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 incident began around 4:30 yesterday afternoon. A traffic stop was conducted by Wailuku Patrol Officers on a Sports Utility Vehicle along Lower Main Street and Hookahi Street in Wailuku. As soon as the SUV was stopped, an adult male passenger immediately exited the vehicle and fired a weapon at Police. An exchange of gun fire ensued.
Investigation revealed that the passenger exited the vehicle and shot at the police officers first while fleeing. The officers returned gun fire striking the responsible. The shooter was taken to the Maui Memorial Medical Center in critical condition for treatment.
The man was treated, however, later expired. Cause of death is pending autopsy results. The name of the responsible is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. It may appear a formality – but the man who fired on police will be charged with attempted murder.
The driver of the vehicle was taken into custody for questioning and later released pending further investigation.
No injuries sustained by police officers or bystanders as a result of this incident.
A 25 year-old Pukalani man died early this morning when the motorcycle he was riding failed to negotiate a curve in Wailuku.
Maui Police say that, shortly before 2 a.m. today, Chevis Pacheco Carlos was operating a 2006 Kawasaki ZX-6R motorcycle with license plate number 459 MVD. Carlos was riding along Kahekili Highway near Puuohala Road when he failed to follow a curve. His motorcycle crossed left of center and impacted a guardrail along the east shoulder of the highway.
Carlos sustained fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene. Police investigators say Carlow was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.
The involvement of speed, drugs and alcohol have not yet been determined. Carlos’ death is the fourth traffic fatality of 2015 – compared with 11 at this time last year.
Wailuku – MEO’s Business Development Program graduated 18 students from the Core Four Business Planning course on April 21. Mayor Alan Arakawa participated in the graduation and encouraged the students to keep their commitments and never give up on their dreams. The students also heard words of encouragement and advice from Maui County Council Member Mike Victorino, who was in attendance.
At the graduation, the soon-to-be entrepreneurs were also able to work with bankers from Bank of Hawaii, First Hawaiian Bank and Central Pacific Bank and received suggestions on improving their business plans and what they can expect from commercial lenders. The graduating students received a Certificate of Achievement and a congratulatory dinner.
MEO BDC’s Core Four Business Planning is a 36-hour course on how to write a business plan while providing the information you need to know to start, operate and grow your business.
For those interested in learning more about the entrepreneurial training course you can call Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. at 249-2990. The next Core Four classes will be held during the day, from 9 am to noon starting May 5th. One hour introductory classes will be held on Tuesday, April 28 and Thursday, April 30th from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at MEO’s Family Center, and also at the Maui County Business Resource Center (Maui Mall) on Wednesday, April 29th from noon to 1 p.m. The six-week series will be held at MEO’s Family Center at 99 Mahalani Street in Wailuku.
Registration is required for the six-week series and can be done at the introductory classes or any weekday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at MEO’s Family Center. Funding from the County of Maui Mayor’s Office of Economic Development helps to make the Core Four Business Planning Classes possible.
Members of the Maui Police Department and Hawaii Paroling Authority, will be participating in a one-day, Joint Agency Emergency Preparedness Exercise.
The exercise will be conducted today at the Hawaii Paroling Authority Office; from 1:00 p.m. until 2:45 p.m. The Maui location of the Hawaii Paroling Authority is at 1797-2 Wili Pa Loop in Wailuku.
HONOLULU – The Hawaii State Department of Health’s (DOH) Tobacco Quitline has entered into a partnership with local Safeway Pharmacies in an effort to help its patients quit smoking. The ten Safeway Pharmacy locations across the islands will now provide Quitline materials and referrals to their patients, helping to encourage Hawaii residents to enroll in Quitline services. Research has shown that smokers who use the Quitline are up to 14 times more likely to stay quit than those who quit on their own.
There are three Safeway pharmacies on Maui – in Kahului on Kamehameha Avenue, in the new Maui Lani Center in Wailuku and in Kihei at the Pi’ilani Shopping Center.
“We are very pleased to partner with Safeway Pharmacies. Safeway is providing our communities with the resources they need to live healthier, more productive lives. This is an important step of connecting smokers to these resources to quit, contributing to a smoke-free Hawaii. We hope other retailers follow suit,” said Lola H. Irvin, manager of the Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Division of the Hawaii Department of Health.
Each year in Hawaii, nearly 1,400 adults ages 35 and over die from smoking-caused diseases and illness1. The toll of tobacco use in Hawaii continues to be felt by everyone, but ground-breaking partnerships – like the one between Safeway and the DOH’s Quitline – allow for more information and tools to be put into the hands of the smokers who need the services most; we can work to prevent smoking in the current to future generations’ lives.
To join the over 22,000 Hawaii residents who have successfully quit smoking using the Hawaii Tobacco Quitline, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW, or visit www.hawaiiquitline.org for your FREE personalized quit plan, FREE nicotine replacement patches or gum, and to gain access to interactive tracking tools and educational materials available 24/7.
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