County / In Brief

Mauian a director of Maggie’s List

Cindy Sue Clark of Maui has been appointed Hawaii director and board member of Maggie’s List.

The list is a federal political action committee created to raise awareness and funds to increase the number of conservative women elected to federal public office, a news release said.

Clark’s experience in business and campaigns brought her to the attention of Sandra Mortham, former Florida secretary of state and current chairwoman of Maggie’s List.

The list is named after Margaret Chase Smith, the first woman to be elected to both houses of Congress.


World AIDS Day event set for Kihei

The Maui AIDS Foundation will host a World AIDS Day event from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Stella Blues Cafe in Kihei.

The purpose of World AIDS Day is to bring together people from around the world to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and demonstrate international solidarity in the face of the pandemic, according to an announcement. The day is an opportunity to raise awareness of the global impact of HIV/AIDS and to encourage progress in HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment.

This free community event is open to all ages. There will be complimentary pupu and a no-host bar as well as entertainment provided by Louis & Lewis.

Stella Blues Cafe is located at 1279 S. Kihei Road.


Aquatics offices to shut for training

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Aquatic Resources offices statewide will be closed Tuesday to Thursday for a planning workshop.

Offices will reopen Friday.

Fishing licenses will not be issued, and front office services, such as bottom-fish vessel registration, net registration and poster sales, will not occur.

“We apologize for the inconvenience,” said DLNR Deputy Director William Tam. “Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.”

To report a resource violation, call the division hot line at (808) 643-3567. To report Japan tsunami marine debris, call (808) 587-0400.

For more information, go to the division website at

County/In Brief

Pot causes fire at Waiehu restaurant

A pot left unattended on a stove caused an estimated $5,000 damage in the kitchen of the Watercress Lounge at the Waiehu Beach Center on Tuesday night, a fire official reported.

Firefighters responded to the 11:38 p.m. alarm at the center at 270 Waiehu Beach Road and found the kitchen fire had been brought under control by an automatic fire suppression system, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga. He said the building’s attic space was filled with smoke, but a search showed that the fire hadn’t spread there.

The Watercress Lounge was unoccupied at the time, but police evacuated about 40 people at other businesses.

After the smoke was cleared with mechanical fans, the fire was extinguished at 12:51 a.m. Wednesday, Mainaga said.

The estimated $5,000 damage was to the stove and back wall. No injuries were reported.


Fires not uncommon on Thanksgiving

More home cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving than on any other day of the year, the American Red Cross reports in urging caution in the kitchen.

“We want people to take proper precautions to be safe,” said Coralie Matayoshi, chief executive officer for the Hawaii State Chapter of the American Red Cross.

She offered some cooking safety tips:

* Keep children and pets at least 3 feet away from the cooking area.

* Clean all cooking surfaces to prevent grease buildup.

* Stay in the kitchen while frying, grilling or broiling food. Turn burners off if leaving the kitchen.

* Keep a pan lid or baking sheet nearby. Use it to cover the pan if it catches fire.

* Place turkey fryers outside and away from the house, deck and garage.

Matayoshi also urged caution on the highways, which may be busy with people traveling to visit family and friends.

“We want people to arrive at their destinations, enjoy time with their loved ones and make it home safely,” she said. “Please be cautious when driving and designate a driver who won’t be drinking whenever alcohol is served.”


Outlets of Maui to open Black Friday

The Outlets of Maui at the former Lahaina Center on Front Street will be opening at midnight as part of “Black Friday.”

Stores opening will include Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Guess, Coach, Izod, Lucky Brand, Wilsons Leather, Kay Jewelers, Crocs, Perfumania and Michael Kors.

There will be discounts and in-store promotions, a news release said.

Other outlets that will open Dec. 6 will be Gap, Banana Republic, Carters Babies & Kids, Brooks Brothers and The Luggage Factory.

The Lahaina Gateway shopping center nearby will have merchants open today. They include Foodland Farms, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Maui Dive & Surf, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Minit-Medical, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; OfficeMax, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Teddy’s Bigger Burgers, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Other merchants will reopen on “Black Friday” with various specials. Those with specials include Barnes & Noble, Passion 4 Fashion, Paia Mercantile, Genki Sushi and Local Motion.


Disinfectant switch coming in Kula

The water disinfectant for the Upper Kula water system will be switched back to chloramines Tuesday, the Department of Water Supply announced.

Chloramines, chlorine and ammonia bonded together, has been the disinfectant used in the Upper Kula system since 1985.

The water department made the temporary switch to chlorine in September due to the near-empty condition of the Upper Kula reservoirs. Water was diverted from the Olinda water treatment facility that uses microfiltration technology and chloramines to the Piiholo facility in Lower Kula that uses direct filtration and chlorine.

Chloramines provide similar protection as chlorine without the risk of creating potentially harmful disinfection byproducts, the water department said.

Customers with questions about water quality may call the water department laboratory at 270-7550 or go to


Rotarians to sell trees in Lahaina

Christmas trees go on sale Friday in the parking lot of the Lahaina Cannery Mall, with proceeds from sales benefiting community projects coordinated by the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunrise, according to an announcement.

Trees will be on sale weekends from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and weekdays from 3 to 7 p.m. The club will be at the site until all the trees are sold, which is usually a week and a half, said club official Ann Neisman.

The inventory includes large and small noble fir trees as well as wreaths. They are kept in a refrigerated container to maintain freshness. Free delivery is available to any location in West Maui.

The trees are $50 for a 4-footer and $75 for a 6-footer. Wreaths are $25.

People also may purchase a Christmas tree that will be donated to a family in need. The Rotary Club will provide a tree stand, lights, decorations and delivery for every donated tree.

For more information, call Neisman at 281-1807.

County/In Brief

County board applications taken

Applications are being accepted for 27 Maui County boards, commissions and committees.

The volunteer positions are appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the County Council. Terms last two to five years.

Responsibilities include hearing public testimony, reviewing policies and standards, and making recommendations.

The deadline for applications is Dec. 31.

The boards and commissions seeking applicants include the boards of ethics, variances and appeals, and water supply; the civil service, cost of government, liquor control, salary, police, and the Maui, Lanai and Molokai planning commissions.

Anyone interested in serving on a board or commission may apply online at

Applications should be mailed to: Mayor Alan Arakawa, County of Maui, 200 S. High St., Ninth Floor, Wailuku 96793; or faxed to 270-7870. For more information, call the Office of the Mayor at 270-7855.


Bartenders giving tips to aid family

Hula Grill Ka’anapali bartenders will be donating their tips from “Black Friday” to help defray medical expenses for a child with a heart condition and other health issues.

Alen Alik is the child of a Hula Grill employee.

“We’ve seen firsthand how his family struggles to support their child,” said General Manager Orrin Cross. “The holidays are the ideal time to show Hula Grill’s aloha spirit to people in Maui who need it most.”

Funds from the bartenders’ donation will assist with medical needs and travel expenses for Alen, who must travel to Oahu frequently with his family for health care.

Hula Grill is located in Whalers Village in Kaanapali.

For more information, call 667-6636 or go to the website


BOE event to focus on Maui District

The state Board of Education will hold a talk-story Maui District community meeting from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Dec. 6 in the Maui High School cafeteria.

The public will be able to discuss issues with Maui District superintendents and the state Board of Education. Education officials also will discuss the community’s role in supporting student achievement and the public library system.

Those that need special assistance or service at the meeting such as a sign language interpreter, should call (808) 586-3334 by Tuesday.

County/In Brief

Man jumps off ferry in escape attempt

A 27-year-old Molokai man tried to escape authorities by jumping into the ocean off Molokai while being transported on the ferry from Molokai to Maui on Friday afternoon, police said.

Just as the Molokai ferry began pulling away from Kaunakakai Harbor at about 4:15 p.m., Imua Mawae, who had been arrested Friday morning for violating his probation, claimed to be suffering from seasickness and asked to use the restroom, said Maui police spokesman Lt. William Juan.

While an officer stood near the restroom door, Mawae jumped over the railing of the ferry and into the ocean, Juan said. His hands were still handcuffed, according to a ferry worker, who wished to remain anonymous.

Mawae made the short swim back to shore and was quickly located and placed back into custody, Juan said. Mawae was transported to Maui on the ferry Saturday morning.

He was arrested and charged with escape in the second degree. His bail was set at $2,000.


Man arrested in assault on another man

A 24-year-old Kihei man was arrested in an assault on another man last week outside a Lahaina bar, police said.

Douglas Taylor was released after posting $1,000 bail on a charge of second-degree assault, according to police records.

Police said the assault occurred at 12:37 a.m. Nov. 17 outside LuLu’s Lahaina Surf Club and Grill at Lahaina Cannery Mall. Witnesses reported that Taylor punched the other man before fleeing in a vehicle with other males.

The victim was transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center, where he was treated for injuries including a concussion, nasal fracture and head trauma, police said.

Taylor was arrested at 11:56 p.m. Friday when he was located in Wailuku by Wailuku patrol officers.


Missed refuse pickups slated for today

Staffing shortages prevented refuse pickups in parts of Kihei on Monday, according to the county.

Trash in those areas will be collected today.

The areas affected are along both sides of Piilani Highway from the north edge of Kihei to streets near the Aston Maui Lu.

County/In Brief

Hunting accident kills Kula man

A Kula man died Sunday morning after being shot in the head in a hunting accident in South Maui, police said.

Theodore Cabos Jr., 62, was hunting with family on Haleakala Ranch land when another person in the party accidentally fired a bullet that struck Cabos in the head, said Maui police spokesman Lt. William Juan.

Cabos was pronounced dead at the scene, he said.

Kihei patrol officers responded to the scene near the end of Lipoa Street at 11:36 a.m., Juan said. He said that the caller reporting the shooting explained that Cabos had a gunshot wound to the head and was unresponsive.

The Criminal Investigation Division was called, and a preliminary investigation revealed no foul play. Police are still investigating the incident.


Striped mullet season to close Sunday

The fishing season for ‘ama’ama, or striped mullet, will be closed from Sunday through March 31.

The striped mullet will be entering their peak spawning season, increasing their vulnerability to overfishing. The winter closure aims to keep the fish population healthy by allowing the species to reproduce successfully, said state Department of Land and Natural Resources Chairperson William Aila Jr.

People who violate season restrictions may be fined up to $500 and/or get 30 days in jail plus a fine of up to $100 for each fish taken, according to an announcement. In addition to criminal penalties, the department may assess an administrative fine of up to $1,000 per violation.


Intrastate cargo shipments up 5.2%

Young Brothers Ltd. announced Friday that intrastate cargo shipments between Honolulu and six Neighbor Island ports increased 5.2 percent in the third quarter compared to the same quarter last year, according to a news release.

All ports increased in cargo shipments during the period of July through September, including Kahului Harbor – the largest single Neighbor Island port in volume. The harbor reported 12,255 items this year, a 5.5 percent increase from last year’s 11,614 items.

Intrastate volume at Molokai’s Kaunakakai Harbor rose 4.9 percent, with 1,565 items compared to 1,492 last year.

Lanai’s Kaumalapau Harbor – the smallest Neighbor Island port in volume – experienced the largest percentage increase at 21.6, with 1,188 items compared to 977 last year.

The statewide increase follows a 4.4 percent rise in cargo during the second quarter for the company, but it is still down approximately 20 percent from its peak year of 2007.

The company also reported an overall volume increase of 1.8 percent over the first nine months compared with last year.

All Maui County ports rose: Kaumalapau (20.5 percent), Kaunakakai (5.7 percent) and Kahului (1 percent).


Hawaiian updates electronics policy

Passengers on Hawaiian Airlines flights are now permitted to use portable electronic devices switched to “airplane mode” from takeoff through landing during domestic flights, according to airline officials.

Under previous Federal Aviation Administration regulations, travelers were required to turn off and stow all electronic devices when an aircraft was flying below 10,000 feet. The new policy allows customers to use electronic devices under 2 pounds such as smartphones, tablets, e-readers and music players, barring instruction by the inflight crew, according to a news release from the airline.

The new policy extends across the company’s fleet of wide-body, twin-aisle Airbus jets and Boeing 767s on routes to 11 Mainland cities. It includes interisland routes on the airline’s fleet of Boeing 717s.

The policy change was the result of the airline recently completing a certification process with the FAA.

Flights originating outside of the United States will operate under previous regulations.

County / In Brief

Food crisis topic of ‘Seeds of Hope’ film

The film “Na Kupu Mana’olana: Seeds of Hope” will be shown from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the conference room at the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary in Kihei.

The film, produced by the Hawai’i Rural Development Council and introduced by community activist and organizer Puanani Burgess, discusses local farmers attempting to initiate new ideas to solve Hawaii’s food crisis, to inspire the world to become more sustainable and to nurture the land that feeds people, according to a news release.

The sanctuary is located at 726 S. Kihei Road.


Work scheduled for county roads – DOT

The state Department of Transportation announced that work on Maui County roads this week is scheduled in the following areas:

* There will be a single-lane closure in the westbound direction of Hana Highway at Milepost 14 between Wailua and Papaaea roads from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for roadway work.

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

* There will be lane closures in both directions on Hana Highway between Kaahumanu Avenue and Haleakala Highway from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Friday for road utility installations.


Nonprofit urges reuse of household items

Malama Maui Nui will hold a recycling event to promote reuse of household items next month.

The event, in conjunction with Hammerhead Metals Recycling, will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 7 in the Lahaina Cannery Mall parking lot near Longs Drugs.

Members of the nonprofit will be accepting bottles, cans, clothing, cellphones, batteries, computers, newspapers and other household items. No motor oil or hazardous fluids will be accepted.

The goal of the event is to help reduce pressure on Maui County landfills.

For more information, call 877-2524 or visit

County / In Brief

Man injured in moped crash dies

The number of traffic fatalities in Maui County has increased to 14, following the death Monday of a 54-year-old Kihei man who was injured in a collision last month, police said Friday.

He was identified as Nicholas Webb.

The crash occurred at about 3:45 p.m. Oct. 25 on South Kihei Road, south of Alanui Ke Alii Drive in Kihei.

Preliminary investigation showed Webb was operating a white 2011 Polini moped and traveling south on South Kihei Road when he lost control of the moped, crossed the center lane markings and collided into the front of a white 2002 Dodge pickup truck, police said.

The truck, which was heading north, was driven by a 36-year-old Haiku man, who wasn’t injured, police said.

Webb, who wasn’t wearing a helmet, suffered serious injuries and was transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center, police said. He was eventually transported to The Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu for further treatment.

At this time last year, 20 people had died in traffic crashes on Maui County roads.


Unleaded gasoline prices climbs penny

A gallon of regular unleaded gasoline in Wailuku costs $4.26, a cent more than last week and, again, the highest in the state as reported Thursday by AAA Hawaii Weekend Gas Watch.

The Wailuku price is 10 cents more than last month and the same price as a year ago, according to AAA’s snapshot of gas prices.

Statewide, the average price of a gallon of unleaded gas was $3.98, 3 cents less than last week, 15 cents less than last month and 11 cents less than a year ago.

In Honolulu, the average price dropped to $3.88, 4 cents less than last week, 17 cents less than last month and 12 cents less than a year ago. In Hilo, the price was $3.91 per gallon, a penny more than last week, 19 cents less than last month and 12 cents less than a year ago.

Prices are derived from fleet vehicle credit card transactions.


Intentionally set fires investigated

Fire inspectors and police are investigating two intentionally set fires early Friday that caused $3,000 damage to a house and blackened brush in Kapalua, a fire official said.

Napili and Lahaina firefighters were dispatched at 2:42 a.m. to the brush fire just north of D.T. Fleming Beach Park. Crews arrived to find a small brush fire alongside the road, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.

While extinguishing the fire, firefighters noticed flames at the garage wall and kitchen entryway of a house at 6245 Honoapiilani Highway, Mainaga said.

Both fires were brought under control by 3:04 a.m., with the fire to the house extinguished at 3:52 a.m.

A search of the home showed that it was unoccupied at the time, Mainaga said.

Fire inspectors and police detectives went to the scene to investigate.


Electric lines fall, darken residences

About 1,200 Molokai residents on the East End and Kaluakoi areas lost power around 8 a.m. Friday when two electrical lines came down in the Kaluakoi area, Maui Electric Co. officials said.

Electrical service was restored to the East End by approximately 8:40 a.m. The 60 customers in Kaluakoi on the west side had their power restored at about 2:23 p.m.

MECO was investigating what caused the lines to come down, officials said.


Project Graduation funds allocated

Maui County has allocated $46,350 for 2014 graduating high school classes participating in Project Graduation, the County of Maui Volunteer Center announced this week.

Project Graduation is an alcohol- and drug-free event held after students’ commencement exercises. It continues until sunrise the next day, according to the Volunteer Center.

Public and private high schools in Maui County are encouraged to apply for grants. Applications may be found at

The application deadline is 4:30 p.m. Jan. 15. Award notifications will be made in early February.

Completed applications should be emailed to Wendy Stebbins, Volunteer Center coordinator, at

For more information, call 270-7150 or visit

County/In Brief

Officer on leave in alleged abuse case

A Maui police officer who was arrested Wednesday on an abuse charge is on paid administrative leave pending investigation, police said Thursday.

Nelson Johnson, 46, was released after posting $1,000 bail Wednesday at the Wailuku Police Station.

He was arrested after a report that he had slapped his 13-year-old daughter Tuesday night at her residence in Wailuku, police said. She fell backward, hit her head on a wall-mounted air conditioner and suffered a concussion, police said.

The girl was taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center, where she was treated and later released in good condition.

Johnson has been a police officer for 18 years.


Bail $2K for Waiehu man facing charges

Bail was set at $2,000 for a Waiehu man who was charged with abusing and assaulting his girlfriend after they argued Wednesday, police said.

William Kepa, 46, was arrested after police were called to the area known as River Mouth at the end of Kaae Road in Wailuku to investigate a possible abuse in progress, said Lt. Jayson Rego of the Criminal Investigation Division.

Kepa was leaving as police were waved down, he said. A 41-year-old woman told police that her boyfriend, Kepa, hit her five or six times with a stick after an argument, Rego said. The woman refused medical treatment but complained of pain, redness and bruising to her upper arms and redness to her back.

Kepa was charged with abuse and second-degree assault.


Mayor slated to host talk story Saturday

Mayor Alan Arakawa will host a “County on Your Corner” talk story session from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday at Pukalani Superette.

Joining Arakawa will be Council Chairwoman Gladys Baisa, Council Member Don Couch, Public Works Director David Goode and executive assistants John Buck and Mike Molina.

The monthly event provides a venue for the community to interact with county officials.

For more information, call 270-7855.

County/In Brief

Beach park open; item not ordnance

D.T. Fleming Beach Park was reopened Tuesday night after it was determined that a device found in the ocean wasn’t an explosive ordnance, police said.

A tourist snorkeling about 20 yards offshore at about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday found the 8-inch-long canister partially buried in water 8 feet deep, according to Maui County spokesman Rod Antone. The snorkeler took the canister to the county lifeguard stand and left it with ocean safety officers, who called police.

Police evacuated the park by 1:10 p.m. and contacted the Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal team, which arrived from Oahu at about 8:30 p.m. The team examined the canister with an X-ray instrument and determined the device wasn’t an explosive ordnance, said Lt William Juan, Maui police spokesman. The team then removed the cover from the device, finding no explosive components or substances within.

The park was reopened at 9:04 p.m.


Makawao Avenue closed for cleanup

A stretch of Makawao Avenue was closed for about an hour Tuesday morning while fire and Public Works crews cleaned a strip of oil in the middle of the lane heading toward Makawao town, a fire official said.

A Makawao engine company and Kahului hazardous materials crew responded to the 10:26 a.m. call reporting the 1.5-mile-long strip of oil from Laie Drive to an address in the 700 block of Makawao Avenue, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.

The county Public Works Department assisted in the cleanup, with absorbent spread over the oil on the roadway, he said. Police closed the Makawao town-bound lane of Makawao Avenue from Apana Road to the address in the 700 block until the cleanup was completed.

Fire crews left the scene by 11:39 a.m.


Boat towed after taking on water

A 21-foot boat was towed to Kahului Harbor after it began taking on water about 2 miles offshore Wednesday morning, the Coast Guard reported.

The two men aboard the recreational vessel Kakaloa were wearing life jackets and were unharmed, said Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Tara Molle.

The Coast Guard worked with the Maui Fire Department to assist after the boat captain reported the vessel in distress at about 7:45 a.m., she said. The captain reported being unsure about whether a pump being used to remove water from the vessel would last.

A boat launched from Coast Guard Station Maui reached the vessel after the Fire Department’s Air One helicopter went to the scene and directed the Coast Guard boat to the exact position of the vessel, Molle said.


The Outlets of Maui blessing is today

The Outlets of Maui will hold a blessing today at the mall formerly known as the Lahaina Center, with its major store openings scheduled over the next two weeks.

“The announcement for Coach, Tommy Hilfiger, Guess, Lucky Brand, Calvin Klein, Izod and Crocs store openings are forthcoming with other globally recognized brands opening over the next two weeks,” said The Outlets of Maui spokeswoman Mona Abadir on Wednesday.

A soft opening was anticipated for today, with not all stores open.

The Outlets of Maui grand opening celebration will be Dec. 6, with evening festivities from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

County/In Brief

County will reopen gates to public at Baldwin Beach Park

Baldwin Beach Park will reopen this morning, Maui County announced Tuesday.

The park gates have been closed since high surf flooded the parking and pavilion areas last week, preventing park users from driving their vehicles into the park.

The gates will be opened today, allowing vehicles access.


TVs and other electronics will be accepted at recycling event

Used computer equipment, televisions, mobile devices and other consumer electronic devices will be accepted at a Maui Electronics Recycling event Saturday.

Residents may drop off their unwanted or unusable consumer electronic products for recycling from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Baldwin High School in Wailuku.

The event, sponsored by LG Electronics USA and the Consumer Electronics Association, aims to encourage all residents to recycle their used electronics responsibly. Many consumer electronics contain metal, plastic and glass that can be used in new products.

For more information or to find the electronics recycling collection location nearest you, visit


Possible ordnance leads to Kapalua beach park closure

Police closed D.T. Fleming Beach Park in Kapalua on Tuesday, after a snorkeler located what may be old ordnance there, said Maui County spokesman Rod Antone.

The male tourist was snorkeling about 20 yards offshore around 12:30 p.m. when he discovered an 8-inch-long canister partially buried in water 8 feet deep, he said. The man took the canister to the county lifeguard stand and left it there with ocean safety officers who called police.

Police responded and evacuated the park by 1:10 p.m., he said. Police contacted the Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal team from Oahu.

The unit was expected to arrive around 9 p.m. Tuesday to determine whether to detonate it on-site or take it to the firing range at Ukumehame, Antone said. Meanwhile, the park remained closed.

County / In Brief

Man rescued after falling from lookout

A 63-year-old man was rescued by firefighters Saturday evening after falling 20 to 30 feet off of the Pali lookout in West Maui, fire officials said.

Wailuku and Kahului firefighters reported to the area at 6:52 p.m. and found the man about one-quarter mile south of the lookout and 25 feet below, Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga said. He said that the man complained of sore ribs and back pain.

Rescuers provided first aid and secured the man in a basket, Mainaga said.

“It was a tough extrication due to the topography. It took 12 personnel to walk him out over very rocky terrain and elevation,” Battalion Chief Val Martin said in a news release.

Medics transported the man to Maui Memorial Medical Center, where he was in stable condition, Mainaga said.


Woman airlifted after Puu Olai fall

A 56-year-old woman was airlifted from Puu Olai at Makena on Sunday afternoon after she was unable to make her way down from the mountain, fire officials said.

The woman slipped and sustained minor injuries to her hips and legs, according to Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga. She also was reporting exhaustion.

Fire crews from Wailea and Kahului responded to the 3:03 p.m. call, made their way to the victim, assessed her condition and prepared her to be airlifted, Mainaga said. She was airlifted safely to a secured landing zone.

The woman, a resident of Cincinnati, refused transport to Maui Memorial Medical Center.


Roadwork planned this week in county

The state Department of Transportation announced that work on Maui County roads this week is scheduled in the following areas:

* There will be a single-lane closure in the westbound direction of Hana Highway at Milepost 14 between Wailua and Papaaea roads from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. today through Friday for roadway work.

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

* There will be lane closures in both directions on Hana Highway between Kaahumanu Avenue and Haleakala Highway from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. today through Friday for road utility installations.


Isle Republicans to meet in Lahaina

The Maui Republican Party will hold a no-host talk story social from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at Lulu’s Lahaina Surf Club and Grill at the Lahaina Cannery Mall.

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

County/In Brief

Kihei community group to elect board

The Kihei Community Association will elect new board members for 2014 as well as celebrate its success over the past year at a members-only meting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the VFW Hall, 2110 Uluniu Road in Kihei.

Members will select a new vision statement for the association. The “2013 KCA Wiliwili Warrior award” will also be presented. There is no meeting in December. The next public meeting will be Jan. 20. For more information, call (508) 499-9996 or see


Old foods, new ways at culinary event

The University of Hawaii Maui College’s Culinary Academy will host an event that takes a “modern spin” on traditional food favorites from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Leis Family Class Act Restaurant in the Pa’ina Building.

The event, called “Outings,” will feature unique takes on food, which could include a compressed fruit salad, which has been through a vacuum chamber. The result is a smoother fruit and one with more flavor, a news release said.

The event is a way for students to showcase their talents and for instructors to gage student knowledge.

Tickets are $40 per person and must be prepaid. There will be a cash bar. For more information and reservations, call 984-3367.


Learn to safely raise poultry at workshop

A workshop on how to safely raise poultry and sell eggs will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 26 in the QLCC activity room at Kulana Oiwi at 602 Maunaloa Highway on Molokai.

The workshop will cover topics including candling and grading of eggs; washing and good handling practices; packaging and labeling; compliance with federal and state laws; and resources for the backyard egg farmer.

Farmers are encouraged to bring their eggs to the workshop.

To register, go to

For more information, contact Lynn Nakamura-Tengan at 244-3242, ext. 222, or


Kula community history program offered

The Kula Community Association will offer a program for residents to learn about the community’s history at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Kula Community Center.

A flu shot clinic will begin at 6 p.m., with refreshments at 6:30 p.m., including warm soup.

The main program is titled “Numerous Contributions of Kula’s Early Settlers: The Families and the Ethnic Groups Who First Settled in Kula.”

It will feature Michael Purdy, an Ulupalakua cowboy who will discuss the contributions by Hawaiians and Hawaiian cowboys. Local historian Laurel Murphy will discuss the original mid-1880s mapping of Kula and Haleakala Ranch. Sarah Shim, vice president of the Kwock Hing Society, will discuss the Chinese settlement in Keokea.

Former Maui County Mayor Elmer Cravalho will discuss the influence of the Portuguese in Kula’s development, and farmer Chauncey Monden will talk about the contributions of Japanese farmers and families.

There will also be an election of 2014 officers and board members. Call 283-4376 for more information.

County/In Brief

Arakawa urges donors to give storm relief aid

Mayor Alan Arakawa is urging residents to help the victims of a typhoon in the Philippines by making donations to the American Red Cross.

The American Red Cross is assisting with storm-related damage from Typhoon Haiyan. Thousands are believed to have been killed, and tens of thousands have been displaced.

“People have no food and water, surgeons are working with limited medical supplies and people are now getting sick from disease,” Arakawa said Friday in a news release. “For us in Maui County, this disaster hits as close to home as the earthquake in Fukushima, Japan, did. . . . Now is the time to help our fellow global citizens by donating to the Red Cross, which is the safest and most secure way to make sure your contributions go to where they can do the most good.”

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The Hawaii Red Cross continues to help Hawaii residents looking for missing relatives in the Philippines. So far, 64 cases have been submitted for the tracing process, and 10 cases have been closed with local families able to contact their loved ones, a Hawaii Red Cross news release said.

The family tracing services hot line is (808) 739-8115. Callers should leave a message with their name and phone number so a caseworker can return their call. Callers will be asked to give the full name, address and telephone number of the missing person.


Lahaina DMVL office to close for part of day

The Lahaina Satellite Division of Motor Vehicles and Licensing office will be open only from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday to allow for technical upgrades in the afternoon.

The Lahaina DMVL will be open during its regular hours Thursday. DMVL offices in Kihei, Pukalani and the Kahului Service Center will remain open for regular business hours.

Customers with questions may call the DMVL Call Center at 270-7363.


Surf, flooding close gates at Baldwin Park

High surf and flood conditions have led Maui County officials to close Baldwin Park in Paia until further notice, the county said Friday.

Park users may still walk to the park, but the park gate will be closed, preventing vehicles from entering.

Park workers will evaluate whether to reopen the park next week, the news release from the county said.


County updates park restroom work schedule

The county Department of Parks and Recreation has updated the schedule for restroom repairs at county parks.

During the repairs, restroom facilities at each park will remain closed and portable toilets will be provided for public use. Repair work will include new plumbing fixtures, paint and finishes.

In the Central District, restrooms at:

* Kahului Community Center soccer field were reopened Friday.

* Waihee Beach Park will be closed until Dec. 15.

* Lihikai School Park will be closed until Nov. 28.

In the South District, restrooms at:

* Polo Beach Park will be closed until Monday.

* Kalama Park south will be closed until Nov. 29.

* Kalama Park playground area will be closed from Nov. 25 to Dec. 9.

In the East District, restrooms at:

* Haiku Field will be closed through Friday.

* Ho’okipa Beach Park will be closed from Monday to Dec. 6.

* Lower Paia Park will be closed from Nov. 29 to Dec. 12.

For more information, call Parks Project Manager Paul Taylor at 270-6173 or visit

County/In Brief

Bang heard before highway landing

The crew of a Mokulele Airlines flight reported hearing a loud bang, which was followed by a loss of engine power, before making an emergency landing last month on Piilani Highway in Wailea, according to preliminary information from the National Transportation Safety Board.

The eight passengers and two pilots aboard Flight 1770 were uninjured in the emergency landing at 6:45 p.m. Oct. 21 in the northbound lanes of the highway. The flight had left Kahului Airport at about 6:30 p.m. and was bound for Waimea-Kohala Airport.

According to the NTSB information, filed Nov. 4, the Cessna Grand Caravan plane was at about 8,500 feet and about 9 miles south of Maui when the bang was heard and the plane lost power. The flight crew turned the airplane to head back toward Maui, and the pilots decided to perform the emergency landing on the highway about 13 miles south of Kahului Airport.

The plane sustained substantial damage during the landing, striking two traffic signs that damaged the wing, according to the NTSB report.

After being towed to a nearby empty lot near Kilohana Drive, the plane was transported to Kahului Airport on Oct. 27.


Woman arrestedfollowing assault

A woman was arrested Wednesday for assaulting another woman, who was cut on her arm during a scuffle at a Wailuku residence, police said.

Stacie Joaquin, 34, of Wailuku was charged with second-degree assault, said Lt. Jayson Rego of the Criminal Investigation Division. Her bail was set at $1,000.

Wailuku patrol officers were called to a residence on Waiale Road in Wailuku at 5:40 a.m. Wednesday, finding a 37-year-old woman with a large deep laceration to her left forearm, Rego said.

The victim reported getting into a scuffle with Joaquin, who is the ex-girlfriend of the victim’s boyfriend, Rego said. He said Joaquin had gone to the residence and ended up confronting the victim. The victim didn’t realize she had been cut until she felt blood running down her arm, Rego said.

The woman was taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center, where stitches were required to treat her injury, Rego said.

Joaquin, who was detained at the scene, turned over a folding box cutter knife to police, Rego said.


Flooding closes part of beach park

High surf overnight flooded lower-lying areas of Baldwin Park in Paia, forcing a partial closure of park facilities Wednesday, the Department of Parks and Recreation said.

The gravel and pavilion parking lots and the park pavilion were closed to the public Wednesday.

Parks officials will re-evaluate today to see if those areas can be reopened.

A high-surf warning remains in effect for north- and east-facing shores of Molokai and Maui until 6 p.m. today.

A high-surf warning means that dangerous, battering waves will pound the shoreline and result in dangerous swimming conditions and rip currents.

A storm low north of Hawaii and a strong high-pressure system far to the northwest have generated a large north swell, the National Weather Service said. At its peak, surf was expected to reach 25 to 35 feet along north-facing shores and 15 to 20 feet along east-facing shores.

A flash flood watch remains in effect through this afternoon for Maui County. Moderate to heavy rains and isolated thunderstorms are forecast. The area of heavy rain was expected to move westward over Maui County today, the National Weather Service said.

County/In Brief

Suspect charged for beating woman

A Wailuku man was charged with kidnapping, assaulting and terrorizing his girlfriend, who was beaten and kept at a Wailuku residence for two days before she managed to escape Saturday morning, police said.

Bail was set at $32,000 for Weston Kaaihue, 23. He was charged with kidnapping, first-degree terroristic threatening, second-degree assault, abuse and violating an abuse warning citation.

Kaaihue was verbally abusive to his 24-year-old girlfriend Nov. 5 before they reconciled the following day, said Lt. Jayson Rego of the Criminal Investigation Division. On Thursday, she met him at Minit Stop in Wailuku, and he took her to the Wailuku residence, where he began threatening to kill her and her family members, Rego said.

He said Kaaihue also beat the woman, who suffered injuries on her face, bruising and cigarette burns on her arm. After she managed to get away from Kaaihue, she called police, Rego said. He said the woman was treated at the Maui Memorial Medical Center emergency room.

Kaaihue was arrested shortly after noon Saturday, police records show.


Kidnap suspect released on bail

A man sought after a report that a child had been taken from a Kahului residence Monday morning was charged with violating a court order for protection.

Bail was set at $1,000 for Jesse Beamer, 37, of Kahului.

He was released pending further investigation of kidnapping and burglary charges in connection with the incident reported at 7:42 a.m. Monday. Wailuku patrol officers were called to the Kahului residence, where a woman reported that Beamer had gone to the residence in violation of a temporary restraining order and taken the child, police said. Beamer later returned the child to the woman before leaving in his vehicle, police said.

Patrol officers located and arrested Beamer at 4 p.m. Monday at Minit Stop on Wakea Avenue in Kahului, police said.


Heavy rain threatens Maui, watch issued

A flash flood watch is in effect for Maui County through Thursday afternoon with the threat of heavy rain over Maui beginning this morning.

Lots of moisture moving over the islands from the east will combine with a developing upper level trough to create the moderate to heavy rain and isolated thunderstorms, the National Weather Service said Tuesday afternoon.

Rain is expected to be widespread and slow-moving, creating a flooding hazard in lower elevations and flash flooding in streams in higher elevations, the National Weather Service said.

Rain is expected over Maui early today, moving over the remainder of Maui County late today and Thursday.

The flash flood watch, issued Tuesday morning, means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. The Weather Service warns that flash flooding can be dangerous and that it does not have to be raining heavily in the location for flash flooding to occur.

County/In Brief

Airbus aircraft to start service on Dec. 2

The first regularly scheduled service of an Airbus aircraft into and out of Kahului Airport will be occurring on Hawaiian Airlines flights servicing Seattle a few days earlier than originally announced – on Dec. 2, the airline said Monday.

The flight from Seattle was originally announced to fly into Kahului Airport on Dec. 8.

HA29 from Seattle to Kahului departs at 10 a.m. and arrives at 2:15 p.m., and HA30 from Kahului to Seattle departs at 3:55 p.m. and arrives at 11:25 p.m., Hawaiian said. Both are daily flights.

Marvin Moniz, Maui District airport manager, said last month that the Hawaiian flights in December will be the first regularly scheduled flights with the Airbus, but not the first flights into Kahului Airport. He said that Hawaiian has had to substitute Airbus jets a couple of times, and a Canadian charter operation flew Airbus jets five or six years ago.


Restaurant fire forces diners to evacuate

Customers were evacuated from Dragon Dragon Restaurant in Kahului following a fire caused by a malfunctioning valve on a stove Monday, a fire official said.

The fire, reported at 12:08 p.m., had been extinguished by the automatic fire sprinkler system before firefighters arrived at the restaurant at the Maui Mall, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.

He said that a 52-year-old employee suffered minor burns to his arms and face. The man refused medical transport.

Damage was estimated at $500, consisting of minor water damage to the ceiling tiles. No food was lost, and the structure had no significant damage, Mainaga said. A phone call to the restaurant wasn’t answered Monday afternoon.


Police on lookout for man who took child

Police were looking for a man who took a child after going to a woman’s residence in Kahului on Monday morning in violation of a temporary restraining order, police said.

Jesse Beamer later returned the child to the victim, police said, and again fled in his vehicle.

Wailuku patrol officers were called to the residence at 7:42 a.m. Police were seeking Beamer on charges of kidnapping, first-degree burglary and violating an order for protection.

County / In Brief

Shriners slated to host outpatient clinic

Shriners Hospitals for Children-Honolulu will be holding an outpatient clinic from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 20-22 at the Masonic Temple-Lodge Maui in Kahului.

The hospital’s orthopedic doctors specialize in treating children for bone, joint and muscle conditions. The doctors will be seeing both established and new patients.

All insurance is accepted. Patients with no insurance are accepted as well.

To schedule an appointment, call (808) 941-4466 or Outreach Coordinator Sandy Zukeran at (808) 375-9479.

The lodge is located at 190 W. Kamehameha Ave.


Holidays topic of meeting for diabetics

“Tips for the Holidays” will be the topic of Wednesday’s Diabetes Education Support Group meeting at Maui Memorial Medical Center.

The meeting will be led by Marny Moriyasu, a registered nurse and certified diabetes educator.

It will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Marion Hanlon Room in the Kahului Tower.

The Diabetes Support Group meets on the second Wednesday of the month and is geared for diabetic patients and their families. The meetings are free and open to the public.

For more information, call Moriyasu at 442-5773.


High surf expected for Maui and Molokai

A high-surf advisory was issued Saturday afternoon, warning beachgoers that 10- to 15-foot surf would hit Maui and Molokai’s north-facing shores today while somewhat smaller waves would roll into east-facing shorelines.

The high surf from the north-northeast was expected to peak today, with advisory-level waves remaining until 6 a.m. Monday. Rip currents and beach erosion also were forecast.

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

County / In Brief

Events scheduled for veterans holiday

There will be a Veterans Day commemoration event in Makawao and a free veterans picnic in Kihei on Monday.

The commemoration event will begin at 9 a.m. at the Makawao Veterans Cemetery. The event is being coordinated by the Korean War Veterans Association Maui No Ka Oi Chapter 282.

Pastries and coffee will be served.

Beginning at 11 a.m. at Kalama Park in Kihei, there will be a free veterans picnic for all active-duty service members, reserves, military veterans and their families. There will be food, prizes and live music.

Veterans Affairs personnel also will be on hand to answer questions.


Haleakala park waives fees for weekend

Beginning today through Monday, Haleakala National Park is waiving entrance fees for all park visitors.

The waiver is part of the National Park Service commemoration of veterans and Veterans Day.

In addition, active-duty military members can obtain a free, one-year America the Beautiful Military Pass at any national park on any day of the year.


Two Haiku women arrested in theft case

Two Haiku women were arrested Thursday after walking out of Walmart with hundreds of dollars in merchandise, police said.

Nancy Adams, 34, was charged with second-degree theft, as well as Oralyn Pua Maalea, 21, who had an additional abuse charge. Adams and Maalea were released after posting $1,000 and $2,000 bail, respectively.

The incident occurred around 11:02 a.m. when security guards saw the two women put 18 items, including a DVD player, DVDs, Christmas toys and an air mattress, into a shopping cart, police said. About 45 minutes later, the women left the Kahului store from the garden department exit without paying.

Security guards stopped the women outside the store. However, both fled toward King’s Cathedral with the cart of items, police said.

Police arrested the women at the church. The stolen items were priced at nearly $390.


Lahaina man arrested in assault case

A 37-year-old Lahaina man was arrested Friday after allegedly punching a man in the face and sending him to the hospital, police said.

Keola Chung-Dyson was charged with second-degree assault, second-degree terroristic threatening, harassment and misconduct. His bail was set at $9,000.

The incident occurred around 11:15 p.m. Thursday, when Chung-Dyson went to a family member’s residence in Lahaina and got into an argument with his mother-in-law, police said. A 51-year-old man living nearby tried to calm Chung-Dyson and stepped between him and the woman.

Chung-Dyson then punched the man twice in the face and fled the residence on his moped, police said. The victim sustained fractures to his nose and left eye socket and was transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center.

Chung-Dyson was located and arrested around 8:30 a.m. Friday, police said.


Kahului pool set to close for treatment

Kokua Pool in Kahului will be closed Nov. 19 and 20 to chemically treat, scrub and rebalance the chemical mixture of the water, the Department of Parks and Recreation Aquatics Division said.

The pool will reopen for regular hours, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., on Nov. 21. Questions regarding the pool closure may be directed to Duke Sevilla at 270-6135.


Prices at pump in Wailuku see decline

The price of unleaded regular in Wailuku fell a penny from the previous week to $4.30 a gallon, the AAA Hawaii Weekend Gas Watch reported Thursday.

The price was 10 cents lower than last month and 10 cents less than a year ago.

Maui’s price was still 23 cents a gallon higher than the state average of $4.07 a gallon and prices on Oahu and the Big Island.

Honolulu’s average fell to $3.97 a gallon, a cent less than last week, 13 cents less than last month and 21 cents less than a year ago. The price of regular unleaded in Hilo was $4.08 a gallon, which was actually 2 cents more than last week, 13 cents less than last month and 15 cents less than a year ago.

Prices are derived from fleet vehicle credit card transactions and are the combined averages of the last card swipe of the previous day.

County/In Brief

Bail $30K in case of counterfeit bills

Bail was set at $30,250 for an Upcountry woman arrested for allegedly bailing herself out with counterfeit money two months ago, police said.

Arianna Tavares-Pszyk, 23, was charged with three counts of first-degree forgery and one count of fourth-degree theft.

Tavares-Pszyk was originally in jail in mid-September and posted $500 bail with the help of a friend, police said. On Sept. 19, a court officer found six counterfeit $5 bills in her bail amount, which was reportedly taken out of Tavares-Pszyk’s purse by her friend.

Through further investigation, detectives found all the bills to have the same serial number, and two more incidents were reported at the McDonald’s in Pukalani.

The first occurred Sept. 17, when Tavares-Pszyk used fake $5 bills to buy $26.18 worth of food, police said. The second occurred four days later; however, she made no purchase and fled when the manager recognized her from the first incident.

Tavares-Pszyk was arrested on other charges Tuesday, police said, and she was identified by McDonald’s employees.


Seabury will host a Lego robotics event

Seabury Hall will host the Maui Nui First Lego League Robotics Competition on Saturday, beginning with a welcoming ceremony and introductions from 11:45 a.m. to noon at the school’s Erdman Athletic Center.

Schools from Maui, Molokai and Lanai will compete. The “Nature’s Fury” Robotics Challenge runs from noon to 2 p.m. An awards ceremony will be held from 2 to 2:30 p.m., according to a schedule of events.

Competition sponsors include Seabury Hall, Maui Electric Co., Friends of Hawaii Robotics, the Robotics Organizing Committee and Maui Economic Development Board with its Women in Technology and Ke Alahele Education Fund programs.

For more information, visit


Library open today, to close for holiday

Public schools, state, federal and county offices will be closed Monday in observance of Veterans Day.

It also is a U.S Postal Service holiday.

Because of the holiday, the Makawao Public Library will be open today. All public libraries will be closed Saturday through Monday.

The Hana, Lanai and Molokai landfills will be closed Monday. The Central Maui Landfill and EKO compost will be open from 6 a.m. to noon. The Olowalu Recycling & Refuse Convenience Center will be open from 8 a.m. to noon.

County trash pickup will not be affected.

All county pools will be open.

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


County to auction abandoned vehicles

Maui County will auction abandoned vehicles beginning at 9 a.m. Nov. 22 in Puunene on Pulehu Road between Hana Highway and Hansen Road, according to an announcement.

Although the event begins at 9 a.m., bidders are required to check in and register between 8 and 8:50 a.m. Registration is free. Bidders need to provide a driver’s license, current address and phone number.

Children under 12 are not allowed in the vehicle storage area.

Payment for all sales must be in cash, cashier’s check or money order, with payment in full at the close of the auction. No personal checks will be accepted.

Vehicles are sold in an “as-is” condition. No refunds will be made.

The auction date is subject to change because of weather conditions or schedule conflicts.

County/In Brief

10 police recruits receive badges

The Maui Police Department welcomed 10 new officers to their ranks Friday following the 78th Recruit Class graduation at the Maui Beach Hotel.

The following officers passed eight months of physical and academic requirements before receiving their badges: Joshua Black, Paul Feagai, Max Kincaid, Reid Okazaki, Paul Pomainville, Andy Schuetz, Brent Takushi, Matthew Turpen, Christopher Visaya and Chad Romero.

Six of the new officers received special awards as well. Turpen received the Scholastic Achievement Award; Okazaki, the Neil T. Endo Firearms Award; Schuetz, the M. Cecil “Rusty” Dickson Award for Physical Fitness; Feagai, the Best Notebook Award; Visaya, the Outstanding Recruit Award; and Romero, the Sensei Shinichi Suzuki Arrest Defense Tactics Award.

The ceremony also offered special recognition to Lt. Leighton Kanaele, who was the supervisor of the recruiting class and will be retiring at the end of the year. Kanaele has been with the department for 27 years and has overseen 23 recruit classes as a sergeant and commander of the Plans and Training Section.


Program permits gift of electricity

Maui Electric Co. is part of the ‘Ohana Energy Gift Program, under which customers may make payments to the account of another.

“In Hawaii, we’re blessed to live in a very supportive and generous community,” said Jim Alberts, senior vice president for customer service for Hawaiian Electric, MECO’s parent company. “We created this program because over the years we’ve received many requests from our customers for this kind of service.”

The recipient will receive an acknowledgment letter when the gift has been applied to the account, the HECO news release said. The gifts may be anonymous, or the gift giver may choose to also send a special acknowledgment card with a personalized message.

If a recipient is not designated, the energy gift will be given to individuals and families in need.

‘Ohana Energy Gifts are not tax-deductible donations, the news release said.

Application forms may be downloaded from the Maui Electric website or picked up at MECO’s customer service center. For more information and downloadable application forms, go to


Empty kayak found adrift; owner sought

The Coast Guard is seeking to identify the owner of a kayak found adrift about a mile south of La Perouse Bay off South Maui on Tuesday.

The two-person Otter kayak is yellow with Old Town markings.

The Coast Guard Sector Command Center received notification of the kayak from the passenger vessel Maui Magic at about 11 a.m., the Coast Guard said.

A 45-foot response boat medium crew from Station Maui and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Air Station Barbers Point on Oahu were searching the area for a possible kayaker in distress.

Anyone able to identify the kayak is asked to contact the Sector Honolulu Command Center at (808) 842-2600.


DLNR meeting to address Mala Ramp

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources will host a meeting at 2 p.m. Thursday to discuss the rescheduling of a planned 60-day closure of Mala Ramp in Lahaina.

The meeting will be held in the Snug Harbor Room of the Pioneer Inn.

Meetings with the community in June had originally led to the planned closure of the ramp during the months of October and November. However, the materials needed for the ramp repairs did not arrive on time and the ramp never closed, boating officials said.

Maui district boating officials will discuss with ramp users a new date for the closure.

“We will keep this heavily used facility open to accommodate local fishers who want to launch into the waters off West Maui during the holiday season when demand for access and certain fish stocks is high,” said DLNR Chairman William Alia.

The $892,000 project will replace the facility’s two concrete loading docks.


Tea Party Maui will meet Nov. 14

Tea Party Maui is hosting Debra Greene, creator of, at its regular monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at Kalama Heights in Kihei.

She will discuss health hazards and privacy issues arising from smart meters and the proposed Smart Grid Project on Maui. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, call 870-1067.


Boating safety to be taught this month

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will be offering a new About Boating Safely course on Nov. 16 and 17 in Kihei.

The two-day course will be held at the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary in Kihei from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 16 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 17.

It will cover general information about boats and maintenance, navigation rules and aids, guidelines for operating a boat safely, emergency procedures and state laws and regulations.

The course will satisfy the new Hawaii mandatory boat operator education requirement that takes effect Nov. 10, 2014. Both days will have to be attended.

The course costs $40 for both days and includes course text.

Attendees may pay Nov. 16 by cash or check.

To register, visit For more information, call Phylecia Platte at 214-2118.

County/In Brief

Moped driver ID’d as Washington visitor

The 36-year-old moped driver killed after colliding with a car Saturday night on Kokomo Road in Haiku has been identified, police said.

Rama Fire of Washington state collided with the car at 10:38 p.m., about 120 feet north of Lilikoi Road, said Maui police spokesman Lt. William Juan.

Fire was driving a black 2012 Ningbo moped north on Kokomo Road when he crossed the centerline and collided with a south-bound gray 2003 Audi A4 driven by a 43-year-old Haiku woman, police said.

Fire sustained fatal injuries and died at the scene. Police said that he was not wearing a helmet.

The Audi driver and her passengers, a 20-year-old Haiku man and a 17-year-old Makawao girl, were all wearing seat belts and were not injured.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

This is Maui County’s 13th traffic fatality this year. There were 20 at this same time last year.


Repair work to close Kalama Skate Park

The Kalama Skate Park will be closed for emergency repairs from today to Nov. 22, the county Department of Parks & Recreation announced.

Repairs will be made to vertical ramps, safety railings and the support structure. Some portions of the skate park also will be painted to cover graffiti.

For more information, call the parks department South Parks Office at 879-4364.


Arakawa slated to discuss homelessness

Homelessness will be the topic of Wednesday’s “Your County with Mayor Arakawa” television program on Akaku Channel 54.

The live call-in show begins at 7 p.m.

Guests are to include Keith Regan, county managing director; Maude Cumming, executive director of the Family Life Center and a co-chair of the Maui Homeless Alliance; Lt. William Juan, public information officer of the Maui Police Department; Dr. Dara Rampersad, a psychologist; and Jan Shishido, deputy director of the county Department of Housing & Human Concerns.

The show’s topic is tied to National Homeless Awareness Week, Nov. 18 to 22.

Viewers may ask questions by calling 873-3430.

The show will be rebroadcast at 7 p.m. Nov. 13, 20 and 27 on the same channel.

For more information, call Communications Director Rod Antone at 270-7855.

County/In Brief

Man killed when moped hits car

A 36-year-old man is dead after the moped he was driving collided with a car Saturday night on Kokomo Road in Haiku, Maui police said.

The collision happened at 10:38 p.m., approximately 120 feet north of Lilikoi Road.

The man, who is believed to be from Washington state, was driving a black 2012 Ningbo moped north on Kokomo Road when he crossed the centerline and collided with a south-bound gray 2003 Audi A4 driven by a 43-year-old Haiku woman, police said.

The man sustained fatal injuries and died at the scene. Police said that he was not wearing a helmet.

The Audi driver and her passengers, a 20-year-old Haiku man and a 17-year-old Makawao girl, were all wearing seat belts and were not injured.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

This is Maui County’s 13th traffic fatality this year. There were 20 at this same time last year.


Tire fire near sugar mill extinquished

A fire reported near Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co.’s Puunene sugar mill was extinguished late Saturday, a fire official said.

Crews from Kahului, Wailuku and Wailea responded to the fire off of Hansen Road at 5:15 p.m., Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga reported.

The fire involved approximately 200 heavy-equipment tires in a pit to the rear of the mill.

The blaze was brought under control at 7:50 p.m. Saturday and extinguished by 10:30 p.m., Mainaga said.

The tires, considered scrap, had no monetary value. The cause of the fire is undetermined.


Waihee Beach Park to close for work

Waihee Beach Park will be closed from Nov. 12 to Dec. 15 for renovation and maintenance of the restroom and the park facility, according to a news release from the county Department of Parks and Recreation.

The bathroom improvements will include painting and upgrades to plumbing fixtures. Additionally, the park area will be manicured, with branches trimmed, irrigation system repaired and debris removed.

County / In Brief

Man’s gunshot injury under investigation

Maui police were investigating Saturday how a man suffered a gunshot wound and was found Friday afternoon near the intersection of the old Mokulele Highway and South Kihei Road.

Police responded to the scene after being called at 5:09 p.m. to assist a male gunshot victim.

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

No weapon was recovered.

According to Tom Blackburn-Rodriguez, who was on the scene and took photos, the man was found sitting in a pickup truck in an empty field about 200 feet away from the intersection. An officer at the scene told Blackburn-Rodriguez that the man had been sitting in the truck for two hours before police arrived.

The man did not give police his name and had a wound on his leg, Blackburn-Rodriguez said.

The injured man was stabilized by Maui firefighters.

Police classified the case as first-degree assault.


OHA’s Machado hospitalized, is ‘stable’

Office of Hawaiian Affairs Board of Trustees Chairwoman Colette Machado was admitted Friday night to The Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu and was undergoing medical care Saturday, according to an announcement from OHA.

Her condition was described as “stable,” and no other details were released, according to OHA spokesman Garett Kamemoto.

More information was not being released out of respect for Machado’s family members who requested privacy, he said.

Machado represents Molokai and Lanai on OHA’s board. She has served since 1996 and has been the board’s chairwoman since December 2010.

Machado also serves as a member of the Kaho’olawe Island Reserve Commission. She was a member of the Molokai Island Burial Council from 1991 to 1993, a member of the Hawaiian Homes Commission from 1979 to 1981 and a member of the state Land Use Commission from 1975 to 1979.


Airport access roadwork set for Monday

Work on the long-awaited Kahului Airport access road will begin Monday, according to a published announcement from contractor Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co.

Hours of work will be from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

“Traffic along Hana Highway as well as Dairy Road will be affected during the construction,” the announcement said. “Motorists are advised to use caution and follow all traffic-control signs, devices and flag persons while driving through the work zones.”

The access road’s first phase is from Dairy Road near Puunene Avenue to Hana Highway. The second phase is from Hana Highway (about 770 feet on the Paia side of the highway’s intersection with Dairy Road) to a new “Airport Loop Road.”

The new road will bring motorists directly to the airport terminal, as opposed to the current route off Keolani Place.

County / In Brief

Man arrested in car theft, burglary

A man with no local address was arrested Wednesday after allegedly stealing a car last week and breaking into a Maalaea home, police said.

George Platone was charged with first-degree burglary and unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle. His bail was set at $6,000.

The theft occurred around 10 a.m. Oct. 24 when a 1994 Ford Ranger was reported stolen from outside a home, police said. No suspects were found in the vicinity.

At 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, police responded to a burglary at a home on Maalaea Bay Place. Neighbors reported seeing Platone in a nearby rental home. They tried to get him to leave for 45 minutes, police said.

Platone claimed he had permission to be at the home and gave a fake name to the neighbors, police said. When police arrived, they found the stolen car outside the home and arrested Platone.


Man accused of theft in forgery case

A Wailuku man was arrested on Wednesday after allegedly buying two motorcycles from Cycle City Maui with a counterfeit check, police said.

Reno Thompson, 39, was charged with first-degree theft and second-degree forgery. His bail was set at $25,000.

The incident occurred at 4 p.m. Sunday when Thompson wrote a $22,000 cashier’s check for a 2013 Honda motorcycle and 2012 Kawasaki motorcycle, police said. Three days later, company officials discovered the check was counterfeit and notified police.

Police recovered the motorcycles, shortly after, and arrested Thompson at his residence on Palani Place.


Bomb threats made to Kahului stores

Two Kahului stores were evacuated after they received bomb threats Friday morning, and the incidents contributed to traffic congestion nearby, police and other officials said.

No bombs were found.

The first threat was made to Kmart employees around 10:24 a.m. Police said that an associate received a phone call from an anonymous male. He demanded money be added to prepaid Green Dot Visa cards, police said.

The store was evacuated after police arrived and spoke to a manager.

As officials responded to Kmart, a second threat with a similar demand was made around 10:55 a.m. to employees at Walgreens on Kamehameha Avenue, police said. That store was evacuated until it was determined there was no danger.

No money was lost in either incident. Police were continuing to investigate.

The incident at Kmart led to traffic congestion for motorists in the vicinity of Kahului Airport, Maui District Airport Manager Marvin Moniz said.


Line trouble hits county phones

A glitch in one of the main phone lines to the Kalana O Maui building in Wailuku put some phones out of service for about an hour Friday, said Lois Whitney of the Office of the Mayor.

The outage started before 11 a.m., and a system reset resolved the problem a little before noon, she said.

Some county offices at the War Memorial Complex also were affected, officials said.

It wasn’t known how many phones were temporarily out of service, Whitney said.


Kahoolawe waters open for trolling

The waters around Kahoolawe will be open for trolling today and Sunday as well as Nov. 23 and 24, 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 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.

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

County/In Brief

Sewer line hooked up to storm drain

Ledcor Construction Hawaii is working with subcontractors, county wastewater workers and wastewater companies to clean a sewage discharge caused by an accidental connection of a temporary sewer line to a Kaanapali storm drain, said officials from The Westin Maui Resort & Spa.

The spill was detected Wednesday morning by resort officials, who contacted the state Department of Health. Ledcor Construction Hawaii and its subcontractors immediately corrected the connection to prevent further discharge, resort officials said.

A portion of Kaanapali Beach adjacent to Hanakao’o (Canoe) Beach Park was subsequently closed but reopened Thursday afternoon after microbiological testing produced negative results.

The quantity of sewage discharged is still being determined, officials said, and workers are continuing cleaning operations.


Brush burns at Olowalu dump station

An early-morning fire burned brush and grass Thursday near the Olowalu dump transfer station, a fire official said.

Lahaina firefighters responded to the 1:37 a.m. alarm, finding the area of approximately 11,250 square feet burning on the makai side of Honoapiilani Highway, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.

The fire was brought under control by 2:27 a.m. and extinguished at 2:38 a.m., he said.

The fire’s cause was undetermined.


Unleaded gas price on Maui tops state

A gallon of regular unleaded gas in Wailuku averaged $4.31 this week, the highest in the state and 4 cents less than a week earlier, 12 cents below last month’s price and 16 cents less than a year ago, the AAA Hawaii Gas Watch reported Thursday.

The Hawaii state average was $4.09 per gallon, 3 cents less than last week, 16 cents down from last month and 16 cents lower than the same time last year, the report said.

Honolulu’s average price dropped to $3.98 per gallon this week, 5 cents less than a week earlier, 17 cents less than last month and 26 cents less than a year ago. In Hilo, the average price was $4.06, 4 cents less than a week earlier, 23 cents less than last month and 31 cents less than a year ago.

The Gas Watch is a weekly snapshot of prices as derived from fleet vehicle credit card transactions.