QuizUnderstood: Four Maui PD Officers Did WHAT At The Lahaina Station?

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1. On Sept. 5, the University of Hawaii sent out a news release saying that grad student Mohuhano “Mo” Tu‘ikolongahau had just won the 2014 Hawaii Woodshow’s Spirit of the Show Award for “the most creative use of underutilized Hawaii-grown non-native wood species.” What did Tu‘ikolongahau make that won him the award? A. Table B. Chair C. Lamp D. Desk E. Bookcase   2. A Sept. 5 Pacific Business News blog post quoted … [Read more...]

Maui Robocops: Looking at the militarization of the Maui Police Department

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Imagine a robot that can maneuver through a building, climbing stairs and opening doors. Imagine that it can record what it sees and talk to people. Now imagine that it can hold and use a firearm. If that sounds like science fiction, think again: the Maui Police Department recently took possession of a robot that can do all that. The “militarization” of our nation’s law enforcement agencies is a big story these days. Earlier this month, people … [Read more...]

Maui PD Makes 240 Arrests During ‘Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over’ Campaign

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Considering it was a concerted local effort on behalf of a national campaign, you'd think the Maui Police Department would have arrested more people for drunk driving as part of its recent "Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over" push. But according to a Sept. 2 news release from the department, just 57 out of the 240 arrests during the campaign were for drunk driving. The remaining 76 percent of arrests were for "miscellaneous traffic crime" (41 … [Read more...]

Quizunderstood: Who Wants To Be Maui Police Chief?

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1. On Aug. 18, The Maui News reported that “nearly 20 people” had applied to be the new Maui Police Chief, though the newspaper said it could only confirm eight names. Which of the following was NOT among those eight the paper said want to be the next Maui Chief? A. Deputy Chief Clayton Tom B. Captain Charles Hirata (retired) C. Lieutenant Bobby Hill (retired) D. Mary Wagner (County of Maui business community plan manager) E. Lieutenant … [Read more...]

Maui PD To Start Big DUI Crackdown TONIGHT

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Starting tonight and running through Sept. 1, the Maui Police Department will be undertaking a "crackdown" on drunk driving, as part of the nationwide "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign. "We are sending a message and we want the people of Maui County to know the Maui Police Department does not tolerate impaired driving," states an Aug. 15 press release from Sergeant Nick Krau of the Maui PD's DUI Task Force. "Impaired driving is … [Read more...]

Maui News Says It’s News When Cops Refuse To Name Shooter, Unless It’s Here

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Was it just me, or did anyone else find the above Associated Press story about the recent shooting in Ferguson, Missouri that ran in today's Maui News to be bitterly funny? Of course, there's nothing funny about the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Or the fact that residents and activists are outraged over the death and the department's refusal to name the officer who killed Brown. "The local authorities have put themselves in a … [Read more...]

Weekly MauiTime News Quiz

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1. Friday, Aug. 1 marked the last run of the Sugar Cane Train on the Westside. But the Aug. 2 Maui News reported that “community leaders” are trying to raise money “to temporarily save” the train until a permanent buyer can be located. How much money are they trying to raise? A. $10,000 B. $15,000 C. $20,000 D. $25,000 E. $30,000   2. Maui Police Chief Gary Yabuta officially retired on Wednesday, July 30. But the Maui … [Read more...]

Special Maui Candidate Index–Maui PD Officer Keith Taguma Edition!

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Maui Police Officer Keith Taguma writes thousands of traffic tickets every year. The story is that he’ll write anyone–ANYONE–a ticket, so we decided to have some fun and find out how many Maui County candidates on the 2014 Hawaii Primary Election ballot have felt the sting of a Taguma ticket. Here are the results: Number of Maui County candidates on ballot: 30 Number of candidates with at least one traffic ticket: 19 Number of candidates … [Read more...]

Maui County Mayor’s Race Dwindles To Five Candidates When Maui PD Arrests Nelson Waikiki

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And then there were five. Last night, Maui Police arrested Maui mayoral candidate Nelson Waikiki moments after the big forum at Seabury Hall in Olinda concluded, states a Maui PD news release just sent out. The news release is pretty thin on why the police took Waikiki into custody, but this story in today's Maui News states that it was because "he failed to comply with conditions of his release" from prison after "pleading guilty to four felony … [Read more...]

No One Cares About Maui Police Internal Discipline Reports, Right?

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So last week, The Maui News published another of those regular but all-too infrequent summaries of Maui Police discipline against its own. On June 24, the paper reported that the department busted five cops in March and April of this year, ranging in punishment from letters of reprimand to 10-day suspension and transfer–the latter of which fell on an officer for "breaching confidentiality and committing a criminal act in September." As usual, … [Read more...]