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, […]

Hawaii Officials Adjust State’s Distracted Driving Law

State officials have modified Hawaii’s distracted driving law, which first went into effect on July 1, 2013. When this law was first introduced, those caught using a mobile electronic device while driving would face a fine between $100 and $200, for a first offense, and they were required to appear in court. In the year that has passed […]

SHOPO Endorses Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa For Reelection

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That’s right, folks: Tenari Ma’afala, the head of the all-powerful state police union who has worked long hours to make sure Hawaii residents aren’t able to see the disciplinary records of active duty cops and who loathes our state’s new law legalizing same-sex marriage so much that he testified before the state Legislature last year that […]

Maui Bravely Marches Into 20th Century In Search For New Police Chief

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A few days after Maui Police Chief Gary Yabuta announced that he was hanging up his hat and moving to Oahu to run a small, federally funded anti-drug office, an employee of the County of Maui stopped me. “What are you guys going to do if they chose a new Maui Police chief who’s more to […]

This Wednesday, May 28: Maui Police Commission To Start Pondering New Chief

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Last week, Maui Police Chief Gary Yabuta announced that he was ending his five-year reign as the department’s honcho to head to Oahu for what is apparently a crappier desk job running the Hawaii High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area office thing (click here for more on Yabuta’s exit). Anyway, the move seems to have caught the island […]

Special MauiTime Weekly News Quiz

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1. Last week, Pacific Biodiesel announced that it would be closing its Central Maui Landfill facility, which it’s operated for the last 20 years. What was the company’s reason, according to the Apr. 4 Pacific Business News? A. Compliance with County regulations required expensive upgrades and multiple permits B. The company always intended to close […]