County/In Brief

Principal to work with several schools

In another staffing change in Maui public schools, Bernice Takahata, the principal of Pomaikai Elementary School, will be reassigned to help several schools as they prepare for accreditation, said Complex Area Superintendent Leila Hayashida on Wednesday.

A notice went out to parents Wednesday announcing her reassignment, though not outlining details of the move. Hayashida, the Baldwin-Kekaulike-Maui Complex Area superintendent, said there really isn’t one school with which she will be working.

Paula Inouye, vice principal at Waihee Elementary, will be temporarily assigned as principal at Pomaikai.

It was announced earlier that Maui High Principal Bruce Anderson and Lihikai Elementary Principal Michael Pollock will be retiring at the end of the calendar year.

Pollock will be replaced by current Lihikai Vice Principal Shannon Cabanilla. Maui Waena Intermediate School Principal Jamie Yap will serve as interim principal at Maui High School.

Maui Waena Vice Principal Jacquelyn McCandless will serve as interim principal at the Kahului intermediate school.


Holiday closures are announced

With the Christmas holiday Sunday, there will be various early closures this weekend and Monday.

On Saturday, the Kihei Post Office will be closing at noon. All others will keep normal business hours. All post offices will be closed Sunday and Monday.

The Christmas holiday at the county landfills will be observed Monday. Olowalu Recycling, Hana and Lanai landfills along with Molokai Landfill & Recycling will be closed. Central Maui Landfill and EKO Compost Greenwaste will be open from 6 a.m. to noon. Residential trash pickups will not be affected.

Landfills are normally closed Sunday, including Christmas Day.

The Makawao Public Library will be open as usual on Monday, but closed on Saturday.

However, all county, state and federal offices and The Maui News business offices will observe the Christmas holiday Monday.

Although it is a weekday, higher special holiday rates will be in effect Monday at the Waiehu Municipal Golf Course. For more information, contact the Parks Maintenance Division at 270-7382.


Homeowners face year-end deadline

The county Department of Finance is reminding homeowners who have qualified for exemptions in the past that they must file a state resident income tax form by Dec. 31 or risk being disqualified.

In 2012, the Maui County Council changed the requirements to ensure that homeowners receiving exemption were in-state residents.

On Dec. 5, the county sent out a real property home exemption disallowance notice to everyone who may not have filed a 2014 state resident income tax form for the 2016 assessment year.

Failure to file a 2014 form disqualifies residents from an exemption. In order to qualify for the upcoming 2017 tax year, homeowners must file a 2015 state resident income tax return by Dec. 31.

An amended 2015 tax return filed after Dec. 31, as well as nonresident and part-year tax returns will not be accepted.

Any person who has been allowed an exemption must report to the assessor within 30 days after qualifying. Failure to do so will be cause for disqualification and subject to penalty.

For more information, contact the division at 270-7297.


Man arrested for assault at Safeway

A Kihei man was arrested after he struck an employee after being confronted about hiding a bottle of liquor in his shorts in the Kihei Safeway store Tuesday, police said.

Sterling Mason, 46, was charged with second-degree robbery and habitual property crime. His bail was set at $11,000.

An employee saw Mason with the liquor bottle partially concealed in his shorts at about 2:40 p.m. Tuesday, according to a declaration filed in court to support the charges. When the employee made contact with Mason, he hit the employee in the chest and ran with the bottle of rum, the declaration said.

Soon after, police found Mason near Azeka Mauka on Piikea Avenue. Mason pointed out the bottle of rum, valued at $32, nearby, according to police.