The Maui Police Department said the proposal is about resources for fighting crime, and they’re not involved in enforcing immigration laws.
Advocates say the agreement between a renewable energy company and a community group in West Maui could be a model for resolving disputes.
John Pelletier wants to use community policing programs and revamping oversight of use-of-force incidents to improve relations in Maui.
Molokai Ranch has been at odds with residents over land access before. This time, however, the ranch says it’s considering the step to protect a prized natural resource.
Residents say an influx of roosters is laying bare an age-old spat over two sometimes conflicting hallmarks of country life: agriculture and peace and quiet.
John Pelletier still needs to make it through pre-employment investigations before being appointed as the police chief.