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Woman arrested for violating quarantine

Ananda Provasoli left her lodging in Lahaina, was arrested in Kihei

WAILUKU — A woman who arrived on Maui from Hawaii island was arrested Wednesday for violating the 14-day travelers quarantine when she left a place of lodging in Lahaina, according to police.

Ananda Provasoli, 49, was charged with violating the governor’s emergency proclamation related to COVID-19 and violating public health emergency rules. Her bail was set at $4,000.

According to a declaration filed in court to support the charges, Provasoli arrived on Maui at noon May 12 after booking Southwest Airlines flights from Kona to Honolulu, then from Honolulu to Kahului. She signed a Hawaii Emergency Management Agency document listing six stipulations for quarantine orders and initialed each portion, police reported.

Provasoli had given the address of a lodging on Ilikahi Street in Lahaina but left the property and didn’t provide an alternate address to complete the quarantine, according to the affidavit. She was arrested Wednesday afternoon in the parking lot of Menehune Shores at 760 S. Kihei Road, police reported.

During her initial appearance Thursday in Wailuku District Court, Deputy Public Defender David Pullman asked that Provasoli be released and said she was being treated differently because she is homeless.

“She had a dispute with a hotel where she was staying,” he said. “She feels they owe her money.”

He said Provasoli has no money and no residence.

“She’s in this bind of being subject to a quarantine order with no place to quarantine,” he said.

In denying her request to be released on supervision, Judge Blaine Kobayashi said the defendant “was the one that probably put herself in this position in the first place.”

Deputy Prosecutor Terence Herndon asked that if Provasoli posts bail to be released, she find immediate shelter or lodging and abide by Gov. David Ige’s emergency orders and Mayor Michael Victorino’s public health rules.

“Without a shelter, she would be endangering the community of Maui,” Herndon said.

Judge Kobayashi maintained the bail amount.

Provasoli, who appeared by videoconference from the Wailuku Police Station, said she has limited funds.

“I did not violate your quarantine,” she said. “At the airport, I signed something without knowing.”

Of 40 people arrested this month for violating public health emergency rules, two others have allegedly violated the 14-day travelers quarantine requirements.

* Lila Fujimoto can be reached at lfujimoto@mauinews.com.

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