Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most recently asked questions submitted to his office staff.
Dear Mayor Arakawa,
Q: There is a dilapidated Dept. of Water Supply facility near my neighborhood in Wailuku, and there is a new access road and a 200-unit development being built that will bring many more drivers past this area. I’m sad to say the facility has a lot of trash, abandoned equipment and the Quonset hut badly needs a coat of paint. Do you know if there are funds available to fix up and clean up this area? It’s an area that many residents have to pass every day, and it sure would be nice if it was a little less of an eyesore.
A: The Quonset hut you’re referring to is a County Water department facility on leased, privately-owned land; it is intended to be phased out completely in the next few years. For now, our Water director says DWS staff will check on the trash and debris to determine if it is under the County’s jurisdiction, and if so, what kind of resources would be needed to clean it up.
Q: I see that the Airport Road is almost done, the road going past Target is open and Dairy Road is almost complete as well. All we need is for Hansen Road to be open again and it will be much easier for people in Kahului to get where they need to go. Any updates on how that’s going?
A: The Department of Public Works tells me the project is ahead of schedule. We were looking to reopen Hansen Road at the end of 2015 but now we’re looking at the end of October, barring any weather delays. This is great news, especially since the Hansen project actually involved three separate projects going on at the same time. There was the $4.5 million reconstruction of Hansen Road, for which we aggressively applied for and received federal funding that pays for 80 percent of the cost. Then there was a separate federal aid contract to widen and improve Kalialinui Bridge for $1.3 million (This is a small bridge located along Hansen Road). And finally we coordinated with the State Department of Transportation for the last quarter mile, because it is owned by the DOT. They have a baseyard located near the Hana Highway side of Hansen Road and we were able to coordinate with them so that the whole road will be improved at the end of the project. Much mahalo to State DOT for helping us out with this important project.
Aloha Mayor Arakawa,
Q: Mayor, I called your office recently to ask a question about the fair only to be directed to an outside fair office. I know that the Maui County Fair changed its name to the Maui Fair some time ago but I thought the name change was purely cosmetic. Are you telling me that Maui County doesn’t have anything to do with the fair anymore? Is that true and if so why?
A: Whether it’s called the Maui County Fair or the Maui Fair, the county will always be involved one way or another in putting on the best fair in the state. But for the exact history of the name change I’ve asked Maui Fair Alliance President Avery Chumbley to provide the following information – “Back in 2011 the fair was reorganized to ensure the perpetuation of this annual community event well into the future. The Maui Fair Alliance was formed as a 501-c-4 non-profit organization to organize and run the annual Fair. In 1989 after the Maui County Fair and Racing Association withdrew from organizing the event, the Maui County Fair Association took over that activity and organized the 67th Maui Fair in 1989 to the 88th Maui Fair in 2010 all held at the War Memorial Gym Complex. The annual fair continues to be held at the same location and this year will be the 93rd Maui Fair. The County of Maui has been a co-sponsor of the annual fair since its relocation in 1989 from the old Territorial Fair Grounds in central Kahului, in that co-sponsorship role the County provides support and assistance to the fair organizers from its Parks Departments but does not provide any financial support. The Maui Fair Alliance is proud to partner with the county in order to continue to bring this annual grassroots event to our community.”
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.
MPD held a press conference this morning in which they released further details relating to an officer involved shooting that ended with one man dead on Wednesday evening at Keōpūolani Park in Wailuku. Police, who have yet to release the suspect’s name, say the 39-year-old man with no local address, was shot multiple times by officers.
Police say they have recovered more than 50 shell casings, nine of them fired from the suspect’s hand gun. Police say the man sustained an estimated 11 gun shot wounds that were located on various parts of his body from his legs to the top of his torso, according to Maui Police Captain David Silva, Commander of the department’s Criminal Investigative Division.
The investigation continues and Maui TV News will provide any updates that we receive.
LAHAINA – As if yesterday wasn’t hot enough already, Maui Fire Department investigators still haven’t determined the causes of three fires that erupted within an hour of each other Thursday in West Maui.
At 10:50 a.m. fire crews responded to multiple reports of a brush fire on starting up on Kai Hele Ku Street in Launiupoko. A Lahaina ladder crew arrived at 11 a.m. and was able to contain a grass fire found burning on the north side of Kai Hele Ku Street, just below the roundabout at Haniu Street. The fire burned just over one acre of grass. The fire was called contained at 11:13 a.m., and extinguished at 12:10 p.m. The Lahaina ladder and water tanker, and a Napili engine responded to the incident. The cause was undetermined.
At 11:39 a.m., emergency dispatchers sent fire crews to the second reported brush fire at North Hakau Place in Lahaina. A Kihei engine company covering the Lahaina district while Lahaina crews were at the Launiupoko fire, arrived at 11:48 a.m. and initially thought they were facing a structure fire because of dark black smoke coming from the garage port. It was later discovered that there was a homeless encampment burning in the Kahoma stream gulch, to the rear of homes on North Hakau Place. That fire burned a 50 x 50 foot area of trash and a makeshift shelter built of wooden pallets and lumber.
At one point, it came within 20 feet of structures, melting plastic storage cans from the heat. No structure damage or injuries were reported. The fire was called contained at 12:56 p.m. and extinguished at 2:49 p.m. Two engine crews from Kihei and Napili responded to the incident. Fire investigators remained on scene determining the cause for several hours but no determination was made official.
At 11:52 a.m., fire crews were alerted to another fire in the Kahoma stream gulch on North Hopoe Place, burning two streets above the North Hakau fire. A Wailuku engine responded to that fire, along with the Lahaina engine company that was pulled out of a training class they were attending in Kahului. Before a fire engine could arrive, an off-duty firefighter was able to control the fire using fire hoses connected straight to a fire hydrant, that he retrieved from a fire crew two streets below. The Air 1 helicopter also helped to control and contain the third fire on North Hopoe Place. The Lahaina engine arrived at 12:17 p.m. and called the fire contained by 12:36 p.m., extinguished at 2:28 p.m. That fire burned a 2,000 square-foot area of brush in the Kahoma stream gulch to the rear of North Hopoe Place. No structures were damaged and no injuries reported. Fire companies from Wailuku, Napili, Lahaina, Kahului, Kihei and Wailea responded to the incidents in West Maui. Fire investigators still haven’t determined the cause of the third fire.
Wailuku – In an apparent hit and run, a motor vehicle crash damaged a fire hydrant and affected water service for Wailuku town this morning. Department of Water Supply crews are on scene and expect to have the problem repaired by 1 p.m.
The Maui Police Department is requesting for the public’s assistance in locating Michael Hoe in connection of an Assault in the First Degree investigation.
At about 9:32 p.m. Saturday, July 18, Michael Hoe reportedly assaulted a man who was sitting in his rental car stopped in traffic on Hana Highway in Paia.
The victim exited his vehicle, and after a short exchange of words, the victim turned around and walked away. Just before the victim was able to leave, however, Hoe assaulted him again in the middle of the street. Hoe fled the scene prior to police arrival.
Checks for Hoe’s whereabouts have turned up negative at both his last known residence in Kahului as well as at his father’s residence in Paia.
At this time, there is an active all-points-bulletin for Hoe’s arrest.
Anyone with information concerning the whereabouts of Hoe can make an anonymous report to Maui Crime Stoppers at (808) 242-6966. Neighbor Island residents can call toll free at 1-888-242-6966. If Hoe is located call police at (808) 244-6400 or 911 if it is an emergency. If you have any more information regarding this case contact Detective Gordon Sagun at the Wailuku Police Station CID Office; (808) 244-6434 (Monday thru Friday from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).
Consider all wanted persons like Hoe as dangerous. Do not approach, follow or take other action that could put yourself in danger.
Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most recently asked questions submitted to his office staff.
Q: An incident at our Kihei condominium required the police to be called. An officer responded, detained the suspect and eventually arrested and took him away. Calling the new Kihei police station we were informed that copies of the police report could only be obtained at the main station in Wailuku. Why is this? It would seem the report could be available at the Kihei station as it was an incident in Kihei. Would a person in Lahaina or Hana have to drive in to Wailuku to get a copy of a police report for an incident originating in their town? Couldn’t an email with the report attached be sent if the local station can’t or won’t provide a copy?
A: According to the Maui Police Department, the Wailuku station is the central depository for all police reports in Maui County and the Wailuku station is the only location to obtain a copy of your report. Also when I say “your report” know that a person can only obtain a report if it directly involves them, and in most cases that means one of two parties, the victim and the alleged offender. Even if you are a suspect, witness or person of interest in the case you are not entitled to a report. The only exceptions are parents or guardians with the proper paperwork. Also, if a person is not able to pick up a report in person they may send a written request with a copy of their valid photo identification and a self-addressed envelope to the Records Section of MPD. The police department does not send police reports via email because of the lack of network security in place for home computer system, which they point out goes through unsecured networks. For more information call the Maui Police Records and Identification Section at 244-6355.
Dear Mayor Arakawa:
Q: When and will North High Street be repaired? That small street is getting worse and worse. They’re only patching up the patches and putting our cars’ shocks to the test!
A: I agree, it is bad. That is why I’m happy to say that we are scheduled to resurface North High Street at the end of the year. North High Street is on the county’s road resurfacing list for fiscal year 2015 for the Wailuku/Kahului district. The resurfacing of North High Street is expected to begin at the end of the year. Other roads on the resurfacing list for fiscal year 2015 include Kaohu Street, Lauone Place, East Papa Avenue, East Hawaii Street and West Hawaii Street.
Aloha Mayor Arakawa:
Q: I was wondering why the hours at the public pools cannot be extended during the summer months? If the hours at the swimming pools were extended, I believe more people (especially those that work until 4 or 4:30pm) would be able to utilize and enjoy the facilities. Swimming pools shouldn’t just be available during regular business hours. It is considered recreation; is it not? Perhaps, an analysis of the pool usage data that are collected (via the sign-in sheets) would show peaks and pool lifeguard hours/schedule could be adjusted accordingly. Why should the wheel be reinvented? Take a look at the Honolulu City and County’s recreational swim program; their pools offer extended hours especially during peak times of the year (i.e.: summer). It is a pity that Maui County’s pools are so underutilized. Mahalo for your time.
A: Before we can even consider extending our pool hours we must first hire more pool guards. Right now we have seven civil service pool guard vacancies despite an on-going recruitment process. If anyone out there who believes they might be qualified to become a pool guard, please pick up and fill out an employment application with the County of Maui. These applications can be found here on the 6th floor of the Kalana O Maui building, the Maui County Business Resource Center at the Maui Mall, the Parks and Recreation District offices at the Lahaina Civic Center, Kihei Community Center and at Eddie Tam Memorial Gym. On Molokai they can be found at the Mitchell Pauole Center and on Lanai at the Lanai Police Station. Or you can download the application from the county website or just apply online. Just go to www.mauicounty.gov and click on “Employment Opportunities” to get started.
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.
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