I’ve written a few novels now about Maui. Always noirish in tone and style, they focus on unsavory characters and femme fatales around the island. I like to think I can imagine some pretty off-the-wall stuff, but nothing I’ve written comes close to the non-fiction tale of the Dadow sisters that’s playing out right now.
Flashback to Sunday, May 29. For reasons still murky, a white 2016 Ford Explorer drives off the Hana Highway in East Maui and plunges to the rocks 200 feet below. On board are two women. Witnesses speak of them arguing with each other shortly before the plunge. One dies shortly after the impact, the other is flown to Maui Memorial Medical Center in critical condition.
On Wednesday, June 1, The Maui News identifies the deceased woman as 37-year-old Anastasia Duval of Haiku. She was the passenger in the Explorer, while her twin sister, the driver, remains in the hospital.
In fact, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported on Monday, June 6, the deceased woman was actually named Ann Dadow. What’s more, she and her sister Alison have been leading infamous lives across the Mainland for the last few years, first in South Florida–where they ran a couple Twin Power Yoga studios–and later in Utah. In fact, according to the Star-Advertiser, the gossip site GossipExtra has been writing about the sisters (and their alleged crimes) for years, and even hired a private investigator to tail them (the site even called the sisters “the Terrible Twins of Yoga”).
“With their striking blonde looks and high-power clientele, the twins were a conspicuous presence in the Palm Beach community, traveling in matching Porsches and frequenting the tony Worth Avenue shopping district,” the Star-Advertiser reported.
But then in 2014, the Dadow sisters “abruptly closed their studios without notice, leaving numerous employees unpaid and hundreds of clients–including many new ones attracted by a recent Groupon special–with worthless, unrefunded memberships,” according to the Star-Advertiser.
From there, the twins allegedly moved on to Utah, where they started over with a new yoga studio (this one included dog yoga, or “doga”) and started selling “spirit water.” They also filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Their alleged debt, according to the Star-Advertiser, ran into the “hundreds of thousands of dollars.”
Apparently, the sisters arrived on Maui in December, moved to Haiku and started living under assumed names. Can’t wait to see where the story goes next…
UPDATE, June 7: Today The Maui News reported that Alison Dadow has been charged with second degree murder. The paper also reported that Maui Police arrested Dadow on Friday, June 3 at the Maui Seaside Hotel in Kahului after attempting to leave the island.
UPDATE, June 9: On June 8, KITV reported that Judge Blaine Kobayashi has ordered Dadow released from jail, ruling that he saw no probable cause that she murdered her sister. She remains in jail, however, on charges from “a previous disorderly conduct arrest.”
Photo of Dadow sisters taken from Twin Power Yoga Pinterest page
Booking photo courtesy Maui Police Department