It seems strange now, but the whole case hinged on a wristband. The kid shouldn’t have gotten one, but he did, and it cost Casanova in Makawao $1,000.
It happened the night of May 25, 2005—a Ladies’ Night as it was, and the place was packed. Standing in line at 10 p.m. was Dennett M. K. Hesia, 18, and he wanted to get inside. Somehow, according to prosecuting attorney Andrew Martin, Hesia managed to bypass the first doorman, whose job was to check patron IDs and proceed straight to the second doorman, who collected cover charges and handed out wristbands. Hesia paid his money, got his wristband, and went inside, where he drank three Heinekens.
At the Jan. 5, 2006 Board of Adjudication hearing, Casanova owners Steven Segre and Steven Burgelin pled No Contest to one count relating to the incident (they dropped their earlier Not Guilty plea in exchange for reduced charges). They spoke of how Burgelin had spotted Hesia—who apparently tried to gain entrance to the club on a regular basis—in the parking lot shortly before 10 p.m., and had warned him not to try to get in on that night.
They talked of how they felt Hesia had actually used a fake ID to get past their doorman—the police found only his legitimate ID on him when they arrested him later that night following a car accident—and they said both doormen would now be carding all incoming patrons, while four other bouncers patrolled the club and parking lot.
They’ve also decided to begin using new wristbands—ones that can’t be removed with soap and water—that they found when they asked the Grand Wailea how they keep unauthorized people from dipping into their pool.
It was a lot of effort, which the board recognized by not slapping Casanova with the $2,000 maximum fine.