County / In Brief

Gasoline prices stable in Wailuku

Average gas prices in Wailuku remained unchanged from last week and last month at $4.45 a gallon for regular unleaded, according to the AAA Hawaii Weekend Gas Watch released Thursday.

The Maui average was 12 cents less than on the same day last year.

Statewide, average gas prices also were unchanged from last week at $4.36 a gallon. That price was a penny less than last month and 1 cent less than on the same day last year.

Average gas prices in Honolulu remained steady at $4.34 a gallon, unchanged for four weeks and 9 cents more than a year ago. In Hilo, the average gas price was $4.19 per gallon, up 2 cents from last week, the same price as a month ago and 20 cents less than a year ago.


State library system to purge accounts

The Hawaii State Public Library will purge inactive accounts from its patron database on Monday.

Inactive accounts may include accounts with expired library cards; no borrowed library materials in the past three years; no outstanding items, charges or fees; or former residents who have moved from Hawaii.

The database cleanup will not affect currently active library patrons.

Removing these accounts will provide an updated, more accurate database for business and management uses, state officials said in an announcement.

Patrons who discover their record has been purged may reactivate their card, free of charge, by completing a new library card application form and presenting it with their old library card and valid identification.

Internet computer users who use their library card to access the system’s Internet stations or subscription databases remotely may notice that their accounts have been purged. These patrons may reactivate their accounts, free of charge, by completing a new application at any public library.


Gabbard to host ‘Listening Tour’

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard will be hosting a statewide “Veterans Listening Tour” next week, and the Maui session is set for 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the Pomaikai Elementary School cafeteria in Kahului.

The listening sessions are open to the public. Veterans, service members and their families are invited to share their ideas, concerns and personal experiences relating to the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Pacific Islands Health Care System, the news release said.

Gabbard, whose 2nd Congressional District includes Maui County, also will answer questions and take individual casework for veterans.

During her visit to Maui, she will be visiting farms, gardens, fishponds and research facilities that promote agriculture.


Two tents combined at the Maui Fair

The Commercial and Products & Services tents at the Maui Fair will be consolidated under one tent in the fall due to space limitations with the new fair layout and will be renamed the “Products & Services Exhibit.”

Applications for space in the revised tent are currently available. Exhibit booth space is reserved, limited and assigned by the P&S Committee. Receipt of a completed and signed agreement, booth reservation form and payment by certified check, money order or cashier’s check assures the exhibitor of a space. Final notification is made by the P&S Committee.

Maui Fair Products & Services Exhibit applications and general terms and conditions may be downloaded at For more information, email or

The 2014 Maui Fair “A Timeless Tradition” will be held Oct. 2 to 5 at the War Memorial Complex.

County/In Brief

Wailuku house fire displaces 8 people

A fire in a 720-square-foot house in Wailuku on Thursday evening left eight people homeless, fire officials said.

Wailuku firefighters responded to the 6 p.m. alarm of a structure fire on West Vineyard Street, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga. When firefighters arrived on the scene, they found that the fire had been extinguished by the residents.

The American Red Cross was called to provide assistance to the four adults and four children displaced by the fire, Mainaga said.

The Red Cross said Thursday night that disaster volunteers will meet with the residents and ensure that their immediate emergency needs for food, shelter and clothing are met. Caseworkers will continue to follow up with anyone affected in the coming weeks to provide referrals, guidance or additional assistance as needed to help with the recovery process, the news release said.

It was an accidental cooking fire, according to a fire inspector. Damage was estimated at $4,800 to the structure and $2,000 for the contents. There were no injuries reported, said Mainaga.


Exercise to be conducted off South Maui

The Maui Fire Department, the Ocean Safety Bureau and the U.S. Coast Guard will conduct a search-and-rescue exercise in the waters off South Maui today.

A fictional scenario with a missing person from a commercial vessel will be played out during the joint training exercise, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga. Maui fire rescue personnel, Ocean Safety Bureau lifeguards and Coast Guard officials will be alerted and a coordinated search will be planned as part of the training.

The joint training, involving a missing person in the ocean, began in September 2012. The objectives are to review and to improve cooperation and communication between agencies, to practice unified command, to evaluate interagency briefing coordination and to improve interagency resource and protocol familiarity, Mainaga said.

The exercise will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Kamaole Beach Park III.


Head Start programs receive $2.1 million

Head Start programs in Maui County received a $2.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz announced Thursday.

Head Start is a federal early-childhood education program that promotes school readiness of children from low-income families.

Maui Economic Opportunity operates 16 Head Start centers on Maui, Molokai and Lanai. Services at the centers cover general, mental and oral health, nutrition, early-childhood education, children with disabilities (coordinated with the Department of Education) and family involvement and training.

“We know that when we prepare our kids for school, they have a better shot at succeeding,” Schatz said.

County/In Brief

Woman hurt on water slide airlifted

A 31-year-old California woman was airlifted from a remote and mountainous area in West Maui after she injured her back while sliding down a water slide chute Wednesday, a fire official said.

Around 12:30 p.m., firefighters responded to the report from a location known as Kahoma Cabin, which requires four-wheel-drive capability over 3 miles of off-road terrain to reach, Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga said.

Crews arrived on the scene and found the woman being supported in the shallow water of a pond. The woman reported lower to middle back pain that had occurred while she was sliding down a water slide chute, Mainaga said. Rescuers secured her to a backboard before airlifting her in the department’s Air One helicopter to a landing zone at Lahainaluna High School.

The woman was transferred by ambulance to Maui Memorial Medical Center in stable condition.

She is a visitor from Granite Bay, Calif.


Man arrested in assault in Lahaina

A 26-year-old man was arrested in Lahaina early Wednesday morning for allegedly striking a 49-year-old homeless man over the head with a large pole, police said.

Officers responded to the call around 12:30 a.m. to Kamehameha Iki Park. The victim had sustained a 3-inch laceration to the back of his head and was transported to the emergency room at Maui Memorial Medical Center in stable condition.

Police arrested the suspect, also presumed to be homeless, and charged him with second-degree assault. The suspect used a large, fiberglass pole to hit the victim in the back of the head, police said.

The man remained in custody as of Wednesday afternoon.


Delta to add flight from Seattle

Delta Air Lines is adding one daily flight between Seattle-Tacoma International and Kahului airports beginning Dec. 20, the airline said Tuesday.

The flight, using a Boeing 757-200, is part of the airlines’ announcement to add flights to popular ski and beach destinations from Seattle. Other destinations added include Bozeman, Mont.; Calgary, Alberta; Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

New international destinations are pending foreign government approval, and the Puerto Vallarta service is awaiting U.S. government approval and is not yet available for sale, the news release said.


Events set for Water Safety Day

A free “Water Safety Day” event will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Hanakao’o Beach Park in Lahaina, according to an announcement.

One scheduled activity is an “Ohana Fun Paddle” with well-known watermen Archie Kalepa, Buzzy Kerbox, Kody Kerbox, Dave Kalama, Dane Kealoha, Conner Baxter and Kai Lenny.

“Meet some of the islands’ most respected watermen and learn about the importance of staying safe while at the beach,” the announcement said.

Other activities include simulated rescue techniques, canoe rides with the Napili Canoe Club and live music by Lily Meola, Ben De Leon and Damon Padilla. Lunch will be available and provided by the Flatbread Co. and Monkeypod Kitchen. The first 150 kids to arrive at the event will receive T-shirts by Naish Hawai’i, organizers said.

The event is being sponsored by the Will Smith Foundation, which is working in partnership with Maui County lifeguards and firefighters. No registration is required.


Mayor will appear at Barrio Fiesta

Mayor Alan Arakawa will be holding a “County on Your Corner” at the Barrio Fiesta from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the War Memorial Soccer Field.

Joining Arakawa will be Council Member Mike Victorino, Housing and Human Concerns Deputy Director Jan Shishido, and Executive Assistants Rob Parsons, Joe Pontanilla and Mike Molina.

For more information, call 270-7855.

County/In Brief

Man arrested in slaying probe freed

A man arrested in the investigation into the killing of a 20-year-old man on Molokai last week has been released pending further investigation, police said.

The 39-year-old suspect was arrested May 21, the day after Koshari Kahikili was found dead on a dirt roadway near Milepost 15 of Kamehameha V Highway in the Mapulehu area.

Police said Kahikili appeared to have sustained a head injury.

The suspect was released Friday, police said.


Man is arrested in attack on woman

A 30-year-old man was arrested Monday for allegedly abusing his former girlfriend after breaking down the door to enter her residence in Kihei, police said.

James Irvine, who gave no local address, was released after posting $6,000 bail on charges of first-degree burglary and abuse.

The victim reported the incident Monday morning, telling police that it occurred at about 10 p.m. Saturday. She said that Irvine went into the house and into her room and assaulted her, according to police. She suffered injuries to her facial area and forehead, police said.

Irvine was arrested after he turned himself in at 12:30 p.m. Monday.


Unscheduled fire burns sugar cane

About 4 acres of sugar cane burned in an unscheduled fire Monday night on Holomua Road, above the Old Maui High School at Hamakuapoko, a fire official said.

Paia and Kahului fire companies responded to the 6:59 p.m. alarm at the location about 1.5 miles above the school, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga. He said the fire was brought under control at 8:03 p.m.

No buildings were threatened, and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

County/In Brief

Parking lot work to shutter Keokea park

The county’s Sun Yat Sen Park in Keokea will be closed beginning June 2 while improvements are made to its parking lot, according to a Department of Parks and Recreation announcement.

The project is expected to take 120 days, with reopening targeted for Oct. 2.

Rojac Construction has the $144,400 contract to grade and pave the parking area, install a drainage system and design an accessible parking stall.

For more information, contact parks project manager Paul Taylor at 270-6173.


Military academies admit isle students

Three Maui County students have been awarded admission to U.S. military academies, U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard announced.

Kula residents Iain Armitage and Erin Lindsey, both seniors at Kamehameha Schools Maui, were offered admission to the U.S. Air Force Academy; and Kahului resident Trent Hori of Maui High School was admitted to the U.S. Naval Academy.

Four other Hawaii students were awarded admission to the military academies, Gabbard said.

She said they will begin their enrollment in early June.

“These selfless and committed young adults have chosen to dedicate their lives in service to their country,” Gabbard said. “I am so proud of their willingness to raise their hand in service to our nation. I wish them the very best as they pursue their education and military training at these prestigious academies.”


International fair honors Molokai girl

Molokai High School student Sarah Jenkins took the third place grand award in animal science at the recent International Science & Engineering Fair in Los Angeles, according to an announcement from the Hawaii Academy of Science.

Jenkins also won a special award of a full five-year scholarship (valued at $250,000) to Drexel University, a private research university based in Philadelphia.

Also at the science fair, Maui High School students Christopher Kim and Thomas Sturm garnered the third place grand prize in physics and astronomy. In addition, they won the Sigma Xi award, valued at $2,000.

The Maui County students were among a 25-member Hawaii contingent that came home with 18 awards.

Overall, the fair drew 1,750 participants from more than 70 countries, regions and territories.

County / In Brief

Hydraulic fluid leak is cleaned up

Firefighters and county Department of Public Works employees cleaned up a hazardous materials spill Friday fronting Iao Intermediate School in Wailuku, after a hydraulic fluid leak earlier in the morning from an Aloha Waste trash truck.

The spill was reported at 6:22 a.m. Wailuku firefighters arrived to find a 20-by-15-foot puddle of hydraulic fluid, which was still leaking from a broken hose from the truck, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.

By midmorning, the spill on Market Street was 120 feet long and 10 feet wide, extending from Kaohu to Palua streets, Mainaga said.

Maui Fire Department’s Kahului engine and hazardous materials crews also responded to the scene.


Flags to be lowered for Memorial Day

In observance of Memorial Day, Gov. Neil Abercrombie has ordered that U.S. and Hawaii flags be flown at half-staff at all state offices and agencies until noon Monday.

Abercrombie will attend the Maui County Veterans Council Memorial Day observance beginning at 9 a.m. Monday at the Makawao Veterans Cemetery. U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard also is scheduled to be at the event, according to an announcement from her office.


Assistance dog site to welcome public

Assistance Dogs of Hawaii will hold a free open house from 1 to 5 p.m. today at its campus and training facility in Makawao, according to an announcement.

The facility is at 675 Kealaloa Ave. The event will feature refreshments and an opportunity to watch dog teams and puppies in training.

The nonprofit group provides people with physical and developmental disabilities professionally trained dogs that will give them increased freedom and enhance the quality of their lives. The group was founded by Will and Mo Maurer, who started working in the assistance dog industry in 1995 when they realized the difficulty Hawaii residents were having in obtaining guide dogs.

For more information, call 205-4767.


Hana, Molokai, Lanai pre-K offered

Prekindergarten classes will be available at Hana High and Elementary, Kaunakakai Elementary on Molokai and Lanai High and Elementary, according to an announcement from Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s office.

The classes will stem from a new program developed jointly by the governor’s Executive Office on Early Learning and the state Department of Education, the announcement said. It will allow families to enroll their 4-year-olds in prekindergarten classes.

The program is intended to serve 420 children who qualify based on income (those eligible for free or reduced lunches) and age requirements. For the 2014-15 school year, children must be 5 years old on or before July 31 to be admitted to regular kindergarten. Priority for the prekindergarten program is given to children born on or between Aug. 1 and Dec. 31, 2009.

Student application packets will be available at respective school offices. The first deadline to submit an application is Friday.


Blood Bank to hold Maui drives in June

The Blood Bank of Hawaii has released its blood drive schedule for June.

Every day, 200 blood donors are needed to meet the needs of Hawaii’s patients, according to an announcement last week. Donors must be in good health, at least 18 years old (or 17 with signed consent form), weigh at least 110 pounds and bring a valid photo ID on the day of the blood drive.

Drives will be held at the Cameron Center Auditorium in Wailuku on:

* June 23, 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

* June 24, 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

* June 25, 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.

* June 26, 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Times and dates are subject to change. Call (808) 848-4770 or visit to schedule an appointment.

County/In Brief

Search for paragliders turns up empty

An ocean search for two paragliders off Keawakapu Beach was called off at noon Thursday, after the Coast Guard and firefighters found no signs during an extensive search that began Wednesday evening, a fire official said.

Firefighters responded to the beach after the 6:17 p.m. report by witnesses that two paragliders entered the ocean one-half to 3 miles off the beach, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.

The Fire Department’s rescue boat, a Coast Guard helicopter and a Coast Guard 45-foot rescue boat searched overnight Wednesday and were continuing to search Thursday morning along with the Fire Department’s Air One helicopter, he said.

No family, friends, paraglider rental companies or paraglider pilots had reported any missing paragliders, Mainaga said.


Arrest in death of Molokai 20-year-old

A man has been arrested in the investigation into the suspicious death of a 20-year-old Molokai man who was found on a dirt roadway in the Mapulehu area on Molokai’s East End early Tuesday.

The 39-year-old man was being held at the Molokai Police Station on suspicion of second-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, according to police records. The man gave no local address but was staying in the Kaluaaha area of Molokai, according to police records. Police said he hadn’t been charged early Thursday afternoon.

He was arrested shortly after noon Wednesday, according to police records.

Police said the victim, Koshari Kahikili, was seen lying motionless on the roadway near Milepost 15 of Kamehameha V Highway at 6:45 a.m. Tuesday. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

An investigation showed that the man had sustained an apparent head injury, police said.

An autopsy was pending, and the investigation was continuing.


Staffing shortage slated to close landfill

The Molokai Landfill will close early, at 12:30 p.m., Saturday because of a staffing shortage, according to an announcement from the county Department of Environmental Management’s Solid Waste Division.

Officials said the closure will be necessary for the department to “maintain safe operations and meet the minimum state Department of Health operating requirements” of the landfill’s permit to operate.


Center at Kealia Pond temporarily closed

The Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center will be closed until further notice because of mechanical problems with air conditioning in the Maui National Wildlife Refuge Complex Headquarters, according to an announcement.

The refuge will remain open for bird viewing from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, officials said. Visitors can still access the refuge’s bird viewing area to observe Hawaiian wetland birds and view nesting Hawaiian stilts and coots in their natural habitat, along with other wetland species.

The refuge is closed Fridays through Sundays and on all federal holidays.

The Kealia Coastal Boardwalk also is open and accessible seven days a week from sunrise until 7 p.m.

The refuge is located at Mokulele Highway Milepost 6 in Kihei. The boardwalk is located on North Kihei Road between Kihei and Maalaea.


State funds for technology improvements

The Maui Research and Technology Center in Kihei received $734,000 in state funds to replace a chiller with energy-efficient technologies.

The funds also will go toward construction of a mechanical room on the grounds to protect the new equipment from the elements. The chiller replacement and relocation will reduce maintenance costs, increase energy efficiency and have replacement parts readily available in case of a failure, according to a news release from the governor’s office.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie released more than $52.4 million last month for projects statewide to improve public housing facilities and to modernize technology infrastructure.

Capital improvement projects include $45 million to develop, upgrade or renovate public housing facilities around the state; $2 million to modernize the eligibility determination system for public assistance programs; and $2 million to modernize the 25-year-old case management system for the Social Services Division.

County/In Brief

Lahaina man is arrested in assault

A 41-year-old Lahaina man was arrested in connection with an assault on another man, who was found bleeding from the back of his head Tuesday evening at a Kihei residence, police said.

Police went to the home on Luaka Circle to investigate a report of disorderly conduct in progress at 5:35 p.m.

Police said the victim, a 47-year-old Kihei man, had gotten into an argument with the Lahaina man and was struck with a pipe on the back of the head. Medics were called, and the Kihei man was transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center. He was in stable condition Wednesday in the intensive care unit, police said.

The Lahaina man was arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault, with an investigation continuing by the Kihei Criminal Investigation Division.


Signs will wave to back mental health

A sign-waving effort in support of mental health on Maui will be held on Kaahumanu Avenue in front of Macy’s at the Queen Ka’ahumanu Center on Saturday.

The sign waving, sponsored by the Ho’omoana Foundation, will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Volunteers are welcome to bring their own signs to support mental health and should park in the parking lot in front of Macy’s next to Kaahumanu Avenue.

For more information, email or call 877-7720.


North Shore Church fair, exchange set

North Shore Church will host a kids clothing exchange and fair Saturday.

The event is held on the fourth Saturday of every other month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the field house behind Haiku School at 105 Pauwela Road in Haiku.

Families can bring children’s clothes that they no longer need and trade the items for bigger sizes.

Meanwhile, the fair will offer a bounce house, games, a barbecue and shave ice, all free of charge.


Offices to be closed for Memorial Day

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

The Makawao Public Library, which is usually closed Fridays, will be open this Friday. All public libraries will be closed Saturday through Monday.

The Hana and Lanai landfills and Molokai-Naiwa Landfill & Recycling Center will be closed Monday.

On Monday, the Central Maui Landfill and EKO Compost will be open from 6 a.m. to noon and Olowalu Recycling & Refuse Convenience Center will be open from 8 a.m. to noon.

The Maui News business offices also will be closed Monday.

County/In Brief

Male body found by road on Molokai

Police are investigating the discovery of a male body on the side of the road early Tuesday in a remote area on Molokai’s East End, police said.

The male, who had no identification on him, appeared to have suffered an injury to his head, police said.

Someone driving by saw the body from the road on Kamehameha V Highway in the area of Mapulehu Glass House and called police after 6:30 a.m.

Police remained at the scene investigating Tuesday morning.


Facebook event offered Sunday

Maui’s small-business owners can learn how to boost their presence on Facebook, the world’s largest social network, at an event Sunday.

Check-in for the free workshop, Facebook’s Small Business Boost, will begin at 4 p.m. at the King Kamehameha Golf Club inside the Waikapu Ballroom.

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz will speak at the start of the event.

“Small businesses are a central part of our local economy and important to Hawaii jobs,” Schatz said in a statement. “More and more consumers are shopping online and using social media like Facebook to find goods and services. . . . This (workshop) is a great way small businesses can stay competitive and thrive.”

Guest speakers will include local representatives from Maui’s Children Bookstore + Cafe, Pride of Maui, Koa’s Seaside Grill and 808 Shells.

The event is hosted by the Hawaii Chamber of Commerce and the Maui Economic Development Board. To learn more about the impact social media can have on small businesses, visit business/success.

The King Kamehameha Golf Club is located at 2500 Honoapiilani Highway in Waikapu.


Three arrested in robbery in Kahului

Three people have been arrested in connection with the robbery of a Kahului man early Monday in Kahului.

The 47-year-old victim reported he was tricked into meeting Wilsand Sardinha in the area of Amala Place and Hobron Avenue at about 1 a.m., police said. When the victim arrived for the meeting, Sardinha pulled out a handgun and demanded that the victim hand over his belongings, police said.

Sardinha left in a vehicle driven by Anthony Ayonayon with Aaralyn Decambra as a passenger, police said.

Wailuku patrol officers stopped the vehicle and located a backpack on the roadway near the traffic stop. A replica pellet gun was recovered, police said.

Sardinha, 24, of Kahului; Ayonayon, 31, of Wailuku; and Decambra, 33, of Kahului have each been charged with first-degree robbery. Bail was set at $20,000 for each of them.


Paraglider removed from perch in trees

A paraglider who became entangled in trees was freed by a fire rescue crew aboard the Fire Department’s Air One helicopter Tuesday morning when rescuers plucked the man from a tree in the Kula Forest Reserve, a fire official said.

The paraglider from Jupiter, Fla., wasn’t injured, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.

Kula firefighters and a Kahului rescue crew responded to the 9:15 a.m. call.

Seven minutes later, from the base of Waipoli Road, firefighters spotted a purple and orange paragliding rig at the 6,000-foot elevation in the forest reserve, Mainaga said. He said rescuers were able to contact the paraglider pilot by cellphone, and he said he wasn’t injured but couldn’t free himself.

By helicopter, the fire rescue crew spotted the man and rescued him, flying him to a landing zone off Waipoli Road, Mainaga said.


Lahaina man freed on firearms counts

A Lahaina man was arrested on six firearms-related charges after police found him with a handgun while investigating a burglar alarm call at a Lahaina shopping center early Tuesday, police said.

Casey Casco, 29, was released after posting $33,000 bail on the charges.

He was arrested at 2:23 a.m. after officers went to Lahaina Gateway to check on the burglar alarm and saw Casco operating an all-terrain vehicle behind the shopping center, police said. Officers made contact with Casco and further investigation showed he had the handgun, police said.

County/In Brief

Haleakala park official to speak in Kula

Haleakala National Park Superintendent Natalie Gates will be among speakers to address the Kula Community Association during a meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Kula Community Center, according to an announcement.

Gates is expected to provide an update on park plans, including details of the recently completed park commercial services plan. She is expected to discuss issues arising from the interaction between construction traffic for the solar telescope and the experience of park visitors.

Abe Vandenberg of the Maui Invasive Species Committee has been invited to discuss the axis deer invasive species problem and the more recent discovery of little fire ants on Maui.

Council Member Elle Cochran, chairwoman of the council’s Infrastructure and Environmental Management Committee, is scheduled address downhill bicycling tours. A bicycle tour business measure is making its way through her committee, according to the announcement.

Refreshments will follow the presentations.

For more information, call 283-4376.


MECO probing power outage in Pukalani

A power outage in parts of Pukalani on Monday morning affected about 2,700 customers, Maui Electric Co. reported.

The outage occurred at about 5:45 a.m.; power was restored to all customers by 6:25 a.m., according to Kau’i Awai-Dickson, MECO spokeswoman.

MECO was investigating the cause of the outage.


Disney cruise ship set to come to Kahului

The Disney Wonder cruise ship will be making ports of call at Kahului Harbor in September 2015 as part of its 10-day Hawaiian Disney Cruise, the Disney website said.

One itinerary has the Disney Wonder leaving Vancouver, British Columbia, on Sept. 7, 2015, and ending up at Honolulu Harbor on Sept. 17, 2015.

The ship will dock at Kahului Harbor on Sept. 15, 2015.

The second itinerary has the cruise ship departing Honolulu Harbor on Sept. 17, 2015, spending Sept. 18 and 19, 2015, at Kahului Harbor and ending up at Vancouver on Sept. 27, 2015.

The Disney Wonder has been in service since Aug. 15, 1999, and has a capacity of 2,400 passengers. It has a cruising speed of 22.3 knots, or 11.4 mph, according to the Disney website.

USA Today reports that the Disney Cruise line has had only two sailings in Hawaii in its 15-year history, both in 2012.

Bookings are open to the public beginning Wednesday.


Meeting to wrap up this year’s Art Maui

Art Maui will hold its annual members’ meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday in the Haynes Meeting Room at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.

The meeting will wrap up Art Maui 2014 and open Art Maui 2015, according to an announcement. Artists featured in this year’s show are encouraged to attend.

Members will elect new board members and officers.


Outlet center adds daily shuttle service

The Outlets of Maui has launched daily shuttle service between Kaanapali and Lahaina.

The service, which began Monday and is operated by Roberts Hawaii, runs from 10 a.m. to 10:24 p.m. The cost is $2 per ride, with children ages 4 and younger riding for free.

The shuttle stop location at the Lahaina shopping center is next to the Coach store. Other stops on the route include Aston Kaanapali Shores, Honua Kai Resort, Royal Lahaina Resort, Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa, Ka’anapali Beach Hotel, Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club, Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa and Lahaina Harbor. Reservations for the shuttle are not needed.

The Outlets of Maui is located at 900 Front St.

For more information, call 661-8277 or go to


McKelvey to speak at veterans service

State Rep. Angus McKelvey will be the keynote speaker at the West Maui Veterans Club’s Memorial Day service at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Veterans Memorial Hall in Lahaina.

A buffet luncheon will be served after the service. All flowers brought to the service will be returned after the luncheon.

The hall is located at 190 Fleming Road.

County/In Brief

Water resources to be topic of meeting

Water will be the focus of the Kihei Community Association meeting on Tuesday at the Kihei Charter School.

Doors open at 6 p.m. for talk story and pupu, with the meeting set to begin at 6:30.

William Tam, deputy director for water at the state Department of Land and Natural Resources, and state Water Commissioner Jonathan Starr will discuss water resources and management in Hawaii and how it affects South Maui.

The public is invited to attend the meeting.

There is no admission fee. Nonperishable donations to the Maui Food Bank will be accepted at the door.

Kihei Charter School is located at 41 E. Lipoa St.

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


DOT announces its roadwork schedule

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

* There will be around-the-clock lane closures in both directions of Hana Highway between Hanakai and Hookele streets today through Friday for resurfacing.

* Lane closures will occur in both directions of Honoapiilani Highway between Kahana Nui Road and Kaanapali Parkway from 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. today through Friday for road repairs.

* Honoapiilani Highway will experience lane closures in both directions between Kuihelani Highway Highway and Kapoli Street from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. today through Friday for road repairs.

* Lane closures will occur in both directions of North Kihei Road between Honoapiilani and Piilani highways from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. today through Friday for road repairs.

* One lane will be closed in the northbound direction of Kuihelani Highway between Honoapiilani Highway and Puunene Avenue from 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. today through Friday for road repairs.


Public to meet park ranger, discuss plan

The public will be able to meet Haleakala National Park’s new Kipahulu District ranger and to ask questions about the park’s new commercial services plan at a meeting from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Helene Hall in Hana.

The new Kipahulu District ranger is James Herbaugh.

In addition, there will be presentations about updates of activities at the park.

County / In Brief

Canoe to make showing prior to voyage

The Polynesian voyaging canoe Hokule’a will be making a final Maui appearance on Sunday before beginning its three-year voyage around the world at the end of the month, according to an announcement from Hui o Wa’a Kaulua.

Maui residents may watch the canoe arrive at Lahaina Harbor between 7 and 7:30 a.m. The 60-foot, double-hulled canoe will moor in front of the Lahaina Yacht Club.

Hokule’a crew members will eat lunch at a community potluck hosted by Maui’s Hui o Wa’a Kaulua (“Assembly of the Double-Hull Canoe”), beginning at noon in Kamehameha Iki Park at 525 Front St. Members of the public are invited to bring a dish and join the potluck.

Lahaina father and daughter navigators Chad Kalepa Baybayan and Paanaakala Baybayan will be sailing to Taihiti on the first leg of Hokule’a’s worldwide voyage. The crew is scheduled to launch from Hilo after May 24, weather permitting.

For more information, call Katherine Smith at 268-0787 or Kala Baybayan at 205-5508.


Degree opportunities meeting at UH-MC

Bachelor’s and master’s degree opportunities available on Maui will be discussed at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the University of Hawaii Maui College’s Laulima Building, Room 108.

The session will cover requirements for a variety of degree programs as well as the application process. Presenters will focus on preparing students of all levels, from recent high school graduates to adults returning to school.

The event will include an opportunity to ask questions about UH distance programs in an informal face-to-face environment.

Degree programs being offered include a master’s degree in human resource management, an executive master’s of business administration degree, post-baccalaureate certificates in education and bachelor’s degrees in business administration, accounting, justice administration, political science, nursing, disaster preparedness and emergency management and health care administration.

For more information, contact 984-3525 or


HC&S seeking to enhance island living

Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. has launched a company initiative that consists of a $100,000 fund to support Maui-based projects and programs that “will enhance the quality of life on the island,” according to a news release.

Now through May 31, HC&S will be accepting applications from nonprofit organizations and community-based projects or groups that have projects in the following core areas: overall community benefit, natural resource stewardship, and sustainability and education.

All projects or activities funded must be for the benefit of Maui. Organizations should have a minimum of three years of experience in their fields.

The initiative will be managed by an advisory committee of Maui residents with diverse backgrounds.

“The HC&S Community Initiative was created to provide opportunities for residents to seek grants, large or small, from HC&S to support creative projects and innovative ideas to build a better Maui,” said Rick Volner, HC&S general manager.

For more information and the application, see


Food bank set to feed children with grant

Walmart Foundation Hawaii State Giving Council presented the Maui Food Bank with a $65,000 grant for its program to feed children from poor families during weekends.

The grant went to the Maui Food Bank’s Aloha Backpack Buddies program. While children from poor families are eligible for free or reduced-cost breakfasts and lunches on school days, they often go hungry on the weekends, according to a news release about the program.

Participating schools are Makawao, Paia, Kamalii, Kula, Kihei and Wailuku elementary schools on Maui; and Kilohana, Kaunakakai, Kualapuu and Maunaloa schools on Molokai.

The grant was presented May 1 by Maui Walmart Store Manager Jess Aina to the Maui Food Bank’s Director of Agency Relations Lynn Curtis at Wailuku Elementary School.

Volunteers from the Wailuku Elementary student council celebrated the announcement and then went back to their weekly preparation of the food backpacks. More than 130 students at Wailuku Elementary participate in the program.

County/In Brief

Waterline work to halt service

Customers on Upper Kimo Drive in Kula will have no water service today and Tuesday as the county Department of Water Supply installs a new waterline.

The project area extends from the Haleakala Highway intersection to Alanuilili Place. The new waterline will be for fire protection purposes, a water department news release said.

The work is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on both days.

Motorists on Upper Kimo Drive are advised to drive cautiously and to follow signs.

Affected customers are advised to store water for the day if needed. Customers should flush their waterlines for a short time this afternoon and again Tuesday to ensure that there is no sediment.

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


South shores to see high surf

A high-surf advisory has been issued for south-facing shores of Maui County from 6 a.m. today to 6 p.m. Sunday.

The National Weather Service said surf along south-facing shores is expected to reach 6 to 8 feet beginning this morning.

The advisory means that high surf will produce rip currents and localized beach erosion in the affected areas. Swimming conditions will be difficult and dangerous, the weather service said.


Liam, Olivia top ’13 Hawaii baby names

The top boys’ name in Hawaii in 2013 was Liam and for girls it was Olivia, the Social Security Administration said Thursday.

Nationwide, the most popular names were Noah and Sophia, Carolyn W. Colvin, acting commissioner of Social Security, announced last week.

The other boys’ names in the top five in descending popularity were Mason, Noah, Ethan and Logan.

For girls, it was Sophia, Ava, Emma and Mia.

In addition to each state’s top baby names, Social Security’s website has a list of the 1,000 most popular boys’ and girls’ names for 2013 and offers lists of baby names for each year since 1880.

The website is


Roadwork slated to disrupt traffic flow

Roads in the vicinity of Lahainaluna Road and Princess Nahienaena Elementary School will undergo work to upgrade curbs, revise crosswalk striping and make intersection improvements, according to a notice from contractor Island Construction and Demolition Inc.

Affected roads include Lahainaluna Road and Kumukahi, Niheu and Kuialua streets. Work is scheduled to begin Monday. Work hours will be 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, excluding holidays.

Motorists and pedestrians should use alternate routes, and those in the area should be cautious and observe signs and directions from traffic control workers.

County/In Brief

Work on Tante’s to start Friday

Work will begin Friday morning on new oceanfront restaurant Tante’s at Hotel Moloka’i, according to an announcement from operator Beachtree Properties.

“The partnership with chef Tante Urban will create a truly authentic Hawaiian experience for guests and locals who wish to sample local cuisine with breathtaking oceanfront views,” the announcement said.

Tlc Builder Ltd. is contractor for the project to complete renovation work of the restaurant after a kitchen fire led to the business’ closure in 2012. Work will include restaurant upgrades and a face-lift of the hotel’s exterior, including new shake roofing.

To launch construction work, Anakala Solatorio will bless the site and perform traditional Hawaiian rituals, the announcement said.


Suicide prevention event set

Maui Economic Opportunity Inc. will host a free “Go Lighten Our World” suicide prevention and awareness event from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday on the front lawn of the University of Hawaii Maui College campus in Kahului.

The event will include food and music, featuring the tunes of disc jockey Zeke Kalua. Other attractions include a “GLOW” maze, dancing and an opportunity to meet with members of “Da M.A.U.I. Kanak-tion Youth Task Force.”

The event is funded by Hawaii’s Caring Communities Initiative for Youth Suicide Prevention.


Half-staff flags honor officers

Gov. Neil Abercrombie has ordered state and U.S. flags to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset today in recognition of Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week.

This week is Police Week, which was established by congressional resolution in 1962 to recognize law enforcement officers who’ve lost their lives in the line of duty.


Pellet gun injury investigated

Police were investigating Wednesday how an 8-year-old Lanai girl was injured Saturday, apparently shot by someone with a pellet gun while she was standing in a pasture with her mother.

After the incident was reported at 6:51 p.m., the girl was taken with nonlife-threatening injuries to Lanai Community Health Center, where she was treated and released, police spokesman Lt. William Juan said.

As of Wednesday, police had not identified the shooter or located the gun, he said.

Police advised anyone using air-powered guns to be mindful of their surroundings and to use the guns in designated areas only. Juveniles must be supervised by an adult while operating air-powered guns, police said.


Meeting of Pukalani Association set

An official with the Aloha Heritage Center in Kulamalu will be speaking at the Pukalani Community Association at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Mayor Hannibal Tavares Community Center’s downstairs meeting room.

Robb Finberg will discuss the Epcot-style depiction of the lives and events of Hawaii up to the 19th century on 8 acres of commercial land in Kulamalu.

Light refreshments will be served. The public is invited.


Memorial Day participants sought

The Maui Veterans Council is still seeking groups interested in participating in the upcoming Memorial Day observance, set for 9 a.m. May 26 at the Makawao Veterans Cemetery.

Those interested must contact Doug Scherer via email at or at 205-4654 by Sunday.

The event will be attended by federal, state and county leaders and include music and speeches.


‘Bring Back Our Girls’ march set

A “Bring Back Our Girls” march and rally to call attention to the abduction of more than 250 schoolgirls in Nigeria last month will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday at the north entrance of the Queen Ka’ahumanu Center in Kahului.

From the mall, participants will walk to Keopuolani Park, where the rally will begin at 1:30 p.m.

The rally will include opportunities to donate and sign a petition.

Participants are asked to wear red.

More information is available at

County/In Brief

Clean energy draft EIS is agenda item

Public hearings on the Hawaii Clean Energy Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement will be held Thursday at Pomaikai Elementary School and Tuesday at Lanai High & Elementary School, both from 5 to 8:30 p.m.

The U.S. Department of Energy proposes developing guidance that can be used in making decisions to support the state in achieving its goal of 70 percent clean energy by 2030. The draft report analyzes at the programmatic level the potential environmental impacts of activities in energy efficiency, distributed renewables, utility-scale renewables, alternative transportation fuels and modes and electrical transmission and distribution.

Comments may be submitted through June 17 on the Internet at, by email at, or by mail to Jane Summerson, U.S. Department of Energy, P.O. Box 5400, Building 401, KAFB East, Albuquerque, N.M., 87185.

The draft report may be downloaded from and


Lahaina man faces burglary charges

Bail was set at $20,000 for a Lahaina man who was charged with burglarizing a residence and three businesses in Lahaina town.

Makani Eisenberg, 25, was arrested Friday morning after video surveillance at one business linked him to a burglary, police said. Through investigation by the Lahaina Criminal Investigation Division, Eisenberg was linked to burglaries of two other businesses and the residence, police said.

Cash was stolen in the break-ins at the businesses, which occurred within the past month, police said.

Eisenberg was charged with first-degree burglary and three counts of second-degree burglary.


Director to attend showing of film

The feature-length documentary “Ola – Health is Everything” will be shown tonight at 6 as part of Hospital Week at Maui Memorial Medical Center.

The film explores factors that affect health other than genetic predisposition and individual behavior, a Maui Memorial Medical Center announcement said. The film highlights the power of communities to heal and how society must re-examine what it means to be healthy and showcases individuals who bring hope to Hawaii communities.

Matthew Nagato directed the film, which premiered at the Hawaii International Film Festival in April 2013. He will attend tonight’s free event in the hospital auditorium and answer questions after the showing.

Those interested in attending are asked to call Shanda Visitacion at 442-5485, or email to reserve and confirm available seats.


OHA trustees will hold Maui meetings

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs Board of Trustees will be holding a community meeting in Lahaina tonight and a trustee meeting Thursday morning in Wailuku.

The community meeting will be held at Waiola Church Hall, 535 Wainee St., beginning at 6:30 p.m. OHA officials will listen to concerns and highlight efforts to improve conditions in Native Hawaiian communities.

The board meeting will be held at 9 a.m. in the Cameron Center Auditorium, 95 Mahalani St.

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

County/In Brief

Visitor from Wichita found unresponsive

A 55-year-old Kansas man was pronounced dead after he was found floating facedown Sunday in waters off Black Rock in Kaanapali, police said.

He was identified as Ronald Sauber of Wichita.

Emergency workers tried to revive Sauber, but he died at the scene, police said.

An autopsy is pending.


Police seek male in Kihei robbery

Police are looking for a male who brandished a pocketknife during a robbery Sunday night at Blackie’s Pit Stop IV in Kihei.

The robbery was reported at 10:10 p.m. at the business on Manao Kala Street.

Police said the male brandished the knife and demanded money from a cashier. After money was handed over, the robber fled, police said.

He was described as 5 feet 2 inches tall and of slim build. The robber wore a hooded sweatshirt and a black bandanna covering the bottom part of his face.


Man faces charges in Kihei abuse case

Bail was set at $4,000 for a Kihei man who was charged with abusing his wife in two incidents this month.

Paula Ngalu, 42, also was charged with second-degree assault for hitting his wife with a wooden stool, causing pain to her head and face, in an incident at about 10 p.m. Thursday, police said.

Police were again called to his residence at 2:07 a.m. Sunday when his wife reported she was again hit by Ngalu, police said.

Ngalu was located at the residence and arrested at 1:50 p.m. Sunday. He was charged with two counts of abuse and second-degree assault.


DOT announces Maui construction

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

* Lane closures will occur in both directions of North Kihei Road between Honoapiilani and Piilani highways from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. today through Friday for road repairs.

* One lane will be closed in the northbound direction of Kuihelani Highway between Honoapiilani Highway and Puunene Avenue from 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. today through Friday for road repairs.

* There will be lane closures in both directions of Honoapiilani Highway between Kahana Nui Road and Kaanapali Parkway from 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. today through Friday for road repairs.

* Honoapiilani Highway will experience lane closures in both directions between Kuihelani Highway and Kapoli Street from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. today through Friday for road repairs.


Something touched lines, led to outage

A power outage in Kihei and Wailea on Friday afternoon was caused by something coming into contact with power lines, which caused a short, Maui Electric Co. said Monday.

Kau’i Awai-Dickson, MECO spokeswoman, said that it was unclear what came into contact with the line. The determination was made following an inspection of electrical lines and equipment in the Kihei and Wailea areas.

The outage affected about 15,000 customers. Power was restored to all customers in 40 minutes.

County / In Brief

Police ticket fewer drivers with gadgets

Maui police issued 386 citations to drivers using cellphones and other hand-held mobile electronic devices last month during Distracted Driver Awareness Month.

The number of tickets was lower than the 1,122 handed out during last year’s stepped-up enforcement. One reason for the decrease may be more education and more awareness about the law, which was enacted statewide in July, said Lt. Ricky Uedoi, commander of the police Traffic Section.

“People are trying to be more discreet, which makes it more challenging,” he said.

Drivers cited for using a hand-held mobile electronic device are given a court appearance date. The fine for a first-time violator ranges from $100 to $200 plus court fees. For a second offense within one year, the fine is $200 to $300 plus court fees. Drivers cited within a school or construction zone will be required to pay double the fine amount.

State law allows the use of hands-free devices while driving, as long as the driver is at least 18 years old.

“The campaign is over, but enforcement is continuing,” Uedoi said.


West Maui, Kihei fires extinguished

Fire crews extinguished a brush fire in West Maui on Thursday night and another one in Kihei early Friday.

The West Maui fire was reported at 8:10 p.m. on the makai side of Honoapiilani Highway near Mile Marker 12 in the Papalaua area, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.

Lahaina engine and tanker companies arrived to find 4- to 5-foot flames consuming an approximately 200-square-foot area of brush, grass and shrubs, Mainaga said.

He said the fire was brought under control by 8:35 p.m. and extinguished at 8:55 p.m.

At 2:46 a.m. Friday, Kihei engine and Wailea tanker companies were sent to a 2,000-square-foot brush fire behind the Haggai Institute on the north side off Liloa Street, Mainaga said.

He said the brush fire moved slowly west, with 3- to 4-foot flames burning in a grass field of a vacant lot about 30 feet from the trees and the fence line of the Haggai Institute.

The fire was quickly brought under control at 3:02 a.m. and extinguished by 3:11 a.m., Mainaga said.

No damage or injuries were reported in either fire. The cause of both fires was undetermined.


Unknown cause behind outage

About 15,000 customers in South Maui lost power for about a half hour Friday afternoon, Maui Electric Co. said.

The outage began at about 1:39 p.m., with restoration of power beginning 10 minutes later, said MECO spokeswoman Kau’i Awai-Dickson. All power was restored by 2:15.

The cause of the outage was not immediately known. Awai-Dickson said MECO crews were inspecting electrical lines and equipment in the area to identify the cause of the outage.


Pallets, fence burn outside Kihei store

Pallets and a fence burned behind the Ace Hardware store at Azeka Makai in Kihei early Friday, causing $600 in damage, a fire official said.

A Kihei engine and Wailea tanker company were the first to arrive in response to the 3:11 a.m. alarm, finding the pallets, fence and some brush on fire, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.

Crews brought the fire under control at 3:16 a.m.; other engine companies that had been dispatched were canceled.

The fire burned six stacks of pallets, with each stack five to 10 pallets high. Also burned was an approximately 20-foot-long area of the fence, with an area of 6 feet burned through, Mainaga said.

The cause of the fire was undetermined.


Waiehu garbage goes uncollected

Trash routes were not picked up in areas of Waiehu on Friday due to a staffing shortage, the county Department of Environmental Management’s Solid Waste Division said.

The areas affected include Waiehu Kou neighborhoods, Waiehu Terrace and Wailuku Country Estates.

The pickups are expected to be made today.


Baker, McKelvey will provide update

State Sen. Roz Baker and state Rep. Angus McKelvey will be holding an “End of Session Wrap Up and Talk Story” from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at Kihei Charter School in the Lipoa Center and Tuesday at the West Maui Senior Center.

Baker’s district includes Kihei and South Maui; McKelvey represents West Maui, Maalaea and north Kihei.

They will be discussing bills passed in the recently completed legislative session and listen to constituent concerns.

For more information, contact Baker’s office by phone at 984-2400, ext. 66070 or email at, or McKelvey at 984-2400, ext. 66160 or

County/In Brief

Two injured when truck flips on Molokai

A pickup truck traveling east on Molokai’s Maunaloa Highway hit a guardrail and flipped on its roof Thursday morning, injuring its two 86-year-old occupants, Maui police said.

The male passenger was flown by helicopter to Maui Memorial Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition, police said. The female driver was taken to Molokai General Hospital in stable condition and then airlifted to the Queen’s Medical Center on Oahu.

Both victims were residents of Kaluakoi Villas on Molokai’s west end. Molokai police responded to the call Thursday morning around 6:40 a.m.

According to a preliminary investigation, the vehicle was traveling east on the highway when it drifted left and ran into the guardrail on the north shoulder of the roadway. After striking the guardrail, the vehicle continued in a southwesterly direction to the south shoulder of the roadway and climbed an embankment, which caused the vehicle to flip on its roof, pinning the two occupants within.

Police said they had not determined if speed, drugs or alcohol were involved. The accident remained under investigation.


Arakawa’s County on Your Corner slated

Mayor Alan Arakawa will be holding a County on Your Corner from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Maui Matsuri at the University of Hawaii Maui College.

Joining Arakawa will be Council Member Don Couch, Transportation Director Jo Anne Johnson-Winer and Executive Assistant Joe Pontanilla.

For more information, call 270-7855.


Boys & Girls Club recipient of donation

The Boys & Girls Club of Maui has received a check for more than $58,000 from SAP Global Customer Operations.

Robert Enslin, president of SAP and member of the global managing board, made the donation at a recent gathering of SAP employees’ Winners’ Circle in Wailea. The donation was made on behalf of the company’s 1,000-plus employees, who supported and ran in SAP’s 1-mile and 3-mile Aloha Run activities, a Boys & Girls Club news release said.

SAP hosted the benefit activity to give back to the local community during its annual company incentive trip.

The company also donated two NBA portable basketball goals and other sporting equipment to the club. Under Armour, an SAP customer, donated 100 sports balls as well.

This is the second time the club has been the beneficiary of SAP. In 2012, SAP donated $35,000 to the club.

The Boys and Girls Club of Maui is a nonprofit organization that serves more than 7,000 youths ages 6 to 17 at six clubs on Maui. The clubs focus on academic success, good character and leadership, and healthy lifestyles.

Annual membership is $5 per child. For more information, call 242-4363 or go to the website


Training will close DMVL offices May 16

Satellite offices of the Division of Motor Vehicles & Licensing will be closed for staff training May 16.

The satellite offices are at Hana, Kihei, Lahaina, Lanai City, Kaunakakai and Pukalani.

The Kahului service center in the Maui Mall will remain open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. that day.

Regular operations at all DMVL offices will resume May 19.

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

County/In Brief

Charity walks raise nearly $100K so far

Visitor Industry charity walks on Lanai and Molokai on Saturday raised a total of $96,101, the Maui Hotel & Lodging Association announced.

The walks on Lanai, which raised $29,271, and Molokai, which raised $66,830, kicked off the 36th annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk, with events on Maui, Kauai, the Big Island and Kauai scheduled. The Maui event is set for Saturday, beginning at 7 a.m. at the War Memorial Soccer Field.

The Molokai Charity Walk began and ended at Hotel Molokai, where participants were treated to a program and door prizes. The organization raising the most funds was Molokai High School Athletics, $14,155.

The Lanai Charity Walk began at the Four Seasons Resort Lana’i, Lodge at Koele and ended at the Lanai Senior Center. A Community Day Festival, sponsored by Pulama Lana’i, awaited all walkers where they enjoyed entertainment, community and food booths and door prizes. The organization raising the most funds this year was The Four Seasons Resorts Lana’i with $5,757.


Dates scheduled for trolling KIRC waters

Trolling the waters off Kahoolawe will be permitted Saturday and Sunday and May 17-18, the Kaho’olawe Island Reserve Commission announced.

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

There is a $25 permitting fee.

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


Nose gear collapse causes plane damage

A single-engine plane sustained minor damage when its nose gear collapsed during landing Tuesday afternoon at Hoolehua Airport on Molokai, according to a Federal Aviation Administration spokes-man.

The only person aboard the Piper PA28 plane wasn’t injured in the incident at 2:30 p.m., said Ian Gregor, public affairs manager for the FAA Pacific Region.

He said that the FAA will investigate. According to the FAA registry, the plane was manufactured in 1984 and is registered to Washin Air Inc. in Honolulu.

A spokesman for the business said that a student on a solo flight made a hard landing but wasn’t injured.


Bail $5,500 for man in break-in in Lahaina

Bail was set at $5,500 for a Lahaina man who was found sleeping in a bedroom of a Lahaina residence that had been broken into, police said.

Oleksandr Bannick, 21, was charged with first-degree criminal trespassing, fourth-degree theft and fourth-degree criminal property damage.

He was arrested after the property manager of the residence on Kai Pali Place reported finding a man asleep in the upstairs bedroom at 10:30 a.m. Friday.

Bannick told police his friend had broken the kitchen jalousie window to climb into the home before opening the door for Bannick and another friend. Bannick also told police he decided to use the washer to wash his clothes and fell asleep while waiting for his clothes to be done.

Damage to a living room sliding-glass door was estimated at $500.


Department warns of sheriff deputies scam

The state Department of Public Safety warns of a scam involving calls from people claiming to be sheriff deputies serving warrants for people who did not show up for jury duty or to pay a traffic ticket.

Callers offer to clear the warrant if the person will pay for a product or service.

The Public Safety Department said that deputy sheriffs never call people about warrants having to do with jury duty or to solicit the purchase of items or services.

People receiving these scam calls should contact the Sheriff Division at (808) 586-1352.

County/In Brief

Bail $1K for a man arrested for assault

Bail was set at $1,000 for a Wailuku man arrested for assaulting a woman after they got into an argument while drinking together, police said.

Harlan Nakanishi, 60, was charged with second-degree assault.

He was arrested around 2 a.m. Tuesday after he and the woman had been drinking alcohol together in a common area of an apartment complex on Pio Place in Wailuku, police said. After the two got into an argument and began hitting each other, Nakanishi hit the woman on the head with a closed pocketknife, police said.

The woman’s injuries weren’t life threatening, police said.


Threat of ordnance leads to evacuation

A report of a terroristic threatening involving unexploded ordnance led to the evacuation of residents around a Molokai Hema Street home in Kahului and road closures in the area for about three hours Wednesday afternoon, police reported.

The report was made at about 3:30 p.m. with the Transportation Security Administration responding with its bomb dogs, police said. The dogs found no explosives.

An investigation found no direct threat made between the caller and a man, police said. No arrests were made or charges filed.

Streets were reopened and residents returned to their homes around 6:20 p.m.


Paratransit group set to meet Monday

The Paratransit Advisory Council will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday at the MEO Family Center, 99 Mahalani St., according to an announcement.

Those unable to attend the meeting but who want to provide input may contact Maui Economic Opportunity Chief Programs Officer Debbie Cabebe at or 249-2990, ext. 342.

Advisory council members are Chairman Andrew Valentine, Vice Chairwoman June Toma-Rose, Secretary/Recorder June Davis, Elizabeth Medeiros, Marv Paularena, Joseph Frye, Vivian Lindsey, Beverly Saxon, Alice Lennox, Sheldon Rabares, Patricia McGrath, Kevin Souza and Elsie Santos.

County/In Brief

Water advisory issued

The state Department of Health has issued a brown water advisory for Honokahua Bay in West Maui because of muddy runoff flowing into the bay, according to an announcement.

People should stay out of the water because it may be contaminated by overflowing cesspools, sewer manholes, pesticides, animal fecal matter, dead animals, chemicals and other flood debris, officials said.

The advisory will remain in effect while water in the bay is turbid and brown.

For more information, call the Health Department’s Clean Water Branch at (808) 586-4309.


Siren test set for today

Civil Defense sirens will sound at 11:45 a.m. today for the monthly test of the statewide outdoor siren warning system, according to an announcement.

The minutelong siren is used, in times of emergency, to alert people to acts of terrorism, war, tsunamis or other threats to lives and property. When a siren is sounded, people should tune in to a radio or television station for emergency information or instructions broadcast by Civil Defense agencies.

The test will be coordinated with a live broadcast of the emergency alert system in cooperation with Hawaii broadcasters.

Disaster preparedness information can be found in the front section of telephone directories.

To report problems with sirens in Maui County, call 270-7285.


‘Degree in Three’ meeting set today

An informational meeting to learn more about the University of Hawaii Maui College’s “Degree in Three” program will be held from noon to 1 p.m. today in the college’s Ka’a’ike Building 105, according to an announcement.

Also, applications are being accepted for the next group of students to take part in the program to earn their associate of liberal arts degree in three years, on a part-time basis.

The “Degree in Three” program is designed for students who work or have family obligations that prevent them from attending school full time. Students accepted into the program go through it with the same group, building a peer support network that encourages degree completion.

Students have day or evening options for classes.

For more information, contact academic counselor Linda Fujitani at 984-3226 or via email at