Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his office staff.
Dear Mayor Arakawa:
Q: The house across the street from where I live has 10 cars and about 15-20 people living there. It’s a hassle to park on the road and there is always someone blocking our driveway. Getting mail is a problem when they park too close to our mailbox, and sometimes trash pickup is an issue too. What can be done?
A: You can call Maui Police Department’s non-emergency number (244-6400) to report illegal parking, but please note that if parked on the street, your vehicle would also be subject to citation within the same time frame. According to the Maui County Code, parking within four feet of either side of a public or private driveway is prohibited. It is also illegal to park in front of an official United States Postal Service mailbox from Monday through Saturday between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., unless there is a sidewalk that separates the mailbox and the road (10.48.030). Regarding the enforcement of overnight parking, Maui County Ordinance 10.48.110 (“All-Night Parking”) states that no person shall park a vehicle on any roadway “for a period of time longer than 60 minutes between the hours of 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. of any day”; exceptions are granted for authorized emergency vehicles. Thus, police can cite any vehicle on any roadway if parked in excess of 60 minutes between the hours specified.
Q: I’m a journalist working on a story about Maui for a print publication and would like to check whether I need a special permit to take photographs from beach areas. The photos would be used for journalistic purposes only, no marketing images or paparazzi photos of celebrities.
A: Our Maui County Film Commissioner informed me that “still” photographs for editorial purposes are fine without a permit when taken from public beaches and County or State property. You’ll need permission to photograph on private property, and permits are required for commercial, non-editorial photography or for any commercial video or motion picture productions. For more information, visit the Maui County Film Office website at www.filmmaui.com.
Q: I’m just a concerned parent that lives on Mokapu Street in Kahului. I notice every other street around us has speed bumps except ours. Why is that so? Are we gonna wait till a kid who plays on the street gets run over? Then a big lawsuit. I’ve been living on this street for 13 years.
A: County records show that while your street has a total of four speed humps (two between Lono and Makalii streets and two between Makalii and Laau), there are no speed humps on the stretch of Mokapu between Laau and Hina. The existing speed humps were applied for in 1999; since then there have been no requests for speed humps on Mokapu Street. You can request that speed humps be installed on your section of Mokapu, through the same process that residents went through when speed humps were requested for the other sections of the street. The process involves getting signatures from neighbors, ensuring there is community support for it. Visit www.mauicounty.gov/engineering to learn what happens during the application and approval of speed humps on County minor streets, which are usually not wider than 24 feet and feed into collector streets. This webpage also contains instructions on how to apply for street lights, as well as information on current and future Public Works projects including road improvements, rehabilitation and resurfacing projects.
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.