By Officer Lonnie Ka`ai, Community Police Officer
We’re just about three months into the new year and my, how time is flying by. I’ll be keeping you folks up to date with any public issues or concerns as well as any announcements that need to made on behalf of the Maui Police Department. We would like to ask for your kokua on three major cases that have occurred over these last couple months.
First is regarding the shooting of several horses and one cow up in the Kalae area belonging to Richard French. These shootings had occurred on two occasions, one in December and another at the beginning of February. There is really no need for this to happen especially to helpless animals.
As many of you have noticed, we’ve had several fires here on Molokai within the last month. Some of these fires have threatened lives and properties of some of our friends and families. As we all know, Molokai is very susceptible to fires due to the lack of rainfall and the large amount of dry areas that our island has. There is much for all of us to lose should these fires continue.
Finally, the last incident was a robbery that took place at the Pascua Store in Kaunakakai town. This came as shock, as a firearm was used while committing the crime. This type of crime changes everything here on Molokai. A community that could once live and operate without that fear, now has to change their way of living. We cannot allow this to happen.
There are ongoing investigations for each of these incidents. If you have any information regarding any of these crimes, we encourage you to contact the Molokai Police Station at 553-5355. We, as a community, need to keep our Molokai as peaceful and as ohana driven as it has been in the past. Please be safe and have a great day, aloha.
As I have written before, these criminals MUST be turned into the Police.
Someone out there knows who is doing these evil acts.
PLEASE do your civic duty.
Put these nasty people behind bars where they belong. Do it without giving your names if you are afraid.
Just as there is no one perfect place, there are no perfect people. Despite this sad fact of life, there is no compelling reason why the greater ‘ohana of Molokai should allow any individual (or small group of individuals) to take the liberty of committing acts such as this that bring shame, disgrace and dishonor to all, for no one is greater than the whole when it comes to helping maintain and preserve the mutual trust and aloha that is so much a part of the island heritage all enjoy. Blood ties are understandably strong on the island and in the past this has sometimes kept people from doing what their heart tells them they must do in the greater interests of community harmony and collective welfare. The heart in this instance clearly says: help bring these rogues to justice! This sort of violation of the bonds of trust and friendship that are so much a part of Molokai must not be permitted to go unrighted. Although it is, as ‘hawaiiangirl’ has noted, your civic duty, it is also your obligation to honor the mana and aloha that has always made Molokai so notable among the islands. Revere animals and all life! Malama pono! Mahalos for listening!