Q: Is the county going to be running extended Maui Bus schedules this Halloween? I rode it last year and it was great, but I haven't seen anything posted this year.
A: Yes, we are running extended Maui Bus schedules for Halloween this year. No reservations are required. Bus passes cost $2 or you can pay $4 for an all-day pass. The two routes serving the Lahaina area that night are the Ka'anapali Islander Route 25 and Napili Islander Route 30. The Ka'anapali Islander is on a regular schedule until 3:30 p.m., then it begins making runs every 30 minutes to the Wharf Cinema Center and making stops at Papalaua/Wainee, Lahaina Cannery Mall and Whalers Village. The last bus will be at 10:30 p.m. and heading toward Whalers Village. The Napili Islander will be on a regular schedule until 9 p.m. and then will run every hour from Whalers Village. The last bus will be at 11 p.m. and be Napili-bound. For more information call 871-4838.
Q: What's going on with the Real Property Tax maps that were available online? I tried looking up parcel information and had a lot of trouble doing so.
A: Yes, we had a glitch in the system last week. The problem has been reported to the vendor, and they are working to resolve the issue.
Q: I saw the pictures of the mayor and council members playing softball somewhere in Waikapu and a Maui News story talking about a new park in Central Maui. When is that park going to be ready for kids to play? We need more practice fields out there in the community.
A: The Central Maui Regional Park is a 209-acre parcel that we hope will one day be Maui's main sports complex. Some have compared it to the Waipio Soccer Complex on Oahu but this park will be for all sports, including but not limited to soccer. The build-out for the park will consist of four to six different phases with Phase 1 of construction tentatively scheduled for fiscal year 2016. Right now, we are hoping to have a portion of the park graded so we can take the grass from War Memorial Stadium and replant it there to create a practice field before the park is even built. That way when the stadium field is replaced with sports turf, we will have saved hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of sod and used it to build something useful for the community. Those plans are tentative, however, and we are still waiting to hear if it can be done.
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