Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most recently asked questions submitted to his office staff.
Aloha Mayor Arakawa,
Q: I was wondering if there is a way to survey the want and/or need for tennis courts to be included in the park being built for Waikapu? The area’s population is continuing to grow and there are only a handful of courts in Wailuku for all the residents. Oftentimes, the tennis clubs have tournaments or practices, limiting community residents’ court time. Mahalo for your time and consideration.
A: Our Parks director said the department is conducting a community assessment that will allow residents to have input on what they would like to have in the park, and what their needs are. If you would like to participate in this survey, please email email@example.com or call 270-7388. You can also attend of our community Budget meetings to voice your suggestions; for a schedule of meeting dates, times and locations, visit www.mauicounty.gov/Budget.
Q: I’ve heard about this no dancing law but I’ve never seen it in effect personally. So we can dance on the dance floor of a liquor serving establishment but once you step off you can’t dance anywhere within the building? Is that true and how do you even enforce something like that? Has it been enforced?
A: Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation in the community on this matter. Whether or not a liquor-serving establishment allows dancing and where the dancing takes place is decided by the business. State law provides that facilities for dancing by patrons may be permitted as provided by liquor commission rules and all four counties have similar rules establishing a minimum dance floor size. Often what happens is that a liquor-serving establishment gets crowded and people start dancing in the aisles and walkways. Aisles and walkways must remain clear and unobstructed for safety reasons. Section 08-101-90(b) of the Hawaii Revised Statutes says that the “licensee shall ensure at all times that entrances to restrooms, aisles, or walkways within the premises are cleared of any congestion or blockage which would prevent any person entry to or exit from the restrooms, from moving freely within any aisle or walkway, or entry to or exit from the premises.” Because of this law, an employee of the establishment may tell people dancing in the aisles and walkways to move to the dance floor, not because they are dancing but because they are blocking the aisles and walkways. Otherwise liquor inspectors who see the blockage can write up a violation, and have in the past. Last year there were five written warnings handed out to several establishments that were in violation of this particular law. Please note that violations of this section don’t always involve dancing. Someone could be standing or sitting or there could even be an object like a potted plant or table that blocks these key access points that should have been kept clear. So as you can see, this business about a “no dancing law” in Maui County is purely an exaggeration. As long as certain areas are kept clear, it doesn’t matter where people choose to dance.
Q: What is the law on front license plates? Do we need them?
A: Yes. According to Hawaii Revised Statute §249-7 Number plates: “The director of finance shall also furnish the owner, upon the original registration of the vehicle, two number plates for the vehicle… The owner shall securely fasten the number plates on the vehicle, one on the front and the other on the rear, at a location provided by the manufacturer or in the absence of such a location upon the bumpers of the vehicle and in conformance with section 291-31, in such a manner as to prevent the plates from swinging. Number plates shall at all times be displayed entirely unobscured and be kept reasonably clean.” Additionally, the official manual that Safety Inspectors refer to states that “vehicles must have two plates, unless registered out-of-state in a location requiring only one plate. Plates must be secured and legible.”
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.