Kahului man charged in Maui canoe hale fire

KAHULUI, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) - An 18-year-old Kahului man has been charged with second-degree arson in connection with a fire Thursday that damaged a canoe hale.

According to Maui police Lt. Wayne Ibarra, Johnathan B. Namauleg was arrested Friday. He was reportedly being held in the Wailuku Police Station in lieu of $20,110 bail. No other details were available regarding what led to the arrest.

According to witnesses, a man in his late teens used a cigarette lighter to ignite the roof of the Hawaiian Canoe Club's hale at Hoaloha Park, which was built using traditional materials.

The fire caused $2,000 damage to the hale. It also caused about $1,000 damage to a new outrigger canoe.

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