Maui Police are seeking the public’s help in finding a Kihei man reported missing today, February 19. Police say 74 year-old Frank Corbett III was last seen this morning leaving for his morning walk – a regular part of his routine. Corbett, police say, has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
They say Corbett may have been wearing a light colored polo style shirt, shorts and slippers. Friends say Corbett’s appearance as “unkempt,” and give this description:
If located notify the Maui Police Dispatch at 244-6400 (anytime) or Detective Jeffrey MAHONEY at 875-5409 (Monday through Friday from 7:45 a.m. through 4:30 p.m.)
WAILUKU – Master Ben Seng Au and his Shaolin Arts Academy will again bring their cultural extravaganza to the County Building in celebration of Chinese New Year. The public is invited to attend this free event, with festivities beginning at 9 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 on the front lawn of the County Building.
Firecrackers will open the event, followed by a martial arts exhibition and lion dancers. The lion dance performance will feature elaborate traditional costumes, drums, cymbals and other Chinese percussion instruments.
Red “li-shi” envelopes will be available at the event to “feed” the lions in the hopes of obtaining good luck during the new year. This coming Chinese year is the year of the Green Wooden Sheep (also known as the Ram or Goat).
For more information about the County’s Chinese New Year celebration, call the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development at 270-7710.
WAILUKU – John D. Kim’s nomination for another four-year term as prosecuting attorney for Maui County was not approved or disapproved at today’s council meeting, Council Chair Mike White announced after the meeting this afternoon.
White said the decision on the nomination will be made at a council meeting next month. The council has until March 6 to make a decision.
White offered the following statement this evening:
“A motion to approve the nomination of John D. Kim as the county’s prosecuting attorney today failed by a 2-5 vote.
“The concerns raised by some employees in the Department of the Prosecuting Attorney about alleged favoritism and mismanagement are serious. The council is obligated to take them into account.
“The Chamber is the public’s home, and everyone is encouraged to attend council meetings, either to testify or just to watch. But it is concerning that what appeared to be dozens of prosecutors and other staff were summoned to the Chamber during the council’s deliberations, with the obvious goal of influencing the county’s policy makers through a show of physical presence.
“I welcome testimony from all members of the community, including county staff. But employees today from the Department of Prosecuting Attorney, who came out as a group, must know they are paid by taxpayers to prosecute, not to campaign for a council decision during official time.”
WAILUKU – The Department of Finance, Division of Motor Vehicles & Licensing (DMVL) has announced it will be closing satellite DMVL offices on Thursday, February 19, to conduct staff training.
The one-day closure will affect the Hana, Kihei, Lahaina, Lanai City, Molokai and Pukalani satellite offices. The Kahului Service Center at Maui Mall will remain open for regular hours from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
All DMVL offices will resume regular customer service hours on Friday, February 20.
Customers with questions may call the DMVL Call Center at (808) 270-7363.
WAILUKU – Mayor Alan M. Arakawa today extended his condolences to the family of former Representative Mele Carroll upon learning of her passing early this morning.
“I was deeply saddened to hear of Mele’s passing,” Mayor Arakawa said. “She has been a tremendous friend for several decades now, having worked with her on the Council, on the Legislature, and especially as one of my Executive Assistants during my first mayoral term. She was a great advocate for the people of Maui County, and for the State of Hawaii. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with her family during this time of grief.”
Diana “Mele” Carroll passed away at 3:05 a.m. today on Maui – surrounded by her family. Carroll resigned her seat just 18 days ago – citing health reasons. She had battled cancer for years.
In Honolulu, Governor David Ige extended his condolences to the family of former Representative Carroll.
“Mele was an outstanding representative of her district, and we will remember the results she achieved and the Aloha spirit with which she conducted her work.”
MAKENA – The beach below ‘Pu‘u Olai area (also known as “Little Beach”) of Makena Beach State Park was reopened today at noon by the DLNR Division of State Parks.
A U.S. Army explosive ordnance detail (EOD) expert determined there was no danger to people after a shock cord was discovered on Tuesday. The cord was a remnant from a rockfall mitigation project in the 1990’s and was non-explosive. They were determined as “spent” and non-threatening. DLNR announced the Wednesday closure Tuesday evening.
“Thanks to the military personnel who provided air transport and EOD support to State Parks. We thank the beach and ocean goers for their understanding,” said Clarence Yamamoto, Maui DOCARE branch chief.
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