Plans for regional park topic of meeting
A meeting to discuss state plans for a Central Maui regional park will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Pomaikai Elementary School in Kahului, according to an announcement from the office of Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui.
Consultant R.M. Towill Corp. will join representatives of the state Department of Land and Natural Resources in presenting details of the park's plan and listen to residents' comments and concerns. Plans call for building a regional park with baseball, softball and soccer fields, concessions, restrooms and parking.
Tsutsui is expected to attend along with Central Maui Sen. Gil Keith-Agaran and Rep. Justin Woodson.
Maui County Council Member Don Guzman of Kahului said having a new 60-acre park in Kahului would "make an enormous difference towards supporting the healthy lifestyle our community enjoys."
"Maui is in dire need of more parks for our families to use and sports teams to play on," he said.
For more information, call state parks officials in Honolulu at (808) 587-0230.
Coast Guard rescues group of kayakers
The U.S. Coast Guard reported Monday that a group of kayakers was rescued Saturday when "weather took a turn for the worst" three miles off the coast of Wailea.
A vessel operator notified the Coast Guard that four kayakers, one adult and three children, were being blown out to sea by approximately 25 mph winds, officials said. Sea conditions had worsened to swells of 3 to 4 feet.
A 45-foot response boat from the Coast Guard's Maui Station was conducting training in the area and was diverted to the scene. The kayakers were picked up and taken to shore at 2 p.m., officials reported. They were wearing life jackets and were uninjured.
Alleged shoplifting leads to man's arrest
A Kahului man was arrested Friday afternoon when he left Walmart in Kahului without paying for merchandise, police said.
Nicholas Among, 35, also was charged with two prior incidents of shoplifting from the store, police said.
His bail was set at $3,000 for three counts of second-degree theft.
The prior shoplifting incidents occurred at 2 p.m. March 6 and 9:30 a.m. March 7, with Among leaving before being apprehended, police said.
He was arrested at 1:34 p.m. Friday after he was seen on store surveillance video removing security devices from computers and walking out of the store without paying, police said. When a store security officer grabbed Among to detain him, he shook her off and she fell, police said.
Abuse charge for woman in choking case
A 22-year-old Lahaina woman was arrested on a felony abuse charge after her boyfriend reported losing consciousness when she grabbed his neck over the weekend, police said.
Bail was set at $5,000 for Alohilani Lucas.
Police were called at 7:35 p.m. Saturday after the couple argued in their residence on Lower Honoapiilani Road. The argument turned physical, with Lucas punching her boyfriend several times in the face, causing swelling, police said. After he fell back onto a bed, she mounted him and grabbed his neck with both hands, police said. He reported being unable to breathe and losing consciousness, police said.
Arrest in report of man being run off road
Police arrested a 21-year-old Waihee man in a robbery investigation after a moped operator reported that a vehicle tried to run him off the road Sunday night in Napili.
The incident occurred at about 8:20 p.m. on Lower Honoapiilani Road, with the moped operator laying down his moped to avoid a collision with the vehicle. Three males and a female were in the vehicle.
As the operator was standing up the moped, a man approached and punched the moped operator's helmet while demanding that he turn over the moped, police said.
The operator refused to give up the moped and managed to get away and call police. The operator suffered abrasions to his arm and leg when he laid down the moped, police said.
The 21-year-old was arrested at 12:42 a.m. Monday and later released pending further investigation by the Lahaina Criminal Investigation Division.