County / In Brief

Swimmer, 60, of Arizona dies

A 60-year-old Arizona man died after experiencing difficulties while swimming and becoming unresponsive as he was being brought to shore Saturday fronting the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa in Kaanapali, police said.

He was identified as Greg Ira Eveloff of Scottsdale.

Police, firefighters and medics responded to the beach at about noon.

Before emergency workers arrived, efforts were made to revive Eveloff, who had been swimming with family members. He died at the scene, police said.

An autopsy is pending.


Road repair set to close lanes

Lane closures will occur in both directions on North Kihei Road this week for road repairs, according to the state Department of Transportation.

The work will be done from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m., Tuesday through Friday.


KIRC announces trolling dates

Trolling will be allowed in the waters of the Kaho’olawe Island Reserve on Saturday and Sept. 7 and Sept. 20. and 21, the Kaho’olawe Island Reserve Commission announced.

All vessels must register annually with the commission before entering the reserve to troll during the designated dates.

Filing of a catch report is required, and there is a $25 permitting fee.

Access to reserve waters is restricted to protect marine resources and safeguard people from unexploded ordnance from years of Navy training on the island. Reserve waters are within 2 nautical miles of the island.

Other fishing, ocean recreation and commercial activities are prohibited.

For more information or to register, call Dean Tokishi at 243-5889, send email to or go to

Registration packets are available at the state Division of Boating and Recreation at 101 Maalaea Boat Harbor Road.


Taxpayers group to host candidates event

The West Maui Taxpayers Association will hold a “Candidates Night” event at 5 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Lahaina Civic Center.

All candidates appearing on the West Maui ballot in the Nov. 4 general election will be invited to attend to introduce themselves to voters and discuss issues, according to a news release from the group.

The event is open to the public.

For more information, contact 661-7990 or, or go to

County / In Brief

Crews respond to report of brush fire

Kihei firefighters were responding Friday evening to a report of a brush fire in the vicinity of Ohukai Road and Piilani Highway, Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga said.

The alarm came in between 6:45 and 7 p.m., he said.

Other details were not immediately available.

Emergency dispatchers were reporting a possible explosion of an electrical transformer, and there were reports of people being stuck in elevators in South Maui.

Maui Electric Co. spokeswoman Kau’i Awai-Dickson confirmed there had been a power outage in Kihei.

A Noe Street resident said she heard sirens, but her residence did not have a power outage.

Shortly after 7 p.m., MECO reported the outage was bounded by Kanakanui Road, Piilani Highway, South Kihei Road and Kealii Alanui Street, as well as power line laterals connected with those areas.

Service was restored to all customers by 8:03 p.m., according to a release from MECO.


Found body that of missing 47-year-old

The body of a missing 47-year-old man was located Thursday evening in the Kaupo area, police said Friday.

Sean Okin’s body was located by a park ranger, according to a statement Friday from his brother, Ben Okin.

Police said the body was found at 5:21 p.m. Thursday. Police had reported looking for Okin earlier in the week. Police classified the case as an unattended death and said an autopsy is pending.

In a statement relayed by Jeff Simon of Maui Search and Rescue, Ben Okin said he was informed Friday morning that his brother was found dead on a remote beach.

“Thank you all for the love and support you gave my brother in his life and in trying to locate him,” Ben Okin said in the statement. “He was found by a park ranger thanks to the efforts of getting the word out through fliers and law enforcement.

“Please allow some time for family to grieve. Please allow yourselves time to grieve and remember him for the great light he was while he was with us on Earth.”


MMMC work set to cause traffic delays

Traffic delays near Maui Memorial Medical Center are expected today and Sunday as the hospital installs a new modular building.

Delays are expected during daylight hours. Mahalani Street, East Waiko Road, Waiale Road, Waiinu Road and Maui Lani Parkway may be affected, according to a hospital announcement Thursday.

Seven tractor-trailers will be transporting the modular units from Waiko Road in Wailuku to Maui Memorial. Traffic personnel will be on-site to direct drivers.

Those needing access to the hospital’s Emergency Department during construction may use the main driveway entrance to the hospital on Mahalani Street. Directional signs will be posted.

For more information, call project manager Patrick Miyahira at 870-0488.


Haleakala hosts cultural demonstrations

Cultural demonstrations will be offered this morning and this afternoon at the Haleakala National Park’s Summit and Kipahulu districts, respectively, park officials announced.

From 10 a.m. to noon, Gordean Kakalia will show visitors sennit weaving at the park’s headquarters Visitor Center near the Haleakala summit. From 1 to 3 p.m., Judy Kinzer will perform hula at the park’s Kipahulu location.

Both events are part of Hana No’eau, a series of demonstrations by featured cultural practitioners. The program is funded by the nonprofit Hawai’i Pacific Parks Association.


Water work to disrupt service Wednesday

Some customers in the Wailuku Industrial Area will have no water from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday when contractors change a water lateral on Alua Street.

The outage will affect customers on Alua Street from Hookahi to Kolu streets, according to a Department of Water Supply announcement.

Traffic should not be affected because work will take place on the side of the road, officials said.

Affected customers should store water beforehand, if needed. And, customers should flush their waterlines for a short time after the project is completed to ensure sediment has not accumulated in them. If a water emergency occurs, call 270-7633.


State set to proceed with sports complex

The state has issued a notice to proceed for construction of the $14.8 million first phase of the Central Maui Regional Sports Complex, the Department of Land and Natural Resources announced Friday afternoon.

Work is expected to begin Tuesday and be completed by December 2015.

The project’s first phase calls for constructing a high school baseball field, two softball fields, a restroom, a concession stand, parking, landscaping, irrigation well and storage tank.

Goodfellow Bros Inc. is the project contractor.

When completed, the park will be a recreational area in Alexander & Baldwin’s master-planned community of Waiale. The entire complex will encompass up to 65 acres and include a full-sized baseball field, four softball fields, four Little League baseball fields, an area for soccer fields, restrooms, concession buildings and parking for approximately 700 vehicles.

A number of nearby subdivision residents have opposed the project, saying it would add traffic and noise to their neighborhoods.

County/In Brief

Police say stabbing suspect came back

A man under investigation for allegedly stabbing a woman during a domestic dispute Saturday was arrested again Tuesday afternoon when he returned to the Haiku residence where the stabbing occurred, police said.

Gary Feliciano, 61, of Haiku was charged with violating a temporary restraining order.

During Feliciano’s arraignment Wednesday afternoon in 2nd Circuit Court, Deputy Public Defender Jim Rouse asked that Feliciano’s bail be lowered from $500,000 to $1,000 or $2,000 for the misdemeanor charge.

Deputy Prosecutor Terence Herndon asked that bail continue, saying the higher amount was set after taking into consideration that Feliciano is under investigation for first-degree assault or attempted murder.

Second Circuit Judge Richard Bissen kept Feliciano’s bail at $500,000 pending a bail hearing Friday afternoon.

Police said Feliciano was arrested Saturday afternoon after police were called to his residence on Puuomalei Road. During a domestic dispute, police said a 58-year-old woman suffered a stab wound to her upper chest and was taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center.


Police say burglary suspect came back

A Lahaina woman was arrested on burglary and other charges Tuesday after she burglarized two Kaanapali Hillside residences, then returned to one of the homes a second time with the golf cart she had stolen earlier, police said.

Judaea Connolly, 18, was confronted by the homeowner, who called police when she returned to the residence, police said.

Her bail was set at $27,000 on three counts of first-degree burglary, unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, two counts of first-degree theft and second-degree theft.

Police said Connolly took property from one of the residences and stole the golf cart from the garage. She drove the golf cart to Napili before returning to Kaanapali Hillside and burglarizing another residence, taking property including firearms, police said.

Then she went back to the first house she had burglarized and was confronted by the homeowner, police said.

The majority of the stolen property, including the golf cart, was returned to the owners, police said.

Connolly was arrested at 4:10 p.m. Tuesday, according to police records.


Grabbing of glasses leads to charges

A man who grabbed the glasses off an employee’s face after he was asked to leave a Lahaina store Saturday was charged with robbery, police said.

Bail was set at $5,000 for Daniel Morrow, 45, on a second-degree robbery charge. He gave no local address.

Police said Morrow had been disorderly and was asked to leave Nagasako General Store on Saturday afternoon. After Morrow grabbed the glasses off the employee’s face, a struggle ensued, police said. The employee got his glasses back before Morrow ran, police said.

Morrow was identified that day from surveillance video, police said.

An all-points bulletin had been issued for him before he was located Tuesday evening and arrested.


Man is indicted in April stabbing

A 31-year-old man has been indicted on a charge of first-degree assault in the stabbing of another man, who walked to the hospital after being dropped off by a dumpster at the Maui Family YMCA in Wailuku.

Travis Ortiz, who gave no local address, pleaded not guilty to the charge during his arraignment Aug. 7 in 2nd Circuit Court. He is being held in lieu of $20,000 bail at the Maui Community Correctional Center.

A police investigation showed that Ortiz and the 28-year-old victim got into a fight over alcohol before Ortiz went looking for the other man and stabbed him on April 21. The stabbing occurred in Kihei.

The victim walked to Maui Memorial Medical Center after being dropped off at the nearby YMCA, police said.

An Oct. 27 trial is set for Ortiz. He has been ordered not to consume alcohol or illegal drugs and to have no contact with the victim.


Cause of Lanai outage unknown

Power was lost for most of Lanai on Wednesday morning, Maui Electric Co. spokeswoman Kau’i Awai-Dickson said.

The cause remained under investigation.

The 8:23 a.m. outage affected 1,700 customers, not all but most of the island’s power customers, she said. At 8:53 a.m., 950 customers had their power restored, and at 9:29 a.m. the remainder had their electricity back on.

The problem appeared to originate at the island’s power generation plant, but MECO officials were continuing to investigate Wednesday morning, Awai-Dickson said.


High-surf advisory until Saturday

A high-surf advisory has been posted for east- and south-facing shores of Maui County from 6 a.m. today until 6 p.m. Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

Waves generated by Hurricane Marie were expected to begin affecting Hawaiian waters Wednesday night and gradually build surf to advisory levels today on east-facing shores. A moderately sized southern swell should affect shores on that side of the island today, forecasters said.

Surf is expected to reach 6 to 9 feet on east- and south-facing shores.

Forecasters warned beachgoers to be cautious of strong surf and currents, which can make swimming difficult and dangerous.

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


Police to cremate unclaimed bodies

Police plan to cremate four bodies being held at the Maui County morgue unless relatives or friends step forward to claim the remains.

The unclaimed remains are of:

* Eve Clute, 64, who died Jan. 22. She was 5 feet 6 inches tall.

* Larry King, 53, who died Aug. 10. He was 6 feet tall. He has “Frances” tattooed on the right side of his neck, “Talakika” tattooed on the left side of his chest and “Hawaii” tattooed on his left forearm. He also has a black cross-shaped tattoo on his fourth right finger.

* Linda Yarborough, 61, who died Aug. 1. She was 5 feet 7 inches tall.

* Raymond Roberts III, 60, who died May 14. He was 5 feet 6 inches tall.

All four died in unattended deaths, police said.

If the remains aren’t claimed by relatives, friends, representatives of a fraternal society that the dead person belonged to or any other legal party, the bodies will be cremated within 90 days or shortly afterward, police said.

Anyone wishing to claim any of the remains may call police Capt. John Kaupalolo at 244-6435.

County/In Brief

Man who frequents Paia reported to be missing

Police were looking Tuesday for a 47-year-old man believed to be in the Paia area.

Sean Okin was last seen in a black or dark blue Toyota Scion with California license plates, police said.

Okin is 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs approximately 183 pounds. He is known to frequent Paia Bay.

Anyone with information about Okin’s whereabouts is asked to call the Maui Police Department at 244-6400 or Detective Nelson Hamilton at 244-6421.


Haiku man arrested in woman’s stabbing

A 61-year-old man was arrested Saturday for allegedly stabbing a woman during a domestic dispute at a Haiku residence, police said.

Gary Feliciano was charged with first-degree assault. His bail was set at $5,000.

Police arrested him after they were called to his residence on Puuomalei Road in Haiku at 4:20 p.m. A 58-year-old woman suffered a stab wound to her upper chest, police said. She was taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center, where she remained hospitalized in guarded condition Tuesday, police said.


Garbage collection missed in Kula

Mechanical problems led to missed curbside garbage collection routes Tuesday in Kula, the county Department of Environmental Management reported.

Affected residents include those living on Haleakala Highway; Holomakani and Kolohala drives; Wahelani Street; Kekaulike Avenue; and Copp, Kamehameiki, Lower Kula, Naalae and Pulehuiki roads; and all surrounding streets, the department said.

The missed routes were expected to be picked up today.


Kaanapali Parkway soiled by sewage

Approximately 275 gallons of wastewater overflowed from a Kaanapali Parkway manhole on Monday morning, the county Department of Environmental Management announced Tuesday.

The spill was reported at 7:20 a.m. Monday and stopped an hour and five minutes later, officials said. The overflow was attributed to a blockage of grease in a main sewer line.

Less than half of the spill, 120 gallons, made its way into a storm drain, the department said. Spilled wastewater was pumped up. The spill site was cleaned and disinfected. Warning signs were posted, and water samples were taken to determine if wastewater reached a waterway.

The state Department of Health was notified.

County/In Brief

Papa Avenue roadwork to begin today

Work on the Papa Avenue Reconstruction project will begin today on Papa Avenue between Makalii Street and Hina Avenue in Kahului.

Work will occur from 8 a.m. to 3:30 daily.

The project involves reconstruction of the roadway between Puunene and Kaahumanu avenues, according to a notice from Maui Master Builders Inc.

Motorists are advised to expect delays and to use caution and follow all traffic controls and devices in the work zone.

For more information, call Maui Master Builders at 242-8180.


Martian ‘life’ topic of talk at UH center

Hiromu Nakagawa of Tohoku University in Japan will discuss “Remote Sensing of Martian ‘Life’:” Evidence from Haleakala” at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Maikalani University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy’s Advanced Technology Research Center in Pukalani.

Recent extensive exploration of Mars by the U.S. and Europe has provided new information about Mars and has changed people’s perspectives on the planet, according to a news release. Mars, sometimes called “a frozen water planet,” almost certainly experienced warm and wet climate in the past, scientists say. Discussed will be scientists’ attempts to find evidence of life on Mars using dedicated instruments on Haleakala.

The center is located at 34 Ohia Ku St.

For more information, call 573-9500.


SHAKA Movement slated to host event

SHAKA Movement will hold a “GMO Initiative Volunteer Activation & Celebration” event at 6 p.m. Thursday at Sacred Earth Temple in Haiku.

The event will feature a vegetation potluck, presentation of the campaign by project leaders and dance music with DJ Diva Deva, according to a news release.

SHAKA (Sustainable Hawaiian Agriculture for Keiki and the Aina) Movement is leading a citizens’ initiative for a moratorium on genetically modified organisms in Maui County that will appear on the Nov. 4 general election ballot.

Sacred Earth Temple is located at 4505 Hana Highway.

County / In Brief

Doolittle Raid Monday’s Rotary talk topic

The Rotary Club of Kahului is hosting a guest speaker to talk about the Doolittle Raid – the United States’ first air raid to strike Japan during World War II – at noon Monday at Cafe O’Lei at the Dunes at Maui Lani.

The program costs $5. Lunch is $20.

Kapalua resident Harry E. Smith, a “lifelong student” of World War II history and a former serviceman in the U.S. Coast Guard, will provide an in-depth look into the raid led by Lt. Col. James Doolittle on April 18, 1942, over Tokyo, according to an announcement. The presentation includes information about the surviving raiders, as well as eight others who were captured by the Japanese.

The Rotary Club of Kahului meets weekly at Cafe O’Lei from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, visit or call club President Anders Lyons at 463-4192.


Work to close parts of North Kihei Road

A portion of North Kihei Road will be closed in both directions for road repairs this week, according to the state Department of Transportation.

The work will be done from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m., Monday through Thursday, the department said.


Mandatory parent meetings set for school

Maui High School’s 9th- and 10th-grade academies will be holding mandatory parent information meetings for students and parents beginning Tuesday.

Parents will have the opportunity to meet staff and receive important and helpful information that will help them to support their student’s academic success.

Meetings will begin at 6 p.m. and last about one hour in the school’s gymnasium. Parents should bring a pen to take notes. Organizers encourage parents to make arrangements for younger siblings to be taken care of during the meeting time.

For 9th-graders the meeting schedule is:

* Tuesday – Inspire Academy.

* Wednesday – Pohaku Academy.

* Thursday – ACOM Academy (Arts and Communication).

For 10th-graders the meeting schedule is:

* Sept. 9 – Pohaku Academy.

* Sept. 18 – ACOM Academy.

* Sept. 22 – Inspire Academy.


Park admission to be waived for birthday

Haleakala National Park will celebrate the 98th birthday of the National Park Service by offering free admission Monday.

Monday also kicks off the park’s Nene Awareness Day Logo Contest, in which middle school students (grades 6 to 8) create a logo and slogan about why the endangered birds are special or what people can do to protect the birds.

Entries will be accepted until Sept. 18. Drawings will be on display at the park beginning on Nene Awareness Day, Sept. 26, and at the National Park Service both at the Maui Fair Oct. 2-5 at the War Memorial Complex.

Contest information can be found at Prizes will be awarded.

County / In Brief

March 1 deadline for property proposals

The deadline to submit a proposal for use of the 23-acre Old Maui High School property in Hamakuapoko is March 1, 2015.

The Mayor’s Office of Economic Development reported that it was giving applicants “plenty of time” to submit proposals, according to an announcement of the county’s plan to offer to lease the property to an entity for $1 a year for 20 or more years.

Proposed uses will need to fit what is allowed under an executive order that put the property under Maui County jurisdiction. The executive order stipulates that approved uses of the campus include education, agriculture and social services.

The county has been paying the Friends of Old Maui High School $80,000 a year to maintain the campus and do repairs.

The property has no potable water or wastewater service.

For more information on the county’s request for proposals, call the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development at 270-7710 or go to


Cultural events slated for Haleakala park

Haleakala National Park will host cultural demonstrations today at both its Kipahulu and summit crater districts, according to an announcement.

Gordean Kakalia will demonstrate sennit weaving at the Headquarters Visitors Center from 10 a.m. to noon, while Pi’ilani Lua will teach Native Hawaiian games and perform music in Kipahulu from 1 to 3 p.m.

The activities are part of Hana No’eau, the park’s cultural demonstration series featuring island residents. Hana No’eau refers to demonstrating and honoring the traditions of the Hawaiian people.

The nonprofit Hawai’i Pacific Parks Association is funding the series of cultural demonstrations.


Worker shortage results in missed trash

Haiku residents who had their trash routes missed Friday – because of a shortage in workers – can expect their garbage to be picked up today, the county Solid Waste Division announced.

The affected residents include those living on Haiku, North Holokai, Kauhikoa, Kaupakalua, East and West Kuiaha, Peahi and Ulumalu roads, the division said. Residents on nearby streets also did not have their trash collected.


Parade participants being sought for fair

Maui Fair parade participants are still being sought for the event that begins at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 2, kicking off the festivities for the annual fair at the War Memorial Complex.

Applications are available online at and can be dropped off at the fair office between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday at the trailer at the War Memorial Gymnasium parking lot. Call 242-2721 in advance to make sure someone is in the office.

Applications are due by 2 p.m. Sept. 12.

A mandatory parade meeting will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 16 in the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Alexa Higashi meeting room.

The parade runs from the University of Hawaii Maui College campus to the War Memorial Stadium on Kanaloa Avenue. For more, information contact Parade Chairperson Jaime Cardoza at 357-5903.

Applications to become a vendor in the products and services tent are still available. Corporate sponsors also are being sought. For more information, go to

County/In Brief

Club training canoe burns in Kahului

A Hawaiian Canoe Club canoe was destroyed when it was set on fire early Tuesday at the east end of Hoaloha Park in Kahului, police said.

A call at 2:32 a.m. reported the 40-foot-long, single-hull canoe, valued at $10,000, was fully engulfed in flames, police said.

As of Wednesday morning, no suspects had been identified in the arson case, police said.

On the club’s Facebook page, the six-person canoe was described as a training canoe named Giblinator and made by Mike Giblin.


Makawao library open after tenting

The Makawao Public Library has been reopened after fumigation work was completed, the Hawaii State Public Library System announced.

The library was tented over the Statehood Day weekend.

For library hours, go to “”> or call the Makawao library at 573-8785.


‘Maui View’ to look at ‘Back to School’

A live, hourlong “Back to School” program will be featured on tonight’s “Maui View” program on Akaku: Maui Community Television, cable Channel 54, according to an announcement.

Scheduled guests for the 7 p.m. program include Joe Schmidt, Seabury Hall headmaster, and Stacy Woodson, parent community networking coordinator at Maui High School.

A fashion blogger also is set to take part in the program.

“The Maui View” is a monthly talk show discussing current events and news items ranging from social and political issues to headlines and community events that would be of interest to women and the community at large.

The taped program will be televised again at 7 p.m. Aug. 28 and Sept. 4 and 11. Viewers may post questions on “The Maui View” Facebook page, send email to or call 873-3430 during the program.


Condo panel to get legislative update

The Condominium Council of Maui will host a legislative update from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 12 at the King Kamehameha Golf Club in Waikapu.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

Mayor Alan Arakawa and Maui County Council Chairwoman Gladys Baisa will speak about legal changes that may affect condominium and community associations, as well as basic parliamentary procedure for meetings.

Other guest speakers include attorneys Jane Sugimura, Na Lan and Chris Porter, and parliamentarian Steve Glanstein.

The event costs $50 for members and $60 for nonmembers. A buffet lunch is included.

For more information, visit

County/In Brief

Paragliders halted in crater – officials

Two men in their late 20s or early 30s were apprehended on Tuesday for attempting illegal paragliding in Haleakala Crater.

One man was caught after launching and landing in a critical endangered species habitat, while the other was captured after attempting to launch, National Park Service officials said.

The names of the two men were not available Tuesday afternoon. Their equipment was seized and impounded. Federal charges are pending.

Federal regulations prohibit powered and nonpowered flight into the crater without a permit, park officials said.

Haleakala National Park protects cultural resources that are sacred to Native Hawaiians and provides critical habitat for endangered and threatened species found nowhere else on Earth, officials said.


Maui Calls event set for September

The Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s 20th annual benefit gala, Maui Calls, has been rescheduled to 6 to 10 p.m. Sept. 27 at the center in Kahului.

The theme for the wine and food tasting event is “Celebrating the Songs of Hawaii.”

Guests will be greeted with fresh flower lei, enjoy fine wines from visiting vintners, sample cuisine by top Maui chefs, bid in silent and live auctions and dance to Jimmy Mac & The Kool Kats.

The event had originally been set to take place on Aug. 8, but the approach of then Hurricane Iselle forced the event’s postponement. Tickets and reservations held for the Aug. 8 event will be automatically transferred to the new date in September.

Tickets range from $175 to $500; tables of 10 run from $1,950 to $10,000. Call 242-7469 or visit the event’s website at


Forum will tell workers of health insurance options

A free forum to educate case managers and behavioral health workers on current behavioral health insurance options and the upcoming integration of Med-Quest and Quest programs will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 27 at the Cameron Center Auditorium.

Speakers will be Lena Jones, MDX Hawaii Director of Behavioral Health Services; Robert Collesano, director, Mental Health America of Hawai’i – Maui; and Trina Tom, Maui Service Area administrator with the Maui Community Mental Health Center.

Participants will be given tools to assist clients in choosing their best health insurance options.

Space is limited. To register, call 984-2150.

County/In Brief

Haleakala park officials to host meeting

Haleakala National Park officials will host a community meeting from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Kipahulu Visitor Center, according to an announcement.

The park superintendent and chief of interpretation will provide general updates and answer questions about park programs.


Gatherings scheduled to support Israel

Maui rallies and a gathering to support Israel will be held this month, beginning Thursday.

From 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday and on Aug. 28, in conjunction with a statewide rally for Israel, a demonstration will be held at the corner of Puunene Avenue and Dairy Road in Kahului. Organizers suggest participants bring posters, flags and shofars (musical instruments traditionally made of rams’ horns).

On Sunday, a “Stand With Israel Solidarity Gathering” will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Maui Lu Long House at 575 S. Kihei Road.

A guest speaker will be Leehy Shaer, the aunt of Gilad Shaer, a teen victim in the violence. There will be other speakers as well and special music, dance and current updates on Israel.

For more information, call 281-4427 or 357-3303.


Gardening topic of two public sessions

The group Grow the Change will hold two public sessions on gardening at the Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Resource Center garden in Wailuku today.

The first will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will consist of weeding and building soil and biomass. The second session from 2:30 to 6 p.m. will consist of building “Earthbag” terraces. These will become miniature community garden plots for shelter families to grow organic food. An after-school program will be in session from 2:30 to 3 p.m. as well. Participants may bring their children.

Participants should wear closed-toe shoes, a hat and sun protection. They should bring their own water and a reusable water bottle.

The center is at 670 Waiale Road.

For more information, see


Charges filed in alleged assault, robbery

A Pukalani man was charged with the robbery and assault of another man who reported that he was beaten in a Kahului parking lot last month, police said.

Bail was set at $25,000 for John Baker, 23. He was charged with first-degree robbery and second-degree assault.

Police said the robbery occurred at about 4 p.m. July 24. The victim was walking near the Maui Seaside Hotel when he saw Baker sitting in the back of a pickup truck and waved to Baker. Then, Baker and two others confronted the victim in the hotel parking lot, assaulted him and stole his money, police said.

The victim required stitches after suffering a laceration to the right side of his head, police said.

An all-points bulletin had been issued for Baker before he was arrested Friday evening on charges of fourth-degree theft and resisting arrest, police said. He also was arrested on a contempt-of-court warrant.

County/In Brief

American Red Cross aiding 7 victims of Lahaina house fire

The American Red Cross is assisting seven people who were displaced by a house fire in Lahaina on Saturday.

The fire at 908 Kana Place was reported at 5:29 p.m. and extinguished at 11:28 p.m., Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga said. The fire caused $700,000 in damage to the single-family, two-story structure and $200,000 in damage to the home’s contents. The cause of the blaze was undetermined.

Mainaga reported that there were no injuries.

Volunteers at the scene on Saturday attended to the immediate emergency needs of the house’s residents, making sure they had shelter, food and clothing, according to a news release from the American Red Cross.


Fun run added to events planned for 92nd Maui Fair

A “Fab Fair Fun Run” at War Memorial Stadium has been added to the list of events for the 92nd Maui Fair.

The fun run will be from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. Oct. 4.

The Maui Fair will be held Oct. 2-5 at the War Memorial Complex in Wailuku.

Run participants are encouraged to “walk, run, crawl, skip, stroll or hop” and will receive a glow bracelet for each completed lap on the stadium’s track as a clock ticks down from 45 minutes, according to a news release.

Participants will receive a T-shirt and entry into the Maui Fair. The registration cost is $20 per person through Sept. 20 and $25 per person from Sept. 21 to Oct. 4. To register, go to and search for “Fab Fair Fun Run.”

For more information, contact Matt Snyder at or 276-9996.


Central Pacific Bank offers loans to victims of weather

Central Pacific Bank has a hurricane assistance loan program to help residents on Maui affected by Tropical Storm Iselle.

The program features low interest rates, flexible loan terms, reduced monthly payments, fast approval and quick funding, according to a news release. Loan amounts range from $1,000 to $15,000 with terms up to 48 months.

For more information on the loan program, contact the bank’s customer service center at (808) 544-0500 or visit any CPB branch.

County / In Brief

Flames engulf Lahaina home; no injuries

A Lahaina house was fully engulfed in fire when firefighters arrived on the scene Saturday evening, according to a fire official.

Firefighters from Lahaina, Napili, Wailuku and Kihei responded to the 5:49 p.m. call to 908 Kana Place, Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga said. All residents were outside of the single-family, two-story home when crews arrived. No injuries were reported.

The fire was called under control at 7:28 p.m. and overhaul operations were taking place, Mainaga said.


Kamehameha Schools deadline Sept. 30

The deadline to apply for Kamehameha Schools kindergarten to grade 12 programs on Oahu, Hawaii Island and Maui for the 2015-16 school year is Sept. 30.

Applications are available online at

The primary admission points for students at the Pukalani campus are kindergarten and grades 6 and 9. The primary admission points for Molokai, Lanai and Hana students to the Kapalama campus are grades 7 and 9.

For kindergartners, eligible applicants must be born between Aug. 1, 2009, and July 31, 2010. As part of the transition from the previous age requirement, this year Kamehameha Schools also will accept kindergarten applications from boys born in July 2009.

Applications for grades 10, 11 and 12 for all campuses are accepted, but spaces are limited, based on availability.

For more information, call Kamehameha Schools Maui Admissions at 572-3133 or toll-free at (800) 842-4682, ext. 28800.


Repairs to close North Kihei Road lanes

There will be lane closures in both directions on North Kihei Road between Honoapiilani and Piilani highways from Monday through Friday, the state Department of Transportation announced.

The road repairs will be done from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m., according to the department.

County/In Brief

Man allegedly hits another with shovel

A Pukalani man was arrested for assault after he hit another man in the head with a shovel Wednesday during an argument in Kihei, police said.

Anthony Sedivy, 43, was released after posting $1,000 bail on a charge of second-degree assault.

He and the victim got into an argument on Kenolio Road in Kihei after Sedivy dropped off the victim at his residence at 5:30 p.m., police said. The argument turned physical, with Sedivy getting a shovel from his truck that he used to hit the victim, police said.

Sedivy fled when a woman intervened in the fight, police said. Sedivy was later located at his residence and arrested.


Bank’s relief effort for victims of storm

All 67 Bank of Hawaii branches statewide will be accepting donations to support relief efforts on Hawaii Island following the damage caused by Tropical Storm Iselle.

All donations will go to Hawaii Island United Way, which is coordinating relief efforts on Hawaii Island.

Check donations may be made payable to Kokua Puna and deposited at any Bank of Hawaii branch. Cash donations also are being accepted.

In addition, Bank of Hawaii Foundation has donated $25,000 to Hawaii Island United Way.


Kihei development topic of discussion

A talk on the Kaonoulu area of north Kihei, a place slated for major development, will be discussed at the Kihei Community Association meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Mark Hyde, Lucienne de Naie, Michael Lee and Daniel Kanehele will talk about the history of the area, marked by the proposed 284-unit Kenolio Apartments, the proposed Pi’ilani Promenade and the Maui Lu.

The meeting will be held at the Kihei Charter Middle School, 41 E. Lipoa St. Nonperishable food donations will be accepted for the Maui Food Bank.

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


KIRC announces trolling dates

Trolling will be permitted in the Kaho’olawe Island Reserve from 12:01 a.m. Aug. 23 to 11:59 p.m. Aug. 24, the Kaho’olawe Island Reserve Commission announced.

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

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

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

To register with KIRC or for more information, contact Dean Tokishi at 243-5889 or

Registration packets also are available at the Division of Boating and Recreation at 101 Maalaea Boat Harbor Road. Packets also may be downloaded at

County/In Brief

Offices will close for Statehood Day

State and Maui County offices, along with public schools, will be closed Friday in observance of Statehood Day.

There will be no residential refuse collection Friday, and all county landfills will be closed.

On Maui, refuse customers with one pickup per week (all manual or 3-Can Plan routes) will have their trash collected Monday. For refuse customers with two pickups per week on Maui, their trash will be hauled away on the next regularly scheduled pickup date.

For all 3-Can Plan Pilot routes that have pickups on Friday, green waste or recyclable material will be collected on the next regularly scheduled date.

Molokai residents do not have trash pickup on Friday and will not be affected, county officials said.

For Lanai customers, if their pickup falls on Friday, their trash will be collected a day earlier, meaning today.

The landfill and refuse collection modified schedules have been implemented since Aug. 1. County officials have said the change was needed because of limited available funding.

All public libraries will be closed on Friday. The Makawao Public Library will also be closed Saturday.


Makawao library to close for fumigation

Tent fumigation will close the Makawao Public Library temporarily beginning Friday.

The library’s book drop will close at 5 p.m. today and reopen to the public at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Borrowed library materials may be returned to other public libraries.

Officials will announce when the library will reopen.


Free child car seat inspections planned

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 on Dairy Road in Kahului.

Those interested in having child car seats checked to see whether they’re properly installed should show up with the child, car seat or booster seat and vehicle. 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


Kaupo association will meet Saturday

The Kaupo Community Association will be meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday in the old Kaupo School yard.

For more information, contact Alohalani Smith at 870-2820.


OHA schedules meetings on Lanai

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs will be holding meetings on Lanai on Wednesday and Aug. 21.

A community meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Lanai High and Elementary School cafeteria. The board meeting will be held the next day at 9 a.m. in the Koele Lodge Library.

Both meetings are open to the public.

For more information, go to or call OHA’s office on Lanai at (808) 565-7930.

County/In Brief

Man charged with weekend assault

Bail was set at $1,000 for a man charged with assaulting another man in Kihei on Sunday, police said.

Valentino Gutierrez, 34, who gave no local address, was charged with second-degree assault.

At about 2:45 p.m. Sunday, Kihei patrol officers were sent to Kalalau Street. There, a man reported he had been in a heated argument with another man when the argument turned physical, police said. Gutierrez got involved and hit the victim in the ribs, causing injury, police said.

The victim was treated by medics for pain to his mouth and ribs and transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center.

Gutierrez was located at about 6 p.m. and arrested.

Police are looking for the other man involved in the assault.


Trash route to be made up in Kula

A trash route in Kula was missed Tuesday due to mechanical problems, the county Solid Waste Division said.

The missed pickup is expected to be made up today.

Areas affected included Copp, Naalae, Lower Kula, Kolohala and Pulehuiki (one side) roads; Haleakala Highway; Kekaulike Avenue; Holomakani Place; Wahelani Street and all surrounding streets.


Hawaiian Homes Commission to meet

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

The public is invited to the meetings beginning at 11 a.m. Monday at Hale Kupuna O Lanai and 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Lanai Community Center.

A meeting with the Lanai homestead community is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Hale Kupuna O Lanai, 1144 Ilima Ave.

A Department of Hawaiian Home Lands Housing Readiness Survey for Lanai applicants will be available. DHHL officials also will be available for one-on-one consultations.

For more information, contact the DHHL Information and Community Relations Office on Oahu at (808) 620-9590.

County / In Brief

Boy rescued after losing windsurf sail

A 12-year-old boy who lost his sail while windsurfing was rescued Thursday afternoon when firefighters responded to an emergency call at Kanaha Beach Park, a fire official said.

Firefighters and a rescue crew from Kahului went to the beach after the 4:40 p.m. report that the windsurfer had lost his sail about 100 yards offshore, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.

At Ka’a Point, firefighters saw the windsurfer in the water with a kitesurfer, Mainaga said. He said a firefighter aboard a ski rescue watercraft retrieved the boy and brought him safely to shore, where he met with his mother.

The boy, who is from Japan, required no medical attention, Mainaga said.


Second round of grant help offered

A second round of grant assistance for small businesses with less than 10 employees is being offered, the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development announced.

The Small Business Revitalization grant may be used for new equipment, renovations, websites, marketing materials or other purposes that will help the businesses grow, prosper and create jobs, the news release said. Grants range from $500 to $5,000. It is a matching program with $60 given for every $40 the business puts in.

Nonprofit entities are not eligible. Lokahi Pacific has been selected to manage the grant program.

The second round of grants is available because of a $20,000 donation by Pulama Lanai.

Applications and rules for this program are available online at by clicking on “Mayor,” then going to “Office of Economic Development” and clicking on “Grants and Awards.”

Completed applications may be emailed to

For more information, call 242-5761.

The grant application deadline is Sept. 2.


Invasive species authority to speak

Shannon Wianecki of the Maui Invasive Species Committee and Ho’ike o Haleakala will speak to the Rotary Club of Kahului at noon Monday at Cafe O’Lei at the Dunes at Maui Lani.

Since 2001, she has worked with the Maui Invasive Species Committee in the field and classroom to promote awareness for endemic species and the threats they face. She currently is producing a new edition of Ho’ike o Haleakala, a high school science curriculum based on the diverse ecosystems of Haleakala.

Her articles appear in publications including Hana Hou!, Honolulu and Hawaii Business.

Wianecki will share her insights about Hawaii’s unique status given its live volcanoes, marine life and endemic plants and animals, a news release about the event said.

The public is invited. The club meeting runs from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost of lunch is $20 or a $5 program fee.

For more information, go to or call club President Anders Lyons at (808) 463-4192.