Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his office staff.
Q: Are there any restrictions on transporting kayaks on one’s car or truck? I’ve seen some cars that have a kayak that extends at least 5 feet in both the front and rear of the vehicle. Also, most people do not attach a red flag in back of the kayak. Isn’t there a law that requires a red flag be attached to any object that extends at least 3 feet past the rear end of a vehicle?
A: Yes, you’re right: Maui County Code 10.20.510 states that whenever the load on any vehicle extends “more than four feet beyond the front or rear of the bed or body thereof,” a red flag not less than 16 inches square must be attached to the end of the load and must be clearly visible at all times. Alternately, in nighttime conditions (“between 30 minutes after sunset and 30 minutes before sunrise”), a red light must be used in place of a red flag and must be clearly visible “under normal conditions for a distance of 300 feet from the front or rear of such vehicle.” The penalty for violations is a fine of not more than $100 for the first offense, and not more than $250 for every subsequent offense.
Aloha Mayor Arakawa:
Q: I’m sad to see the 3-Can Plan going away in my neighborhood. What does the County plan to do with the greenwaste and recycling containers? If they are going to trash them, can citizens keep these to use on their own? It would make hauling my recycling and green waste to the recycling center much easier down the road. Thank you.
A: The bins will not get tossed; they will be collected and stored. The Department of Environmental Management plans to purchase new brown covers for the bins, and to use them as replacement bins for automated refuse pickups. Since a new bin costs $70-$80 each and a new cover costs just $19, it is much more cost-effective to reuse the bins and just replace the cover. As a side note, these 96-gallon bins are heavy duty—and very heavy! They weigh more than any retail bins available locally, so when you factor in the weight of the recyclables, the full bins can weigh about 100 pounds.
Dear Mayor Arakawa:
Q: I know a smoking ban was passed on Maui and I’m wondering when that is going to be enforced? I know it is a huge task, but even signs would be helpful. I get tired of stepping over cigarette butts that are left behind, as well as the offensive smell of smoke. Thank you!
A: Thank you for checking. First, a point of clarification: It is not a smoking ban, it is a tobacco ban. Secondly, it’s important to note that the Council’s bill did not include any enforcement support or funding. To date, funding has not been provided by the Council for permanent signage as a part of this campaign. The Council’s committee chair and the bill’s organizers had said this initiative was intended to be “self-policing” by the community, and that the education of the public would be an important part of its implementation. That being said, our Parks staff have posted temporary signs in the parks, and we are currently working on finalizing new signs that will include all park prohibitions. After these new comprehensive signs are installed, many of the individual signs for individual prohibitions will be removed. This means that while signs specific to the tobacco prohibition will not be installed, the new comprehensive signage will include the “No Tobacco” information. It should also be noted that technically speaking, County parks include only the beach park areas, i.e. grass areas and parking lots, not the sand. All in all, I would hope that instead of stepping over cigarette butts left behind, we can all help be a part of the solution by taking a moment to pick them up and dispose of them properly.
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.