County / In Brief

2 isle fire captains now battalion chiefs

Fire captains Wayne Cambra and Ryan Ayakawa have been promoted to the rank of battalion chief.

Cambra began his career in 1990 as a firefighter 1 at the Wailuku Fire Station before transferring to the Lanai Fire Station. In 1999, he was promoted to a firefighter 3, apparatus operator, spending three years in the training bureau and five years at the Wailuku Fire Station. He was promoted to captain in 2007, first stationed at the Kihei Fire Station, then transferred to the Wailuku Fire Station, where he has remained for the last five years.

Cambra, a 24-year veteran, is assigned to the 2nd Battalion, “B” Watch.

Ayakawa joined the department in 1990 and was assigned to the Lahaina and Kihei fire stations. After eight years as a firefighter 1, he was promoted to the rescue company.

In 2000, he was promoted to firefighter 3 and assigned to Ladder 3 at the Lahaina Fire Station. He was promoted to the rank of captain and assigned first to the Napili Fire Station before transferring back to the Lahaina Fire Station. He had been a captain for the last nine years.

Ayakawa, a 24-year veteran, is assigned to the 2nd Battalion, “C” Watch.

The promotions take effect July 1.


Traffic signal to be operational Monday

A new traffic signal at the intersection of Kamehameha Avenue and Kane Street in Kahului will be fully operational beginning Monday at 12:30 p.m., according to notice from the county Department of Public Works.

The signal has been in flashing mode since Wednesday to alert motorists. Drivers are urged to exercise caution in the area.


Roadwork this week across Maui County

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. Monday through Thursday for road repairs.

* Honoapiilani Highway will experience lane closures in both directions between Kahana Nui Road and Kaanapali Parkway from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday for road repairs.


MECO issues safety tips for July holiday

As fun as Fourth of July fireworks can be, residents are reminded to celebrate safely.

Maui Electric Co. has issued the following safety tips:

* Carefully set up and use fireworks in an area clear of overhead power lines.

* Do not string fireworks on utility poles.

* Ensure a 10-foot clearance from power lines when using ladders or other tools to string fireworks.

* If an object should become tangled in an overhead power line, do not try to free it. Call MECO’s trouble line at 871-7777 on Maui or toll free on Lanai or Molokai at (877) 871-8461.


Vacation rentals in Maui among priciest

Maui vacation rentals were the fourth priciest in the nation, coming in at $1,971.97 for a week’s stay, according to the TripIndex Vacation Rentals report.

The TripIndex Vacation Rentals compares the price of a summer trip for a family of four in 15 popular vacation rental destinations throughout the U.S., including the combined average costs of a weeklong stay in a two-bedroom vacation rental property, a one-day bike rental, basic groceries and dinner at a restaurant.

When those additional costs are thrown in, Maui still is the fourth most expensive vacation area at $2,277.81. The $41.14 for groceries and the $148.70 for dinner out were the highest in the survey. The bike rental came in at $116.

Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts was the priciest at $3,661.13, with rentals coming in at $3,409.94. La Jolla, Calif., was second at $2,497.44, and Miami Beach at $2,465.12, third.

On the other side of the survey, Palm Springs, Calif., at $1,256, and Orlando, Fla., at $1,268.08, were the most affordable U.S. spots for vacation rental getaways this summer in the survey.

The report is based on interviews of vacation rental managers in each destination contacted by U.S. travelers on

County / In Brief

Council panel will hear GMO initiative

The Maui County Council’s Policy and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee on Monday will hear a voter initiative to place a moratorium on the cultivation of genetically engineered organisms in Maui County until an environmental study is completed.

The committee will hear the measure at its 1:30 p.m. meeting in Council Chambers. Sign-ups for verbal testimony will begin at 1 p.m.

According to the Maui County Charter, the council has 60 days or until Aug. 5 to act on the proposed ordinance. The clock began June 6, when the Maui County Clerk deemed that enough signatures had been obtained for the petition to be formally submitted to the County Council.

If the council does not adopt the ordinance within 60 days, it will be placed on the general election ballot for consideration by the electorate, according to a county news release.

The SHAKA Movement was able to gather 9,062 valid signatures. It was enough to satisfy a 20 percent requirement of total voters who cast ballots in the last mayoral general election, or at least 8,465 registered voters.


Extended eligibility after mailing snafu

A vendor for the state Department of Human Services failed to mail 4,582 Med-QUEST eligibility renewal packages in May, leading the department to extend eligibility for those affected through Aug. 31.

Cardinal Mailing Services failed to mail the packages, making it not possible for people to complete and return their eligibility renewal forms. They were subsequently sent a notice that their eligibility would end June 30, because they “did not return eligibility form.”

The department mailed a letter to the affected participants Friday. The department will resend eligibility renewal packages to these individuals in early July and will make a redetermination of continued eligibility based on the returned completed forms.

Many affected individuals have already contacted DHS and have had their eligibility renewal prioritized and processed.


Haiku water work will disrupt service

Some Haiku residents will be without water from about 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday while contractors connect a new pressure break tank at the intersection of Holokai and Kaupakalua roads.

The affected areas are:

* Kaupakalua and Holokai roads from Kaiapa Place to just past Kapuaimilia Place.

* Kekoanui Place.

* Hana Highway near the intersection with Holokai Road.

* Kapuaimilia Place.

* Nolu Road.

* Haloa Road.

* Waonahele Place.

Motorists are advised to drive cautiously and to follow traffic control signs and signals when driving through the Holokai Road and Kaupakalua Road intersection.

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

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


Yukata instruction free, set for Sunday

The Japanese Cultural Society of Maui is offering a free workshop Sunday for those who want to learn how to wear a yukata, the cotton kimono worn at obon festivals in the summer.

The workshop will teach the complexities of wearing kimono. Sensei Ken Tasaka will teach the class at Tenrikyo Maui Kyokai Church from 4 to 5 p.m., according to a news release.

Students must provide their own yukata or kimono along with obi and ties.

To register, call 244-6042 or email

County/In Brief

Man arrested, charged in assault case

A 47-year-old Lahaina man was arrested for an assault Wednesday morning on another man at a Lahaina residence, police said.

Bail was set at $1,000 for Richard Hazen, who was charged with second-degree assault.

Hazen was arrested Thursday for the assault, which occurred at about 7:40 a.m. Wednesday when the other man was hit with an object, police said.

The victim, 44-year-old Jason Baker, said that he was treated with 10 staples to the back of his head after being attacked by Hazen.

“I was putting the key in my door, and he came around the corner and hit me in the head with an aluminum baseball bat,” Baker said. “He was right on me.”

Baker said he took two steps into his residence before falling down.

Baker was transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center, where he was treated before being released later Wednesday.

Baker said that Hazen is the son of the owner and takes care of the property where Baker lives.


Birds cause of power loss for customers

More than a hundred customers in Kaunakakai lost power at about 9:45 a.m. Thursday when birds came into contact with electrical equipment, Maui Electric Co. said.

Power was restored to the majority of the 116 customers within 30 minutes, with full restoration at 10:17 a.m., MECO said.


Design guidelines slated to be discussed

The county Cultural Resources Commission will hold public meetings beginning Thursday to discuss revisions to the design guidelines for signs in the Lahaina Historic District.

The first meeting will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in the Planning Department Conference Room in the Kalana Pakui building in Wailuku.

The commission will discuss revising the guidelines for clarity and consistency. The panel also aims to allow a broader choice of materials and design elements to facilitate enforcement, an announcement said.

Commercial signs in the Lahaina Historic District require permits issued by the Department of Planning. Exceptions can be granted by the commission.

To view the proposed guidelines, visit, then select “Draft Lahaina Sign Design Guidelines” under the “Hot Topics” header.

For more information, call the Department of Planning at 270-7735.


Fire crews free man’s leg pinned by tree

A Makawao man, whose leg was pinned against an embankment when a tree trunk became loose while he was hiking, had to be freed by firefighters Thursday in Piiholo, according to a Maui fire official.

Makawao fire and rescue crews received the call at about noon. A 44-year-old man was hiking with his female friend about three-quarters of a mile north of the Piiholo water treatment plant in the Makawao Forest Reserve, according to Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.

The male hiker suffered an injury to his lower right leg when a large tree trunk became loose and pinned his leg to the side of dirt-rock embankment, he said. Firefighters used a chain saw and pry bar to free the man.

The man was given first aid and packaged on a backboard. Due to the rough terrain, the Fire Department’s Air One helicopter was called in to airlift the patient to a landing zone, Mainaga said.

The hiker was then transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center by medics in stable condition with no life-threatening injuries, said Mainaga.


Miss Maui Filipina pageant on Saturday

The 55th Miss Maui Filipina Scholarship Pageant will be held beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday in the Baldwin Auditorium.

Contestants vying for the crown are Jessie Sagadraca of Wailuku, Reyna Bateman of Haiku, Emalee Cabading of Lahaina, Amber Sarmiento of Wailuku, Hulali Brown of Wailuku and Erinn Baysa of Kahului.

The five phases of the competition include pre-pageant night interview, swimsuit, talent, terno/speech and onstage question.

Entertainment includes Jordan Segundo, Maui Academy of Performing Arts professional dance company Ampersand and La Galeria: Compania Baile Filipino. The event will be emceed by Paul Douglas and former Miss Maui Filipina Tara (Lagat) Spangler.

Tickets are $30. For more information, call 344-5575, email or go to

County/In Brief

California visitor found floating dies

Police said a 63-year-old California man was found floating in waters off Black Rock in Kaanapali on Wednesday morning.

Police and firefighters responded to the 11:20 a.m. call.

Eugene Chu of San Bruno, Calif., was seen by beachgoers floating motionless, facedown in the ocean about 75 yards off Black Rock, police said. Beachgoers pulled Chu to shore and performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation until emergency personnel arrived.

Fire personnel continued CPR, but Chu died at the scene, police said.

The cause of death is pending autopsy results.


Kihei woman in prison in drug case

WAILUKU – A Kihei woman is serving a five-year prison term after being arrested for drug offenses while she was on probation.

At her sentencing June 17, Deborah Visher, 46, had asked for another chance on probation. She said she realized she needed residential treatment to work on her addiction.

Deputy Prosecutor Terence Herndon recommended the prison term. He said Visher had been given a chance to address her drug problem when she was placed on probation in January 2011 for two counts each of third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug and possessing drug paraphernalia.

Little more than two years later, in April 2013, “she was back in the criminal justice system,” Herndon said.

“The facts of the case are somewhat disturbing,” he said. “She was found using drugs with a 17-year-old juvenile.”

Visher had pleaded no contest to third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug and possessing drug paraphernalia.

Second Circuit Judge Joseph Cardoza imposed the sentence.

Visher has been incarcerated for more than 10 months.


Record rain falls at Kahului Airport

A record 0.22 inch of rain fell at Kahului Airport on Monday, breaking the old record of 0.07 inch set on the same day in 1996, the National Weather Service said.

The forecast for today and Friday is partly cloudy with scattered windward and mountain showers and isolated showers in leeward areas, the National Weather Service said. Winds will be from the east about 15 mph.

High temperatures will be between 84 and 89 degrees with lows between 70 and 75 degrees, the National Weather Service said.


MECO charging station open 24/7

Maui Electric Co. announced Monday the debut of Maui’s first “open access” electric vehicle charging station.

The station, which is now available to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week, is located at MECO’s Kahului office at 210 W. Kamehameha Ave. The DC Fast Charger can fully charge an electric vehicle in 15 to 30 minutes.

Drivers are not required to sign up for a membership or subscription to use the charger. They may pay using credit card, mobile apps, RFID card or pay-by-phone.

Rates vary from $6.50 to $7.50 per session.

“Having options like variable pricing will hopefully encourage customers to charge EVs during different times of the day,” Maui Electric Customer Designer Troy Connatser said in a statement. “For instance, when general load is low but more variable clean energy sources, such as wind and solar, may be available.”


Lei making, games offered Saturday

Pi’ilani Lua will teach ti leaf lei making and Native Hawaiian games from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Haleakala National Park Kipahulu District.

Lua’s appearance is part of Hana No’eau, the park’s new cultural demonstration series, which features local residents. The series, which runs on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month through August, is funded by the Hawai’i Pacific Parks Association, a nonprofit partner of the park.

More than 150 people participated in the series’ first cultural demonstrations on June 14. Bolly Helekahi taught coconut weaving and Patricia Gomez of Maui Feather Lei demonstrated feather flower making.

For a list of planned events, go to the website www.nps. gov/hale/planyourvisit/things 2do.htm.


Community center to close for work

The Kula Community Center will be closed during daytime hours from July 7 to 12 for roof reconstruction, according to the Maui County Department of Parks and Recreation.

The center, located on East Lower Kula Road, will be available for scheduled activities after 4:30 p.m. each day. The target completion date for work is July 12.

The construction contract for a new asphalt shingle roof was awarded to Certified Construction Inc. for $62,028, the department said.

For safety reasons, people should avoid the construction area.

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

* This article contains a correction from the original. Eugene Chu, a 63-year-old visitor who died after being found floating in the ocean off Black Rock in Kaanapali on June 25, was from San Bruno, Calif. Due to information provided by the Maui Police Department, his residence was wrong in an article published on Page A3 in the June 26 edition of The Maui News.

County/In Brief

Mechanical issues close visitor center

The Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center is expected to be closed through September due to mechanical issues with the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system at the facility.

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service said Monday that it will notify the public when a date for reopening is determined.

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

The refuge is closed Fridays to Sundays and all general holidays.

The Kealia Coastal Boardwalk is open and accessible seven days a week from sunrise to 7 p.m. and provides opportunities to observe Hawaii’s waterbirds.

The refuge is located at Mile 6 of Mokulele Highway in north Kihei.

For more information, contact Courtney Brown, park ranger, at or 268-6316.


Policy continues existing drone ban

Unmanned drones will not be flying in Haleakala National Park anytime soon, following a National Park Service-wide interim policy declared last week.

Actually, there currently are no drone flights permitted at Haleakala National Park, said Polly Angelakis, chief of interpretation and education at the park, on Monday.

Jonathan Jarvis, the Park Service’s director, signed a memorandum Friday directing superintendents to write rules prohibiting the launching, landing or operation of unmanned aircraft in their parks. While the parks are drafting their individual rules, the Park Service will be drafting its own rule to ban drone flights in parks nationwide.

Angelakis said that the drone ban will remain in place at Haleakala until the nationwide rules are developed, which could take 18 months or longer.

There will be an opportunity for the public to comment during the rule-making process.

The interim policy gives the Park Service time to evaluate the impacts of unmanned aircraft use on everything from park resources and values to public safety, Angelakis said.


Bells, kettles come out for Leon Day

The Salvation Army and its red kettles will be making a special out-of-season appearance at Wal-Mart and the Kahului Longs Drugs Store on Wednesday to raise funds for families in need.

Bell ringing will take place at the two locations from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“It’s about six months until Christmas, and Leon Day (Noel spelled backward) is to remind Hawaii that there is a need for funds throughout the year to assist our local communities and families,” Maj. John Chamness of The Salvation Army said in a statement. “Most folks don’t realize that one out of every 10 residents in Hawaii is touched by The Salvation Army’s compassionate community work each year.”

Proceeds collected by The Salvation Army go toward adult day health services; affordable senior housing; at-risk youth services and housing; homeless services; preschool and day care services; and substance abuse treatment.

For more information, call (808) 988-2136 or go to

County/In Brief

Hiker bitten by aggressive pit bull

One hiker was bitten and others couldn’t make their way down the Waihee Ridge Trail because of an aggressive pit bull in the area Sunday morning, police said.

Police, medics and animal control officers responded to the area above Camp Maluhia Road after the 9:09 a.m. call.

Police said that a female hiker reported having been bitten by the dog. She was treated for two puncture wounds and released.

The hikers were escorted down the trail without incident, and the pit bull was captured by animal control officers, police said.

Police said that the owner of the pit bull is unknown.


Mental health seminar set for Thursday

Argosy University, Hawai’i will host a community seminar on mental health from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Kahili Golf Course in Waikapu.

A panel of Argosy students and alumni will speak about their experiences working in the human services field, and attendees will have a chance to hear about the school’s offerings on Maui at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate level.

Applications still are being accepted for the master of arts in marriage & family therapy degree program, with classes beginning at Argosy’s classroom in Wailuku in September.

Pupu will be served.

Reserve a spot by calling (808) 791-5249 or online at


Annual candlelight ceremony Wednesday

The Maui Korean War Veterans Association will hold its annual candlelight ceremony at 6 p.m. Wednesday in War Memorial Gym, according to Lloyd Sodetani, who’s helping organize the event.

Earlier, at 5 p.m., the association will issue certificates to Korean War veterans who have yet to receive certificates of appreciation from the U.S. Department of Defense, he said.

Wednesday marks the 64th anniversary of the beginning of the Korean War.

For more information, contact Sodetani at (808) 478-7045.

County / In Brief

Body of diver, 32, recovered

Paia firefighters recovered the body of a 32-year-old Kahului man who had been reported missing while diving offshore from the Mantokuji Soto Zen Mission, Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga said.

Police identified the man as Linho Pelep, who had been diving with friends around 10 p.m. Friday. They called for help shortly after 11 p.m. when they couldn’t find him.

Firefighters responded to the alarm that a diver was missing, Mainaga said.

The man was found about 25 yards offshore from the mission, he said. Firefighters swam out and retrieved the man, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

The cause of the man’s death was pending an autopsy, police said.


Road repair work announced

Motorists are being advised of ongoing road repair work this week in Kaanapali and north Kihei, the state Department of Transportation reported.

Drivers can expect lane closures in both directions on Honoapiilani Highway between Kahana Nui Road and Kaanapali Parkway and on North Kihei Road between Honoapiilani and Piilani highways. Work hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, the department said.

The roadwork will be done when weather permits and is subject to change without notice.


Homeless programs get grants

HONOLULU (AP) – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is giving grants worth more than $660,000 to three homeless assistance programs in Honolulu and Maui counties.

The department said Thursday that the grants will ensure the continued operation of permanent and transitional housing renewal projects.

Maui’s Family Life Center in Kahului will receive nearly $64,000 to provide permanent housing and support services for homeless disabled individuals.

The Institute for Human Services in Honolulu will receive more than $480,000 to house 33 vulnerable and chronically homeless individuals.

The funds will cover rental subsidies while the nonprofit partners with other agencies to ensure their clients receive help addressing challenges.


Immigration meetings set

Information sessions on immigration topics including obtaining a green card and naturalization will be held Thursday and Friday at the University of Hawaii Maui College, Kalama Building, Room 109.

The free sessions are being offered by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the county Immigrant Services Division.

There will be a naturalization information session from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

On Friday, there will be:

* An immigration information session for county, state and federal government staff members, 8 to 9:30 a.m.

* A session on the green card process: Form I-130 Petition for Alien Relative and Form I-485 Application for Permanent Residence, 10 to 11:30 a.m.

* A session on deferred action for childhood arrivals, 12:30 to 2 p.m. Reservations are not required.

For more information, contact the county Immigrant Services Division at 270-7791 or send email to Questions also may be emailed to

County / In Brief

Man accused of striking with stick

A 47-year-old Kahului man was arrested for allegedly striking another man with a stick Thursday morning in a confrontation that began inside the McDonald’s restaurant on Puunene Avenue in Kahului, police said.

Joseph Iniba was charged with second-degree assault. His bail was set at $1,000.

Police were called to the restaurant at 6:45 a.m. to investigate a report that two men were in a fight, with one wielding a stick.

The victim told police he had gone to McDonald’s for breakfast and was confronted by Iniba. He taunted and challenged the victim to a fight before the victim took his food and left the restaurant, police said.

Iniba followed and continued harassing the victim, who doesn’t know Iniba, police said. When Iniba lunged at the victim, he threw hot coffee on Iniba, police said. Then Iniba reached into a bag and pulled out a stick, which he used to strike the victim on the face, police said.


Rummage sale will benefit relay event

Team Miyake Concrete, which is participating in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event on June 28, will have a rummage sale to raise funds for the effort from 7 a.m. to noon today in the Pomaikai School cafeteria.


Average Wailuku gas price inches up

The average price of a gallon of unleaded in Wailuku rose a cent in a week to $4.47, the AAA Hawaii Weekend Gas Watch reported Thursday.

The price was the same as last month and 14 cents lower than a year ago.

The average state gas price continued to hover at $4.35 per gallon of regular gas. The price has been been between $4.35 and $4.37 since May 13. Thursday’s price was the same as last week, 2 cents less than last month and a penny less than a year ago.

Honolulu’s average price remained steady at $4.34 a gallon for regular unleaded, unchanged for seven weeks and 10 cents more than a year ago.

In Hilo, the average gas price was $4.16 per gallon, down 2 cents from last week, a penny less than a month ago and 19 cents less than a year ago.

“The situation in Iraq certainly has the potential to drive local gas prices higher, but it’s unclear whether that will happen,” said AAA Hawaii General Manager Liane Sumida.

County/In Brief

Island Air adds Maui, Kauai flights

For summer vacationers, Island Air has added more flights to Maui and Kauai on Thursdays through Saturdays.

The new schedule began Thursday and lasts through Aug. 17.

Island Air has added six flights to Kahului, bringing the total number of flights to 22. It has added two additional Lihue flights for a total of 14 flights daily.

The new flight schedule can be found at www.islandair. com/flight-info/flight-schedule.

“With fares as low as $65, we’re seeing an increase in our customers,” said Island Air Chief Executive Officer Paul Casey. “Island Air is bringing back value and convenience to customers wanting an affordable way to travel interisland.”

Island Air has also added free Wi-Fi and free smartphone charging stations.


Governor will speak at chamber event

Gov. Neil Abercrombie will deliver the keynote address at the Maui Chamber of Commerce’s annual board installation luncheon from noon to 2 p.m. June 27 at the Hyatt Regency Maui.

He will discuss what the state is doing for a healthy economic environment.

Maui County Managing Director Keith Regan will attend on the mayor’s behalf and induct the board.

Early registration for chamber members is $45 and $55 for nonmembers for those registering by 5 p.m. today. Late registration after today is $50 for chamber members and $60 for nonmembers.

Table reservations of 10 are also available for $500, which includes reserved privileged seating and a company logo in the program.

Cash or check payments must be received by Tuesday.

For reservations, call 244-0081. The event is sponsored by Kaiser Permanente.


Kayak found adrift got away from boat

A kayak found adrift with no one aboard about a quarter mile offshore from Mala Wharf that was the subject of a Coast Guard search Thursday turned out to have gotten away from a sailing vessel.

The owner of the blue kayak said he saw local news reports and contacted the Coast Guard on Thursday evening. He said the wind probably carried away the 14-foot kayak from his sailing vessel moored at Mala Wharf on the west side and that he was never in jeopardy, the Coast Guard said.

The Coast Guard’s command center on Oahu received a call from the operator of the dive boat, Grad School, saying he recovered an adrift blue kayak. The operator did not see any signs of distress or marine growth on the kayak indicating it had been at sea a long time.

The Coast Guard issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast and launched a 47-foot motor lifeboat crew from Coast Guard Station Maui to search the area. An engine crew from the Maui Fire Department was dispatched to Mala Wharf as well.

The Coast Guard advises the public to register and label all watercraft and equipment with contact information to quickly account for owners and to prevent any unnecessary searches.

County/In Brief

Alleged theft of tobacco pipe, punch leads to arrest of teen

A Waihee teenager was arrested Tuesday afternoon for allegedly stealing a man’s tobacco pipe and punching him in the face in Happy Valley, police said.

Keane Ikaika Pasene Keahi, 19, was charged with second-degree robbery. His bail was set at $1,000.

Eric K. Vinge, 18, of Waiehu also was arrested on robbery charges, but he was released pending investigation, police said.

The incident occurred around 2:30 p.m., when the two suspects met the man, whom Pasene Keahi was friends with, by a bridge on Kahawai Street, police said.

After speaking with one another, the man began smoking a tobacco pipe, which Pasene Keahi took from him. When he asked for it back, Pasene Keahi punched him once in the face and walked toward Takamiya Market, police said.

The man followed Pasene Keahe and Vinge, asking for his pipe back, at which time a witness called police. Police found the man bleeding from his lips and mouth and arrested Pasene Keahe and Vinge.


Unscheduled cane burn leads to road closure, $5,000 loss

A fast-moving unscheduled cane fire Wednesday afternoon forced the closure of Baldwin Avenue between Paia Elementary School and Holomua Road for about an hour, according to a Maui fire official.

Firefighters received the alarm at 2:17 p.m. The fire was burning above the school along Baldwin Avenue, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga. The fire was extinguished about an hour later after burning about 1 acre of cane, he said. Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. put its loss at $5,000.

No injuries were reported, and no structures were threatened, Mainaga said. The fire’s cause remained undetermined.


Free child car, booster seat inspections set for Saturday

Free child car seat and booster seat inspections will be done from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of Maui Marketplace near Pier 1 Imports 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 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

County/In Brief

Emergency landing for copter

Seven people aboard a tour helicopter were safe after an emergency landing in a pasture near Waihee on Tuesday morning, officials said.

Wailuku and Kahului firefighters and the Fire Department’s Air One helicopter responded to the Kapuna area north of Waihee Stream after the 9:51 a.m. alarm, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga. No medical attention was required for those aboard the helicopter operated by Sunshine Helicopters. Along with the pilot, a family from Bellevue, Ill., was aboard the helicopter, Mainaga said. The family included a father, mother and their four teenage daughters.

“They were really lucky,” Mainaga said.

He said some type of mechanical problem forced the helicopter to land.

Ross Scott, owner of Sunshine Helicopters, said the pilot executed an emergency landing because of “mechanical issues.”

“All the passengers and pilot are fine,” Scott said. “In fact, the passengers have rescheduled for another flight.”

The helicopter was expected to be recovered Tuesday, he said.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer said that the helicopter is a Eurocopter AS350.


Man dies from crash injuries

An 86-year-old Molokai man died last week, nearly a month after he was injured in a vehicle crash on Molokai.

He was identified as Harry Shimizu.

Police said Shimizu was a passenger in a 1999 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck that was heading east on Mauna Loa Highway near Milepost 15 when it veered left of center and struck a guardrail on the north side of the roadway at 6:39 a.m. May 8. After hitting the guardrail, the truck crossed the centerline and continued in a southeastern direction to the south shoulder of the road, police said. The truck, driven by an 86-year-old Molokai woman, went up an embankment and flipped onto its roof, police said.

Shimizu was taken to the Maui Memorial Medical Center emergency room with life-threatening injuries, police said. He died June 4, police said.

Both occupants of the truck were wearing seat belts and airbags in the vehicle deployed, police said.

The traffic death was the 14th this year in Maui County, compared with eight at the same time last year.


Wailuku man seriously hurt

A 51-year-old Wailuku man suffered life-threatening injuries when he lost control of his moped and struck the back of a multipurpose vehicle Monday night on South Kihei Road, police said.

The collision occurred at 7:38 p.m. north of Alanui Ke Alii Drive.

Police said preliminary investigation showed the man was operating a blue 2013 Kwang Yang moped and traveling south on South Kihei Road when he lost control and struck the back of a 2013 white Nissan multipurpose vehicle heading in the same direction.

The moped operator was taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center for further treatment after sustaining critical, life-threatening injuries, police said.

The 36-year-old Honolulu man driving the sport utility vehicle and his 36-year-old passenger, also from Honolulu, weren’t hurt, police said. The moped operator wasn’t wearing a helmet, according to police.


Paia town meeting tonight

Maui County planning staff and small-town consultants will be discussing options for Paia town at 6 p.m. today at the Paia Community Center.

The community meeting is being coordinated by the Paia Town Association in partnership with the County of Maui and consultants from Progressive Urban Management Associates

Residents and merchants are invited to hear the findings of the consultants, who were commissioned to do a study of the area and to voice their opinions about the town’s future needs.

For more information, call Maui County Planner Erin Wade at 270-7735.

County/In Brief

Man found floating a N. Carolina visitor

A 76-year-old North Carolina man died after he was pulled from the ocean at Kapalua Bay on Sunday, police said.

He was identified as Charles Hoover of High Point.

Police said he was found floating face down and motionless in the calm ocean, about 10 feet from shore at 2:27 p.m. Beachgoers pulled him to shore and performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation until emergency workers arrived.

Medics and firefighters, continuing efforts to revive the man, were eventually able to regain a pulse, police said.

Medics transported Hoover to Maui Memorial Medical Center for further treatment, and he was later pronounced dead at the hospital, police said.

An autopsy is pending.


Kahoolawe future the topic of meeting

The Kaho’olawe Island Reserve Commission will hold a meeting today in Wailuku to discuss the future of its ongoing operations on and around Kahoolawe.

The meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m. in the Planning Department conference room on the first floor of the Kalana Pakui building at 250 S. High St. The public is invited to attend.

The seven-member commission will discuss its budget for the upcoming fiscal year, the status of its 2026 strategic plan and projects, including erosion control, seabird restoration and marine debris removal.

KIRC was established by the state Legislature in 1993 to manage the Kaho’olawe Island Reserve using a $44 million trust fund until a Native Hawaiian sovereign entity is established. The trust has dwindled greatly over the last two decades, and commissioners told The Maui News last year that if no revenue source is approved by the state Legislature, the fund will completely run out of money by 2016. At the close of the legislative session in May, no such bill had been passed.

For more information, visit or call 243-5020.


National park staff to provide updates

Haleakala National Park will host a community meeting from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Maui Mall.

Park staff will provide information and tips on how to apply for jobs with the federal government and share park updates.


Road construction set for this week

The state Department of Transportation reported highway work in South and West Maui that will disrupt traffic this week.

The road disruptions follow:

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

* Lane closures on Honoapiilani Highway in both directions between Kuihelani Highway and Kapoli Street are set from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Friday for road repairs.

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

* A lane closure on Kuihelani Highway in the westbound direction between Puunene Avenue and Honoapiilani Highway is scheduled from 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. through Friday for road repairs.

County/In Brief

Woman who died at Oheo Gulch ID’d

A 55-year-old Texas woman died late Thursday afternoon after she fell 15 to 20 feet down a ledge onto rocks at Oheo Gulch in Kipahulu, police and fire officials said.

The woman, Cheryl Black, of McKinney, Texas, was pronounced dead at the scene. She remained unresponsive after bystanders performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Maui firefighters responded to a 5:32 p.m. call and used the Air One helicopter to airlift the woman from the pools to a landing zone near campgrounds in the Haleakala National Park’s Kipahulu District. Paramedics took over patient care, but their attempts to resuscitate the woman also were unsuccessful, officials said.

Hana firefighters and a Kahului fire rescue crew found Black unconscious, lying halfway in the water. Black had been on a 15- to 20-foot-high ledge, trying to get to another pool, when she fell, fire officials said.

The woman sustained severe head trauma, according to a news release from the National Park Service.

Police said the cause of death remained unknown, pending an autopsy.


‘Ohana by Hawaiian expanding service

‘Ohana by Hawaiian will be expanding to Kahului Airport for the summer with flights between Maui and Molokai, Kailua-Kona and Hilo, according to an announcement from Hawaiian Airlines.

Beginning July 8, the 48-seat ATR-42 turboprop planes, operated by Empire Airlines, will offer daily flights between Kahului and Molokai and Kahului and Kailua-Kona. Flights between Kahului and Hilo will begin July 10, the airline said.

An additional flight between Honolulu and Molokai will operate for the summer beginning July 8, increasing service from three to four times daily.

Flights currently are scheduled through Sept. 2, according to Hawaiian spokeswoman Alison Croyle.

‘Ohana by Hawaiian Managing Director Hadden Watt said the airline has seen increasing demand for flights between the islands.

For a schedule of flights or to book a reservation, visit or call (800) 367-5320.


Nava to address Kahului Kiwanis

Rick Nava, candidate for the Maui County Council’s West Maui residency seat, will be the guest speaker at the Kiwanis Club of Kahului meeting at noon Tuesday at Cary and Eddie’s Hideaway in Kahului.

Lunch is $12.

For more information, contact John Buck, club president, at 269-6670.

County/In Brief

Psychologist to be honored

The Nisei Veterans Memorial Center will hold a gathering of gratitude and appreciation for clinical psychologist Richard Sword for his work in helping veterans heal from the “invisible wounds” of war.

The event Thursday is open to the public and is scheduled for 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Hale Mahaolu’s Elua Community Hall at 200 Hina Ave. in Kahului.

Because of limited space for vehicles at Hale Mahaolu, those attending the event are asked to find street parking. Event organizers ask those planning to attend to call the memorial center by Monday at 244-6862 or send email to

Sword’s major clinical focus has been on treating veterans and civilians suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, according to an announcement. His work with veterans of many wars from World War II (including the famed 442nd Regimental Combat Team, the 100th Battalion and the Military Intelligence Service) and the Korean, Vietnam and Middle East wars caused him to search for a more effective treatment of the disorder.


Bat threat leads to arrest

A Kihei man was arrested after allegedly entering a man’s home and threatening him with a baseball bat on Wednesday, police said.

Jarod Martin Quevido, 43, was charged with first-degree burglary. He was released after posting $5,000 bail.

The incident occurred around 7 p.m. when Kihei patrol officers responded to a report of an assault at a house on Keala Place, police said.

Police said Quevido entered a man’s home without permission and threatened him with a baseball bat because of a call the man made to his phone. Quevido also stole an item from the home, police said.

Police found Quevido inside the home and arrested him.


‘Ulalena show wins award

The ‘Ulalena show at the Maui Theatre has received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award for the third year in a row.

The accolade is given to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on the TripAdvisor website, according to a news release. TripAdvisor is the world’s largest travel site, reaching nearly 260 million visitors monthly and receiving more than 150 million reviews monthly for restaurants, hotels, shows and other attractions.

“We are very proud of our team here at ‘Ulalena, who always goes the extra mile to make sure ‘Ulalena is an unforgettable experience for every person that walks through these doors,” Maui Theatre General Manager Todd Dougall said in a statement.

The theatrical production has been sharing the rich cultural history of Maui and its people with West Maui visitors for nearly 14 years, the release said. The show aims to depict the island’s history with music and dance, acrobatics, and light, sound and stage equipment.

County/In Brief

Kanaio man found dead under ATV

A 54-year-old Kanaio man was pronounced dead after a friend found him lying under a four-wheel, all-terrain vehicle Tuesday afternoon, police said.

The man was identified as Leroy Quinabo.

Police responded to a report of the accident at about 12:25 p.m. in the Kanaio area. Emergency workers who checked Quinabo found that he had died at the scene.

Police Criminal Investigation Division detectives also responded to scene and talked to a friend who had called for help after finding Quinabo lying under the vehicle.

An autopsy is pending.


The Outlets of Maui job fair set today

The Outlets of Maui in Lahaina is holding a job fair from 9 to 11 a.m. today.

The job fair began Wednesday.

Some of the 16 stores and restaurants with job openings are taking applications onsite. They are Calvin Klein, Hilo Hattie Outlet, Michael Kors, Perfumania and Hard Rock Cafe.

Others are taking applications online: Adidas Outlet Store ( reers), Banana Republic Factory Store ( reers), Brooks Brothers Factory Store (, Carters’ Babies & Kids (, Coach (, Gap Factory Store (www.gapinc. com/careers, job code No. 122854), Kay Jewelers Outlet (, Lucky Brand Outlet (, Wilsons Leather (, Pi Artisan Pizzeria ( and Wyndham Vacation Resorts (

The Outlets of Maui is located at 900 Front St. For more information, go to the website


‘Frozen’ to be shown at library

The Wailuku Public Library will be showing the Disney hit “Frozen” at 6 tonight.

The fantasy-adventure-comedy animated film is based on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale “The Snow Queen.”

After the kingdom of Arendelle is cast into eternal winter by the powerful Snow Queen Elsa, her sister Anna teams up with rough-hewn mountaineer Kristoff and his trusty reindeer Sven to break the icy spell.

The movie is rated PG.

The show is free and open to all ages. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, call the library at 243-5766.


Baker, Ing, Couch to speak Tuesday

State Sen. Roz Baker and Rep. Kaniela Ing, who represent South Maui in the state Legislature, and County Council Member Don Couch, who holds the South Maui residency seat, will be speaking to the Kihei Community Association beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Each lawmaker will be providing updates at the gathering at the Kihei Charter Middle School, 41 E. Lipoa St.

There also will be written status reports on the Pi’ilani Promenade and the Downtown Kihei projects, as well as on Maui Electric’s transmission line across Kihei.

Those attending are encouraged to bring a nonperishable food donation for the Maui Food Bank.

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


Demonstrations to start at park

Cultural practitioners Bolly Helekahi and Patricia Gomez will launch Hana No’eau, the new cultural demonstration series in the Kipahulu District of Haleakala National Park, on Saturday afternoon.

Hana No’eau means “to demonstrate and honor the traditions of the Hawaiian people.” Helekahi will teach visitors coconut leaf weaving. Gomez, of Maui Feather Lei, will show how to make feather lei.

The demonstrations will take place by the Kipahulu Visitor Center between 1 and 3 p.m.

“We are proud to offer this new series, which features Maui’s cultural practitioners and honors Native Hawaiian traditions,” said park Superintendent Natalie Gates. “We appreciate the support of the Hawai’i Pacific Parks Association, our nonprofit partner, in funding this series.”

The demonstrations are offered in Kipahulu on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month. For a complete list of planned events, go to the website planyourvisit/things2do.htm.

County/In Brief

Wailuku man injured in car crash

Speed is suspected as a factor in a single-vehicle crash Monday night in Haiku that critically injured a 30-year-old Wailuku man, police said.

The crash occurred at 9:52 p.m. on Hana Highway north of Holokai Road.

Police said the man was driving a 1997 Cadillac four-door sedan and traveling north on the highway when he lost control of the car. The vehicle went left of the centerline, crossed over the southbound lane of travel and hit a utility pole on the southbound embankment, police said.

After hitting the utility pole, the car continued north in the southbound embankment, hitting a cluster of mailboxes and a second utility pole, where the car came to rest, police said.The driver, who was alone in the car, suffered life-threatening injuries, police said. He was taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center.

Police said preliminary investigation showed the driver wasn’t wearing a seat belt. Both driver and passenger airbags deployed in the crash.


Hospital chief to speak to AARP

Maui Memorial Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Wesley Lo will address the Kula AARP Chapter meeting at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the Kula Community Center.

Following his remarks, there will be bingo and a potluck luncheon.

The meeting is open to the pubic and guests do not need to bring a dish. In order to play bingo, each member and guest should bring a $5 gift.

Refreshments will be served at 9 a.m.

No reservations are necessary. Members and guests are encouraged to bring a nonperishable food item for the Maui Food Bank.

For more information, contact Diane Logsdon at 878-3448.


OHA to hold meetings on Molokai

The state Office of Hawaiian Affairs will hold a community forum and a board meeting next week on Molokai, according to an announcement.

The community meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. June 18 at Kulana Oiwi Halau, and the board meeting begins at 9 a.m. June 19 at the same location.

For more information, go to or call 560-3611.


Conservation group to meet June 20

A local working group for the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Maui Soil and Water Conservation districts will meet from 9 to 11 a.m. June 20 to discuss resource concerns, including soil, water, air, plants and animals on agricultural and forest lands.

The meeting will be at the conservation service office at 77 Hookele St., Suite 202, in Kahului.

For more information and to RSVP, contact Ranae Ganske-Cerizo at 871-5500, ext. 107, by Friday. An agenda will be provided before the meeting.

County/In Brief

Man said to have grabbed police guns

Bail was set at $173,000 for a Wailuku man who was arrested Sunday night after grabbing two police officers’ guns and trying to pull the weapons out of their holsters, police said.

Reno Thompson, 39, was charged with two counts each of first-degree robbery and first-degree theft, as well as resisting arrest and second-degree theft.

An all-points bulletin had been issued for Thompson in a second-degree theft case when Wailuku patrol officers saw him asleep in a vehicle on Amala Place in Kahului at 6:45 p.m. When officers approached and woke Thompson and told him he was sought in the theft investigation, he refused to leave the vehicle and had to be pulled out by officers, police said.

While struggling with officers, Thompson got hold of two officers’ guns and unsuccessfully tried to pull the guns out of their holsters, police said.

Officers managed to arrest Thompson. He was taken to the hospital, where he was examined after complaining of chest pain and shortness of breath before being released into police custody.


Crash leads to loss of power for 78

A car that struck a power pole near Puunene School on Sunday night left 78 customers without power, a few through Monday morning.

The accident occurred at about 9:30 p.m., Kau’i Awai-Dickson, Maui Electric Co. spokeswoman, said. The customers affected included Ameron and businesses in the Maui Hardwoods area.

All but three customers had their power back on line in an hour; the remainder had their power restored at 4 a.m. Monday, Awai-Dickson said.


Kamehameha Day events in Lahaina

Na Kupuna O Maui will honor King Kamehameha I from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday under the Banyan Tree in Lahaina.

Wednesday is Kamehameha Day in Hawaii, a state holiday.

There will be crafters, food booths and an educational table about Kamehameha. There will be music by Richard Ho’opi’i, George Kahumoku, Lahaina Kupuna Serenaders and Ata Damasco.

The emcee will be Kamaunu Kahaialii.

County / In Brief

Paia seed, plant exchange Sunday

The Paia Community Center is hosting a seed and plant exchange event from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday.

The free event, “A Celebration of Seeds,” includes free seeds, information on how to save seeds and propagation techniques, talk story sessions, music and a keiki area.

For more information or to volunteer, call 269-9356 or send email to


March will mark Kamehameha Day

The Royal Order of Kamehameha I, Kahekili-Maui Chapter will hold its annual march from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday down the outer westbound lane of Kaahumanu Avenue in celebration of King Kamehameha Day.

The march will commemorate the birth of Kamehameha the Great by marching from the University of Hawaii Maui College to Hoaloha Park. The lane between the college and park will be closed from 8:30 to 10 a.m.

Wednesday is a state and county holiday. All state and county offices as well as all public libraries will be closed.

Residential trash pickup will continue as scheduled.

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

Olowalu Recycling, Molokai Landfill and Recycling along with the Hana and Lanai landfills will be open from 8 a.m. to noon.

County pools will be open.

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


PATCH names finalist providers

PATCH-People Attentive to Children has named its finalists – including three Maui preschool and child care providers – in its fourth annual “Hawaii’s Favorite Preschool Teacher & Favorite Family Child Care Provider” contest.

Selections are based on online voting, through July 1, at The public may vote online once a day. The 10 finalists were selected from more than 200 nominations.

In the Family Child Care category, Yuana Garvin of Makawao is a finalist.

Preschool Teacher category finalists include Suzanne Carlson of Paia and Melanie Adams of Aloha Kai Academy in Paia.

PATCH will honor the 10 finalists and announce the winners in each category at a benefit dinner July 25 at Harbor View Center in Honolulu. Tickets are available to the general public.

PATCH assists parents in selecting licensed child care for children of all ages. PATCH also offers enhanced child care referrals, more than 100 free child care trainings for parents and child care providers each year, and scholarships and professional development assistance for early childhood education professionals.


Earthquake strikes off Molokai coast

An earthquake with a magnitude of 3.8 was recorded off the north coast of Molokai at about 4:45 p.m. Friday, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reported.

No tsunami was expected, the center said.

County / In Brief

High temperature ties record for day

The 91 degrees logged Monday at Kahului Airport tied the record high for the day set in 1992, the National Weather Service reported.

Things should be a little cooler through Saturday with the return of easterly winds, 15 to 20 mph with higher gusts. High temperatures should be between 85 and 90 degrees with lows from 71 to 76 degrees.

Today through Saturday, windward and mountain areas are expected to be mostly cloudy with showers likely in the mornings. There may be scattered showers in the afternoons and evenings. Leeward areas should be partly cloudy with isolated showers, the weather service said.


Alamaha St. to be closed for work

Part of Alamaha Street in Kahului will be closed Thursday night while Department of Water Supply crews replace a broken water service line.

Traffic on Alamaha Street will be limited to local traffic only between Hanakai and Hanamau streets from 5 p.m. to midnight. Motorists are advised to follow signs and traffic control and to use alternate routes.

In addition, water will be off for customers at 296 and 312 Alamaha St. from 6 to 11:30 p.m. Affected customers are advised to store water for the evening if needed.

Customers should flush their waterlines for a short time Friday to ensure that no sediment has accumulated in their waterlines during the project.

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


Mayor’s show to discuss festival

The upcoming Made in Maui County Festival will be discussed beginning at 7 p.m. today during “Your County with Mayor Alan Arakawa” on Akaku: Maui Community Television, cable Channel 54.

The program will be moderated by county Communications Director Rod Antone and will feature products and foods to be showcased at the festival, which is set for 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.

Scheduled guests include Economic Development Director Teena Rasmussen and Maui Chamber of Commerce President Pamela Tumpap.

Viewers may ask questions by calling 873-3430. The show will be retelevised at 7 p.m. on June 11, 18 and 25 on the same channel.


Free meals separate from PALS program

Children do not have to be enrolled in the PALS summer program to take advantage of free meals, Maui County said.

Free meals for children will be available at all county PALS sites on Maui and Molokai. The Summer Food Service Program is a federal program offered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service. The program is available in eligible areas to ensure that children receive nutritious meals. Youths 18 years or younger are eligible to receive a free meal weekdays from Monday to July 18.

Many children receive free or reduced-price meals during the school year, but many of these children do not get enough to eat when school is out. This program ensures that these children continue to grow and learn during the summer, the news release said.

Parents should note that meals are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis.

For more information, contact the local PALS site coordinator. If a site coordinator cannot be reached call Colette Baisa at 270-7403.

The PALS program begins today and runs through July 25.

County / In Brief

Visitor pulled from ocean identified

A snorkeler who died after being pulled from the ocean off Kaanapali has been identified as a 57-year-old Missouri man, police said.

Steven Montgomery of Cabool was unresponsive when beachgoers helped him to shore and began efforts to revive him at about 4:30 p.m. Friday at the beach fronting the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa, police said. He had been snorkeling about 20 feet offshore, police said.

Police, firefighters and medics responded to continue cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

An autopsy was done Monday, with toxicology reports pending before the cause of his death is determined, police said.


Kahoolawe waters open this month

Waters around Kahoolawe will be open for trolling for permitted vessels on Saturday and Sunday and June 21-22.

Hawaii Administrative Rules require all vessels to register annually with the Kaho’olawe Island Reserve Commission before entering the reserve to troll during designated open water trolling dates.

Registered vessels also are required to file a catch report with the commission any time they fish in the reserve, whether fish are caught or not.

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

Failure to register may result in criminal penalties of fines up to $1,000 or imprisonment up to 30 days.

To register or for more information, contact Dean Tokishi at 243-5889, email or visit to download a registration packet.

Packets also are available at the state Division of Boating & Ocean Recreation at 210 Imi Kala St., Suite 205, Wailuku.


Maui firefighter receives promotion

Firefighter Greg Shinyama has been promoted to the rank of firefighter II hazardous materials specialist.

He has been with the Maui Fire Department for nine years, having spent time at the Hana, Wailea and Kahului fire stations.

His promotion took effect May 16.

He is assigned to HM-10 “C” Watch at the Kahului Fire Station.