Haʻikū murder suspect remains in police custody; victim identified

Mike Pharisien, 51, of Haʻikū. PC: (File 2018) Maui Police Department

A man suspected of second degree murder for the death of another man in Haʻikū on Tuesday morning remains in police custody, but charges are forthcoming, according to police.

Maui police have since identified the suspect as Mike Pharisien, 51, of Haʻikū. He was being held on unrelated charges, according to an earlier press release.

Maui police have also identified the victim of the suspected murder as 54-year-old Steven Holm, also of Haʻikū.

Maui police launched the murder investigation, after officers were called to a home in Haʻikū on Tuesday morning. Officers responded to the home at around 9:16 a.m. on, July 12, 2022, for a report of an unresponsive man.

Upon arrival, no life-saving measures were performed as officers determined the man, later identified as Holm, to be deceased.  Injuries to the decedent’s body and crime scene evidence depict foul play may have been involved, according to initial police reports.  

An autopsy has been scheduled to determine the cause of death.

The Maui Police Department extended condolences to Holm’s family and friends.

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