Checkpoints Aim to Add Layer of Protection for Hāna

April 19, 2020, 8:15 AM HST · Updated April 19, 12:52 PM
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Motorists are advised of checkpoints on roads leading into and out of Hāna in East Maui.

The checkpoints are intended to protect the isolated community, which has limited medical resources, by restricting road traffic to East Maui residents only.

The checkpoints are after Twin Falls on the Hāna Highway at at ʻUlupalakua Ranch on Piʻilani Highway.

“These checkpoints were requested by our East Maui community and I want to mahalo Sen. J. Kalani English for helping to coordinate this effort,” said Mayor Michael Victorino.

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An official placard is available to East Maui residents to help streamline the checkpoint; however, the Mayor’s office reports that this placard is NOT mandatory.

Residents may pick up a placard by:

  • Hāna Store;
  • Hasegawa General Store;
  • Hāna Health
  • Hāna Police Station;
  • Hāna Post Office;
  • Hāna Council Services.
  • Contacting Council Services Hana District Office at (808) 248-7513; or
  • Visiting the ʻUlupalakua Ranch Office from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

*Also placards were delivered to remote communities in Kīpahulu, Kaupō, Kahikinui and ʻUlupalakua.

Travelers will be required to show:

  • License
  • Registration
  • Proof of Insurance
  • Reason for Travel or Placard

NOTE: The public is asked to be prepared to show documents to police at the checkpoint so they do not need to touch the documents and can move traffic along faster.

Brigadier General Moses Kaoiwi speaks to Maui County residents and legislators.

During a virtual townhall meeting on April 13th, Brigadier General Moses Kaoiwi addressed the residents of Maui, Molokaʻi, and Lānaʻi on the misconceptions of the Hawai'i Army National Guard and their purpose for helping our island residents during this COVID-19 pandemic. Also participating was Governor David Ige, Senate President Ron Kouchi, Maui County Mayor Michael P. Victorino, Rep. Lynn DeCoite and myself. As this day comes to end for most of us, it doesn't end for the men and women of the Hawaii Army National Guard and our Maui County Police Department. They will remain active 24 hours a day, making sure we're all safe. Mahalo to everyone for a smooth Saturday. Take care and be safe.

Posted by Senator J. Kalani English on Saturday, April 18, 2020

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