Quizunderstood: How well do you know Maui Police Officer John Salomon’s latest arrest?


1. On June 27, Maui Police Officer John Salomon–who was recently arrested for driving under the influence–was arrested again, this time for being “drunk in public” in Southern California. In which city was Salomon just arrested? A. Manhattan Beach B. Redondo Beach C. Hermosa Beach D. Newport Beach E. Huntington Beach 2. This week the […]

The Maui Police body camera study is over. Or is it?


I love it when a news story explaining a meaningless press release that hasn’t even been sent out yet. On June 20, The Maui News reported that Maui Police officials said during the June 17 Police Commission meeting that the department’s body camera study–in which 10 volunteer officers wore cameras donated by Taser–is effectively over. […]

UPDATED: What happened during the June 13 Maui Police shooting?


[NOTE: This post has been updated with additional information from the Maui Police Department. Update is below.] In response to heightened awareness around the world of police shootings in the U.S., London’s Guardian newspaper started a new website called The Counted, which provides a running tally of people killed by American cops this year for […]

Another Maui Police Officer Arrested For Driving Under The Influence


Yeah, kids, another Maui Police Officer has been arrested for driving under the influence. Last week it was MPD employee Rachel Garvin. This week, it’s Officer John Salomon: “On June 11th, 2015 at about 01:53 p.m. John SALOMON (39), of Pukalani, was arrested and charged for Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence of an Intoxicant and […]

UPDATED: Maui PD seeks public’s help in finding missing person

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NOTE: On June 12, the Maui PD announced this person has been found in good health. *   *   * According to a news release sent out a little after midnight on June 11, the Maui Police Department is looking for a missing person and wants the public’s help. His name is Kency Besiko and […]

Two Maui Police personnel busted for DUI, flashing


Whoa, the Maui Police Department is in the midst of what we in the journalism profession refer to as a really crappy week. In the last three days or so, two of their own have been or are in the process of being busted for some pretty serious crimes. Let’s start with the MPD employee who’s […]

Maui Police to ‘enhance’ DUI enforcement during Memorial Day weekened


In honor of the fact that many people celebrate Memorial Day by goofing off and drinking, the Maui Police Department will be “enhancing”–their word–their efforts at stopping drinking and driving this holiday weekened. “The DUI Task Force Unit will be conducting several Intoxication Control Checkpoints at various locations throughout our county,” said MPD Sgt. Nick […]

Cannabis co-op owner Brian Murphy freed from prison


After five months in prison, Patients Without Time cannabis co-op founder Brian Murphy has been freed, according to Wailuku attorney Chris Dunn. According to Dunn, Judge Joseph Cardoza released Murphy on Thursday, May 7 in response to Dunn’s second motion to modify the terms and conditions of Murphy’s probation. Cardoza also suspended the remaining seven […]

Quizunderstood: How well do you know rejected Maui Police grant proposals?


1. The 2016 Primary Election is still 16 months away, but last week which Democratic Maui legislator held a $1,000/person fundraiser at Wolfgang’s Steakhouse in Waikiki? A. Senator J. Kalani English B. Senator Roz Baker C. Speaker Joe Souki D. Representative Justin Woodson E. Representative Lynn DeCoite 2. On Apr. 23, the County of Maui […]

Quizunderstood: How well do you know Maui Police crackdowns?


1. Starting Apr. 6 and running through Apr. 18, the Maui Police Department commenced a new operation designed to crack down on what driving misbehavior? A. Drunk driving B. Speeding C. Distracted driving D. Driving without a seatbelt E. Not yielding to pedestrians in crosswalks 2. This April, which Maui resort is celebrating its 35th […]

Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber hosts Maui Police Chief Tivoli Faaumu this Tuesday

The Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce hosts Maui Police Chief Tivoli Faaumu this Tuesday at the Maui Tropical Plantation. The public is invited to hear Faaumu’s vision for the Maui Police Department. RSVP by Sunday, April 12 to the number or website below. A no host bar and buffet dinner included in fee. $25 members. […]

Are the new Maui Police body cameras just a Trojan Horse for more surveillance?


The Maui Police Department will soon equip at least some of its officers with body cameras, the department announced on Mar. 20. “The Plans, Training, Research and Development Section has scheduled a one month feasibility study on the use of body-worn cameras,” stated the department’s press release. “The study is scheduled to begin on Monday, […]

Quizunderstood: How well do you know Wailuku’s new meter maid?

1. There’s a new Maui Police Officer doing parking enforcement in Wailuku Town. What is the officer’s name? A. Nick Krau B. Peter Delima C. David Wikoli D. John D. Jakubczak E. Keith Taguma 2. On Feb. 22, The Maui News reported that though agricultural export shipments from Hawaii ports rose 5.2 percent in 2014, […]

As cannabis co-op owner Brian Murphy languishes in prison, the Hawaii Legislature may finally legalize medical marijuana dispensaries

The modern American drug war is now deep into its 43rd year. Every year, the federal government spends between $20 billion and $25 billion on measures designed to combat the sale of illegal drugs like cocaine, heroin and marijuana. The results of these expenditures are a monument to failure: despite the fact that one in […]

Maui Police begin parking enforcement again in Wailuku Town

Emails started flying around town yesterday that new parking enforcement in Wailuku Town was imminent, and it looks like the stories were true. As you can see from these photos, which were taken on the morning of Tuesday, Feb. 17, the Maui PD is once again chalking cars and enforcing Wailuku two-hour parking restrictions. Since MPD Officer Keith […]

Surprise! Hawaii police union opposes new bill that would make public the names of disciplined cops

Yeah, we can’t believe it either: Senate Bill 497 “Repeals the privacy exemption within the Uniform Information Practices Act [UIPA] for county police department officers,” according to the bill text. It was introduced on Jan. 23 by small handful of state Senators, including Maui’s own Roz Baker, D–South Maui. Myriad organizations have already submitted testimony […]