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Maui Police Launch Choice
Mentorship Program for Youth

Posted 10:46 AM HST, July 5, 2012
kihei station commanding officer Tivoli Faaumu

Capt. Tivoli Faaumu is commanding officer of the Kihei Station and will continue in that position when the new station opens. Photo by Susan Halas

By Wendy Osher

The Maui Police Department joins state and county agencies in hosting a Choice Mentorship ‘Ohana Night next week.

Under the program, Maui officers in the Kihei District and other participating agencies volunteer as mentors for at-risk youth for a full year.

The program was the brainchild of Maui Officer Emily Kibby, who under the guidance of her Commander, Captain Tivoli Faamu, submitted a grant application through the state Attorney General’s office.

The kick-off event will take place this Friday, July 13, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. at the Kihei Youth Center.  The year’s worth of activities will culminate with a graduation ceremony planned for next year on June 29, 2013.

In attendance at the upcoming ‘Ohana Night, will be members of the MPD Kihei District, the US Attorney General’s office, the Maui County Prosecutor’s Office and Lokelani Intermediate School.

The Choice Mentoriship Program is funded in part through a Project Safe Neighborhood grant from the Department of the Attorney General.

This program was designed to continue the Maui Police Department’s efforts of community involvement and being role models for at risk youth.

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  • Pua

    I would recommend keeping children away from police officers.

    • Visitor

      Seriously Pua?  The article is not about good or bad police officers.  It’s about a Mentorship Program for gosh sakes.  If you don’t trust them, fine, that’s your choice.  Who are you going to call when you need help, Ghost Busters?

    • kapena

       This program is being supervised by Capt. Faaumu. He runs a tight ship so I wouldn’t worry.  The alternative is the police could do nothing to reach at-risk kids so kudos for trying to do something positive.

  • KiheiGirlBornNRaised

    Go Uncle Tivo!! *and “PUA” shut ur mouth. Captain Faaumu is my uncle. Not all police officers are bad. Just like how not all flowers smell good.

    • Pua

      I wasnt talking about Faaumu.  He is one of the good ones.  Too many bad ones unfortunately.  I still wouldn’t trust my children with any police officers.  Too many wolves in sheep clothing.

      • kapena

         MPD has been diligent in weeding out the “bad ones”.  The vast majority of police officers are dedicated individuals.  The selection process, though not perfect, is quite rigorous.  Despite that, there are a few bad apples in any profession.

      • Hawaiianboy808

        People like you are the ones that teach the next generation to hate cops and disobey the law. Try to be a good example to the Keiki!!

        • Pua

          My daughter was sexual assaulted by a police officer in her teens and her life has never been right since.  Dealing with depression and suicide.  Tell me again about people like me??   We trusted once.  Never again.

          • No Can

            I’m very sorry that your daughter was betrayed by someone who had sworn an oath to protect and serve the community. But that person who did that to her is at fault, not the department. People choose to betray the trust others place upon them, whether they are priests, accountants, attorneys or police officers, but the blame is upon the individual and not the organization as a whole. But again, I am sorry for your daughter’s pain and I pray that God grants her some sort of healing. 

    • Bymyguest

       CAPT. FAAUMU is da man…. if you ever meet the gentleman you would be proud to have such a positive Captain working in Kihei… Way to go Sir!!! and thank you for doing programs as such for our community and our ohana!!

  • chris rogers

    Capt. Taivo: You are the man way to go for a former Lahaina Patrol Officer! With Respect Chris Rogers

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