It was the third attempt by a group of protesters to halt – or at least delay and disrupt – the scheduled delivery of massive components for the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST). Last night. however, most of the “action” was not focused on the Central Maui Baseyard – but at another point along the route to the summit of Haleakala.
Around 10 p.m. Wednesday night, Wailuku Patrol Officers were summoned to the Central Maui Baseyard to assist with crowd control and public safety issues involving the DKIST transport Project. A representative on behalf of the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy initiated the complaint.
A crowd of about 150 protesters had gathered in the area of Central Maui Baseyard, however, no arrests were made as the demonstrators complied and moved to the sides for the convoy to enter onto the roadway.
Once the convoy reached the area of Haleakala Crater Road (State Highway 378) police encountered trees, rocks, and glass on the roadway. The scene was reminiscent of the sudden “appearance” of large rocks blocking the access road on Mauna Kea as delivery trucks were trying to ferry large components to the Thirty Meter Telescope project site on the Big Island.
Protesters last night on Maui were also seated on the roadway in attempts to block the convoy from passing. Police officers made multiple requests for the protesters to abstain from blocking the roadway, but, some refused. As a result, seven adult males and one adult female were placed under arrest. No juveniles were arrested. The convoy safely arrived at the summit of Haleakala.
Haleakala was closed for sunrise visitors today because of the slow convoy. And while the roads have now reopened, many Haleakala facilities inside the park remain closed until tomorrow.
The convoy safely arrived at the summit of Haleakala. HENDERSON, Joseph (26) No local address given FAILURE TO DISPERSE OBSTRUCTING DISORDERLY CONDUCT TOTAL BAIL: $400.00 RELEASED ON BAIL LOURO, Shane (39) Maunaloa, HI FAILURE TO DISPERSE OBSTRUCTING DISORDERLY CONDUCT TOTAL BAIL: $400.00 PUAA-FREITAS, Hanoa (22) Waihee, HI FAILURE TO DISPERSE OBSTRUCTING DISORDERLY CONDUCT TOTAL BAIL: $400.00 RELEASED ON BAIL KAUHANE, Keith (35) Lahaina, HI FAILURE TO DISPERSE OBSTRUCTING DISORDERLY CONDUCT TOTAL BAIL: $400.00 KAAIKALA, Kealii (21) Refused FAILURE TO DISPERSE OBSTRUCTING DISORDERLY CONDUCT TOTAL BAIL: $400.00 NOMURA, Chase (21) Makawao, HI FAILURE TO DISPERSE OBSTRUCTING DISORDERLY CONDUCT TOTAL BAIL: $400.00 KAEO, Hooleia (19) Kula, HI FAILURE TO DISPERSE OBSTRUCTING DISORDERLY CONDUCT TOTAL BAIL: $400.00 MANGAUIL, Joshua (28) Honokaa, HI OBSTRUCTING TOTAL BAIL: $100.00 RELEASED ON BAIL
Today, 20 new Maui Police officers were sworn in to protect and serve Maui County. Twenty members of the Maui Police Department’s 81st Recruit Class were honored in a graduation ceremony at a luncheon held at the King Kamehameha Golf Course, Waikapu.
Recruits completed eight months of intense physical and academic training before graduating and receiving their badges. The new officers are:
The following Special Awards were presented to outstanding individuals for their outstanding efforts:
Scholastic Achievement: Officer Erik Matsuo
Neil T. Endo Outstanding Firearms: Officer Derek Campanelli
M. Cecil Rusty Dickson Physical Fitness: Officer Chase Bell
Outstanding Notebook: Officer Vavi Domingo
Sensei Shinichi Suzuki Arrest Defense Tactics: Officer Keola McKee
Outstanding Recruit: Officer Chase Bell
The county has reached a tragic milestone no one wanted to see. There have now been 14 fatalities from motor vehicle accidents this year. That is the same number as last year at this time and one of the highest in the last decade.
This morning, just before 8 a.m., a four year-old boy was struck and critically injured by a Toyota Sienna. Both are residents of Ka’anapali. The motor vehicle crash occurred fronting 133 Hakui Loop in Ka’anapali. The crash occurred when a maroon Toyota Sienna, that was traveling north on Hakui Street, struck a four year-old boy that was within the roadway. The Sienna did not appear to have any damages resulting from the crash.
As a result of being struck, the boy suffered life threatening injuries and was transported to the Maui Memorial Medical Center Emergency Room in Critical condition. Once at the Emergency Room, the boy succumbed to his injuries and died. The 46 year-old female operator of the Sienna was wearing her seatbelt at the time of the crash and did not report any injuries.
The involvement of speed, alcohol, and drug impairment do not appear to be factors in this crash however, they remain under investigation.
This is the third fatal crash in less than a week involving children. Last Saturday a one year-old boy was killed in Kihei when a pickup truck reversed over the lad. Later Saturday, a 11 year-old boy was behind the wheel of a car that kocked over and fatally injured an 87 year-old women. It is believed the boy was the victim’s grandson.
Wailuku – In an apparent hit and run, a motor vehicle crash damaged a fire hydrant and affected water service for Wailuku town this morning. Department of Water Supply crews are on scene and expect to have the problem repaired by 1 p.m.
The Maui Police Department is requesting for the public’s assistance in locating Michael Hoe in connection of an Assault in the First Degree investigation.
At about 9:32 p.m. Saturday, July 18, Michael Hoe reportedly assaulted a man who was sitting in his rental car stopped in traffic on Hana Highway in Paia.
The victim exited his vehicle, and after a short exchange of words, the victim turned around and walked away. Just before the victim was able to leave, however, Hoe assaulted him again in the middle of the street. Hoe fled the scene prior to police arrival.
Checks for Hoe’s whereabouts have turned up negative at both his last known residence in Kahului as well as at his father’s residence in Paia.
At this time, there is an active all-points-bulletin for Hoe’s arrest.
Anyone with information concerning the whereabouts of Hoe can make an anonymous report to Maui Crime Stoppers at (808) 242-6966. Neighbor Island residents can call toll free at 1-888-242-6966. If Hoe is located call police at (808) 244-6400 or 911 if it is an emergency. If you have any more information regarding this case contact Detective Gordon Sagun at the Wailuku Police Station CID Office; (808) 244-6434 (Monday thru Friday from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).
Consider all wanted persons like Hoe as dangerous. Do not approach, follow or take other action that could put yourself in danger.
At least seven major traffic accidents kept first reponders busy this weekend on Maui. The most tragic of the incidents resulted in the death of an infant in one accident and the death of an eldedrly woman in another.
That accident happened Friday afternoon at 4:52 p.m. at the Veterans of Foreign Wars property on Uluniu Road in Kihei. Maui police say a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck was backing up when it struck a one year-old boy, injuring him critically. The boy died a short time later at Maui Memorial Medical Center. The 30 year-old pickup driver – from Pukalani – was not injured. The toddler’s death is the 12th traffic fatality of 2015 – compared with 14 at this time last year. The involvement of speed, alcohol and drugs remain under investigation.
Another crash over the weekend happened inside the parking lot of the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center located at 665 Kahului Beach Road in Kahului. The crash happened shortly after noon Saturday when a white 1999 Mitsubishi Galant four door sedan, began backing in the southern direction, out of a marked parking stall. The driver’s side door of the Galant struck a female pedestrian who was standing near the vehicle and was knocked to the ground. The Galant then continued in the southern direction and collided into the left side of the silver 2006 Honda Element multi purpose vehicle that was stopped behind the Galant. Both vehicles suffered minor damages.
The victim, 87 years of age from Haiku, suffered life threatening injuries and was transported to the Emergency Room at MMMC in critical condition. The Juvenile male operator of the Galant, 11 years of age from Wailuku, and the female operator of the Element, 74 years of age from Paia, did not report any injuries. Circumstances surrounding the youthful driver’s reason for being there have not been explained. KHON-2 reported on Sunday that the 87 year-old woman died from her injuries.
UPDATE: Maui Police have identified the woman who was struck by a car driven by an 11 year-old boy. She is 87 year-old Sueno Saito of Haiku. According to the lastest report, the deceased and the 11 year-old boy are related.
The involvement of speed, alcohol and drug impairment do not appear to be factors in this crash however, they remain under investigation.
There were two incidents this weekend where pedestrians were injured by vehicles as well as a bicycle crash on Crater Road in Kula.
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