Valve replacement work to cut water
A water valve replacement project will shut off water for areas in Kahului from 9 p.m. today until around 4:30 a.m. Thursday, according to a Department of Water Supply announcement.
A crew will replace two valves on Holua Drive for water system improvements, the department said. Affected customers include those living on Papa Avenue between Kea Street and Kunihi Place and those on Hilu Place and on Holua Drive between Kea Street and Papa Avenue. Mahalani Street offices for the state departments of Health and Land and Natural Resources also will be affected by the water outage.
Also, Holua Drive will be closed from Papa Avenue to Hilu Place, and motorists were advised to use Kea Street as an alternate route.
Customers should store water for the night if needed, and they may want to flush their waterlines for a short time Thursday morning to ensure that no sediment accumulated in their waterlines during the project.
The water department's 24-hour service line is 270-7633, but the department asks to call only if a water problem occurs.
Safeway slated to open new store Friday
Safeway will open its Maui Lani store across from Baldwin High School to the general public Friday, according to an announcement.
An invitation-only VIP event will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday. That kickoff will include a performance by Halau O Ka Hanu Lehua, followed by remarks by Mayor Alan Arakawa. Karl Schroeder, president of Safeway's Northern California Division, also is scheduled to attend.
The 59,000-square-foot Maui Lani store is Safeway's 21st in Hawaii and fourth on Maui. The other Valley Isle stores are in Kahului, Kihei and Lahaina. Safeway has been doing business in Hawaii for 50 years, officials said.
The new store will be open 24 hours a day and will include an in-store pharmacy, Bank of Hawaii branch, Starbucks Coffee counter and free wireless Internet service.
On Tuesday, Safeway spokeswoman Shere'e Young said that there's been no word yet on the other tenants in the new Safeway shopping area.
"Right now, it's just Safeway," she said.
Man faces lewdness and assault charges
A man being arrested for open lewdness in Lahaina also was charged with assaulting a police officer Monday, police said.
Bail was set at $2,300 for Jean Fontany, 30, of Makawao. He was charged with two counts of first-degree assault on a police officer, open lewdness and resisting arrest.
Police were called to Limahana Place after a call reporting open lewdness by a man in the area. Officers arrived to find Fontany partially nude from the waist down, police said.
While Fontany was being taken to a police vehicle, he kicked an officer in the groin area, police said. Fontany had to be carried to the vehicle and attempted to kick the officer a second time, police said.
Man arrested in alleged abuse incident
A Lahaina man was arrested on a felony abuse charge Sunday night after he reportedly squeezed his girlfriend's neck so she couldn't scream and had difficulty breathing, police said.
Bail was set at $5,000 for Ranson Young, 26.
Police were called to his residence on Wahikuli Road at 9:20 p.m. A woman reported that during a heated argument, Young struck her on her facial area, then squeezed her neck hard enough to stop her from screaming, police said. The woman reported it was hard for her to breathe.
Robbery of Kahului man being probed
Police are investigating the robbery of a Kahului man whose wallet was snatched when he was asked for identification after getting off the bus Monday afternoon, police said.
The robbery was reported at 3:16 p.m. on Ani Street in Kahului.
The 35-year-old victim had gotten off the bus on Laau Street and had walked onto Ani Street toward his residence when a male asked him for identification, said Lt. Jayson Rego of the Criminal Investigation Division.
The victim took out his wallet and said he didn't have identification when the male grabbed the wallet containing cash and ran, Rego said.
Man arrested in two Kihei assault cases
A 24-year-old man was arrested for punching a couple walking through a parking lot and a man sitting in a vehicle in separate incidents beginning around midnight Saturday in Kihei, police said.
Taloa Latu of Kihei was released after posting $2,000 bail. Police charged Latu with unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle and second-degree assault. The assault charge was later reduced to third-degree assault, a misdemeanor offense.
In the first incident, a woman and her boyfriend reported being assaulted by four males as they walked through the back parking lot of Kihei Kalama Village, said Lt. Jayson Rego of the Criminal Investigation Division. The woman reported suffering pain to her jaw. The four left in a white Nissan, witnesses said.
Latu was identified as one of the assailants when, about an hour later, another assault occurred at Gas Express, Rego said. A man was waiting in a vehicle while his wife dropped off newspapers at the business when he was punched, he said. The victim suffered bruising on his face.
Four males also were involved in that assault, although the others ran and only Latu was arrested, Rego said.