Ask the Mayor: What is That Smell in Waiehu Terrace?

February 23, 2015, 11:00 AM HST · Updated March 2, 7:19 AM
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File photo by Wendy Osher.

File photo by Wendy Osher.

The mayor answers questions from the public in this series.

By Mayor Alan Arakawa

Q: I was wondering what’s going on here in Waiehu Terrace? The smell of the breeze is very unpleasant, and it smells like a farm (i.e. animal waste). It’s been like this since last January, and the smell is still really bad.

A: There may be some pigs being raised at a residence near the shoreline in Waiehu. That would explain the smell on the breeze, except when the tradewinds are light and Kona winds prevail. Since it’s possible the area is not zoned for agricultural use, residents that are particularly bothered by a nuisance of that nature have the option of submitting a Request for Service (RFS) through the county website, to clarify whether this is a permitted use: www.mauicounty.gov/RFS.

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Submit your questions about County of Maui programs, services, operations or policies to Mayor Alan Arakawa via email at [email protected], by phone at 270-7855 or by mail to 200 S. High St., 9th Floor, Wailuku, HI 96793. Questions submitted will be considered for inclusion in the Ask the Mayor column.

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