Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most recently asked questions submitted to his office staff.
Q: Is there a schedule for the opening of Liloa Drive between Alanui Ke Alii and Keonekai Road. Progress seemed to go pretty fast and then all of a sudden it seems like nothing is being done and there is no access to the road. By the way, the roundabout turned out great and the appearance is a great addition to Kihei.
A: Thank you for the compliment about the roundabout, we are glad it is a popular feature in the Kihei community. That particular stretch of road you are taking about is actually privately owned. Work on it is being completed by Towne Development out of Oahu as a condition of one of their previous developments. We talked to Towne and they said they should actually be finishing up that road by the first week of December, although it might be even sooner than that. So it won’t be much longer.
Q: I would like to know why the vegetation along the upcountry area roads are not being maintained. I live in Haiku and on our street the vegetation has not been cut in at least 6-8 months. We walk the streets in our neighborhood and the two-lane road is now just one lane. There are sight distance issues and makes it very dangerous to walk. This same problem is all over the Haiku area roadways. The streets I have noticed are North Holokai Road, Pono Road and South Holokai Road, along with East Kuiaha and West Kuiaha roads.
A: Mahalo for your question, as it underscores the need to educate land owners on their responsibility to maintain roadsides when the property is less than 15 acres in size. According to Maui County Code 12.02.010-020, owners, managers, administrators and others that have control or possession of privately owned property that “abuts or adjoins a County street shall continually maintain, and keep clean, passable and free from weeds and noxious growths, the sidewalk or shoulder areas which abut or adjoin” the property. Our Department of Public Works help maintain the brush along County roadways that abut agricultural properties that are larger than 15 acres, but the vast majority of the overgrowth you are seeing is likely on smaller properties whose owners should be maintaining them. To file a complaint about a particular property, you can use the Request for Service (RFS) system at www.mauicounty.RFS.
Q: Why is it that no one (MPD) cites, the U.S. mail truck? They don’t have plates at all. Are they exempt because they use maritime law, or coordinates to justify what is illegal to travel on these roads? Please let me know, thank you!!!
A: Your question is an interesting followup to the question we addressed in last week’s column regarding “Kingdom of Hawaii” license plates. Postal service vehicles are exempt from having Hawaii license plates because they belong to the Federal Government. Each truck is identified by blue numbers on its back. The vehicles are exempt from paying registration and taxes as a federal division, but safety inspections are still required.
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.