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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

Oct 27

"Ask the Mayor": Damages from Neighbor's Fallen Tree

Posted on October 27, 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,

Q:  I live on Ehu Road and there’s a neighboring property that has a lot of eucalyptus trees. During Hurricane Iselle one of the trees fell down and blocked our street for days; another one crashed down on my fence. Is there anything the County can do to make my neighbors take care of their trees? A lot of the trees on their property are next to the road, and the last thing any of the residents here want is another roadblock. Please advise.

A: The County cannot get involved in what is essentially a civil dispute, unless the trees that fell were on a County property or right-of-way. The best approach would be for you and your neighbor to try to resolve the matter on your own; if that is not possible, the law states that you may file a complaint for damages in court. A Hawaii Intermediate Court Appeals opinion from 1981, which has become case law for countless other cases across the country, indicates that “When overhanging branches or protruding roots actually cause, or there is imminent danger of them causing, sensible harm to property other than plant life… the damaged or imminently endangered neighbor may require the owner of the tree to pay for the damages and to cut back the endangering branches or roots and, if such is not done within a reasonable time, the damaged or imminently endangered neighbor may cause the cutback to be done at the owner’s expense.” The opinion also states that “A landowner may always, at his own expense, cut away only to his property line… any part of the adjoining owner’s trees or other plant life.” I’ve posted the text from the court decision regarding fallen trees on my blog; to read it visit and click on “Mayor’s Update.”

Read:  Fallen Tree Court Decision

May 09

"Ask the Mayor" Question: New Tobacco Ban at County Parks and Beaches

Posted on May 9, 2014 at 2:44 PM by Lois Whitney

Dear Mayor Arakawa:

Q: Does the new tobacco ban at County parks and beaches mean that people cannot smoke on the Waiehu Golf Course too? What about the beaches in front of the hotels in Wailea and Ka'anapali?

That is correct, the new law bans smoking and the use of tobacco products in parks and recreational facilities under the jurisdiction of the County, including Waiehu Golf Course. However, the beaches fronting resort areas may or may not be included in the ban, depending on whether the shoreline is part of a County beach park or not. For example, the beach, restroom and parking areas at Wailea Beach Park and Hanakao‘o (Canoe) Beach Park in Ka‘anapali are official County parks that are included in the ban. To determine whether a beach is part of a County park, you can visit and click on “County Parks Listing” to view parks by geographical district. Details on the new tobacco ban will soon be publicized and made available on the County website.

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To View Bill 24, click link below.

Bill 24- Tobacco Ban


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