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La'ie Community Association: Officers
Max Purcell, Vice President
Laie Community Association officers and organization
Public safety: Max PurcellMax Purcell, 2nd Vice President Safety: Max PurcellMax Purcell, 2nd Vice PresidentMax PurcellMax was born in Apia, Western Samoa.After graduating from Mapusaga High School in American Samoa he filled an LDS mission in those islands and then came to Hawaii to attend BYUH where he eventually met and married Carolyn Kawelo.The couple have lived in Laie ever since and now have three daughters.Max earned a bachelor's degree in business management and he holds the Samoan talking chief title, Poualae, in the Tuiletufuga Clan of Apia.Max is a former PCC food services manager and is currently Assistant Recorder at the Hawaii LDS Temple.He is occasionally called upon to assist with similar duties in the Apia Samoa Temple.Max has been very involved in LDS Church work and has also served the community in different capacities.For example, he's a former bishop, a popular youth leader, has spent six years so far on the LCA board and is former president of the Laie Elementary School PTA.
Kaleo o Koolauloa news of Laie, Hauula and Kahuku, November 2002
It's pretty bad right now," Lä'ie Community Association 1st Vice President Max Purcell told the other members of the LCA board on Nov. 10th.For example, HPD reported the following crime statistics for September (the most recent available to Kaleo as of its printing deadline) to the Ko'olauloa Neighborhood Board:Ka'a'awa: 4 thefts from auto, 3 other thefts, 1 robbery and 2 auto thefts.Punalu'u: 5 burglary 1, 1 theft from auto, 1 other theft, and 2 auto thefts.Hauula: 1 burglary 1, 5 thefts from autos, 1 theft of auto accessory, 3 other thefts, and 1 auto theft.Lä'ie: 11 burglary 1, 1 shoplifting, 15 thefts from autos, 1 bicycle theft, 3 other thefts, and 3 auto thefts.Max Purcell, LCAThe sad thing is that this guy has already been arrested several times," Purcell said.Another LCA board member added that his neighbor's car was recently ripped off, and he had interrupted someone breaking into his house through a bathroom window, but not before the criminal did approximately $200 worth of damage to the house while trying to get in.Purcell, whose LCA committee provides a security watch for Lä'ie Elementary School and coordinates with the Honolulu Police Department (HPD), explained that LCA is also working closely with other security members of the Lä'ie Emergency Operations Center (EOC) team to discuss cooperative ways of addressing the problem.Purcell encourages anyone seeing suspicious behavior to call 911.Suspicious behavior includes:Vehicles driving slowly through the community at night without lights.A vehicle being loaded with items from a closed business, or dark house.Someone loitering in front of a closed business or dark house.A person running, especially if carrying items of value."Basically, we've got to raise the awareness of our residents and visitors," Purcell continued."In most of these crimes, the criminals just walk into the homes or dorms.People just leave their bags and valuables laying around.We can't take matters into our own hands, but we have to protect ourselves."New booster club helps Kahuku High
BYUH: What's New
Discussion continued later that day in an open forum with a panel including Wineera, Chad Compton, chair of the international cultural studies department, and Max Purcell, former member of the Laie Community Association board.Both Compton and Purcell spoke to the idea that BYU-Hawaii can do more to help improve Laie through increased understanding, cultural appreciation, living gospel principles and living the spirit of aloha.