Here’s a list of Tropical Storm Kilo road and facility closures on Maui

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Tropical Storm Kilo may be veering its path away from Hawaii but that doesn’t save Maui from its aftermath: lots and lots of impracticalities. A press release issued earlier today by the County of Maui Public Information Office listed today’s road closures: • Piilani Highway (31) MP 38 – 25 (Kipahulu/Kaupo area):  The road is closed and impassable.  There are numerous […]

Maui Police hold press conference on Aug. 5 fatal shooting in Kahului

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This morning at 9am officers with the Maui Police Department held a press conference on the Aug. 5 fatal shooting of a 39-year-old African American male in Keopuolani Park in Kahului who had allegedly “become confrontrational” with officers. The investigation is still on-going, and the MPD still won’t identify either the suspect or the three […]

Maui County protests against Haleakala telescope, TPP are really heating up

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For those of us in the business of chronicling conflict in Maui County, we live in good times. For the first time since, well, that long crisis known as the Hawaii Superferry, residents and activists are regularly going into the streets to voice their displeasure at the status quo. And now they’re getting arrested doing […]

Maui students learn forensics during 4-H Tech Connect

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4-H isn’t just about showcasing beautiful rabbit specimens at the Maui County fair. On July 29, 2015, the organization’s annual event 4-H Tech Connect staged a mock kidnapping crime scene as part of its theme “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.” Sixty-five kids were given the tools of science to track the perpetrator, and by “tools” we don’t […]

Maui Police reportedly arrest ‘at least 20′ activists trying to block Haleakala telescope construction

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Late last night, Maui Police arrested “at least 20″ activists attempting to block trucks at the Maui Baseyard from carrying equipment to the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST) atop Haleakala, Hawaii News Now is reporting. “At least 30 Maui County Police officers also showed up at the site to assist in getting the trucks out […]

Quizunderstood: How well do you know this week’s TPP trade talks?

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1. Negotiators from a dozen nations are meeting on Maui this week to finalize the free trade deal known as the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). Where on Maui are they meeting? A. Grand Wailea B. Westin Maui Resort & Spa C. Four Seasons Maui D. Hyatt Regency Maui E. Fairmont Kealani 2. This week, Maui […]

Maui PD conducting active shooter training exercises at various local schools

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The Maui Police Department just announced that today and tomorrow they’ll be conducting four “Joint Agency Emergency Preparedness Exercises” (read: active shooter training exercises) at various schools around Maui. The exercises will reportedly involve “simulated gunfire and shouting.” So if you see a large contingent around cops at any of the schools listed below, that’s […]

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

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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?

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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?

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[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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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 […]