An Open Letter To Maui’s State Legislators Asking Them To Stop Exempting Bad Cops From The State Public Records Law


Dear Senators Roz Baker, J. Kalani English and Gil Keith-Agaran and Representatives Mele Carroll, Kaniela Ing, Angus McKelvey, Joe Souki, Justin Woodson and Kyle Yamashita: Wow, Opening Day comes around fast. Seems like it was only yesterday that you adjourned for the summer. But here we are: on Jan. 15–just a few days from now–you […]

EEOC Sues Maui County Over 45-year-old Who Couldn’t Become A Maui Cop


So it looks like the County of Maui is back in court over actions of the Maui Police Department. And it’s not just anyone filing the suit, either–it’s the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and they’re hopping mad because they say the Maui PD unfairly discriminated against a 45-year-old who wanted to join their […]

Maui Police Officer Nelson Johnson Reportedly Arrested Again For Assault

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According to a tiny, byline-less blurb buried on page 4 of today’s Maui News (it’s where newspapers hide all their legitimate scoops) sourced to the vaguely sounding “police records,” Maui PD Officer Nelson Johnson got arrested again–this time on Monday, Dec. 2. The charge? Guess: “Maui police officer Nelson Johnson has been charged with second-degree […]

Maui Police Officer Nelson Johnson Arrested For Allegedly Assaulting His Teenage Daughter


Shortly before noon on Wednesday, Nov. 20, Maui Police Officers arrested one of their own–Nelson Johnson–for allegedly assaulting his teenage daughter the night before, according to a Maui PD press release written by Maui PD Lt. Jayson Rego. Here’s how Rego’s press statement described Johnson’s alleged actions: “On November 19, 2013, at 9:40 p.m., The […]

Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa Calls MauiTime Publisher Tommy Russo A ‘Wuss’ In New CivilBeat Story


So today Honolulu Civil Beat published a long profile of MauiTime Publisher Tommy Russo as part of its “Making Waves” series. The story relies heavily on a lengthy interview reporter Nathan Eagle conducted with Russo last month over at Saigon Cafe in Wailuku, but also draws on chats with yours truly and Maui Mayor Alan […]

MauiTime Joins Other Hawaii News Organizations In Calling For Open Court Protections


Even though the infamous Christopher Deedy trial occurred on Oahu, MauiTime has joined seven other Hawaii news organizations and three media associations in calling for the opening of closed session transcripts in that case. The original trial, in which Deedy–a federal agent–was charged with allegedly murdering Kollin Elderts at a Waikiki McDonald’s after an argument […]

MauiTime Publisher Tommy Russo Sues County of Maui Over April 2011 Dog The Bounty Incident


On April 8, MauiTime Publisher Thomas Russo filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court against the County of Maui, Maui Police Chief Gary Yabuta and Maui Police Officer Nelson Johnson over an April 12, 2011 incident involving Russo, Johnson and members of Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman’s security entourage. According to the 11-page complaint, […]

New Maui-Based Small Business Accounting Software Cheqbook Launches


It’s difficult being a start-up company anywhere, let alone Maui. It’s especially difficult when your start-up is in accounting, which is somewhat less sexy than online movie rentals or social media apps. But two years after starting its development, new small business accounting software Cheqbook is open for business. According to a Mar. 29 press […]

The US Supreme Court Says Photography Is Not A Crime Yet Maui Police Pfficer Rusty Lawson Still Arrested MauiTime Publisher Thomas Russo For Filming Operation Recon


On the morning of Tuesday, Nov. 20, two Maui police officers arrested Thomas Russo, MauiTime’s owner and publisher, while he was attempting to film them with his cellphone camera during “Operation Recon,” a massive traffic enforcement operation carried out by the Maui PD during rush hour in which officers handed out pre-printed tickets to vehicles […]

MauiTime Subpoena Withdrawn!

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With little fanfare and no apology, County of Maui has withdrawn the subpoena for all IP addresses in a 24-hour period of online commenters for an April MauiTime story. This marks the end of an absurd drama that has been hanging over MauiTime since the county issued the subpoena in late May. “The Maui Police […]

MauiTime Publisher Tommy Russo Assaulted By MPD


On the evening of April 12, I was assaulted by a member of reality star Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman’s security team. Soon after, I was assaulted again, and had my First Amendment rights violated, by a member of the Maui Police Department. It began around 9pm, when I exited my Wailuku office. As […]

Does Duane Chapman aka Dog The Bounty Hunter Agree It Should Be Illegal To Film Police

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On the evening of April 12, I was assaulted by a member of reality star Duane Chapman aka Dog the Bounty Hunter’s security team. Soon after, I was assaulted again, and had my First Amendment rights violated, by a member of the Maui Police Department. It began around 9pm, when I exited my Wailuku office. […]

Publisher Tommy Russo Turns Off His Tech with Cheyenne Ehrlich at Paia Meditation

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“Except our own thoughts, there is nothing absolutely in our power.” - Rene Descartes I’m not sure when it happened, but things have changed. I remember the days of my father coming home from work to read his afternoon paper. It was his chance to check in with the world, something he, like almost all […]


(Listen to the conversation at MARK D’ANTONIO: You’ve gotta give props to Tommy—it’s hard enough to sell, but to sell something that doesn’t even exist yet. It was nearly like pulling a rabbit out of his hat. TOMMY RUSSO: And then having to grow revenue. I mean, you just had to sell and sell […]