By Jeff King
It’s been a seriously busy week for first responders around Maui. The entire state for that matter. First there was that deadly shootout at Keopuolani Park a week ago that left dead a man posing as a law enforcement agent. Next, it was a statewide manhunt for a fugitive in a deadly hit-and-run incident from January this year.
Then, it was the Coast Guard and Maui Fire and Rescue crews’ turns. A tragic event found a Moloka’i native, John Paoa – a relative of Duke Kahanamoku – floating lifeless just yards from where he had just tied his sailboat to Kamalo Wharf.
Two days later, Coast Guard crews rescued three adults and their dog after their 70-foot catamaran began to sink 40 miles north of O’ahu. All were safely recovered (except the vessel).
Yesterday Fire crews had to aid a Connecticut visitor stranded and blowing out to sea on a nookie stand-up paddle board session. And today, popular Kona local kayaker Gregory Voight has gone missing from Pahoehoe Beach.
Also yesterday, at approximately 12:41pm, an unknown male robbed the Makawao Pharmacy, located at 1120 Makawao Avenue in Makawao town.
The unknown male wore a grey hooded jacket, red bandana that covered his face, and brandished a black pistol. The unknown male fled the pharmacy with an undetermined amount of Oxycontin pills. Clothing worn by the offender was recovered near the scene. At least we know his size, DNA and taste in wardrobe.
The offender is described as: Local male with fair brown skin wearing grey hooded jacket. The male had dark colored hair, brown eyes approximately 5’5” – 5’7” in height with a thin build.
Oh yeah, and then there was that 14-inch waterline break that dried out north Kihei for nearly two days. And one in Haiku, too!
Whew! Life in Paradise just wouldn’t be as “paradise-y” if it weren’t for our valiant and capable first responders. When you see one today, shake their hand.