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Ask the Mayor: Who is the
Fool in Front of the Courthouse?

Updated 11:30 AM HST, July 7, 2014
Posted 12:00 PM HST, June 29, 2014

The mayor answers questions from the public in this series.

By Mayor Alan Arakawafireworks-5

Q: Every 4th of July and New Year’s Eve the kids in my neighborhood start setting off fireworks days before the holiday. They keep popping fireworks a couple days afterward, and on New Year’s Eve some neighbors go all-out with an amazing display of aerial fireworks. Isn’t it illegal to light fireworks before or after the respective holiday, and illegal to launch aerials?

A: You are correct: Fireworks can only be legally set off during designated times. For the 4th of July, the allowed window of time is from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Setting off fireworks outside the designated time is punishable by law; violations are subject to fines of up to $2,000. Aerial fireworks are illegal and extremely dangerous; importing and selling aerials without a permit is a Class C Felony. Our Fire Prevention Bureau has a number of safety tips and guidelines for enjoying fireworks safely, especially 4th of July festivities that occur during the dry summer season. View the safety tips online at www.mauicounty.gov/FirePrevention under “Quick Links.”

Q: I live in Kula and was wondering if there were any plans to install speed humps on Upper Kimo Drive? Right now people have to slow down because the road is junk and the Water Department is making upgrades to the system.

A: No, there are no plans to install speed speed humps on Upper Kimo Drive. The Department of Water Supply is working on the lower section of Upper Kimo Drive (Haleakala Highway to just below Upu Place); that section of road will be resurfaced after the water project is completed. If you and your neighbors would like to submit an application requesting speed humps in your area, you can access information on the county’s speed hump program at www.mauicounty.gov/engineering. The program is administered by the Department of Public Works’ Engineering Division.

Q: Who is that fool, and why is he allowed to post such obscene things about you in front of the court house, accusing you of such wicked things? I know about First Amendment rights, but this is ridiculous. I almost confronted him the other day but noticed he left.

Courthouse. File photo.

Courthouse. File photo.

A: I appreciate your concern, but please do not confront this individual. The things he accuses me of are untrue but he has accused the chief of police, prosecutors and others of the same thing and just seems to be venting his frustrations. If you see any laws being broken by this person of course, contact police, but otherwise ignoring him is probably the best policy.

Want to Ask the Mayor?

Submit your questions about County of Maui programs, services, operations or policies to Mayor Alan Arakawa via email: AskTheMayor@mauicounty.gov, phone: 270-7855 or mail: 200 S. High Street, 9th Floor, Wailuku, Hawaii 96793. Questions submitted will be considered for inclusion in the Ask the Mayor column.

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  • PaiaGirl

    Dear Mayor,

    Please replace your arborist who has no idea how to prune invasive species like formosa koa in Ku’au Bayview. He’s telling workers not to top them and to cut the spreading branches. As a result these trees are too tall and obscuring the ocean view. THESE ARE WEEDS – top them already! He’s turning them into shadeless poles.

    Additionally he’s doing the same to the Shower trees. These trees are SUPPOSED to spread and create shade. Don’t turn them into upright sticks!

    • Alan No Can

      Dear Mayor,

      Please replace yourself, you have no idea how to run this county.

      What Alan fails to mention is if people are illegally setting off fireworks according to the law you may call the Maui County Police Department non emergency line a 244-6400 and report it. And yes you may remain anonymous. We all know how Alan feels about anonymous calls. He doesn’t want he’s county workers working harder. Well that’s why we all pay taxes and yes I know county workers pay taxes too.

      • No Can

        Maybe you should stand next to this guy with your own sign. Sounds like you two might have a lot in common

  • Kurt Butler

    I am the “fool” who demonstrates with a sign accusing the mayor of serious crimes. My sign includes my website which explains my protest. No one who has read the contents has disagreed with my protest. Please don’t be shy about confronting me. I am very friendly. http://www.mauiliberty.com.

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    • TSL

      I read your rhetoric and yes you are a victim of karma!Sometimes the little kid in us need’s to have revenge befor it is free to forgive.First medicine forgiveness,dissolvess resentment!What we often refuse to realize is that holding on to the past no matter what it was or how awful it was ,is ONLY HURTING US!

      • Kurt Butler

        I might take you seriously if you could spell and punctuate. More importantly, you fail to understand the important issues at stake. We do not have the rule of law here and will not until the county ends it perjury decriminalization policy. As it is, the county can usually get whatever result it wants because its witnesses are free to lie under oath with utter impunity. You’ll see what I mean when you or a loved one becomes a victim of the county’s arbitrary and capricious injustice.

        • TSL

          Spelling is the least of the world’s problem’s!You should have been a lawyer,it appear’s you are still paying to learn!This is a world of cause not effect!What happen’s when one claims to be a victim?YOU BECOME A VICTIM!!Good luck with that court system!

    • Mikey

      You are a legend in your own mind.

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