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.
EVENT: The National Weather Service has ISSUED a HIGH SURF WARNING for NORTH and WEST FACING SHORES of MAUI & MOLOKAI in effect until 6:00 p.m. Friday.
A High Surf Warning means that dangerous, battering waves will pound the shoreline. This will result in very dangerous swimming conditions, and deadly rip currents.
EFFECTS: A large northwest swell will bring surf heights to advisory levels over north and west facing shores of Maui and Molokai today, with surf heights reaching warning levels tonight through Friday.
Expect building surf along north facing shores of 12 to 18 feet today, reaching 18 to 25 feet this evening and continuing through Friday. Expect building surf along west facing shores of 9 to 12 feet today, reaching 15 to 20 feet this evening and continuing through Friday.
Forecast surf heights are estimates of the height of the face or front of waves.
IMPACTS: EXPECT OCEAN WATER SWEEPING ACROSS PORTIONS OF BEACHES, VERY STRONG BREAKING WAVES, AND STRONG LONGSHORE AND RIP CURRENTS. BREAKING WAVES MAY OCCASIONALY IMPACT HARBORS ENTRANCES, MAKING NAVIGATING THE HARBOR CHANNEL DANGEROUS.
PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES: LARGE BREAKING SURF, SIGNIFICANT SHOREBREAK AND DANGEROUS CURRENTS MAKE ENTERING THE WATER VERY HAZARDOUS. ANYONE ENTERING THE WATER COULD FACE SIGNIFICANT INJURY OR DEATH. BEACHGOERS, SWIMMERS AND SURFERS SHOULD HEED ALL ADVICE GIVEN BY OCEAN SAFETY OFFICIALS AND EXERCISE CAUTION. BOATERS SHOULD BE AWARE OF AN INCREASED NUMBER OF SURFERS AND BODY BOARDERS UTILIZING THE HARBOR CHANNEL TO ACCESS SURFING AREAS.
INFORMATION: Maui Civil Defense Agency will continue to monitor the situation. Please listen to your local radio and TV stations or NOAA Weather Radio for any updates. NOAA Weather broadcasts can be reached by calling 1-866-944-5025. NOAA Weather internet services can be found at weather.gov/hawaii.
Pre-recorded advisories and notifications are available 24-hours a day on the Maui County Automated Information System (AIS) by calling 986-1200. This same notification can be found on the Maui County website at mauicounty.gov.
Due to the high surf on the North Shore, the Department of Parks and Recreation has closed Baldwin Beach Park in Paia for the day, due to waves flooding the parking lot area. A high surf warning continues through tonight for north and west shores of Maui and Moloka’i.
Water safety officials are issuing simple instructions: “Don’t Go Out!”
By Jeff King
Somewhere “very, very…very hot” must have frozen over. After what seems an eternity, one of the most bone-jarring road experiences known to mortal man will soon begin to become a fading memory.
Hansen Road in Central Maui is almost finished. And to prove to skeptics and scoffers who were convinced they’d see the Pearly Gates before they’d see a smooth Hansen Road, Maui County is inviting up-close inspections prior to actually letting cars and trucks traverse the windy, narrow, (now-formerly) pock-marked span.
The County of Maui Department of Public Works invites the public to take a bike ride or run along Hansen Road prior to its reopening to motor vehicle traffic on November 7. Hansen Road has been closed since the reconstruction project began in March of this year to improve the road as well as add a bike lane on both sides of the road.
Participants are asked to arrive at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7 and meet next to the HC&S administrative offices along Hansen Road; the ride will begin at 9 a.m. after a bike safety briefing by members of the Maui Police Department’s Kihei Bicycle Patrol. The event will conclude at 10:45 a.m. in order to prepare the road to be officially reopened to traffic later that afternoon.
Some parking will be available at the HC&S administrative offices parking lot, and at the Kahului Target parking lot, provided vehicles are parked in the spaces farthest from the store. Participants parking at the Target parking lot can use the bike path on Mokulele Highway to get to Hansen Road.
Bicyclists will ride from Puunene Avenue to Hana Highway and back; riders under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. There is no cost to participate; however, all riders are required to wear a helmet.
Runners are also invited to participate, and are asked to keep in mind that the distance on Hansen Road between Puunene Avenue and Hana Highway is two miles each way. Riders/runners need to be off the road by 10:45 a.m.
Children and adults are welcome to wear a post-Halloween costume during the event, as long as the costume does not interfere with vision, the wearing of bicycle helmets or bicycle operation.
“This will be a great way to see the improvements on Hansen Road, our new bridge at Kalialinui Gulch, and the views of the mill and the Central Valley on your bike or in your running shoes – with no cars!” said Public Works Director David Goode. “I look forward to seeing many folks out there.”
For more information on the reopening of Hansen Road or the Ride/Run event, please call the Department of Public Works at 270-7845.
And just think…someday you can tell your grandkeiki that you survived Hansen Road “way back in the olden days.”
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