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Ask the Mayor: What’s Being Done About Homeless at Papalaua?

July 24, 2018, 5:08 PM HST
* Updated July 24, 1:16 PM
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Papalaua Wayside Park

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

Aloha Mayor,

Q:   The camping permits on our lovely beaches are a great value and for four days. What is being done to the campers without permits literally camping under our NO CAMPING signs? What is being done to campers on our other beaches without permits and not on beaches allowing camping? I am referring to the West side because that is what I see every day. I use the word “camping” as a euphemism. It is the homeless living on the beach. Please do not tell me about out homeless problem and the plans for the future. I am aware of this. What are you doing about the situation I described on the beaches this week? 

A: We have received several emails similar to yours, most of them pertaining to illegal camping activity specifically at Papalaua Beach Park just off the “Pali” in West Maui. The Department of Parks & Recreation has almost finalized a clean-up for the area which included vacating any illegal campers. Next month the department will be serving a notice to vacate, cleaning up any trash, cutting back brush and vegetation as well as other maintenance projects for the park. The entire process should take about 30 days.

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Submit your questions about County of Maui programs, services, operations or policies to Mayor Alan Arakawa via email:[email protected], 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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