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May 21

"Ask the Mayor": Cracks on Mokulele Highway Cause for Repairs

Posted on May 21, 2015 at 11:31 AM by Lois Whitney

Dear Mayor Arakawa:

Q: Why are they re-paving Mokulele Highway when it seemed to be in good driving condition before?  There seems to be many other Maui roads that need resurfacing more than this one.

A:  This is a State Dept. of Transportation (DOT) project that involves resurfacing Mokulele Highway from Kuihelani Highway to the vicinity of the Maui Humane Society near Mehameha Loop, to extend the life of the existing pavement.  State DOT informed me that longitudinal cracking in the pavement showed that preventive maintenance was needed. Long cracks can lead to serious defects as water seepage and continual vehicle traffic break the asphalt into small chunks over large slab-sized sections of pavement, rather than in smaller-diameter potholes. To best protect the pavement from weathering, periodic resurfacing of the entire roadway is necessary. Construction is anticipated to be completed in June.

Cracks on Mokulele Hwy.

Apr 22

"Ask the Mayor": Master Plan for South Maui Community Park Complex

Posted on April 22, 2015 at 2:05 PM by Lois Whitney

Aloha Mayor:

Q:  I have a question regarding the South Maui Community Park. My understanding is that it’s to be built in three phases, with Phase 1, the softball field (many softball players I know say it's one of the best fields in the state), playground area, and one soccer field having been open 3-4 years already. It's a nice park, and when completed will provide some much-needed athletic fields and open space. My question is, when will the other phsases be completed? Is there a plan? Mahalo. 

A: Yes, there is a Master Plan for the South Maui Community Park complex, which includes a gymnasium, three soccer fields, two softball fields, one baseball field, five multi-purpose outdoor courts, a pavilion and amphitheater, “tot lots” and comfort stations (restrooms).

As you mentioned, Phase 1A of the project has already been completed. Parks Planning is currently in the design development stage of Phase 1B, the gymnasium/recreation center. We anticipate construction of this phase to begin in the first quarter of 2016.

The Parks’ 6-Year CIP plan includes requesting funding to complete Phase 2 – Amphitheater and Four Fields, as well as for Phase 3 – Multi Purpose Outdoor Courts.

South Maui Community Park

Nov 10

"Ask the Mayor": Flower, Fruits and Leis Allowed for Mainland Travel

Posted on November 10, 2014 at 12:00 AM by Lois Whitney

Ask the Mayor

Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his office staff.

Dear Mayor Arakawa:

Q: What kinds of flowers/fruits can I take with me when I visit my relatives on the Mainland? I heard that certain kinds of fruits and lei are prohibited from leaving the State; how do I find out in advance so I can avoid having items confiscated at the Ag inspection station at the Airport?


A:  Because of the pesky fruit fly, our papayas, bananas and citrus fruits cannot be taken out of the state by private individuals. Maile, orchid and tuberose lei are fine as long as they pass inspection, but any lei containing citrus leaves, including kukui nut or other lei with pieces of mock orange leaves in-between, are not allowed. Other lei prohibited for Mainland travel include Hala (Pandanus), Maunaloa, Kauna‘oa (Dodder), Sea Grape, Blue Jade Plant and Kikania (round, bright red-colored seeds). Other prohibited items not allowed for export to the U.S. Mainland include sugarcane, raw sweet potato, untreated, fresh fleshy or pulpy fruits and vegetables, berries including fresh coffee beans, cactus, cotton, and live insects and snails. Cut flowers, foliage or allowed fruits must be “certified pest-free” by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA), regardless of how they are transported to the Mainland (i.e. hand-carried, baggage, cargo shippers, USPS, or other expedited shippers). All rooted and propagated items such as potted plants must pass inspection by the State of Hawaii Dept. of Agriculture (DOA). To call DOA: ph. 873-3555; to reach USDA’s Maui office, call 877-5261. For more information online, including plants allowed for travel to foreign countries, pet quarantine and animal diseases, visit A copy of the DOA’s handy Ag inspection brochure for U.S. Mainland travel has been posted below.


View: Ag Inspection Brochure for U.S. Mainland Travel

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