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High Street Journal An Official Publication of the County of Maui MAY 2018

COUNTY OF MAUI’S BLOSSOMS FOR THE BRAVE SET FOR MAY 25 KIDS TO PARKS DAY PLANNED FOR MAY 19 HURRICANE SEASON APPROACHES -PREPARE TODAY page 1


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Message from the Mayor.................................................................................... 3 M.D. Minute............................................................................................................. 4 Happenings at the County ............................................................................... 5

PUBLISHER / EDITOR Lynn Araki-Regan EDITORIAL COORDINATORS Kehau Deutsche Tiffany Iida Rod Antone PHOTO COORDINATOR Ryan Piros CONTRIBUTORS Dana Acosta Mayor Alan Arakawa Charnan Carroll Jason Lopez Ana Malafu Virginia McKee Brian Nagami Geri Onaga Jaime Paa Lori Perreira Karin Phaneuf Davlynn Racadio Keith Regan Todd Richter Jeremiah Savage Edward Taomoto Rylan Yatsushiro

Maui County Participating in National “Kids To Parks Day,” Invites Families to Free Event for Keiki ...................................................................... 7 2018 Outstanding Older American Award Recipients of Maui County ...................................................................................................................... 8 County email retention policy goes into effect June 1, 2018! ......... 8 Vendor applications due May 31st for 2018 Made in Maui County Festival .................................................................................................................... 9 Arakawa, Savage invited to Goyang’s 2018 International Horticulture Festival & Culture City Forum ............................................... 10 Weekday Project Update .................................................................................. 11 Lanai Residential Metals Recycling Collection Event Scheduled .... 12 Big Island eruptions are a reminder for emergency preparedness . 12 Kulia i ka nu`u ........................................................................................................ 13 Kupaianaha ............................................................................................................ 16 Department of Parks & Recreation’s Bike Safety Program ............. 17 Explore life at 55 .................................................................................................. 19 Local Drug Scene Working With The Feds (With a Smile!) .................. 20 Hurricane Season Approaches -- Prepare Today .................................... 22 County completes rape kit testing back to ‘99 ....................................... 23 Photo Gallery ......................................................................................................... 25

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MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR Aloha everyone, Today, as I write this, the eruption of lava and gas continues on the Big Island, along Kilauea Volcano’s lower East Rift Zone. The earthquakes and aftershocks are also expected to continue according to scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). If anyone felt the 6.9 earthquake that hit us, you should know that even through the volcano activity is on another island, Maui County can still be affected. Especially since the latest report from the USGS is that when it comes to Big Island earthquakes that “additional aftershocks from the magnitude-6.9 earthquake are expected and some may be strong.” Even though the danger seems to be far away, please note that we can all still be affected, so take precautions if you can. According to www.ready. gov/earthquakes, you should look around your home and work and secure items that could fall or move and cause injuries or damage. These could be bookshelves, mirrors, file cabinets, etc. Also, practice how to “Drop, Cover and Hold On.”This means when an earthquake hits, DROP to the ground and COVER your head and neck with your arms. And if you can get some a safer place (like under your desk) without exposing yourself to more danger, crawl to it and HOLD ON to maintain cover. SeaRay Beltran from Risk Management had the right idea when he sent out this email to all employees last week: “Ground movement during an earthquake is seldom the direct cause of death or injury. Most earthquakerelated injuries result from collapsing walls, and falling objects as a result of the ground shaking, or people trying to move more than a few feet during the shaking. Much of the damage in earthquakes is predictable and preventable. We must all work together in our Maui Campus to apply our knowledge of safety. So, what I’m I referring to? Items in your departments, office that’s light or heavy over six feet tall on your selves or cabinets. Please take safety precaution. Stay safe and stay tuned to MEMA or your local TV and radio station.” Mahalo to SeaRay, Risk Management and our Maui Emergency Management Agency for looking out for all of us. Now let’s all take the proper precautions and look out for each other. Aloha and God bless.

Mayor Alan M. Arakawa

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M.D. Minute

A Message from Managing Director Keith Regan “The doctors looked at me; they’re mumbling among themselves. Two minutes later a chaplain comes up — opening words: ‘God loves you.’ I said: ‘I know that. I love Him too,’” Daniel K. Inouye recounted with a chuckle. “‘But I’m not ready to meet Him yet!’” -- From “Journey to Washington” (published 1967), recounting being shot three times in combat. HONORING THE PAST, THOSE WHO PASSED, WITH MEMORIAL DAY Most people know Memorial Day marks a time to remember the nation’s war dead. It’s also a holiday filled with department store sales, athletic events, barbecues, beach days and camping. So what is the origin of the holiday -- and how is it memorialized in Hawaii? At the end of the Civil War, Americans faced the colossal weight of honoring 625,000 dead soldiers from North and South. Officially, Memorial Day began in the North in 1868 when a veterans’ group asked communities to hold grave-decorating ceremonies. On May 30, thousands visited hundreds of cemeteries in towns across the nation. By the 1870s, North and South were honoring this spring ritual. Memorial Day was a time of bereavement, and from the war’s end to the early 20th century, it helped foster national reconciliation around soldierly sacrifice, regardless of cause. Called “American All Saints Day” and “Decoration Day,” among others titles, memorials were erected on the holiday year after year. Then in 1971 through an act of Congress, Memorial Day was moved to the last Monday in May to create a longer weekend. Hawaii’s most famous soldier and Medal of Honor recipient, Daniel K. Inouye, former U.S. senator who died in 2012, tried in vain for years to return Memorial Day to May 30. “Mr. President, in our effort to accommodate many Americans by making the last Monday in May, Memorial Day, we have lost sight of the significance of this day to our nation. Instead of using Memorial Day as a time to honor and reflect on the sacrifices made by Americans in combat, many Americans use the day as a celebration of the beginning of summer,” Inouye said in 1989, commenting on legislation he introduced. In Hawaii, there is an array of ways to honor and reflect on the sacrifices that Inouye was so passionate about. Memorial Day happenings range from the lantern festival, parade and Punchbowl events on Oahu to The Banana Poka RoundUp forest festival on Kauai. Locally, Blossoms for the Brave weaves together community and commemoration: Volunteers join with Kaunoa Senior Center seniors to make nearly 3,000 lei that are placed at Maui Veterans Cemetery in Makawao for Memorial Day ceremonies on Monday. This year, people are asked to drop off flowers starting at 7 a.m. or come sew a lei from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, May 25, at our Kalana O Maui Building Front Lawn. Regardless of the way we choose to thank and remember people who died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, Senator Inouye had it right when he said that sacrifices represented by Memorial Day need not to be forgotten. For the fallen: Thank you for past sacrifices that preserve present-day freedom! Keith Regan Managing Director page 4


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Any applications not received in person or via DEPARTMENT OF PARKS AND email by 4:00 p.m. on May 11, 2018 will not be RECREATION’S COUNTYWIDE TRIANNUAL PERMIT PROCESSING FOR FALL considered in the tri-annual process. Applicants having missed the window may submit standard SEASON IS UNDERWAY The County of Maui, Department of Parks and Recreation (Department) is gearing up to continue the Tri-Annual Permit Process for the fall 2018 season for all leagues and recreational programs. This process affects application requests for the majority of facility usage countywide. Application requests impacted include those for athletic fields, multipurpose fields, ballfields, courts, pools, and gymnasiums. For the community, this means there will be three (3) windows of time each year in which application requests can be submitted. These windows will be within the first two (2) weeks of January, May, and October. It is important to note that this new process will not impact permit application requests for camping, community centers, or annual special events. The Department will accept application requests from 8:00 a.m., May 1, 2018 until 4:00 p.m., May 11, 2018 for the Fall Season of August 1 – December 31, 2018. Those wishing to be considered in facility scheduling for the Fall Season, should apply. It is anticipated this will be the highest volume application period thus far.

permit applications on a first-come, first-served basis beginning July 9, 2018, space permitting.

Application request packets will be available at all Department permit offices and also on the County of Maui website at www.mauicounty. gov . Application requests will be reviewed in the priority order outlined in the Department’s administrative rules (also available at mauicounty. gov). The Department of Parks & Recreation operates and maintains the County’s numerous parks, recreation areas and recreational service programs for the residents of Maui County. A primary objective of the Department is to provide high quality recreational programs and opportunities for the youth, persons with disabilities, senior citizens and adults of Maui County. If you are unsure how this will affect your use of our facilities, please contact the Department of Parks and Recreation permit office at 270-7389 or email at DPRPermits@mauicounty.gov.

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SUGIMURA TO HOST MONTHLY TALK STORY WITH YUKI AT UPCOUNTRY FARMERS MARKET Councilmember Yuki Lei Sugimura will hold her monthly Talk Story with Yuki outreach program on Saturday, May 19, at the Upcountry Farmers Market from 7 to 11 a.m. Councilmember Sugimura invites the public to come and voice their concerns on County issues that matter to them. “The Upcountry Farmers Market, located at Kulamalu Town Center (near Longs Drugs, Pukalani), is a great outdoor venue for sharing concerns, discussing challenges and giving feedback on local issues,” said Sugimura.

and select “Delinquent Tax Accounts.” The list has also been posted at the Real Property Tax Collections office, located at the Maui Mall Service Center, Suite A-18; at Kalana O Maui (county building); Hoapili Hale (judiciary building); the Molokai Real Property Tax Office; and the Lanai Senior Center. For more information, call the Real Property Tax Collections office at 270-7697.

REAL PROPERTY ASSESSMENT DIVISION WINS FIRST AWARD OF ITS KIND IN STATE

The County of Maui Real Property Assessment Division recently won the prestigious International Association of Assessing Officers Sugimura will be available to meet with the public (IAAO) Certificate of Excellence in Assessment Administration a first for the county jurisdiction to hear their concerns on the second Saturday of and for the state of Hawaii as a whole, according each month at the Upcountry Farmers Market. to the IAAO. Future Talk Story dates and more information are available at MauiCounty.us/sugimura. The county’s Real Property Assessment Division won the award, which recognizes government Sugimura holds the council seat for the units using the best appraisal and assessment Upcountry residency area. She is the chair of the practices, on April 20, 2018. IAAO, the world’s Policy, Economic Development, and Agriculture leading property appraisal and assessment Committee and is a member of the Kula administration organization, emphasized the Agricultural Park Committee. jurisdiction’s teamwork, accomplishments and high level of satisfaction among peers, staff and Call the office of Councilmember Sugimura at constituents. (808) 270-7939 for questions.

REAL PROPERTY TAX SALE SET FOR MAY 22 IN SOUTH MAUI The County of Maui Department of Finance announced it will be holding a real property tax sale to auction off properties that have been delinquent for three or more years and have received their final notice of tax sale. The tax sale will be held Tuesday, May 22, and will continue Wednesday, May 23, if necessary, at Kihei Community Center, 303 E. Lipoa St. Doors will open at 8:30 a.m., with the auction beginning at 9. Each parcel will be sold to the highest bidder with a certified or cashier’s check as form of payment. As of May 9, there are 13 properties scheduled to be sold at the tax sale. Properties may still be removed from the tax sale list if all taxes, penalties, interest and costs have been paid in full, or payment arrangements made, prior to the date of the sale. page 6

More information on the tax sale, including a list of properties being sold and frequently asked questions (FAQs), visit www.mauicounty.gov/RPT

The county’s Real Property Assessment Division is the 37th jurisdiction to receive this award out of about 13,000 assessment jurisdictions worldwide, according to Division Administrator Scott K. Teruya, AAS. For information on the IAAO, visit www.iaao. org. For information on county Real Property Assessment Division, visit https://www. mauicounty.gov/1952/Real-Property-AssessmentDivision.

WAIEHU MUNICIPAL GOLF COURSE 18HOLE PLAY EXTENDED The County of Maui Department of Parks and Recreation announced that 18-hole play for the Waiehu Municipal Golf Course has been extended until further notice. Planned upgrades for the Waiehu Municipal Golf Course were slated to close the back nine holes, but renovations were postponed and will resume at an undetermined date. For more information, please contact the Maintenance Division Office, Department of Park and Recreation, at 270-7382. For general parks information, visit www.mauicounty.gov/parks.


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Maui County Participating in National “Kids to Parks Day,” Invites Families to Free Event for Keiki Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa is inviting local families to attend Kids to Parks Day at War Memorial Complex (where the Maui Fair food booths were situated) from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 19, 2018. The event is entirely free and open to the general public. The event is being put on by the County of Maui Mayor’s Office and the Department of Parks & Recreation, in partnership with Maui Economic Opportunity (MEO) Inc., Maui Family Support Services Inc., Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui, Inc., and PATCH (People Attentive to Children) Hawaii. Activities will include the following: - Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui will offer disc golf, tic tac toe bean bag toss, and hula hoop. - MEO Inc. will provide an opportunity for future leaders (kids) to play kickball with community leaders, as well as to provide community service by painting trash cans. - Maui Family Support Services, Inc. will offer basketball-related activities for toddlers as well as children 5 and older. - PATCH will provide a hilltops and river stones activity for youngsters and will give away free books to children. The County of Maui will also provide free refreshments and Maui Electric Company has donated reusable bags with McDonald’s and Panda Express food coupons inside which will be given to the first 300 kids who attend Saturday’s event. Kids to Play Day is an event launched by the National Park Trust, a land conservancy and environmental education nonprofit dedicated

to preserving parks and creating new park stewards for tomorrow. “The new park stewards of tomorrow are our children, so the sooner they realize the value of our parks and open space the better,” said Mayor Arakawa. “Events like these will help to solidify that relationship.” “Mahalo to all of our sponsors partners who are helping to make this event happen,” said event organizer Mike Molina, Executive Assistant to the Mayor’s Office and former councilman and school teacher. “This is an event that kids and their families can have fun while realizing and appreciating the importance of our parks.” According to the National Park Trust (NPT), Kids to Parks Day is a nationally coordinated event designed to connect kids and families with their local, state, and national parks. By discovering our public lands, kids across the country are learning about park stewardship, outdoor recreation, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and history. Through teaching the next generation to appreciate our public lands, NPT is working to foster future park enthusiasts and create the next generation of park stewards. This year close to a million people will celebrate Kids to Parks Day. For more information about the national Kids to Parks Day movement, check out the National Park Trust website at https://www. parktrust.org/kids-to-parks-day/. Organizers request the use of the hashtag #KidsToParks’ for latest updates and community engagement. For more information about the event at War Memorial this weekend contact Mike Molina at the Mayor’s Office at 270-7855.

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2018 Outstanding Older American Award Recipients of Maui County The Maui County Office on Aging is pleased to announce and honor the 50th Annual Outstanding Older American Award recipients, Ms. Clara Felix and Mr. William Kinaka.

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The award ceremony was held on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at the Kihei Community Center. This year’s nominees for the Outstanding Older American Award also included Takeo Miyaguchi, Ali Thompson, and Stephen Maglente.

Felix, a resident of Kihei, has been volunteering in the Maui community for the last 15 years, and she is recognized for her Established in 1963 dedication, willingness, by President John and passion for helping F. Kennedy and the to share her time and members of the talents for the benefit National Council of of the Maui community. Senior Citizens, “Senior She has demonstrated Citizens Month” was OOA Nominees- High Street Journal.jpg- “2018 her tenacity in providing Outstanding Older American Award Recipients of created to acknowcaring services for others Maui County, Ms. Clara Felix and Mr. William Kinaka” ledge the contriand building lasting butions of past and relationships current older that go far individuals beyond the to our assigned task. country each Over the past May. Since 15 years, she President has devoted Kennedy, her time to every the Maui Arts President and Cultural has issued Center, the a formal OOA Award Recpients.jpg- “2018 Outstanding Older American Award Pacific Whale Nominees (pictured left to right): Ms. Clara Felix, Mr. William Kinaka, Ms. Ali Foundation, Thompson, Mr. Stephen Maglente, and Mr. Takeo Miyaguchi” the National Kidney Foundation, Na Hoaloha, the Maui Marathon, St. proclamation requesting that the entire country Theresa Church, the YMCA, and the Bailey House pay tribute in some way to older persons in their Museum. communities. Now known as “Older Americans Month,” it is celebrated across the country through Kinaka, a resident of Wailuku, has been ceremonies such as the Outstanding Older volunteering in the Maui community for the last 39 Americans, events, fairs, and other similar activities years. He is a respected role model and an older every May. adult who has an everlasting love for humanity and living his life to the fullest. His contributions On Maui, this event dates back to 1968, when to the Maui community are immeasurable, from Wendell Crockett was awarded the prestigious volunteering with the Boy Scouts of America award of Outstanding Older American for Maui to being an advocate for our Kupuna. He is also County. Since its inception, there have been 99 a “Maui Historian” and enjoys telling stories of award recipients, including last year’s winners, the good old days of living in the Lahaina and Yaemi Yogi and Cornelis Feenstra. The Maui County Pu’unene camps. Over the past 39 years, Mr. Office on Aging would like to extend a special Kinaka has devoted his time to the Maui Adult mahalo to our judges David Spicer, Lois Prey, and Day Care Centers, Hale Mahaolu Senior Housing, Doreen Forsberg. the Iao Intermediate School Renaissance Program, For more information about the Maui the Maui Judicial Court System, the Blood Bank County Office on Aging, please visit: www. of Hawaii, and the Commission on Children and mauicountyadrc.org. Youth.


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County email retention policy goes into effect June 1, 2018! As communicated over the past five months, the County of Maui is implementing a new email retention policy in which emails older than three years will be deleted from County email systems. This policy has been established in order to provide acceptable email system performance, control the cost of email storage, and facilitate migration to a new email system in the future. Emails older than three years will be automatically deleted from the County’s email retention systems, GroupWise and Retain, effective June 1, 2018. And emails older than three years will be purged on a regular basis going forward. GroupWise Personal Archives will also be deleted.

The transition period of Jan. 01, 2018 – May 31, 2018 was provided in order to give you time to review and save important emails before they are purged. The end of May is fast approaching so please be sure to make it a priority to save important emails by May 31! FAQs, videos, and written instructions to facilitate this effort are available on the Country intranet at: http:// intranet.co.maui.hi.us/indx.aspx?nid=818. Please contact the Help Desk at 270-7842 or ITS. HELPDESK@co.maui.hi.us if you have questions or send them to email.retention@co.maui.hi.us. Mahalo for your support of this important effort.

Vendor applications due May 31st for 2018 Made in Maui County Festival The Mayor’s Office of Economic Development and the Maui Chamber of Commerce are reminding businesses who are interested in participating as a Product Vendor OR Food Truck Vendor in the 5th Annual Made in Maui County Festival that the deadline for applications is Thursday, May 31, 2018. Considered the largest products show in Maui County, this year’s event will be held at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului and will be open to the public on Friday, November 2 and Saturday, November 3. Last year, over 10,000 residents and visitors attended the two-day event which showcased over 140 vendors. Local businesses who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply as a Product Vendor: •Business must be based in Maui County (current

GET license required) •All product(s) offered for sale must be made, manufactured, grown and/or created in Maui County. Although products may include source materials made/ found in the State of Hawaii. •Must meet the minimum of a 51 percent “Made in Hawaii” product valuation. A limited number of local Food Trucks will also be selected. A total of 13 food trucks will be featured on Saturday, November 3 and a total of 3 food trucks on Friday, November 2. For more information, call the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development at 270-7710. page 9


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Arakawa, Savage invited to Goyang’s 2018 International Horticulture Festival & Culture City Forum

Flowers, hula dancers, a fire dancer and more. Maui County yet again showcased some of the best it has to offer during a sister city trip to Goyang, South Korea, from April 26-30. By invitation, Mayor Alan Arakawa, accompanied by Jeremiah Savage, Office of Economic Development grants manager and his international liaison, participated in Goyang’s 2018 International Horticulture Festival. A fire dancer and hula dancers were honored to perform during the opening ceremony of the event, and an exhibit booth showcasing Maui’s flowers and hula dancers were on display at the celebration. Maui’s Office of Economic Development, Maui Visitors Bureau and Hawaiian Airlines, and other Maui County groups made the booth possible. Mayor Arakawa also attended Goyang’s International Culture City Forum during peace talks between North and South Korea. Several South Korean Keynote speakers, including Goyang Mayor Dr. Choi Sung, spoke on the significance of page 10

the Inter-Korean summit and the future role of Goyang City in the global market. Mayor Arakawa delivered a speech to leaders from Mongolia, The Republic of China, Vietnam and Indonesia on the importance of preserving Hawaii’s native language, culture and identity at the International Culture City Forum. Attendees were interested to hear how Maui County balances its tourist visitors and ecological environment. A sister city, county, or state relationship is a broad-based, long-term partnership between two communities in two countries. Maui County Sister Cities Foundation became an independent nonprofit membership organization in 2007, with a mandate to continue the work that local government began in 1964. For information on Maui County sister cities, visit www.mauicountysistercities.org.


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Workday Project Update Workday is the software solution that the County of Maui has chosen to replace the ADP Payroll and ePersonality HR systems. Did you know that you will be able to use your mobile device (phone or tablet) to use Workday? Using your mobile device is one of the many ways Workday will make access to your information easy. The Workday project team has been working with the Workday Change Ambassadors to conduct roadshows. During the roadshows someone from the project team attends a department meeting or just goes for a visit to talk about Workday and show people what it looks like. Each presentation takes approximately 45 minutes. The roadshows are a great way to get first-hand information about the tool and how you will use it when we go live. They are very informative - so far the team has conducted over two dozen roadshows! If you’d like a roadshow for your department, please work with your

Workday Change Ambassador to set that up. Or you can email:Workday.Project@co.maui.hi.us Would you like to get a “hands on” opportunity and try Workday out for yourself (with experts nearby to assist)? Then sign up for one of our Open House sessions. The sessions will be held on May 15, 17, 22 and 24 every half hour from 9:30 a.m.– 3:30 p.m. in the County Building, room 438. Please register in Employee Self Service (or ask your DPO to sign you up). This will be a great opportunity to experience Workday and see what all the excitement is about, and there will be prize giveaways. We hope to see you there! For more information about Workday, including a list of Change Ambassadors, go the following page: http:// intranet.co.maui.hi.us/index.aspx?NID=832 or email: Workday.Project@co.maui.hi.us

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Lanai Residential Metals Recycling Collection Event Scheduled County of Maui Department of Environmental Management, in partnership with Pulama Lanai and Refrigerant Recycling Inc., will hold a residential metals recycling collection event in June. Appliances, scrap metal, propane tanks, auto batteries and tires will be accepted for drop-off at no charge to residents during event hours only from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m June 2 at Pulama Lanai

Fleet Yard, at 949 Lanai Ave. (at the corner of 9th Avenue and 11th Street) in Lanai City, Lanai. Commercial drop-offs of these items for a fee may be prearranged by calling Mikey Diorec from Refrigerant Recycling Inc. at 351-3504. For more information about this event, call the County Abandoned Vehicles and Metals Office at 270-8217.

Big Island eruptions are a reminder for emergency preparedness

water and essential supplies at home. The recent eruptions and seismic activity on the Big Island and the possibility for a local tsunami, are a current reminder for Maui County residents to Sign up for Maka’ala - Maui County’s Emergency Alerts at mauicounty.gov/983/Active-Advisoriesbe prepared for emergencies and disasters. Watches-Notification-S. Be Informed about local hazards that could affect For more information about emergency your home. Make a Plan with your household including communications and evacuations. Build preparedness go to mauicounty.gov/emergency or call Maui County Emergency Management Agency an Evacuation Kit for each member of your family at 270-7285. with food, water and essential supplies for 3-5 days. For sheltering in place have 14 days of food,

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Kūlia i ka nu‘u Strive to reach the summit Please help congratulate these dedicated individuals as they continue to serve the community and in doing so, “strive to reach the summit.”

ESD Enette Kajioka

On April 9, 2018, Mayor proclaimed April 8-14, 2018 as Public Safety Telecommunicators Week throughout Maui County, acknowledging our 9-1-1 telecommunicators. As Maui Police Department’s Davlynn L. Racadio said, “they are always there helping everyone and it is so great to acknowledge them and all of the great work that they do!”

ESD Lyndsey Kahuhu

From left: Chief Tivoli Faaumu, Paul Douglas on behalf of Honorable Mayor Alan Arakawa, SESD Davlynn Racadio, ESD Lyndsey Kahuhu, ESD Tracy Pellazar and Lieutenant John Foster.

Emergency Services Dispatcher (ESD) Kanoe Agcaoili and Trainee ESD Genella Albino

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At a luncheon ceremony, on Friday, January 12, 2018, the Department of Fire & Public Safety celebrated the graduation of its 33rd Firefighter Recruit Class at the Maui Beach Hotel’s Elleair ballroom.

Team – Bubba Kukahiko and Jonathan Varona

The 17 firefighter recruits graduated from the Maui fire Department’s 26 week Recruit Training Program. The program is designed to train and evaluate fire recruits on the many skills and disciplines necessary to serve the public as a firefighter.

Presented to the two-man team who demonstrated the ability to perform complex hands-on drills under high-pressure situations, with the highest degree of expedience and efficiency.

The 33rd Recruit Class was comprised of 17 firefighter trainees. 12 firefighters, including one woman, will be joining the ranks of the Maui Fire Department and will be assigned to Maui County fire stations on Maui, Molokai, and Lanai. They are: Keoni Cadman, Michael Castello, Thomas Heen, Michael Judd, Rocky Keawekane, Aina Kohler, Bubba Kukahiko, Alika McGuire, Clayton Sado, Brandt Saki, Travis Texeira, and Jonathan Varona.

Named in honor of the late Fire Captain, Charles Iwata, this award honors the true passion and firefighter spirit that Captain Iwata was so widely known for. This award is presented to the recruit who displayed a high moral character and exceptional attitude, and whose conduct expresses respect and heart towards others, and to the firefighting profession.

Five firefighters will go on to serve at State of Hawaii, Airport Rescue & Fire Fighting stations. They are: John Burns, Joshua Coleman, Hyman Gaea, Kainoa Liu, and Derek Young. Recruits received their badges and took their oath in a long awaited ceremony. Each recruit selected a special family member to carry out the traditional “Pinning of the Badge.” Maui Fire Chief Jeff Murray delivered the time honored Firefighter’s Oath of Office, making it official. Graduating recruits were presented with the following awards, recognizing those who finished at the top of their class in the following categories. Academics Award – John Burns

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Presented to the recruit who demonstrated the highest competency in functional skills assessments throughout the training program.

Presented to the recruit with the highest scholastic average on all written course examinations administered throughout the training program. Functional Skills – Michael Castello

Firefighter Spirit, Ho’ulu Award – Michael Judd

Most Outstanding, Overall – Travis Texeira Selected by recruit training officers, this award is presented to the recruit that excelled in every phase of recruit training, and demonstrated outstanding leadership ability, projected an exceptional attitude, and led their class in physical fitness performance. The Department of Fire and Public Safety is pleased to announce the annual performance review and evaluation by the Fire and Public Safety Commission of Fire Chief, Jeffrey Murray. In a letter from Robyne Nishida Nakao, outgoing


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Commission Chair of the Fire and Public Safety Commission, to Mayor Alan Arakawa addressing Chief Murray’s annual evaluation for calendar year 2017, the Commission finds “Chief Murray to be a very profiicent manager with effective customer service skills, ... is goaloriented and has commendable planning and organizational skills which lends to his policy development efficiency for the department.” The letter also noted that he “perseveres through challenges, and continually challenges his team to find innovative ways to achieve department work ethic and how much she is missed at the objectives and goals with less resources.” Department of Planning. Thank you Paul & Tremaine for going above and beyond! “I agree wholeheartedly with the evaluation,” said Arakawa. “Chief Murray’s main priority is to Kim Willenbrink, Planner IV in our Current keep this community safe, and any decision he Division, presented makes regarding his department is based upon her award on how to best carry out that task. That’s all that to Linda Kim, matters.” Secretary I to Division Chief The Office Clayton Yoshida. of Economic Kim noted that DevelopLinda miraculously ment staff appears to be calm, would like to cool and collected congratulate at all times and their always stops Director, whatever she is Teena doing to help and Rasmussen, answer questions for fellow coworkers. Thank on receiving you Linda for going above and beyond! the Small Business The Department of Planning is proud to Adminannounce that istration’s prestigious Advocate for Business Ana Lillis, and Industry Award. According to SBA’s formerly of the website, “Small Business Advocacy Awards County Real are presented to those individuals in our Property Office, communities who assist small businesses started work as through demonstrated efforts to increase a Planner III with the awareness of the contributions of small the Zoning and businesses to the economy and the availability Enforcement and effectiveness of resources, tools and support Division on May of small firms, key industry segments and 1st. Welcome underserved communities. While this work may aboard Ana! be related to the candidates career, winners have far exceeded the parameters of their job duties, often through groundbreaking work.” Congratulations, Teena - we are so proud of you!! Each month, the employees of Planning pass on an “Above and Beyond” award to the coworker whom they feel goes ABOVE And BEYOND! At the Department Meeting on Friday, May 11th, Richele Lesa, Secretary I in the Long Range Division passed on her award to Paul Fasi, Planner V in the Current Division. Paul immediately dedicated his award to Tremaine Balberdi, a beloved Boards and Commissions Secretary who passed away in a tragic airplane accident in February of 2014. He mentioned her positive attitude, her excellent

On May 2nd, Planning Department Managers treated sixteen lucky admin professionals to a fabulous lunch at Cassanova Bistro. The food and company were both excellent. Thank you to our amazing Administrative Professionals!

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Kupaianaha BY: TIFFANY IIDA Department of Management beautiful daughter. Congratulations to Alia Garcia, daughter of Alfred & Lisa Garcia (Real Property Assessment), who graduated from UHMC with her Associate’s degree and will continue her education to earning her Bachelor’s degree.

David & Zoila Olsten celebrated daughter Heavenly Joy’s first birthday along with 250 family members and friends with a luau on April 22, 2018 at the Wailuku Community Center. David is an Investigator V with the Department of the Prosecuting Attorney. Zoila is a CNA with Islands Hospice. They are both so proud of their

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Congratulations to Isaiah Quitazol-Lopes who will be graduating from Kamehameha Schools Maui. Isaiah is the son of Tanya Quitazol of the Department of Corporation Counsel. His plans include attending the College of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas.


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Department of Parks & Recreation’s Bike Safety Progam BY: JASON LOPEZ Recreation Program Planner

You ever notice it seems there aren’t too many kids riding bikes in the neighborhood anymore? Well, the Department of Parks & Recreation (DPR) is trying to change that by providing a Bike Safety Program (BSP) that will hopefully encourage more kids to take Parks staff making sure the bikes are ready for the kids. to the streets with their twowheelers.

had run out and the program was put on the back burner. Over the next decade, Duke continued to provide condensed versions of the BSP here and there to keep it going but without funding, it was difficult to do. However, Duke found a way to at least keep it alive.

Fast forward to 2007. Duke was coordinating a BSP event at the Annual Kiwanis Keiki Festival. DPR South District Recreation Leader, Jake Gusman, was at the event experiencing a Bike Safety Program for Current DPR the first time. Recreation According Kids testing out the bike course at the 2018 Keiki Festival. Specialist, Duke to Jake “I can Sevilla, who remember worked with getting so the Maui Youth excited just by & Family Services at the time, took on the seeing the expressions on the participants faces task of creating this program. Asked why the while negotiating the obstacle course. I knew program was created, Duke said “we needed a then that I wanted to do this again.” Duke and bike education program so the youth would be Jake talked and Duke asked Jake if he wanted to educated to ride safely in their neighborhood.” take the lead on this program and possibly bring it to DPR and start coordinating this as a Parks For the next two years, Duke coordinated the program. Jake told Duke “as long as you stay BSP for 4th grade students on Maui, Moloka’i involved, I will take the lead.” and Lana’i. This included public and private schools. Unfortunately, after two years the funds Ten plus years later and the program is rolling Started back in 1993, the first BSP was sponsored by the County of Maui and coordinated by the Maui Youth & Family Services, with the help of a grant that provided the seed money to get the bike program rolling.

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at full speed. BSP’s have been conducted at the Kiwanis Keiki Festival, West Maui Safety Fair, Paia Elementary School Safety Week, Kihei Youth Center Youth Day, and many other community youth events. At one of the recent Keiki Fest events, a parent had shared the following with Todd Richter, Recreation Technician from our South District, “our son was so proud of a medal that he received by participating in the program that whenever company came over, he would always get his medal from his room and talk about the bike program.� Needless to say there have been countless memories over the years. The main objective of the BSP is to teach kids about safe bike riding. It emphasizes how to ride safely in your neighborhood and the importance of using properly fitted safety equipment. The program starts with a 15 minute video followed by a Q & A with our DPR instructor. The instructor then spends some time on proper bike and helmet fitting. Once the class portion is over, the participants are taken to the bike course, fitted for a helmet & bike then given the green light to test their riding skills. DPR provides all of the helmets and bikes, and even has bikes with training wheels for those who may need a little extra help.

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Over the years the Bike Safety Program has changed a little, but the main purpose is still to educate kids on safe bike riding. The program has survived and continued on because there have been people involved who felt having a bike safety program for kids is a necessary part of growing up.

Duke felt special recognition should be given to Dave DeLeon and Walter Enomoto. Duke said these two guys were instrumental in advocating for the bike paths on Maui as well as helping to establish bike safety education for the kids in Maui County. Jake wanted to thank Duke for his persistence and efforts for bridging the decade gap and help keep the Bike Safety Program alive. Jake also wanted to recognize Mike & Tifany Burr and Wendy Gusman who have donated brand new bikes each year for the past 9 years to be given away as prizes at the annual Keiki Festival as part of the Bike Safety Program. He wanted to also mahalo all the volunteers and DPR staff who have helped with this program over the past 10+ years. He knows the success and continuation of this program is a total team effort and he appreciates all of the support from everyone involved with this program. If you know of any group or organization that would benefit from having the DPR Bike Safety Program at their event, please contact Jake Gusman at Jake.Gusman@mauicounty.gov or 870-0437. He will be more than happy to speak with anyone about providing this program for the community.


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Explore life at 55! BY: DANA ACOSTA Kaunoa Senior Services Kaunoa serves seniors in many ways, from the active and able-bodied to the frail, isolated homebound. Organized group activities and classes, as well as volunteer options, keep seniors active, engaged and focused on staying healthy and connected to the community. Florence Sakae stretches into her 100th birthday with her long-time fitness instructor at Kaunoa, Judy Ridolfino. “Florence is an inspiration to all!” says Ridolfino

Several intimate groups of seniors had the incredible opportunity to experience the majestic West Maui mountains and the grandeur of sea cliffs and waterfalls of Molokai’s inaccessible north shore on an exclusive 45-minute helicopter ride with Air Maui. Kaunoa seniors were granted special admittance to an exclusive tour of the Japanese tall ship Kaiwo Maru.

motioned how to scrub the deck.

A cadet explains to Luanne Fujimoto how to scrub the deck using coconut husks. As she tested the process, the cadets began to chant, “washi, washi, washi” and

Reminder to all: Come to Blossoms for the Brave community lei-making event on Friday, May 25, 9 a.m. – Noon under the tent on the front lawn of the County Building and help make leis for placement at Maui Veterans Cemetery in Makawao for Memorial Day ceremonies. Bring pre-sewn lei, flowers and/or greenery any time after 7 a.m. that morning in the S. High St. parking lot fronting the County Building. The Best Years begin at 55! The County of Maui offers a wide variety of Wellness activities for adults ages 55 and better. Staying physically active and continuing to learn new skills is critical for increasing our Healthspan – the period of our lives when we are healthy, productive, and independent. For a complete listing of all of Kaunoa’s activities, call 270-7308 or 270-4310 to receive a monthly newsletter.

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Police Chief Tivoli Faaumu Challenges the Local Drug Scene Working With The Feds (With a Smile!) BY: ERIC T. RICHTER Maui Vision Magazine On first meeting, this smiling, gentle giant of a man seems more like your father or grandfather rather than Maui’s top cop. Yet he can summon the muscle of 353 police officers at a moment’s notice to confidently handle whatever may be threatening Maui’s residents — 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Tivoli Faaumu will begin his fifth year as Maui Police Department’s police chief in November this year, and he has much to be commended for. Maui’s crime rate has been steadily dropping by about 10 percent under his steadfast watch. Not to take the credit all for himself and the MPD, Chief Faaumu cites his close communication with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Agency as important factors for Maui’s reduction in the sub-category of drugrelated crimes included in the overall crime rate. When meeting him, one is immediately reminded by his friendly demeanor what we were all taught as kids — that the police are friends you can trust to protect you from the bad guys out there. On an uneventful beautiful Maui day in January, Maui Vision Magazine was privileged to be granted an in-person interview with the police chief to talk about Maui’s drug scene. And the conversation did wander into the topic of police corruption that plagues every police department, and occasionally crops up on Maui. When Chief Faaumu took over MPD’s top position from Chief Gary Yabuta in 2014, he instituted firm policies to keep his force in integrity. Recently, an incident of alleged officer misconduct took place page 20

in Lahaina, with an odd set of circumstances chronicled in The Maui News, and previously brought to the attention of MPD’s Internal Affairs Department. Following examination by the prosecuting attorney’s office, the FBI was notified and took over the investigation. A while back, Chief Faaumu commented in a video press release that he would hold all his officers “accountable, both criminally and internally.” He holds this tough accountability policy for himself as well, when his behavior may be called into question by the Maui Police Commission. When asked which drug accounts for the largest number of arrests, he said it is still marijuana. Even though medical marijuana is legal, purveyors of the green leaves and buds, affectionately called “Maui wowie,” may have lulled themselves into lax security around their drugdealing operations. Chief Faaumu said the second most problematic drug in terms of arrests, is crystal methamphetamine. He knows firsthand about the beginnings of meth on Maui, as he served in MPD’s Vice, Gambling and Narcotics division from 19881990, and has dedicated his life of service to MPD for 31 years in various capacities. Times have changed since then, and along with it, the culture of the Maui Police Department. The average profile of Maui’s drug dealers and users has also changed. Baby Boomers are now senior citizens, and users and dealers now encompass all ages, races and financial backgrounds. Now, Chief Faaumu thinks drug dealers are having a harder time operating on Maui. He said that back in the day, dealers also took the drugs they sold.


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Currently, many Maui dealers do not partake of the drugs they sell, and instead just use their sales networks as a source of nontaxed income, which can be substantial. Chief Faaumu said some specialty gangs of different races occasionally arrive on Maui and attempt to set up shop. The most recent big bust involved a newly arrived methamphetamine dealer who didn’t last long before being caught. Chief Faaumu said there are also different factions that exist on Maui and deal drugs as a group. As far as where the drugs come from, Chief Faaumu said people carry them on their bodies when arriving by plane, but USPS, UPS and FedEx are the carriers of choice. Dealers know that moving drugs around Hawaii is fairly easy. Chief Faaumu said that despite some rumors on the street of a meth lab operating in the Hana area in 2005, none of the meth on Maui is now manufactured here. He said the most recent lab discovered in a Kihei home was inoperable. Strict controls of ingredients, such as nail polish remover are making it difficult to formulate. As far as heroin goes, Chief Faaumu said the MPD sees very little of the China White variety of years past; now it is almost always black tar heroin from Mexico. The word on the street is that heroin use is now increasing on Maui, replacing Oxycontin, as those prescription tablets are now difficult to obtain on the black market. He also said prescription painkillers are many homeless people’s drugs of choice. Maui Vision Magazine readers may be interested in the MPD’s position on Ayahuasca ceremonies. First, Chief Faaumu was surprised that they take place here at all, but it was mentioned to him that at least two different Ayahuasca ceremony leaders are active here on Maui. The ceremonies involve ingesting Ayahuasca, which is a psychedelic tea from the Amazon, as a spiritual practice. Chief Faaumu said as long as the ceremonies are conducted privately, he had no interest in chasing down the leaders or the participants unless they were creating “a public nuisance.” Most of all, Chief Faaumu sees the apparent decrease in drug dealing and drug usage on

activities to fund their drug habits.

Maui to be a result of new methods of investigation, and increased cooperation with federal agencies including the DEA and FBI. Social media also plays a huge role in catching suspects who conduct criminal

MPD is finding it easier to bust people by examining public posts on social media, as they have become a big source of incriminating photos and information. The word on the street is that the apparent decrease in drug use on Maui may be an illusion, though, as Maui’s economy has improved. Drugrelated crimes may have decreased, but that could also indicate people don’t need to steal to buy and use their drugs of choice. Drug dealers, on the other hand, may have professionalized their operations and have rules in place to only sell to people who have good jobs and money, or who are referred by long-term customers. As an example, a West Side cocaine dealer, assumed to be located in Napili (who does not take cocaine), has been successfully conducting her cocaine business for over 10 years under the radar. Obviously a people person, Chief Faaumu is slowly making a dent in turning around the public’s perceptions of the MPD from negative to positive. He sees open communication with the media and public, including the interview he gave us, to be one of the keys. Hana Hou!, the magazine of Hawaiian Airlines, described Chief Faaumu as having a “remarkably gentle demeanor.” He leads MPD with a friendly, positive vibe that one can sense must permeate the entire MPD culture. As he said in the February/March, 2018 edition of Hana Hou!, “Police work has changed me. I’m more tactful, less of an alpha male.” Referring to a past gig he had at the Polynesian Cultural Center on Oahu, where he played the French horn and danced while attending Brigham Young University, he predicted, “Maybe when I retire I’ll sit under a coconut tree and play my French horn until somebody calls the cops.”

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Hurricane Season Approaches -- Prepare Today BY: CHARNAN CARROLL Maui County Emergency Management Agency

The Central Pacific hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30. It is important to take some time to prepare with your family, colleagues, neighbors, or community group to assess your risk, develop plans, assemble supplies, and conduct emergency drills. Know your risk. • A hurricane can put everyone at risk for flooding from heavy rain, extreme winds, electrical storms and power outages. • Check the Flood Hazard Assessment Tool at http://dlnreng.hawaii.gov/nfip/ to find out if you live in a storm surge or flood zone. Strengthen your home. • Make sure your home is in good repair. Reduce property damage in the event of a hurricane by reinforcing the roof, windows, and doors. • Install permanent storm shutters or have plywood pre-cut to fit your windows, to be installed prior to a hurricane. • Trim trees & shrubs. High winds can turn branches into projectiles during a storm. • Bring in all outdoor furniture & secure anything else that is not tied down to prevent injury/damage from flying objects. Document and insure your property.

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• Maintain a current inventory of your property and belongings to help when seeking insurance aid after a hurricane. • Do an insurance check-up with your agent to make sure you have the right insurance to cover flood and wind, to repair or replace your home. Homeowner’s insurance does not normally cover flood. • Purchase flood insurance before a storm threatens. It takes 30 days for flood insurance to begin. Don’t wait until it’s too late!

Complete your written emergency plan with your family. • If your family is not together when a hurricane strikes, know how you will communicate with each other. • Identify several evacuation routes for your location. • Identify where you will stay if you need to evacuate from your home. • Keep your car’s gas tank at least half full in case you need to quickly evacuate. • Have emergency supplies in place at home. If power and roadways have to be restored after a storm, you may need to stay in your home for an extended time. Emergency supplies should include non-perishable food, water and medicine, to last each person a minimum of 14 days. • Build an evacuation kit for each member of the family, in case you have to evacuate at a moment’s notice. An evacuation kit should have at least 3-5 days of essentials, including food and water. • Have your family practice the plan before you need it. Identify trusted sources of information. • Central Pacific Hurricane Center is the official source for hurricane forecasts and issues hurricane watches and warnings at www.prh.noaa. gov/cphc/. • Maui Emergency Management Agency issues information through the Makaala Emergency Alert System. Sign up for alerts at www.mauicounty.gov/983/Active-AdvisoriesWatches-Notifications. • Maui County will post up-to-date information at www.mauicounty.gov. • Listen to Maui radio stations for information specific to Maui County.


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County completes rape kit testing back to ’99 13 hits with FBI’s DNA index but none lead to prosecution BY: LILA FUJIMOTO Maui News Testing has been completed on more than 100 rape kits dating to 1999 in Maui County, which is the first in the state to meet requirements as part of the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative.

“There’s a misconception among lay people that the rape kit is the end-all, be-all,” Rivera said. “There are so many variations into bringing justice to a victim who’s been sexually assaulted.

“We are completely caught up with the old cases,” First Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Robert Rivera said last week. “We’re the first county in the state to have no untested kits.

“The rape kit is one of the tools, but it is not the (only) tool. Oftentimes just by the police investigation, as well as working with our victims, we’re able to bring these cases to trial.”

“It just gives you peace of mind to know that we do not have kits that need to be tested.”

By having the DNA profiles of offenders in CODIS, “it helps other jurisdictions in identifying possible serial rapists,” Rivera said.

The testing of 105 sexual assault evidence collection kits, which were collected from 1999 to July 1, 2016, resulted in 13 hits in the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System, or CODIS. The hits indicated a matching DNA profile in the FBI criminal database, but “we were unable to proceed with prosecution on any of those,” Rivera said. In some cases, the hit was for someone who already had been identified in a sexual assault investigation that didn’t go forward for other reasons, said police Detective Tony Krau. He said it may have been determined that sexual contact was consensual or a victim couldn’t be contacted by police. Rivera said the statute of limitations for prosecution had lapsed in some cases. Before 2015, the statute of limitations was six years for Class A felony offenses, three years for Class B and C felony offenses and two years for misdemeanor offenses. For cases after 2015, there is no statute of limitations for first- and second-degree sexual assault and continuous sexual assault of the minor. Some people have the misconception that an untested rape kit means the crime hasn’t been solved, Rivera and Krau said. In most sexual assault cases, the victim knows who the offender is, Krau said. “Very few sexual assaults in Hawaii have been committed by strangers,” he said. “So we know who the offender was.” While the rape kit might confirm that, it wouldn’t necessarily help in prosecuting a case, he said.

Dani Riggs, clinical director of Child and Family Service, which runs the Maui Sexual Assault Center, said that while rape kits were originally meant to be used in prosecution, now the DNA profiles generated from the kits are being used to see if DNA might be linked to another case somewhere else. “The whole reason for testing a kit has changed,” he said. Riggs, Rivera, Krau and Ana Malafu, director of the Victim Witness Division of the Maui County Prosecutor’s office, are original members of the Maui County Sexual Assault Kit Initiative team, which has met monthly with members from other counties to address the issue of untested rape kits. “One of the other positives is we developed more of a dialog statewide,” Riggs said. Rivera said police departments statewide will be implementing a tracking system for sexual assault cases. “It’s something they don’t have right now, but it’s being offered through this initiative,” Rivera said. “It’ll be the first of its kind in the state where all departments will be able to communicate with each other about sexual assault cases. “We have had interisland offenders,” Rivera said. The testing of the Maui County rape kits was done through the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative program led by the state Department of the Attorney General. The department was awarded a $2 million National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative grant last year from the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance. In addition, the state Legislature appropriated another $500,000 to police departments as part of a law requiring inventories of the kits.

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Krau, who was then assigned to investigate sexual assaults, took on the task of determining how many untested rape kits were stored at the Maui Police Department. That meant reviewing police reports beginning in 1999, when police started using the kits, and physically checking police evidence for the kits. Detectives Derek Kaaukai and Oran Satterfield, who are also part of the MPD sex crime unit, and police evidence custodians helped in the search. Krau developed a spreadsheet that was adopted by other departments to track the numbers of untested rape kits. Of 166 Maui County cases where there were untested rape kits, 105 met the criteria for testing through the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative, Rivera said. Kits weren’t tested if an offender was already convicted and in CODIS, if complainants had filed written withdrawals of prosecution and if offenders were juveniles. Rivera said it took little over a year to complete the testing, which involved having the kits tested at an accredited DNA laboratory, then undergoing secondary peer review before being returned.

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In comparison to some large Mainland cities, where tens of thousands of kits had gone untested, the number of untested kits in Maui County averaged about five a year over the 17-year period, Rivera said. In Maui County, 20 to 30 rape kits are collected each year in cases where victims make a report within about 120 hours of a sexual assault. Guidelines previously called for rape kits to be used if a sexual assault was reported within 72 hours, but the window has expanded based on recent advances in science, Rivera said. Through the initiative, he said, guidelines were developed for sex offender notification to be done “in the most sensitive as well as effective way possible.” Riggs said Maui County participants in the statewide initiative meetings also are members of the Maui Sexual Assault Response Team, which he described as “a strong working group dedicated to collaborating and giving the best results to our sexual assault victims.” “The whole thing showed we didn’t drop the ball anywhere,” Krau said. “The system we had in place was working.”


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Photo Gallery A photo-essay of activities in the County The West Maui district of the Parks and Recreation Department concluded its 34th season of the West Maui Youth Basketball League on March 17th. There were more than 400 boys and girls that participated, from Kindergarten through the 8th grade. Participants competed in 4 different age divisions; Termite division (kindergarten), Tiny Mite division (1st and 2nd grade), Pee Wee division (3rd - 5th grade) and Midget division (6th - 8th grade) The season started in the middle of December 2017 and concluded with the All-star game played on March 17 for the Tiny Mite, Pee Wee and Midget divisions. The season went by very smoothly. No major injuries to note and everyone who competed had a great time. WMYBL is a proud participant of the National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS) and we are glad to report of “zero” incidents of poor sportsmanship this season. A “Mahalo Nui Loa” goes out to all the coaches and volunteers who made this season a success!!! Hope to see everyone back again next season.

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Although the day started out with rain, about 25 participants braved the weather for an epic day of skating at the East District Skate Jam that took place on Sunday, April 29, at the Mayor Hannibal Tavares Community Center (MHT) parking lot. The location of the skate jam was selected to promote and build excitement for the new skate park that is currently under construction at MHT. The expected opening date is by the end of the year. The day started off with a safety briefing and proper skating etiquette. There were several individual contests in which boards and wheels were given away as prizes. There was also some skate trivia in which smaller prizes like t shirts and stickers were given away. Snacks and refreshments were also provided to the event participants. page 26

If anyone would like more information on the skate park being built, please call our DPR East district office at 572-8122.


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“Your County with Mayor Arakawa” TV Show on Akaku Channel 55 featuring county personnel to discuss projects of interest to the community. The monthly live show is aired weekly on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Photo: Lynn Araki-Regan

Mayor Arakawa proclaims May 2018 as “Mental Health Month” in Maui County. Photo: Ryan Piros

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Since 2014, Vacations for Warriors has sent Wounded Warriors on “once in a lifetime” dream vacations to a variety of destinations such as Hawai’i, Disney, cruises, and the Caribbean. Vacations for Warriors is committed to providing an opportunity for our heroes and their families to enjoy a brief respite from the challenges of their daily lives by offering them a vacation experience of a lifetime and an opportunity to reconnect. For more information visit: www.vacationsforwarriors.org. Photo: Ryan Piros

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A few of Mayor’s staff volunteered to help sell the Star-Advertiser “Keiki Day” Special Edition newspaper this morning with the staff of Parents and Children Together (PACT) to raise funds for the organization. Photo: Ryan Piros


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2018 MPD Junior Police Officer Awards Photo: Ryan Piros

May 2018 was proclaimed to be ALS Awareness and ALS Families Appreciation Month throughout Maui County. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. Visit www.alsa.org for more info and how you can help. #ALS #ALSAwarenessMonth Photo: Lynn Araki-Regan page 29


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Maui Matsuri on May 4-5, 2018 Photos: Melanie Agrabante, Ryan Piros, Lynn Araki-Regan

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maui county CALENDAR | MAY-JUNE 2018

Information is subject to change without notice. Highlighted items indicate large community events. To submit a calendar item, send event name, cost, date, time, location, contact and brief description to kehau.deutsch@co.maui.hi.us.

FRIDAY, MAY 18 FREE TI LEAF LEI MAKING CLASS: 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at 9th floor conference room / mayor’s lounge. Learn how to make a ti leaf lei from Kaunoa Senior Center’s RSVP (Retired & Senior Volunteer Program) volunteers before “Blossoms for the Brave” on May 25. Lei making supplies provided. Feel free to bring lunch. For information, contact Ivey Mitsuyuki, 2707998, or Dana Acosta, 2707323.

SATURDAY, MAY 19 FREE COUNTY OF MAUI KIDS TO PARKS DAY: 811 a.m. at War Memorial Complex in Wailuku. Free activities for keiki of all ages; free refreshments; and door prizes during the County of Maui Kids to Parks Day, a national day of outdoor play, supported by the county, MEO, the Boys & Girls Club of Maui, PATCH and Maui Family Support Services Inc. For information, call 270-7855.

MONDAY, MAY 21 ENHANCE FITNESS (includes the following classes weekly on Monday, Wednesday and Friday): 7:30-8:30 a.m. and 8:459:45 a.m. at Kahului Union Church; 9-10 a.m. at

Roselani Place; 11:15-12:15 a.m. and 12:45-1:45 p.m. at Powerhouse Gym in Kihei; 2-3 p.m at Hale Kupuna o Lanai; 3-4 p.m. at Kalama Heights. Free, evidencebased fitness for 50+ seniors; registration and commitment required. Contact Lori Tsuhako, wellness coordinator at Maui County Office on Aging, 808 473-3166 or loriann.tsuhako@ co.maui.hi.us. ENHANCE FITNESS (includes the following classes weekly on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday): 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Hannibal Tavares Community Center; and 4-5 p.m. at West Maui Senior Center. See original post for full entry. KIHEI SUPPORT GROUP FOR CAREGIVERS: 4 p.m. at South Maui Adult Day Care Center, 16 Ehiku St., Kihei. Caregiver support provided by Maui County Office on Aging and Maui Adult Day Care Center. For information, contact facilitator Kathleen Couch, 808 871-5804. ENHANCE FITNESS (includes the following classes weekly on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday): 4:30-5:30 p.m. at St.

Anthony Cafeteria. See original post for full entry. EMPERADO DANCE FITNESS: 5:30 p.m. weekly Mondays and Thursdays at Mayor Hannibal Tavares Community Center, Pukalani. Fun, 60-minute workout with exercise balls, resistance bands and weighted drumsticks. For information, call Adrienne, 808 264-2205.

TUESDAY, MAY 22 ENHANCE FITNESS (includes the following classes weekly on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday): 8:30-9:30 a.m. Makawao Hongwanji Mission. See original post for full entry. ENHANCE FITNESS (includes the following class weekly on Tuesday and Thursday): 9-10 a.m. at Holy Rosary Church, Paia. See original post for full entry. WORKDAY OPEN HOUSE: 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Room 438 in the county building. Experience Workday, the software solution that the County of Maui has chosen to replace the ADP Payroll and ePersonality HR systems. Sessions held every half hour; register in Employee Self Service.


maui county CALENDAR | MAY-JUNE 2018

Information is subject to change without notice. Highlighted items indicate large community events. To submit a calendar item, send event name, cost, date, time, location, contact and brief description to kehau.deutsch@co.maui.hi.us.

ENHANCE FITNESS (includes the following class weekly Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday): 9:30-10:30 a.m. at Hale Mahaolu Ehiku Kihei. See original post for full entry.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 23 EMPERADO DANCE FITNESS: 6 p.m. weekly Wednesdays at Kahului Community Center Annex. See original post for full entry.

THURSDAY, MAY 24

MONDAY, MAY 28

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13

MEMORIAL DAY: Federal, state and county observed holiday.

HANA SUPPORT GROUP FOR CAREGIVERS: 4 p.m. at Hale Hulu Mamo, Hana Senior Center. Contact Hana facilitators Timmy Satot, 248-8833, or Annie Gilber, 248-8970, for information. See original post for full entry.

MEMORIAL DAY SERVICES: Vietnam War Monument dedication at 8:30 a.m.; Memorial Day program at 9 a.m. at Makawao Veteran’s Cemetery. For information, contact Elena Walker at 808 357-0274.

THURSDAY, MAY 31

WORKDAY OPEN HOUSE: 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Room 438 in the county building. See original post for full entry.

WAILUKU SUPPORT GROUP FOR CAREGIVERS: 4 p.m. at Ocean View Center, 665 Kahului Beach Road. See original post for full entry.

FRIDAY, MAY 25

THURSDAY, JUNE 7

BLOSSOMS FOR THE BRAVE: 9 a.m.-noon at Kalana O Maui building front lawn, 200 S. High St., Wailuku. Annual community lei-making event for Memorial Day, organized by Kaunoa Senior Center and the Department of Housing and Human Concerns. Drop off flowers after 7:30 a.m. or make a lei from 9 a.m. to noon. Lei will be placed at Maui Veterans Ceremony in Makawao for Memorial Day services Monday, May 28. For information, call Kaunoa at 808 270-7308.

KAHULUI SUPPORT GROUP FOR CAREGIVERS: 2 p.m. at Hale Mahaolu Elima Community Hall, 11 Mahaolu St., Kahului. See original post for full entry.

MONDAY, JUNE 11 UPCOUNTRY SUPPORT GROUP FOR CAREGIVERS: 5:30 p.m. at Pukalani Baptist Church Hall, 4 Loha Ave., Pukalani. See original post for full entry.

THURSDAY, JUNE 14 LAHAINA SUPPORT GROUP FOR CAREGIVERS: 2 p.m. at West Maui Senior Center, room 115, 788 Pauoa St., Lahaina. See original post for full entry.

SUNDAY, JUNE 17 FATHERS DAY: Recognized nationwide.

MONDAY, JUNE 25 KIHEI SUPPORT GROUP FOR CAREGIVERS: 4 p.m. at South Maui Adult Day Care Center, 16 Ehiku St., Kihei. See original post for full entry.

THURSDAY, JUNE 28 WAILUKU SUPPORT GROUP FOR CAREGIVERS: 4 p.m. at Ocean View Center, 665 Kahului Beach Road. See original post for full entry.


DON’T WAIT ‘TIL IT’S TOO LATE.

SAVE YOUR IMPORTANT EMAILS.

Starting June 1, 2018: ALL EMAILS older than 3 YEARS from their received dates will be AUTOMATICALLY DELETED. Groupwise Personal Archive will NO LONGER BE ACCESSIBLE. To learn how you can retain your important emails: Log on to the County Intranet and visit IT Services: Email Retention & Retain Email Archive Email: email.retention@co.maui.hi.us Contact the County Help Desk at (808) 270-7842 or its.helpdesk@co.maui.hi.us


Maui County

Disaster Preparedness Expo

Featuring Exhibits and Presentations Helping you prepare for emergencies & disasters

Saturday, June 2, 2018 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Queen Kaahumanu Center Prize Drawings throughout the event! Presented by

Maui County Emergency Management Agency For more information call (808) 270-7285


June 2018 Update

My Waste—My Responsibility

brought to you by the County of Maui, Department of Environmental Management “Providing Quality Service & Preserving Our Island Environment” INFORMATION YOU SHOULD SAVE LANDFILL INFORMATION

Please call to confirm hours or visit www.mauicounty.gov/solidwaste Central Maui Landfill Mon.-Sat. 6:00 am-3:00 pm, 270-6153 Accepting: Recycling, Green Waste, Used Motor Oil, Refuse, & Construction & Demolition Debris Commercial haulers and recurring use landscapers must have an account. Drop-off of recycling, green waste and used motor oil is free for residents. Refuse drop-off for residents: $3.00 per visit.

Olowalu Recycling and Refuse Center Mon.-Sat. 8:00 am-2:30 pm, 242-7999 Recycling, Green Waste, Used Motor Oil, Refuse, Small Size Scrap Metal, Car Tires & Batteries (residential only) Hana Landfill Tues.-Sat. 8:00 am-2:30 pm, 264-6313 Recycling, Green Waste, Used Motor Oil, Refuse, Collection Events for Appliances, Metals & Electronics

Molokai Naiwa Landfill Tues.-Sat. 8:00 am-2:30 pm, 553-386 Recycling, HI 5 Redemption, Green Waste, Used Motor Oil, Refuse, Construction & Demolition Debris, Electronics, Vehicles, Appliances & Metals Lanai Landfill Tues.-Sat. 8:00 am-2:30 pm, 559-0689; Refuse, Construction & Demolition Debris

COUNTY REFUSE SERVICE BILLING & APPLIANCE PICK-UP

Billing & Information Questions: New & Existing Accounts: 270-7720 An application for refuse service is available online at www.mauicounty.gov/refuseapp. Fees are $27 ($14 on Lanai) and an additional $9 for those on the curbside recycling pilot (3 Can Plan) per month & are billed and payable semiannually in June & December. Fees subject to change July 1, 2018. Payment is required in advance of service being provided. Make checks payable to: COUNTY OF MAUI. Failure to pay by due date will result in the closing of your account. A $30 reopen fee will be assessed & your account must be paid in full to resume collection service. Missed Pick-Ups and/or Cart Repair: Maui: 270-7452, Hana: 248-8254, Lanai: 559-0689 or 559-0192, Molokai: 553-3221 County Refuse & Landfill Billing/Accounts Office: Located in the One Main Plaza Building at 2200 Main St., #200, in Wailuku, Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Mailed payments are preferred but walk-in cash, check & money orders are accepted between 8:00 am to 2:30 pm. Walk-in payments that are paid on or before the initial due date are also accepted at the following locations: • County of Maui Department of Motor Vehicle & Licensing offices: Monday-Friday, Kahului: 8:00 am-4:00 pm; Lahaina, Pukalani & Kihei: 8:00 am-3:30 pm; Hana: 8:00 am-10:45 pm &12:00-3:30 pm; Molokai: 8:00 am-4:00 pm; Lanai: 8:00-11:30 am & 1:00-4:00 pm. • Maui County Business Resource Center: Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-3:45 pm except for County holidays. For information, call (808) 873-8247. MCBRC is located in the Maui Mall in Kahului. Appliance Pick-Up for a Fee on Maui: 270-7452 Free Residential Appliance Drop-Off at Hammerhead Metals Recycling: 280-8844 Appliance Recycling on Lanai: Call the County AVM Office for event info at 808-270-8217.

JUNK & ABANDONED VEHICLES INFORMATION General Information: www.mauicounty.gov/avm

Junk Vehicles: Cars & trucks that must be disposed of should be taken to a metals processor that is permitted to take vehicles. For more information on Maui, call Hammerhead Metals Recycling at 280-8844. On Molokai, take your junk vehicle to the Molokai Metals Facility at the Molokai Landfill at no charge. For more information, call Refrigerant Recycling at 808-682-1555. On Lanai, call 808-270-6102. Abandoned Vehicles: To report an abandoned vehicle on the highway or in your neighborhood on Maui, please call the Maui Police Department non-emergency number, 244-6400, and dial “0” to file a report. On Molokai, call 553-5355. Park Smart: If your vehicle is not working, park it in your driveway or on your property; do NOT leave it parked on the street while waiting for parts or repairs. A vehicle can be legally defined as abandoned if parked on the roadside in the same location for more than 24 hours. Registered owners will be held responsible for towing, storage, and disposal of abandoned vehicles. Printed on 10% Recycled Paper


COUNTY RESIDENTIAL RECYCLING & HI 5 CENTERS KAHULUI—Across from the MACC KIHEI—Piilani Hwy. & Welakahao St. MAKAWAO—Behind Kalama School HAIKU—Across from Community Center Accepting the following items: HI 5 CONTAINERS REDEEMED NEWSPAPERS ALUMINUM & BI-METAL CANS GLASS BOTTLES & JARS CARDBOARD & PAPER BAGS PLASTIC CONTAINERS • Plastics: #1 & #2 containers only • Rinse clean of all soap & food residue Operated by Aloha Recycling, 871-8544

HI 5 REDEMPTION PROGRAM Redeem beverage containers labeled HI 5¢

MORE HI 5 LOCATIONS: Aloha Recycling ..................... 871-8544 Aloha Shell Service ................ 877-5894 Lahaina Redemption Center ..... 206-2550 Maui Disposal ........................ 252-7999 Reynolds Recycling ............... 385-1867 Hasegawa’s in Hana .............. 248-8231 Recycle Molokai .................... 553-4404 Lanai HI 5 Center ................... 757-0156 BE PREPARED: • No liquid, food or trash • Caps may be left on; please ask • Separate by material type • OK to flatten aluminum & plastic

State of Hawaii Dept. of Health 808-586-4226 http://health.hawaii.gov/hi5 Hotline: 270-7880 Lanai: 800-272-0125 x7880 Molokai: 800-272-0117 x7880

RECYCLING & DIVERSION DIRECTORY

The following businesses and organizations provide recycling & diversion services to our community. Please call first for policies, hours & acceptable items.

* Note items with an asterisk as some information has changed.

Aloha Recycling Aloha Waste Systems Arc of Maui Big Brothers/ Big Sisters Bio Beetle Cooper Insulation E-CYCLING* E-H International EKO Compost Habitat for Humanity Hammerhead Metals* Home Depot* Interstate Batteries Joy of Recycling Ka Lima O Maui Kihei Compost Makai Glass Malama Maui Nui (CWD) Maui Disposal Company Maui Compost Maui Food Bank Maui Friends of the Library Maui Huliau Foundation Maui Recycling Service Office Max Pacific Biodiesel Pawn’s Tree & Mulch, Molokai P. B. Sullivan Construction & Hawaii Materials Recycling PF Restoration Puaa Recycling & Farm Recycle Molokai Refrigerant Recycling Slim’s Power Tools Teens on Call Unitek Solvent Services www.zerowastemaui.net

871-8544 893-0932 242-5781 242-9754 873-6121 870-1793 280-6460 868-4362 572-8844 986-8050 280-8844 893-7800 242-5887 572-6303 244-5502 874-0899 419-6658 877-2524 242-7999 877-0403 243-9500 871-6563 757-2100 244-0443 877-9448 877-3144 553-8073 875-2833

244-5905 264-3712 553-4404 888-682-1155 242-7878 281-2154 877-2667 283-8167

HI 5 redemption & recyclables Waste/recyclable hauling Cellphone recycling Clothing/Household items pick-up Rents cars powered with biodiesel Install recycled cellulose/fiberglass TVs/Computers/Monitors/Printers ONLY Tires, auto & industrial batteries Green waste, sells compost Building/remodeling materials Metals/junk cars/appliances/microwaves Power tool batteries, CFL bulbs, no tubes Auto & marine batteries Fabric samples into designer accessories Sells shredded paper Green waste, sells compost Accepts clean Styrofoam, packing peanuts Beach clean-ups, illegal dumping clean up Waste/recyclable hauling/processing Green waste, sells compost Usable produce & packaged food Used books & magazines Zero-Waste events & consulting Business/residential curbside recycling Toners & cartridge recycling Cooking oil & grease, sells B100 Accept greenwaste, gives away mulch Crushes bricks, sinks, toilets, concrete, asphalt, rocks, tiles & sells fill All outdoor patio furniture repair Food waste picked up/taken to pig farms Recycling, UMO, electronics, HI 5s Molokai Metals, Hana & Lanai events Power tool batteries Event recycling/refuse/HI 5 wire baskets Commercial motor oil & fluids Zero Waste Maui campaign

Pack and ship stores accept styrofoam & packing materials—call first.

Additions or changes to services offered can be emailed to recycle.maui@mauicounty.gov

recycle.maui@mauicounty.gov

USED MOTOR OIL PARTNERS

Limited to 2 gallons per visit Residential Drop-Off Only—No Commercial LOCATIONS PHONE Maui Oil Change, Kahului .........877-7522 Kahului NAPA ........................... 871-6272 Wailuku NAPA...........................244-3774 Kihei Napa ................................891-1314 Lahaina NAPA........................... 661-4461 Olowalu Refuse Center ............242-7999 Central Maui Landfill................. 270-6153 Hana Landfill............................. 264-6313 Recycle Molokai .......................553-3869 Lanai NAPA...............................565-9027

THANK YOU FOR HELPING TO PROTECT OUR ISLAND ENVIRONMENT!


Cameron Center BLOOD DRIVE Monday, June 18th 8:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 19th 7:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 20th 7:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Thursday, June 21st 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday, June 22nd 7:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.

Auditorium You can help. Contact Maui Community @ Cameron Center at 1-800-372-9966

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