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Maui Candidate Waikiki Arrested Following Mayoral Forum

Nelson Waikiki. MPD photo.

Nelson Waikiki. MPD photo.

By Maui Now Staff

Maui mayoral candidate Nelson N. Waikiki Jr. was arrested on Tuesday night following a mayoral candidate forum in Makawao.

The 49-year-old was located at the Seabury Hall campus on Olinda Road, where he was placed under arrest for allegedly violating conditions of release on bail, police said.

The arrest was made at 8:59 p.m., following the conclusion of a candidate forum co-sponsored by the Haʻikū, Kula, Makawao and Pukalani community associations.

The event was held in Makawao, and was broadcast live on Akakū Maui Community Television from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Police say Waikiki was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail at last report.

Hawaii News Now reported on April 14 that Waikiki was granted supervised release in April after serving jail time while awaiting sentencing for an investment scheme involving Opunui Water Company and Opunui Land and Water Company. Authorities said that one of the claims he made to investors was that he had partnered with high-profile politicians, including President Barack Obama.

During his release, he filed papers to become a candidate for Maui mayor.

Upon filing for candidacy, a challenge surfaced based on concerns raised about the residency requirement which challenged the validity of the addresses listed on his nomination papers as non-existent.

The challenge was thrown out after the County Clerk issued a determination that Waikiki’s paperwork was in compliance with state election laws since he updated both his residential and mailing addresses prior to the filing of his nomination papers.

Other candidates on the ballot include: incumbent Mayor Alan Arakawa; Alana Kay, who ran for the South Maui council seat in 2010; Tamara Paltin, a county employee who has been a vocal advocate for the preservation of Honolua Bay; Orion Kopelman, who was among the candidates who ran for mayor in the 2010 primary; and Beau Hawkes of Makawao.

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  • PaiaGirl

    I think it would be useful to put candidate’s job descriptions after their names like this:

    Waikiki (incarcerated for fraud)
    Alana Kay (medium)

    What is it about the con artists wanting to run for Mayor? Wait! don’t answer that!

    • Mahukaawenui

      Haha true and most could have the same job title you’ve given Waikiki.
      The problem is other than the more colorful would need to list as simply “habitual politician”.
      Most of our elected dumbasses have no practical life experience or could handle it so the go into “public service” ie they like having un earned power and dispensing it on the rest of us.

  • Brian Mcc

    I’m amazed his ego fit in the room.

  • Maui_Mike

    Nelson had no logical answers to the moderators questions in the forum, he made no sense at all, beau was a sad case as well, Alana was third in that line….the other three did quiet well, the mayor was the most polished in his answers.

    • No Can

      I’ll say this, Tamara is way more tita on tv than on Facebook, and she was reading some of her answers. I used to think it was her and the mayor but now I think it’s Ori and the mayor in the general.

      • Maui_Mike

        I totally agree, Tam did well…but I also noticed she was reading her answers, but at least she tried to prepare, Ori is a smart outside the box guy who could conceivably do the job….Nelson is a wash, and Beau was like a hippy from another era (no disrespect intended)

        • Mikey

          Ori is only a viable candidate if you are a new age flake. He should run for office in Atlantis or Lemuria.

          • Maui_Mike

            I didn’t go so far as to day I would vote for Ori….I’m merely saying he did better than I expected, he has a decent professional background and is a smart man, but the Maui-topia thing was well intended but too much like nonsense to me, I’m seeing the incumbent mayor winning reelection.
            If you thought that about Ori I would love to hear your thoughts on Beau.

      • PaiaGirl

        Tamara is not a polished pubic speaker but she’s careful and studies each subject thoroughly so I think the fact that she had written her answers actually shows something we WANT in a Mayor — careful, conscientious study and preparation.

        Clearly she and Alan were the only ones who had a clue what the actual JOB entails.

        • Maui_Mike

          Agreed, she did come off as conscientious and smart, she is not a joke by a long shot, I think she has a lot to overcome to beat Alan though.

  • ongre11

    My ballot came today, I voted and it wasn’t for this frickin’ clown.

  • http://www.bronsonkaahui.com Bronson Kaahui

    Where can I watch it? I was at a different function so I missed it.

    • Maui_Mike

      It was live on Akaku, they might have a streamed version online, check their website.

  • R U Stupid

    Nele nele nele WTH are you thinking! Come on man! Blessed their souls your mother and father did not raise you like this.

  • Maui_Mike

    Expressing those ideas in a cogent manner escaped him on that night…I’m a horrible public speaker, so I feel empathy there, but my understanding of his scheme makes him look pretty bad, and it sure doesn’t look like that is because of a haole conspiracy to me….but that’s with the little information I know, I’m told he has a great ohana and is a decent guy….idk.

  • Caption Oblivious

    I just hope they raise our taxes even more. They have pensions to pay for. …

  • Mike

    Here is the $50,000 Check that Waikiki used to try and pull a scam on us, it was no good at the bank, big surprise. Anyone else got a bad check from Waikiki?


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