Maui Police Department finally provides (brief) update on body camera study

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Looks like we finally have a (brief) update on the the Maui Police Department’s body camera study, which began earlier this month. “The Plans, Training, Research and Development Section has scheduled a one month feasibility study on the use of body-worn cameras,” states a Maui Police Department press release sent out today (Apr. 17). “The […]

UPDATED: Maui Police Department to start testing body worn cameras in April

Next month the Maui Police Department will conduct a study on officers wearing body cameras, states a news release sent out by the MPD this afternoon: The Plans, Training, Research and Development Section has scheduled a one month feasibility study on the use of body-worn cameras. The study is scheduled to begin on Monday, April […]

Maui County Council, Maui Prosecuting Attorney in hot water yet again

Great news, kids! The circus otherwise known as the Mar. 3 Maui County Council hearing is still in town! In fact, it’s bigger than ever! On that day, the Maui County Council finally confirmed J.D. Kim for another term as Prosecuting Attorney, though it did so in one of the most ham-fisted manners possible. The […]

Quizunderstood: How well do you know this Monsanto official’s new County of Maui appointment?

1. On Mar. 6, the Hawaii House of Representatives’ Majority Office announced that more than a hundred bills had so far passed the House and would head to the state Senate. One of those bills was HB 133 HD1–what does this bill seek to do? A. Appropriates money for “micro apartment housing units.” B. Establishes […]

Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa ‘excited’ about water, land and park projects in 2015 State of the County Address

Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa characterized the state of the County of Maui as “STRONG” in his 2015 State of the County Address, which he delivered on Mar. 10 at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center. “If you look at our private sector, our tourism industry has had recordsetting years as far as visitor numbers and […]

Car accident takes out utility pole in Wailuku

UPDATE: 11:50PM. Waiehu Beach Road closed in both directions for electric pole replacement. Several MECO crews on site working at the corner of Linekona and Waiehu Beach Road. Power is out for Linekona Pl while repairs are made.  Our publisher Tommy Russo shot these a few minutes ago in Wailuku – the accident is […]

Maui Police Department releases 2014 accounting of police misconduct

So last week my email inbox at work brightened with a surprising message from the Maui Police Department. They sent me–and the rest of Maui’s media–a copy of their 2014 accounting of official police misconduct. The report, addressed to the Legislative Reference Bureau, is a summary of “all incidents and violations of Department Policies and Procedures […]

Holding Maui Police Commission at UH Maui College apparently a success

So apparently holding Maui Police Commission meetings at an easily accessible place like the University of Hawaii Maui College campus is popular with residents. According to this Jan. 22 Maui News story, 14 members of the public attended the Wednesday, Jan. 21 commission meeting. Woohoo! Fourteen! Now I know 14 may not sound like a […]

Maui Police Commission Meeting This Wednesday At UH Maui College

For many years, the Maui Police Commission met in the “Chief’s Conference Room,” a special chamber in the Maui Police Department’s imposing Wailuku headquarters. The room was not generally accessible to the public, and anyone who wasn’t a cop needed to provide identification and get a special escort through the station to get to the […]

This Wednesday, Jan. 21: Maui Homeless Alliance Community Forum

The Maui Homeless Alliance presents a community forum this Wednesday at the Maui Economic Opportunity office in Wailuku. The forum will feature a panel including representatives from the Maui Police Department, Mental Health Kokua, Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Resource Centers, Veterans Administration, Aloha House and A Cup of Cold Water. Let your voice be heard and needs be known. […]

Report: Maui Police Officer Keith Taguma To Retire This Week

Yes, kids, it’s true: Maui Police Officer Keith Taguma, a 30-year veteran of the force, will retire this week. Drivers in Wailuku can now rest a bit easier: Taguma’s parking ticket reign of terror is nearly at an end. Rumors of Taguma’s impending retirement have been flying around Wailuku for months. I even asked Lt. William Juan, […]

The decision not to indict the cop who killed Eric Garner reminds us of Maui’s own Rick Gregory, who died at the hands of MPD Officers Nicholas Angell, Edwin Apong & Garret Tihada

Forgive me if I’m not surprised that a grand jury didn’t indict the New York cop who choked Eric Garner to death. Don’t get me wrong–not indicting the guy who killed Garner in the act of arresting him for selling illegal cigarettes is a travesty of justice. Garner said 11 times–ELEVEN TIMES–that he couldn’t breathe, and […]

Quizunderstood: How well do you know Hawaii Gov. David Ige’s priorities?

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1. In its Nov. 28 edition, The Maui News reported that the sale of the Maui Lu Resort in Kihei to the Tokyo-based Capbridge Group has officially closed. According to the story, what was the purchase price? A. $50 million B. $60 million C. $70 million D. $80 million E. $90 million 2. On Dec. […]

County Of Maui Wants You To Volunteer For Boards And Commissions

The County of Maui would like you to volunteer to be a member of one of their many boards and commissions. Yes, you. “Positions are appointed by the Mayor, confirmed by the County Council and have terms lasting two to five years,” states a Nov. 18 county news release. “While no monetary compensation is provided for […]

Maui County Police Commission Chooses Capt. Tivoli Faaumu To Be New MPD Chief

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There’s no white smoke pouring out of the Maui Police Department’s Wailuku headquarters, but the Maui Police Commission has nonetheless just elected a new pope–er, police chief–and his name is Tivoli Faaumu. That’s right, kids: the commission opted to go ABC–”anyone but Clayton–and opted to ignore Deputy Chief Clayton Tom (retired Chief Gary Yabuta’s preferred […]

Judge Kelsey Kawano Ends Prosecution Of MauiTime Publisher Tommy Russo–No Probable Cause

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After nearly two years, Wailuku District Court Judge Kelsey Kawano has finally ended the travesty that was the case State of Hawaii v. Thomas Russo, the publisher of MauiTime. On Wednesday, July 9, Judge Kawano ruled that Maui Police Officers Rusty Lawson and John Fairchild had no probable cause to arrest Russo on Nov. 20, […]