WAILUKU – Upon an agreement by Mayor Alan Arakawa and the Maui County Council, the Department of Planning has levied fines totaling half a million dollars against Michael Baskin, the owner and operator of three vacation rentals in Paia. This is the largest fine in the history of the department, resulting from numerous violations of the Short Term Rental Home, SMA, zoning, and building codes laws. All told, the county issued 30 Notices of Violation.
Some of the violations include:
In addition to the violations, Planning also revoked two short term rental home permits and did not renew another for misrepresentations made in the applications.
The county launched an investigation into Paia Inn back in May 2013 as a result of complaints. After several site inspections county officials discovered numerous SMA, zoning, permit and building code violations.
Since then the county has attempted to settle this matter with Mr. Baskin in court and through mediation. Mayor Arakawa and Maui County Council members have agreed that Mr. Baskin will pay $500,000.00 in fines in two installments, remove all illegal structures or obtain after-the-fact permits for those structures which can be made legal. An additional $500,000 fine will be triggered if any terms of the agreement are violated. These permits with be reinstated under these terms and subject to original conditions.
“We are pleased that this two year process is complete, and we can move to other phases. The Planning Department wants to help all of our residents and businesses meet county codes and standards but in turn they need to work with us and follow county rules and regulations as well,” said Planning Director Will Spence. “These rules are there to protect our environment and the populace and they must be followed.”
WAILUKU – The State Department of Labor and Industrial Relations has ruled that a Maui chiropractor defrauded the County of Maui dozens of times, in what may be one of the greatest number of fraud counts found against a health care provider in county history.
The administrative ruling states that Dr. James Hattaway of Maui Family Chiropractic committed 69 counts of fraud, including concealing a material fact, presenting multiple claims for the same injury and 67 fraudulent claims for payment of a health care benefit. The violations took place over a year and a half long period and involved Dr. Hattaway’s treatment of an employee of the Maui County Department of Parks and Recreation.
According to the facts of the case, the parks employee suffered a back injury while on the job in 2011 and had a medical referral to see Dr. Hattaway for treatment. Almost a year later, while still being treated by Dr. Hattaway, the same employee reinjured his back in a non-work related motor vehicle collision.
The state concluded that during this time, Dr. Hattaway committed fraud by not notifying the county about the vehicle collision and continuing to treat the parks employee for what the county assumed was the work related injury. The state also ruled that Dr. Hattaway was double-billing GEICO Insurance for the motor vehicle collision treatment.
As a result Maui County paid $1948.54 for Dr. Hattaway’s fraudulent billing claims. As part of the state’s ruling, Dr. Hattaway must pay $6900 in fines.
FRAMINGHAM, MA – T.J.Maxx, one of the nation’s largest off-price retailers with more than 1,000 stores currently operating in 49 states and Puerto Rico, will open a new store at Maui Mall on August 6. From fashion and accessories to jewelry, home, beauty, pet products, toys and more, the latest T.J.Maxx store will have something for the entire family.
“We are pleased to expand our store base to Maui, delivering value and an exciting selection of merchandise to serve the needs of customers,” said Richard Sherr, president of T.J.Maxx. “With thousands of new items from top designers and brands arriving in stores weekly from around the world, shoppers will discover a new store full of amazing values every time they visit.”
The grand opening of the new T.J.Maxx store will be celebrated on Thursday, Aug. 6 with a traditional Hawaiian blessing ceremony beginning at 7:30 a.m., followed by a check presentation to Women Helping Women, a local organization dedicated to providing emergency shelter and programs for victims of domestic violence. Local shoppers can then experience the excitement of off-price shopping from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m.
STORE FACTS & FEATURES
T.J.Maxx offers high-quality and on-trend merchandise from top designers at amazing prices. What’s our secret? Our T.J.Maxx buyers work with thousands of brands and designers from around the world to score the most coveted pieces at prices that work for shoppers. Our buyers shop year-round verses seasonally to take advantage of merchandise opportunities as they arise, allowing us to be smarter about trends. Because we buy closer to need, we can negotiate better prices to pass along to our customers!
In addition to providing a new shopping destination in Maui for local residents, the new store will add approximately 60 full and part-time jobs to the area. T.J.Maxx sources merchandise globally and intends to feature local Hawaiian merchandise, including specialty food items, coffee, jewelry and bath and body products, as well as items from local fashion designers and aloha wear in our Hawaii stores. In keeping with our mission to provide value to shoppers, the T.J.Maxx stores in Hawaii will offer the same great values that we offer on the mainland.
In celebration of its new Maui location, T.J.Maxx will contribute to the surrounding community by presenting a $5,000 donation to Women Helping Women as part of the grand opening on Aug. 6. T.J.Maxx also supports Save the Children, Autism Speaks and Joslin Diabetes Center with annual in-store fundraising campaigns.
Since its first store opening in 1977, T.J.Maxx has helped customers maximize their budgets by offering the same on-trend, in season, first quality merchandise as department and specialty stores, but for 20 to 60 percent less. When shoppers compare prices they will find that T.J.Maxx offers value that goes beyond just a low price. To us, value is the ability to offer consumers high quality, current season designer merchandise at unbelievable prices.
KAHULUI – The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR) will implement a new parking plan in the Maalaea Small Boat Harbor beginning this Monday, August 3.
DOBOR has selected Diamond Parking to manage the entire parking area at Maalaea. The facility will have approximately 208 regular parking stalls, seven or eight boat trailer parking stalls and four ADA compliant handicap parking stalls available for users. The final count on the available stalls is pending finalization of the configuration plan.
Approval for DOBOR to issue a month to month revocable permit for up to a year to a parking vendor was given by the Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) at the board’s meeting on April 24. Discussion about the parking plan has been circulating in the media since 2013.
As the vendor, Diamond Parking will install parking meters, collect fees ($0.50 per hour, $12.00 per 24 hour period) for all parking stalls in the harbor, pay for necessary infrastructure upgrades related to vehicle parking (signage, etc.) and pay a flat fee or a percentage of gross receipts to DOBOR for deposit into the Boating Special Fund which will be used to improve harbor facilities.
The Maalaea Small Boat Harbor has undergone substantial improvements that include a new ferry building with attached DOBOR district office, new piers, loading docks and parking areas. The total cost of the new improvements was approximately $15 million.
The repair and maintenance of the harbor is paid for through the boating special fund which consists of user fees generated from mooring fees, commercial vessel operations, and revenues from fast land leases. DOBOR does not receive any general fund money to help cover operating expenses.
Since those with use permits issued by DOBOR are not the only people using the facility, i.e. surfers, fishermen, neighboring commercial businesses, etc., DOBOR is seeking ways to make the generation of operating revenues more equitable for all user groups.
DOBOR has held several public meetings over the course of a year, with harbor permittees and members of the general public, to discuss the implementation of a parking plan.
Since the proposed parking area is new and may need to be amended based on general operations, DOBOR has issued a revocable permit on a month to month basis for up to one year in order to gather information that will be used to draft a concession agreement that will be later be placed out to bid.
This parking concession is similar to the parking concession located at the Ala Wai Small boat harbor, Oahu. Since its inception, the average monthly parking revenues generated at the Ala Wai small boat harbor is $62,500, (which is used to support operating costs statewide). Another benefit of the parking concession is security at the facility during times when the harbor office is closed.
DOBOR operates and manages 19 harbors, 15 ramps, and 2,122 moorings and berths across the state. The division works in close partnership with DLNR’s Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) and the U.S. Coast Guard to make near shore waters safe.
The division is also responsible for registering all vessels in Hawai‘i which are not documented by the U.S. Coast Guard, and for regulating and permitting surf meets, canoe and yachting regattas, ocean swimming events and other ocean events with the concurrence of the U.S. Coast Guard.
Hurricane Guillermo is a Category One hurricane as of 5 a.m. HST today. The National Hurricane Center headline declares “…GUILLERMO RACING WEST-NORTHWESTWARD AT ABOUT 17 MPH…”
Maui weather guru Glenn James says he thinks the storm could reach Category Three status before gradually weakening as it draws a bead on the Aloha State.
Or maybe not. This spaghetti-like image indicates the computer models for where Guillermo might be by the middle of next week.
At 5 a.m. HST Guillermo (Spanish for William, Bill and/or Willie) was 12.4N, 132.7W, or about 1,570 miles east southeast of Hilo. Maximum sustained winds are 90 miles per hour and central pressure is 975 Millibars (28.8 inches of mercury on your barometer). Present movement is 17 mph to the west northwest. As of the latest report, no coastal watches or warnings are in effect. The system is expected to lose some forward momentum over the weekend. However, forecasters also say the system shows signs of strengthening during to the weekend to a major hurricane.
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LAHAINA – As if yesterday wasn’t hot enough already, Maui Fire Department investigators still haven’t determined the causes of three fires that erupted within an hour of each other Thursday in West Maui.
At 10:50 a.m. fire crews responded to multiple reports of a brush fire on starting up on Kai Hele Ku Street in Launiupoko. A Lahaina ladder crew arrived at 11 a.m. and was able to contain a grass fire found burning on the north side of Kai Hele Ku Street, just below the roundabout at Haniu Street. The fire burned just over one acre of grass. The fire was called contained at 11:13 a.m., and extinguished at 12:10 p.m. The Lahaina ladder and water tanker, and a Napili engine responded to the incident. The cause was undetermined.
At 11:39 a.m., emergency dispatchers sent fire crews to the second reported brush fire at North Hakau Place in Lahaina. A Kihei engine company covering the Lahaina district while Lahaina crews were at the Launiupoko fire, arrived at 11:48 a.m. and initially thought they were facing a structure fire because of dark black smoke coming from the garage port. It was later discovered that there was a homeless encampment burning in the Kahoma stream gulch, to the rear of homes on North Hakau Place. That fire burned a 50 x 50 foot area of trash and a makeshift shelter built of wooden pallets and lumber.
At one point, it came within 20 feet of structures, melting plastic storage cans from the heat. No structure damage or injuries were reported. The fire was called contained at 12:56 p.m. and extinguished at 2:49 p.m. Two engine crews from Kihei and Napili responded to the incident. Fire investigators remained on scene determining the cause for several hours but no determination was made official.
At 11:52 a.m., fire crews were alerted to another fire in the Kahoma stream gulch on North Hopoe Place, burning two streets above the North Hakau fire. A Wailuku engine responded to that fire, along with the Lahaina engine company that was pulled out of a training class they were attending in Kahului. Before a fire engine could arrive, an off-duty firefighter was able to control the fire using fire hoses connected straight to a fire hydrant, that he retrieved from a fire crew two streets below. The Air 1 helicopter also helped to control and contain the third fire on North Hopoe Place. The Lahaina engine arrived at 12:17 p.m. and called the fire contained by 12:36 p.m., extinguished at 2:28 p.m. That fire burned a 2,000 square-foot area of brush in the Kahoma stream gulch to the rear of North Hopoe Place. No structures were damaged and no injuries reported. Fire companies from Wailuku, Napili, Lahaina, Kahului, Kihei and Wailea responded to the incidents in West Maui. Fire investigators still haven’t determined the cause of the third fire.
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