Man arrested in abuse of girlfriend
A 22-year-old Wailuku man was arrested after strangling and threatening to kill his girlfriend Monday night at Keopuolani Park, police said.
Weston Kaaihue was charged with kidnapping and two counts each of felony abuse by strangulation and terroristic threatening.
Police responded to the park around 7 p.m., when neighbors witnessed Kaaihue forcibly dragging his screaming girlfriend from his vehicle and into the park, said Lt. Jayson Rego of the Criminal Investigation Division. He said the couple who live together were in a verbal argument that escalated, leading Kaaihue to brandish a firearm and threaten to kill his girlfriend.
Kaaihue proceeded to strangle his girlfriend and left her at the park before officers could arrive, Rego said. He said police found the girlfriend's injuries and clothing to be consistent with the crimes.
Police later located Kaaihue driving on North Wakea Avenue in Kahului and arrested him at 9:54 p.m.
Environmental official to join show
County environmental coordinator Rob Parsons will join Mayor Alan Arakawa on the TV program "Your County with Mayor Arakawa" at 7 tonight on Akaku Channel 55.
The live, one-hour program will be moderated by county Communications Director Rod Antone and will discuss environmental and sustainability issues.
Viewers may ask questions by calling 873-3430, via Twitter at @CountyofMaui and through Maui County's Facebook page.
The show will be retelevised at 7 p.m. Wednesdays from July 10 to 31 on the same channel.
State suggests review of insurance
The Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs' Insurance Division said that this is a good time - with the state in the midst of hurricane season - to review insurance policies for homes, condominiums and businesses to make sure they include hurricane coverage.
Basic home insurance does not cover hurricane damage, the division said. Typically, a separate hurricane insurance policy must be purchased.
Water damage from storm surge, cascading water or rising streams is not covered by hurricane or homeowners insurance. Flood insurance provides coverage in these cases, the division said.
The division has an insurance premium publication at hawaii.gov/dcca/home_rates/home-insurance-rate-comparison.html.
The division also recommends cataloging and taking inventory of electronics, furniture and valuables in case a claim needs to be filed. An app from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, app myHOME Scr.APP.book for iPhone or Android, may assist in the cataloging of belongings.