Crestone-based ‘cult’ leaves Hawaii

Couertesy photo: Mia Shimabuku: On Sept. 7, the Maui Police Department (MPD) received word from Kahului Airport screeners that three members of the “Love Has Won Cult” were trying to travel to a non-approved location in Maui.

CRESTONE– Fox News is reporting that members of a Colorado-based cult were intercepted in a Hawaii airport on Sunday and subsequently returned to the mainland.

On Sept. 7, the Maui Police Department (MPD) received word from Kahului Airport screeners that three members of the “Love Has Won Cult” were trying to travel to a non-approved location in Maui, law enforcement officials said in a statement issued Monday. The MPD said leader Amy Carlson (44), Jason Castillo (45) and Miguel Lamboy (42), all from Colorado were scheduled to arrive at the Kahului Airport on Maui from Kauai where they reportedly had been renting a house for about a month.

The report indicated that during the group’s stay in Kauai, several protests, vandalism and small fires had been reported. As a result, law enforcement intervened to ensure the safety of the group. MPD indicated that the protests escalated on Friday, Sept. 4 and the group ultimately decided to leave Kauai for their safety.

On September 6, 2020 at about 4:50 p.m., Carlson, Castillo and Lamboy were contacted at the Kahului airport by Officers of the Maui Police Department. While filling out their travel forms, screeners discovered they had reservations at a non-approved location.

Castillo related there was a big misunderstanding and that it was in the groups best interest to return to the mainland. It was further related that eleven (11) more group members were traveling from Kauai to Oahu, then on to Maui to meet with them.

Coordination was made with multiple agencies, and all fourteen group members voluntarily returned to Colorado.

Fox News reported that, according to The Garden Island newspaper, local protesters objecting to the presence of Love Has Won on the island took issue with the Crestone group’s “appropriation of Hawaiian culture,” as the group’s leader claimed to be Pele, the Hawaiian goddess of fire.

Jessica Lani Rich, president of the Visitor Aloha Society of Hawaii, said that Love Has Won was not implicated for violating quarantine restrictions, unlike another cult that recently visited the state.

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