County/In Brief

Bail maintained in assault on teen

WAILUKU – Bail was kept at $150,000 for a Wailuku man indicted on a charge of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl last year.

Michael Dela Cruz, 34, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree sexual assault. A Sept. 3 trial is set for him in 2nd Circuit Court.

He was arrested after police investigated a report that Dela Cruz, who is a family friend, was having consensual sex with the girl, according to police.

Dela Cruz was arrested Monday on the grand jury warrant.

During a bail hearing Friday, Deputy Public Defender Jared Brickey asked the judge to consider reducing bail for Dela Cruz, who has no prior criminal record.

Deputy Prosecutor Tracy Jones said the $150,000 bail was appropriate “given the serious nature of this case.”

Judge Rhonda Loo said she was following a bail study recommendation in maintaining the $150,000 bail.


442 tickets so far in Operation SPEED

Police issued 442 speeding citations through Thursday as part of Operation SPEED, which is continuing today and targeting speeding on state highways throughout the island.

Officers also cited six drivers for using cellphones and 21 drivers for seat-belt violations. Another 70 citations were given out for other traffic violations.

The stepped-up speeding enforcement began Sunday, with police traffic officers and patrol officers from Wailuku, Kihei and Lahaina on the lookout for speeding drivers on Honoapiilani, Haleakala, Kuihelani, Hana, Piilani and Mokulele highways.

The fine for speeding is $5 per mile over the speed limit plus $67 in court fees.

Drivers cited for excessive speeding by going at least 30 mph above the speed limit or at least 81 mph must appear in court.

The weeklong enforcement concludes today.


Workday planned for building trail

Another volunteer workday to build a new mountain biking trail in the Makawao Forest Reserve is planned for this morning.

The event is being organized by the state Department of Land and Natural Resources Na Ala Hele Trails and Access Program. Work will consist of digging, raking and putting finishing touches on sections of the new trail. Workdays already have been held on July 6 and 13.

The mountain biking trail is being designed and built by the Na Ala Hele Trail Crew in cooperation with the International Mountain Biking Association and the Maui Mountain Biking Coalition.

The new trail is a flow trail that will generally parallel the existing multiuse trail for about 2 miles along the eastern leg of the Kahakapao Loop Trail.

Those interested in assisting with this workday should meet in the gravel parking lot of the Kahakapao Loop Trail at 8:30 a.m.

Volunteers must wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes and be prepared for the changing conditions ranging from hot and dry to windy and rainy. They also should bring lots of water and lunch.

For more information, call Kevin Cooney at 873-3509.


Author of book on bullying to appear

Author Adam Cafege and award-winning San Francisco lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender artist Marconi Calindas will host a reading and signing of their new children’s book on bullying titled “Of Petals and Hope: Sonny Sunflower Triumphs Over Bullying” tonight at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.

The event is set for 6 to 8:30 in the Alexa Higashi Meeting Room.

The book tells the tale of a sunflower named Sonny who is bullied by the flowers around him because he is different. However, through the friendship and support of a few friends and his innate strength of character, he overcomes his dilemma and learns to love and accept himself for who he is, a news release about the event said.

A representative of Mayor Alan Arakawa will be appearing to receive a copy of the book and speak on the harmful effects of bullying.


Blook Bank plans summertime drive

The Blood Bank of Hawaii is initiating a “Save-Our-Summer-Challenge” for Maui donors to donate blood during the summer months when donations usually are down.

Four drives will be held in August, all at the Cameron Center’s Auditorium at 95 Mahalani St. in Wailuku.

Two drives will be held Aug. 19 and 21 from 9:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. The other two drives will be held on Aug. 20 and Aug. 22 both from 7 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

To give blood, a donor must be in good health, at least 18 years of age or 17 with a parent/guardian signed form and weigh at least 110 pounds and bring a valid photo identification with date of birth.

To schedule an appointment, call (800) 372-9966 or visit and click “Give Blood.”

County / In Brief

Open house slated for Pu’u Kukui school

The new Pu’u Kukui Elementary School in Wailuku will hold an open house for students and their immediate families from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

The gathering will be an opportunity for parents and students to meet teachers and staff, to drop off classroom supplies and to explore the campus through scavenger hunts. There will be live music and refreshments in the cafeteria.

The principal of the school is Chad Okamoto, who will address those attending at 9:15 a.m.

Due to limited parking on campus, a free shuttle bus will be provided from the county building in Wailuku to the school starting at 8:30 a.m. Those who live close by are encouraged to walk to the event.


Flossie heading west, is southeast of Hilo

Tropical Storm Flossie was about 1,800 miles southeast of Hilo on Thursday afternoon, moving west at about 18 mph, the National Weather Service said Thursday.

Flossie registered maximum sustained winds of 45 mph.

There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

The advisory said that the storm could strengthen through today as the system moves over relatively warm water. The storm is expected to weaken Saturday as it proceeds over cooler waters.

The National Weather Service forecast Thursday said that Flossie may bring increased cloudiness and showers across the island chain early next week.


Prices at pump in Wailuku up 2 cents

The average price of a gallon of unleaded gasoline in Wailuku rose 2 cents from a week ago to $4.56, still the highest in the state, according to the AAA Hawaii Weekend Gas Watch.

The weekly report, released Thursday, showed that the Wailuku price was still 9 cents lower than last month but 35 cents more than last year.

The state average for regular unleaded was $4.36 per gallon, the same price as last week.

Honolulu’s average price was $4.24 a gallon, the same price as last week. In Hilo, the average gas price was $4.36 a gallon, which was 2 cents less than last week.

AAA Hawaii Weekend Gas Watch is a weekly snapshot of gas prices, derived from fleet vehicle credit card transactions.


Coach’s trial date set in credit card case

WAILUKU – An Oct. 14 trial date has been set for Maui High School’s girls basketball coach, who was charged last month with unauthorized use of credit cards issued by a former employer.

Gilbert Silva, 64, pleaded not guilty to charges of second-degree theft and two counts of fraudulent use of a credit card during his arraignment Thursday morning in 2nd Circuit Court.

Silva has been free since posting $10,000 bail.

The complaint, filed by the Maui Farmers’ Cooperative Exchange in October, says that Silva used two company-issued cards for personal purchases. Silva, who was a general sales manager with the company, reportedly incurred thousands of dollars of charges from Jan. 1, 2009, to April 1, 2012, according to court documents.

In statements to police, Silva said that he was not reimbursed for previous charges and that the company had not honored an agreement when he was first hired.

Silva was ordered by the court to stay away from the exchange. The judge waived the requirement that Silva report to the Maui Intake Service Center to be supervised after an appeal by defense attorney Jon Apo, who called Silva an “upstanding citizen” in a “mishandled situation.”


Training event set for school’s EdLine

A training session for EdLine, a tool for students and their parents to keep track of grades and assignments, is set for 5:15 to 5:45 p.m. Wednesday prior to Parents Night in the King Kekaulike High School Student Dining Room.

Through EdLine, Kekaulike students and parents will have access to grades and missed assignments. Emails will be sent out when new grades are posted for classes.

The school assigns an activation code for parents and an activation code for each Kekaulike student.

Computer stations will be available for hands-on help; attendees may bring their own wireless laptops. School officials request that participants bring their email addresses to the event.

RSVP by Monday with Parent Facilitator June Kaneshiro by emailing or by leaving a message at 573-8700, ext. 1121. Let her know how many people will be attending and if they are bringing a laptop.

The Freshman/New Students’ Parents Meeting will begin at 6 p.m. Those attending should enter through the Haleakala Highway gate.

County / In Brief

Fishing focus of whale sanctuary event

An event focusing on best fishing practices, fishpond history and demonstrations including gyotaku, or fish printing, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary at 726 S. Kihei Road.

The event is part of the Sanctuary Classic in Hawaii, which promotes safe and pono (responsible) fishing practices and perpetuates the transfer of knowledge to sustain marine resources from one generation to the next. The free event aims to further connect fishers, communities and families with marine resources. The classic includes an ongoing online fish photo contest.

On Saturday, information presented will include barbless hook demonstrations, fish size orientation, plastic marine life rubbings and informational tables about taking care of the marine environment.

For more information, call 879-2818. To learn about the classic and the contest see


Red Cross recruiting service volunteers

The American Red Cross is recruiting disaster services volunteers for Maui, including in the Hana area.

The training is free, but new volunteers must take a series of classes, and potential volunteers must register online prior to attending them.

To register, see

In Central Maui, the courses will all be held at the Maui Red Cross office, 45 N. Market St., Suite A.

Course titles, times and dates follow:

* Disaster Services: An Overview, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 6

* Shelter Fundamentals, 5:30-9 p.m. Aug. 8

* Disaster Assessment Basics, 5:30-8 p.m. Aug. 13

* Disaster Action Team: An Orientation, 5:30-9 p.m. Aug. 15

In Hana, all courses will be held at the Hana Community Center, 5091 Uakea Road.

Course titles, times and dates follow:

* Disaster Services: An Overview, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 2

* Shelter Fundamentals, 8:30-11 a.m. Aug. 3

* Disaster Assessment Basics, noon-3:30 p.m. Aug. 3

* Disaster Action Team: An Orientation, noon-3:30 p.m. Aug. 4

For assistance call the Maui office at 244-0051.


No advisories resulting from earthquake

No tsunami advisories were generated from a 5.6-magnitude earthquake off the coast of Alaska early Wednesday morning, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center.

The undersea temblor was 90 miles southeast of Amchitka and 34.2 miles deep.

It occurred at about 4 a.m.


Public forum slated to host Sen. Schatz

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz will be appearing at a public forum organized by the Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Aug. 13 at the Maui Tropical Plantation.

The Hawaii senator, who was appointed to the seat following the death of Sen. Daniel K. Inouye in December, will discuss issues impacting businesspeople and Native Hawaiians, the news release announcing his appearance said.

Reservations are required. Dinner is $25 for nonmembers. To make a reservation, contact Kai Pelayo by phone at 874-2426 or email

The mission of the Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce, which hosts public educational events, is to promote and sustain Native Hawaiian culture, to nurture a strong community of Hawaiian values and to enhance opportunities for success in business and education. Anyone who shares this vision may join the Native Hawaiian Chamber, regardless of heritage.

County / In Brief

Clinic glasses now available for pickup

Those who were fitted for glasses during the Tropic Care Maui County health clinics last month may pick up their glasses, the county announced.

Most of the glasses for Hana, Molokai and Lanai have been disbursed, but another 250 pairs remain in the Mayor’s Office in the Kalana O Maui building and 50 pairs at St. Theresa Church in Kihei.

The glasses were made by the U.S. military as part of the free medical, dental and vision services provided by Tropic Care Maui, which ran June 4 to 12 at free clinics in Wailuku, Kihei, Lahaina, Hana, and on Molokai and Lanai.

Those who would like to pick up their glasses should call the Mayor’s Office at 270-7855 or St. Theresa at 879-4844 to confirm that their glasses are ready.


Kaupo blaze extinguished – fire official

A fire believed to have been intentionally set by fireworks in Kaupo was declared extinguished Monday afternoon, nine days after it started, a fire official said Monday.

The size of the fire, initially reported to be 65 acres, was revised to 87 acres after the plotting of Global Positioning System coordinates taken from the Fire Department’s Air One helicopter, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.

The fire started July 13 and had been reported contained the following night before reigniting. Firefighters had extinguished hot spots and monitored the fire before reporting no activity for the last five days.


Man faces robbery charge after incident

A 30-year-old man was charged with robbery after he assaulted three security employees when they tried to stop him after he was seen shoplifting from a Lahaina store last week, police said.

Duane Parton, who gave no local address, was charged with second-degree robbery and resisting arrest. His bail was set at $22,000.

Lahaina patrol officers went to the Foodland store in Old Lahaina Center in response to a report of a theft occurring at 8:59 p.m. Thursday. When officers arrived, Parton was seen struggling with a store loss-prevention officer, police said.

Parton became combative and resisted as officers subdued and arrested him, police said.

He had been seen leaving the store without paying for $77 worth of merchandise, police said.


Pukalani woman arrested in alleged theft

A 40-year-old Pukalani woman was arrested on a theft charge for allegedly stealing a purse containing jewelry and other property from a Lahaina residence, police said.

Davelyn Mahi was released after posting $2,000 bail on a second-degree theft charge, police records show.

The theft occurred Friday when Mahi went to the apartment of a man she had met. A purse belonging to the man’s wife and containing jewelry and other personal belongings worth $5,871 was stolen, police said.

Mahi was arrested Sunday when the victim called her to return to the apartment and identified her as the suspect, police said.


Bank warns of fraudulent phishing scam

Central Pacific Bank reports fraudulent phishing attempts to obtain debit card information from bank customers via text and automated voice messages, the bank said.

The phishing attempt is not specific to CPB. However, the bank is advising all customers not to open any suspicious messages.

If any bank customers receive a suspicious message, do not respond and immediately delete the message.

For customer safety, the bank will never request confidential information via unsolicited phone, email or text messages.

Any customers who have responded to a phishing attempt or have any questions or concerns may call the customer service center at (808) 544-0500.

County / In Brief

Funds released for new sidewalk

Gov. Neil Abercrombie has released nearly $1 million for a new sidewalk along Old Haleakala Highway near King Kekaulike High School.

The $998,000 will be used for the new sidewalk on one side of the highway from Kula Highway to Pukalani Street, said a news release from the governor’s office Wednesday.

Old Haleakala Highway is frequently used by students attending King Kekaulike High School and the sidewalk will improve safety, the news release said.

The money was included in $3 million in capital improvement projects for Maui and Hawaii counties.

“I am pleased to inform mayors (Alan) Arakawa and (Billy) Kenoi that these capital improvement grant funds are now available to move their roadway and pedestrian safety projects forward,” Abercrombie said.


Crews busy with three Haiku fires

After extinguishing an early-morning fire, firefighters responded to two more fires Friday in Haiku, fire officials said.

Crews from Makawao and Kahului responded to the 10:15 a.m. alarm of an open field fire near Awalau Road, Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga said. He said the 25-by-25-foot fire surrounded and burned about 50 feet of an 80-foot-tall eucalyptus tree.

Crews controlled the fire at 11:30 p.m. and extinguished it about 2 hours later.

Around 12:30 p.m., crews fought the other fire after seeing smoke about a half-mile up near the end of the road, Mainaga said. He said a tanker crew found a 20-by-10-foot area under a group of guava trees on fire.

The fire was controlled at 1:30 p.m. and extinguished about two hours later.

No damage or injuries were reported in either fire and the causes are undetermined, Mainaga said. He said no evidence was found connecting the two fires.

The earlier fire reported at 1:09 a.m. burned one-third acre of brush and rubbish on Hahana Road.


UH-MC offering new Degree-in-3

An informational meeting on the University of Hawaii Maui College’s new Degree-in-3 program will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in Kaaike Building, Room 109.

The program, which starts in the fall, is designed to accommodate students’ schedules by offering a combination of evening only and online, cable TV classes toward completion of an associate degree in liberal arts.

Topics to be covered will include the application process, program requirements, financial aid and student support services.

For more information, call Linda Fujitani at 984-3226.


No activity near Kaupo brush fire

No activity was reported Saturday at the scene of the Kaupo brush fire, with the ground cold for the third consecutive day, Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga said.

The fire, which was likely intentionally set by fireworks July 13, burned nearly a hundred acres. The fire was 100 percent contained Sunday night and has been monitored since. Firefighters extinguished hot spots after the fire reignited Monday.

Mainaga said firefighters would continue to monitor the burned area throughout the weekend.

County / In Brief

Brush fire doused in Haiku

Firefighters responded to an early-morning brush-rubbish fire in Haiku on Friday, finding a third of an acre ablaze when they arrived on the scene.

Crews from Paia and Makawao and a tanker from Kahului responded to the call at 1:09 a.m. at Hahana Road, according to Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga. The fire was under control by 1:41 a.m. and extinguished at 3:08 a.m.

No injuries or damage was reported. The cause of the fire was undetermined, he said.


Hawaiian agent released

An airline employee has been released pending further investigation after being arrested in the investigation of the theft of a visitor’s pocketbook that was left at a ticketing counter Tuesday at Kahului Airport, police said.

The theft occurred at about 3 p.m. when a tourist left his pocketbook containing more than $4,000 cash at the counter, police said.

A 28-year-old Kahului woman working as a ticketing agent at Hawaiian Airlines was arrested Tuesday night, and police reported recovering $2,000.


Ota vice chair of UH regents

The Maui member on the University of Hawaii Board of Regents, Saedene Ota, has been elected as one of two vice chairpersons of the board.

She replaces Carl Carlson. The other vice chairperson, James Lee, retained his position. The election for the one-year terms became effective Thursday, a news release from the University of Hawaii said.

Ota owns and operates Sae Design, a graphics firm based on Maui that focuses on strategic marketing and communication graphics. Ota also is the owner of Maui Thing, a lifestyle apparel retail company in Wailuku.

She studied at the University of Hawaii-Manoa, University of Washington and California StateNorthridge and received her Bachelor of Arts in fine art at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif.

Regent John C. Holzman was chosen to lead the 15-member board that governs the University of Hawaii system, including the University of Hawaii Maui College.

The next scheduled board meeting is Aug. 22 at Windward Community College on Oahu.


Hana library to reopen early

Hana Public & School Library, which has been closed due to repairs, will reopen at 11 a.m. Wednesday, a week earlier than expected, the Hawaii State Public Library System said.

The library has been closed since late June for reroofing and air-conditioner replacement.

Hana Public & School Library is located on the campus of the Hana High and Elementary Schools at 4111 Hana Highway.


Summit areas to be off-limits

The Haleakala National Park road and summit area above the Haleakala Visitor Center at 9,740 feet will be closed to vehicles, pedestrians, horses and bicycles through Thursday, the park announced Friday.

This is part of ongoing work through September to improve accessibility for people with disabilities, the news release said. The park said that the work is occurring now because asphalt must be poured and set during the warmest, driest time of the year.

During the closure period, visitors will be directed to lower elevation overlooks, which offer views of the Haleakala Crater, the news release said.

The closure includes the upper Skyline trailhead, near the summit. Access to the lower Skyline Trail by Waipoli Road in Kula is still open; it is the only way visitors will be able to enter or exit the Skyline Trail.

For the latest updates, go to the website or call 572-4400.


Restroom, keiki pool still shut

The women’s restroom and the keiki pool at the Lahaina Aquatics Center remain closed until further notice due to waterline repairs, the county said Friday. The 50-meter pool is open.

The pools were closed Tuesday after a waterline leak was identified. The 50-meter pool was reopened that day but the keiki pool was shut down because of the work required nearby, county officials said.

The waterline leak appears to be located under a concrete slab beneath the showers in the women’s restroom, the county said.

Contractors are continuing work to pinpoint the leak and make needed repairs.

Until the repairs are completed, the women’s restroom and the keiki pool will remain closed. Portable toilets, an outdoor shower and an enclosed changing room have been provided. Women with special needs or concerns may inquire with the lifeguards on duty, the county said.

For more information on the repairs, call Fran Yamamoto at 270-6138.

For recorded pool information, call 270-8208; the information is updated at 9 a.m. daily.

County / In Brief

Scout falls ill while hiking, is rescued

An 11-year-old boy was rescued Wednesday night after becoming ill while hiking with a Scout group on Waihee Valley Ridge Trail, fire officials said.

Kahului rescue and Hazmat personnel responded to the 5:12 p.m. call of a boy who was unable to continue the hike due to a medical condition, Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga said. He said the group, consisting of a dozen boys and two adult chaperons, was about 3 miles into the trail when the boy needed to be airlifted to a trail parking lot.

The boy was taken by ambulance to Maui Memorial Medical Center in stable condition, Mainaga said.


Man charged in assault and arson case

A Kihei man was arrested Wednesday night after lighting a car on fire and kicking a man near the old Suda Store in north Kihei, police said.

Gregory Loftain, 59, of Kihei was charged with third-degree assault, third-degree arson and fourth-degree criminal property damage. His bail was set at $1,300.

Witnesses reported the crime at around 7 p.m. and said they saw Loftain reaching into the car, which was not working, in a brush area near the old store, police said. Loftain then set fire to the car’s gas tank and watched it go up in flames.

Upon seeing the crime, one bystander ran and tackled Loftain to the ground and attempted to subdue him until police arrived. Loftain escaped, kicking the man to the ground.

Loftain was located and arrested about an hour later at his residence on Wailana Place, police said.

The owner of the vehicle, which appeared to have been in an accident, said that the car had been left at the site “for safekeeping,” police said.

Damage was estimated at $1,000.


Man, woman held in theft of leaf blower

A Lahaina man and woman were arrested Wednesday afternoon after allegedly stealing and selling a leaf blower from a Maui Jim Sunglasses store last month, police said.

Christina Alapai, 33, and Jesse S. Taboada, 35, were charged with second-degree theft with bail set at $2,000 each.

The crime occurred between 1:30 and 2 p.m. June 29 when Alapai entered the store’s unsecured underground garage, police said. Alapai was able to obtain a closet’s keys and was caught on video surveillance systems stealing a Stihl rechargeable leaf blower and two batteries.

The investigation later revealed that the equipment, worth an estimated $740, was sold by Taboada to a pawnshop in Lahaina the same day, police said.

Taboada and Alapai were arrested at 11:53 a.m. in Lahaina.

During questioning, both Alapai and Taboada admitted to their crimes, police said.


Spence, Goode, Ridao to be part of event

Planning Director Will Spence, Public Works Director David Goode and Housing & Human Concerns Director JoAnn Ridao will be joining Mayor Alan Arakawa from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Pukalani Superette as part of a County on Your Corner event.

Also joining the event will be the mayor’s executive assistants John Buck and Mike Molina.

For more information, call 270-7855.


Car, booster seat inspections scheduled

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.

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 at


Olinda Road brush fire keeps crews busy

Firefighters were busy early Thursday morning battling a brush fire near the top of Olinda Road.

Crews from Makawao, Kula and Kahului responded to the alarm shortly after 1:30 a.m. Upon arriving on the scene, they found a 6,000-square-foot area on fire in the heavily wooded forest, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.

The fire was contained at 3:40 a.m.

There were no injuries or property damage reported.

An investigation into the cause is ongoing, Mainaga said.

County / In Brief

Airline employee arrested in theft probe

An airline employee was arrested in the investigation of the theft of a visitor’s pocketbook that was left at a ticketing counter Tuesday at Kahului Airport, police said.

The theft occurred at about 3 p.m. when a tourist left his black pocketbook containing more than $4,000 in cash at the counter, police said.

The employee, a 28-year-old Kahului woman working as a ticketing agent, was arrested Tuesday night, and police reported recovering $2,000.

The investigation is continuing, police said.


Two held in connection with theft of wine

Two men were arrested early Wednesday for stealing bottles of wine from the kitchen at Ka’anapali Beach Hotel, police said.

Bail was set at $10,000 each for Jonathan Totino, 29, and Cory Griffin, 33. Both were charged with first-degree burglary and second-degree theft.

The thefts were discovered at 2:50 a.m. after Kaanapali security officers saw three males running from the beach to the brush near the hotel. After checks were made, bottles of wine were found in crates in the brush area.

At the hotel, wine coolers had been broken into in the kitchen, with items valued at $644 stolen, police said.

Lahaina patrol officers located and arrested Totino and Griffin, who also were seen on surveillance video, police said.


Copters will aid in power line inspections

Maui Electric Co. will be using helicopters to perform routine power line inspections on Maui, Molokai and Lanai from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday to July 25.

Weather permitting, the inspections will be done on the following schedule:

* Tuesday, Kahului to Hana and Kula to Haleakala.

* Wednesday, Maalaea to Wailea and Maalaea to Napili.

* July 25, Lanai and Molokai.

Routine aerial inspections of Maui Electric’s equipment, including electrical lines, poles and substations, are necessary to ensure stable and reliable electrical service for Maui County’s electric customers.

For more information or to log concerns, contact Maui Electric directly at 871-8461 on Maui and (877) 871-8461 on Lanai and Molokai.


Kids focus of learning disabilities event

The sixth annual Learning Disabilities Association of Hawaii Traveling Mini-Conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Cameron Center.

The focus of the conference is on early intervention for infants and toddlers, school readiness for children ages 2 to 5, helping parents engage in play with their children and more.

Early educators and provider agencies of Maui County will be available to talk story about getting children school-ready.

For more information or to register, call (800) 533-9684. The event is free and includes lunch.


Crews attending to Kaupo fire

Firefighters were still working Wednesday to completely douse a brush fire in Kaupo that began over the weekend.

The fire is 100 percent contained but not extinguished, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga on Wednesday evening.

Fire crews and two helicopters were at the fire scene Wednesday mopping up. Crews will return today to try to completely douse the fire.

Flare-ups still were occurring within the perimeter of the fire, he said.

County / In Brief

Family reports homeless man missing Lahaina police are trying to locate a 57-year-old homeless man who was reported missing by his family.

Jay Cochran was last seen in December in the Lahaina area, which he has been known to frequent. He normally calls his mother on her birthday and was reported missing after he didn’t call, police said.

Cochran is described as 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing 135 pounds. He has blond hair and brown eyes.

Anyone who sees him or who has information on his whereabouts is asked to call Maui police at 244-6400 or the Lahaina Criminal Investigation Division at 661-0559.


Four rescued from ocean off Napili

Two adults and two children on paddleboards were rescued from the ocean off Napili after they were having a difficult time making it back to shore Tuesday afternoon, a fire official said.

Napili firefighters, Ocean Safety’s rescue watercraft and Lahaina fire’s rescue boat were dispatched to the area fronting the Gazebo restaurant at the Outrigger Napili Shores on Lower Honoapiilani Road after the 1:45 p.m. call, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga. He said that the paddleboarders were about 40 yards offshore when the rescue watercraft began bringing the four to shore.

The parents and their two teenage daughters, visiting from San Diego, were safely on shore by 2 p.m.


Crews mop up remnants of brush fire

Fire crews spent Tuesday mopping up a stubborn brush fire in Kaupo, according to a Maui fire official.

Firefighters and two helicopters worked on a 25-acre burn area at about the 2,000-foot elevation that had reignited Monday, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.

The initial fire was reported just after 3 p.m. Saturday on the Ulupalakua side of Manawainui Gulch in Kaupo. Firefighters battled the blaze, which reached the 1,500-foot elevation and burned 65 acres of brush, all weekend before it was reported to be fully extinguished at 6:30 a.m. Monday.

It reignited Monday afternoon and burned another 25 acres before being 100 percent contained Monday night.

As of 8 p.m. Tuesday, fire crews had been released but will return today to continue mop up operations, Mainaga said. One crew remained to do periodic checks.

The fire is believed to have been intentionally set. Remains of fireworks known as “Ground Bloom Flowers” were recovered from the scene Sunday.

County / In Brief

Kihei man charged on drug, gun counts

A Kihei man was arrested after officers found a rifle and drugs during a traffic stop Friday night in Kihei, police said.

Manuel Menendez, 32, was released after posting $4,500 bail. He was charged with keeping a firearm in an improper place, failing to register a firearm, third-degree promotion of a detrimental drug, third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, driving under the influence of an intoxicant, possessing drug paraphernalia and driving without a license.

Police said the vehicle Menendez was driving was stopped at 7:40 p.m. on Piilani Highway for having expired registration. When a Kihei patrol officer made contact with Menendez, the smell of burned marijuana was coming from the vehicle and Menendez admitted to having just recently smoked the drug, police said.

A DUI Task Force officer was called to assist in the arrest. After Menendez agreed to a search of the vehicle, police reported finding a .22-caliber rifle that wasn’t in a gun case, as well as marijuana and crystal methamphetamine.


Lahaina DMVL office’s opening delayed

The Lahaina satellite office of the Division of Motor Vehicle and Licensing is expected to open two hours late at 10 a.m. Wednesday due to the installation of technical upgrades.

The normal opening time is 8 a.m.

The office’s data transmission capabilities will be improved with the installation of high-speed fiber optic connectivity. This system will replace the temporary Internet connection that had a data transmission limit of 15 megabytes per second. The new data transmission rate will be 1 gigabyte per second.

The office is located at Lahaina Gateway Center, 335 Keawe St, Suite 209.


Repairs will disrupt pool operations

Emergency repairs to the hot water line at the Lahaina Aquatics Center will close the facility for part of today.

A suspected leak in the hot water line that feeds the center’s showers is the cause of the closure, a county news release said.

The water will be shut off at the facility until noon.

The 50-meter pool is expected to reopen at noon, when water service returns.

The keiki pool will remain closed until repairs are completed because it is near to the repair work site.

An update will be provided once a completion date for the repairs has been determined.

For more information on the repairs, call Fran Yamamoto at 270-6138.

For recorded pool information, which is updated at 9 a.m. daily, call 270-8208.

County / In Brief

Kihei group slated to meet on Tuesday

The Kihei Community Association will hold its monthly meeting Tuesday at the Kihei Charter School.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. for pupu and talk story, with the meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The meeting will included a PowerPoint presentation on a new South Kihei Road bridge by Milton Arakawa of Wilson Okamoto and a discussion on natural preservation in the Wailea 670 area by Lee Altenberg.

The public is welcome to attend. Nonperishable donations for the Maui Food Bank will be accepted.

Kihei Charter School is at 41 E. Lipoa St.

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


Shriners hospital to host outreach clinic

Shriners Hospitals for ChildrenHonolulu, which provides orthopedic care for children regardless of family income or ability to pay, will be holding an outreach clinic from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. from July 24 to 26.

The clinic will determine if a child is eligible for care at the hospital. Children up to age 18 are eligible for care at Shriners Hospitals for Children if the physicians determine that a child can benefit from care at the hospital.

The Shriners Hospital team conducts clinics on Maui twice a year. The Honolulu hospital serves children throughout the state and the Pacific Basin.

Since the Honolulu hospital first opened its doors in 1923, it has helped 30,000 children with bone, joint and neuromuscular conditions.

The clinics will be held at Lodge Maui, 190 W. Kamehameha Ave. in Kahului.

To schedule an appointment, call Sandy Zukeran, outreach coordinator at Shriners Hospitals for ChildrenHonolulu, toll-free at (888) 888-6314 or at (808) 951-3614. Those interested in the clinic also may call (808) 375-9479.


Red Hill parking lot set to close for work

The parking lot at Pu’u ‘ula’ula (Red Hill), where the Haleakala National Park roads end at the 10,023-foot summit, will be closed to vehicles and pedestrians Thursday through July 25 for construction.

Cars must vacate the parking lot by 6:45 a.m. Thursday. Remaining vehicles will be ticketed and towed.

The accessible parking stalls at Leleiwi Overlook will be closed for repaving Wednesday and Thursday. Other Leleiwi stalls will remain open.

Accessibility improvement work in the summit area of Haleakala is scheduled through September. Park visitors should expect continued heavy construction traffic on Haleakala Highway and Crater Road.

For the most up-to-date information, see or call 572-4400.


Four health centers receive grant money

Four health centers in Maui County will receive part of a $1.2 million Hawaii grant award from the federal government to help the uninsured and underinsured understand their coverage options under the Affordable Care Act, according to a release from U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s office.

In Hawaii last year, about 34,662, or 24 percent, of the patients served in health centers were uninsured. Overall, 14 health centers in the state received parts of the grant.

Maui County health centers receiving the funds are:

* Community Clinic of Maui, Wailuku: $94,794

* Hana Community Health Center, Hana: $62,861

* Lanai Community Health Center, Lanai City: $61,761

* Molokai Ohana Health Care Inc., Kaunakakai: $61,457

With these funds from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Hawaii grantees expect to hire 21 additional workers who will assist 21,516 people with enrollment into affordable health insurance coverage, the release said.


Roadwork underway around Maui – DOT

The state Department of Transportation wants to notify the public about roadwork on Honoapiilani Highway and Hobron Avenue this week:

* Ocean erosion repairs will continue on Honoapiilani Highway in the area of Launiupoko State Park, shifting lanes mauka. Speed limits are reduced in the work zone.

* The right lane of northbound Honoapiilani Highway between Leialii Parkway and Puukolii Road will be closed from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for utility installations.

* Pavement resurfacing will cause alternating single-lane closures in both directions on Honoapiilani Highway between Olowalu Village Road and Maalaea Boat Harbor Road from 10 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. today through Friday. Traffic will be contraflowed using the open lane.

* Beginning Thursday, the lanes of Hobron Avenue will be shifted in both directions continuously through January for sewer main installations. Workers will be in the area from 5:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. Mondays through Fridays.

Motorists are advised to expect delays.


Fire crews battling a 65-acre brush fire

Fire crews were battling a brush fire late Saturday on the Ulupalakua side of Manawainui Gulch at Milepost 27.5 on Piilani Highway.

The fire, which was reported at 3:07 p.m. Saturday, had grown to 65 acres on the mauka side of the highway, according to Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga. At 8 p.m. Saturday, the blaze was reported to be 50 percent contained with fire activity at the higher elevation.

Earlier Saturday, Mainaga reported that engine companies from Kula, Kahului and Makawao were on the scene as well as three tankers. Three helicopters were used Saturday afternoon to fight the blaze and are expected to return at first light today. Due to the hazardous terrain, active firefighting was suspended but crews were monitoring the fire throughout the night.

Piilani Highway was closed Saturday in the area of Kahikinui due to the fire, according to a release from the county.

County / In Brief

Skin testing for TB slated to resume

Beginning Monday, the state Department of Health will resume providing tuberculin skin testing at its clinics statewide after issuing a suspension of TB clearance requirements following a nationwide shortage of the test solution, a news release said Thursday.

Availability of the TB test solution is returning to normal in Hawaii, and the Health Department encourages medical providers, clinics and health care facilities to resume providing the test to their clients.

The temporary suspension of requirements for TB clearance expires Aug. 9. A full listing of Health Department TB testing locations and hours as well as TB clearance requirements may be found on the Health Department’s TB Control Branch website at or by calling (808) 832-5731.


Serino’s grand opening to aid United Way

Serino’s Kihei will host its grand opening today through Sunday with 40 percent of all net food purchase proceeds benefiting the Maui United Way and its partner agencies.

The event will run from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on all three days. Customers will be able to designate which agency they would like to see benefit from their participation.

“We are excited to be partnering with Maui United Way for the grand opening of Serino’s Kihei. We believe in supporting the needs of our community and hope to encourage others to do so too,” said owners Christian and Dana Serino in a news release.

The restaurant’s menu items include gourmet pizzas and hamburgers, sandwiches and a bar menu. It is located at 1280 S. Kihei Road in the Azeka Makai Center.

Maui United Way’s Dine & Donate event helps raise funding and awareness for its 40 health and human services partner agencies. For more information, call 244-8787 or see


Ocean safety operators course scheduled

An ocean safety educational/thrillcraft operators course will be held July 20 and 21 at the University of Hawaii Maui College, Hale 218.

The course, put on by Windward Community College, Career and Community Education, will run from 8:30 a.m .to 3:30 p.m. both days. Approved by the state Department of Land and Natural Resources, the courses provide licensing for thrillcraft operations and an endorsement that allows tow-in surfing in Hawaii.

The course will cover legal and regulatory requirements, risk management, local ocean safety principles and practices, rules and laws pertaining to protected species in ocean waters in Hawaii, boating skills as they apply to the sport of tow-in surfing, and the historical, cultural and customary practices of Hawaii’s ocean users.

The cost of the class is $139.

For more information or to register, call (808) 235-7433.


Kihei man arrested in Walmart theft case

A 21-year-old Kihei man was arrested Wednesday for stealing more than $1,000 worth of merchandise from Walmart over the past two months, police said.

Arthur Delima was charged with two counts of second-degree theft; his bail was set at $2,000. On June 10, he and another man stole six 14-carat-gold earrings valued at $538 from the Kahului store, police said. Delima returned about a month later and stole 40 Blu-ray movies valued at $761.

On Wednesday, store guards detained Delima until police arrived at 11:30 a.m. after he was identified by security cameras in connection with the previous thefts, police said.

Store officials found all of the movies at a Kihei pawnshop. The jewelry was not recovered. The man who allegedly stole the jewelry with Delima has not been identified, police said.

County / In Brief

Disaster training planned this month

A 30-hour disaster training program for Maui residents will be held Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays from Monday to July 27 at King Kekaulike High School.

Community Emergency Response Team training offers education about hazards and instruction in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations.

When disasters happen, team members will be able to give support to professional first responders by providing immediate assistance to victims at a disaster site, a county news release said.

The training is free to Maui adult residents (those ages 14 to 17 may attend with a parent or legal guardian) and is sponsored by the Maui Civil Defense Agency and taught by the Maui Fire Department. The course consists of classroom and field exercises.

The Monday and Thursday classes run from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

To register, call Maui Civil Defense at 270-7285 or email


Holua area to close for control of ants

The Holua area in the wilderness backcountry of Haleakala National Park will be closed this evening so that park biologists can apply a pesticide to control non-native Argentine ants.

The area will reopen Friday evening.

These ants prey on native insects. One insect that is highly vulnerable to the ant is the endemic yellow-faced bee, which is a primary pollinator of the threatened Haleakala ‘ahinahina, or silversword. This variety of ‘ahinahina is found only on Haleakala and nowhere else on Earth.

Biologists will apply a small dose of a granular pesticide, which will break down after 24 hours.

For more information, call 572-4400.


Water quality update to be mailed

The Department of Water Supply will be sending out in the mail its 15th annual “Water Quality Report” to Maui and Molokai customers, the department announced.

Following U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Safe Drinking Water Act regulations, the department has been sending the report annually to customers since 1999.

The report will inform customers of their water source and the results of tests taken throughout 2012.

The report will be sent to customers’ billing addresses. Others who wish to receive a report may call the department’s laboratory at 270-7550. It also will be posted on the department website,, later this month.

County / In Brief

Man sought for not returning to MCCC

Authorities are looking for a 32-year-old man who didn’t return to the Maui Community Correctional Center on June 30 after being allowed to leave the Wailuku jail on a resocialization pass.

Daniel Holcombe is described as 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighing 185 pounds.

Holcombe was less than a year away from being considered for parole, said state Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Toni Schwartz. She said he had been on work furlough status and was working Monday through Friday outside the jail.

On June 30, Holcombe had a resocialization pass to leave at 8 a.m. and return by 6 p.m., Schwartz said. She said he didn’t return.

According to court records, Holcombe was sentenced in August 2007 to a 10-year prison term for first-degree burglary. As a repeat offender, he was ordered to serve at least three years and four months of the term before being eligible for parole.

Anyone who sees Holcombe is asked to call police at 244-6400 to report the escapee.


Haleakala wind advisory expires today

The National Weather Service has posted a wind advisory for the higher elevations of Haleakala through 6 p.m. today.

A strong ridge building at the surface and in the atmosphere will produce strong easterly winds across higher elevations of Maui and the Big Island. The winds are expected to be 20 to 35 mph with localized gusts of more than 50 mph.

The high winds may spread to lower elevations in Maui County tonight.

Motorists should exercise caution due to falling tree branches. High-profile vehicles also may be affected by the wind.


Missed route due to mechanical issues

Mechanical problems led the county Solid Waste Division to miss a trash route in Kula on Tuesday.

The affected areas were along Copp Road, Haleakala Highway, Holomakani Drive and Place, Kamehamehaiki Road, Kekaulike Avenue, Kolohala Drive, Lower Kula, Naalae and Pulehuiki roads, and all surrounding streets.

Crews are expected to make the trash pickups today.


Ace, Ben Franklin stores being renamed

Ace Hardware stores in Lahaina, Kihei and Pukalani and Ben Franklin Crafts in the Queen Ka’ahumanu Shopping Center will be changing their names to HouseMart.

The rebranding was announced by Maui Varieties Ltd., parent company of Ben Franklin Crafts and Ace Hardware Hawaii, last week. The stores will be marking their name change July 20.

The family business, currently run by third-generation owners, began in Kahului as K. Kamitaki Store, which sold dry goods, fabrics and aloha shirts. In 1951, the second generation of the owners expanded the business by acquiring its first Ben Franklin variety store. The Ace franchise was added later to the business.

Maui Varieties currently operates six Ben Franklin Craft stores and 25 Ace Hardware stores in four states.

The third-generation owners of the company are Wayne and Guy Kamitaki, Paul Mizoguchi and Lynn Ushijima.

For more information, go to the websites www.hmstores.

com, or

County / In Brief

Double-decker bus on the road

Maui County’s first double-decker bus will go into service at 6:30 a.m. today, picking up and dropping off passengers on the Kihei Islander No. 2 route, according to an announcement from the county Department of Transportation.

The new $378,362 bus carries about 90 passengers. That’s double the capacity of an average bus in Maui County’s fleet, which is operated by Roberts Hawaii.

Bus fares for the double-decker will be the same as those for all other buses – $2 per single boarding or $4 per day.

The double-decker bus was selected for the Kihei Islander route to help accommodate the large number of residents and visitors who use the Maui Bus to travel between Central and South Maui on a daily basis, the announcement said. The routes’ termini are at Wailea Ike Drive in Wailea and at the Queen Ka’ahumanu Center in Kahului.


Missing hiker, 26, is located

Firefighters located a 26-year-old missing hiker Friday morning after he spent the night in the Makawao Forest Reserve, a fire official said.

The man had been in a hunting party with another man and a woman who injured her ankle and was airlifted out of a heavily forested ravine Thursday afternoon, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.

After the 28-year-old woman was rescued by firefighters responding to the 1:15 p.m. call, the man was reported missing after he had left the party to go back to a truck.

Firefighters searched for the man until 1:30 a.m. Friday before resuming the search at 6:15 a.m., Mainaga said. He said fire rescue personnel aboard the Fire Department’s Air One helicopter located the man at about 6:40 a.m. and airlifted him to safety, using the same landing zone that had been used Thursday to rescue the woman.

The man was found in a nearby area mauka of where the woman had been picked up, Mainaga said. The man required no medical attention.


Woman, 19, charged in theft

A 19-year-old Lahaina woman was arrested Tuesday for stealing valuables that were left unattended at different resorts in Kaanapali, police said.

Bail was set at $34,000 for Makena Powers. She was charged with two counts of second-degree theft and three counts each of theft of a credit card and fraudulent use of a credit card.

Police said the thefts occurred Monday when people left iPhones, purses, miscellaneous items and computer equipment in bags. The stolen items were valued at about $1,000.

Powers used credit cards belonging to one victim at several establishments in Lahaina, making more than $800 in purchases, police said.

Through investigation, police learned that a 28-year-old Lahaina man was present during the thefts and use of credit cards. He was arrested and released pending further developments.

Officers recovered most of the stolen property and items purchased by Powers. Two iPhones that had been pawned also were recovered, police said.


Makena parking lot to be fixed

Parking lot repairs will begin at Makena State Park on Monday, the state Department of Land and Natural Resources announced.

Vares Contracting has been awarded the $63,977 project, which is expected to be completed July 19.

The park will remain open, and work will be conducted in two phases to ensure that parking remains available for visitors, state officials said.

The first phase involves the regrading and reshaping of 8-foot-wide shoulders on both sides of the entry road to the first paved parking lot, the announcement said.

Asphalt millings will then be placed and compacted on the shoulders. The bollards along the shoulders will be removed and replaced with galvanized pipe material.

In the project’s second phase, concrete wheel stops will be removed and replaced with plastic stops within both paved parking lots.

The parking lot lines and speed bumps will be painted on both lots.

The two parking lots will not be closed at the same time.

For public safety, a security guard will be posted at the parking lot entry gate to inform park users of the parking lot closure and to direct them to open areas of the park.

County / In Brief

Injured woman rescued from forest

Firefighters airlifted a 28-year-old woman out of the Makawao Forest Reserve on Thursday afternoon after she injured her ankle, Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga said.

The woman was in a hunting party with two males when she sustained her injury and could not walk out of a heavily forested ravine, Mainaga said.

Makawao firefighters, a rescue crew from the Kahului station and the Maui Fire Department’s Air One helicopter responded to the 1:15 p.m. call for help, he said. A landing zone was secured near the Piiholo Water Treatment Facility.

The woman was airlifted to the landing area, where paramedics assessed her condition, and she decided to seek medical treatment with the help of family members, Mainaga said.

One of the two men who was with the woman went missing after he left to go back to a truck, and firefighters remained at the scene around 6:30 p.m. to search for the man. He had not returned to the vehicle and was not carrying a phone, Mainaga said. The other man walked out of the trail with his dogs.


Firefighters union endorses Tsutsui

The Hawaii Fire Firefighters Association, Local 1463, IAFF, AFL-CIO has endorsed incumbent Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui in next year’s election.

“Shan Tsutsui respects and supports the commitment of firefighters in our community and is able to engage stakeholders to reach consensus in the best interests of Hawaii’s citizens,” said HFFA President Robert Lee. “We are truly grateful for his steadfast commitment to supporting public safety.”

HFFA represents more than 2,500 active and retired firefighters in Hawaii.


Kahoolawe trolling dates set for July

Trolling in the waters around Kahoolawe will be permitted July 13-14 and July 27-28, the Kaho’olawe Island Reserve Commission announced.

Vessels must register annually with the commission before entering the Kahoolawe reserve to troll during designated trolling dates. Registered vessels also are required to file a catch report with the commission any time they fish in the reserve, whether fish are caught or not.

A $25 permitting fee will be applied to the required registration process.

Access to the Kaho’olawe Island Reserve waters is restricted because of the continued presence of unexploded ordnance and for the protection of marine resources within the reserve.

To register with the commission or for more information, contact Dean Tokishi by phone at 243-5889 or by email at or go to to download a registration packet.

Registration packets also are available at the Division of Boating and Recreation at 101 Maalaea Boat Harbor Road.


National park to hold Hana meeting

The Haleakala National Park will be holding a community meeting at Helene Hall in Hana beginning at 5 p.m. July 17.

The 11/2-hour meeting will allow residents to meet park staff, learn more about the park and to raise concerns.

County / In Brief

Man arrested in abuse of girlfriend

A 22-year-old Wailuku man was arrested after strangling and threatening to kill his girlfriend Monday night at Keopuolani Park, police said.

Weston Kaaihue was charged with kidnapping and two counts each of felony abuse by strangulation and terroristic threatening.

Police responded to the park around 7 p.m., when neighbors witnessed Kaaihue forcibly dragging his screaming girlfriend from his vehicle and into the park, said Lt. Jayson Rego of the Criminal Investigation Division. He said the couple who live together were in a verbal argument that escalated, leading Kaaihue to brandish a firearm and threaten to kill his girlfriend.

Kaaihue proceeded to strangle his girlfriend and left her at the park before officers could arrive, Rego said. He said police found the girlfriend’s injuries and clothing to be consistent with the crimes.

Police later located Kaaihue driving on North Wakea Avenue in Kahului and arrested him at 9:54 p.m.


Environmental official to join show

County environmental coordinator Rob Parsons will join Mayor Alan Arakawa on the TV program “Your County with Mayor Arakawa” at 7 tonight on Akaku Channel 55.

The live, one-hour program will be moderated by county Communications Director Rod Antone and will discuss environmental and sustainability issues.

Viewers may ask questions by calling 873-3430, via Twitter at @CountyofMaui and through Maui County’s Facebook page.

The show will be retelevised at 7 p.m. Wednesdays from July 10 to 31 on the same channel.


State suggests review of insurance

The Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs’ Insurance Division said that this is a good time – with the state in the midst of hurricane season – to review insurance policies for homes, condominiums and businesses to make sure they include hurricane coverage.

Basic home insurance does not cover hurricane damage, the division said. Typically, a separate hurricane insurance policy must be purchased.

Water damage from storm surge, cascading water or rising streams is not covered by hurricane or homeowners insurance. Flood insurance provides coverage in these cases, the division said.

The division has an insurance premium publication at

The division also recommends cataloging and taking inventory of electronics, furniture and valuables in case a claim needs to be filed. An app from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, app myHOME for iPhone or Android, may assist in the cataloging of belongings.

County / In Brief

Teen accused of assault with bottle

A 16-year-old Pukalani boy was arrested after he used a liquor bottle to strike a manager while fleeing from Foodland in Kahului on Friday night, police said.

The robbery was reported at 10:28 p.m., with the manager becoming unconscious after being struck on the head with the bottle, said Lt. Jayson Rego of the Criminal Investigation Division. He said the boy had stolen two bottles of liquor from the store and struck the manager, who was trying to stop the suspect.

An ambulance took the manager to Maui Memorial Medical Center, where he was treated for a laceration to his head and released.

On Saturday, the boy was taken to the Wailuku Police Station by his father and admitted to the crime, Rego said. The boy was arrested on a first-degree robbery charge and, through Family Court, released to his family.


Sewage spills in Lahaina restroom

Police blocked off the area near public restrooms at Lahaina Harbor on Saturday after a caller reported raw sewage coming from the restrooms, police said.

Officers responding to the 8:58 a.m. call found the sewage coming up through the drains when the toilets were flushed, said Maui Police Department spokesman Lt. William Juan.

The spill was contained in the restroom, with no sewage going into the harbor, he said. A crew responded to fix the problem.


Offices to close for July Fourth holiday

Federal, state and county offices will be closed on Thursday in observance of the Fourth of July holiday.

There will be no regular mail delivery, and all public libraries will be closed.

Maui County pools will be open Thursday, the Fourth of July.

All residential trash collections will follow normal schedules.

The Hana and Lanai landfills will be not be open. The Central Maui Landfill and EKO compost will be open from 6 a.m. to noon. The Olowalu and Molokai Landfills will be open from 8 a.m. to noon.

The Maui News business offices will be closed.