County / In Brief

Suspects sought in assault in north Kihei

Police were looking Monday for suspects in an assault Sunday night on a man who was walking on the beach at Mai Poina Oe Iau Park in north Kihei.

The man was walking toward Maalaea at about 11 p.m. when two males approached him from behind and asked him for money, saying their car had run out of gas. As the man began to walk toward his car, he was punched and kicked numerous times, police said. His pants were removed and his belongings and vehicle were taken, police said.

The man was taken to the emergency room at Maui Memorial Medical Center, where he was treated and released, police said.

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Council to hear resolution on legal funds

The Maui County Council will hear a resolution today on whether to appropriate $50,000 to hire outside legal counsel to defend the county against a lawsuit alleging the violation of the First Amendment rights of a member of the county Liquor Commission and a part-time assistant to Council Member Don Guzman.

The resolution will be heard at the 1:30 p.m. council meeting today in the eighth-floor Council Chambers of the Kalana O Maui building in Wailuku.

On March 3, Neldon Mamuad filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Honolulu, claiming that he has been pressured by the county to stop work on the MAUIWatch Facebook page, described as a “crowd-sourcing site for traffic information and other news for the island of Maui.”

Council members need to take only one vote before the full council to adopt the resolution. Council officials originally expected the resolution to be heard in April.

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State, county offices to close for holiday

State and county offices will be closed Wednesday in observance of the Kuhio Day holiday.

Public schools will be closed.

All public libraries will also be closed. Because of system maintenance, all library services will be unavailable Wednesday, including access to the Hawaii State Public Library System catalog, Internet reservation scheduling and online renewals.

Maui County landfills will adjust their hours on the holiday. The Central Maui Landfill and EKO Compost and Greenwaste will both be open from 6 a.m. to noon. The Hana, Lanai and Molokai landfills will be open from 8 a.m. to noon.

Residential curbside trash collection will not be affected.

The Maui News offices will be open its regular hours from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

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Celebration slated to honor Prince Kuhio

Na Kupuna O Maui will celebrate the birth of Hawaiian Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Banyan Tree in Lahaina.

There will be music, entertainment, food booths, a silent auction and arts and crafts, according to an announcement.

The event will be a fundraiser for the Pacific Pride Fastpitch softball organization.

Prince Kuhio was born on Kauai on March 26, 1871, and was known as an excellent sportsman. He frequented Lahaina, according to Na Kupuna.

For more information, contact “Aunty Patty” Nishiyama at 281-5470.