MauiTime Best of Maui BEST SCARY PUBLIC FIGURE: Keith Taguma #BOM2013


Best Scary Public Figure

Keith Taguma

Frankly, I’d be shocked if anyone else won this category. Maui Police Officer Keith Taguma is a Legend on Maui. You guys saw how that Taguma Watch Facebook Page got something like 5,000 likes in just a few days last week, right? Who knows how many thousands of parking tickets he’s written through the years–when I did an open search for his name on the Hawaii judiciary’s eCourt Kokua online database of traffic tickets, my computer crashed–but I do know that far too many of them bore the license plates of MauiTime staffers who struggled with Wailuku Town’s great dearth of public parking spaces. Sure, we call him scary and curse him when he writes parking tickets for cars parked five minutes past the two-hour mark, but deep down, most of us admire the guy. He is without question the hardest working cop in the Maui PD, and for that, MauiTime and its readers salute him. @apignataro

Runner-up: Monsanto