Two arrested at arcade released

A man and woman were released pending further investigation after being arrested in a police raid Monday at Temple of the Pharaohs video arcade in Maalaea, according to police records.

Police reported seizing 25 gaming machines after executing search warrants at the business, which had opened Sept. 22 in a 4,500-square-foot location next to the Pacific Whale Foundation Ocean Store in the Maalaea Harbor Shops.

The search warrants were obtained after officers received information and complaints about possible illegal gaming machines at the business, police said.

Temple of the Pharaohs owner Jon Van Cleave of Wailea told The Maui News last week that the arcade, which paid out winnings in cash, was “100 percent legal” and that the games were substantially skill-based.

The two people arrested Monday — a 64-year-old Wailea man and a 26-year-old Kahului woman — were arrested on suspicion of first- and second-degree promoting gambling and possession of gambling records and a gambling device, according to police records.

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