HONOLULU – The state begins negotiations with Kaiser Permanente Hawai‘i today for the provision of health care services at Hawai‘i Health Systems Corporation’s (HHSC) Maui Region facilities. They include Maui Memorial Medical Center (MMMC), Kula Hospital and Lāna‘i Community Hospital.
By Jeff King
A theft case involving a veteran Maui Police officer has steadily grown in suspects. Yesterday morning at 9 a.m., Officer Chase K. Keliipaakaua, 29, from Kihei, was placed under arrest for the offense of Bribery Of A Witness and Hindering Prosecution In The First Degree. After a similar arrest for a similar offense a few days ago, those alleged to be involved with the crime do not appear to be learning from their mistakes…nor of those among associates who have already been arrested.
Keliipaakaua has been a sworn police officer with the Maui Police Department with about six years of service.
He was released pending further investigation. In addition, an Administrative Investigation was initiated and he has been assigned to desk duties.
This is the third arrest after an October 1 arrest of Officer Anthony Maldonado in a Second Degree theft case. Read that original report.
On October 16, Damien K. Kaina was arrested on charges similar to those filed against Keliipaakaua. Read that report here.
Portions of Upcountry Maui are experience water system issues that have prompted officials to call for user conservation. Specifically, Kamaole, Ulupalakua and Kanaio users are asked to conserve as much water as possible.
The reason for the problem has not been released and no estimate has been given regarding full service restoration. Customers are being asked to call the 24-hour service line if a water-related problem arises.
HONOLULU — The National Weather Service (NWS) briefed Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA), local emergency management and civil defense agencies, and federal and state partners this morning about Hurricane Olaf, which has reached Category 4 strength.
The center of the system is currently located approximately 1,115 miles east-southeast of Hilo and moving towards the west-northwest at 10 mph. Forecasters expect Olaf to turn toward the north, and begin moving northeast over the weekend. However, the exact timing of the anticipated turn is somewhat uncertain at this stage.
Due to the strength of the storm, high surf is expected to impact east-facing shores of all islands. Hawaii Island and Maui County will likely see rising surf heights on Wednesday, and warning level surf heights (15-20 feet) on Thursday. Surf heights on Oahu and Kauai shores will begin rising on Thursday, and may reach advisory level heights (10-15 feet) starting on Friday.
HI-EMA and its partners continue to closely monitoring the storm, and recommend the following precautions to the public as Hurricane Olaf remains in the Central Pacific:
HONOLULU – The world’s foremost authority on shark/human interactions has confirmed that a surfer was bitten by an eel off Waikiki last Saturday night. The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) has now completed its investigation into the incident.
The surfer who wants to remain anonymous got injuries to his left foot. DLNR staff interviewed the victim. The information he provided, along with photos of his injuries, were discussed with George Burgess, director of the International Shark Attack File in Florida. The details of the Saturday incident reinforced Burgess’ opinion that the animal involved was an eel, not a shark.
Maui Police say 43 year-old Guy Siegel Junker was riding a black Sondors electric powered bicycle (eBike) along Kupuohi Street. Around 2:18 a.m. Junker, while heading west, struck a curb as he veered across the roadway at the entrance to the Emerald Plaza parking lot, ejecting him from the eBike.
He was transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center in critical condition where he later passed away from those injuries.
Junker’s death is the 19th traffic fatality of 2015 – the same as last year at this time.
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