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Two Lahaina bars, bar owner violate emergency rules

The Maui News

A bar owner was arrested and two bars were cited for serving alcohol at the bar during COVID-19 enforcement Saturday night in Lahaina, police said.

Charles Clarke, 78, of Lahaina was arrested at 5:45 p.m. and charged with violating public health emergency rules and orders after he was observed walking near patrons while not wearing a face mask at Spanky’s Riptide Bar, according to a police news release.

Clarke was identified as owner of the bar at 505 Front St, Suite 129/130.

He previously had been warned by officers of a Maui Police Department and county Department of Liquor Control task force that he would be subject to arrest if investigators received additional complaints about noncompliance with the mask mandate, police said.

On Saturday, the task force conducted Operation Face Mask, which focused on addressing complaints received through mpdquarantine@mpd

.net about noncompliance with face-mask requirements by employees and patrons of licensed liquor establishments in Lahaina.

After being arrested, Clarke was transported to the Lahaina Police Station and released after posting $2,000 bail, police said.

While at Spanky’s Riptide Bar, officers reported seeing customers being served alcohol while seated at the bar.

Under an emergency rule that was in effect through Dec. 26, Mayor Michael Victorino ordered the shutdown of bar service areas such as counters. As long as bar service areas were closed, bars with commercial kitchens were allowed to remain open.

The Department of Liquor Control issued a citation to Spanky’s for violating the rules and ordered a 24-hour closure for violating county public health emergency rules.

Later that night, a citation was issued at Down the Hatch at 658 Front St., Suite 102, after officers observed customers being served alcohol while seated at the bar, police said. A 24-hour closure was ordered for the bar.

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