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Man Arrested in Maui TMT Protest

A 19-year-old man was arrested at about 6 p.m. on Monday as Maui Police Department officers were monitoring the Mauna Kea Thirty Meter Telescope protestors in the area of Honoapiilani Highway and Kaanapali Parkway in Lahaina.

MPD officials say protestors were on the makai side of the highway waving signs to passing motorists. Officers observed a silver colored SUV traveling southbound past the protestors. The vehicle had a State of Hawai`i flag affixed to the rear window and appeared to be supporting or participating in the protest by driving slowly past them. When the vehicle passed the protestors, it came to a complete stop, apparently attempting to force vehicles following it to stop in front of the protestors. Officers conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle for impeding traffic.

Upon approaching the vehicle to contact the operator, officers observed three rounds of loose rifle ammunition within the open ashtray. Officers removed the operator from the vehicle and identified him as 19-year-old male Nohea Hoopii of Wailuku.

Officers got consent from Hoopii to search his vehicle and recovered a bolt-action rifle that was unloaded, six rounds of loose rifle ammunition, 20 rounds of secured rifle ammunition, a pair of brass knuckles, a butterfly knife, and 40.7 grams of marijuana.

Hoopii was arrested for the offense(s) of Place to Keep Firearm (unloaded), Place to Keep Ammunition, Butterfly Knife, Deadly Weapons Prohibited, and Promoting a Detrimental Drug in the Second Degree.

He was released pending further investigation.

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