Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his office staff.
Q: I bought some hapu‘u logs for my orchids a couple months ago, but I heard that some of the logs might have been infested with ants. How should I check for the ants, and what do I do if I find any?
A: If you bought the hapu‘u within the past 12 months, the State Dept. of Agriculture is recommending that you check for the Little Fire Ant by putting peanut butter on a chopstick and inserting the chopstick into the ground, with the peanut butter end on the fern. If you see ants on the chopstick, put the chopstick and any ants into a sealable plastic bag and place the bag in the freezer. Call the Dept. of Agriculture at 808-872-3843, and an inspector will be sent to determine whether the ants are Little Fire Ants, which are extremely small (less than 1/16th of an inch long) but pack a very painful bite.
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Q: We have heard rumors that Monsanto donated the land upon which the new Police Station in Kihei was built. Is this true? By the way, we toured that beautiful building and were very impressed.
A: No, Monsanto did not donate land for the police station in Kihei. According to our Capital Improvements Project Coordinator, the County purchased the 150-acre parcel for a park in 1994 from Haleakala Ranch at a cost of $2.1 million. Monsanto dedicated land for an easement and a pipeline to carry R-1 water from the County system across Monsanto property to the Kihei Police Station.
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Q: As a long-time resident and frequent user of many of the pools on Maui, I would like to know why all the pools do not seem to have a minimum standardized water temperature. For years the Kihei Aquaticmeter pool had a comfortable winter temperature of 80 degrees. Now that there is a new head pool lifeguard, the temperature is being kept at 76 to 78 degrees, which has discouraged many of the residents from continuing their winter swimming. This seems unfair that the pool temperatures are left up to the head lifeguard. Why are pool temperatures not standardized by the county on Maui?
A: According to our Parks and Recreation Aquatics staff, the temperatures at all County pools are kept between 79 & 80 degrees. During the mid-day hours it may rise even higher. However, there will be days when equipment malfunctions and the heater may be down for several days until parts can be obtained. The boilers are regulated by temperature controls, so as soon as the pool hits 80 the system shuts off. Our senior lifeguards are told that only the pump mechanic is authorized to access the boiler controls to make temperature adjustments. Our Aquatics staff will check into your comment about the Kihei pool’s temperature.
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 young man was assaulted on the UH Maui College campus late Saturday night. The 15 year-old boy was walking alone near Harbor Lights. Due to limited visibility, the victim could not identify his attackers – beside the fact that they were all male.
The incident was not reported until yesterday morning when the victim’s father notified police. No motive has come up, and there were no witnesses. Injuries were described as non-life threatening. The boy refused treatment.
A water main break near the Maui Electric Company power plant at Ma’alaea has forced Police to close one lane of North Kihei Road. At 5:20 a.m. today, the report came in that traffic is being alternately flowed around the scene.
No word on the cause of the break, or if and where it might be affecting customers. Motorists should choose alternate routes or expect delays through the area.
Maui Police are terming the event an “unattended death.” Monday morning at 6:40 a.m., Maui Police officers from Lahaina were called to the Marriott Ocean Club in Ka’anapali regarding an unresponsive male found there.
The Police report says the man was found, lying unresponsive on the pavement on the resort property. The man had observable injuries. It was later determined the male was 53 years old and possibly from out of state. His name will be withheld until notification can be made with next of kin.
As of this writing, this case is being classified as an Unattended Death. The investigation is still ongoing at this time.
Police have released the identity of a young woman killed in a Thanksgiving Day crash. Maui Police say 26 year-old Giuliana Johnson of Makawao was likely speeding when her 2001 Ford Ranger, heading southbound on Pau Hana Road, failed to negotiate a turn.
At 1:40 p.m., The Ranger left the road, and crashed through fencing of a Pau Hana Road residence near Kilihuna Place. Johnson’s Ranger than impacted a parked 2000 Mercedes-Benz SUV parked in the driveway. After those impacts, the uncontrolled Ranger continued forward through still more fencing before coming to a stop fronting another residence.
Johnsun suffered fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say speed was a likely factor in the crash. The involvement of alcohol and/or drugs are still under investigation. Traffic in the area was rerouted for about three hours while officers conducted their preliminary investigation. They have determined that Johnson, the lone occupant of the Ranger, was not wearing her seatbelt. Also, the bags did not deploy.
Johnson’s death is the 15th tgraffic fatality of 2013 – compared with 21 at this time last year.
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.
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