Posted on May 9, 2014 at 2:44 PM by Lois Whitney
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?
A: 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 www.mauicounty.gov/parks 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.
Posted on November 30, 2013 at 12:00 AM by Lois Whitney
(b) No vehicle shall be driven or moved on any
highway when any load thereon is not entirely within the body of the vehicle;
provided that this prohibition shall not apply if the load is securely fastened
by means of clamps, ropes, straps, cargo nets, or other suitable mechanical
device to prevent such load from dropping onto the highway or from shifting in
any manner and, further, no vehicle shall be operated on any highway with any
load thereon projecting beyond the extreme width of the vehicle.
(c) Vehicles carrying agricultural produce
from fields during harvesting shall be exempt from the requirements of this
section but the owner of the vehicle must provide for the reasonable removal of
all such produce spilled or dropped on the highway.
(d) No vehicle shall be driven or moved on any
highway with any load if the load is not entirely covered by a cargo net,
tarpaulin, canopy, or other material designed to cover the load to prevent the
load from escaping from the vehicle, where the load consists partially or
entirely of loose paper, loose rubbish, plastics, empty cartons, dirt, sand, or
(e) Vehicles transporting a granular load
consisting of dirt, sand, or gravel on any highway shall not be required to
cover their granular load if the granular load does not extend, at its peak,
above any point on a horizontal plane equal in height to the top of the side,
front, or rear part of the cargo container area that is the least in height.
(f) No vehicle shall be driven or moved on any
highway with a load consisting of rocks, stones, or boulders if the load, at
its peak, extends above any point on a horizontal plane equal in height to the
top of the side, front, or rear part of the cargo container area that is the
least in height.
(g) Violation of this section shall be considered
an offense as defined in section 701-107(5), shall not be subject to the
provisions of chapter 291D, and shall subject the owner or driver of the
vehicle, or both, to the following penalties without possibility of probation
or suspension of sentence:
(1) For a first violation, by a fine of not less than
$250 and not more than $500.
(2) For a second violation involving a vehicle or
driver previously cited under this section within one year:
(A) Suspension of the vehicle registration or
suspension of the license of the driver, or both, for not less than five
working days but not more than ten working days; and
(B) A fine of not less than $500 and not more
(3) For a third or subsequent violation involving a
vehicle or driver previously cited under this section within one year:
(A) Suspension of the vehicle registration or
suspension of the license of the driver, or both, for a period of thirty
calendar days; and
(B) A fine of not less than $750 and not more
In imposing a fine under this subsection, the
court, in its discretion, may apportion payment of the fine between the driver
of the vehicle and the owner of the vehicle according to the court's
determination of the degree of fault for the violation.
For the purposes of this subsection, a
truck-trailer combination and tractor-semitrailer combination, as they are
defined in section 286-2, shall be considered as one vehicle. [L 1976, c 137,
§1; am L 1977, c 205, §1; am L 1986, c 175, §1; am L 1989, c 301, §1; am L 1990,
c 121, §1; am L 2000, c 100, §1]
Link to State Law
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Posted on November 21, 2013 at 12:00 AM by Lois Whitney
Mayor Signs MOU with Monsanto Requiring Disclosure of Pesticide Use
WAILUKU, Maui, Hawai`i – Mayor Alan Arakawa signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Monsanto earlier this month, thereby obtaining assurances from the company that they will engage in safe practices involving restricted-use pesticides.
The MOU comes after bills were passed in Kauai and Hawaii Counties involving restrictions on the use of pesticides. While watching what was happening in other counties, Maui County decided to approach Monsanto - which has farms on both Maui and Molokai - to require disclosure of the company’s restricted-use pesticides and all information about related practices.
The company has readily complied, and signed an agreement being referred to as the “Maui County AG Oversight Agreement (AGOA).”
The AG Oversight Agreement states that Monsanto must:
Mayor Arakawa said the AGOA will help provide some much-needed information to the public without putting financial burdens on taxpayers or opening the County up to costly lawsuits.
“Responsible use of pesticides is a concern for us all, especially for those of us who grew up on these islands when sugar cane and pineapples were our main exports,” said Mayor Arakawa. “There must be safeguards and a sharing of information, and I believe the AG Oversight Agreement is a proactive step we needed to take in providing both for our community.”
The County of Maui is also working with Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar (HC&S) on a similar MOU agreement.
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