Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most recently asked questions submitted to his office staff.
Q: How can I get rid of my junk vehicle? I have tried every donation charity I can find, but none of them work on Maui.
A: You can safely and legally dispose of unwanted vehicles at the Hammerhead Metals Recycling facility, located in the Central Maui Baseyard in Pu‘unēnē. For hours and fees, call (808) 280-8844. Thank you for not dumping your car. It’s illegal to abandon a vehicle, and besides polluting the environment with toxic fluids and other harmful materials, they are an eyesore! For more information on disposing of vehicles and reporting abandoned vehicles, visit www.mauicounty.gov/metals or call the Abandoned Vehicles and Metals office at 808-270-6102.
Dear Mayor Arakawa:
Q: Why is it legal for the Segway tour company in Lāhainā to kick people off the sidewalks and slow down traffic, but it is illegal for a person to ride a skateboard as an actual form of transportation?
A: The law sets different parameters for both. According to HRS 291-134.5, a Segway fits the definition of an “electric personal assistive mobility device” (EPAD), which means that unless otherwise prohibited or regulated by a county ordinance, an EPAD may be operated on sidewalks, at a speed no greater than 8 miles per hour, and on bicycle paths of the state. The state law further specifies that EPAD operators must be at least 16 years old, and should operate the device with care by yielding to and avoiding collisions with pedestrians; riders should not be “kicking people off the sidewalks.” In contrast, Maui County Code prohibits riding “roller skates, coasters, toy vehicles, skateboards or similar devices” on sidewalks in business districts, or on roadways except while crossing the road in a crosswalk (MCC 10.52.150).
Q: When will the county be painting the parking stalls near the stadium? Is the reason we haven’t repainted the lines because the parking lot will be paved in the near future?
A: You’re right: Even before it is restriped, our primary focus is on obtaining funding to have the well-worn stadium parking lot repaved. Back in 2007, a consultant was contracted by the county to design reconstruction of the War Memorial Stadium parking lot; however, the resulting design’s engineering estimate came with a pricetag of $2.251 million. We are currently working with the county Department of Public Works to utilize our in-house paving team to reduce the cost of this project. My budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year will again include funds for the repaving. If the County Council approves the money, we can move forward on upgrading this high-use parking lot.
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.