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Q: I live in an area that backs up to a golf course. Six days a week, the golf course grounds-keepers start doing the landscaping between 5:30 and 5:45 a.m. This involves using very loud equipment for lawn mowing and weed whacking. It also involves using vehicles with the headlights that shine into the houses around the course. Will you please provide me with the specific Maui County Code or ordinance regarding early-morning noise regulations, specifically as it pertains to nongovernment businesses such as golf courses, both public and private, in a residential area. Also, how is the ordinance enforced? Who can I call to report violations? How can a report be filed anonymously? What will be done if the violations continue after they’ve been reported?

A: This is the second question about noise we have gotten from a resident living next to a golf course. You have the right to call Maui Police Department’s nonemergency line (244-6400) to report the noise, under the Hawaii Revised Statute prohibiting disorderly conduct (HRS 711-1101). This statute includes unreasonable noise as a manner of disorderly conduct. Also, if there are leaf blowers involved there is a specific state statute regarding that type of equipment that says it is unlawful for any person to operate a leaf blower within a residential zone or within 100 feet of a residential zone, except between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday. On Sundays and state and federal holidays, it is allowed between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. This restriction does not apply to government entities by the way, but in this case it should apply to the golf course if they’re using leaf blowers. For more information, contact the state Department of Health Noise Section at 586-4700.

Q: The drag strip at Maui Motorsports Park is undergoing renovation. It looked like a two- to three-month project, but they started in November and it does not look like the job will be completed  this year. What kind of a contract is this that weeks go by with no work being done? And for the $2 million there will be no running-water restrooms. What gives? Can you help expedite this project. Mahalo.

A: The drag strip is part of Maui Raceway Park, which is a part of the Maui Motorsports Park complex, a county park. Maui Raceway Park is managed by the Valley Isle Timing Association, or VITA, a nonprofit organization. From what I understand, the VITA is working side by side with its contractor on this and is looking to open up the park for an event in October. As for no running water in the  restrooms, that was a choice made by the association as far as how they wanted to allocate funds, and they chose to put more money into the construction of track itself rather than park amenities. If you would like to see pictures of the work being done out there by VITA and the contractor, they are posted on the Maui Raceway Park Facebook page online. For more information, check out the Maui Raceway Park website at

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 homeless people living on the beach. Please do not tell me about our 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 and Recreation has almost finalized a cleanup 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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