County/In Brief

Tipsy Tow service offered for free

AAA Hawaii’s Tipsy Tow service will be offered from 6 p.m. today to 6 a.m. Wednesday in areas served by AAA Hawaii.

Motorists, bartenders, rest-aurant managers, party hosts or passengers of a drinking driver may call (800) 222-4357 for a free tow home of up to 5 miles.

Callers should tell the AAA operators “I need a Tipsy Tow” to receive the free tow and ride home. A regular AAA Hawaii-contracted roadside assistance service truck will be dispatched. Tipsy Tow provides drivers with a safe ride home for themselves and their vehicle instead of driving while intoxicated.

The service excludes rides for passengers, is restricted to a one-way, one-time ride for the driver and the destination is limited to the driver’s residence.

Reservations are not accepted. Drivers can expect to pay the rate charged by the tow truck contractor for rides farther than 5 miles.


Central Maui trash collection delayed

Due to a staffing shortage, some trash collection routes in Central Maui were missed Monday, the county Solid Waste Division said.

Missed routes will be picked up today.

The affected areas are Waiehu Heights, Oceanview Estates and Waiehu Kou, and residents along Halewaiu Road and Pakaku and Kaihamu place.


Kaanapali Hillside roads to be coated

Roads in the Kaanapali Hillside Subdivision in Puukolii will be seal-coated from Jan. 7 to Feb. 28.

Work will run from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Two applications of seal coat to protect the pavement will be applied in each area with a four- to six-hour drying time.

During the application time, traffic will be restricted to one lane and access to driveways will not be available. Residents are asked to remove all vehicles along the roadway and to shut off all irrigation systems during work hours.

The project will begin on Hakui Loop and work down through the subdivision. Fliers have been circulated to alert residents to the work.

Maui County is the first county in the state to use seal-coating as a pavement surface treatment, the news release from the county said. The seal coat generally consists of a mixture of emulsified asphalt, water, mineral fillers and other materials that are applied directly to the surface of an asphalt pavement. The seal-coating protects the top layer of asphalt from oxidation and wear caused by exposure to the elements and chemicals, such as oil and gasoline.

For more information, contact the Public Works’ Lahaina District Office at 661-0501.

County / In Brief

Beach reopened after shark sighting

D.T. Fleming Beach Park in Kapalua reopened Sunday morning after a hammerhead shark sighting on Saturday afternoon prompted its closure, according to an ocean safety official.

Ocean Safety’s West District Supervisor Brad Quinto said that there had been no shark sightings as of 12:30 p.m. Sunday, but warning signs remained posted at the beach and lifeguards were advising beachgoers not to go into the water because the ocean water was murky and full of debris from run-off of a nearby stream.


Hiker helped after he injured his leg

A hiker was assisted off of the Makawao Forest Reserve’s Kahakapao Trail on Saturday after injuring his left leg, according to fire officials.

A Makawao fire crew responded to the 3:23 p.m. call for a 51-year-old Colorado man who had injured his leg while running on the trail, according to fire Capt. Paul Haake. The man had been found approximately 1 mile from the trail entrance by two bike riders. One biker stayed with the injured man while the other met emergency crews at the trail entrance and led them to the man, Haake said.

The injured man was located by emergency crews at 4:18 p.m. and carried to a medic unit at the trail entrance, Haake said. The man was transported by medics to the hospital.


High-surf warning for Maui, Molokai

The National Weather Service has issued a high-surf warning for the north-facing shores of Maui and the north- and west-facing shores of Molokai through 6 p.m. today.

A high-surf warning indicates that battering waves will pound the shoreline. This will result in very dangerous swimming conditions and deadly rip currents.

An intense low pressure system passing far northwest of the islands has generated a large northwest swell that will spread across Hawaiian waters through today.

Surf was expected to build to 20 to 30 feet with larger sets Sunday and persist through tonight before falling to 15 to 20 feet today. Surf will be below advisory levels by this evening. Forecast surf heights are estimates of the height of the face, or front, of waves.

People are urged to stay out of the water and away from the shore break, due to strong breaking waves and strong rip currents.

Maui County Civil Defense will be monitoring the situation.

NOAA weather information can be heard at (866) 944-5025. For more information, go to

Pre-recorded advisories and notifications are available 24 hours a day on the Maui County Automated Information System at 986-1200.


Honoapiilani repair funds approved

Gov. Neil Abercrombie approved $3 million for repairs to Honoapiilani Highway shoulders Friday.

The money will be split between the Ukumehame and Launiupoko areas for boulder revetments and retaining structures that were redesigned to meet water quality standards by the Army Corps of Engineers, according to a news release from the Governor’s Office.

The funds are required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Army Corps and the state Department of Health’s Clean Water Branch due to their “high level erosion control measures.”

The repairs were spurred by repeated high surf and the March 2011 tsunami, which damaged the highway and West Maui harbors.

The announcement was part of a $14.3 million effort to improve harbors and highways statewide.

County / In Brief

West Maui taxpayer group to meet

State and county officials, including Mayor Alan Arakawa and state Sen. Roz Baker, will be speaking at the West Maui Taxpayers Association annual meeting Jan. 9 at the Lahaina Civic Center.

Other speakers will include state Rep. Angus McKelvey and Council Member Elle Cochran, who holds the West Maui residency seat.

The major purpose of the meeting is to have elected officials address issues of interest to the West Maui community and to have special presentations on major projects, such as a West Maui hospital, affordable housing and traffic problems.

The public is invited to the event, which will begin at 5 p.m. with food service from Paradise Grill, followed by a short business meeting at 5:30 p.m.

Akaku will tape the event for rebroadcast.

For more information, go to


Fire destroys unpermitted shack

A 20-by-20-foot shack burned to the ground late Saturday morning in Olowalu, Maui Fire Capt. Paul Haake said.

There were no injuries in the fire reported by a passer-by at 11:41 a.m. in an area of heavy brush behind a paintball facility, about 200 yards mauka of Honoapiilani Highway’s Milepost 16, he said.

Someone was using the unpermitted structure on land owned by West Maui Land Co., Haake said, but no resident was at the shack during the fire.

Lahaina and Wailuku firefighters responded to the blaze, arriving at 11:56 a.m. to find the structure fully involved in flames, he said. The fire was brought under control in about 10 minutes and extinguished a short time later.

The fire’s cause was undetermined.


Hammerhead shark closes beach

A sighting of a 4-foot-long hammerhead shark closed waters off D.T. Fleming Beach Park in Kapalua on Saturday.

The shark was seen 5 to 10 yards offshore, said Maui Fire Capt. Paul Haake. Lifeguards kept people out of the water for two hours. Then, the shark was spotted at 11:15 a.m. and again at 2:30 p.m., triggering a closure until at least this morning.

“Lifeguard officials believe the shark most likely was drawn close to the shore by the runoff of the stream at D.T. Fleming,” Haake said.

Warning signs were posted, and lifeguards told people not to go into the water.

The offshore waters remained off-limits, with lifeguards expected to re-evaluate the situation this morning, he said.

County / In Brief

High-surf advisory in effect through Monday

The National Weather Service has extended a high-surf advisory for north- and west-facing shores of Molokai and north-facing shores of Maui through 6 p.m. Monday.

A low-pressure system in the North Pacific has generated a large swell that will build through the weekend, the weather service said. The swell will produce hazardous surf and beach conditions through Monday afternoon with the largest surf expected Sunday and Sunday night.

Surf will hit 15 to 20 feet along north-facing beaches today and build to 20 to 25 feet along most exposed shorelines Sunday.

The surf is expected to dissipate Monday evening.

Beachgoers should expect water to sweep across portions of beaches with strong breaking waves. There also will be strong rip currents.


Changes announced for New Year’s holiday

Some state and county facilities will have alternative hours on New Year’s Eve.

All county pools will close at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. They will be closed on Wednesday.

All public libraries that have evening hours on Tuesday will have special hours that day.

The Kahului library will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Kihei from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Lahaina from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All public libraries will be closed Wednesday.

Residential trash collection in Hana will be picked up a day earlier on Tuesday.

Molokai trash collection normally scheduled for Wednesdays will be picked up on Friday.

Lanai collection routes, also scheduled for Wednesday, will be picked up on Thursday.

On Wednesday, the Olowalu, Hana, Lanai and Molokai landfills will be closed.

The Central Maui Landfill and EKO Compost will be open from 6 a.m. to noon New Year’s Day.


Community center completed in Kula

Armstrong Builders and the Waiohuli Hawaiian Homesteaders Association have completed a community center in Kula, according to an announcement.

The project is part of a larger development on 17 acres leased from the state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands. The community center was designed in partnership with Weinstein Architects in Seattle with community input, the announcement says.

“Since the beginning, the project has been about one thing – community,” said James Keller, president of Armstrong Builders. “Working with local trades from within the community of Waiohuli in making sure every detail reflects the intent of the people who envisioned this project, we are honored to have the opportunity to create facilities that bring the community together.”

Recently, Armstrong Builders finished two dozen homes at Waiohuli with the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, the announcement said. The turn-key homes were built with energy-efficient features and ranged from two-bedroom, one-bath units to five-bedroom, three-bath units.


Stand-up paddler rescued by sailboat

A stand-up paddleboarder blown out to sea was rescued by a sailboat off Lahaina on Friday afternoon, Maui fire officials said.

At about 2:30 p.m., firefighters received a call that a 21-year-old Boston visitor was reported missing at sea, said Capt. Paul Haake, Fire Department spokesman.

The woman was a member of a group of six friends who had rented paddleboards from a beach equipment rental booth fronting the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa, Haake said. Windy conditions put the group in jeopardy, and five people made it to shore with the assistance of the vendor.

One person was blown downwind and was last seen by the group near the personal watercraft platform off Hanakao’o Beach Park, Haake said. The rental equipment vendor went to the lifeguard stand at Hanakao’o and reported the incident.

A county Ocean Safety officer on a personal watercraft from Hanakao’o began a search and requested Fire Department assistance, which included a rescue boat launched from Mala Wharf and the Air One helicopter.

Shortly after the search began, the U.S. Coast Guard received a call from the sailboat “Bliss,” saying that it had picked up a female stand-up paddler, Haake said. The woman’s identity was confirmed and the search ended at about 3:15 p.m.

The paddleboarder was brought to Mala Wharf in good condition, Haake said.

County/In Brief

Pukalani man is indicted in sex case

A 48-year-old Pukalani man is being held in lieu of $750,000 bail after he was indicted on charges alleging he bound and repeatedly raped a woman.

During his arraignment Monday in 2nd Circuit Court, Phillip Robbennolt-O’Connell pleaded not guilty to seven counts of first-degree sexual assault and kidnapping.

He was arrested Wednesday after a 40-year-old Makawao woman reported being raped and bound by Robbennolt-O’Connell during a two-week period after befriending him Dec. 1 at the Pukalani Terrace Shopping Center, police said.

The woman told police she was sexually assaulted in remote areas of Haiku and Kipahulu. She said her hands were bound with a leather belt, and she was choked until she nearly lost consciousness, police said.

A Feb. 24 trial is set for Robbennolt-O’Connell.

The woman told police the incidents ended a day or two before Robbennolt-O’Connell was sentenced Dec. 13 to one year’s probation for misdemeanor assault of a 20-year-old Kula woman in June. He had been charged with felony sexual assault, kidnapping and terroristic threatening in that case, but the charges were dismissed.


Rep. Woodson to host meeting Jan. 3

Kahului state Rep. Justin Woodson will host a community meeting on Jan. 3 to discuss the upcoming 2014 legislative session, according to an announcement Monday.

The “Lawmakers Listen” meeting will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Pomaikai Elementary School cafeteria in Kahului.

House Speaker Joseph Souki, Vice Speaker John Mizuno, Majority Leader Scott Saiki, Finance Committee Chairwoman Sylvia Luke, Judiciary Committee Chairman Karl Rhoads, Human Services Committee Chairwoman Mele Carroll, and Water and Land Committee Chairwoman Cindy Evans are expected to attend.


High-surf advisory for Maui, Molokai

A high-surf advisory has been posted for north- and west-facing shores of Molokai and for north-facing shores of Maui from 6 a.m. today to 6 p.m. Wednesday, the National Weather Service said.

The first in a series of northwest swells will build overnight, creating the high surf along north- and west-facing shores, the weather service said.

Surf will be 15 to 20 feet along north-facing shores and 10 to 15 feet along west-facing shores, the weather service said.

Large reinforcing swells are expected Thursday and during the weekend. The weather service said that it is likely the advisory will be extended.

Strong shore breaks and longshore and rip currents are expected.

County / In Brief

Drivers can expect lane closures during work

Resurfacing work will begin this week on the Pukalani bypass portion of Haleakala Highway between Kula Highway and Pulehuiki Road, according to a release from the state Department of Transportation.

Drivers can expect lane closures from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. today through Friday because of the work, according to a notice from Maui Paving LLC.

Other state DOT work planned on Maui County roads this week includes:

* 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 a lane closure on Honoapiilani Highway in the northbound direction between Kuihelani Highway and Pohaku Aeko Street from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday for restriping.


Government site hours altered for holidays

Some state and county facilities and services, including refuse pickups, will alter their hours beginning Tuesday in observance of the Christmas holiday.

County pools will close at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. They will be closed Wednesday.

Public libraries that have Tuesday evening hours will have special hours. The Kahului library will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Kihei from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Lahaina from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All libraries will be closed Wednesday.

Hana’s refuse collection route, which is usually scheduled for Wednesdays, will be picked up Tuesday.

Molokai’s usual route Wednesday will be picked up Friday.

On Lanai, the Wednesday route will be picked up Thursday.

The Olowalu, Hana, Lanai and Molokai landfills will be closed Wednesday.

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


Churches announce Christmas-tied services

Two Maui churches have announced services for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Trinity by-the-Sea Episcopal Church’s Christmas Eve service, featuring candles and carols, will begin at 7 p.m. The Christmas Day service will be at 9 a.m. The church is located at 100 Kulanihakoi St. in Kihei. For more information, call 879-0161.

St. Joseph Church in Makawao will celebrate a Vigil Mass at 5 p.m. Tuesday. Other Christmas Eve services will be held at 7 and 10 p.m. and midnight. A Christmas Day Mass will be celebrated at 7 and 9 a.m. There will be no evening Mass.

St. Joseph Church is located at 1294 Makawao Ave. For more information, call the church office at 572-7652.

County / In Brief

Wailea woman missing, may be ill

Police are looking for a 59-year-old woman who has been missing since Wednesday night and may be in need of medical attention.

Jean Kini Chang, also known as “Jeanie” or “Kini,” was reported missing around 6 p.m. and was last seen at her Wailea residence, police said.

Chang “may be suffering from an illness,” police said.

She is described as 5 feet 3 inches tall and about 130 pounds.

She is Caucasian with blond, medium-length hair and green eyes. Her clothing is unknown.

Chang also may be driving her white 2005 BMW Z-4 convertible with license plate number MSN 753.

Anyone with information regarding Chang’s or her vehicle’s whereabouts should call the Maui Police Department at 244-6400.


Man charged in Paia assault

A Paia man was arrested Thursday after repeatedly punching a man in the head and fracturing his jaw last week, police said.

Nathan K. Spencer, 51, was charged with second-degree assault. His bail was set at $5,000.

The incident occurred around 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 13, when the 21-year-old victim was looking at handmade jewelry on a sidewalk along Hana Highway in Paia, police said. Spencer, who was riding a bike on the sidewalk toward Kahului, yelled for the man to move but ended up hitting him with his front tire, which caused Spencer to stop and get off his bike.

Spencer then punched the man several times in the back of the head and continued on his face when the man turned around, police said.

The man was later transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center, police said.

Spencer was identified by police at 4:54 p.m. Thursday in Paia after an all-points bulletin was issued for his arrest.


Playground work to take two months

Work to replace the playground structures at Kahului Community Center will begin Jan. 6 and run through March 15, according to the county Department of Parks and Recreation.

The playground is near the tennis courts off Onehee Avenue.

Site Engineering Inc. is the contractor for the $139,307 project.

Kahului Community Center park will remain open during the work.

County/In Brief

Arrest in alleged assault case

A Pukalani man was arrested Wednesday in an alleged kidnapping and sexual assault of a woman that lasted two weeks, police said.

The man had not been charged as of Thursday afternoon. Police said they were expecting to file charges this morning. He was facing three counts of first-degree sexual assault and one count of kidnapping.

The attacks began after the woman, 40, befriended the man at the Pukalani Terrace Shopping Center on Dec. 1, police said.

The woman said she was sexually assaulted inside and outside her car six times in remote areas of Haiku and Kipahulu, police said. Her hands were bound with a leather belt, and she was choked several times, police said. The woman told police she nearly lost consciousness each time.

The woman reported that the incidents ended Dec. 11 or 12, police said.

On Wednesday afternoon, she reported the attacks to police and an all-points bulletin was issued for the man’s arrest. He was arrested about five hours later at a residence in Pukalani, police said.


Women arrested in mail thefts

Two Maui women were arrested Wednesday after police found mail from 11 different addresses in their vehicle, police said.

On Monday, police responded to a call of mailbox thefts and located the two suspects in a vehicle. It was impounded as police worked to obtain a search warrant, said Maui police spokesman Lt. William Juan.

On Wednesday, executing a search warrant of the vehicle, police found mail from Wailuku, Haliimaile, Makawao and Pukalani addresses, said Nelson Hamilton, acting lieutenant for the Criminal Investigation Division. Drugs also were found in the vehicle, he said.

The women were arrested Wednesday on a warrant and released pending further investigation, Juan said.


TSA extends screening service

Service members of the U.S. Armed Forces will be included in the Transportation Security Administration’s expedited screening services at Hawaiian Airlines starting Friday.

The Pre-Check program also will include members of the U.S. Coast Guard, Reserves and National Guard, the airline said.

Those who present their Common Access Card will be able to clear security without removing their shoes, coats, belts, liquids and laptop computers for official and leisure travel.

Their Department of Defense identification number will be used as their Known Traveler Number.

The traveler’s name on the reservation needs to match exactly with the name on the CAC card. For service members that are members of the airline’s loyalty program, the name on their HawaiianMiles membership must match exactly with that name on their CAC card.

When booking travel on or by calling for reservations, the CAC number should be added to the KTN field on their itinerary or included at the time of check-in at the airport kiosk.

For unit movements that are booked via travel agencies, service members should individually ensure that their CAC card numbers are included in their itineraries.


AARP adviser scheduled to speak today

An AARP policy adviser for housing and livable communities will be speaking from 2:30 to 4 p.m. today in the Mayor’s Conference Room in the Kalana O Maui building in Wailuku.

Rodney Harrell, part of the AARP Public Policy Institute, will discuss “Designing the Future today – Creating Livable Communities on Maui for All Generations.”

Harrell is responsible for developing AARP’s policy on housing and livable communities and conducting independent research. AARP’s housing policy agenda is to create a range of affordable housing options that facilitate personal independence, aging in place and engagement in the community, a news release said.

This event is co-presented by AARP, the Maui County Nutrition and Physical Activity Coalition and the County of Maui.

The event is free, but registration is required and may be made online at or by calling (877) 926-8300. For more information about the event or NPAC, contact Coordinator Sandra McGuinness at (808) 264-7895 or


Makawao project to host holiday readers

Local holiday stories for children will be read from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Makawao History Project.

Readers will be Ninfa Tolentino, Makawao Public Library librarian, from 5 to 5:45 p.m.; Joanne Laird, Read Aloud America, from 5:45 to 6:30 p.m.; and Kathy Collins, radio broadcaster, poet and Maui News columnist, from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m.

Homemade cookies and apple cider will be served, and Santa will make a visit.

The free event at 1152 Makawao Ave., ground floor of the Silva Building, is open to the public.

The Makawao History Project is designed to present Makawao’s history and to collect the community’s memories in order to design a future Makawao museum.

The history project will remain open past its original Dec. 31 closing to Feb. 28 due to community donations, a news release said.

Admission to the project is free. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.


Man charged in burglary of residence

A Wailuku man was charged with burglary and theft Monday after allegedly stealing $1,000 worth of items from a Haiku residence last month, police said.

John J. Baker, 22, was charged with second-degree burglary and theft. His bail was set at $1,700.

Between Nov. 20 and 24, Baker allegedly entered a women’s home off Hana Highway and stole her purse containing about $40, police said. Baker also took the women’s bike, which he later spray painted to conceal the theft.

On Nov. 30, the woman found her bike in nearby bushes and was able to identify Baker after talking with neighbors, police said. When police located Baker at a residence, they found the women’s purse in a shed in the backyard.

Baker was arrested Dec. 11.


Man arrested in alleged Wal-Mart theft

A Kihei man was arrested Wednesday after allegedly trying to steal hundreds of dollars worth of items from Wal-Mart in Kahului, police said.

Kaleo Kubo, 19, was charged with second-degree theft. His bail was set at $1,000.

The incident occurred around 10 a.m. Wednesday when Kubo began piling his shopping cart with clothes, DVDs, hygiene products, a printer and a 4-inch sickle, police said. Kubo’s actions caught the attention of security guards, who followed Kubo out the Garden Department exit of the store.

The guards stopped Kubo and brought him back inside the store, where police later arrested him. The items were valued at about $660, police said.

County/In Brief

Crews airlift man from Haleakala park

A 66-year-old man was rescued Tuesday afternoon after experiencing heart problems at Haleakala National Park, fire officials said.

Rescue personnel and the Maui Fire Department’s Air One helicopter responded at 3:24 p.m. to Holua Cabin inside the crater, Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga said. The man was in stable condition and airlifted to a landing zone at Hosmer’s Grove where park rangers were waiting, he said.


Fire burns 2 acres of brush and vehicle

Paia firefighters responded to a vehicle and brush fire Tuesday night at Pauwela Lighthouse, fire officials said.

Fire crews arrived at the scene around 7:30 p.m. and found about 2 acres of brush, trash and an abandoned truck on fire, Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga said. The fire was under control by 8:50 p.m. and extinguished about 2 1/2 hours later.

The fire was difficult to access and extinguish due to “bad road conditions” and “overgrown elephant grass,” Mainaga said. The adverse conditions forced firefighters to use smaller trucks that carried less water.

No damage was reported. The fire’s cause remained undetermined.


Police to begin drunken-driving checks

Maui County police will be setting up drunken-driving roadblocks at unannounced times and locations beginning Friday and continuing through New Year’s Day.

The roadblocks will be set up countywide, including on Molokai and Lanai, said Lt. Ricky Uedoi, commander of the police Traffic Section.

In addition, officers will be on the lookout for intoxicated drivers during saturated patrols, Uedoi said. His message to holiday drivers: “Don’t drink and drive.”

Through November, traffic officers alone had issued more than 3,000 citations for speeding, Uedoi said.


Businesses to host Paia event Saturday

Businesses in Paia town will hold an annual “Paia Gives” event from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday.

Merchants will support nonprofits and charities through special deals, events and by accepting donations.

Some merchants will offer refreshments and gifts with purchases.

For more information, contact stores directly or see


Child car seat inspections set in Kahului

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


Golfers urged to renew resident status

Resident cardholders at the public Waiehu Golf Course must renew their resident cards by Jan. 2, the county Department of Parks and Recreation said.

After Jan. 2, only renewed or new Maui Resident Golf Cards will be accepted for the reduced green fees.

Residency status may be established by offering proof of a Hawaii resident income tax return for 2012 and residency in the county for 2012. Applicants must produce a Hawaii income tax return with W-2 forms or a state Department of Taxation Tax Clearance Application (form A-6) that has been approved and certified.

Applicants also must show proof of identification with a Hawaii driver’s license with a Maui County address or a state ID card with a Maui County address.

For more information, call 270-7400 or stop by the Starter’s Booth at the golf course.

County/In Brief

Q103 food drive set for today

Q103 radio station will hold its annual “Big Time Holiday Food Drive” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today on Main and Market streets in Wailuku.

The food donations and money raised from gift wrapping services will be given to the Maui Food Bank.

The Q103 team and DJs Irie Dole, Boomshot and Kamakazi will be collecting food and offering gift wrapping service.


Water improvements on hold

A project to improve the Paia-Kuau water system has been put on hold while a contractor completes a community noise variance application as required by the state Department of Health, according to an announcement from the county Department of Water Supply.

The project began Dec. 4. It is expected to resume in six to 10 weeks, the department said.

The project is along Hana Highway from Lower Paia Park to Holua Place in Kuau.

The department and contractor will notify motorists when work resumes.


Flash flooding expected today

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for Maui from tonight to early Friday morning.

A mid- and upper-level low pressure area is anticipated to spread moist and unstable air over the eastern half of the state and create the threat of heavy rainfall, the weather service said Tuesday.

The rain will be especially strong over the windward side of the island and could lead to flooding. Thunderstorms are a strong possibility.

A flash flood watch means that conditions may develop that will lead to flash flooding.


County on Your Corner slated

A County on Your Corner event will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday in front of Colleen’s at the Cannery in Haiku.

Scheduled to join Mayor Alan Arakawa are Michelle Chouteau McLean, deputy director of planning, and John Buck and Robert Parsons, executive assistants.

The event, at 810 Haiku Road, will give the community a chance to interact with the mayor’s Cabinet members, the news release said.

For more information, call 270-7855.


Bail $42,000 in assault case

Bail was set at $42,000 for a man charged with assaulting his former girlfriend and repeatedly violating a court order prohibiting him from contacting her, police said.

David Sheffield, 46, who gave no local address, was arrested Sunday night in Makawao, a few hours after the woman reported incidents beginning earlier in the month, police said.

On Dec. 4, Sheffield went to the woman’s residence in Waihee at about 10 a.m., and they got into an argument, police said.

She was in the backyard when he grabbed her hair and threw her to the ground, police said. After she stood up, Sheffield began kicking her legs, causing her to fall to the ground, police said.

He continued kicking her legs, police said, causing bruising and pain. The woman didn’t call police.

At about midnight Sunday, Sheffield again went to the woman’s home and used a key he had to enter without permission, police said.

He took her phone to prevent her from calling police before leaving the residence at about 3 p.m., police said.

Shortly afterward, Sheffield made three phone calls to the woman, police said.

Later Sunday at about 5:15 p.m., the woman was traveling in the Paia area when she saw Sheffield driving his vehicle.

She stopped in a beach parking lot and called police, receiving eight phone calls from Sheffield while waiting for police to arrive, police said.

Police said the woman was at a friend’s house in Makawao at about 8 p.m. Sunday when she saw Sheffield approaching, and they began arguing.

They went to another location in Makawao to talk, and Sheffield was located and arrested at 9:23 p.m.

He was charged with first-degree burglary, second-degree assault, 15 counts of violating an order for protection and abuse.

County/In Brief

Highway reopens after traffic incident

Hana Highway in Spreckelsville was reopened early Monday morning after being closed for more than 12 hours after a vehicle hit a pole Sunday afternoon, police said.

The highway was closed at about 4 p.m. Sunday from Alakapa to Nonohe places, with reports of electrical lines on the roadway, police said. Shortly afterward, Maui Electric Co. reported power outages in the Spreckelsville area.

MECO responded to make repairs, and the highway was reopened at 5:41 a.m. Monday, police said.


Work to disrupt Haliimaile water service

Waterline improvements for a future water storage tank will cause water service to be disrupted in Haliimaile from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday.

The affected areas include Haliimaile Road, Maikai, Aoiki, Paihua, Nena, Paina, Alamuku, Nenelea, Olioli, Maile, Hiilani, Ehoeho, Akaaka, Makomako, Leie streets, Hoomalie Place and Baldwin Avenue from 2291 to 2399.

Customers may want to flush their waterlines for a short time Thursday afternoon to ensure that no sediment has accumulated in their waterlines during the project. Customers are advised to store water for the day if needed.

In addition, customers are requested to call the 24-hour service line, 270-7633, only if a water emergency occurs.


Police: Nothing suspicious about body

The death of a 62-year-old man whose body was found last week near Lahaina Cannery Mall didn’t appear to be suspicious, police said.

The body was found at about 1 p.m. Friday next to the parking lot on the Longs Drugs side of the shopping mall, police said.

An autopsy was being done. The man’s name wasn’t released while police worked on contacting his family.


County DMVL and finance offices closed

The Maui County Department of Motor Vehicle and Licensing office at the Maui Mall and satellite offices and Finance Department divisions on Lanai and Molokai and in Pukalani, Hana and Kihei will be closed today for staff training.

The affected Finance Department offices are accounts/payroll, central purchasing, Finance Director, real property tax and treasury.

For more information, call Dee Dee Thyssen at 270-7476.

County / In Brief

Personnel shortage leads to missed trash routes in Haiku

A shortage of personnel led to trash going uncollected in some areas of Haiku on Friday, the county Department of Environmental Management announced.

Affected areas included Aliikoa Place and Haiku, Holokai, Kauhikoa, Kaupakalua, Peahi, Ulumalu and East and West Kuiaha roads as well as surrounding streets, the department said.

The trash is expected to be collected today.


Street Bikers ‘Toys for Tots’ could lead to traffic delays

Traffic delays are expected today along the route of the 12th annual Street Bikers United “Toys for Tots” toy collection drive and parade.

The parade of bikes will depart Maalaea Harbor around 11 a.m., travel to Lahaina and return to Kihei at approximately 1 p.m.

Maui police will escort the group of motorcyclists and provide traffic control at intersections, according to an announcement.

For more information, visit


Hawaii Construction Alliance endorses Arakawa for mayor

The Hawaii Construction Alliance has endorsed Alan Arakawa for re-election as Maui County mayor.

The alliance includes the Hawaii Regional Council of Carpenters; the Hawaii Masons Union, Local 1 and Local 630; the Laborers’ International Union of North America, Local 368; and the Operating Engineers, Local Union No. 3.

The four unions of the alliance represent 15,000 working men and women statewide in the four basic crafts of Hawaii’s construction industry.

The alliance made the announcement at a news conference last week on Maui.

“Mayor Arakawa has been a strong and steadfast friend for our union members here in Maui County. He understands that a vibrant construction industry means quality jobs for local workers and a healthier economy for all of us,” said Tyler Dos Santos-Tam, executive director of the Hawaii Construction Alliance in a news release announcing the endorsement.


Six Maui high school seniors earn Schatz internship spots

Six Maui high school seniors have been selected to Sen. Brian Schatz’s Seniors Internship program to learn about the U.S. Senate.

They are Ethan Finberg, Kauaikekai Kealoha Kahakauwila Lara, Kylie Nathan, Megan Kamalei Batangan, Sarah Holter and Trent Hori.

A total of 30 high school seniors statewide from public, private, charter and home schools will participate in the inaugural program.

They will attend and help staff special events co-hosted by the senator.

To be chosen, students had to maintain at least a 2.0 grade-point average. Interns were selected based on their community involvement, diversity of interests and demonstrated leadership qualities.

Applications for next year’s program will be available at

High school principals and counselors may request a presentation for their future seniors on the program.

Contact Schatz’s Honolulu office at (808) 523-2061.


Police looking into body found near Lahaina Cannery Mall

Police were investigating the death of a man whose body was found Friday afternoon near Lahaina Cannery Mall.

A passer-by reported that police had cordoned off an area near Longs Drug Store while investigating.

The discovery of the body was reported at about 1 p.m., police said. The case is classified as an unattended death.

County/In Brief

Man dies after fall from cliff in Kipahulu

A 59-year-old Kaupo man died Thursday after falling 15 to 20 feet off a cliff onto rocks along the shore break in Kipahulu, fire officials said.

Police identified him as Philip Chang. He was last seen cutting grass near a cliff where there was loose soil while he was working on a farm in Kipahulu, according to police.

Police said Chang was later found unresponsive by co-workers 20 to 25 feet below the cliff.

Hana firefighters and the Air One chopper responded to the alarm at about noon at Mile Marker 41 along Hana Highway, according to Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.

The Air One chopper airlifted the victim’s body to the top of the cliff. He was then transported by police to Hana Health Center, where he was pronounced dead.


Construction work set to close Rice park

The restroom at H.W. Rice Memorial Park will be closed from Monday to Dec. 20 for construction of a new septic system, the county Department of Parks and Recreation said.

The park will remain open during construction.

The new septic tank will bring the restroom into compliance with Environmental Protection Agency requirements.

The work will be done by A.J. Trucking and Excavating; the design consultant was R.T. Tanaka Engineers. The contract with A.J. Trucking is for $36,000.


Maui and Molokai shores to see high surf

A high-surf advisory has been posted from 4 p.m. today to 6 a.m. Sunday for north- and west-facing shores of Maui and Molokai, the National Weather Service said.

A large northwest swell is expected to hit Maui County this afternoon, peaking late tonight but maintaining large surf through Saturday night, the weather service said.

Surf on north-facing shores will build to as high as 18 to 24 feet this evening. West-facing surf will peak at 14 to 18 feet by this evening.

There will be strong breaking waves on shore and rip currents in the ocean.


MECO announces power line inspections

Maui Electric Co. will be doing routine power line inspections with helicopters from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday islandwide, weather permitting.

Routine aerial inspections of Maui Electric’s equipment, including electrical lines, poles and substations, are necessary to maintain stable and reliable electrical service, the MECO news release said.

For questions or concerns, call Maui Electric at 871-8461.


Kahului waterline work to disrupt service

Residents on Kamehameha Avenue from Kane Street to Lono Avenue in Kahului will be without water Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning for waterline work, the county Department of Water Supply said.

Contractors will be extending a waterline on Kane Street. The project was originally scheduled for Thursday, but it was postponed to minimize customer impact, the water department said.

Customers will be without water during the work period, which is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. Tuesday and should be completed by 4 a.m. Wednesday.

Traffic will be limited to one lane only at the intersection of Kane Street and Kamehameha Avenue. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes and to follow signs and traffic control devices.

Customers may want to flush their waterlines for a short time Wednesday morning to ensure that no sediment has accumulated in their waterlines during the project.

Affected customers are advised to store water for the night if needed.

Customers are requested to call the 24-hour service line 270-7633 only if a water problem occurs.

County/In Brief

Lanai 10th on list by Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet has named Lanai to its “Top U.S. Destination” 2014 list and is the only Hawaiian island to make the list.

Lanai was ranked 10th. Topping the list was Grand Rapids and Lake Michigan’s Gold Coast.

“Our island is truly worlds away from the crowds and hustle of everyday life,” said Charity Texeira, manager of the Lanai Visitors Bureau. “We are honored to receive this designation, which truly belongs to our industry partners and nearly 3,000 residents who share their special brand of hometown hookipa (warm welcome) with each and every guest.”

According to Lonely Planet, the things that stand out on Lanai include the empty beaches, snorkeling, petroglyphs, rugged hiking, candy-colored plantation style homes and “teeny” town center.

The entire list and more comments may be found at


Police: 2 asleep in stolen vehicle

Police recovered a stolen vehicle Tuesday morning and arrested two men who were found sleeping inside, police said.

Daven Valoroso, 29, of Paia and Kawehi Lau, 19, of Wailuku were each charged with unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle. Bail was set at $1,000 each.

Valoroso and Lau were arrested after a resident of Kahiapo Place in Haiku reported finding a vehicle on her property with two people sleeping inside at 10:12 a.m. Tuesday, police said. Valoroso was in the driver’s seat, police said, and witnesses reported having seen Lau operating the vehicle the day before.

The 2008 gray Ford Explorer had been reported stolen at 12:15 p.m. Sunday from a residence on Paani Place in Spreckelsville after the owner returned home from a walk to find the vehicle missing.

Lau also was arrested on a $50,000 probation violation warrant.


‘An Hour of Code’ to happen Saturday

College for Kids/College Bound will hold a free one-hour class Saturday at the University of Hawaii Maui College as part of Computer Science Education Week.

The event is called “An Hour of Code” and highlights the fun of computer programming and careers. Students will be able to work with graphics programs, including Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Scratch, JavaScript, Python and smartphone apps.

The event runs from 9 to 10 a.m. at the UH-Maui College’s Laulima Building. The gathering is for students in grades 3 to 12; parents must attend for students in grades 3 to 6.

To register, call 984-3231.

College for Kids is partnering with the Maui Food Bank and asks attendees to consider making a $5 donation or to bring two to three canned goods.

County/In Brief

Basketball coach pleads no contest

WAILUKU – Maui High School girls basketball coach Gilbert Silva pleaded no contest Tuesday to a reduced charge of third-degree theft, as part of a plea agreement recommending a sentence of probation and no jail.

Silva, 65, had faced felony charges for allegations that he used two company-issued credit cards for personal purchases while he worked for the Maui Farmers’ Cooperative Exchange. According to court records, he was a general sales manager with the company when thousands of dollars in charges were made on the cards from January 2009 to April 1, 2012.

With Silva’s plea to the misdemeanor theft charge, the prosecution is dismissing two other charges of fraudulent use of a credit card. The plea agreement calls for one year’s probation, with the prosecution not seeking jail and Silva agreeing to pay restitution. The prosecution isn’t opposing early termination of Silva’s probation once he fulfills financial obligations in the case.

Silva will seek a chance to keep the conviction off his record when he is sentenced March 13. He has been free since posting $10,000 bail following his arrest in June.


Kihei man held on molestation counts

A 49-year-old Kihei man was being held without bail after he was arrested Monday on a California warrant charging him with nine counts of molestation of a family member, police said.

Andrew Young was arrested at 11:40 a.m. in Wailea by police Crime Reduction Unit officers, police said.

The warrant for his arrest was issued by the Sacramento Sheriff’s Office, police said.


88 degrees Monday sets a record high

The record high temperature for the day of 88 degrees was tied Monday at Kahului Airport, the National Weather Service reported.

The old record was set in 1952.

The forecast for today is sunny with scattered showers in windward areas and isolated showers in leeward sections.

High temperatures are expected to be between 80 and 85 degrees and lows between 66 and 71 degrees.

Winds will be from the east at 15 to 20 mph.


Teen reports assault on UH-Maui campus

A 15-year-old boy reported being assaulted by seven males Saturday night as he was walking alone on the University of Hawaii Maui College campus near the Harbor Lights condominiums, police said.

Because of limited visibility in the area, the victim couldn’t identify his attackers except to say that all of them were male, police said.

The assault occurred at about 10:35 p.m. and wasn’t reported until two days later when the boy’s father filed a police report.

The boy sustained injuries that were not life threatening and refused to go to the hospital.

County/In Brief

Police: Man’s death under investigation

Police are investigating the death of a 51-year-old homeless man whose body was found Monday morning in a drainage canal near Hoohana Street in Kahului.

Wailuku patrol officers responded to the report at about 7 a.m., said Lt. Jayson Rego of the Criminal Investigation Division.

He said the man appeared to have fallen headfirst into the 5-foot-deep waterway. Beer bottles were found around the man, Rego said. Police said there were no outward signs of recent injury to the man and the case was classified as an unattended death pending the results of an autopsy.

Attempts were being made to locate the victim’s family.


Medical centers’ governing board to meet

The governing board of Maui Memorial Medical Center, Kula Hospital and Clinic, and Lanai Community Hospital will hold public meetings Wednesday at the medical center and Dec. 17 in Kihei.

The Maui Regional System Board of Directors will discuss board developments and take comments on the regional system’s performance, a published notice said.

The Wednesday meeting will be held at 3 p.m. in the medical center’s auditorium. The Dec. 17 meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Kaunoa Center of the Kihei Community Center.

For more information, call (808) 442-5101.


Man arrested in Haiku burglary incident

A man was arrested early Saturday after he broke into a Haiku residence and used a crowbar to attack another man, police said.

Jonah Harris, 29, of Makawao was released after posting $12,300 bail. He was charged with second-degree assault, first-degree burglary, first-degree criminal property damage, third-degree criminal property damage, fourth-degree criminal property damage and first-degree terroristic threatening.

Police went to the home on Nehe Place in response to a call at 2:46 a.m. Saturday about a burglary occurring there, said Lt. Jayson Rego of the Criminal Investigation Division. He said a 32-year-old man, who is dating Harris’ former girlfriend, reported that Harris broke into the house and threatened to kill the resident. The resident reported being attacked with a crowbar and struck on the right forearm, causing pain and a laceration, Rego said.

When Harris left the house, he shattered the windshield and passenger-side window of the victim’s vehicle, Rego said. The victim tried to lock a gate on the property, but Harris rammed the gate with his car, Rego said.

He said Harris was arrested nearby in a traffic stop.


Fight in Waiehu bar leads to man’s arrest

A 24-year-old Wailuku man was arrested after he punched another man at a Waiehu bar, leading to a fight involving more than a dozen friends of both the suspect and the victim, police said.

Kalei Earl Keahi was released after posting $5,000 bail on a charge of second-degree assault, according to police records.

He was arrested after Wailuku patrol officers responded to a report of disorderly conduct involving 15 to 20 people at Watercress Sports Bar and Grill on Waiehu Beach Road at 1:53 a.m. Friday, said Lt. Jayson Rego of the Criminal Investigation Division.

He said an investigation found that the victim, a 27-year-old man, had been punched several times by Keahi. The victim was knocked out by the unprovoked assault, which led to the large altercation between friends of the victim and friends of Keahi, Rego said.

He said the victim was transported to the Maui Memorial Medical Center emergency room, where he was treated for a concussion and abrasions.

Keahi left the scene before police arrived and was arrested when officers stopped a vehicle he was in on Kikania Place in Waiehu, Rego said.

County / In Brief

Maui, Molokai shores to see high surf

Surf was expected to rise to 12 to 16 feet through this afternoon on the north-facing shores of Maui and Molokai until 6 p.m. today, according to a National Weather Service high-surf advisory issued Saturday.

The surf is expected to create hazardous conditions with strong breaking waves, rip currents and erosion.

The waves were being generated by a strong north-northwest swell, officials said.

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


Kane Street to close due to construction

Kane Street will be closed at its intersection with Kamehameha Avenue beginning Monday as roadwork is done as part of construction of a new, 45,000-square-foot HFM Maui food warehouse.

Traffic may be restricted on the road from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and motorists are advised to follow driving instructions or to avoid the area by using alternate routes, according to an announcement from PB Sullivan Construction Inc.

Plans call for building the warehouse between Maui Electric Co. offices and Foodland in Kahului. The 2.5-acre project site was the administrative and corporate offices of Maui Land & Pineapple Co.


Roadwork expected to impact traffic flow

The state Department of Transportation has announced roadwork for this week.

Projects expected to affect traffic flow include those in:

* Kahului. A single-lane closure on Kaahumanu Avenue in the westbound direction between Wahinepio Avenue and Lunalilo Street from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for road widening.

* Maalaea to Ukumehame. A lane closure on Honoapiilani Highway in the northbound lane between North Kihei Road and Kuihelani Highway from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday for road repairs.

* Honomanu. A single-lane closure on Hana Highway in the westbound direction at Milepost 14 between Wailua Road and Papaaea Road from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for roadwork.

Work schedules may change, and construction of all projects is weather permitting.

County / In Brief

Park unveils brochure in native language

The first brochure written in the native language of the community in the National Park Service system – in Hawaiian – was marked by Sen. Mazie Hirono at an event at Haleakala National Park in Kipahulu.

“This updated brochure will enable Native Hawaiians to share their culture and perspectives with all visitors,” said Hirono at the event Wednesday. “The partnership between the Maui kupuna and Haleakala National Park can serve as a model to other communities and other parks across the country as a way to share and respect native voices and perspectives.”

Natalie Gates, park superintendent, said that “some people might question why a national park would hold an event to celebrate the public rollout of a brochure.”

“But this is no ordinary brochure, and this is no ordinary place,” she said. “No other brochure in the entire 401-unit National Park System was written by community members in the native language of the community.”

Kupuna including Ma’ano Smith, Les Kuloloio, Kiope Raymond, Lyons Kapi’i Naone, the late Charlie Maxwell and others each donated more than 150 hours to write, edit and design the brochure, which will be handed out to more than 1 million visitors each year.


Two blazes under investigation – police

Police are investigating two intentional fire incidents early Friday morning at Maui High School, fire officials said.

The first incident occurred at 5:32 a.m. when firefighters responded to the school’s Building L and found a 55-gallon drum of motor oil on its side, Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga said. He said approximately 15 gallons of oil were on the ground and that “the perpetrators tried to ignite the barrel with cardboard.”

The barrel, which did not burn, was about 4 feet away from the main entrance and caused no damages, Mainaga said.

The second incident occurred at 7:02 a.m. when firefighters responded to the school’s Building Portable 1 for a fire at the entrance of the building, Mainaga said. He said the fire was extinguished prior to the crews’ arrival and damages to the structure were estimated at $5,000.

“The cause of the fire was attributed to incendiary devices found at the scene,” Mainaga said.

The Criminal Investigation Division is investigating the two incidents.

No injuries were reported.


Meth project warns of solicitation scam

The Hawaii Meth Project is warning the public of a scam with solicitors seeking funds for the “Baldwin High School Meth Project.”

On Thursday afternoon, two males, who appeared to be teenagers, knocked on the door of a home in the Kehalani community in Wailuku, the Hawaii Meth Project said in a news release. The woman who answered the door was told by the males that they were fundraising for the Meth Project at Baldwin.

The woman agreed to make a contribution by check but was told that they only accepted cash. That raised suspicions, so the woman politely declined a donation.

The woman notified the Hawaii Meth Project and then filed a report with the Maui Police Department.

Representatives of the Hawaii Meth Project do not make unsolicited requests from strangers on the street, at their homes or their places of business, the news release said. Anyone who is approached and asked to provide a cash donation to the Hawaii Meth Project is encouraged to politely decline and to report the incident to police.

County / In Brief

Driver misses turn, rolls down cliffside

A woman driving a white Lexus sedan Wednesday afternoon failed to make a turn on the winding Kahekili Highway, rolled down a 20- to 30-foot cliff and landed upright on a homeowner’s driveway, Fire Department officials said.

The vehicle was driven by a 73-year-old woman, who was taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga. Her condition was unavailable.

Two fire units responded to the 3:30 p.m. alarm on the Kahakuloa side of Makamakaole Gulch on Kahekili Highway, he said.


Lahaina fire results in $40K in damage

A trailer home fire in Lahaina on Wednesday afternoon caused $40,000 in damage to the structure and its contents, according to Fire Department officials.

Lahaina firefighters responded to the fire call at about 3:15 p.m. on Kai Hele Ku Street and arrived on the scene to find the home fully engulfed in flames, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.

The fire was brought under control at about 4 p.m. and extinguished at 4:40 p.m.

The home was unoccupied at the time of the fire, and there were no injuries, Mainaga said.

The lone resident arrived home and assisted firefighters with the investigation. The resident declined Red Cross assistance.

Damage to the structure was estimated at $10,000, with $30,000 to the contents, Mainaga said.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation.


Park waters reopen after shark sighting

The nearshore waters off Makena State Park were open Thursday morning, following an “aggressive shark” sighting in the area at noon Wednesday that prompted the area closed until sunset, officials said.

On Wednesday, an aggressive 8- to 10-foot Galapagos shark made several passes at two spearfishermen who were near shore off Black Sand Beach in Makena, according to the state Department of Land and Natural Resources.

The fishermen tried to fend off the shark with their spears when it kept coming, so they let it take their catch of speared fish and headed back to shore at nearby Little Beach, officials said.

The sighting comes a couple of days after a 57-year-old Washington state man died after part of his right leg was bitten off by a shark in about the same area. Patrick A. Briney of Stevenson was kayak fishing about a half-mile off Little Beach on Monday.

He died before reaching shore.


Man arrested in theft of car

A Kihei man was arrested Monday afternoon after allegedly stealing a car parked at a residence on South Kihei Road, police said.

Jeffrey C. Reeves, 29, was charged with unauthorized entry of a motor vehicle and unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle. His bail was set at $10,000.

The incident occurred around 5:10 p.m. when police issued an all-points bulletin for a gray BMW sport utility vehicle after it was discovered missing. About 10 minutes later, an officer noticed a car driving mauka on Haleakala Highway and weaving in and out of traffic, police said.

The officer, who was in an unmarked police car, confirmed the license plates on the BMW with the bulletin and pulled it over. Reeves did not resist arrest, police said.


Kihei Police Station blessed

The more than $30 million Kihei Police Station was blessed on Thursday with Mayor Alan Arakawa, Maui County Council members and Maui Police Department officers and top brass all in attendance.

The Kihei patrol has already settled into its new station situated on 10.2 acres mauka of Piilani Highway at the intersection with Kanani Road. The new station is nearly as large as the Wailuku Police Station.

The complex includes a two-story, 47,000-square-foot main building, a radio tower, a mechanical building and a bulk storage building. The storage building includes a forensic vehicle bay as well as space to store specialty vehicles and a car wash. It also has an impound lot behind the station.

For many years, Kihei patrol officers operated out of a storefront in the Kihei Town Center.

The blessing was held exactly two years after the project broke ground.

County / In Brief

Police used a Taser on a Pukalani man before arresting him Saturday for harassing a 16-year-old girl and challenging officers to a fight, police said,

Joshua Capertina, 19, was charged with harassment, resisting arrest and contempt of court. His bail was set at $6,000.

The incident occurred around 8:24 p.m. when patrol officers responded to an abuse at a residence on Aliiolani Street in Pukalani. Police found Capertina arguing with the girl, who had an injunction against harassment on him, and attempted to separate the two, police said.

Capertina then challenged the officers to a fight; the officers used a Taser before arresting him. While inside the police car, Capertina kicked out the back window, causing the glass to shatter into the officers’ faces, police said.

Capertina then was placed in a police van and charged additionally with fourth-degree criminal property damage.


GPS leads police to man, filched phone

A Kahului man was arrested Monday after stealing an iPhone from a visiting high school soccer team staying in the Maui High School gym, police said.

Timothy T. Saito, 22, was charged with first-degree burglary. His bail was set at $5,000.

The incident occurred around 3:45 a.m., when a chaperon of the Big Island team heard someone walking outside the gym. When the chaperon stood up, Saito was seen entering the gym but fled after the chaperon called for help, police said.

One of the players discovered that his iPhone was missing, and police turned on the Global Positioning System locator for the phone and tracked it to a brush area near Lono Avenue in Kahului.

Police found Saito sleeping on a chair with the phone between his legs. He was arrested after admitting to the crime.


Fire temporarily closes Wendy’s

Wendy’s in Kahului reopened after a gas line and stove caught fire early Wednesday morning, fire and restaurant officials said.

Firefighters responded to the eatery’s kitchen around 12:28 a.m. and contained the fire at the stove, Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga said. The fire was put out within five minutes of firefighters’ arrival using fire extinguishers.

All seven workers were evacuated prior to the firefighters’ arrival, and no injuries were reported, Mainaga said.

The restaurant was closed due to the fire and reopened around 2 p.m., restaurant officials said.

Damage to the stove is estimated at approximately $500.


Sessions will give information on ACA

The AARP has planned two informational sessions on the federal Affordable Care Act and Hawaii’s new health insurance marketplace Saturday in Kihei and Lahaina.

“Finding Your Way Around the Health Care Law” will provide an overview of the law, the health insurance marketplace, eligibility, enrollment, tax credits and options for those with limited incomes.

Assistance with applying for the Hawaii Health Connector will be available at the meetings; individuals also may set an appointment for help with the connector at a later date.

The Kihei event from 9 to 11:30 a.m. will be held at Kihei Charter School, 41 E. Lipoa St.

The Lahaina event will run from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the University of Hawaii Maui College Lahaina Education Center, 60 Kenui St.

Drop-ins are welcome but preregistration is requested at for the Kihei event and for the Lahaina event. Those interested in attending also may call (877) 927-8300.

The events are free and open to the public.

For more information on the Affordable Care Act, go the website


Haleakala Waldorf plans Holiday Faire

The 28th annual Haleakala Waldorf School Holiday Faire will be will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the school campus in Kula.

There will be entertainment, hula and wandering minstrels throughout the day.

More than 75 artisans will offer handcrafted items. The Bakery and Country Store will be offering homemade treats prepared with fresh local products.

The Holiday Faire is known for its traditional hands-on craft activities, including beeswax candle dipping, ornament decoration and gnome garden making.

There will be games and activities for the keiki, including an obstacle course and puppet theater. At 10 a.m., an elf parade will wind through the fair and each child wearing an elf or Santa’s helper costume will receive a free gift.

Admission is $3 for adults; children under 12 years of age will be admitted for free.

The school is across from the Kula Post Office on Kula Highway.

For more information, call 878-2511 or visit

County/In Brief

Officer charged in assault on daughter

WAILUKU – Maui police officer Nelson Johnson has been charged with second-degree assault and two counts of physical abuse for allegedly slapping his daughter, police said.

Johnson was recently sought on a warrant, police said after felony charges were filed. Police arrested Johnson on Monday, and he was later released after posting $5,000 bail, police records show.

The 46-year-old officer was originally arrested and charged Nov. 20 for abuse of a family or household member. He posted $1,000 bail and was released.

The incident occurred Nov. 19 when Johnson slapped his daughter following an argument at her Wailuku residence, police said. The 13-year-old girl fell backward, hit her head on a wall-mounted air conditioner and suffered a concussion.

Her mother called police, and the girl was taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center. She was later released in good condition, police said.

Johnson is an 18-year veteran of the department. He remains on administrative leave.


Police seek public’s help in man’s death

The Maui Police Department is seeking the public’s help in obtaining more information on the 53-year-old man who was found dead early Monday morning at the Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club, police said Tuesday.

The man was found by police at the resort around 6:40 a.m. He was lying unresponsive on the pavement on the resort grounds, police said.

Police classified the case as an unattended death.

If anyone has information about the man, they are asked to call police at 244-6400 or the Lahaina Criminal Investigation Division at 661-0559.


Photojournalist to address club event

Maui News photojournalist Matthew Thayer is scheduled to speak to the Kiwanis Club of Maui at noon Thursday at Cary & Eddie’s Hideaway Restaurant in Kahului.

Thayer has won more than 60 state and national awards for his photography and writing.

The Maui News staffer, who has been at the paper for 33 years, also is a fiction author who has published two ebooks in his “30,000 B.C. Chronicles” series, “Bordeaux” and “Tuscany,” and is scheduled to release the third, “Gibraltar,” later this fall. The “30,000 B. C. Chronicles” are time travel action adventures set in Europe during the Paleolithic period.

Along with sharing insights into his photojournalism career, Thayer also will explain how he navigated the challenges of writing and publishing his novels, and how the advent of ebooks has changed the publishing landscape for authors.

The meeting is open to the public, and visitors are welcome. Lunch is $12 and is required for attendees.

For more information, contact Kathy Anderson at 357-8877.

County/In Brief

Man, 53, found dead at Marriott in Lahaina

A 53-year-old man was found dead early Monday morning at the Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club, police said.

Lahaina patrol officers responded to the resort around 6:40 a.m. and found the unresponsive man lying on the pavement on the resort grounds, police said.

Police have classified the incident as an unattended death, and as of Monday afternoon did not know the man’s place of residence or whether he was staying at the resort.


Waterline work slated to disrupt traffic in Paia

Work on a waterline will affect traffic on Hana Highway in Paia beginning Wednesday.

To reduce the impact on businesses and residents, project work will be done evenings from 8:30 to 6:30 a.m. Sundays to Thursdays, excluding holidays, the Department of Water Supply said.

The waterline project is expected to be completed in April and extends from Lower Paia Park to Holua Place in Kuau.

Motorists are advised to expect delays, use caution and follow all traffic-control signs, devices and flag personnel while driving through the work zone. During construction, traffic may be limited to one lane.

Parking on Hana Highway will be affected, and cars left in construction zones may be towed at the owner’s expense.

The contractor will notify customers when water service will be affected. Customers are requested to call the 24-hour service line (270-7633) only if a water problem occurs.


Slam poet will be part of anti-meth campaign

An anti-methamphetamine performance by Oahu slam poet Gary Brock will highlight events at Baldwin High School today, part of the first National Meth Awareness Week.

The event is being put on by the Hawaii Meth Project for the week that runs through Saturday.

There will be classroom presentations by Hawaii Meth Project Teen Advisory Council Member McKayla Wandell, a Baldwin 11th-grader, and student advocates for the project about the risks of first-time meth use. A lunchtime rally from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. will include Brock’s performance.

From 2:15 to 2:45 p.m. after school, the public may join students in a sign-waving event in front of the Wailuku school.

The event is part of a larger nationwide effort in conjunction with the Meth Project, a teen-targeted prevention program of The Partnership at, which aims to reduce meth use through public service messaging, public policy and community outreach.

The Maui project is part of a statewide program that includes schools on Kauai, Oahu and the Big Island.


KIRC announces dates for trolling in December

The waters around Kahoolawe will be open for trolling Saturday and Sunday and Dec. 21-22, the Kaho’olawe Island Reserve Commission announced.

All vessels must register with the commission before entering the reserve for trolling.

To register, contact Dean Tokishi by email at or by phone at 243-5889. Information packets may be picked up at the Division of Boating Recreation or through the website kahoolawe.

County/In Brief

Rescuers help man after fall off horse

A 64-year-old man fell off his horse in Kanaio on Saturday afternoon, and firefighters airlifted him to an ambulance that took him to Maui Memorial Medical Center in stable condition, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.

Kula firefighters and the Kahului Fire Station’s rescue company received the alarm of the man being in distress at 4:35 p.m., Mainaga said. They responded to a location between Mileposts 17 and 18 on Piilani Highway, and the helicopter crew spotted the man about a mile down an unimproved road, known as Kanaio Road. They hauled him out by air to a landing zone off the highway.

The man sustained a laceration to his head and complained of back pain.


MEO to hold events to consider center

Maui Economic Opportunity Inc. is hosting two public meetings Thursday to discuss the development of a one-call/one-click transportation coordination center.

The center aims to simplify locating information about available transportation and scheduling rides for residents.

The meetings are scheduled for 10 to 11 a.m. in the Waiola Church hall, 535 Wainee St. in Lahaina, and from 3 to 4 p.m. at MEO’s facility located at 99 Mahalani St. in Wailuku.

Information will be available about the Veteran’s Transportation One-Call/One-Click project. It has been secured by a Maui County grant from the Veterans Transportation and Community Living Initiative. The grant is designed to help public agencies and organizations address transportation challenges faced by veterans, service members and their families.

For more information, contact 249-2990 or


Work planned on Maui roadways

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.