguished Thursday afternoon, with no damage or injuries reported, a fire official said.

Kahului and Wailuku firefighters responded to the 3:49 p.m. alarm near the entrance of the road leading to the golf course maintenance building, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.

The fire of dry grass and brush was brought under control at 4:13 p.m. and extinguished at 5:16 p.m., he said.

The cause was undetermined.


PAWS sale today to raise funds for move

Maui PAWS no-kill dog sanctuary in Haiku is holding a garage sale from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today to raise money to help with a move, after being evicted from the property at 4320 Hana Highway, owner Chris Borges said.

For sale is equipment, furniture and beverage coolers from Maui Grown Market, which Borges said she has run on the same property for the past 16 years to help pay the expenses of the sanctuary for special-needs dogs. Anything in the store will be half-off, she said.

Borges said she needs to find homes for 23 mixed-breed dogs currently at the shelter. Two are blind and others have other health problems.

Borges said the dog sanctuary may have to leave the 2 1/2-acre property as early as Wednesday after the property went into foreclosure and was sold.

The sanctuary may be able to move to another Haiku location, she said, but it needs volunteers to help with fencing for the dogs.

Borges asks anyone who can help to call her at 572-1693 or send email to


Gabbard’s ‘constituent outreach plan’ set

U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard will organize “Tulsi in Your Town” events on Maui later this month where her staffers will be available to meet with her constituents.

“My constituent outreach plan will maximize my team members in every county,” Gabbard, whose 2nd Congressional District includes Maui County, said in a news release Tuesday. “While my office is open and available on a daily basis, my team and I want to be proactive and let people know we are always here to help.”

Her Maui representative, Karey Oura-Kapoi, will be available from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at Kaunoa Senior Center, 401 Alakapa Place, Spreckelsville, and 11 a.m. to noon May 22 at the West Maui Senior Center, 788 Pauoa St., Lahaina.

Oura-Kapoi can be reached by phone at 755-5793 or by email at

Nathan Miyake, who works with veterans, will be available from 1 to 3 p.m Thursday at the Maui Veterans Center, 35 Lunalilo St., Suite 101, Wailuku.

He can be reached by phone at 541-1986 or by email at

Information on additional outreach days will be available at

County / In Brief

Woman arrested in assault, theft

A 31-year-old Wailuku woman was arrested Monday night after she punched another woman and stole her purse, police said.

Bail was set at $5,000 for Jaime Meddings, who was charged with second-degree robbery.

Kihei patrol officers were called to a unit at Kihei Regency Apartments at 7:09 p.m. Monday when the 26-year-old victim reported being punched in the face two or three times by Meddings before she ran out of the apartment with the victim’s purse, said Lt. Jayson Rego of the Criminal Investigation Division.

He said the victim had allowed Meddings and another woman into the apartment after having met Meddings at the funeral of the victim’s boyfriend. Meddings is an ex-girlfriend of the victim’s boyfriend.

The victim and Meddings got into an argument that turned physical before the victim was assaulted, Rego said. He said Meddings and the woman with her fled before police officers arrived and found the victim bleeding from her nose.

Officers later located and arrested Meddings at her residence at 9:42 p.m., Rego said.

The victim’s purse, which contained items valued at $191, was located on the side of the road Tuesday morning with money and other belongings missing, Rego said.

An investigation was continuing.


UH-MC chancellor to address Rotary

The chancellor of the University of Hawaii Maui College will speak to the Rotary Club of Kihei Sunrise beginning at 7:30 a.m. May 15 at the Five Palms Restaurant in the Mana Kai Maui Resort.

Clyde Sakamoto will speak about the transition from a two-year to a four-year college.

He has been the leader of the Maui campus since 1991, first as interim provost, then provost and currently chancellor. He also spent two years as executive director of Project 2 & 4, which brought baccalaureate-degree programs to the U.H. community colleges.

He previously served as dean of instruction at the then-Maui Community College.

Also taking place at this meeting will be the presentation of the Capanash/Corbett Scholarship to a UH-Maui College Dental Assisting student and the presentation of a check to the UH-Maui Institute of Hawaiian Music.

The public is invited.

The cost of the breakfast is $22. For more information, contact club President Patty Hemmen at 280-8372 or see the club’s website at www.kiheirotary. org.


Kihei man arrested on sex counts

A 21-year-old Kihei man was arrested Monday on a warrant charging him with multiple counts of sexually assaulting a teenage girl last year, police said.

During his arraignment Tuesday in 2nd Circuit Court, Kent M. Diaz pleaded not guilty to eight counts of first-degree sexual assault and three counts of third-degree sexual assault.

He was being held in lieu of $190,000 bail at the Maui Community Correctional Center, pending a bail hearing Friday.

Diaz was arrested on the warrant after turning himself in at the Wailuku Police Station on Tuesday afternoon, said Lt. Jayson Rego of the Criminal Investigation Division.

He said Diaz is accused of sexually assaulting the 14-year-old girl Sept. 13 when he was working at Kalama Heights retirement community and the girl was a volunteer there.

County / In Brief

Planning scheduled for IMAGINE project

Another IMAGINE meeting for planning of the Lahaina harbor-front area is set for 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Na ‘Aikane o Maui Cultural Center.

The IMAGINE project is a community planning project that focuses on the harbor-front area bordered by Market Street to the north, Canal Street to the south and Front Street mauka. The major areas of concern in the project area , as identified by community members, are congestion, lack of respect for historical and cultural sites and lack of management.

The IMAGINE project is coordinated by the Lahaina Restoration Foundation with support from the county Planning Department.

The cultural center is located at 562A Mokuhinia Place, next to the Front Street tennis courts in the former Malu’ulu’olele Cultural Center building in Lahaina.

For more information, call Lahaina Restoration Foundation at 661-3262.


Rotary set to honor teachers, students

Rotary Club of Upcountry Maui will be honoring Teachers of the Year and Students of the Month for May from 8 to 9 a.m. Friday at Casanova Italian Restaurant & Deli in Makawao.

This year’s Student of the Month winners choose one teacher each from King Kekaulike and Kamehameha Schools Maui high schools for the teacher awards.

The public is invited.

For more information, email


TEA Party Maui will host Simon Russell

Former Republican House candidate Simon Russell will be speaking at the TEA Party Maui monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The meeting will be held at Kalama Heights Garden Room in Kihei.


Whales, entanglements to be discussed

The marine mammal response manager at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale Sanctuary will speak from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday.

NOAA resource protection manager Ed Lyman will discuss humpback whales and the effort to reduce entanglement threats.

The free gathering organized by AARP Kihei will be held at Kalama Heights in the Lower Level Garden Room in Kihei. The public is invited, and refreshments will be served.

For more information, call Marv Paularena at 264-0300.


Defibrillator training to be on Tuesday

As part of its mission to assist the community, the Maui Scottish Rite has purchased and donated an automated external defibrillator for installation in the Lodge Maui Masonic Temple, 190 W. Kamehameha Ave. in Kahului.

The device delivers electric pulses to revive those suffering from cardiac arrest.

The Scottish Rite has a certified instructor who has volunteered to conduct a free class in the device’s use. The training will be held 6 p.m. Tuesday at the temple.

For more information or to sign up for the class, contact Loren Holmberg at 269-2993.

County / In Brief

Homeless man says he was beaten

A 28-year-old homeless man reported being beaten by three to four men Sunday afternoon at Little Beach in Makena, police said.

The man from Sammamish, Wash., was playing his guitar with friends at about 3:50 p.m., when the men punched him several times in the face, leaving him with a broken jaw and several missing teeth, said Lt. Jayson Rego of the Criminal Investigation Division. He said the victim was transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center and remains in stable condition.

Another homeless man and friend of the victim reported being punched several times and threatened with a knife at the scene, Rego said. He said the 28-year-old man from Geno, Neb., was not seriously injured and refused medical treatment.

Three Makawao men, ages 16, 18 and 20 years old, were later identified and arrested by police patrols in connection with the assault, Rego said. He said the youngest male, who reportedly struck the victim in the face with a guitar, was later released to his parents pending Family Court review.

A 27-year-old man from Wailuku also was arrested but was later released, Rego said. He said the other two men have not been charged and remain in custody, pending investigation.


Man is accused in copper theft

A 52-year-old Wailuku man was arrested last week after allegedly stealing more than a thousand feet of copper wire from Maui Electric Co., police said.

Wayne Matsui was charged with second-degree theft and theft of copper. Bail was set at $10,000.

On Wednesday, the company reported copper missing from its baseyard in Kahului and checked with local recyclers to see if it had been sold, police said.

Company officials cross-checked the copper they normally buy with the pieces that were recently sold and found a match with the copper Matsui had sold, police said.

Three variations of copper wire, totaling about 1,020 feet, were reportedly stolen, with an estimated value of about $15,000, police said.

Matsui was arrested at 7:05 a.m. Friday at his residence.


Wailuku man arrested in assaults

A 44-year-old Wailuku man was arrested Monday after allegedly assaulting two women in March, police said.

Zion J. Lindsey was charged with first-degree burglary, two counts of third-degree assault and fourth-degree criminal property damage. Bail was set at $13,000.

On March 25, Lindsey was reportedly intoxicated and looking for his girlfriend at the house of one of her friends, said Lt. Jayson Rego of the Criminal Investigation Division. After repeatedly being told to leave, Lindsey kicked the door open and shoved two girls inside the home, causing one to fall and hit her head on the floor, he said.

On Wednesday, a warrant was filed for Lindsey’s arrest and was executed at his residence at 5:20 a.m. Monday.

A bail hearing was set for Friday and a jury trial for July 22.


Wastewater flows from manholes

More than 200 gallons of wastewater overflowed out of manholes along Kenolio Road on Saturday morning due to grease in the mainline, the county Department of Environmental Management reported Monday.

The overflow fronting the Southpointe at Waiakoa complex was reported at 10 a.m. and was stopped at 11:45 a.m. About 275 gallons of wastewater flowed out of three manholes, then proceeded along the roadway to a nearby storm drain.

No wastewater reached the ocean, the department said in a news release.

The line was cleared, standing wastewater was removed, the spill site was disinfected and the Department of Health was notified.

For more information, contact Eric Nakagawa, Wastewater Reclamation Division chief, Department of Environmental Management, at 270-7422.


Police to host pair of meetings

Police will hold town hall meetings this month in Wailuku and Upcountry.

The Wailuku meeting will be Thursday night at the Velma McWayne Santos Community Center.

The Upcountry meeting will be May 23 at the Hannibal Tavares Community Center in Pukalani.

Both meetings will begin at 6 p.m. with a PowerPoint presentation, followed by an opportunity for those attending to speak with police officials about issues in smaller groups.

The meetings are expected to last an hour to an hour and a half.


Funds appropriated for Lipoa Point buy

An official with the state House of Representatives on Monday wanted to make clear that funds have been appropriated for the purchase of Lipoa Point in West Maui.

A report in a Honolulu newspaper initially indicated that funds were not allocated for the program, initiating queries with lawmakers from the public.

William Nhieu, communications assistant with the state House majority, explained that $20 million in general obligation bond financing for the purchase of Lipoa Point had been included in the capital improvements project bill HB200.

The funding was not included in HB270, which directed the state Department of Land and Natural Resources to purchase the land, he said.


Hikers rescued from Piiholo trail

Two hikers who became disoriented while hiking on the Kahakapao Trail in Piiholo were located by firefighters Monday night, a fire official said.

The 51-year-old man and 40-year-old woman visiting from Tucson, Ariz., called 911 just before dusk, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.

He said that a Makawao engine company and a Kahului rescue crew were dispatched at 5:45 p.m. Attempts to locate the couple by air were unsuccessful due to heavy cloud cover, Mainaga said.

He said the Makawao firefighters did a ground search and located the couple at 8:20 p.m. They were reported to be in good health and were safely escorted out of the area at 8:45 p.m.


County to be on Kaunakakai corner

Mayor Alan Arakawa will be holding a “County on Your Corner” from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday at the Mitchell Pauole Community Center in Kaunakakai.

Joining Arakawa at the “County on Your Corner” event will be Council Member Stacy Helm Crivello and members of Arakawa’s Cabinet, including Housing & Human Concerns Director Jo-Ann Ridao, the mayor’s Executive Assistant Zeke Kalua and Assistant Communications Director Ryan Piros.

County / In Brief

Waiehu Beach Road brush fire put down

A brush fire on Waiehu Beach Road on Friday afternoon threatened the Maui Church of Christ and a residence before being extinguished by firefighters, according to a fire official.

Fire crews from Wailuku and Kahului responded to a call at 4:38 p.m. of a brush fire on the makai side of the road near the intersection with the church at 810 Waiehu Beach Road, Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga said.

The fire spread through the brush and mangrove and came within 50 feet of a residence and the church before firefighters brought the fire under control and eventually extinguished it at 5:30 p.m., he said.

About 500 square feet was burned.

There were no property losses or injuries reported. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.


Med-QUEST signup deadline extended

HONOLULU (AP) – The state Department of Human Services is extending the Med-QUEST plan enrollment deadline for Oahu and Maui.

The department is extending the deadline by a week to May 22 because of unanticipated delays affecting both islands.

The program provides health coverage for eligible low-income Hawaii residents. Plans under the program are AlohaCare, HMSA, Kaiser Permanente, Ohana Health Plan and UnitedHealthcare Community Plan.

Plan changes take effect July 1. This is the only time during the benefit year that clients can choose a plan.

Officials want to give Oahu and Maui members the standard two weeks to review their health plans and make changes. Those who want to remain with their current plan should not fill out the plan change form.


Maui Coast Guard adds new boat

The Coast Guard Station Maui launched its new medium response boat last month at Maalaea Harbor.

Dedicated April 26, the state-of-the-art boat is 45 feet long and runs on twin diesel engines with water jet propulsion. The boat is capable of exceeding more than 40 knots and operating in wind speeds of 50 knots and in 12-foot-high seas.

As the most technologically advanced vessel at the station ever, the response boat will ply Maui’s more than 7,000-square-nautical-mile region and will be used in standard operations, including search-and-rescue missions.

The station currently has two 45-foot boats and one 25-foot boat.


Hawaii government Web portal redone

The State of Hawaii Office of Information Management and Technology has redesigned its portal landing page and has added a new search function.

In collaboration with Hawaii Information Consortium LLC, the state’s Internet portal provider, the redesign modernizes the department websites and provides visitors with easy access to state agency content from desktop computers, laptops, tablets and mobile devices.

Visitors also can search the website without refreshing or reloading the page with the help of an auto-complete tool. Using an open-source service managed by the U.S. government, the tool offers suggestions as the user types in the search input field.

The upgrade is part of the state’s Business and Information Technology Transformation Plan released in October, which seeks to increase technology in the state over the next 12 years.

The public is invited to visit the Web portal at and to provide comments in a feedback form at


DLNR seeks public input on fishponds

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources is seeking public comment on a proposal to streamline the permitting process for traditional Hawaiian fishponds.

The comment period on the proposal’s draft environmental assessment, published April 23 in The Environmental Notice, will run through May 23.

The proposal calls for a single application process for restoration, repair, maintenance and reconstruction of the ponds statewide.

As a part of an initiative to restore the fishponds called “Hoala Loko Ia,” DLNR representatives are available to meet with fishpond practitioners to review the proposal.

Comments can be submitted via the Honua Consulting’s website at

Copies of the assessment and other related documents also can be found at Honua’s website, as well as at

For more information, call Michael Cain, staff planner with the Office of Conservation and Coastal Lands, at 783-2501 or email him at

County / In Brief

Wednesday’s high temperature a record

The high temperature at Kahului Airport on Wednesday was 89 degrees, a record for the day, according to the National Weather Service.

The old record of 88 degrees was set in 2011.

The highs for today are expected to be cooler than Wednesday, ranging from 82 to 87 degrees under partly cloudy and hazy skies with scattered showers.

Winds will be variable at 15 mph.


Permitted trolling schedule set for May

The Kaho’olawe Island Reserve Commission announced the trolling schedules for permitted vessels this month with the first trolling dates set for Saturday and Sunday.

The other dates for the month are May 18 and 19.

All vessels must be registered annually with the commission before entering the reserve. Any fish caught must be filed in a catch report.

The permitting fee is $25.

Reserve waters are defined as within two nautical miles of Kahoolawe and all other fishing – commercial or recreational – is prohibited.

Each month, the reserve allows two scheduled weekends of limited trolling by registered vessels in waters deeper than 30 fathoms.

Registration packets are available at and the state Division of Boating and Recreation at 101 Ma’alaea Boat Harbor Road in Wailuku.

For more information, call Dean Tokishi, ocean program manager, at 243-5889 or email


Visitor dead, found floating off Molokai

A 66-year-old Oregon man was pronounced dead after he was found floating in the ocean off Molokai on Wednesday morning, police said.

He was identified as Alan Evans of Lake Oswego.

Molokai police officers were dispatched at 8:54 a.m. after a caller reported that the man had been found floating facedown and was unresponsive, said Capt. John Jakubczak, commander of the Molokai Patrol District.

He said that the man had been on a tour boat outing. Tour boat personnel began efforts to revive the man while the boat headed back to Kaunakakai Harbor, where efforts to revive him continued, Jakubczak said.

The man was transported to Molokai General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 9:30 a.m.

An autopsy is pending.


Governor, senators convention speakers

Gov. Neil Abercrombie, U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz and Maui state Sen. Gil Keith-Agaran will speak at the Democratic Party of Maui convention, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapu.

Early registration is $20 until 3 p.m. today, and $25 thereafter. Financial assistance is available for those traveling from Molokai and Lanai.

Maui state Sen. Rosalyn Baker will chair the event, which includes a continental breakfast.

Party membership cards are $10.

All members of the Democratic Party, and those interested in joining, are welcome to attend and will have an opportunity to meet Dante Carpenter, Hawaii Democratic Party chairman, among others.

To register and to find information on discussion topics, visit

For more information, call Stephanie Ohigashi or Troy Hashimoto at 359-4256 or email

County / In Brief

Boy pulled from ocean has died

A 6-year-old boy who was found unresponsive in the ocean off Spreckelsville last month has died, police confirmed.

The boy, Gori-Keanni Tommy of Haiku, died April 19 at Kapiolani Medical Center on Oahu, according to his obituary published Wednesday in The Maui News.

He had been playing with other children in the water when he was found unresponsive and pulled to shore at about 2 p.m. April 14, police said. The boy was transported in critical condition to Maui Memorial Medical Center, then flown to the Oahu hospital, police said.


Brush fire burns 50 acres in West Maui

A brush fire in Honokohau Valley burned about 50 acres Wednesday afternoon, according to a fire official.

Firefighters received the call shortly after noon and responded to the blaze at Mile Marker 36.5 on the makai side of Honoapiilani Highway, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga. Napili and Lahaina fire crews found about 20 acres of brush in an old pineapple field on fire when they arrived on the scene.

Units from Wailuku and Kahului, a tanker from the county Public Works Department and two helicopters joined the effort to fight the fire.

Ron Gess, general manager-vice president of PWC Hawaii Corp., flew over the blaze on his way to Oahu for business in his Piper Saratoga at about 1 p.m. The Maui Lani resident has been a pilot since 1981.

“It looked like a cane fire almost,” he said, adding that it was windy. “It burned quite a few acres.”

The fire was contained at about 3 p.m.

About 50 acres was burned; there were no reports of injuries or economic damage. The cause of the fire was undetermined, said Mainaga.


Gas leak leads to Napili evacuations

A broken propane line in the back of the Napili Market on Wednesday forced evacuations in the area for about an hour, according to a fire official.

Firefighters responding to the alarm at about 6 p.m. found a 1-inch propane line broken and leaking at a high rate, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.

Firefighters immediately evacuated the area behind the market and advised police to begin evacuation of the Napili Market Plaza, he said.

The main propane tank was located and fire personnel shut off the gas supply to the broken pipe, Mainaga said.

The all-clear was given about an hour later after the gas was allowed to dissipate, and businesses were allowed to reopen.

Mainaga did not know how many people were evacuated.

No injuries were reported; damage reports were not available.

The cause of the broken pipe could not be determined, he said.


Bail set for man who fled from officer

Bail was set at $20,000 for a Haiku man, who was charged with assaulting a Lahaina police officer before running, then swimming away last month.

Sean Attaguile, 28, was charged with first-degree assault on a law enforcement officer. He also was arrested on a $50,000 contempt-of-court warrant.

The assault occurred at 4:50 p.m. April 1 when a Lahaina patrol officer who recognized Attaguile made contact with him on Kenui Street, police said. Knowing there was a bench warrant for Attaguile’s arrest, the officer tried to detain Attaguile.

After he pushed himself free from the officer’s grasp, the officer ran after Attaguile and was able to grab him by the shoulder, police said. Attaguile turned and pushed the officer, causing him to lose his grip and fall, police said. The officer suffered pain and bruising to his hands and knees.

Attaguile was able to get away, jumping into the ocean and swimming away, police said.

Kihei patrol officers located and arrested Attaguile at 8:32 p.m. Monday after receiving information that he was in an apartment in the 800 block of South Kihei Road, police said.


Maui Matsuri to kick off Friday

The 13th Maui Matsuri will kick off at 6:30 p.m. Friday with Japanese dancing and drumming, a fashion show and jan ken po, or rock-paper-scissors, contest.

The event at the Queen Ka’ahumanu Center also will include a children’s coloring contest, sponsored by Sanrio, and conclude with an obon dance practice around the center stage.

The theme of the Maui Matsuri, or Japanese Festival, is “Kodomo No Tame Ni,” or “for the sake of the children.”

On May 10, there will be movie night at the University of Hawaii Maui College. The signature event will be held the next day at the college as well with food, entertainment, Japanese crafters and contests.


Free legal advice on offer Saturday

The Young Lawyers Division of the Hawaii State Bar Association will hold a free informational session with attorneys from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Maui Mall.

Lawyers will be volunteering to help residents obtain important legal information on all matters.


Youth charity event set at Maui Mall

The Maui Youth & Family Services 2013 ‘Imi Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Maui Mall.

The festival includes a charity scavenger hunt, crafts, informational booths, prize drawings and entertainment by the Maui Waena Ukulele Choir, Silver Serenity and Ernest Pua’a.

Scavenger hunt participants will be given clue cards representing Hawaiian values, and correct answers lead to different checkpoints throughout the mall’s more than 35 stores. The start and finish will be at the center of the mall.

Donations of $50 or more qualify for prize giveaways, with proceeds benefitting the group’s Hawaiian Cultural Values Program, which helps youths make positive decisions and live with Hawaiian values.

Participants can register at the event or preregister at the organization’s website

For more information, call 276-3210.

County / In Brief

Burglary, theft charges for man

A 22-year-old Lanai City man was arrested Monday when police found stolen items inside the man’s house, police said.

Ryan Malec was charged with three counts of first-degree burglary and second-degree theft. Bail was set at $65,000.

At 8:40 a.m., police executed a search warrant on the man’s residence on Kukui Circle, Lt. Derrick Lopez, commander of the Lanai Patrol District, said. Police found clothing and household and other items that were reportedly stolen. The total value of the items was about $1,490, he said.

All three burglaries occurred at night and at the same residence between Feb. 8 and April 20. On each occasion, nearby residents reportedly saw the man and an adult female exiting the residence while the owners were away.

Police are still looking for the female suspect.


Man arrested in alleged theft

A 30-year-old man was arrested Monday after allegedly stealing a moped last month, police said.

Bail was set at $12,000 for Kamaka Villegas, who gave no local address. He was charged with unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle and second-degree criminal property damage.

On April 5, the red Kaitong moped was reported stolen around 1:45 p.m. inside a gated parking lot on Vevau Street near Kulanaa’o Apartments, police said.

Witnesses reportedly saw a man load the vehicle into his silver Honda CR-V and drive through the closed gate. The gate sustained $12,000 in damage, police said.

Villegas, who fit the description of the man involved in theft, was arrested at 5:55 p.m. Monday, following a warrant and an all-points bulletin. The moped has not been recovered, police said.


DMVL will close, be relocated

The Lahaina Division of Motor Vehicles and Licensing satellite office will be closed from Monday to May 15 as it relocates to its new space at the Lahaina Gateway Center.

The Lahaina DMVL office is currently located at the Lahaina Center. It will reopen for business on May 16 at 335 Keawe St., Suite 209.

DMVL offices in Kihei, Pukalani and the Kahului Service Center will remain open.

For more information, contact the DMVL Call Center at 270-7363.


Emergency training scheduled

A Community Emergency Response Team basic training course will be held this month at Kihei Elementary School.

Classes will be held from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on scheduled weekdays and 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on scheduled Saturdays.

The 28-hour training will be held Tuesday, May 9, 11, 14, 16 and 18.

Sponsored by the Maui Civil Defense Agency, the training is taught by Maui Fire Department instructors and is provided free of charge under a Homeland Security grant.

CERT programs help residents to be better prepared to respond to emergency situations in their communities. This course educates people about hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations.

For more information, go to the website Class size is limited and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. To register, contact Civil Defense at 270-7285 or email