County/In Brief

Man pulled from E. Maui pools dies

A 38-year-old California man died Friday evening after being pulled from a pond at the Oheo Pools in East Maui, a fire official reported.

Firefighters and the Air One helicopter responded to the 5:30 p.m. call of a missing swimmer, Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga said. When crews arrived at Oheo, they found Maui police officers performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the man next to the shore of the pool.

The man had been pulled from the water by bystanders, Mainaga said.

Fire and medic units took over CPR but were unsuccessful in reviving the man. Medics pronounced the man dead at the scene, he said.


Offices, schools set to close for holiday

Federal, state and county offices along with all public schools will be closed Monday in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

All public libraries also will be closed from today to Monday.

The Hana, Lanai and Molokai landfills will be closed.

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

All county pools will be closed.

There will be no regular mail delivery, and The Maui News business offices will be closed.


Man fails to return to MCCC, is arrested

A man who didn’t return to the Maui Community Correctional Center after being released on a resocialization pass June 30 was arrested Thursday night in Kihei, police said.

Daniel Holcombe, 32, was to be returned to the Wailuku jail, police said.

According to police records, Holcombe was located at 11:12 p.m. in a Kihei field.

Police knew where Holcombe was after encountering him during an earlier investigation. He gave another name, but fingerprints showed he was Holcombe, police said.

State public safety officials said Holcombe had been allowed to leave the jail at 8 a.m. June 30 and was to return by 6 p.m. He was less than a year away from being considered for parole and had been on work furlough status, working Monday to Friday outside the jail.

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.


Diver airlifted after exhibiting sickness

A 60-year-old man experiencing symptoms of decompression sickness after a dive near the southwest side of Molokai was evacuated by a Coast Guard helicopter Thursday to a Honolulu hospital.

Coast Guard Sector Honolulu responded to a call relayed from the Molokai Fire Department about a diver who was experiencing symptoms of decompression sickness after a dive and needed immediate medical assistance.

A Coast Guard flight surgeon evaluated the symptoms and recommended immediate medical evacuation to the nearest decompression chamber.

Sector Honolulu launched an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point to the scene. The man was safely hoisted and transferred to Kuakini Health Systems in Honolulu.


No sign of tsunami after Alaska quake

A 7.0-magnitude earthquake in the Andreanof Islands of Alaska on Friday morning did not generate a Pacific-wide tsunami, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center on Oahu said.

The quake occurred at 6:25 a.m., 21 miles deep in the Earth’s crust, the center said.

County/In Brief

Ex-sergeant enters plea in assault case

WAILUKU – A former Maui Police Department sergeant pleaded no contest Tuesday to amended charges of second-degree assault in a case that police said involved sexual misconduct with a teenage girl.

Paul Bailey, 45, of Kahului had been indicted on four counts of third-degree sexual assault.

As part of a plea agreement with the prosecution, Bailey pleaded no contest to two amended counts of second-degree assault. The prosecution dismissed two counts of third-degree sexual assault.

Police said the charges involved sexual misconduct with a 15-year-old girl on May 21, 2012. At the time, Bailey was a Maui police sergeant with 18 years of experience.

He was placed on administrative leave after the allegations surfaced. Police said Tuesday that Bailey is no longer a police officer.

Under terms of the plea agreement, the prosecution will recommend probation for Bailey when he is sentenced Oct. 30 in 2nd Circuit Court. The prosecution could seek up to one year in jail for Bailey. The agreement also calls for Bailey to have no contact with the victim during his probation.

Bailey is asking for a chance to keep the convictions off his record, said his attorney Ben Summit.


Hawaiian Home Lands meeting scheduled

A Department of Hawaiian Home Lands beneficiary consultation meeting is set for 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. today at Kulana Oiwi on Molokai on amendments to administrative rules for general leases.

The proposed rules will authorize the department to extend the term of a general (nonhomestead use) lease to a maximum of 85 years for commercial or multipurpose projects, the news release about the meeting said.

Currently, 1.3 percent of Hawaiian homelands are under a general lease and generate about $10.2 million for the department annually, the news release said.

In addition to testimony at the meeting, beneficiaries have until Sept. 30 to provide comment and feedback. The feedback to the department will be compiled and reported to the Hawaiian Homes Commission in preparation for the formal rule-making process, which is expected to begin later this year.

Comments may be posted on For more information, call (808) 620-9591.

Kulana Oiwi is located at 600 Maunaloa Highway. A meeting was held Monday on Maui.


Energy program sees deadline extension

The application deadline for Building Operating Certification, a commercial energy management training program at the University of Hawaii Maui College, has been extended to Friday.

Hawaii Energy is sponsoring the program through the Sustainable Living Institute of Maui at UH-Maui College.

The program is a nationally recognized certification, licensed through the Northwest Energy Efficiency Council. It offers comprehensive energy efficiency training in commercial building operations and maintenance. Topics covered include facility electrical, indoor air quality, environmental health and safety, and energy conservation.

The program is for building engineers; heating, ventilation and air-conditioning technicians; electricians; maintenance workers; building managers; real estate agents; and others involved in running a facility.

Studies show that Building Operating Certification graduates may save an average of $20,000 annually on energy bills for their companies through energy conservation, the news release said.

Classes will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at UH-Maui College on Sept. 6, 7 and 20; Oct. 5 and 18; Nov. 1 and 15; and Dec. 6.

The cost of the course is $100 to students.

For more information or to apply, visit or call the Sustainable Living Institute of Maui at 984-3379.


Arrest, charges after shots fired from car

A Kula man was arrested for firing two shots from a car while leaving a Kula residence Monday night, police said.

Jeffrey Aweau, 22, was released after posting $8,000 bail. He was charged with having a loaded firearm on a highway, first-degree reckless endangering and two counts of first-degree terroristic threatening.

Police were called at 11:18 p.m. to investigate a report of shots fired at a residence on Kula Highway. Police said Aweau and his girlfriend had driven her father and his girlfriend to the residence. After an altercation, Aweau and his girlfriend decided to leave and the shots were fired, police said.

The girlfriend’s father and his girlfriend also drove away from the residence and were pulled over near King Kekaulike High School, police said.

Aweau was located at his residence and arrested at 1:55 a.m. Tuesday, according to police.


Found container leads to closure of road

A container of hydrogen peroxide found on the side of Kula Highway near Kamehameiki Road in Kula on Tuesday afternoon led to a four-hour closure of the highway as firefighters assessed the potential chemical spill, a Fire Department official said.

The 25- to 30-gallon plastic barrel of 35 percent hydrogen peroxide that apparently fell off a vehicle was reported by a passer-by at about 2:30 p.m., Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga said Tuesday evening. Crews arriving on the scene noticed vapors, which led to the closing of Kula Highway from Lower Kula Road just before Haleakala Waldorf School to Kamehameiki Road at 2:45 p.m., Mainaga and a county advisory said.

Firefighters assessed that the liquid was nonflammable and that the barrel had not broken and leaked, he said. They took samples to confirm the labeling of hydrogen peroxide.

The road was reopened at about 6:50 p.m., the county advisory said.

Mainaga said that firefighters had no idea how the barrel came to end up on the highway and whose hydrogen peroxide it is. No one came forward to claim the barrel, he said.

Thirty-five percent hydrogen peroxide, or “food grade,” is sometimes used as an alternative therapy for allergies, arthritis, HIV, diabetes, emphysema, lupus, shingles, warts and irregular heart rhythms, according to the National Capital Poison Center website.


Man says heart attack led to vehicle theft

A 34-year-old man was arrested Monday afternoon when he was seen driving a pickup truck that had been reported stolen in Kihei a few hours earlier, police said.

Bail was set at $1,000 for Vincent Michelucci, who gave no local address.

The primer gray 1991 Toyota pickup had been parked on Halama Street at about 11 a.m. Monday while the owner was doing a job there. At 12:30 p.m., the truck was gone.

The truck was stopped near Namauu Street at about 3:15 p.m. when a Kihei patrol officer saw Michelucci driving the vehicle, with no one else inside, police said. When he was stopped, Michelucci spontaneously said he was sorry and had taken the vehicle because he was having a heart attack, police said. Michelucci told police he had intended to return the vehicle.

County/In Brief

Work to close portion of South Kihei Road

Emergency repairs to the Waiakoa culvert near the old Suda Store will require the closure of South Kihei Road in the work area from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 3.

The work involves the installation of -inch steel plates over the culvert to relieve stress on the deteriorating structure, the county Department of Public Works said.

During the road closure, motorists will not be able to access South Kihei Road from the north and will be routed onto Piilani Highway.

Motorists approaching from the south will be detoured onto Uwapo Road.


Brush fire burns one acre in Wailuku

Firefighters battled a 1-acre brush fire near the Halekii-Pihana Heiau State Monument in Wailuku on Monday afternoon.

Units from Wailuku and Kahului responded to the 2:07 p.m. call of a brush fire at the end of Piihana Road, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.

The fire was under control at 3:30 p.m. and extinguished at 4:30 p.m.

No structures were threatened and no injuries or monetary damage were reported.

The cause of the fire was undetermined, he said.


Boy, 16 months, injured in fall from window

A 16-month-old boy was critically injured when he fell from a second-story window of a Makawao residence Saturday morning, police said.

Officers responded to the accident at 10:17 a.m. on Makaleha Place.

The Kihei boy was being watched by a relative, who was about 4 feet away when the child fell from the window, which is above a couch, police said. The drop was about 16 feet, police said.

The child was taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center in critical condition, then flown to Oahu for further treatment as a precaution, police said.

County/In Brief

Roadwork planned; expect some delays, state DOT says

The state Department of Transportation announced roadwork is planned this week on Hana, Honoapiilani and Kahekili highways in the following areas:

* There will be a single-lane closure on Hana Highway in the eastbound direction between Milepost 10.4, in the vicinity of Garden of Eden, and Milepost 16, in the vicinity of Keanae Peninsula Road, from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for slope stabilization work.

* 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. Motorists are advised to expect delays.

* There will be alternating single-lane closures on Kahekili Highway in both directions between Milepost 36, in the vicinity of Honokohau Bay, and Milepost 40, in the vicinity of Papanahoa Gulch, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for drainage cleaning.


Registration today for swim classes Upcountry – county

The county Department of Parks and Recreation Aquatics Division will be offering free “Learn to Swim” classes at the Upcountry and Kokua pools beginning in September.

Registration for the Upcountry Pool classes will be held from noon to 4:30 p.m. today at the pool in Pukalani. Participants must register in person with guard Stacy Dugan-Wood.

Upcountry classes will be held from Sept. 8 to Oct. 19 with the following schedule:

* Parent-toddler, 10:30 to 11 a.m. Fridays.

* Level one, 10 to 10:45 a.m. Saturdays and 3 to 3:45 p.m. Mondays.

* Level two, 12:15 to 1 p.m. Sundays.

Registration for the Kokua Pool classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday and Sept. 5 at the Kahului pool. Register with Dugan-Wood. Two classes will be offered Thursdays from Sept. 12 to Oct. 17:

* Adult learn to swim, noon to 1 p.m.

* Level one, 3 to 3:45 p.m.

Space for all classes is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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


Kauai, East Hawaii reps join Hawaiian Homes Commission

The Hawaiian Homes Commission welcomed its newest members for Kauai and East Hawaii island during a monthly commission meeting on Maui last week.

Hanalei businesswoman Patricia Sheehan and Hilo labor leader Wallace Ishibashi Jr. were appointed by Gov. Neil Abercrombie recently to represent Kauai and East Hawaii island, respectively.

The nine-member commission is tasked with overseeing the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands.

Sheehan fills a vacant seat until a permanent replacement can be found. Ishibashi replaces East Hawaii Commissioner Ian Lee Loy. If Ishibashi is confirmed by the state Senate, he will serve a four-year term ending June 30, 2017.


Mayor’s birthday celebration will be held Sept. 19 at MACC

Mayor Alan Arakawa’s birthday bash will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.

There will be dinner and entertainment, including by Hapa, Na Hoa and John Stephan.

The cost is $25. Children 12 and under will get in free. Seating is limited. Guests may bring lawn chairs.

Tickets are available at Lahaina Pizza Co., Milagros Food Co. in Paia, Da Kitchen in Kahului and Kihei, Casanova Italian Restaurant & Deli in Makawao and Araki-Regan & Associates and Blackburn’s Corner in Wailuku.

For more information, go to or call 244-6042.

County/In Brief

Police: Man said he was an officer

A Lahaina man was arrested Wednesday and charged with impersonating a police officer while robbing another man of prescription pills, police said.

Bail was set at $25,000 for Akuila Samiu, 31. He was charged with first-degree robbery and impersonating a law enforcement officer.

An all-points bulletin had been issued for Samiu after Lahaina Criminal Investigation Division detectives investigated the robbery reported at 10:45 a.m. Aug. 5. The victim told police he had left his doctor’s office after an appointment when he saw Samiu next to the victim’s vehicle.

Samiu said he was a police officer and asked the victim to get into his car and to turn over the prescription pills, police said. When the victim refused at first, Samiu displayed a paper bag containing the butt end of what the victim believed was a revolver, police said. The victim gave Samiu the pills, police said.

Samiu was arrested at 4:35 p.m. Wednesday in Kihei, according to police.


Haiku man accused in vehicle break-ins

A 55-year-old Haiku man was arrested for breaking into vehicles on Lalo Street in Kahului after Wailuku patrol officers responded to a report of a break-in occurring Thursday afternoon, police said.

Bail was set at $10,000 for Robert Corniel. He was charged with two counts of first-degree unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle.

After responding to the 1:49 p.m. report of the break-in, officers identified Corniel as the suspect through two witness statements, police said.

Corniel was located on Alamaha Street a short time later.


Bail $1,000 in theft of beer from boat

A Lahaina man was arrested after he was seen going onto the Pacific Whale Foundation’s Ocean Quest vessel and leaving with a can of beer early Thursday, police said.

Dayton Javier, 30, was charged with second-degree burglary. His bail was set at $1,000.

Police were called at 1:40 a.m. after someone reported seeing Javier going from the dock onto the boat at Lahaina Harbor, police said.

Before officers arrived, Javier was seen leaving the boat with an item, police said.

When officers contacted Javier near Slip 4, he had a 12-ounce can of beer that had been taken from the vessel, police said.


Baz will address Rotary on Monday

Maui County Budget Director Sandy Baz will address members of the Rotary Club of Kahului at noon Monday at Cafe O’Lei at the Dunes at Maui Lani, the club announced.

Baz will speak on county spending and public participation in the budget drafting process.

Mayor Alan Arakawa appointed Baz, the former chief executive officer of Maui Economic Opportunity Inc., as budget director in January 2011. Before being employed at MEO, Baz was employed by the county’s Department of Management.

Born and raised on Maui, Baz is married and has three children. He graduated from St. Anthony Junior-Senior High School and has a Bachelor of Science in business management from Western Governors University.

The event is open to the public. Lunch costs $20 or a $5 program fee.

For more information, go to or call club President Paul Janes-Brown at 572-8000.


State senator will speak to Rotarians

State Sen. Roz Baker will provide an update on the state Legislature to members of the Kihei Wailea Rotary Club at noon Wednesday at Mulligans on the Blue in Wailea.

The event is open to the public, costs $16 and includes lunch.

For more information, call 264-2259.

County/In Brief

Man rides down embankment, is rescued

Kula firefighters rescued a 25-year-old bicyclist who fractured his ankle when he went off the side of Haleakala Crater Road and down an embankment Thursday morning, a fire official said.

The accident was reported at 7:05 a.m. at Mile Marker 8, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.

The bicyclist, a visitor from Korea, ended up about 30 feet below the road and suffered a compound fracture to his right ankle, he said. Firefighters hiked down to the man and provided first aid. The man was carried up the embankment and transported by American Medical Response ambulance to Maui Memorial Medical Center, Mainaga said.

The man was in stable condition, he said.


Life-threatening injuries for two in crash

Two people suffered life-threatening injuries in a two-vehicle collision Wednesday night on Piilani Highway at Piikea Avenue in Kihei, police said.

The crash occurred at 10:58 p.m. when a gray 2006 Nissan Frontier pickup truck, traveling north on the highway, collided into the right side of a white 1995 Honda Civic two-door sedan that was turning left from Piikea Avenue onto the highway, police said.

The truck overturned, ending up on its passenger side in the northbound lane of the highway.

The 20-year-old Wailuku man driving the Honda and his passenger, a 19-year-old Pukalani woman, were transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, police said.

The 30-year-old Kihei man driving the pickup truck suffered minor injuries and was treated by medics at the crash scene, police said.

The occupants of the Honda were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash. Police said airbags in the truck deployed.

Police closed the highway between Lipoa Street and Waipuilani Road, rerouting traffic onto South Kihei Road while traffic investigators were at the scene. The highway was reopened shortly before 5:30 a.m. Thursday.


Loss of power generation triggers outage

An early-afternoon, sudden loss of power generation Thursday at the Maalaea power plant triggered a power outage affecting approximately 2,700 customers in Lahaina and Waiehu, a Maui Electric Co. spokeswoman said.

When two power units tripped offline, that “caused a drop in frequency and set in motion an automatic load shed to protect the system,” said spokeswoman Kau’i Awai-Dickson.

The outage began at 1:17 p.m., and power was restored 31 minutes later at 1:48 p.m., she said.

MECO officials were investigating the cause of the incident.


Waterline break disrupts Kahului service

Portions of Kahului were left without water service Thursday afternoon after an 8-inch waterline broke, the Department of Water Supply announced.

Crews were repairing the broken waterline, and water service was expected to be restored by 8 p.m. Thursday, officials said.

Affected customers included those living on South Oahu Street from Hina to Lono avenues and Laau Street from Lono Avenue to South Oahu Street. Traffic was not affected.

The department’s 24-hour customer service line is 270-7633.


Little change for pump prices in Wailuku

The average price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline in Wailuku this week was $4.54 as of Thursday, 2 cents lower than last week, the same price as last month and 28 cents more than the same time last year, the AAA Hawaii Gas Watch reported.

Statewide, the average unleaded price was $4.33 per gallon, down 2 cents from last week, a penny lower than last month and 8 cents more than a year ago, AAA Hawaii said.

In Honolulu, the average price has been unchanged for five weeks, remaining at $4.24, up 4 cents from a year ago. Hilo’s average price was $4.27 per gallon, 5 cents more than last week, 8 cents less than last month and 3 cents more than a year ago.

“While prices have dropped as a whole throughout other U.S. states for the last month, so far we have seen very little change,” said AAA Hawaii General Manager Liane Sumida. “Our statewide average has stayed within 10 cents of its 2013 high point of $4.40 a gallon since that price was reached in March.”

The gas prices are a weekly snapshot derived from fleet vehicle credit card transactions at more than 100,000 stations around the country. Prices shown are combined averages of the last swipe of the previous day.


Arakawa event Saturday at Lahaina mall

Mayor Alan Arakawa will hold his next “County on Your Corner” from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Lahaina Cannery Mall, next to Starbucks.

The event is typically scheduled at a different location each month and serves as a chance for people to meet and talk with the mayor and members of his administration.

Joining Arakawa at this “County on Your Corner” event will be Transportation Department Director Jo Anne Johnson Winer as well as executive assistants John Buck, Zeke Kalua and Bill John Medeiros.

For more information, call 270-7855.

County/In Brief

Police ID man found floating

A man whose body was found floating in shore break at Tavares Bay in Paia last week has been identified as 69-year-old Peter Munoz of Haiku.

Police said his unresponsive body was found Friday morning when firefighters and police responded to an 11:08 a.m. call. The man’s body was pulled from the water, and efforts were made to revive him. He was pronounced dead after paramedics arrived at the scene.

Police were awaiting additional autopsy reports but said the death may have stemmed from a medical condition.


Fishing methods event’s topic

Presentations on sustainable fishing methods, ethical angling and catch-and-release techniques will be part of a “Best Practices Recreational Fishing Seminar” from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday in Lahaina.

Members of the public are invited to attend the free event in the Wharf Cinema conference room on the plaza level of the complex across from Banyan Tree Park.

Ben Wong, host of the local television show “Let’s Go Fishing,” will lead the seminar.

The seminar is being held in conjunction with the 2013 Sanctuary Classic, a free fishing and photo contest that encourages responsible recreational fishing in national marine sanctuaries. Information on the class, which runs through Labor Day, is available at

Participants include the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, the Sportfishing Conservancy, Conservation International’s Hawaii Fish Trust, National Marine Fisheries Service and state Department of Land and Natural Resources.


Arrests for underage drinking

Fifteen Maui residents were arrested early Tuesday morning for charges related to underage drinking at Castle Karaoke on Lower Main Street in Wailuku, police said.

The manager of the business, Yun Song, 48, of Wailuku was charged with promoting intoxicating liquor to a minor, and Jordan Dagulo, 21, of Kihei was charged with disorderly conduct and obstructing government operations. All others, Central Maui residents, were charged with prohibitions involving minors.

The incident occurred around midnight, when police received a call about underage drinking inside the business. Police arrived and found a group of people – ranging from 14 to 21 years old – celebrating a birthday party, police said. The adults were arrested.

Police said Dagulo tried to interfere with the arrests and was “highly belligerent” and “swearing at police.”

Police said the location has been an “ongoing problem” in regards to underage drinking and patrol officers have responded to complaints, typically on the weekends.

County/In Brief

Fire crews extinguish blaze

Firefighters extinguished an early-morning brush fire Monday that burned about 7,500 square feet in Waikapu, a fire official said.

A Wailuku engine company and Kahului tanker responded to the 2:51 a.m. alarm, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga. He said the crews made their way up a dirt road located across Honoapiilani Highway mauka of the Waikapu On 30 store to reach the fire.

The fire was brought under control at 3:23 a.m. and extinguished at 4:25 a.m.

No damages or injuries were reported. The cause was undetermined.


Firefighters put out cane fire

A 20-by-500-foot strip of cane grass burned Monday morning in Waiehu, Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga reported.

The fire was reported at 9:10 a.m., with Wailuku and Kahului firefighters responding to a report of smoke in macadamia nut fields about a half-mile mauka of Kahekili Highway and near the Makaala Drive recycling center, Mainaga said.

The fire was under control at 9:19 a.m. and extinguished 30 minutes later.

The blaze’s cause remained undetermined, and no injuries were reported.


Deputy charged with abuse

A state sheriff’s deputy was arrested for allegedly grabbing his 15-year-old son’s neck and choking him during a domestic dispute Sunday night at a Lahaina residence, police said.

Kevin Vaivai, 38, of Lahaina was charged with felony abuse by strangulation and child abuse. He was released after posting $5,200 bail.

The incident was reported at 10:20 p.m. when the boy’s mother took him to the hospital emergency room, police said. The boy’s injuries weren’t life threatening, police said.

The child abuse charge was brought because the incident occurred in front of a younger son, police said.

County/In Brief

Girl found floating in pool is revived

A 3-year-old girl was taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center in stable condition Saturday after she was found floating on the surface of a pool at the Honua Kai Resort in Kaanapali, Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga said.

Lahaina firefighters responded to the 12:37 p.m. alarm, he said. A bystander saw the child in distress in the pool and called for help.

Two visitors from Ventura, Calif., registered nurse Thomas Gallegos and firefighter paramedic Mike Westbrook responded to the calls for help, provided rescue breaths and carried the girl onto the pool deck, where she was given oxygen.

Firefighters took over when they arrived on the scene, and paramedics took the child to the hospital.

Fire Capt. Kevin McAfee said that Gallegos and Westbrook “set in motion the precise actions and treatment the patient required at that moment to survive.”


Injured mountain biker extricated

Firefighters rescued a 25-year-old mountain biker who sustained a back injury Saturday afternoon while riding on the Kahakapao Loop Trail.

Makawao firefighters and Kahului rescue personnel responded to the 4:50 p.m. alarm, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga. The firefighters and American Medical Response medics hiked about a mile into the trail, where they located and then extricated the Austin, Texas, man.

The man was taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center with injuries considered not life-threatening, Mainaga said.


Haleakala parking lot closed for a time

Haleakala National Park’s Kalahaku parking lot, located at the 9,324-foot elevation, is closed to vehicles and pedestrians through Aug. 28 for construction.

The closure began Friday and includes weekends. Sunrise visitation at the summit may be impacted and visitors may be directed to other overlooks.

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

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


National park to host community meeting

Haleakala National Park will host a community meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday in the lower room of the Mayor Hannibal Tavares Community Center in Pukalani.

Park staff members will be on hand to update members of the public on park planning matters and to discuss new matters.

The meeting will adjourn by 6:30 p.m.


Kihei association to meet Tuesday

The Kihei Community Association will hold it monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Kihei Charter School, 41 E. Lipoa St.

Pacific Whale Foundation’s conservation manager, Lauren Campbell, and Maui Nui Marine Resource Council Executive Director Sarah McLane will be speaking to the group.

Doors open at 6 p.m. for pupu and talk story. Nonperishable food donations will be accepted for the Maui Food Bank. All are welcome to attend.

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

County/In Brief

Injuries sustained in two-car collision

A two-car collision on Piilani Highway on Thursday afternoon sent three people to Maui Memorial Medical Center, two with life-threatening injuries, Maui police said.

At about 4:25 p.m., a blue 2007 Honda Civic sedan traveling in the Kahului direction in the inner lane on Piilani Highway crossed the centerline and collided head-on into a blue 2005 Toyota Corolla, police spokesman Lt. William Juan said.

The 64-year-old female driver of the Honda and her 50-year-old female passenger, both of Kahului, and the driver of the Toyota, a 48-year-old Kahului man, were taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center, he said. The passenger in the Honda and the driver of the Toyota suffered life-threatening injuries.

The collision occurred north of the Keonekai Road intersection, Juan said.

All three people wore seat belts, and airbags in both cars deployed.

An investigation was ongoing.

Due to the crash, northbound traffic on Piilani Highway was diverted down Keonekai Road from about 5:45 to 8 p.m., the county said.


Planning focus of two KIRC meetings

The Kaho’olawe Island Reserve Commission will hold two focus group sessions

on Maui as the panel develops a strategic plan for the Kaho’olawe Island Reserve for 2014 to 2026.

One meeting will be held Thursday at Lihikai Elementary School in Kahului. The second will be held Aug. 29 at the Kihei Community Center.

Both meetings will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The commission also plans to hold focus group sessions in Lahaina and Pukalani-Makawao.

The year 2026 commemorates 50 years since the Navy returned the island to the state and Native Hawaiians. In preparation for this anniversary, the commission, the Protect Kaho’olawe ‘Ohana and other stewardship organizations will create a strategic plan for the stewardship of island and mapping out specific goals and objectives.

In preparation for the strategic planning process, the commission will host a series of focus group sessions in order to collect community feedback in the areas of research and education, resource management, infrastructure and governance, and Native Hawaiian cultural practice.


Man faces robbery, threatening charges

A Lahaina man was arrested for robbing a homeless man Thursday night at a campsite along North Kihei Road, police said.

Daniel Nishioka, 32, was charged with first-degree robbery and first-degree terroristic threatening. His bail was set at $110,000.

The robbery was reported at 7:32 p.m. Thursday at the campsite near Mile Marker 2, said Lt. Jayson Rego of the Criminal Investigation Division.

A 27-year-old man reported being approached by another man who began hitting the victim, demanding money and brandishing what appeared to be a small silver handgun, he said. After assaulting the victim, the suspect went into the victim’s tent and removed the victim’s backpack and a purse belonging to the victim’s girlfriend.

The suspect took cash from the backpack and purse before running, Rego said. He was seen getting into a black pickup truck. The license plate number of the truck was provided to police, who stopped the vehicle at McGregor Point as it was heading toward Lahaina on Honoapiilani Highway, he said.

The victim was transported by ambulance to Maui Memorial Medical Center, where he was treated for injuries to the left side of his face, Rego said.


Crews called to aid of paddleboarders

Lahaina firefighters were dispatched twice to Papalaua Wayside Park in Ukumehame on Friday to help people adrift on paddleboards, Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga said.

At 11:47 a.m., firefighters went to help three 12-year-old girls on a paddleboard who were being pushed out to sea by winds, Mainaga said. As the rescue crews arrived at the scene, two men who swam out to get the girls were bringing them to shore.

No injuries were reported.

At 1:50 p.m., Lahaina firefighters were called out to the same location to help a 42-year-old woman from Italy who was on a paddleboard and unable to return to shore, Mainaga said.

She was spotted sitting on her board less than a mile offshore, he said. Lifeguards picked up the woman with a personal watercraft and brought her back to shore.


Body found floating; police investigating

Maui police were investigating Friday what happened to an unidentified man whose body was found floating in Tavares Bay.

At 11:08 a.m., Paia firefighters were dispatched to the bay where a body was floating facedown in the shore break, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga. Firefighters pulled the body of an elderly man out of the water and began cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Paramedics arrived on the scene and pronounced the man dead, he said.

The man’s age was unknown.

County/In Brief

$800,000 for bus stop, sign installations

Maui County’s Department of Transportation will receive $800,000 in federal funds for its program to install bus stops and signs, according to an announcement by U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz.

The bus stops will comply with requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

“The state of Hawaii and our communities are committed to providing greater access to safe, affordable public transit options,” Schatz said. “With the growing need for public transportation across our state, this grant will encourage equal access to transportation services, help to ease traffic congestion and aid our efforts to move away from a dependence on foreign oil.”

This project was selected on a competitive basis from the Federal Transit Administration’s Bus Livability Initiative.


Prices at pump in Wailuku drop by a cent

The average price of a gallon of unleaded gas in Wailuku dropped by a penny to $4.56 on Thursday, compared with a week earlier, the AAA Hawaii Gas Watch reported.

Wailuku’s average gas price this week is 9 cents more than last month and 38 cents more than the same time last year, according to the weekly snapshot of island gas prices.

Statewide, the average price for unleaded gas was $4.35 this week, unchanged from last week, 2 cents more than last month and 15 cents more than a year ago.

In Honolulu, the average price was $4.24, the same as last week, a penny more than last month and 13 cents more than last year. In Hilo, the $4.32 per gallon average was 4 cents less than last week, 3 cents more than last month and 15 cents more than last year.

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


5 years for man with ‘numerous’ chances

WAILUKU – A man who admitted he had violated his probation by testing positive for alcohol use four times and not following through with treatment was sentenced Wednesday to a five-year prison term.

“Your record speaks for itself,” 2nd Circuit Judge Rhonda Loo told Melvin Akamine. “You’ve had numerous opportunities with the court to try and get the proper treatment. However, you have not succeeded on probation.”

Akamine, 59, of Kahului had been given a chance to keep a second-degree theft conviction off his record when he was sentenced in the case in July 2007.

His probation had been modified before he was resentenced to 90 days in jail and five years’ probation in August 2012 for violating terms and conditions of his probation.

Akamine was arrested again in June for violating requirements of his probation.


Hawaiian Homes panel will meet two days

The Hawaiian Homes Commission will be meeting in Paukukalo on Monday and Tuesday.

The panel will meet at 10 a.m. Monday and noon Tuesday at the Paukukalo Community Center, 657 Kaumualii St. The agenda for the meeting is available at

A community meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the community center. The agenda includes Department of Hawaiian Home Lands and homestead community updates.


Pedestrian critical, struck by motorcycle

A 28-year-old Lahaina woman was transported to the hospital in “extremely critical condition” after she was struck by a motorcycle early Thursday on Honoapiilani Highway in Kahana, police said.

The collision occurred at 1:46 a.m. as a black 2006 Kawasaki ZX14 motorcycle was heading south on the highway and approaching Hoohui Road, said Sgt. William Hankins of the police Traffic Section. At the same time, the woman was walking across the highway from the makai to the mauka side of the road, Hankins said.

The woman, who wasn’t in a marked crosswalk, was struck by the motorcycle in the Lahaina-bound lane, Hankins said.

The motorcycle operator, a 46-year-old Lahaina man, suffered a fractured right arm in the collision, Hankins said.

He said alcohol and speed are suspected as factors in the crash.

While police investigated the collision, the highway was closed from Akahele to Napilihau Road, reopening shortly after 8 a.m.


Baker set to be at Kihei Rotary event

State Sen. Roz Baker, who represents South and West Maui, will be speaking to the Rotary Club of Kihei Sunrise on Wednesday at the Five Palms Restaurant at the Mana Kai Maui Resort in Kihei.

She will give a legislative update.

The state senator from the 6th District has been in the Legislature for almost two decades. She is currently the chairwoman of the Senate Commerce and Consumer Protection Committee.

Prior to moving to Hawaii in 1980, Baker was a lobbyist for the National Education Association in Washington, D.C. She graduated from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University at San Marcos) with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and speech and a secondary teaching certificate. She did post-graduate studies at the University of Southwestern Louisiana in Lafayette.

The breakfast meeting begins at 7:30.

The cost of the breakfast is $22. The public is invited.

For more information, contact President Christine Pawliuk at 292-2242 or go to the club’s website at


Critical fire warning for areas of county

A red flag warning is in effect until 6 p.m. today in leeward areas of the county, according to the National Weather Service.

A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are occurring or possible. There is a combination of strong winds with low relative humidity and warm temperatures.

Winds are from the east 20 to 25 mph with higher gusts. Relative humidity is 40 to 45 percent.

County/In Brief

Tourism program proposals sought

The County of Maui is soliciting proposals for tourism programs on Maui, Molokai and Lanai for calendar year 2014 under the County Product Enrichment Program.

Supported through the Hawai’i Tourism Authority, the intent of the program is to diversify and enrich Hawaii’s tourism product by developing new and enhancing existing community-based events, experiences and projects related to agriculture, culture, education, nature, health and wellness, sports and technology.

Examples of programs supported during year 2013 include Maui Open Studios art tours, the annual Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival, Ka’anapali Fresh and the Pailolo Challenge Canoe Race from Maui to Molokai.

Application packets are available at the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, located in Wailuku at One Main Plaza, Suite 305. Applications may also be obtained online at Proposals are due by Sept. 6.

For more information, contact Cheryl Sterling at 270-7997.


Police to set up DUI checkpoints

The Maui Police Department will set up intoxication checkpoints from Friday to Sept. 2 as part of the nationwide Impaired Driving National Enforcement crackdown.

The checkpoints will be at unannounced locations and times during the two-week period and will include Hana, Lanai and Molokai, the news release from the Police Department said.

People are encouraged to drive sober. Those consuming alcoholic beverages are reminded not to drive and to use a designated driver or to find an alternate mode of transportation, the news release said.

Police also will step up enforcement with seat belt usage, speeding and electronic mobile devices. Drivers need to remember that all occupants in the vehicle must be using a seat belt or the driver will be cited. Those drivers caught using an electronic mobile device will be cited and will need to appear in court.

For more information, call Lt. Ricky Uedoi, commander of the Traffic Section, at 244-6346.


Car seat checks set 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 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 by looking up Maui County Child Passenger Safety at gersafety.

County/In Brief

Man is arrested in roommate assault

Lahaina police arrested a 30-year-old Honokowai man after his roommate reported awakening early Tuesday to find him sexually touching her, police said.

The incident occurred at 1:45 a.m. while the 32-year-old woman was asleep in her bedroom with her children, police said. The roommate, who lived in another part of the apartment, ran outside after the woman awakened, police said.

Police arrested him, then released him pending further investigation of third-degree sexual assault.


Kaluka Maiava’s trial set for Oct. 14

An Oct. 14 trial date was set in 2nd Circuit Court for Oakland Raiders linebacker Kaluka Maiava on charges of assaulting two men and damaging property at a Kihei bar.

Attorney Ben Lowenthal entered not-guilty pleas for Maiava, saying he is on the Mainland and waiving his presence for the arraignment Tuesday. Maiava has requested a jury trial on the misdemeanor charge of third-degree assault and petty misdemeanor charge of fourth-degree criminal property damage.

Complaints allege that the assault and property damage occurred March 17 at Life’s a Beach in Kihei Kalama Village.

Maiava, 27, of Wailuku was charged along with his brother, Ilima Maiava, 31, of Waipahu, Oahu.

Ilima Maiava’s arraignment in Wailuku District Court is scheduled for Aug. 29.

Kaluka Maiava is a 2005 Baldwin High School graduate who played in four Rose Bowls for the University of Southern California. He is the only Maui Interscholastic League athlete to be drafted by a National Football League team.


Haliimaile man arrested in assault

A 36-year-old Haliimaile man was arrested Monday after he allegedly hit his landlord, who required stitches for a laceration on his forehead, police said.

Wayne McIntee was charged with second-degree assault and released after posting $1,000 bail.

The assault was reported at 4:55 p.m. at a residence on Olioli Street in Haliimaile, said Lt. Jayson Rego of the Criminal Investigation Division.

He said the 51-year-old victim reported confronting the tenant on his property when he was hit with an unknown object. The victim suffered a 1.5- to 2-inch cut on his forehead and was transported by medics to Maui Memorial Medical Center for treatment, Rego said.


Man gets 18 years in federal prison

A Wailuku man was sentenced Tuesday to 18 years and four months in federal prison for being a leader and organizer of a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, according to the U.S. attorney’s office in Honolulu.

John Lee Balberdi, 39, was arrested and prosecuted after the Maui Police Department seized more than 550 grams of pure methamphetamine from the Kahului residence of one of Balberdi’s co-conspirators in February 2009, said Florence Nakakuni, U.S. attorney for the Hawaii district.

Balberdi admitted to distributing another 40 pounds of methamphetamine between March 2007 and February 2009, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

The FBI and MPD investigated the case.


State Judiciary says scam targets public

The Hawaii State Judiciary is warning the public of a possible phishing scam involving someone claiming to be a court employee.

People have contacted Judiciary officials about the legitimacy of voice mail messages left by someone purporting to be a court employee. The caller says that the receiver of the call is a respondent in a protective order case and asks for a return call for more information.

Judiciary employees do not call people to obtain Social Security numbers and birth dates over the phone. Anyone who receives a call from a person claiming to be with the court and asking for a Social Security number and date of birth should report the incident to police.

For more information, contact the public affairs office at (808) 539-4909 or via email at


Tree branch brings outage to W. Maui

A tree branch that fell on power lines Tuesday afternoon caused a power outage that affected about 1,800 customers on the west side, Maui Electric Co. reported.

The outage occurred at about 1:30 p.m., with restoration of power at 3 p.m.

A branch fell on lines on Mill Street, which caused a flashover, said Kau’i Awai-Dickson, spokeswoman for MECO. The outage reached parts of Lahaina, Launiupoko and Olowalu.

Some equipment may have been damaged at the Lahaina substation as a result of the flashover, she said. Power was rerouted to restore power while maintenance crews inspected the substation, Awai-Dickson said.


Police: Man drove toward officers

A 41-year-old Waiehu man was arrested for intoxicated driving and other charges after driving toward police officers who tried to stop him after a domestic dispute Monday afternoon, police said.

Bail was set at $20,000 for Wayne Galeng. He was charged with two counts of first-degree terroristic threatening, driving under the influence of an intoxicant, refusing an order to stop a motor vehicle and four counts of violating a 24-hour warning citation.

Officers were called to Galeng’s residence on Akulikuli Way at 5:24 p.m. Tuesday after he was involved in an altercation with his 34-year-old girlfriend, said Lt. Jayson Rego of the Criminal Investigation Division.

He said Galeng had threatened family members and tried to flee with the couple’s 7-year-old daughter. When officers tried to stop Galeng as he was leaving, he lurched the vehicle forward so officers had to move quickly out of the way, Rego said.

He said Galeng showed signs of intoxication, possibly from narcotics, when he was later pulled over in the parking lot of the Maui Mall in Kahului.

Police impounded Galeng’s vehicle.

County/In Brief

Man, 23, dies in single-vehicle wreck

A 23-year-old Waiehu man died after he was partially ejected from a multipurpose vehicle that overturned Sunday night at the Waiehu Kou IV subdivision, police said.

The man was identified as Zackery McGuire.

Police said he was driving the black 1995 Toyota 4Runner that was traveling west on Limu Ele Ele Street when it tried to turn left onto Omilu Place at 10:49 p.m. The vehicle failed to negotiate the turn and overturned in the road, ending up on the driver’s side on the southwest corner of the intersection, police said.

McGuire died at the scene, police said.

The front-seat passenger, a 28-year-old Wailuku man, suffered minor injuries and was transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center, where he was treated and released.

Police said neither occupant of the vehicle was wearing a seat belt. Speed and alcohol appeared to be factors in the crash, which remains under investigation, police said.

The traffic death was the 11th so far this year on Maui County roads, compared with 12 at the same time last year.


Two arrested in alleged robbery case

A 19-year-old Kahului man and a 14-year-old Makawao boy were arrested for allegedly robbing a boy who was punched and had his cellphone and cash taken Friday night at War Memorial Stadium, police said.

Kyle Kuhia was charged with second-degree robbery, with his bail set at $5,000.

The robbery occurred at 9:41 p.m. when an off-duty police officer saw a large fight at the stadium, said Lt. Jayson Rego of the Criminal Investigation Division. He said the officer broke up the fight, learning that a 15-year-old boy had been accosted by five males. Two of them punched and robbed the boy, taking his cellphone and $7 in cash, Rego said. He said the boy suffered bruises and pain to the back of his head after being struck.

After identifying the two suspects, police arrested the 14-year-old boy and Kuhia on Saturday, Rego said. He said the boy was released to a parent.


Man charged with threatening another

A Kahului man was arrested for threatening another man with a knife at Waipuilani Park in Kihei, police said.

Bail was set at $1,000 for Michael Tenney, 47, who was charged with first-degree terroristic threatening.

The victim, a 27-year-old homeless man, reported being approached by Tenney at the park at 7:11 p.m. July 24. Tenney began yelling at the homeless man, accusing him of stealing Tenney’s cellphone, said Lt. Jayson Rego of the Criminal Investigation Division. He said Tenney then pulled out a knife and held the blade to the side of the victim’s face before Tenney walked away.

Tenney was arrested at 6:06 p.m. Saturday when the victim saw the suspect at the park and called police, Rego said.


Man allegedly assaults MMMC nurse

A 20-year-old Waiehu man was arrested Friday evening when police officers responded to the Maui Memorial Medical Center emergency room to investigate a report that a disorderly man had assaulted a nurse, police said.

Justin Waikiki was charged with second-degree assault, first-degree criminal trespassing and disorderly conduct. His bail was set at $1,300. Police were called to the hospital at 5:55 p.m. Waikiki reportedly had punched a nurse on the left side of his neck, police said.


Man arrested in McDonald’s incident

A homeless man was arrested for threatening to kill people at a McDonald’s restaurant in Kahului last week after he had been escorted off the property, police said.

The incident was reported Aug. 6 at the McDonald’s on Dairy Road.The man had been told to leave and was escorted off the property by police, said Lt. Jayson Rego of the Criminal Investigation Division. But after police left, the man returned and told an employee he would kill everybody if the employee called police, Rego said.

He said an all-points bulletin was issued for the 38-year-old man, who was arrested at about 2 p.m. Saturday. He was released pending further investigation of first-degree terroristic threatening but was held on a $500 contempt-of-court warrant.


Benefit will mark Victorino’s birthday

Maui County Council Member Mike Victorino will celebrate his 61st birthday with a fundraiser from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Aug. 27 at the Velma McWayne Santos Community Center in Wailuku.

The “61 and Still Having Fun” event will feature a chicken hekka dinner, door prizes, entertainment, cake and ice cream, according to an announcement. There’s a $15 requested donation.

Victorino is serving his fourth term in the council’s Wailuku-Waihee-Waikapu residency district seat.

Current campaign plans are for Victorino to seek re-election to his council seat, said fundraiser publicist Stephanie Ohigashi, although “he has all his options open.”

Last week, Victorino was traveling on the Mainland and wasn’t immediately available for comment, she said.

For more information on the fundraiser or tickets, call Joycelyn Victorino at 242-6006.

County/In Brief

Elevator applications on Web

Applications for the installation of new elevators are now available online, the state Department of Labor & Industrial Relations said.

The online form provides contractors a simple, one-stop application to submit and pay for installations of elevators and kindred equipment and personnel hoists at construction sites.

To submit an application, go to Applicants will use a digital form to enter information and to attach installation plans. Users will need to attach a PDF of plans and make payments by credit card or monthly billing.

A help desk chat support option will be available to assist users.

After completing the application, the submitter will receive an email containing a copy of the application and a payment receipt.

For more information or questions about the new service, call (808) 586-9141 or email


Closures scheduled for holiday

State and county offices and public schools will be closed Friday in observance of Statehood Day.

Residential trash pickup will not be affected but the Hana, Lanai and Molokai landfills will be closed.

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

County pools will be closed.

The Makawao Public Library, which is normally closed Fridays, will be closed Saturday.

The Maui News business offices will be open during normal hours from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.


Violation absolved in sign case

A man who was cited when he held a sign warning of police traffic enforcement on South Kihei Road had the violation dismissed in court Thursday.

The citation for violating Maui County’s sign ordinance was dismissed with prejudice, meaning it cannot be brought again, in the “interest of justice,” according to a judgment in the case.

Kihei resident Kevin Olson said he was standing near Azeka Makai shopping center when he was cited June 18 while holding a sign saying an “MPD spotter van” was parked nearby and to “Be Smart.”

Olson said he was careful to stay 6 feet from the pavement but was ticketed for being too close to a crosswalk.

County/In Brief

Haleakala parking lot slated to reopen

The parking lot at the Haleakala National Park Headquarters Visitor Center is expected to reopen at 6 p.m. Monday, park officials said.

The lot has been under construction for repaving and to increase accessibility for visitors with disabilities.

The Leleiwi Overlook parking lot at the park’s 8,840-foot elevation will be closed from 6:45 a.m. Monday to 6 p.m. Wednesday. The Kalahaku parking lot, the final phase of parking lot improvement projects, will be closed beginning at 6:45 a.m. Thursday to 6 p.m. Aug. 29, officials said.

All work is scheduled to be completed by Sept. 2. The work is occurring during the summer months because asphalt must be applied during the warmest, driest time of year.

Motorists should expect heavy construction traffic and delays on Haleakala Highway and Crater Road during construction.

For updates, visit or call 572-4400.


Prices at pump in Wailuku remain same

The price of a gallon of unleaded gas in Wailuku held the line at $4.57 compared to last week, according to the AAA Hawaii Weekend Gas Watch on Thursday.

The price was 6 cents more than last month and 40 cents more than last year.

The statewide average was $4.35 per gallon, a cent less than last week but 5 cents more than last month and 21 cents more than last year.

By island, Honolulu’s average price was $4.24 a gallon, the same price as last week, a nickel more than last month and 15 cents more than last year. In Hilo, the average gas price was $4.36 per gallon, 1 cent less than last week, 4 cents more than last month and 24 cents more than this time a year ago.

AAA Hawaii Weekend Gas Watch is a weekly snapshot of gas prices and are derived from fleet vehicle credit card transactions at more than 100,000 stations around the country. Prices shown are combined averages of last card swipe of previous day.


Ruptured gas line leads to an evacuation

The Lahaina Center and surrounding businesses were evacuated and area roads were closed to traffic for about 50 minutes Friday when contractors working on renovations at the shopping center ruptured a 2-inch underground propane gas main line, a fire official said.

Lahaina fire crews as well as the Fire Department’s Hazardous Materials Unit responded to the 12:16 p.m. alarm, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.

Firefighters used water streams to dissipate vapors from the gas leak, he said. No injuries were reported.

Troubleshooters from Hawaii Gas Co. arrived and stopped the leak by closing an isolation valve located at Front and Papalaua streets, Mainaga said. The main line was uncovered and repaired shortly afterward, with businesses allowed to reopen at 1:15 p.m., Mainaga said.

The closed roads, including portions of Front Street, were reopened at 1:08 p.m.


Woman facing charges in waistpack theft

A 33-year-old woman was charged with the theft of man’s waistpack that he left on the beach while fishing in Kahului, police said.

Bail was set at $1,000 for Rena Andrews, who gave no local address. She was charged with second-degree theft.

The theft was reported at 3:40 p.m. Tuesday at the beach near Cary & Eddie’s Hideaway Restaurant.

After leaving the waistpack on the beach, the fisherman saw two women hurriedly leaving the area before finding the waistpack missing, police said.

The waistpack contained an iPhone, prescription sunglasses and other items.

After checking with others in the area, the victim learned the identities of the two women and called police. At 11:20 p.m. that day, officers located one suspect and recovered the iPhone and the waistpack, police said. The woman wasn’t charged with the theft but was being held on warrants in other matters.

Andrews was arrested at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, according to police records.

County/In Brief

Police find body of missing swimmer

The body of a missing 41-year-old swimmer was found Thursday morning by the Maui Fire Department’s Air One rescue helicopter, a fire official said.

Police identified the man as Son Vo of Oakland, Calif.

The body was spotted at 6:10 a.m. about 30 feet below the surface and about 70 feet from the shoreline just north of the Black Rock area fronting Kaanapali Villas, said Capt. Bram Denhaan, acting Fire Department public information officer.

The man had been seen entering the ocean fronting the resort at 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, he said. He had a snorkel and mask but no fins.

After the man was reported missing by friends at 6:50 p.m., Lahaina firefighters and a rescue squad from Kahului searched the immediate ocean and shoreline areas with a rescue boat, Denhaan said.

The Coast Guard was notified at 7 p.m. and assisted with the search with a cutter and helicopter.

The search was suspended at 2 a.m. Thursday before resuming at first light, Denhaan said. After the man’s body was spotted by helicopter, rescue divers from the Lahaina rescue boat recovered the body.


Ex-worker at RadioShack faces charges

A Waiehu man has been charged with felony theft of thousands of dollars in merchandise from the RadioShack store in Lahaina.

Austin Domogma, 21, who had been an employee of the store, was arrested Monday. He was released after posting $5,000 bail on a charge of first-degree theft, police records show.

After reporting merchandise stolen from the store on Wainee Street in April, the business did its own investigation, and Domogma admitted he had taken some items, police said.

Lahaina Criminal Investigation Division detectives recovered receipts for numerous items of merchandise that Domogma had pawned for cash at Lahaina pawnshops from February to March, police said. An inventory done at the Lahaina RadioShack showed that $27,000 in merchandise had been stolen.


Paia Rock & Brews topic of info meeting

The owners of the Rock & Brews Restaurant planned for Paia town will hold a public informational meeting and open house from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Paia Community Center.

The restaurant owners and project team will be on hand to share information and answer questions.

Merchants and residents have expressed mixed feelings about the eatery, which on the Mainland carries a rock ‘n’ roll theme with rocker Gene Simmons as one of its partners.

The Paia restaurant’s representatives say that the Maui restaurant will not be a “cookie-cutter” version of their restaurants and will include Hawaiian musicians. The building design will include wood details and planters out front, different from the initial design posted at the site that included a “fire-engine-red” steel building.

County/In Brief

Man is charged in theft of trailer

A Waiehu man was charged with the theft of a utility trailer that was stolen last month from Midway Center in Kahului, police said.

Detectives reviewed surveillance video showing the theft to identify Jerry Welch, 51, as the culprit, police said. When he was questioned, Welch admitted to being involved with the theft, but said he had returned the trailer to the center at 111 Hana Highway, police said.

The trailer was reported stolen July 5.

Bail was set at $5,000 for Welch on a charge of second-degree theft.


Man who jumped into pool airlifted

A 21-year-old man who may have dislocated his left knee when he jumped into a pool at Haleakala National Park’s Pools at Oheo was airlifted out of the area Wednesday afternoon, a fire official said.

Hana firefighters, medics and a Kahului rescue crew aboard the Fire Department’s Air One helicopter responded to the 1:57 p.m. alarm in the Kipahulu area of the park, said Capt. Bram Denhaan, acting Fire Department public information officer.

The Chicago man jumped into a pool below a bridge and landed on a rock, he said. Firefighters worked their way down to the pool and immobilized the man, securing him in a rescue basket.

The patient was airlifted to a landing zone in the park, where medics treated him. From there, he was taken by ambulance through Kaupo to Maui Memorial Medical Center, Denhaan said.


Ranger airlifted in medical emergency

A Haleakala National Park ranger was airlifted from the crater Wednesday morning after experiencing difficulty breathing and chest pains, a fire official said.

Kula firefighters, medics and a rescue crew aboard the Fire Department’s Air One helicopter responded to the 9:49 a.m. call, said Capt. Bram Denhaan, acting Fire Department public information officer. He said the ranger, who had been working in the Paliku area, was airlifted by helicopter and transported to a landing zone outside the crater in the Hosmer Grove area.

After being treated by medics and firefighters, the ranger was transported by Maui Medivac helicopter to Maui Memorial Medical Center, Denhaan said.


Child with lighter starts fire in shed

A child playing with a cigarette lighter started a fire that burned clothing in a shed on Kuula Street in Kahului on Wednesday morning, a fire official said.

Kahului and Wailuku firefighters responded to the 8:45 a.m. alarm reporting that he shed was on fire, said Capt. Bram Denhaan, acting Fire Department public information officer.

When Kahului firefighters arrived, they found that the property owners had extinguished the fire and removed the items that were burning from the shed, Denhaan said. There was no damage to the building and minimal losses to clothing.


Flags lowered in memory of Heen

U.S. and Hawaii flags will fly at half-staff today in honor of former state Rep. Ernest “Juggie” Nalani Heen Jr.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie made the order for the day of Heen’s memorial service, a news release from the Governor’s Office said.

Heen served in the state Legislature for three terms in the 1960s and was the recipient of the Democratic Party of Hawaii 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award.

He died June 30 in Honolulu at age 82.

County/In Brief

Man charged with assaulting an officer

A Waiehu man has been charged with assaulting a police officer who was punched in the face while trying to break up a fight in a Kahului parking lot early Saturday, police said.

Chance Barretto Jr., 20, of Waiehu was released after posting $2,000 bail on charges of first-degree assault of a police officer and first-degree escape.

The fight was reported at 2:13 a.m. in the Zippy’s restaurant parking lot on Hookele Street, according to police records.

A police officer who was working off-duty at the restaurant was trying to break up a fight when he was punched by Barretto, who then fled, said acting Lt. Wendell Loo of the Criminal

Investigation Division. He said the officer wasn’t seriously injured.

He said Barretto was arrested and charged when he turned himself in Saturday evening at the Wailuku Police Station.


$7.1K bail set in incident with hammer

Bail was set at $7,100 for a Wailuku man who was arrested Friday night after using a hammer to smash the windows and windshield of his former girlfriend’s pickup truck and grabbing her cellphone as she was trying to call 911, police said.

Glendale Kiili, 53, was charged with abuse, first-degree criminal property damage, interfering with reporting of an emergency and first-degree unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle.

Police were called at 8:45 p.m. Friday after the victim drove to a residence on Mokuhau Road to see Kiili. After she twice intentionally backed her pickup truck into the moped he was on, Kiili became upset and grabbed the hammer from the bed of the pickup, police said. The woman was in the truck when Kiili began using the hammer to smash the windows and windshield, police said.

As the woman tried to call 911, Kiili grabbed the phone and broke it, police said.

Kiili was arrested shortly afterward at his residence.


Lanai fire damage estimated at $350K

Damage was estimated at $350,000 in a Lanai City fire Saturday that destroyed a home and three vehicles, a fire official said.

After an investigation, the cause of the fire at Jacaranda and Third streets was undetermined, said Capt. Paul Haake, acting Fire Department public information officer. He said the general area where the fire started was identified as the garage area, though it hadn’t been confirmed that the fire was started by vehicles in the garage.

On Saturday, Lanai firefighters responded to the 7:45 a.m. alarm and found that more than half the residence was engulfed in flames. The burned vehicles included a new Hummer, fire officials said.

The damage estimate included $250,000 to the structure, $50,000 to its contents and $50,000 to miscellaneous vehicles within the property including the Hummer, Haake said.


Man turns himself in, sought in attack

A 55-year-old man sought in connection with an attack on another man Sunday morning at a residence on Molokai Akau Street in Kahului turned himself in Monday afternoon, police said.

The suspect, Edward R. Martin, had not been charged as of Monday afternoon.

Police had put out a description and a photo of Martin on Monday, after opening an attempted murder investigation in the assault, which was reported at 5:42 a.m.

The victim, who is in his 50s, was preparing to leave the multifamily residence with Martin’s estranged wife when he was attacked from behind with a machete, said acting Lt. Wendell Loo of the Criminal Investigation Division.

When police arrived, Martin had fled the area, Loo said.

Police found the victim covered in blood with lacerations to his hands. The victim also was shot with a pellet from a pellet gun, police said. The victim remained hospitalized Monday with injuries that weren’t life-threatening, police said.

Police recovered the machete used in the attack.


HAWAI’IGAS warning residents of scam

HAWAI’IGAS has warned Hawaii residents of a scam involving an individual impersonating a company employee to gain access to customers’ property.

The company reported an instance in the east Honolulu area where a customer was approached by an individual wearing blue coveralls who arrived in a white unmarked truck.

The impersonator claimed to be from a company called Hawaii Star Energy and said he was hired by HAWAI’IGAS to read the customer’s meter.

The impersonator then requested access to the property.

Hawaii Star Energy is not an actual company, and HAWAI’IGAS does not hire third-party entities to read meters.

HAWAI’IGAS reminded its customers that all of its employees wear a HAWAI’IGAS patch on their coveralls and carry a HAWAI’IGAS ID badge. Employees also drive vehicles clearly branded with the HAWAI’IGAS logo.

HAWAI’IGAS encourages customers to call customer service at (808) 535-5933 if they suspect suspicious activity or have any questions.


County GOP set to host social

The Maui County Republican Party will host a “pau hana social” from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Kono’s on The Green at the Elleair Golf Course in Kihei.

Political conservatives and Republicans are invited to attend and meet others for a “talk story.”

For more information, contact Paige Fontaine at 269-2967.

County In Brief

Man slashed; suspect at large

A man was taken to the hospital in stable condition after sustaining cuts in a fight with another man Sunday morning outside a Kahului residence, police said.

Police have opened an attempted murder investigation stemming from the incident on Molokai Akau Street, said police spokesman William Juan on Sunday afternoon.

Police responded to the 5:42 a.m. call of two adult males involved in a fight. When police officers arrived on the scene, they found of one of the men covered in blood with lacerations, Juan said.

The other man fled the area, he said. An investigation revealed that the man had attacked the victim when the victim came out of his residence, he said. A pellet was discharged from a pellet gun during the fight.

The man sought in the attempted murder case remains at large, Juan said. The police investigation by the Criminal Investigation Division continues.


Phone scam targets MECO customers

Someone is calling Maui Electric Co. customers, claiming to be a representative and directing them to pay their power bills over the phone to avoid any disruption of service, the electric company said Friday.

Maui Electric is alerting customers to the telephone scam, saying its employees do not call customers to request a credit card number or direct them to submit payments via another option.

Legitimate payment options include: by phone to 871-9777 (or toll free at 877-871-8461 from Molokai and Lanai), via online at, U.S. mail, or in person at MECO’s Kahului or Molokai business offices or at First Hawaiian Bank, Walmart or Western Union locations.

Customers should be suspicious of callers and never provide personal, confidential or financial information to someone on the phone. Telephone scam calls should be reported to police.


Final injection well study released

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released the “Lahaina Groundwater Tracer Study” final report.

The study, funded by the EPA, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the state Department of Health, showed conclusively that a connection exists between the Lahaina wastewater treatment plant injection wells and coastal waters off West Maui.

The study was performed by the University of Hawaii, which has been studying effluent flow from the injections wells to the ocean since July 2011.

EPA is reviewing the final study’s results and is consulting with the Health Department on appropriate next steps in light of the research findings, the EPA news release said.

To see the report, visit .html#lahaina.

County/In Brief

Fire doused behind Liholiho Street

Wailuku firefighters extinguished a brush fire that was directly behind two houses on Liholiho Street, with overgrown grass burning to less than 1 foot from the rear patio deck of one residence Thursday morning, a fire official said.

Wailuku and Kahului firefighters responded to the 10:41 a.m. alarm initially reporting a structure fire. When firefighters arrived, neighbors had knocked down the flames with garden hoses and alerted and evacuated occupants, said Capt. Bram Denhaan, acting Fire Department public information officer.

No damage was reported to the house. The fire’s cause couldn’t be determined.


Suspect charged in drugstore robbery

Police charged a 36-year-old homeless man with the robbery Wednesday morning of the Longs Drugs pharmacy in Lipoa Center in Kihei.

Bail was set at $50,000 for Dell Roberts, who is also known as Delmar Roberts, said acting Lt. Wendell Loo of the Criminal Investigation Division. He said Roberts was charged with first-degree robbery.

The robbery occurred at 9:28 a.m. when a man walked into the store and demanded oxycontin from the pharmacist, police said. The robber said he had a weapon, although he didn’t brandish one, police reported.

After being given the drugs, the robber left the store, fleeing on a moped.

On Thursday morning, Kihei patrol officers arrested Roberts, who fit the description of the suspect, police said.


Police seek suspect in robbery of man

Police on Friday were investigating the robbery of a homeless man whose belongings were stolen when he was punched in the face while riding his bicycle Thursday night on South Kihei Road, police said.

The robbery was reported at 11:05 p.m. near Mana Kai Maui, according to police records.

The 41-year-old man was riding his bicycle when someone came out of the bushes and blindsided him, punching him in the face, said acting Lt. Wendell Loo of the Criminal Investigation Division. The robber took the victim’s grocery bag, which contained some of his property, before getting into a vehicle and leaving the area, he said.

The victim was treated for lacerations.


Judiciary sending juror questionnaires

The state Judiciary is mailing approximately 235,000 juror questionnaires to randomly selected residents, including 55,000 on Maui, during the first week of August.

The questionnaires are used to help select people who may be eligible to serve as jurors in 2014.

Those who receive a questionnaire have 10 days to complete and return the questionnaire to the Jury Pool Office. Anyone who fails to respond may be penalized.

To be eligible to serve as a juror, a person must be at least 18 years old, a citizen of the United States, a resident of Hawaii, and be able to read and understand English.


Community School for Adults to enroll

The Community School for Adults will register students for fall classes from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, according to an announcement.

Classes begin Aug. 12.

The school offers secondary education diploma programs, English language classes and substitute teacher certification.

For more information, call 873-3082 or visit the campus at 179 Kamehameha Ave. It is located across the street from the Sears store at the Queen Ka’ahumanu Center.


Kahoolawe waters to be open to troll

The waters around Kahoolawe will be open for trolling Aug. 10, 11, 24 and 25, the Kaho’olawe Island Reserve Commission announced.

All vessel operators interested in trolling around the island must register annually with the commission before entering the reserve. Registered vessels also are required to file a catch report with the commission, whether fish are caught or not.

There is a $25 permitting fee.

Boaters’ access to the reserve is restricted to protect marine life and to exercise caution with the ongoing presence of unexploded ordnance. During two scheduled weekends per month, limited trolling is allowed for permitted vessels in reserve waters deeper than 30 fathoms.

To register or for more information, contact Dean Tokishi at 243-5889, send email to or go online to Registration packets are also available at the state Division of Boating and Recreation at 101 Maalaea Boat Harbor Road.

County/In Brief

Moped death puts fatalities at 10

The number of traffic deaths on Maui County roads has increased to 10, following the death last month of a Wailea man injured in a moped crash in June, police said.

Sirius Frazao Pereira, 36, was hospitalized after the moped he was operating drifted off the road and hit a parked trailer on the eastbound shoulder of Mapu Place in Wailea at 7:58 p.m. June 20, police said. He had been traveling east on Mapu Place.

He was originally transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center in critical condition before emergency room physicians downgraded his condition to stable, police said. He died at 11:40 a.m. July 4 of injuries sustained in the crash, police said.

Police said drugs and alcohol were determined to be contributing factors to the crash.

At this time last year, 15 people had died in traffic collisions on Maui County roads.


Arrest in robbery at Kihei Longs

A 36-year-old homeless man was arrested Thursday morning in Kihei as a suspect in the robbery of the Longs Drugs pharmacy in the Lipoa Center, police said.

Kihei patrol officers arrested the suspect at 9:30 a.m., said acting Lt. Wendell Loo of the Criminal Investigation Division. He said the suspect hadn’t been charged Thursday morning, as detectives continued to investigate.

The robbery occurred at 9:28 a.m. Wednesday when a man walked into the store and demanded oxycontin from the pharmacist, police said. The robber said he had a weapon, although he didn’t brandish one.

After being given the drugs, the robber left the store, fleeing on a moped. The arrested man matched the description of the robber, Loo said.


Bail at $52K in alleged ramming

Bail was set at $52,000 for a Haiku man who was arrested Tuesday for twice ramming his girlfriend’s car while the woman and their infant daughter were inside, police said.

Paul Marrs-Ordinez, 29, was charged with two counts each of first-degree criminal property damage and first-degree terroristic threatening, as well as driving while his license was suspended or revoked.

Police said Marrs-Ordinez and his girlfriend were having relationship issues when he used his Toyota pickup truck to ram her car at 12:10 p.m. Tuesday on Haiku Road. After managing to lose Marrs-Ordinez in traffic, the woman called police.

Marrs-Ordinez was arrested five minutes later off Hana Highway in Haiku, police said.

The woman and the couple’s 11-month-old child weren’t injured, police said.

County/In Brief

Police seek suspect who they say left moped at scene of drugstore robbery

Police were looking for a man who left on a moped after robbing the Longs Drugs pharmacy in Lipoa Center in Kihei on Wednesday morning.

The robbery occurred at 9:28 a.m. when a man walked into the store and demanded oxycontin from the pharmacist, said acting Lt. Wendell Loo of the Criminal Investigation Division. He said the robber said he had a weapon, although he didn’t brandish one.

After being given the drugs, the robber left the store.

The robber was described as 6 feet tall and weighing 180 pounds. He had brown hair with the sides of his head shaven.

Detectives were investigating.


Visitor rescued after she makes leap into pond, complains of pain in back

A visitor from Maryland, who reportedly jumped about 30 feet into a pond at Twin Falls, was taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center in stable condition Tuesday afternoon.

Responding to a 4:10 p.m. alarm, Paia firefighters hiked up the trail in Haiku and found a 52-year-old woman at the pool named “Caveman.” She was lying in the water under the waterfall, complaining of pain to her lower back, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.

A friend of the woman from Whitehall, Md., said the woman jumped about 30 feet into the pond and landed on her back in the water, according to Mainaga. She did not hit rocks during the fall and did not lose consciousness.

Firefighters secured the woman on a backboard and loaded her into a stokes basket, Mainaga said. She was carried about a quarter mile to an ambulance and transported to the hospital.


Haliimaile Pineapple Co. chairman will speak to Kiwanis Club of Maui

The chairman of Haliimaile Pineapple Co. and former president of the Maui Pineapple Co. will be speaking at the Kiwanis Club of Maui meeting at noon today at the Cary & Eddie’s Hideaway in Kahului.

Doug Schenk will be speaking on the prospects of the pineapple industry on Maui.

The public is welcome. Lunch is $12.

For more information, call Kats Anderson at 357-8877.