Asher placed on unpaid leave

LIHUE — A Kauai Police Department assistant police chief has been placed on unpaid leave amid an internal investigation. 

State of Hawaii Organization of Police Officers President Tenari Ma‘afala says Roy Asher will remain on leave until the investigation is finished.

“On Thursday, November 16, Assistant Chief of the Patrol Services Bureau Roy Asher was placed on leave pending an internal investigation,” KPD Police Chief Darryl Perry said in a prepared statement. “At this time, the details of that investigation are considered a confidential personnel matter, and no additional details will be released while that investigation is ongoing.”

Ma‘afala says Asher is temporarily stripped of all police powers, meaning he was to turn in his badge, guns and other equipment.

Asher is a 30-year veteran of the department.

  1. Roy Smasher November 21, 2017 7:44 am Reply

    Everyone knows that Roy Asher is a crooked many times will this transplant be allowed to abuse his position of authority upon the people of Kauai? Why is it that KPD refuses to publish the allegations against him but yet will publish and and all details of charges against its kanaka? We the people have the right to know!!!!

  2. Malama Robinson November 21, 2017 10:25 am Reply

    Perhaps this is the beginning of “emptying the swamp” of corruption that plagues the KPD just like the rest of the counties in the illegal occupied STATE.


  3. KanakaMaHaole November 21, 2017 11:00 am Reply

    “Unpaid” is the keyword here. Officers are placed on unpaid leave if their is “evidence” of criminal activity. . . Something serious too. This isn’t a DUI case, this guys looking at serious charges. (I have the biggest smile just thinking of the Karma going on here) Aloha say bye bye to that fat retirement pension.

  4. Joe Public November 21, 2017 1:38 pm Reply

    “Transparency” It took SHOPO to disclose that an Assistant Chief was placed on leave of absence? SHOPO does not represent members above the rank of Captain, thus the Assistant Chief is not going to be represented by SHOPO. Why didn’t KPD disclose before SHOPO?

    Maybe when FBI is done with HPD, they should check out KPD Too.

  5. Tito Edwards November 21, 2017 4:12 pm Reply


    Maybe you should reflect on the illegal occupation of Kauai by King Kamehameha or the genocide of the original inhabitants of Kauai, the Menehune, before hijacking the comments thread.

  6. Lei saio November 26, 2017 3:43 pm Reply

    Can they look into investigating my sons homicide that Roy Asher was involved in because that was all a major cover up and every good cop knows the truth what happened should bring out the truth.

  7. Lei saio November 26, 2017 3:45 pm Reply

    Can they look into investigating my sons homicide that Roy Asher was involved in because that was all a major cover up and every good cop knows the truth what happened should bring out the truth. It’s about time !

  8. Lei saio November 26, 2017 3:55 pm Reply

    You can’t keep doing what you doing and think you can keep getting away with it. Eventually there will be ONE cop that will be a GOOD one that will be honest enough to do their job right and protect and serve the people.. YOU Asher you teach the rookies to LIE and HIDE and KILL people and God can see all things… You gonna have to answer for the innocent bloodshed…

  9. Jerek Young December 21, 2017 8:51 am Reply

    This is a BIG story and there’s been crickets since this story broke. Where is the follow up?

  10. Samson Trite December 30, 2017 1:28 pm Reply

    So where is the investigative journalism? Why hasn’t there been any updates? We the people deserve to know! Corruption in our police force at this level demands answers!!

  11. James Englia December 31, 2017 1:50 pm Reply

    So when the hell are we going to get an update!?! Do your job Garden Island!!!

  12. Tom Hall January 4, 2018 6:05 pm Reply

    Very frustrating for me, a longtime Kauaian, seeing that there has been zero transparency from the County in all of this. Your Assistant Chief is placed on “unpaid leave” and you withhold what the allegations are against him? If I was convicted or charged by KPD, past or present, by KPD I would most certainly request to have my case thrown out. If your Chief is dirty then any and all cases that he touched are tainted investigations. It’s my belief that this is just the beginning!

  13. Ludi martin January 11, 2018 5:52 pm Reply

    Seems like the KPD controlled the entire island, including the mayor and the chief of police. When my grandson was killed by KPD in 2013, the investigation was unbelieveable on how it was conducted. There were witnesses but it was not taken into content and it’s been almost 5yrs amd nothing was done. Roy Asher knew and have all the evidence still to this day. So kauai, can you find some pride in taking back your island?

  14. Jered Young January 23, 2018 9:04 am Reply

    Okay, now we’re 2 months away from this story ‘breaking’ and we still do NOT have a follow-up. TGI, anyone working on something other than a “XYZ gives $10 to Kauai Charity”? Let’s be real, we’d all be in the dark if you didn’t cover EVERY single check donation on the front page. Some of us actually care about the fluff stories too. You know, the kind that involves the 2nd highest officer with a gun and a badge being stripped of his police powers? Unreal.

  15. KPD Blue January 28, 2018 2:12 pm Reply

    Ridiculous cover up!! So what this time Assher? Painkiller addiction or affairs with the SANE!?!?

    Shame on you TGI! No journalism whatsoever!

  16. Longtime coming January 30, 2018 11:11 pm Reply

    Yep this scrub got pulled from duty multiple times for his drug habit and indiscretions but it’s been covered up! Garden Island needs to stop being told what it can and cannot print by the Police!

  17. Jerek Young February 1, 2018 6:35 am Reply

    Wait, I haven’t seen a running story from the Editor. All hands on deck! Get the running story. Omg, did we miss someone giving a can of food to the food bank? Get the entire newsroom down there. I want background stories on the origin of the can. Let’s get the inside scoop on the mysterious donor of the can. I want photos of the family enjoying a meal with the contents of the can. Stop the press until that can is covered! Who said “Asher”? Is that some kind of female ash tree? Nothing to see here. Get the can!

  18. Jerek Young April 30, 2018 3:50 pm Reply

    Um, really TGI? Six months and zero follow-up. Wow.

  19. Jered Young June 25, 2018 8:15 am Reply

    Follow-up update: 7 months and…who’s counting?

  20. Joe Public July 9, 2018 2:36 pm Reply

    Heard Asher returned to duty today….guess he got away again!!

  21. David Johnston July 10, 2018 8:21 pm Reply

    I am very much in the know regarding the terms of Asher’s return to KPD and let’s just say that he dimed a few people out to keep his retirement. Sorry folks that’s how it works in the real world. 9/10 the bad people win. At least we can all rest easy knowing that statistically speaking he should drop dead of a heart attack within 5 years of retiring!

  22. lei Saio February 21, 2019 12:03 am Reply

    i know theres a higher judge and when that day comes i hope he gets exactly what he deserves. UNTIL then i wish u NO PEACE. every day of your remaining life and those involved that u know that are holding back the truth i hope u see the faces every time u close your eyes… i hope u hear the cries of their children LOUD it makes u NUTS.

  23. Leticia Saio February 21, 2019 12:04 am Reply


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