The Waiehu woman arrested Tuesday after she was found in a car driven by Maui Community Correctional Center escapee Reid Kauhaahaa was released on supervision Thursday in Wailuku District Court.
Kelsie A. Kaoni, 20, was charged with obstructing government operations and first-degree hindering prosecution. Her bail was originally set at $5,200. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 5 in Wailuku District Court.
Deputy Prosecutor Lewis Littlepage asked the court to grant her release and called her charges the "result of love," rather than "the crime of the century."
"This is a young lady that needs to be helped," he said.
He pointed out that she has no criminal record or arrests.
Kaoni told the court she has lived with her father in Waiehu her entire life.
Wailuku District Judge Adrianne Heely granted the supervised release and ordered Kaoni to check in with the Maui Intake Service Center.
Kaoni was seen with Kauhaahaa, while he was driving a green Nissan sedan on Lower Waiehu Beach Road on Tuesday afternoon, said Lt. Jayson Rego of the Criminal Investigation Division. Officers followed and tried to stop the car, which eventually turned onto Piihana Road in Wailuku.
The car turned into the Piihana Farms area, where Kauhaahaa got out and ran, Rego said. He said Kaoni, who was in the car, was arrested and held at the Wailuku Police Station.
Another passenger, a 19-year-old Waiehu man, was arrested and released pending further investigation.
According to court documents, Kaoni filed a temporary restraining order against Kauhaahaa in September 2011, which was granted for one year.
Kauhaahaa has been sought since Oct. 28, when he fled from a work detail that had stopped for lunch at Waikapu on 30.
Kauhaahaa, 26, who also goes by his middle name, Ilikai, is described as 5 feet 6 inches tall and 135 pounds. He has hazel eyes and shoulder-length brown hair that may be in a ponytail.
He has two tattoos on his neck, with "Aliana" on the left and "La Vida" on the right. He also has a tribal tattoo on his left bicep, a clown on his left torso and designs on his legs, police said.
Anyone who sees Kauhaahaa should call 911, police said.
Kauhaahaa was serving five-year prison terms for second-degree burglary and second-degree theft in 2007 and 2008 cases.
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