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Town hall planned to address control of illegal fireworks

Residents have expressed concern over the increase in violations, impact on people, animals

In response to growing community concerns about illegal fireworks, a town hall featuring a panel of law enforcement officials will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Pomaika’i Elementary School cafeteria.

Panelists include Maui Police Chief Tivoli Faaumu, Maui Fire Chief David Thyne, county Prosecuting Attorney Don Guzman, state Harbors Maui District Manager Duane Kim, state Maui District Airports Manager Marvin Moniz and state Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Boating & Ocean Recreation Maui District Manager Paul Sensano. They will provide information about what efforts are being made to address the community’s concerns and the challenges their agencies encounter.

Concerns over the magnitude of illegal fireworks have increased of late, especially during the recent New Year’s holiday season. Residents are concerned about the unpredictability of the fireworks and their impacts on people suffering from PTSD, families with young children and animals.

“A key question seems to be: How can we enjoy our holiday customs and traditions without causing a serious degree of trauma and harm to others in our community?” town hall moderator Mahina Martin said. “Our intention is to have a chance for a healthy dialogue to take place — this town hall is part of that.”

The town hall is hosted by community group Paepae Maui Nei. For more information on the town hall, call or text 385-1221.