Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most recently asked questions submitted to his office staff.
Q: An incident at our Kihei condominium required the police to be called. An officer responded, detained the suspect and eventually arrested and took him away. Calling the new Kihei police station we were informed that copies of the police report could only be obtained at the main station in Wailuku. Why is this? It would seem the report could be available at the Kihei station as it was an incident in Kihei. Would a person in Lahaina or Hana have to drive in to Wailuku to get a copy of a police report for an incident originating in their town? Couldn’t an email with the report attached be sent if the local station can’t or won’t provide a copy?
A: According to the Maui Police Department, the Wailuku station is the central depository for all police reports in Maui County and the Wailuku station is the only location to obtain a copy of your report. Also when I say “your report” know that a person can only obtain a report if it directly involves them, and in most cases that means one of two parties, the victim and the alleged offender. Even if you are a suspect, witness or person of interest in the case you are not entitled to a report. The only exceptions are parents or guardians with the proper paperwork. Also, if a person is not able to pick up a report in person they may send a written request with a copy of their valid photo identification and a self-addressed envelope to the Records Section of MPD. The police department does not send police reports via email because of the lack of network security in place for home computer system, which they point out goes through unsecured networks. For more information call the Maui Police Records and Identification Section at 244-6355.
Dear Mayor Arakawa:
Q: When and will North High Street be repaired? That small street is getting worse and worse. They’re only patching up the patches and putting our cars’ shocks to the test!
A: I agree, it is bad. That is why I’m happy to say that we are scheduled to resurface North High Street at the end of the year. North High Street is on the county’s road resurfacing list for fiscal year 2015 for the Wailuku/Kahului district. The resurfacing of North High Street is expected to begin at the end of the year. Other roads on the resurfacing list for fiscal year 2015 include Kaohu Street, Lauone Place, East Papa Avenue, East Hawaii Street and West Hawaii Street.
Aloha Mayor Arakawa:
Q: I was wondering why the hours at the public pools cannot be extended during the summer months? If the hours at the swimming pools were extended, I believe more people (especially those that work until 4 or 4:30pm) would be able to utilize and enjoy the facilities. Swimming pools shouldn’t just be available during regular business hours. It is considered recreation; is it not? Perhaps, an analysis of the pool usage data that are collected (via the sign-in sheets) would show peaks and pool lifeguard hours/schedule could be adjusted accordingly. Why should the wheel be reinvented? Take a look at the Honolulu City and County’s recreational swim program; their pools offer extended hours especially during peak times of the year (i.e.: summer). It is a pity that Maui County’s pools are so underutilized. Mahalo for your time.
A: Before we can even consider extending our pool hours we must first hire more pool guards. Right now we have seven civil service pool guard vacancies despite an on-going recruitment process. If anyone out there who believes they might be qualified to become a pool guard, please pick up and fill out an employment application with the County of Maui. These applications can be found here on the 6th floor of the Kalana O Maui building, the Maui County Business Resource Center at the Maui Mall, the Parks and Recreation District offices at the Lahaina Civic Center, Kihei Community Center and at Eddie Tam Memorial Gym. On Molokai they can be found at the Mitchell Pauole Center and on Lanai at the Lanai Police Station. Or you can download the application from the county website or just apply online. Just go to www.mauicounty.gov and click on “Employment Opportunities” to get started.
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.