Don Nelson to talk at YMCA event
Former National Basketball Association player and coach Don Nelson will be the keynote speaker Friday at the Maui Family YMCA Community Support Campaign kickoff event.
The Hall of Famer and "Y kid" will be speaking at the event at noon at the YMCA in Wailuku.
The event is free and open to the public. There will be pupu and talk story at 11:30 a.m., with the program beginning at noon. Tours of the facility will follow the program.
"Through our community support campaign, we want to educate people that we are more than a place to go exercise or swim, we are an organization that does vital work thanks to the support of the community," said Mike Morris, president and chief executive officer of the Maui Family YMCA.
Support from the campaign last year made it possible for 350 children to attend after-school programs and for 55 children to join Y swim lessons, a news release about the event said.
This year's goal is $128,000 with funds going to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility programs.
Innocent plea in sexual assault case
A 29-year-old Kahului man Wednesday entered a not guilty plea to charges relating to a sexual assault on a Wailuku woman on Feb. 15.
Tosuo Hans was arraigned in 2nd Circuit Court on charges of first-degree sexual assault, first-degree burglary, kidnapping, fourth-degree theft and interference in reporting an emergency or crime.
A Maui County grand jury indicted Hans on the charges Friday, said Deputy Prosecutor Kristin Coccaro. His bail was increased to $250,000 following the indictment.
A bail hearing is set for Wednesday.
According to police, the defendant sexually assaulted a 30-year-old woman in her Wailuku apartment after she came out of her bathroom after taking a shower. She saw a man who entered her apartment without permission.
The man pushed her into her bedroom, where the sexual assault took place, police said. The woman then fought off the man and screamed, causing the man to flee.
High-surf advisory for Molokai, Maui
A high-surf advisory has been posted for north- and west-facing shores of Molokai and north-facing shores of Maui from 6 a.m. today to 6 a.m. Saturday.
The National Weather Service said a northwest swell will arrive and produce elevated surf today until at least Friday night.
The surf is expected to reach advisory levels on Molokai and Maui early this afternoon.
Surf along north-facing shores is expected to be 12 to 16 feet and 8 to 12 feet along west-facing shores.
There could be moderate to strong breaking waves and rip currents, the National Weather Service said.
Missing Haiku girl has returned home
A 15-year-old Haiku girl missing since Feb. 21 was returned home Tuesday, according to her father.
Tom Cochran said Wednesday that his daughter, Emily, was fine.
She was the subject of a missing person bulletin that appeared on Page A4 on Tuesday in The Maui News.