Man dies from injuries in attack at park
A 44-year-old Kihei man died Friday at Maui Memorial Medical Center after he was beaten and found unconscious last month in Kalama Park, police said.
Michael Phillip Gray, also known as "Smiley," died from injuries sustained in the attack.
Police have reclassified the case as second-degree murder, said Maui police spokesman Lt. William Juan.
A Kihei man and two juvenile males have been arrested in connection with the investigation, he said. No charges have been filed.
The incident occurred March 15, when Kihei patrol officers responding to another incident at Kihei Kalama Village were approached by a man, who reported a man being beaten in the park across the street, police said.
Officers found Gray alone and unconscious on the ground next to the pavilion. Medics were called and transported the man in critical condition to MMMC, police said.
Anyone who has information about the incident is asked to call Detective Jeffrey Mahoney at 875-5409 or Maui Crime Stoppers at 242-6966.
Offices, schools to close for Good Friday
State and county offices, along with public schools, will be closed Friday in observance of Good Friday.
Federal offices including the U.S. Postal Service will be open. The Maui News will be open during its regular business hours from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. County pools will also be open and trash collection will not be affected.
The Hana and Lanai landfills and Molokai Landfill and Recycling will be closed. The Central Maui Landfill and EKO Compost and Greenwaste will be open from 6 a.m. to noon. Olowalu recycling will be open from 8 a.m. to noon.
The state Public Library System's library services will be unavailable Friday as there will be an upgrade of its Internet access. All public libraries will be closed Friday as well as Sunday for Easter.
The Makawao Public Library will also be closed Saturday, and the Kahului, Kihei and Lahaina public libraries will be open.
Kayakers rescued from windy conditions
Fire crews pulled two kayakers from South Maui waters Sunday afternoon in windy conditions.
Firefighters from Wailea and Kahului, along with Maui Fire Department's Air 1 helicopter and an Ocean Safety officer on a personal watercraft, responded to the 12:27 p.m. call to La Perouse Bay, according to Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.
A party of six people on three kayaks had launched from La Perouse Bay with the intent to paddle to Makena, Mainaga said. Due to windy conditions, the kayakers turned around to return to La Perouse Bay and realized that the third kayak, with two females aboard, was missing.
Rescue crews located the kayak approximately 500 yards off shore, Mainaga said. The women, who were both wearing floatation devices, were located in the water and brought to shore via personal watercraft.
The four people aboard the other two kayaks reached the shore on their own.
All of the kayakers were local residents, Mainaga said. There were no injuries.
Tracking asteroids topic of free program
Students are invited to attend a free program at the Kahului Public Library tonight to learn about "Tracking Asteroids: Ninjas of the Solar System."
The 45-minute program begins at 6 p.m. It is suitable for children ages 12 and older.
J.D. Armstrong, Maui technology education and outreach specialist for the University of Hawaii's Institute for Astronomy, will share information about asteroids - small airless rocky worlds that revolve around the sun and are too small to be called planets. He will explain why asteroids are like "ninjas of the solar system."
The program is part of a series of events to celebrate National Library Week. For a complete list of programs, go to librarieshawaii.org.
Kahului Public Library is located at 90 School St. For more information or to request special accommodations, call 873-3097.
Haleakala park staff set to host meeting
Youth education and volunteer programs will be discussed at a community meeting organized by Haleakala National Park from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Pukalani in the Hannibal Tavares Community Center's main room.
The gathering will allow the public to meet park staff and get updates on park happenings.