Ask the Mayor
Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most recently asked questions submitted to his office staff.
Dear Mr. Mayor,
Q: I live on Hui Road F and it is a mess, filled with pot holes. It is also extremely dangerous to the children and people walking this road as cars swerve all around the pot holes. After school, the buses drop the kids off at the bottom of the road and as they walk up the road there are cars swerving all around. I know there is some confusion as to who is responsible for the repairs of this road, but we ALL pay the same taxes and road fees. I would really like to see this road get repaired BEFORE we have an accident. Please get someone out here to fix this. Mahalo.
A: I checked with our Dept. of Public Works and unfortunately, Hui Road F is a private road so the owner(s) will need to make the needed repairs. We understand that this Hui Road is under the control of the Second Circuit Court as per a partition action decades ago. It may be possible for the County to accept ownership of the road, but it will take a large effort and some funds to improve it. If there is a Hui Road F association or group that could be formed to act as a single voice on this issue, we have found that type of grassroots action to be a positive way of getting complex issues such as this moving forward and resolved. We would be happy to work with such a group.
Q: I travel through Wailuku town quite frequently, and have noticed that High Street fronting One Main Plaza is in dire shape. I have to drive in the opposite lane sometimes to avoid the big bumps! Central Ave. is also pretty bad; any idea when these roads might be getting some attention? Mahalo.
A: High Street fronting One Main Plaza is part of the Wailuku/Kahului District Resurfacing project, which is scheduled to be advertised for bids by end of this summer. Construction is anticipated to begin by the end of the year. Public Works is aware of the condition of Central Avenue and is scheduling it for resurfacing in 2019.
Q: Half of the public lights at the crossroad between Baldwin Avenue and Makawao Avenue in Makawao are off. Who is responsible for changing light bulbs in the light fixtures along public streets?
A: Street lights are maintained and repaired by Maui Electric Co. (MECO). To report a street light that is out or flashing on and off, call MECO’s trouble hotline at (808) 871-7777. On Lanai, call (808) 565-6445 and on Molokai, call (808) 553-3234.
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.