Maui County LC Indefinitely Defers Profanity Prosecution of Haui’s Life’s A Beach


Last week I reported that the Maui County Liquor Control Board of Adjudication was preparing to smack-down Haui’s Life’s A Beach in Kihei for permitting “obscene language, songs, or entertainment” in defiance of the county’s liquor rules. The incident, according to the agenda, took place on Feb. 16 of this year at approximately 12:50am. The agenda for the Dec. 5, 2013 hearing listed Life’s A Beach owner Howard Grunes as all set to plead no contest.

But it never happened. According to Grunes, before the hearing the LC told him they were pulling the case from the agenda. Grunes added that he had no idea if the LC would bring it up again, and declined further comment.

Officials at the LC–who admittedly don’t enforce the Liquor Rules profanity provisions very often–were similarly tight-lipped.

“Complaint and Accusation No. 2013-53 against Haui Inc. dba Haui’s Life’s A Beach was deferred by the Liquor Control Adjudication Board pending review by the Department of the Corporation Counsel of a possible legal issue,” LC Deputy Director Traci Fujita Villarosa said today in an email to me. “I do not know if or when it will return to Board’s agenda in the future.”

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Anthony Pignataro

About Anthony Pignataro

Anthony Pignataro has been a journalist since 1996. He started work as MauiTime's Editor in 2003, took a couple years off starting in 2008, then returned to the staff in 2011. He's the author of "Stealing Cars With The Pros," a 2013 collection of his journalism and the Maui novels "Small Island" (2011) and "The Dead Season" (2012)–all of which were published by Event Horizon Press. In 2014, his one-act play "War Stories" won second place in the Maui Fringe Festival.