KAHULUI - Maui Fire Department Chief Jeffrey Murray announced that two of the county's longtime firemen have been promoted to the rank of battalion chief.
Battalion Chiefs Amos Lonokailua-Hewett and Richard Kawasaki were each promoted to their current rank in a Badge Pinning Ceremony attended by friends, family, colleagues and Mayor Alan Arakawa on March 27 at the Kahului Fire Station.
"Both men have over 40 years of service combined between them. They have provided a high level commitment of service to the community of Maui County, "said Chief Murray.
From left, Fire Chief Jeffrey Murray, Battalion Chiefs Amos Lonokailua Hewett and Richard Kawasaki, and Deputy Chief Robert Shimada celebrate the promotions.
"I am honored with the opportunity to promote them to battalion chiefs."
Chief Lonokailua-Hewett joined the Maui Fire Department in 1994. He has worked at five stations within the county. Most recently, he worked out of the Kahului Fire Station as the captain of the Training Bureau. As a battalion chief, he will manage the Second Battalion, First Watch.
Chief Kawasaki joined the Maui Fire Department in 1991. He has worked at six stations within the county; his last assignment was at Station 5, Makawao, as captain of the Second Watch. As a battalion chief, he will manage the First Battalion, Third Watch.
Murray also recently announced the promotions of Mark Pokini and Kris Sakamoto to the rank of fire captain.
Pokini began his career in 1990 as a Firefighter I at the Lanai Fire Station. Since 1991, he has served out of the Kahului Fire Station as a Firefighter II Rescue Technician and as a Firefighter III Fire Apparatus Operator on the Rescue Company. He is being assigned to the Hoolehua Fire Station's "B" Watch.
Sakamoto joined the department in 2001 at the Hana Fire Station. He later transferred to the Kahului Fire Station as a Firefighter I. He has served as a Firefighter II Rescue Technician and also as a Firefighter III Fire Apparatus Operator on Tanker-10, Engine-10 and Rescue-10. He is being assigned to the Training Bureau.
The promotions took effect April 1.