Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his office staff.
Q: Why is the Haliimaile Tennis Court the “stepchild”? About a year ago I wrote a letter regarding the bad condition of the tennis court in Haliimaile. I was very happy to see that the there was some progress in maintaining the grass around the court. Also, the doors and the net were repaired, and I did send a thank you letter. Unfortunately, the part that desperately needs repair or replacement is the court surface. It’s almost dangerous to play there. All other County courts look nice… why not this one? Mahalo.
A: Actually, the County has several outdoor courts in similar condition to the Haliimaile tennis court. The current location of the Haliimaile court is not an ideal site, as the trees adjacent to the court have grown over the years and are very large. They leave a lot of rubbish on the playing surface, and the trees’ roots uplift and crack the asphalt (and will continue to do so), creating a safety hazard. Even under ideal conditions, outdoor courts (tennis and basketball) have a certain number of years of useful service. In order to get the most years of service, these courts require regular and periodic maintenance, including acrylic re-surfacing every five to seven years. As funding has not historically been provided to maintain all of our courts, thus
extending their useful lifespan, some have fallen into a state of disrepair such that they will require a complete rebuilding. This is the case for the Haliimaile tennis court. Prior to the County spending hundreds of thousands of dollars per court to replace existing facilities, the Parks Department will soon be conducting a County-wide needs assessment to, in part, help determine the most suitable locations for tennis and basketball courts. This could be at the same site as existing locations, or it could possibly be building multiple courts in areas centralized to community population bases. Thank you for inquiring
about the Haliimaile tennis court—your participation in the upcoming needs assessment would be greatly valued and appreciated.
Dear Mayor Arakawa:
Q: Can you please address whether or not it is legal for motorcycle riders to physically block intersections to allow large groups of riders to pass through. On numerous occasions over the years, I have witnessed one or two motorcycle riders from a large group physically blocking an intersection to allow their fellow riders to pass through without waiting. This has meant that those in cars must stop and wait for long periods of time in order to pass through the intersection. I have seen this happen most often on the weekends, when large groups are out and about to ride together. I have done some research and can find no laws on the books to allow this act, which is disrespectful and wrong to those in cars who are driving legally and waiting patiently.
A: Maui County Code, Chapter 10.48.030, states that no person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle in numerous situations, one of which is within an intersection. Thus, the use of self-appointed “road guards” at intersections or cross streets is not permissible to allow a group of motorcycles or vehicles to pass. No citizens shall obstruct or block traffic to alter the normal flow for their own personal use. The Maui Police Department does not allow this action for any motorcycle group, car group or individuals. A photo of this type of violation would be helpful in identifying the individual and the motorcycle club he/she may be associated with. To read the language of the law, visit www.mauicounty.gov/Laws and click on “Maui County Code,” then scroll down to Title 10 – VEHICLES AND TRAFFIC. Scroll down to Chapter 10.48.030 – “Prohibited in Certain Places.”
Q: I drive by a landscaping sprinkler “car wash” every morning along a median strip in Wailuku and keep hoping that someone will eventually do something to control the obvious. I submitted a photo in August and I drove by the exact same conditions this morning in mid-November. Unfortunately, this is one of many examples of pure waste of water as a result of landscape requirements for development.
A: This portion of Maui Lani Parkway is privately owned. However, our Public Works Department has notified Maui Lani Partners who will in turn request that the responsible party make the adjustment to the irrigation system. It appears to be a bad irrigation head, but as you noted, the result is a lot of “lost” water.
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.