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Trash pile, file photo by Wendy Osher.
Ask the Mayor: Kilohana Graffiti, Proper Disposal of Animal Feces
September 29th, 2014 · No Comments · Comments Via Facebook (0) · Maui Discussion
 

Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa provides clarification on the proper disposal of animal carcasses and feces, and answers a question about graffiti cleanup in a gulch north of Kilohana Drive in South Maui.


File photo by Wendy Osher.
Ask the Mayor: Bike Trail Expansion Opportunities on Maui
September 29th, 2014 · 2 Comments · Comments Via Facebook (0) · Maui Discussion
 

Mayor Alan Arakawa provides an update on bike path expansion and answers questions about the possibility of converting “rails-to-trails” in old Lahaina cane fields.


Kihei roundabout construction. File photo by Wendy Osher.
Ask the Mayor: Status of Kīhei’s North South Collector Road
September 22nd, 2014 · No Comments · Comments Via Facebook (0) · Maui Discussion
 

Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa responds to a question about the progress of the North South Collector Road and factors that affect the timeline of the project.


Lighting. File photo by Wendy Osher.
Ask the Mayor: Outdoor Lighting Complaint, Speed Bump Request
September 22nd, 2014 · No Comments · Comments Via Facebook (0) · Maui Discussion
 

The mayor answers questions about annoying glare caused by the flood lights of neighbors, and what the county’s guidelines are on speed hump installation requests.


MauiGrown Coffee president, Kimo Falconer, inspects the fruits of his team’s labor during the drying process. The processing methods used for their coffee varietals is contributing to the company’s growing success. Courtesy photo.
LETTER: Maui Coffee Grower Speaks Out Against GMO Moratorium
September 19th, 2014 · 178 Comments · Comments Via Facebook (0) · Maui Discussion
 

James “Kimo” Falconer, the owner and president of MauiGrown Coffee in Kāʻanapali speaks out against the GMO moratorium that will appear on the November general election ballot on Maui.


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 · 2 Comments · 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 · 7 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?


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