Representatives of Maunaloa General Store pleaded guilty March 1 to serving liquor to a minor.
The Maui County Department of Liquor Control, in cooperation with the Maui Police Department, ran a sting operation in July to catch establishments selling liquor to underage minors.
According to court testimony, an underage decoy entered the Maunaloa General Store on July 8 and purchased a 6-pack of Corona Extra beer. The sales clerk asked the minor for identification and checked the driver’s license for about 10 seconds, then allowed the minor to buy the beer.
Apparently, the employee thought the minor was old enough to purchase beer. “She just didn’t read that correctly,” said store manager Kahalenani Kama-Pele about the clerk.
It was the store’s first offense for selling liquor to a minor. They were fined $2,000 with $1,000 suspended, as long as another violation does not occur within one year.
Kama-Pele said they take the liquor laws seriously and have educated their employees in the past about the laws and procedures and have re-educated them since the incident.