WAILUKU – The County of Maui Dept. of Parks and Recreation today announced a construction project to install lights at the Keopuolani Park Soccer Field #4 will commence July 6. Construction areas at Field #4 will be closed for safety reasons; however, the park will remain open for use.
The project will include excavating holes for the light pole footings, trenching to install conduits and minor demolition to asphalt and concrete to connect to the new lighting controls that will be located in the existing comfort station.
The public is asked to avoid the construction area and equipment at Field #4. To ensure public safety, the area is expected to be closed from July 6 to October 31.
The contractor for the project is Paul’s Electrical Contracting, LLC; total construction cost is $431,049.
For more information, contact Cheryl Akiona, CIP Coordinator, Department of Parks and Recreation, Planning and Development Division, ph. (808) 270-7388 or the Central Maui Parks and Recreation District Office, ph. (808) 270-7980. For general Parks information, visit www.mauicounty.gov/Parks.
WAILUKU – Due to a manpower shortage, the Haiku area residential refuse collection route was not picked up today.
AFFECTED AREAS IN THE HAIKU AREA ARE:
The missed pickup is expected to be made tomorrow, Saturday, June 20.
The Department apologizes for this inconvenience and appreciates the community’s understanding and cooperation.
Two Lahaina men are in critical and serious condition, respectively, at Maui Memorial Medical Center this morning after the Jeep they were riding in overturned shortly before midnight Wednesday in Lahaina. Only one vehicle was involved in the crash.
At about seven minutes before midnight, a green 1999 Jeep Wrangler was traveling north on Honoapi’ilani Highway near Wahikuli Road. The driver apparently lost control of the vehicle, sending the Jeep – and the two men – off the paved right-of-way, striking the shoulder and rolling over. Both men were thrown from the Jeep when it rolled over.
Police closed the highway until 3:19 a.m. while they conducted their investigation. So far, they have determined that seat belts were not used by either of the men.
The involvement of speed, drugs and/or alcohol have not yet been determined.
MAUI – At approximately 8:40 a.m. Monday, Maui Community Correctional Center inmate Edward Morgan was cleaning inside the front gatehouse. He managed to slip out the front door behind a civilian who walked in. Two corrections officers pursued Morgan and caught him a couple blocks from the facility.
By Jeff King
As we learn more about that shootout on Lower Main Street Saturday afternoon, Maui Police confirm that 46 year-old Shawn Akamine of Wailuku did – in fact – take his own life. Since the case must have an official heading, Akamine’s record will indicate that he was charged with Attempted Murder in the First Degree.
It began with a traffic stop on Lower Main Street near Ho’okahi Street at 4:30 p.m. As soon as the MPD cruiser pulled to a stop behind the Sports Utility Vehicle, the front seat passenger – Akamine – exited the vehicle and fired a handgun in the direction of Police officers. An exchange of gunfire ensued as the officers struck the shooter. MPD’s investigation confirms Akamine shot himself – ending the confrontation. He was later pronounced dead at Maui Memorial Medical Center.
The officers involved are five-year and four-year veterans of the MPD, respectively. They have been placed on mandatory paid administrative leave pending further investigation.
An autopsy will determine the official cause of death. No officers or civilians were injured in the incident. The driver of the SUV is being questioned as the investigation continues.
The uninhabited island of Kaho’olawe is a sacred place. Not just to native Hawaiians – but to everyone who cherishes the culture and history of our host population. State funding for the continued stewardship of “The Forbidden Island” is in jeopardy. Today, the Kaho’olawe Island Reserve Commission (KIRC) released the following urgent statement:
“It’s June 15th: the LAST day of our month-long Aloha Kaho`olawe 2015 campaign.
“From all of us at the KIRC, we extend our most deep-felt mahalo to those that have given and/ or shared the news of this important appeal. The support we’ve seen in the press, social media and groundswell of our `ohana has taught us much. We have some tough decisions to make, and will share the results along the way. In the meantime, we ask you one more time to please consider joining yourself or a loved one as a member today at http://www.gofundme.com/alohakahoolawe2015.
“While the 30-day campaign will close at midnight, our Membership Program will absolutely continue (and the GoFundMe site will remain OPEN until further notice), as we gain momentum in preparation for our 2016 legislative appeal.
“YOUR NAME ON OUR MEMBERSHIP ROSTER MEANS SO MUCH. Let’s show our decision makers how many lives Kaho`olawe has impacted – either through firsthand experience or as a symbol of hope, resilience, culture, community building or the multitudes of options held in the hearts & minds of those it has touched. “
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