Ask the Mayor
Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his office staff.
Dear Mayor Arakawa,
Q: Are there penalties for Bed & Breakfast homes that are not in compliance? I live in an area that has a lot of B&Bs, and I know for certain not all of them are legal.
A: Yes. If a B&B is operating without a permit, or if a B&B has a permit and is not operating in compliance with its conditions, then it would be considered a zoning violation. Zoning violations can result in a maximum $1,000 initial fine, plus a maximum of $1,000 per day for every day that the violation continues. The enforcement of B&Bs, short-term rental homes and any other zoning violation is handled by the Planning Department’s Zoning Administration and Enforcement Division (ZAED). This Division responds to complaints filed by the public through the Request for Service system (RFS). To file a complaint about a specific property, visit www.mauicounty.gov/RFS; your name and contact
information will be requested for the complaint to be reviewed by County staff. The law allows advertising to be proof of operation, and since photos don’t necessarily prove evidence of short-term rental use, the best way to document a suspect property is to provide links to websites or other ads. To view more information about permitted Bed & Breakfast
properties, including the B&B ordinance, an online application and FAQs, visit www.mauicounty.gov/bedandbreakfast.
Q: Hololani Street in Pukalani was recently worked on… at least half of it is completed. The other half became badly damaged by the heavy equipment that worked on the road, and it appears to be caving in over the sewer lines, with manhole covers protruding dangerously close to vehicles passing over them. Is this road to be completed any time soon, at least before the county starts receiving damage claims to vehicles? Mahalo.
A: Yes, the remaining areas of Hololani Street that needs to be resurfaced will be reconstructed. Our Public Works Engineering Division is currently redesigning the road and is waiting for administrative submittals from the contractor. When redesign is complete and required submittals are approved, construction will move forward, likely in summer 2015 after going out to bid.
Dear Mayor Arakawa:
Q: What kinds of flowers/fruits can I take with me when I visit my relatives on the Mainland? I heard that certain kinds of fruits and lei are prohibited from leaving the State; how do I find out in advance so I can avoid having items confiscated at the Ag inspection station at the Airport?
A: Because of the pesky fruit fly, our papayas, bananas and citrus fruits cannot be taken out of the state by private individuals. Maile, orchid and tuberose lei are fine as long as they pass inspection, but any lei containing citrus leaves, including kukui nut or other lei with pieces of mock orange leaves in-between, are not allowed. Other lei prohibited for Mainland travel include Hala (Pandanus), Maunaloa, Kauna‘oa (Dodder), Sea Grape, Blue Jade Plant and Kikania (round, bright red-colored seeds). Other prohibited items not allowed for export to the U.S. Mainland include sugarcane, raw sweet potato, untreated, fresh fleshy or pulpy fruits and vegetables, berries including fresh coffee beans, cactus, cotton, and live insects and snails. Cut flowers, foliage or allowed fruits must be “certified pest-free” by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA), regardless of how they are transported to the Mainland (i.e. hand-carried, baggage, cargo shippers, USPS, or other expedited shippers). All rooted and propagated items such as potted plants must pass inspection by the State of Hawaii Dept. of Agriculture (DOA). To call DOA: ph. 873-3555; to reach USDA’s Maui office, call
877-5261. For more information online, including plants allowed for travel to foreign countries, pet quarantine and animal diseases, visit http://HDOA.hawaii.gov. A copy of the DOA’s handy Ag inspection brochure for U.S. Mainland travel has been posted on my blog at www.mauicounty.gov/Mayor; click on “Mayor’s Update” on the left.
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.