EXCLUSIVE: Former Maui coach indicted on meth charges

EXCLUSIVE: Former Maui coach indicted on meth charges

WAILUKU, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Sources say a former high school volleyball coach on Maui has been indicted on meth charges.

A drug bust executed by the Maui Police Department led to the arrests of Kauila Houpo, Garrick Kanae, Chester Mahuna and Vernon Vierra back in June.

All four of them were indicted by a grand jury on Friday.

Houpo has been charged with attempted meth trafficking and another drug-related charges.

Houpo was the head girls' volleyball coach at Baldwin High School from 2007 until last season.

"We're always in the lime light. It doesn't take much for any coaches doing anything in public that's gonna be recognized by somebody in the community," said former Baldwin High School Girls' Basketball Coach Angel Kalehuawehe.

Kalehuawehe has been coaching basketball at the school for more than 40 years. He said he watched Houpo grow up, coached him in school and later, Houpo coached under him as the Girls' Assistant Basketball Coach in the early 2000's.

"He was a great person. Real understanding, good coach, he was mellow,” Kalehuawehe said.

One of Houpo's former players says his arrest caught her off guard.

"I am surprised. I wouldn't have thought he was like that. Especially through high school where he was such a good coach. I had him as a head coach and he assisted with basketball so I'm like when I started to see those changes...I was just very surprised," said former player Kaira Kaya.

Kanae is a janitor for Maui County Parks and Recreation. He's been with the county since 2007.

Sources say he was served his arrest warrant on the job while working Tuesday afternoon at the Waiehu Golf Course.

Baldwin High School declined to comment. Maui County did not have an update on Kanae's current employment status.

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