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Dec 16

Update - November 24, 2014

Posted to Kahekili Road Project Updates by Chuck Barrett

The first section of the project is partially completed and we are moving on to the section between MP-8.4, Kaukini Loop and MP-9.5, Kaukini Loop. This section of Kahekili Highway will be closed to traffic during work hours, but the good news is that  traffic will be detoured around the work site through Kaukini Loop in both directions.  Residents and visitors will be able to travel in and out of Kahakuloa using Kaukini Loop between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.  Kahekili Highway will be repoened at 4:30 p.m.
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Please see Google map for additional information here .

Repairs on the section between MP 8.4 and MP 9.5 are estimated to be completed by December 19, 2014. Please keep in mind that adverse weather conditions may impact the work schedule.

No work will be performed on November 27-29, 2014 during the Thanksgiving Holiday, December 24-26, 2014 during the Christmas Holiday and December 31, 2014 to January 2, 2015 during the New Year Holiday.  Kahekili Highway will be open to the public during these times.

We would like to take this time to thank the residents for your patience and understanding. Should you have any questions, please call the Highways Division District Office at 808-270-7443.

Happy Thanksgiving! 
Nov 14

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

Posted to Mayor's Activities 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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