Thousands see Maui police post on quarantine violation; Colo. visitor arrested

Tara Trunfio, a 24-year-old visitor, was sought by police for violating public health emergency rules.

Maui police said a 23-year-old Colorado visitor was arrested today in Kula for violating the 14-day mandatory travel quarantine after a police social media post asking for public help to find her reached hundreds of thousands of people and generated thousands of comments.

Despite state leaders discouraging visitor travel to Hawaii, there have been 406 visitors to Maui since the travel mandate went into effect March 26, according to Hawaii Tourism Authority data. There have been 114 visitors to Maui so far this month.

Maui police issued a statement today thanking the public for “helping slow the spread of COVID-19.”

Tara Trunfio was arrested early today on two counts of violating rules and orders linked to slowing the spread of coronavirus. Her bail was set at $4,000.

Maui police were dispatched at about 1:40 a.m. to a Kula residence regarding a female later identified as Trunfio, who was on the property but refusing to leave.

An investigation shows that Trunfio arrived on Maui and acknowledged the state and county mandates on 14-day travel quarantine, but she failed to comply, police said.

Police issued an all-points bulletin seeking information that could lead to her arrest and posted it to Maui Police Department’s Facebook page on Friday morning, reaching more than 300,000 people and generating more than 5,000 mixed comments that were “both positive and negative in nature,” according to a news release.

Trunfio remained in police custody as of Saturday morning.

May holds the highest single-day count for Maui visitors since the travel quarantine mandate began: 25 visitors arrived May 4.

Visitors are those who do not have a Hawaii ID, including essential health care workers, essential federal workers, former residents such as Mainland college students coming to stay with family, military on temporary assignment and leisure travelers.


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