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Committee Advances Bill to Ban Tobacco at Maui Parks, Beaches

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   March 22nd, 2014 · 45 Disqus Comments ·
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Volunteers at Keōpūolani Park collect 1,522 butts in one hour at a recent cleanup event.

Volunteers at Keōpūolani Park collect 1,522 butts in one hour at a recent cleanup event.

A bill seeking the creation of Tobacco-Free Zones at all Maui County parks and beaches gained committee approval on Friday and now advances to the full council for first reading.

Councilman Don Guzman who introduced the bill said it was drafted on behalf of the youth of Maui County.

In January, the Maui District School Council Organization led an island-wide beach cleanup where more than 14,000 cigarette butts were collected in just two hours.

Additional cleanups led by the Surfrider Foundation Maui Chapter, the Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawaiʻi, Mālama Maui Nui, and Sustainable Coastlines were also conducted in recent months in support of the bill.

Photo by Wendy Osher.

Photo by Wendy Osher.

Guzman said he hopes the experience motivates young people to become more actively engaged in the democratic process, and urged support for the bill saying it will keep recreational facilities clean and environmentally friendly.

“I believe it’s my responsibility, as an elected official, to be a good steward of the environment and to respond to very compelling evidence presented to me by local groups and organizations on the negative effects of tobacco use at parks and beaches,” said Guzman in a council press release.

The Economic Development, Energy, Agriculture, and Recreation Committee recommended passage of the bill, which would make it illegal for any person to smoke or use tobacco products within a county park or recreational facility.

Guzman, who chairs the committee released information noting that similar legislation was enacted at county parks on Hawaiʻi Island in 2008, and at most beach parks in Honolulu in 2012.

At the state level, South Maui lawmaker Kaniela Ing introduced a bill that seeks to ban smoking on all public beaches in Hawaiʻi. That item was recommended for deferral by the Water and Land Committee, and the Ocean Marine Resources and Hawaiian Affairs Committee, on Feb. 7.

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  • ban ban ban ban ban

    The hell I’ll still smoke. Why don’t you ban any food with wrappers and any refreshments/drinks from the recreational areas? At the same time…….

    • Non-smoker

      You smoke, I call the cops, you pay a fine.

      Do it where it doesn’t offend others. Some smokers are so inconsiderate.

      • ban ban ban ban ban bam

        The cops would have to see me in the act to do anything. And what fine? LOL.. the cops would cite everyone else for littering the breach with their cans and candy and food wrappers first..

  • Brlfsp

    14,000 cigarette butts collected from Maui beaches in two hours?
    BAN SMOKING!

  • Brlfsp

    Our island, as is much of this great State of Hawaii, is supported by tourism. Sun, surf, and sand. How are we supposed to convince tourists to come spend thousands and thousands of dollars to drive past all the rusting roadside refrigerators, washers, and dryers, park between all the abandoned cars, and then go sit in an ashtray next to the ocean, filled with thousands of cigarette butts?

    • MauiMoke

      You fools really think we need all your material things to be able to survive dont you?? That shows just how arrogant you people really are… SUCH A SAD RACE YOU PEOPLE ARE… YOU HAVE NO RESPECT FOR ANYONE BUT YOURSELVES… NO VALUES IN LIFE BUT TO GET AHEAD. YOU’D THROW YOUR OWN CHILDREN UNDER THE BUS TO GET AHEAD IN LIFE… i feel more sorry than anything for people like you.

      • Brlfsp

        If you don’t neet all of our material things, then put your money where your Johnson sucker is and move out of your governmment-subsidized Section-8 apartment. You can leave your EBT food stamp card at the door, as well as your WIC vouchers, your Quest government-paid medical, your O-Phone 5s, and all of the other hand-outs that we tax-payers supply to mooches like you.

        • MauiMoke

          BTW, THANKS FOR ALL THE TAX MONEY YOU PAY SO I CAN HAVE ALL OF THE ABOVE ;) WHAT A GREAT AMERICAN CITIZEN YOU ARE!

    • MauiMoke

      i like how you say “Our Island”….

      • Brlfsp

        I like it too.

  • windy at times

    you smoke all you want, I fart up wind from you all I want………fair deal

    • racer x

      Your underwear must have a racing stripe on it. LOL…..

  • mauigirl

    I’m all for the ban but it will be incredibly hard to enforce. Most beaches don’t have Lifeguards and if they do they should be focused on their job. Maui PD has their hands full with serious crimes. They really need to think the enforcement piece through.

  • MauiMoke

    Das why mo betta go da kine beach wea no moa all da Haoles and tourist. All u haoles keep to ur pretty white sand beaches infront of your hotel and we Natives will stick to ours. Yall wanna come to where we at most of the time to wanna “experience” the “Huh why en” lifestyle then no grumble about what we doing while we at the beach, park or what have u : yall always trynna make changes to our Aina our lifestyle our resources! Still trying to take every bit of our race away till there is nothing left. If u people notice…. Yes i do agree there are some ignorant natives who do make a mess and leave their opala all over our land but! Most hawaiian are raised well about leaving opala anykine place! Like i said there are ignorant ones i agree but how can u stop everyone from smoking on the beach???? I see a lot of tourist smoking drinking on the beaches??? Get a grip guys! Nothing else better to do with your time but make other peoples lives miserable ffffff…..

    • Brlfsp

      We don’t need your racist hate speech here, Adolf.

      • MauiMoke

        Adolf???

        • Brlfsp

          Yes, as in Adolf Hitler- You sound like a Nazi with all that racist doo-doo coming out of your mouth, Tita.

          • MauiMoke

            Im sorry im not familiar with Adolf-Hitler???? please educate me Tita!

          • Brlfsp

            I’ve already paid enough of my tax dollars to educate you once. What makes you think I’m obligated to school you twice?

          • MauiMoke

            im sorry i dont understand….im illiterate?

          • MauiMoke

            tax dollars??? hmmm whats that??? is that what i spend every month on the 5th to buy me and my children food to eat? why thank you angel! your so helpful to mankind. sorry i wasnt fortunate enough to be educated so if you would kindly take some time out of your busy schedule to school me Adolph-Hitler 101 plzzzz…..

    • Glow

      Be quiet…..Hawaiians/Locals are not angels, and Haoles are not the devil. You sound like an idiot. If haoles had not come to the islands you would still be repressing women, breaking your backs to get food from the ‘aina, and engaged in constant bloody warfare with the other islands. It was a very HARD life in pre-contact times. So hush up. You have a lot of opportunity in the present, it’s yours for the taking. Stop bitching all the time and go make something of your life.

      • MauiMoke

        what are you???

    • Guest

      Seal ya clam, backward sam, quit trying blaming your inadequacies & shortcomings on others. It’s not working other than to prove yourself to be a whiny ebt card toting bltch. At least the tourist work the rest of the year …and you? Thought not.

      • Brlfsp

        Well spoken, Guest.

        • MauiMoke

          YES! YES! well heard by Brlfsp PRESIDENT OF STUPIDITY =)

          • Brlfsp

            Don’t sell yourself short, MauiTita- you’ve got my vote.

          • MauiMoke

            im sure i do!

      • MauiMoke

        =)

        • Guest

          Your smile, it softens me.
          I’ll be honest (and get past the white vs brown biz), I think all this effort and push for clean air, environment and resources should begin with reworking the way the cane is harvested (stop burning, implement a different harvesting method, tough titties for the tiny profit loss) and the way our water (that is in trust for the people, not corporations) is siphoned off for the corporations, leaving the people dry.
          There, I said it.
          But smoking bans on beaches? No.
          Why are we so set on restricting and punishing the people while we let the corporations rape us and destroy the land carte blanche?

          • Brlfsp

            I think “all this effort and push for clean air, environment and resources” should begin with not dumping your refrigerators, washers, dryers, and derelict vehicles all over the place.

          • MauiMoke

            maybe we should dump you on the side of the road then Brlfsp!! ;)

          • Guest

            Dead or alive?

          • MauiMoke

            SORRY????

          • MauiMoke

            sorry im no killer…r u?

          • Guest

            That’s real too.

          • MauiMoke

            I LIKE HOW MAUINOW HIDES MY POSTS EARLIER….TRUST ME…I REALLY DONT CARE WHO SEES WHAT I POST…

    • Brlfsp

      MauiTita, maybe you’d be happier moving to your ancestral homeland, instead of staying here in the great State of Hawaii.

      • MauiMoke

        PLEASE TELL ME WHERE MIGHT THAT BE??? SHALL I MOVE TO YOUR BACKYARD, MASSAH????

        • Brlfsp

          “WHERE MIGHT THAT BE???”.
          Away.

          • MauiMoke

            well gosh…just “away” not even a specific place? like in your mamas house?

          • Guest

            You two are so cute when you flirt like this, it’s like Liz and Richard, Diane and Sam & Donald and Rosie all over again.

          • MauiMoke

            IKR!!! ;) ME AND MY FLIRT WILL BE GOING OUT TO DINNER ON ME TONIGHT! BRLFSP, CAN WE GO TO A GROCERY STORE SO I CAN BUY SOME DINNER FOR US WITH MY EBT CARD?!?! WE CAN GO AND HAVE DINNER ON MY BEACH FRONT PROPERTY WHERE I LIVE UNDER MY TENT WITH MY 5 ILLITERATE CHILDREN, MY EBT CARD, BUSS PASSES AND A BOWL OF 5 DAY OLD SOUP! orrrrrrr is that too poor for you?? Im sure you own your own home in your rich little neighborhood with no cares or worries about if your able to eat tonight right???? I think id rather spend my EBT on someone with a little more integrity than you…

          • Guest

            You know, I take back my jerky comment about the ebt card. I know better. It’s a lightning rod for cheap attacks and it shouldn’t be. It’s no better than racism to blame or degrade all for the actions of a very few. There’s a lot of hard working and good people needing assistance and I/we shouldn’t be adding to a stigma that may prevent or dissuade good people and children from getting (that aid) with their heads held high.
            There but for the grace of God/luck go any of us.

          • MauiMoke

            thanks….i appreciate it. god bless you


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