Blaze destroys Molokai home; boy hurt
Fire destroyed a home on Molokai late Monday afternoon, displacing a family of seven and causing a minor injury to a boy, Maui fire officials said.
Molokai firefighters responded to a 5:25 p.m. call to a structure fire on Seaside Place, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga. When Kaunakakai firefighters arrived on the scene, they found the 1,400-square-foot single-family home fully engulfed in flames.
The fire was brought under control at 6:25 p.m., Mainaga said.
Three adults and four children occupied the home, and a child, a 7-year-old boy, had a minor injury to his hand. He was treated by medics and transported to Molokai General Hospital, Mainaga said.
The three-bedroom, two-bathroom home was destroyed, Mainaga said. Losses were estimated at $200,000. The cause of the fire was undetermined but likely accidental, Mainaga said.
The American Red Cross is assisting the family. Units from Hoolehua and Pukoo also joined in fighting the fire.
Police probe Waiehu Pit Stop robbery
Police are investigating a robbery Monday morning at Waiehu Pit Stop.
A person with a weapon entered the store at about 11:30 a.m. before leaving with an unknown amount of cash, police said.
Detectives remained at the scene Monday afternoon. Additional information wasn't available Monday.
Fire causes $70K in damage to cottage
A fire in a 600-square-foot Kihei cottage displaced two people and did $70,000 in damage on Sunday, Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga said.
Kihei and Wailea firefighters responded to the blaze reported at 4:13 p.m. at 2138 Waimaka Place. When firefighters arrived at the cottage behind a main residence, they found about a quarter of it in flames, Mainaga said.
It was brought under control at 4:35 p.m. No injuries were reported, he said. Red Cross volunteers were called to assist the displaced residents.
The fire's cause remained undetermined Sunday evening, but it was believed to be accidental.
Mainaga said that there was $60,000 damage to the building and $10,000 damage to its contents.
Man dies after found floating in ocean
A 59-year-old Kahului man died Sunday after he was found floating facedown in the ocean off Kamaole Beach Park III in Kihei, police said.
He was identified as Stephen King of Kahului.
Emergency workers responded to the 3:16 p.m. call.
King, who was about 25 yards offshore, was brought to shore, where lifeguards and medics attempted to revive him, police said. He was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m.
The cause of death is pending autopsy results, police said.
Woman charged with abuse of boyfriend
A Kihei woman was arrested for felony abuse for using a broom to hit her boyfriend in the face and back early Monday while a child was present in the residence, police said.
Jennifer Difilippo, 39, was charged with felony abuse, second-degree assault, abuse and fourth-degree criminal property damage.
Kihei patrol officers were called to the residence at about 4 a.m., following an argument that began between 11 p.m.
and midnight Sunday, police said. Difilippo's live-in boy-friend reported that the argument later turned physical and Difilippo grabbed a broom that she used to hit him multiple times in the face and back, police said. He reported suffering pain.
At the time, a child under age 14 was in the home.
Under a state law that took effect June 20, a felony abuse charge can be brought when an abuse occurs in the presence of a family or household member under age 14 and the child hears, observes or is impacted by the abuse.
The criminal property damage charge was for a woodcarving that was damaged at the residence.
Arrest in case of man assaulting another
A Paia man was arrested for an assault on another man in a Paia bar, police said.
Paia Kealoha U'u, 26, was released after posting $1,000 bail on a second-degree assault charge.
The assault was reported at 11:45 p.m. July 18 by security for Charley's Restaurant and Saloon. A man who was in the bar with friends told police that, without warning, another man approached and punched the victim several times in the face. The victim, who didn't know his attacker, was stunned as the attacker ran from the bar, police said.
The victim suffered pain to his right eye and mouth, and two of his front teeth were loosened in the assault, police said.
After witnesses identified the assailant as Kealoha U'u, police issued an all-points bulletin for his arrest.
He was arrested Thursday when an officer stopped a vehicle that Kealoha U'u was driving, police said.
Park set to host Hawaiian Flag Day event
Haleakala National Park will hold a Hawaiian Flag Day event beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Headquarters Visitor Center, just past the entrance.
Gov. John Waihee signed a proclamation making July 31 Hawaiian Flag Day in 1990.
There will be short presentations, and Kalani Pea will answer questions about La Hae Hawaii, or Hawaiian Flag Day. A ceremony honoring the Hawaiian flag will be held at noon.
The events are free, but entrance fees apply. Hawaiian Flag Day celebrations also are planned at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park on the Big Island.
First Wind official set to speak at noon
Carolyn Unser, community outreach coordinator for First Wind, will speak to the Kiwanis Club of Kahului at noon today at Cary and Eddie's Hideaway in Kahului.
First Wind, an independent renewable energy company focused on utility-scale projects, developed Kaheawa Wind above Maalaea.
Unser will discuss the company's Hawaii projects and its work related to the environment and community out-reach.
The cost for lunch is $12.
For more information, contact John L. Buck III, Kiwanis Club of Kahului president, at 269-6670
Juror questionnaires to be mailed Monday
Beginning Monday, about 55,000 juror questionnaires will be mailed to residents in Maui County, the state Judiciary announced.
The questionnaires will be used to help select potential jurors who may be eligible to serve in 2015.
Those who receive a questionnaire, which is mailed every August to residents who have a Hawaii driver's license and are registered to vote in Hawaii, have 10 days to complete and return it to the Jury Pool Office. Anyone who fails to respond may be penalized.
To be eligible to serve as a juror, someone must be at least 18 years old, a citizen of the United States, a resident of Hawaii, and able to read and understand English.