Schools, offices will shutter for holiday
State and county offices and public schools will be closed Tuesday in observance of the Prince Kuhio Day holiday.
All public libraries and the University of Hawaii System offices also will be closed Tuesday.
From Monday through Friday, the UH System offices and campuses statewide will be reducing or suspending operations on noninstructional days. For more information on individual campus functions and activities that may be affected, go online to www.hawaii.edu/news/closures.html.
On Tuesday, all county pools will be closed along with the Hana and Molokai landfills.
The Central Maui Landfill and EKO Compost will be open from 6 a.m. to noon. The Olowalu and Lanai landfills will be open from 8 a.m. to noon.
Curbside residential trash collections will not be affected.
The Maui News business offices will remain open during normal hours, 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Man arrested in connection with assault
A 39-year-old Kihei man was arrested early Friday in an investigation into the robbery and assault of a Honokowai man, who was struck with bats and kicked by four men outside his apartment Thursday night, police said.
The assault was reported at 9:24 p.m. at the Maui Sands complex on Lower Honoapiilani Road.
After being beaten, the victim was forced to the ground, where attempts were made to zip-tie the victim's hands and feet, police said. Gasoline was thrown onto the victim in an attempt to set him on fire before the assailants fled as other residents began coming out of apartments to see what was going on, police said.
One man took the victim's keys and cellphone, police said, and some of the assailants left in the victim's car, a white 2002 BMW multipurpose vehicle.
The victim was treated at the scene. He knew some of his attackers, police said.
After Lahaina Criminal Investigation Division detectives spoke to the victim, police arrested the Kihei man at 3:41 a.m. Friday. Police located the victim's car Friday morning at a beach access area in Honokowai.
Police were continuing to investigate.
Teenager arrested for shooting at buses
A 16-year-old Kahului boy was arrested in an investigation into reports that shots were fired Wednesday at two Lahaina-bound buses, shattering windows, police said.
The shootings occurred from Wednesday afternoon to evening as the buses headed toward Lahaina on Honoapiilani Highway near Ukumehame.
One bus, operated by Akina Bus Service, was carrying children, police said. The other bus, operated by Polynesian Adventure Tours, also had passengers.
No serious injuries were reported.
On Thursday, Lahaina Criminal Investigation Division detectives located and spoke to several juveniles at Ukumehame Park. The teenager who was arrested admitted to using a pellet rifle to shoot as a bus passed, police said. The boy was later released to his mother.
Police warn residents about solicitations
Police are reminding residents to be wary of solicitations asking that money be sent overseas in exchange for a larger payout.
If unsure about a solicitation, people can contact police or their financial institution before deciding to make a financial transaction, said Maui police spokesman Lt. Wayne Ibarra.
A Kula woman reported receiving a letter Tuesday saying she had won a $135,000 sweepstakes. She said that the letter included a $3,750 check to cover nonresident taxes on the United Kingdom prize. The check had the name of an actual Indianapolis bank. But when she called the bank, she said she was told the check was fake.
The woman said she was afraid that others might believe the solicitation was real and send money.
Ibarra said that the solicitation appeared to be a recurring scam that has also surfaced by email. He said some signs of a scam include solicitations asking people to pay money to receive money and requests to send money overseas.