Six Maui Police Sergeants Promoted to Lieutenant: Maui Now

Top (left to right) Nicholas Angell, Kenneth Kihata, Kimberly Masse; Bottom (left to right) Grant Nakamura, Jeremy Pallone-De La Torre and Michael Vaitu’ulala. CP: Maui Police Department

The Maui Police Department today announced the promotion of six sergeants to lieutenant. All promotions are expected to take effect on November 16, 2022.

Promotions include: Nicholas Angell, Kenneth Kihata, Kimberly Masse, Grant Nakamura, Jeremy Pallone-De La Torre and Michael Vaitu’ulala.

Lieutenant Nicolas Angell joined the department in 1997, where he began his career as a Police Officer I in the Lahaina Patrol District, followed by a transfer to the Wailuku Patrol District, then served a year in the Molokai patrol. Lt. Angell returned to Lahaina, where he served for a two-year tour until transferring to Wailuku Patrol. In 2011, he served as the Hana School Resource Officer in the Hana Patrol District before being promoted to Sergeant in 2013 and assigned to the Lanai Patrol District.

In 2017, he was assigned to the Narcotics Division, where he was a K9 supervisor for three years before his final assignment to the Kihei Criminal Investigation Division, where he served as an acting lieutenant since June 2022.

Lieutenant Angell and his wife Anela have two children.

Lieutenant Kenneth Kihata joined the Maui County Police Department in 2000, where he began his career as Police Officer I in the Wailuku Patrol District, followed by a transfer to the Hana Patrol District. Upon his return from Hana, he returned to Wailuku Patrol, where he served as a field training officer.

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Lt. Kihata was a member of the Special Response Team and is currently a member of the Clandestine Lab Response Team. In 2010, he was transferred to the Vice Division’s Gambling and Vice Unit before being assigned in 2012 to the Criminal Intelligence Unit.

In 2014, he was promoted to sergeant and served in the Kihei Patrol District prior to his final assignment as supervisor of the Traffic Division’s Vehicle Homicide Unit.

Lieutenant Kimberly Massé joined the department in 2001, where she began her career as a Police Officer I in Wailuku Patrol District, followed by a transfer to Lanai Patrol District. She spent eight years as a school resource officer at Lanai High and Elementary School before being promoted to sergeant in 2010. She served a year in the Lahaina Patrol District before returning to Lanai.

Lt. Masse’s last assignment was as Acting Lt. Lanai Patrol District since April 2022.

She and her fiancé Kenneth are proud owners at Lanai and love the outdoors.

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Lieutenant Grant Nakamura joined the department in 2009, where he began his career as a Police Officer I in the Wailuku Patrol District, until being assigned in 2014 to the Narcotics Vice Division.

In 2016, he was promoted to Sergeant and served in the Molokai Patrol District, followed by a transfer to the Lahaina Patrol District. Lt. Nakamura’s last assignment was as supervisor of the crime reduction unit since 2018.

He coaches wrestling for Baldwin High School and Nakamura Wrestling. He and his wife Nichole share seven children.

Lieutenant Jeremy Pallone-De La Torre joined the department in 2011, where he began his career as a Police Officer I in Kihei Patrol District.

During his 11 years of service, his past assignments have included the Communications Section, Wailuku Patrol District and the Juvenile Crime Prevention Division as a Juvenile Investigator.

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In 2018 he was promoted to Sergeant and served in the Lahaina Patrol District and later in the Lanai Patrol District where he served for two years. Lt. Pallone-De La Torre’s most recent assignment was as a detective in Wailuku’s Criminal Investigation Division.

He is a Certified Law Enforcement Fitness Specialist, helping teach police recruits various blocks of instruction. He is also a high school cross-country and track and field coach at Kamehameha Schools Maui, volunteers for the Maui Police Activities League, helps with Special Olympics Tip-a-Cop, and is the coordinator of the Forces Torch Run. order on the island of Maui. .

He and his fiancée Sabrina have three children: Darius, London and Sebastian Lucky.

Lieutenant Michael Vaitu’ulala joined the department in 2008, where he began his career as a Police Officer I in the Wailuku Patrol District.

During his 14 years of service, his assignments have included Molokai Patrol District, Wailuku District Community Policing, and the Criminal Intelligence Unit.

In 2019, he was promoted to Sergeant and served in the Communications Section, Lahaina Patrol District, Emergency Enforcement Specialty Detail, and as a Detective in the Criminal Investigations Division. Lt. Vaitu’ulala’s most recent assignment was as Acting Lt. Commander of the Criminal Intelligence Unit since November 2021.

He and his wife Savannah have four children: Kiyozo, Kainoa, Ava-Kolokiholeva and Aotea-Rose.

The Maui Police Department congratulated each of those promoted, saying, “Their hard work and dedication to our agency and our community is greatly appreciated.

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