Bail set at $70K in robbery, kidnapping
Bail was set at $70,000 for a Lahaina man arrested for allegedly robbing another man and holding him against his will Thursday night and into early Friday, police said.
Taniela Tuakoi Jr., 20, was charged with second-degree robbery and kidnapping.
He and a 17-year-old boy were arrested Friday morning after the victim, a 23-year-old Honokowai man, reported what happened to police.
Police said that Tuakoi, who knows the victim, threatened to hurt him if he didn't give Tuakoi money. Tuakoi also told the victim he couldn't leave Tuakoi's residence, threatening to hurt him if he did, police said.
Tuakoi and the boy drove the victim to his apartment in Honokowai and took some of the victim's belongings from the residence, police said. The victim also reported being told to contact his father and ask for $500.
Money was taken from the victim before he fled when his girlfriend located him at Tuakoi's residence, police said. The victim reported what happened to police at about 8 a.m. Friday.
The boy, who is from out of the state, was released to his mother, police said.
Thursday dedication set for Waihee park
A dedication ceremony for the renamed Richard "Pablo" Caldito Sr. Park will be held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the corner of Kahekili Highway and Halewaiu Road in Waihee.
The Waihee Ball Park is being renamed in honor of Caldito, who became the first Filipino-American elected to public office in the United States after he won a seat on the Board of Supervisors (now Maui County Council) in 1956; Caldito served for 15 years. He died in July 2011 at the age of 98.
For more information, call John Buck at 270-7855.
Haiku men arrested in theft of a vehicle
Two Haiku men were arrested Friday when police stopped them in a van that had been stolen from Paia Bay, police said.
Bail was set at $1,600 for Keahi Kealoha-Uu, 18, who was driving the van, police said. His passenger, George Andrade, 21, had his bail set at $1,200.
The van had been parked at Paia Bay at 3:45 p.m. while the owner went to the beach. The owner discovered the keys to the van missing from a beach towel at 4:45 p.m. and called police.
Twenty minutes later, an anonymous caller reported seeing a white van being driven recklessly, police said. A police officer initiated a traffic stop, at first trying to stop the van on Kapakalua Road before the van was stopped at 5:40 p.m. on West Kuiaha Road, police said.
Kealoha-Uu and Andrade were charged with unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle and third-degree promotion of a detrimental drug. In addition, Kealoha-Uu was charged with resisting an order to stop a motor vehicle and reckless driving.
Maui's GOP to host no-host casual event
The Maui County Republican Party will hold a no-host, casual talk story event from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday at Fernando's Mexican Grill at the Queen Ka'ahumanu Center.
For more information, call Paige Fontaine at 269-2967.
Flags at half-staff to honor Kawamoto
Gov. Neil Abercrombie has ordered that U.S. and Hawaii flags be flown at half-staff at all state offices and agencies as well as the Hawaii National Guard from sunrise to sunset Thursday in honor of late former state Sen. Cal Kawamoto.
Kawamoto served in the state Legislature from 1994 to 2004. He died Sept. 22 at age 73.
Inspections for car seats free Saturday
Free child car seat and booster seat inspections will be done from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of Maui Marketplace near Sports Authority on Dairy Road in Kahului.
Those interested in having child car seats checked to see whether they're properly installed should show up with the child, car seat or booster seat and car. An inspection takes a minimum of 30 minutes for each seat.
The inspections are done on a first-come, first-served basis.
Under state law, child car seats are required for children under age 4. Children from ages 4 to 7 are required to be restrained in either car seats or booster seats while riding in vehicles. Information about upcoming child car seat inspections is available at www.facebook.commauichildpassengersafety.