WAILUKU – Due to staff shortages, residential refuse collection routes were not picked up in areas of Kihei, Haiku and Paia.
The 3-Can Plan route in Kihei that was scheduled for post-holiday pickup today was also affected by the staff shortage.
All missed routes are expected to be picked up on Wednesday, Sept. 3. Affected areas include:
And all surrounding streets
And all surrounding streets
The Department apologizes for this inconvenience and appreciates the community’s understanding and cooperation.
By Sgt. Nick Krau, MPD DUI Task Force
The Maui Police Department is dedicated to making our roadways as safe as possible. To strengthen that effort, we partnered with the State Department of Transportation and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over is a campaign aimed to prevent traffic crashes that result in death, injury and economic loss in our community due to impaired driving.
During this eighteen day campaign, which started on August 15th and ran through September 1st, police set up (17) intoxication control checkpoints in various locations throughout Maui County. In addition police increased dedicated traffic enforcement saturation patrols using both marked and unmarked police vehicles. All traffic laws were strictly enforced during this campaign with an emphasis being placed on impaired driving. The results of this (18 day) enhanced traffic enforcement campaign are as follows:
Total Traffic Citations issued was 1,255 locally. Although the Nationwide Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign has come to an end, the mission of the Maui Police Departments DUI Task Force Unit has not. We will continue to patrol our roadways on a nightly basis and strictly enforce all traffic laws.
Checkpoints will be utilized throughout our community on randomly selected nights at various locations.
Too many families have already been devastated by the tragic, preventable deaths of loved ones in alcohol-involved crashes. We want to put an end to these tragedies. We participated in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign because we wanted to send a strong message, The Maui Police Department will not tolerate impaired driving in our community. Our goal is to gain the voluntary compliance of all traffic laws and by presenting an unmistakable show of force, and arresting impaired drivers who put lives at risk we are hoping to get our point across.
The Maui Police Department’s Traffic Division and DUI Task Force Unit would like to thank those members of our community who have been supportive of our dedicated traffic enforcement efforts. We would also like to thank those who have helped us in our efforts to save lives.
That horribly tragic “trend” across the nation has hit home on Maui. A four year-old girl was found unresponsive in the back seat of a car near 3500 Lower Honoapi’iami Road.
Mau Police were called around 1 p.m., Monday, to the scene – where fire crews and paramedics joined them I their efforts to revive the child
The little girl was transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center but did not survive. An autopsy will determine the exact cause of death. Police have not indicated whether or not charges will be filed.
Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his office staff.
Dear Mayor Arakawa:
Q: There is a stretch of beach between Baldwin Beach Park and Pā‘ia bay, where the old lime kiln used to be, that has become a nudist gathering spot. Isn’t this an illegal activity? If so, what can be done to prevent this from going on as it has been for months now? This bay is right next to the Maui Youth and Cultural Center.
A: In talking with our Maui Police Department, they said that officers will respond to calls involving “open lewdness,” which is the law people violate when they expose themselves publicly. However, MPD recommends using two phone numbers for two different scenarios. If the person in question is nude but keeping to themselves, i.e. “passively” sunbathing, then police recommend calling their administrative line at 244-6400. If the person in question is being aggressive, exposing themselves to people and engaging in other forms of harassment, people should call 911. Police will respond in both cases but obviously there is a higher priority placed on the second scenario. Some people have asked whether they should take a picture of the nude sunbather with their cell phones as evidence for police when they arrive, but this is not necessary. Also, you run the risk of turning a passive situation into a confrontation if the individual sees you taking their picture. Better to let police handle the situation. Lastly, this question is another good reason why the County should take advantage of the offer by Alexander & Baldwin to give us 36 acres of coastline – which would include this beach – if the County purchases a lot in their Kahului business park for our new service center. We could clear out the sugar cane and brush and make the beach more accessible for the public, which in turn would likely deter this sort of nudity from happening in the first place.
Q: On cruise ship days (currently Sundays/Mondays), crew members from the ship are jaywalking across to Maui Mall and back to the harbor by the banyan trees near the turn where Hana Highway and Ka‘ahumanu Avenue meet. Someone is going to get run over trying to cross over those five lanes of roads— that area by the old Kahului train depot is a really bad place to cross because it has a blind spot. The jaywalking happens all the time the ship is in, and the passengers from the ship see these crew members crossing at that spot so they try to cross the road too. I see a lot of people stuck in the middle of the road with both lanes of traffic passing them. Doesn’t the ship tell their employees to use the crosswalk at the stoplight by Longs? Please tag those people before someone gets hit! This is happening in the morning, during the day and also at night. I know because I drive through that area all the time.
A: Thank you for your comments about jaywalking near Kahului Harbor. Our Wailuku Patrol Commander has been informed about this so that MPD’s Community Police Officer in Kahului can work with cruise ship personnel to help inform crew members and visitors, and reduce the number of pedestrians who risk their lives just to save a few steps.
Q: Regarding the question you answered in last week’s column about motorcycles not triggering lights at some intersections: I’ve been told that if the light cycles two times, the rider may proceed through the red light with caution, of course, and common sense. Is this true?
A: According to Maui Police Department, while this is legal in other states, Hawai‘i State law does not have an exemption for motorcyclists to proceed through a red light. You can buy specialized magnets online that can help trigger the signals; however, before purchasing, consumers should carefully review the feedback from previous buyers as there is no guarantee that the magnet will work at all traffic signals. The magnets are mounted under the bike and send out a magnetic field that gets picked up by the sensors, which detect metal, not a vehicle’s weight.
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.
A man visiting with his family from Scottsdale, Arizona is an apparent drowning victim. Maui Police, Fire and Rescue crews were called to the beach fronting the Sheraton Resort in Ka’anapali at noon today.
Upon arrival, the victim – 60 year-old Greg Ira Eveloff – was unresponsive. He had been swimming with family members when he encountered difficulties. Bystanders began CPR and paramedics assumed that task upon arrival by Eveloff did not respond. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The official cause of death will not be released until an autopsy is completed.
The National Weather Service has continued a HIGH SURF ADVISORY for SOUTH FACING SHORES of MAUI COUNTY, in effect until 6:00 a.m. Sunday.
EFFECTS: A moderate sized south swell will continue to bring above normal surf to south facing shores of all islands through tonight. Expect surf of 6 to 9 feet through tonight.
Forecast surf heights are estimates of the height of the face or front of waves.
PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES: EXPECT STRONG BREAKING WAVES, SHORE BREAK, AND STRONG LONGSHORE AND RIP CURRENTS, MAKING SWIMMING DIFFICULT AND DANGEROUS. ALWAYS HEED LIFEGUARD ADVICE AND KNOW YOUR LIMITS. WHEN IN DOUBT DON’T GO OUT.
INFORMATION: Maui Civil Defense will continue to monitor the situation. Please listen to your local radio and TV stations or NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts for any updates.
NOAA Weather Broadcasts can be reached by calling 1-866-944-5025. NOAA Weather Internet services can be found at www.prh.noaa.gov/hnl.
Pre-recorded advisories and notifications are available 24-hours a day on the Maui County Automated Information System (AIS) by calling 986-1200.
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