Ask the Mayor

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

Q: When is Waiehu Beach Park going to reopen? I read the announcement that the road was closed due to hazardous trees, but the kupuna really miss going down to the beach park for their exercise and social time. How much longer?

A: The tree assessment and removal is actually being coordinated by the landowner of the parcel where the hazardous trees are located, which is the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust. HILT estimates the work will be completed by the end of this week. Our county parks staff will reopen the road and the gate to the beach park once the HILT project is completed.

Q: Why doesn’t the bus have a stop on the UH-Maui campus? And could they run the mall bus to Kihei until 10 p.m. so all those teens who end work at 9 p.m. have a way home? Thank you for your consideration.

A: Our transportation director says that we do have bus stops near the UH-Maui campus on Wahinepio Avenue between the UH-MC parking lot and the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. These stops are served by the Kahului loop routes; the earliest pickup time is 6:38 a.m. and the last is at 9:45 p.m. Additional funding was requested for later departures from Central Maui to South and West Maui; however, this request was not funded by the County Council.

Q: Does the Maui Fire Department provide any first-aid or CPR training to the public?

A: No. While MFD offers a wealth of information regarding fire prevention, it does not offer first-aid or CPR training. You can contact the American Red Cross at or by phone at (800) 733-2767. Alternatively, you can contact the American Heart Association at (808) 377-6643.

* Want to Ask the Mayor? Submit your Maui County-related questions to Mayor Alan Arakawa by email at, by phone at 270-7855 or by mail at 200 S. High St., ninth floor, Wailuku 96793. Questions submitted will be considered for inclusion in the “Ask the Mayor” column; to request a personal response to a concern, email