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...]

UPDATED AGAIN: Embattled Maui County Parks Dept. Director Glenn Correa Retires

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[Editor's note: I updated this post on June 18 with information from an official press release sent out by Mayor Alan Arakawa's office, which wasn't yet available when I first posted this on June 17.] [Second Editor's note: I further updated this post on June 19 to include a statement from the Attorney General's office] Maui County Parks Department Director Glenn T. Correa, who was placed on administrative leave back in February while the … [Read more...]

Will The County of Maui Overreach As It Tries To Regulate Downhill Bike Tours?

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West Maui Cycles in Lahaina is like a lot of bike shops. It’s relatively small, offers a nice selection of road and mountain bikes for sale and has a maintenance and repair shop. It also rents bikes–even offers maps so visitors can find a few local sites and, more importantly, not get lost. “I do not offer tours,” said owner James Boote. “Never have.” But under proposed new regulations currently pending before a Maui County Council committee, … [Read more...]

Maui Police Chief Gary Yabuta Resigns To Head Hawaii Drug Office No One Ever Heard Of

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After just five years as Maui County Police Chief, Gary Yabuta is moving to Oahu to take over as director of a federal anti-drug program. There is, of course, great irony in the fact that Yabuta’s leaving to head some drug war office–What, Maui County’s part in the endless War on Drugs isn’t going so hot?–but the Maui Police Department will have none of that. “On 05/16/14, Chief of Police Gary YABUTA of the Maui Police Department told his … [Read more...]