“Ask the Mayor”
Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his office staff.
Q: Along the three-milestretch of land along North Kihei Road that is flanked by Kealia Pond Wildlife Sanctuary and the Pacific Ocean, there are no trash barrels available. The area is frequented by fishermen, tourists and weekend partiers, all of whom seem to leave their trash behind to blow into the pond and the sea. Cleanup of the area seems to rely on organized volunteer cleanup crews, or individuals who pick up trash as they walk along the beach. This is an extraordinarily sensitive stretch of land, and it deserves good stewardship. Is there anything you can do to help with this situation? Mahalo for your time and attention.
A: Indeed, this is a very special stretch of coastline that is ecologically delicate and offers sweeping vistas of Ma‘alaea Bay, Kaho‘olawe and Molokini. I contacted the land owner and learned that Alexander & Baldwin conducts nightly security patrols in the area, to monitor activity and directly encourage ocean users to take their ‘opala (rubbish) home with them. Additionally, license agreements with canoe clubs on the South end of Sugar Beach include stipulations that club members participate in the stewardship of the land by conducting cleanups and helping look after the area. A&B also hires contractors to clean the area from time to time and has worked with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service on the turtle fence, which has protected much of the shoreline and prevented turtles from crossing the busy highway. Statistics show that having trash barrels in an area does not necessarily lead to a cleaner environment; ironically, it often leads to increased dumping. Thus, emphasis has been placed on regular beach cleanups. A local business recently conducted a major shoreline cleanup at Kealia; when I passed through the area I did not observe trash or windblown debris. My heartfelt thanks to all who dedicate their time and energy to help mālama (care for) this exceptional shoreline.
Q: I enjoy walking in Wailuku for exercise, but came across a section of sidewalk near the bridge where the sidewalk is overgrown with tall weeds. It presents a safety issue for pedestrians who need to use the sidewalk. Whose responsibility is it to maintain the sidewalk, and how can I report this to the proper authorities?
A: According to Chapter 12.02.020 of the Maui County Code, it is the responsibility of the property owner whose land abuts or adjoins a County street to maintain the sidewalk area so it is free of weeds and noxious growth. The best way to report an overgrown sidewalk is to fill out a Request for Service (RFS) using the County website: www.mauicounty.gov. Click on “Online Services” (lower left) and select “Request for Service.” Include specific details on the location and scope of the concern, so that County staff can follow up accordingly.
Q: Would you know how a vehicle can be properly disposed of on Lāna‘i? I work for an organization with a van that’s not running anymore that needs to be put to rest. Thanks for your help.
A: There is currently a derelict vehicles and metals collections and recycling event happening on Lāna‘i, Nov. 4 -21. Pūlama Lāna‘i (formerly Lāna‘i Company) is working with our County contractor to pick up items from residents over the next two weeks. However, last week was the vehicle pick-up week and it is likely that the limit of 24 vehicles for this collection event has already been reached. Future collections are being planned for early spring. Lāna‘i residents also can put appliances, propane tanks, auto batteries and tires out curbside during the next two weeks (call first for collection schedule). On Moloka‘i, the County receives these items at the Moloka‘i Metals Facility at the Moloka‘i Landfill during regular landfill hours. Metals recycling events are also held periodically in Hana/East Maui.To inquire about participating in a vehicles/metals recycling event, call the County’s Office of Abandoned Vehicles and Metals at 270-2106. To call toll-free from Lāna‘i, dial 1-800-272-0125 and ask for extension 2106. To call toll-free from Moloka’i, dial 1-800-272-0117 and ask for extension 2106.
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 Capt. Lee Mainaga, MFD
While nearly all of Maui County came under flood watches and warnings Saturday evening into Sunday, some of the heaviest rains concentrated on Kahului and Wailuku.
During a particularly heavy downpour, Maui Fire Department crews responded to nearly a dozen calls in a short span overnight.
Here is a summary of calls that the Maui Fire Department responded to, early this morning due to the rains.
No injuries were reported. Some homes, unknown how many, sustained water damage due to water entering the homes.
By Jacky Takakura, DWS
The Department of Water Supply has been notified by the Hawaii State Department of Health that it has violated drinking water regulations for the presence of E. coli bacteria.
A sample collected this past Tuesday, November 7, at the Kepaniwai Well in Wailuku was positive for E. coli bacteria. The results were determined on Thursday because the E. coli test requires 18 hours to run. Subsequent sampling was negative for E. coli bacteria and the water is safe to drink.
It is likely that the E. coli contamination came externally from the sampling tap. DWS personnel are inspecting, and if necessary, securing sampling taps at all sites to prevent contamination of future water samples.
E. coli are bacteria whose presence indicates that the water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes. Microbes in these wastes can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms. They may pose a special health risk for infants, young children, some of the elderly, and people with severely compromised immune systems.
Residents who would like more information about the situation should contact the DWS service line at 270-7633.
A Wailuku man is dead tonight after the moped he was operating was hit from behind by a motorcycle today in Waiehu.
Maui Police say that at 3:53 p.m. today, on Waiehu Beach Road at the intersection of Linekona Place in Wailuku, a 2004 Suzuki GSXR motorcycle was traveling west on Waiehu Beach Road when it collided into the rear of a black 2012 Ningbo GTX moped that was also traveling west on Waiehu Beach Road.
Following the collision with the moped, the motorcycle continued west and sideswiped the left side of a 2004 Honda Accord four door sedan that was parked facing west along the west bound shoulder of Waiehu Beach Road.
As a result of this collision, the 25 year-old motorcycle operator, from Wailuku, suffered minor injuries and was transported to the Maui Memorial Medical Center Emergency Room. However, the male operator of the moped, identified as Earle Maielua, a 47 year-old Wailuku resident, sustained fatal injuries and died at the scene.
Neither the operator of the motorcycle nor the operator of the moped was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. Speed is suspected as a factor while Alcohol/Drug involvement and are still under investigation. The road was closed for nearly seven hours following the crash while officers conducted their on-scene investigation.
This is Maui County’s 12th fatality of 2013 compared to 20 this time last year.
By Jeff King
Iao School, Wailuku Elementary and other area schools have been notified of the escape on a MCCC inmate today. Maui Police say 26 year-old Reid I.L. Kauha’aha’a escaped during a work detail around noon today along Honoapi’ilani Highway near the Waikapu on 30 Restaurant.
Police say their are working on leads and canvassing the area. Kauha’aha’a is described as five feet six inches in heights, 130 pounds. He has brown eyes, long brown hair and tattoos on each side of his neck. Was last seen wearing blue jeans and an orange T-shirt.
Conflicting reports of lockdown have been rumored. As of 2 p.m., neither school has reported being locked down. Kauha’aha’a remains at large at this hour.
The escapee was in Community Custody status (meaning he is allowed to work in the community. Community Custody is lower than Minimum Custody). He was in the work furlough program.
Kauhaahaa was serving 5 years for Burglary and Theft in t5he Second Degree. His next parole hearing was scheduled for February 28, 2014. When captured, escape will also be added to his charges.
Anyone with information is asked not to approach Kauhaahaa, but to call police.
Honolulu — Acting Governor Shan Tsutsui today announced the release of $4.7M in general obligation (G.O.) bond funds which will be used toward the construction of the Central Maui Regional Park.
The park is being developed in phases which will ultimately include a full size baseball field, a quad of softball fields, a little league baseball quad and an area for soccer fields. Comfort stations, concession buildings, and new infrastructure that include a parking lot and utilities are also part of the project’s scope.
“It’s really exciting to see that the development of the park is well-underway. The sports complex will be a gathering place for families and children to play and spend quality-time together,” said Acting Governor Shan Tsutsui.
“Once completed, the park could serve as a venue to host local, statewide, national, and international sporting events,” he added. “It has the potential to be a revenue generator for Maui and the State.”
Located in the Wailuku-Waikapu region in central Maui, the park is part of the master planned community of Wai’ale being developed by Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. The park will encompass up to 65 acres of land.
The Acting Governor, also approved the allotment of funds for the following priority projects, identified by members of the State Legislature:
$1,986,617 – Hawaii Public Housing Authority. The funding will provide for the planning and designing of various ADA Compliance projects within the Hawaii Public Housing Authority.
$1,178,000 – Ho’opono Rehabilitation Center for the Blind. These general obligation bond funds will provide for the various upgrades and improvements of the Ho’opono Rehabilitation Center for the Blind.
$3,520,000 – Hawaii Public Housing Authority. The funding will provide for improvements, renovations, statewide plans, design, construction and equipment to develop, upgrade or renovate public housing facilities.
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