Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Watch Out for Taguma

(To the tune of "Santa Claus is Coming to Town"):

You better watch out
You better not cry
Better not SPEED
I’m telling you why
Officer Taguma just got me…

He’s got his laser
And checking it twice
Gonna find out who’s speeding or nice
Officer Taguma just got me…

He sees you when you’re speeding
He knows when you are not
He knows when you’ve been bad or good
So don’t speed for goodness sake!

O! You better watch out
You better not cry
Better not SPEED
I’m telling you why
Officer Taguma will get you…
O! Taguma will get you…

If you’re stressed about the holidays, and racing to the Queen Ka’ahumanu Shopping Center, better think twice about pushing hard on the gas pedal. Or if you’re racing to the more resort-oriented Shops of Wailea, ease up on the gas.  Just because it’s Christmas or Hanukkah or the holiday season, doesn’t mean that Officer Taguma will play nice. He also seems fond of that stretch of highway between Kihei and Kahului.

This is the gray car that belongs to Officer Taguma.

Officer Taguma is Maui’s idea of an urban legend. If someone gets a ticket for speeding on Maui, nine out of ten times, it will be a ticket from Officer Taguma. He is downright notorious as the only officer with a laser, although there’s probably one or two others in the Maui police department.   There are countless stories about Officer Taguma, about how he ticketed his own mother for going 5 miles over the speed limit, about how he shot himself in the foot, and about how ruthless he is in collecting speeding tickets.  Supposedly, there’s even a support group for people that Taguma's victims.  If you see the bumper sticker, "Taguma Got Me," you’ll know what happened. 

Also, Taguma writes up a lot of parking tickets, especially in the Wailuku area. So he doesn't just tag speeders, he gets everyone. 

Slightly closer view of Taguma's car... 

I wanted to take better pictures of Taguma, but DH turned apoplectic. Given what happened to Tommy Russo, publisher of Maui Time, every time he tries to take a picture or video of Mauipolice, I guess that’s understandable. I don’t really need Taguma to get me too!  But I found this great photo set of Taguma by Maui Time on flickr. And I also found another funny local style blog post, Taguma Got Me

This is NOT Officer Taguma. He is NOT Santa Claus.
But it is part of the international Santa display in Haiku.

Drive safely (and park carefully) this holiday season - and the rest of the year - because you never know when Taguma is watching.  Watch out! Taguma might get you!

Updated 7/14/13: There's an awesome Facebook page called TagumaWatch which has some good updates on where Officer Taguma is on the island, plus occasional traffic or accident reports. There are some fun stories too!

PS. I'm linking this blog post to other blogs written by the Maui Bloggers Network, so will add more holiday links as they are posted by members. This is my holiday gift to other bloggers on Maui. 

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  1. Sounds like he's doing what he's being paid to do.

  2. Whatever... he does a good job at it.

  3. Thanks Tania, be careful going back and forth on Piilani Hwy.


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