HONOLULU — The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) has reopened vehicular access on the Molokai State Forest Reserve – Maunahui access road from the hunters’ check station to the Makakupaia gate. It was closed on Feb. 4, 2014 due to unsafe road conditions caused by heavy rains. Forest use activities such as hiking and hunting were still permitted during the closure.
Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) crews used heavy equipment to remove debris from the road and resurfaced it where needed. After site visits by DOFAW workers the road looked good and dry and repair work held up after last weekend’s rains.
“DLNR appreciates everyone’s kokua with this closure for public safety purposes,’ according to department spokesman Dan Dennison.
WAILUKU – The Mayor’s Office of Economic Development and Maui Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce the nominees for the upcoming 2014 Mayor’s Small Business Awards, which will be held on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 from 6 – 8 p.m. at the King Kamehameha Golf Club’s Waikapu Ballroom.
The nominees are as follows:
Annette Niles – Maui Mamaki Tea Company
Barbara Chung – Palapala Designs
Beth Ivey – Maui Friends of the Library
Bill and Maureen Marrs – Marmac Ace Hardware
Carlys Higuchi, Karsten Lee and Michael Leong of Maui Optix LLC
Chris Meyer – Meyer Computer, Inc.
Colin Hanlon – Boys & Girls Club Maui
Emily Sullivan – Maui Solar Project
Gigi Gaea – Hawaii Tasting Tours
Gregory Cabanas – Pacific Asphalt & Maintenance, Inc.
Dr. Guy Horie – Guy M Horie, DDS
Heidi Cramer – Maui Sweet Cakes LLC
James “Jason” Stenger Jr. – Alpha, Inc.
Jean Nakamura – Tom’s Mini Mart
Jennifer Brittin – Exceptional, Inc.
Jennifer Nguyen – A Saigon Café
Jenny Greene – Turn And Draw LLC
Jim and Rand Coon – Trilogy
Joel Kraus – Kihei-WaileaMedicalCenter
Joyce Kawakami – Feed My Sheep
Mary Tracy – Valley Isle Marine Center, Inc.
Matthias Garcia – Intense Motorsports Maui
Paul Tonnessen – Friends of the Children’s Justice Center of Maui
Paula Ambre – The Maui Farm, Inc.
Ralph Giles – Catering from Soup to Nuts
Ronald A. Kawahara – Kawahara + Company, CPA’s LLC/Destination Maui, Inc.
Sandra Koga – S & J Bakery, Inc.
Suzette Kahana – B&S Kahana Corp. dba Kalapaki Girl Dezigns
Tarrah and Noa John Horner – iCandie & iCopie
Travis Morrin, Cody Christopher and Jaron Blosser – Three’s Bar & Grill
Wailani Tanaka – Something for Everybody
“This is an exceptional group of nominees, and all of them are worthy of an award,” said Mayor Alan Arakawa. “We owe a debt of gratitude to all of our small businesses owners who continue to provide jobs, purchase goods and services, and strengthen our economic environment.
“Small business is the number one economic engine in MauiCounty and we are fortunate to have so many of them making our economy stronger and more resilient, hence this year’s theme, ‘Strong Businesses, Strong Community.’”
This year, Mayor Arakawa will be giving out awards in seven categories:
Outstanding Business of the Year (0-10 employees)
Outstanding Business of the Year (11-35 employees)
Outstanding Business of the Year (36-100 employees)
Non-profit Business of the Year (100 or fewer employees)
Young Business Person of the Year (under 40 years of age)
Lifetime Achievement Award (20 or more years in business)
2014 Annette Pauole-Ahakuelo Moloka’i Small Business Achievement Award
A one-time addition to this year’s awards is the 2014 Annette Pauole-Ahakuelo Molokai Small Business Achievement Award. This honorary award recognizes a small business on Molokai that demonstrates the spirit of entrepreneurship and exemplifies many of Annette Pauole-Ahakuelo’s extraordinary attributes.
“It is important to recognize the tremendous contributions small businesses make to improve our economy, community and our quality of life,” said Pamela Tumpap, Maui Chamber of Commerce President. “We are pleased to have so many outstanding small businesses nominated for these prestigious awards, and we look forward to celebrating their achievements on February 26th, as well as honor a dynamic woman, Annette Pauole-Ahakuelo.”
The awards dinner is sponsored by Gold Sponsor Maui Electric Company, Silver Sponsor Akina Aloha, Bronze Sponsor First Hawaiian Bank, and Supporting Sponsors VIP Foodservice and Munekiyo & Hiraga, Inc.
Tickets for the event are $60 if purchased before February 21, 2014. After that, the price is $65 per person. Reservations can be made for the awards dinner by calling the Maui Chamber of Commerce at 244-0081 or sending an email to email@example.com.
Electrical service has been restored to all customers in the areas of Paia bounded by Hana Hwy., Baldwin Ave., Paia Halelani Subd., Skill Village, Anohou St., Mahiko St., Ike Dr. and laterals as of 3:16 a.., according to a press release from Maui Electric Company.
A vehicle-versus-utility pole accident on Baldwin Avenue around 2 a.m. knocked power out to the surrounding areas. Maui Police have not released any further details on the accident.
MECO apologizes for any inconvenience this situation may have caused and thanks customers for their patience and understanding.
By Jeff King
“There is no evidence to support the fact that there is a serial killer on Maui.” That was the response by Capt. John Jakubczak, the recently promoted chief of the Maui Police Department’s criminal investigation division, to a question posed by a member of an overflow crowd in Kihei tonight.
The occasion was the regular meeting of the Kihei Community Association – held in cramped quarters at Kihei Charter School’s auditorium. Somewhere between 200 and 300 people filled every available space – and streamed out the door. The meeting had long been planned to allow MPD brass to address Kihei community concerns. However, the back-to-back missing persons cases involving two Maui women – one of them five months pregnant – drew throngs from across the island to voice frustration at the progress in searches for Moreira “Mo” Monsalve, who has been missing since January 12; and Carly J. “Charli” Scott, last seen February 9th.
Earlier today, MPD held a press conference to announce that their investigation has ruled the ex-boyfriends of each of the women are now “persons of interest.” They further announced that the crimes appear unrelated, and that there was no evidence to arouse suspicion that a serial killing might be involved.
Pressed relentlessly about involving the FBI, Maui Police Chief Gary Yabuta explained that he has been in contact with the three agents within the jurisdiction, facts have been shared but, “…we will not involve the FBI until and unless we feel it is necessary to do so…” That response was unsatisfactory to many – who pressed again and again for a commitment to involve federal authorities.
Ongoing searches for the two women continue – overlapping enough places and times that many presume a connection. Monsalve’s daughter, Alexis Felicilda, told Maui TV News that she and her family do not feel “overshadowed” by the energy being devoted to the search for Charli Scott. In fact, she says, the joint effort has bolstered the spirits of searches for both missing women.
Pressed for details and facts on stage, Captain Jakubczak was unable to quote an exact number of missing persons cases on Maui over the last decade. He did, however, confirm that there is no “hidden volume of cases.” That was in response to a Maui TV News inquiry that confirmed our story last week that, since December 12, there have been four missing persons cases on Maui. Two have been solved – and only one of those had a “happy ending.” The two missing women are one of the top priorities of his CID.
By Jeff King
The boyfriends of Maui’s two missing women have been declared “persons of interest.” That announcement is being released at this hour in the Maui Police Department headquarters in Wailuku.
Moreira “Mo” Monsalve has been missing since January 12. The 47 year-old Wailuku mother was last seen at the home of her ex-boyfriend, Bernard Brown. She left to take her daughter to Kahului Airport and has not been heard from since.
Last week, 27 year-old Carly J. “Charli” Scott went missing. The Makawao woman is five months pregnant. Her ex-boyfriend, Steven Capobianco, is the last person who reported seeing her alive while she was following him along Hana Highway after helping the man when his car broke down.
Both men have been interviewed by Police. After being declared “not a person of interest,” Brown moved to California. Capobianco has not been reported to have left Maui. Evidence in both cases has been collected and analyzed by Maui Police.
More details will be released as soon as they are available. Tonight at 6:30 p.m., Maui Police are scheduled to address the Kihei Community Association in the Kihei Charter School Auditorium in the Lipoa Center in Kihei.
A two year-old boy remains in critical condition at an O’ahu hospital this morning after nearly drowning Monday afternoon at the Kihei Aquatic Center. At 2:56 p.m., Maui Police officers responded to the pools on Lipoa Avenue for reports of a possible drowning.
Upon arrival, officers learned that the boy had been found at the bottom of the pool – and that his aunt had pulled him from the water. Lifeguards on duty began CPR on the boy. He was then transported by paramedics to Maui Memorial Medical Center – then flown to O’ahu for further treatment.
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