OBITUARY: Stuart Farberow, 58, Beloved Maui Police Officer, Proud Father                                    

Longtime Palisadian Stuart Farberow passed away on October 11, 2021, in Anna, Texas, while surrounded by friends and family. He was 58 years old.

 Stuart was born in Harbor City, California on January 10, 1963, to Roberta (Bobbie) Farberow and the late Mort Farberow. His early years were spent in Palos Verdes, until the age of nine, when the family moved to Pacific Palisades in 1972.

During his high school years, Stuart worked with his family at Mort’s Deli in various job capacities, and he was able to make numerous lifelong friendships while working there.

Stuart graduated from Palisades High School in 1981, and then joined the Malibu Sheriff’s Mountain Rescue Team as a volunteer. That job is what prompted his interest in becoming a police officer when he moved to Hawaii.

As a new recruit of the Maui Police Department, he was sent to work on the island of Molokai for a year, where he met his future wife, Christi. They married in 1996, and had a daughter, Kalee. Although the couple eventually divorced, they remained good friends while co-parenting Kalee.

Stuart’s world was immersed in his daughter Kalee, who had made him proud by becoming a third-year veterinary student at Western University in the department of Biological Science and Veterinary Medicine. Kalee had always brought so much joy to her dad.

Stuart was a longtime Lahaina patrol officer, speed team member, and evoc and taser instructor. His last assignment — and probably his favorite job — was as a school resource officer for Lahainaluna High School.

Stuart and Kalee decided to rescue retired horses that had no grazing land on Maui. West Maui Land Company generously allowed them to utilize 16 acres of fenced-in land with water, which became known as Kalee’s Retirement Stables.

While living in Hawaii, Stuart immersed himself in the Maui Island community and was beloved by all for his generous heart and big smile.

He was predeceased by his father, Mort Farberow. He is survived by his daughter, Kalee Farberow (Culver City); his mother, Bobbie Farberow (Pacific Palisades); sister Karen Farberow, and wife Kathi (Long Beach); and Stuart’s former wife, Christi Machler (Fall Creek, Wisconsin).

A memorial service will be held at Kehillath Israel Synagogue, located at 16019 Sunset Blvd. in Pacific Palisades, on Friday, November 5 at 3 p.m. (Masks must be worn.)

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate to your favorite charity.


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11 Responses to OBITUARY: Stuart Farberow, 58, Beloved Maui Police Officer, Proud Father                                    

  1. M says:

    So sorry to hear this news….

  2. Sandy Correia. says:

    Thank you for your service. May Stuart’s memory be a blessing.

  3. Steven Stilwell says:

    I remember Stuart well. Chatting with him at Mort’s Deli seems not so long ago.

  4. Harriet Glaser says:

    We are all so upset with this sad news. Baruch Dayan HaEmet. May he rest in peace.
    With love, the Glaser family

  5. Bonnie Chadwick says:

    My memories of such a loving soul, wonderfully proud father, best Maui cop
    Ever will alway be alive in my heart forever.

    Stu was always available to stop and talk and catch up! Remember his
    Morning honks at me early in the mornings on my runs on lower road in west Maui.
    Everyone loved and treasured Stu. From Mahinahina to Lahaina town
    He was always there!! For everyone. His smile was contagious.
    I always look around to see if I could visit and catch Up at Starbucks after he left the police force.
    Even though I just found out Stu left us I will never forget him 😊. Until
    We meet again you will Always be remembered. One of a kind,
    We will All Miss you. Happy you are on a new adventure.
    Christi, Kalee, and stu’s close family I send all my love and thoughts with you.
    One of a kind!!! Soar with the angels!!!!
    Bonnie Chadwick
    Oct 20,2021

  6. Brenda Burke says:

    Stu, although we never had the opportunity to meet in person, I feel as if I know you because of how highly your sister Karen and her wife Kathi talked so highly about you. They both were so proud of you and loved you so much. They will miss and love you forever as well I as will through their eyes and memories. You have left a huge void in your family’s lives that I hope their wonderful memories they shared with you and their love for you and your beautiful daughter with help them with this beyond difficult time.

  7. Godspeed!!! 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

  8. Betty Glass says:

    Our family is stunned and so saddened by this news. Our hearts and love go out to Bobbie , Karen, and the entire family.

  9. spike fuqua says:

    miss you bro

  10. Sabina Baker says:

    Sorry to hear, hearing about the fires on Maui we looked up for Stu’s name to see if he was safe and we found this devastating news. We lives with Stu years ago in Maui 2005.. He was kind to take on two travellers from Australia and Canada to live with him. Without Stu, we wouldn’t have had such a memorable time. Forever grateful for his hospitality.
    We remember his little dog and his daughter Kalee, we still have surfing school business card which she featured on, she must have been 9-10 years old.

    RIP Stu, grateful to have shared a few months with you. “Little”Kalee my heart is with you.

  11. Duane Nitta says:

    I too, wanted to check on Stewart after hearing of the Lahaina fire. I am shocked and saddened to hear of his passing.
    To The family, Stewart was an example of a true Police Officer. His dedication on the MPD Traffic Enforcement Unit showed how much he cared about our community. I remember walking down Front Street with my family and Stewart pulled on the side and spent some time talking to us and especially my son. My son was in the seventh grade and, up to today, he still remembers that day.

    Unfortunately, in 2005 I moved to the Big Island and I lost touch with him and our mutual friends in the Department.

    Hewas a great friend and I will forever remember the great times!

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