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 future Waikapu development?


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 […]

This Tuesday, April 14: Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber hosts Maui Police Chief of Police

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 Maui ag exports?

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, […]

The Hawaii Legislature may soon legalize medical marijuana dispensaries–too bad that won’t help MCCC inmate Brian Murphy

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 […]

New Hawaii bill would end special public records exemption for disciplined police officers

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 […]

Quizunderstood: How well do know County of Maui grants?

1. On Jan. 22, according to a Maui Police press release, a 69-year-old male tourist from Washington took a rusted out mortar round that dated to World War II to the Kihei Police Station. Where did the tourist say he found the mortar round? A. Wailea Beach B. Kalama Beach C. Polo Beach D. Keawakapu […]

Maui Police Stepping Up DUI Enforcement During Super Bowl Weekend

Super Bowl XLIX happens this Sunday, and that means the Maui Police Department will celebrating by taking part in the national “Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk Campaign.” And the campaign looks pretty serious, according to a news release the MPD sent out on Jan. 28: “Starting today and throughout the weekend the Maui Police Department […]

Will 2015 Be The Year Wailuku Town Gets Parking Meters?

When the great history of Maui in the 21st century is written, the year 2015 will go down as the beginning of the Post-Taguma era. Residents–especially those who live and work in Wailuku Town–have been celebrating the retirement of Maui Police Officer Keith Taguma for weeks now. Each year for the past three decades, Taguma’s […]

UPDATE: Ramzey Hoopii had “head injuries when brought onboard” -Captain David Jung

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A passenger aboard the Maui Princess spotted a body of a male in the Lahaina Harbor roadstead upon the ferry’s entry into port. The unresponsive unidentified male was pulled aboard in pouring rain and efforts were made to resuscitate. The Maui Princess had passengers from Kaunakakai Harbor aboard. The Maui Princess is ferrying passengers while the […]

2014 Maui Year In Review

This was a year of great storms, both political and climatic. It’s the year we got the new governor that apparently everyone wanted, and the year some of Maui’s most powerful and infamous police officers decided to hang up their badges (some more willing than others). This was the year Kimo Apana attempted to make […]

Maui Police To Increase Traffic Enforcement During Holiday Season

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Bet you didn’t see this one coming: the Maui Police Department’s Traffic Section will boost their traffic enforcement during the last two weeks of November. ” Officers will be on the lookout for those who are speeding, not wearing seatbelts, and using Mobile Electronic Devices while driving,” said Sergeant William Hankins of the Maui PD’s Traffic […]