Some disturbing reports out of Hawaii say that a potentially dangerous group of people were intercepted at an airport and have been sent back to the mainland. No, it wasn't domestic terrorists. It was a cult.
On September 7th members of the Colorado-based cult known as Love Has Won arrived at the Kahului Airport in Hawaii where authorities say they were trying to travel to a non-approved location in Maui.
The cult's leader, Amy Carlson, and members Jason Castillo and Miguel Lamboy were already stationed on the island of Kauai where they have been renting a house for a month. The Maui Police Department reported "several protests, vandalism, and small fires" from outside of their rental house during their time in the Aloha State.
The MPD stated, "As a result, law enforcement intervened to ensure the safety of the group."
According to a local newspaper, residents of The Garden Island have objected to the presence of Love Has Won because of the group's "appropriation of Hawaiin culture," due to the fact that the cult's leader claims to be the Hawaiin goddess of fire.
When protests from the community escalated on Friday, the cult members decided it would be best if they left Kauai for the sake of their safety.
Officials at the Kahului Airport questioned Castillo about their plans to travel to Maui who said the non-approved location destination was a misunderstanding and said the group would be going back to Colorado.
However, it was discovered that 11 more cult members were traveling from Kauai to Oahu, to meet the trio in Maui.
Multiple agencies coordinated their efforts to ensure that all 14 members of the Love Has Won cult voluntarily departed for Colorado.
President of the Visitor Aloha Society of Hawaii, Jessica Lani Rich said the group was not implicated for violating local quarantine restrictions, unlike another cult called the Carbon Nation who believe in nudism, refrain from bathing, and defecate on trees.
Members of the Carbon Nation were charged back in June for violating the state's mandatory 14-day quarantine while visiting Puna on the Big Island of Hawaii. The cult members left soon after.
Rich said of the occurrences, "During COVID-19, sending two different cults back to the mainland certainly shows that these are unusual cases that the state of Hawaii is getting during these difficult times."