The Maui News - A 25-year-old Wailuku man was hospitalized following his arrest last week for allegedly threatening the life of Mayor Alan Arakawa, police said. The threat was reported by a woman who encountered a man brandishing a knife while she walked her dogs near the employee parking lot of the Kalana O Maui county building on the morning of Tuesday, June 12. When the woman asked the man what he was going to do with the knife, he allegedly told her that he was going to "murder the mayor," police said. He reportedly asked some county employees where the mayor's office was located, then went to the ninth floor and asked to see the mayor, who was not there at the time. Police initiated a terroristic threatening investigation and identified the man, who was arrested at his residence on South Market Street without incident.
Police said a preliminary investigation indicated the man may be suffering from possible mental health issues. He was transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center for evaluation. Police recovered what appeared to be a kitchen knife with a 6-inch blade near the man at his residence. In response to the situation, Mayor Arakawa said that he does not plan to change his open-door policy. He said that the ninth-floor doors will remain unlocked as they have been since the start of his administration last year.