Ask the Mayor: Who is Responsible for Clearing Grates?

January 1, 2017, 12:00 PM HST · Updated January 1, 3:16 PM

Maui Now stock photo. Dec. 2016

Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the questions submitted to his staff.

Submit your own questions about County of Maui programs, services, operations or policies to Mayor Alan Arakawa at, 270-7855 or mail them to 200 S. High Street, 9th Floor, Wailuku, HI 96793.

Questions submitted will be considered for inclusion in the “Ask the Mayor” column.

Aloha Mayor,

Q: With all the much-needed rain recently, our street up here in Makawao Ranch Acres has become a muddy mess.

There are two rainwater drains but the street is muddy and the path is blocked by years of dirt and encroaching lawn grass.

People parking on the easement leave holes and mud and make it worse.


Who’s responsible for the grates?

A: It is likely our responsibility, so County Public Works staff have been dispatched to check on the grate.

To receive a timely response regarding concerns such as these, residents should file a Request for Service online at or download the “COM Connect” app to file a request from your smartphone.



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