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Posted on: Friday, January 12, 2001

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Lahaina group to meet Thursday

LAHAINA, Maui — The LahainaTown Action Committee will hold its annual meeting Thursday at the Old Lahaina Courthouse with guest speaker Jim Luckey, the former executive director of the Lahaina Restoration Foundation.

Maui County Councilwoman Joanne Johnson will also address the meeting. The business agenda includes election of the committee's board of directors and announcement of this year's Kokua Award, given annually to a person who goes "above and beyond" in service to the community of Lahaina.

The LahainaTown Action Committee is a nonprofit community organization dedicated to promoting historic Lahaina as a destination. For more information, call (808) 667-9175.

Cultural leader to represent U.S.

WAILUKU, Maui — Native Hawaiian cultural leader Charles Kauluwehi Maxwell Sr. of Pukalani has been selected by the National Museum of Australia to represent the Indigenous People of America in their World Indigenous Peoples exhibit Oct. 13.

Maxwell, selected to represent the United States, will join five others in the exhibit: a Maori from New Zealand, a Nunavut and Cree from Canada, a Sami from the Netherlands and an Ainu from Japan.


Mauna Loa road closed for repair

VOLCANO, Hawai'i — The Mauna Loa Strip Road operated by the Hawai?i Volcanoes National Park has been closed for repairs that may take at least three months.

Park crews want to replace the pavement, damaged by koa tree roots that have elevated parts of the roadway by up to 6 inches.

Spokeswoman Mardie Lane said the $428,090 project will fix 2? miles of damaged roadway.

Trails chief Mike Fontes work should take three months.

For details of the closure call the park?s interpretive division at (808) 986-6011.

Lane and Fonts said the work will stress recycling. The existing pavement will be crushed and reused as base material, and equipment will run on biodiesel fuel drawn from recycled cooking oil on Maui.

Suspect accused of slashing officer

WAIMEA, Hawai'i — A Waimea man was charged with attempted murder yesterday after a standoff with police Wednesday that left an officer injured.

Dino Healer, 36, also known as Dino Vallente, remained in custody at the Kealakehe Police Station in Kona.

South Kohala police said the four-hour standoff began when they went to Healer?s home in the Lakeland subdivision after a woman living there called them for help. The woman was injured and was treated at North Hawai?i Medical Center and released.

Police said Healer was armed with a knife and they tried to talk him into surrendering. Officers said that when they attempted to take Healer into custody, he began slashing with a large knife that struck officer Matthew Paschoal, 30, in the head. The wound took 10 stitches.

Police subdued Healer with pepper spray.

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