All is quiet at twins’ Haiku rental home
HAIKU – Neighbors of twin sisters, whose SUV plunged 200 feet over a cliff in Hana last month, had no idea the two were renting a house in their Haiku neighborhood and described the house as “usually quiet.”
The 2016 Ford Explorer that Alexandria and Anastasia Duval were in hit a rock wall along Hana Highway before falling down to the rocks below on May 29, according to court documents. Anastasia Duval, also known as Ann Dadow, died in the crash and her sister, also known as Alison Dadow, has been charged with second-degree murder.
A preliminary hearing is set for today in Wailuku District Court.
“I’m here usually three days a week, but it’s a surprise to us that those two gals lived there,” Otis McGrath said Tuesday on his property next door. “We’ve never heard of anything that was unusual. None of my tenants have complained about them.”
The five-bedroom, three-bath home the sisters were living in was empty Tuesday morning with only furnishings inside. The 3,800-square-foot home also has a smaller 1,100-square-foot cottage, which all sit on about 2 acres. The property is valued at about $1.4 million, according to county property tax records.
Azeem Butt, founder and chief executive officer of Life Foods Inc., an organic food company, is listed as the owner of the property along with his wife, Christiane Sinclair, according to tax records. Butt also owns Nourish Bar and Cafe Paia.
Sinclair declined comment.
“I’ve already talked to the detective about it, and I’m not too interested in talking much more about it,” she said in a phone call Tuesday.
Several neighbors of the Duvals did not know those living on the property, but knew they recently had begun renting the home. The women had moved to the island five to six months ago and were living in the house, said Anastasia Duval’s boyfriend, Federico Bailey. He said he also lived on the property.
Lonnie Dickerson, the registered owner of the SUV that went off the cliff, listed the address in his vehicle registration. Bailey identified Dickerson as Alexandria Duval’s boyfriend.
McGrath said the property owners had lived in the house for several years with their children and called it “the boathouse” because a large boat was always parked outside. McGrath’s wife, Sylvia Loera, said they got to know the family a little over the years and that it was the first time the Butts had rented out the home.
“They’re really good people, but whoever they rented it to – I don’t know what their deal was,” Loera said. “It’s a really nice community of people, so it’s kind of shocking that this would happen. It’s always hard when you rent out your place because you never know, and they only show their good side to you.”
McGrath and his wife, who currently live in Kula, were tending to their neighboring property Tuesday and said they rent their two buildings. He estimated that rent for the Butt’s main house would probably be around $3,000 to $4,000 a month.
The two women were yoga teachers and formerly had studios in Palm Beach Gardens and West Palm Beach, both in Florida, according to the Palm Beach Post. Their business was called Twin Power Yoga.
They closed those Florida studios, which they opened in 2008, and moved to Park City, Utah, where they opened a studio in 2014, according to the Palm Beach Post and The Park Record in Utah.
The twins had plans to open yoga studios on Maui as well, Alexandria Duval’s attorney, Todd Eddins, said.
“It’s surprising that they lived here and it’s amazing that she survived judging from the pictures in the paper,” McGrath said.
* Chris Sugidono can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.