WAILUKU - The County of Maui’s Department of Environmental Management reported that a wastewater overflow of approximately 21,527 gallons occurred this morning due to clogged pumps at the Kihei #6 Pump Station (KalamaPark). The overflow was reported at 7:45 a.m. and was stopped by 9:08 a.m.
The overflow occurred at the corner of S. Kihei Road and Welakahao Road, the corner of Halama Street and Waimahaihai Place, and the corner of Auhana and S. Kihei Road. A portion of the overflow entered the storm drain system at Welakahao Road and S. Kihei Road, and at Auhana Street and S. Kihei Road. Bacteriological analyses were conducted and signs were posted; however, the department is confident the overflow did not reach the ocean, and there are no beach closures.
The pumps were unclogged, standing water removed and the spill sites cleaned and disinfected. The State Department of Health has been notified. Maui Police closed South Kihei Road for about 90 minutes during the cleanup, and Maui Fire Department crews hosed the roads to disperse the contaminant.
“Ask the Mayor”
Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his office staff.
Dear Mr. Mayor,
Q: Yesterday I received a letter from the Office of the County Clerk which contained a Voter Registration and Permanent Absentee form. The cover letter states that the county is updating its database of registered voters. It further states that the county is enclosing a Wikiwiki Voter Registration & Permanent Absentee Form for my use. The problem is that nowhere does the letter state whether someone who is already registered and does not wish to be a Permanent Absentee voter needs to return the form. The statement that the county is updating its database implies that I need to return the form to stay in the database. As a registered voter whose information has not changed and who does not wish to re-register as a Permanent Absentee, I do not want to be dropped from the rolls. Is it required that I return the form, even if none of my information has changed?
A: The update of the voter registration database is being conducted to gather any changes to names, addresses and contact information, and to encourage voters to receive ballots by mail as a “permanent absentee” voter. Individuals already registered to vote will NOT be dropped from the rolls if the form is not returned; it is simply a way to gather updated information. Any questions regarding the voter registration, permanent absentee ballot, or other elections-related questions may be directed to the CountyClerk’s Office at ph. 270-7749. Online information from the State Elections Office is available at hawaii.gov/elections.
Q: I live in a neighborhood in Kihei where many cars are parked on the sidewalks at night. On most weekends, during the day there are oversized pickup trucks parked in a particular driveway, and the front of the truck blocks the sidewalk. Kids, strollers and even wheelchairs must go out into the street to navigate - and forget about using the sidewalk at night. Isn’t there a law about street parking at night? Can something be done to reclaim our sidewalks for pedestrians, instead of them being used for parking? Thank you.
A: The Maui County Code includes parking restrictions that list places where one cannot park their vehicle, including a sidewalk. According to Chapter 10.48.030 A1, “no person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle, except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic or in compliance with the law or the direction of a police officer or traffic control device, in any of the following places: 1. Sidewalk; 2. Within four feet of either side of a public or private driveway.” With regard to overnight parking (Chapter 10.48.110), no person shall park a vehicle on any roadway for a period longer than 20 minutes between 2 – 6 a.m. MPD says that for the most part, these offenses are complaint-driven and one would have to call the Police non-emergency number (244-6400) to lodge a complaint. An officer would respond to the scene and note the vehicle’s position via the odometer or by marking the tires. The officer would then return 20 minutes later to determine if the vehicle was in fact moved. If no movement is detected, the vehicle would receive a parking citation.
Q: Is it legal for motorcycle groups to employ the use of road guards at intersections and cross streets, thereby stopping motor vehicles until the group passes?
A: The Maui Police Department does not allow this action for any motorcycle group, car group or individuals. As with the question regarding parking on a sidewalk Maui County Traffic Code, Chapter 10.48.030, states that “no person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle… in any of the following places: 3. Within an intersection.” Thus, the use of self-appointed “road guards” at intersections or cross streets is not permissible to allow a group of motorcycles or vehicles to pass. No citizens shall obstruct or block traffic to alter the normal flow for their own personal use.
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.
By Jeff King
High winds that followed Sunday’s rain events kept Maui lifeguards and Maui Fire Department first responders busy as unwary oceangoers tempted fate in Kihei. Not just once – but twice.
The Maui Fire Department – Kihei’s Engine Company 6 and Ocean Safety’s Rescue Watercraft JS-6 responded to both ocean calls. Fronting Maui Beach Resort 515 S. Kihei Rd. at 11:18 a.m., a woman in her 20′s from Lahaina chose the blustery day to try stand-up paddling for the first time. The gusty winds kept knocking her down while they pushed her toward Kaho’olawe. Ocean Safety’s Rescue Watercraft JS-6 picked her up about 400 yard off shore and towed her to shore, no medical attention needed.
Two hours later, off Waipuilani park in front of the Maui Sunset Resort, 41 year-old male wind surfer broke his rig. The man tried to make it back to shore – with his equipment and was paddling for over an hour trying to make it in. Ocean safety’s Rescue Watercraft, the same JS-6, picked him up about 800 yards off shore and brought him to shore. No medical attention was needed, but the man was very tired.
Maui’s first responders to the rescue – again.
A man was shot Friday afternoon in north Kihei. The incident happened near the old Suda Store location where Mokulele Highway used to join South Kihei Road adjacent to the Farmer’s Market.
At 5:09 p.m. Friday, Maui police responded to the scene for a report of a male with a gunshot wound. Upon police arrival they found the victim and confirmed that he did sustain a gunshot wound. No weapon was found at the scene and the victim was uncooperative with police.
The victim was transported in guarded condition to Maui Memorial Medical Center for treatment. This incident is still under investigation.
It’s been a busy day and night in Kihei. A wastewater spill this morning near Kalama Park clogged pipes and traffic. And a vehicle accident this afternoon knotted traffic near Kamaole Park III.
The County of Maui’s Department of Environmental Management reported that a wastewater overflow of approximately 21,875 gallons occurred this morning due to mechanical failure at the Kihei #6 Pump Station at Kalama Park. The overflow started at 10:57 a.m. and was stopped by 11:11 a.m.
The overflow occurred at three locations; the corner of South Kihei Road and Welakahao Road, the corner of South Kihei Road and Keala Place, and the south end of Halama Street. The overflow entered the storm drain system at Welakahao Road and Keala Place, and the drainage ditch in Kalama Park by the Whale Statue, where signs were posted.
Bacteriological analyses are being conducted, however, the department is confident the overflow did not reach the ocean, and there are no beach closures. The repairs were corrected and the spill sites were cleaned and disinfected. The State Department of Health has been notified.
This afternoon a multiple car accident on South Kihei Road closed the thoroughfare between Keonekai Road and Ke Ali’i Alanui from 4 p.m. until shortly after 5 p.m. No report on the extent of any injuries. In addition to these two events, the Kihei Fourth Friday Town Party is going on in and around Azeka Shopping Center at Pi’ikea Avenue and South Kihei Road.
WAILUKU – Part of a refuse collection route in Kihei was not picked up today, due to an accident. The affected area is the Betsill Brothers’ subdivision and trash for that area will instead be collected tomorrow, Oct. 25.
Also the Molokai Landfill will delay opening until 9:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25 and Oct. 26, due to a manpower shortage. The Department of Environmental Management Solid Waste Division apologizes for the inconvenience and appreciates the community’s patience and understanding with these delays.
For more information about either the landfill or trash pick-up delay. Please call the Solid Waste Division at 270-7875. Mahalo.
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