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Posted on August 2, 2013 at 12:00 AM by Lois Whitney
Q: My mom noticed an “Ask the Mayor” question in the Maui News awhile back, about potholes on Vevau Street in Kahului. Mom was born and raised in Kahului and grew up on 4th Street back in the 1920s/30s/40s/early 50s. Just a historical question: Does anyone know why the street name was changed to Vevau Street from 4th Street? My mom is now in her 80s and this question is still lingering; she would love to get an answer. Mom lives on the Mainland now, but a relative who lives on Maui sends my mom articles so she can read them.
A: After checking with staff from our Public Works department, which is charged with maintaining County roads, it seems that the numerical names for streets in Kahului were used initially for planning purposes. As the area developed, the names were changed as needed. Staff provided me with a hand-drawn map of Kahului, dated 1907, showing the proposed layout for the area. I hope the map brings back pleasant memories for grandma, and for anyone else who might enjoy a glimpse of the roads in Central Maui in the very early 1900s!
Click here to view 1907 Kahului map
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