Ask the Mayor
Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his office staff.
Q: Can you please explain the outdoor lighting rules and advise residents what can be done if a neighbor is subjected to regular and annoying glare from another neighbor’s spotlights or floodlights?
A: Certainly. Outdoor lighting regulations are covered under Maui County Code, Chapter 20.35 which states that all outdoor lighting fixtures are required to be fully shielded, as defined in that Chapter, unless specifically exempted. One such exemption is made for outdoor lights controlled by a motion sensor which is timed to turn off within five minutes.
If you are being subjected to annoying lights from a neighbor, the first step would be to contact your neighbor to let them know of the disturbance and the regulations for outdoor lighting. If you are still being subjected to the lights, you can submit a Request for Service through the County website, at www.mauicounty.gov/RFS to have a County Electrical Inspector investigate the outdoor lighting for compliance with MCC 20.35. Keep in mind that if a home is in a neighborhood with a homeowner’s association (HOA), the HOA may have its own standards relating to light intrusion.
Aloha Mayor Arakawa:
Q: I live in Piilani Village II in Kihei, and my house backs up to what is supposed to be the continuation of Liloa Street north of Waipuilani known as the “collector” road. Every now and again the State, or perhaps it’s the County, sends some heavy earth-moving vehicles behind my house to do I’m-not-sure-what. Over the years, I have heard rumors that A) the space available between the opposing housing subdivisions is too narrow to accommodate a two-lane thoroughfare and still have room for a shoulder and sidewalks, or B) the wide gorge just to the north that carries run-off to the ocean would require a bridge that would involve engineering and Federal monies to proceed. When Joe Bertram was our State Representative, he promised a greenway walking and bike path—similar to that created on both sides of our roundabout except without the cars—but unfortunately he could not count that as one of his many accomplishments. Can you clarify exactly what the current State and County plans are for the development of that land and what, if any, timeframe one could expect?
A: According to our Public Works director, the North South Collector Road (NSCR) is still projected to be built in those sections where we have the right-of-way, like the Waipuilani to Ka Ono Ulu Road section. As you point out, bridges will be needed, which will be very expensive, so we will need to rely on Federal Highway funding to supplement the construction cost. The right-of-way in this area, at 60′ wide, is enough to do a two-lane road with supporting bike and pedestrian facilities. As part of the Federal planning process, we have positioned this portion of road in the Federal fiscal year 2019 budget, which would provide enough time to complete necessary studies, permitting and design. Other sections of the NSCR could then follow suit. The section from Ke Alii Alanui to Keonekai Road was a requirement of various project approvals, so I am pleased to report that we were able to to begin construction after working with the developer to overcome numerous land acquisition and permitting challenges.
Dear Mayor Arakawa,
Q: Currently there are no speed bumps on Papa Avenue fronting Lihikai Elementary School. Are there plans to put in speed bumps by the crosswalks fronting Lihikai Elementary School as part of the new repaving project?
A: No, traffic calming devices will not be installed near Lihikai Elementary as part of the current re-paving project. Speed humps/bumps are only allowed on minor residential roadways. Papa Avenue is a major collector roadway, thus it is not eligible for the speed hump program or for speed tables, which are a wider variation of the residential area speed hump. However, all school zones do have speed limits that were designed to be respected by motorists and enforced by police.
Want to Ask the Mayor?
Submit your questions about County of Maui programs, services, operations or policies to Mayor Alan Arakawa via email: AskTheMayor@mauicounty.gov, phone: 270-7855 or mail: 200 S. High Street, 9th Floor, Wailuku, Hawaii 96793. Questions submitted will be considered for inclusion in the Ask the Mayor column.