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Unmanned Aerial Vehicle to be used to improve irrigation practices and crop yield at HC&S. Photo by Wendy Osher.
Ask the Mayor: Conflicting use of Ukumehame Waters, Drone Complaint
September 15th, 2014 · 1 Comment · Comments Via Facebook (0) · Maui Discussion
 

The mayor responds to a complaint about conflicting uses of Ukumehame waters by kayak and surf companies, and inquires about alleged drone use by commercial surf companies.


Sunset at Kamaole Beach Park I in South Maui--one of the many public places that remain open despite a federal government shutdown. Photo by Wendy Osher.
Ask the Mayor: Vacation Rentals on Maui, Bikes on Sidewalks
September 15th, 2014 · 6 Comments · Comments Via Facebook (0) · Maui Discussion
 

Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa answers questions relating to the legality of vacation rentals on Maui, and if it’s legal to ride a bike on a sidewalk.


Maui County Service Center where customers go to pay property taxes. Photo by Wendy Osher.
Ask the Mayor: Irrigation Timing; Real Property Tax Records
September 7th, 2014 · No Comments · Comments Via Facebook (0) · Maui Discussion
 

Mayor Arakawa explains why all real property tax records are being digitized and old records are being thrown out. He also addresses irrigation timing issues at Wahikuli in West Maui.


Bus shelter damage, photo courtesy County of Maui.
Ask the Mayor: Bus Shelters Planned in Lahaina and Kīhei
September 7th, 2014 · 3 Comments · Comments Via Facebook (0) · Maui Discussion
 

New bus shelters for Kīhei are currently in the design process with construction tentatively slated for next fiscal year. Construction of new shelters this fiscal year is focused on the Lahaina area.


File photo Pāʻia. Photo by Rodney S. Yap.
Ask the Mayor: Responding to Reports of Nudity at Pāʻia Bay
August 31st, 2014 · 83 Comments · Comments Via Facebook (0) · Maui Discussion
 

There is a stretch of beach between Baldwin Beach Park and Pāʻia Bay, where the old lime kiln used to be, that has become a nudist gathering spot. Isn’t this an illegal activity?


Port of Kahului, file photo by Wendy Osher.
Ask the Mayor: Cruise Passengers Jaywalking; Motorcycle Follow-up
August 31st, 2014 · 1 Comment · Comments Via Facebook (0) · Maui Discussion
 

On cruise ship days, crew members from the ship are jaywalking across to Maui Mall and back to the harbor by the banyan trees near the turn where Hāna Highway and Kaʻahumanu Avenue meet.


Trash. Maui Now photo/graphic.
Ask the Mayor: Confusion Over Trash Schedule Clarified
August 25th, 2014 · No Comments · Comments Via Facebook (0) · Maui Discussion
 

How are we supposed to know when our trash will be picked up after a County holiday? I also participate in the County’s pilot “3-Can Plan” program, several neighbors and I are confused about our missed greenwaste pickup.


Traffic light, photo by Wendy Osher.
Ask the Mayor: Traffic Sensors Not Recognizing Motorcyclists
August 24th, 2014 · 2 Comments · Comments Via Facebook (0) · Maui Discussion
 

The mayor answers questions from the public in this series. Q: I ride a motorcycle that weighs approximately 700 pounds with me aboard. I have noticed several times in various locations that this combined weight is insufficient to cause the signal to change in my favor.


Photo by Nate Gaddis.
Ask the Mayor: Dog Leash Ordinance Clearly Being Ignored
August 17th, 2014 · 21 Comments · Comments Via Facebook (0) · Maui Discussion
 

The mayor answers questions from the public in this series. By Mayor Alan Arakawa Q: I read the story in the paper about the woman who collapsed at Costco and was saved. My husband had a similar experience at San Jose Airport. He was saved by quick-thinking passengers and airport staff who used CPR and […]


Damage to a house from Hurricane Iselle on the Big Island. Photo courtesy of a Big Island Now reader.
Ask the Mayor: Why Trees at North Shore Parks Are Falling
August 11th, 2014 · 2 Comments · Comments Via Facebook (0) · Maui Discussion
 

Arakawa covers how to report storm damage from Iselle, as well as possible reasons for the amount of falling trees at north shore parks.


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