Customers in five East Maui communities will be without power this coming Monday.
In an effort to upgrade and improve the electrical service Maui Electric provides to the East Maui community, electrical service to customers in the Nahiku, Keanae, Peahi, Huelo, and Kailua areas will be interrupted, weather permitting, as follows:
Date: Monday, September 14, 2015
Time: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Areas affected: Nahiku, Keanae, Peahi, Huelo and Kailua
Safe completion of the job will require an interruption in electrical service during this time for approximately 700 residential and business customers in these areas. Before the outage, customers are advised to please unplug all unnecessary sensitive electric equipment until power is restored.
“We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank our customers for their patience,” said Sharon Suzuki, president of Maui Electric. “For safety reasons, electrical power must be interrupted while crews work as quickly as possible to ensure reliable service to all of our customers in these areas. Such regular maintenance and upgrades to our electrical system is integral in keeping the lights on for our customers.”
As part of the project, Maui Electric crews will be conducting work at the recently upgraded Keanae Substation, which provides electrical service to customers in Keanae and Nahiku. In order to make necessary connections and safely transfer load to the upgraded substation, crews also need to de-energize existing 23 kilovolt power lines as well as upgrade multiple poles that feed electricity to customers in Peahi, Huelo, and Kailua.
Should the public have any questions about the Keanae Substation Upgrade Project, please contact Maui Electric at 871-7777.
KAHULUI – The Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of State Parks will close the rental cabins at Waianapanapa State Park, effective today (no, it’s not an April Fools joke). for approximately a year as construction begins on renovations, and new wastewater treatment systems will be under construction.
Cabins will not be available for rental during this time, although camping in tents will still be allowed by permit. Notice of construction has been posted on the State Parks website and provided to persons inquiring about rentals.
The renovation work includes refurbishing the interior areas of the cabins, including new flooring, plumbing replacement and repairs, new fixtures in the bathrooms and kitchens, new kitchen cabinets and counters, new bunk beds, new window jalousies, and related improvements for accessibility requirements.
Exterior improvements include new patio decking, repairs to the patio posts and walls, new patio handrails, new entry stairs and handrails, new water heaters, and painting.
A key improvement is the upgrade of the wastewater systems with new sewer improvements including new septic tank treatment and disposal units approved by the State Department of Health.
Once construction is almost complete, Division of State Parks will make the cabins available for rental online up to one year in advance as was done previously.
Central Construction, Inc. is the contractor and the project construction cost is $2.3 million. The project is expected to be completed by December.
WAILUKU – The County of Maui Department of Parks and Recreation today announced that two Parks facilities will close temporarily for repairs in February.
The restroom at Lower Paia Park on Hana Highway in Paia will be closed starting Monday, February 2, 2015 for replacement of the roofing. The facility is expected to reopen in one week.
In Kihei, the Kalama Skatepark will be closed for repairs February 17- 27, 2015. Work will include repairing the facility’s skate lite riding surface and feature foundations, and removing grafitti. Questions regarding the skate park may be directed to the Parks South District at 879-4364.
The department thanks the public for its patience and cooperation as these needed repairs are made.
This Sunday, January 25, the Department of Water Supply will be repairing a manhole at the intersection of Market Street and Main Street in Wailuku. The roadwork will begin at 7:30 am and end at approximately 3:30 pm. Traffic will flow in all directions at that intersection, except traffic from Main Street turning right onto Market Street will be prohibited. Motorists driving toward Happy Valley from Main Street may want to turn right onto Central Avenue as an alternate route. Motorists in that vicinity are advised to drive with caution.
We regret any inconvenience this may cause.
Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his office staff.
Dear Mayor Arakawa:
Q: Why are the Hookipa Beach Park bathrooms still closed? They’ve been closed since June 2014. Hookipa was voted third-most visited place, behind the crater and the road to Hana! C’mon Mayor! Give Hookipa our bathrooms back.
A: Our Parks department has been working diligently on getting the Hookipa restrooms back up and running, and is currently awaiting the arrival of a new booster pump that had to be fabricated overseas. The purpose of the pump is to get the water flow/sewage pumped back up to the main sewer lines adjacent to Hana Highway. Yes, it’s taken a while, but the repair needs to be done right so we don’t have any sewage backing up in the bay. Thanks for everyone’s patience in the interim; once the booster pump arrives it won’t be long before the toilets can be flushed again.
Q: I recently received a ticket for wearing my seatbelt shoulder strap under my armpit. The ticket has no box to check, other than “No seatbelt.” Should I have been fined? From what I have read in the rules of the road book, no law is stated. Thank you.
A: According to the interpretation of the law, draping your seatbelt over your shoulder does not constitute proper restraint. Hawaii Revised Statute §291-11.6 (“Mandatory use of seat belts”) states that the driver and all passengers in an operating motor vehicle must be “restrained by a seat belt assembly” (or by a child safety seat if under 8 years of age), and “restrained” means that the seat belt assembly is “worn as it was designed and intended to be worn.” The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) provides the following information on proper seat belt use: “A shoulder harness is worn across the shoulder and chest with minimal, if any slack. The shoulder harness should NOT be worn under the arm or behind the back.” In this context, improper use of a seat belt not only violates HRS §291-11.6 but also puts the seat belt wearer at risk for serious internal injuries in the event of a crash.
Dear Mayor Arakawa:
Q: Congratulations on your re-election. Well-deserved and great for our county. My question is in regards to the attached road sign, located on Keolani Place airport access road. The sign is located just at the airport exit, opposite Hemoloa Street. The sign has been vandalized for a number of years now, and has not been repaired or replaced. Can the County replace or repair the sign? Thank you.
A: The sign you’re referring to is the “Preserve America” sign that was awarded to the County back in 2007. Preserve America is a federal initiative that encourages and supports community efforts to preserve and enjoy cultural and natural heritage. It’s unfortunate that vandals have defaced the sign. Airport officials will assist us with the removal and possible restoration of the vandalized sign. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.
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.
WAILUKU – The County of Maui Department of Water Supply has completed repairs of the well in Hamoa and is lifting restrictions on the use of water in Hana, Hamoa and Koali. Residents and businesses in these areas may now resume normal water usage. The conservation request arose suddenly last Wednesday, January 7, when a major pump malfunctioned in Hamoa, affecting water pressure throughout much of East Maui.
The Department extends its appreciation to customers for their understanding and cooperation.
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