Drug documentary to show on Molokai
An hourlong documentary featuring Molokai residents and the drug epidemic affecting their lives will be shown as part of a chili dinner and popcorn movie night at 6:45 p.m. today at Molokai High and Intermediate School.
Parents and other community members are invited to attend the free event.
The documentary screening will follow a drug awareness and education assembly at 1 p.m. today for students in the school gym.
The Maui Police Department is working with the Hawaii Meth Project to put on the assembly and movie night.
Man pulled from water identified
A man who was pronounced dead after he was pulled from the ocean off Kamaole Beach Park III on Tuesday has been identified as Glen Burlingame, 49, of Vancouver, Wash., police said.
He and his wife had been snorkeling 10 to 15 yards offshore at about 10:45 a.m. when she turned and saw him floating facedown in the water, said Lt. Jayson Rego of the Criminal Investigation Division. Burlingame's wife swam back to shore with him, where bystanders helped bring him to the beach and began efforts to revive him.
County lifeguards and firefighters arrived to continue efforts to revive the man before he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Bail set for man facing theft counts
Bail was set at $4,000 for a Lahaina man who was arrested on felony theft charges in two incidents.
Sione Langi, 28, was arrested Monday night after Lahaina patrol officers received information on his whereabouts in Lahaina. He was charged with two counts of second-degree theft.
In one case, he checked into the Westin Maui Resort on March 15 and checked out two days later without paying for about $500 in charges, police said.
In a second incident, Langi stole rings valued at more than $2,600 from a store on Front Street on April 1, police said.
He was identified through an investigation, police said.
Males who assailed man in park sought
Police on Wednesday were investigating an assault and robbery of a homeless man who was struck in the head and kicked Tuesday night at Malu Ulu Olele Park in Lahaina.
The 52-year-old victim reported the assault at 8 p.m. He reported being struck in the head multiple times and kicked by males, who then took his wallet from his rear pocket, police said. The wallet contained about $200.
Medics took the victim to Maui Memorial Medical Center in stable condition, police said.
The Lahaina Criminal Investigation Division continued investigating Wednesday.
Man arrested in rental car break-in
A fingerprint match led to the arrest Wednesday of a man who broke into a rental car parked at the Maui Beach Hotel in Kahului last year, police said.
Florante Garcia II, 31, of Wailuku was charged with first-degree unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle. His bail was set at $1,000.
The break-in occurred between 11:40 p.m. Jan. 5, 2012, and 6:30 a.m. the next day. Luggage and two ukulele were stolen from the vehicle, police said.
Wailuku patrol officers responding to the case obtained fingerprints from the trunk of the car. After the fingerprints were matched to Garcia, he was arrested Wednesday morning and admitted to the crime, police said.
Police said it's not unusual for fingerprint matches to take some time to be confirmed because of the volume of cases and the need to do fingerprint comparisons both by computer and manually.
Immigrant services office to move
The Wailuku office of the Maui County Immigrant Services Division will move this month to the fifth floor of One Main Plaza at 2200 Main St., according to an announcement.
The move means the office will be a floor below its current location on the sixth floor.
While employees are moving their office to Suite No. 547, it will be closed from noon today until 8 a.m. Tuesday.
During the closure, people needing immediate assistance may go to the Lahaina office, located at the West Maui Senior Center, 778 Pauoa Place. The Lahaina office is normally open only on the first Thursday of each month. However, during the Wailuku office's closure, its doors will be open from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. today, Friday and Monday.
For more information, call 270-7791.
Baby Beach parking to be closed 2 days
The public parking area at Baby Beach in Spreckelsville will be closed for two days beginning today, according to an announcement from Maui County.
The closure will allow workers to move boulders to block vehicle access to the beach and prevent more thefts of milo trees in the area, officials said. Maui County, the state Department of Land and Natural Resources and Alexander & Baldwin will work on the project.
Earlier this year, thieves drove vehicles onto the beach, cut down milo trees and hauled them away. Baby Beach was identified as one of the access points.
Signs and traffic cones will be used to block public access to the Baby Beach parking area, and a county park ranger will be on hand to explain the closure, officials said.
The parking area is expected to reopen Saturday, although beachgoers may still park at Baldwin Beach Park and walk west along the shoreline to Baby Beach.
Funding received for reef protection
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundations received an $85,500 grant for the conservation of coral reefs near the Wahikuli and Honokawai watersheds in West Maui.
The grant, provided by the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation, will attract money from the federal government to "advance a large-scale effort by landowners, community groups, and state and federal agencies to reduce destructive sedimentation," said a news release from the foundation.
The foundation also donated an additional $286,824 to five organizations on Oahu and Kauai.
Grants include $150,000 to the Malama Maunalua organization to restore Maunalua Bay, $43,000 to a program providing dental service for Waimanalo children, $41,244 to the University of Hawaii Foundation to increase student college completion, $35,000 to the Pacific American Foundation for stewardship programs and $17,580 to the Council on Foundations as annual membership dues.
For more information, visit www.castlefoundation.org.
Work won't close licensing office
The Lahaina satellite office of the county Division of Motor Vehicles and Licensing will remain open at the Lahaina Center off Front Street until May 3 despite construction in the area, according to an announcement from Maui County.
After May 3, the office will relocate to the Lahaina Gateway Center at 305 Keawe St. The opening of that office will be announced later.
"People have been confused about whether the Lahaina DMVL was going to stay open while construction is taking place at Lahaina Center," said county spokesman Rod Antone. "Although the office will be moving in early May, we would like to assure the public that despite the construction, the office will remain open until May 3."
Forms available online include vehicle registration renewal, duplicate registration/title, notice of ownership transfer, bill of sale and bicycle/moped registration. The forms can be found online at www.mauicounty.gov/DMVL by clicking on "Electronic Forms."