Ask The Mayor

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

Q: I’m a Kula mom of three small children. Almost 2 years ago, our beloved swings were taken down at Kula Park. It was the only equipment we had access to in Kula. We (Kula moms) watched the swing set being torn down and a new one built . . . but without swings. We called and emailed for months asking when the new swings were coming, how we could get a playground in Kula, lobbying for new playground equipment. Every time, we were passed around to a new office or person. We asked our council woman. We were told we were getting a skate park in Pukalani (irrelevant to those of us who were asking) or to go to the parks in Kahului. Basically, there is no solution that has been presented, no answer about when the swings are coming. So I am asking you . . . when will the new swings be installed at Kula Park? Our babies are growing up with no swings! They get bigger by the day. We would appreciate our swings being restored.

A: Actually, the plan is to provide more than just swings in the future. The parks department has contracted a design consultant for a new playground at Kula Park that would include swings. There will be community meetings held in the near future to find out what kind of playground features residents would like to see in the park which I hope you can attend.

Q: Who is responsible for the maintenance and inspection of the Waiale Reservoirs? And when was the last inspection and results? Thank you.

A: Waiale Reservoir No. 1 and No. 2 are also named HC&S Reservoir 73 and 74 respectively. They are dams regulated by the state Department of Land and Natural Resources. For information regarding inspection results, please contact the DLNR Engineering Division, Dam Safety program at (808) 587-0230.

Q: Why are none of the bathrooms open for public use until 8 a.m.? All the tour boats leave out by 7 a.m. and have no bathrooms to use. There are thousands of visitors coming through the harbor any given day. You would think since you’re charging for parking you could afford to have open bathrooms. It’s quite embarrassing.

A: Small boat and recreational harbors like Maalaea are not run by the county, but by the Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR.) I’ve been informed by DLNR officials that the public restrooms at the DOBOR office at the harbor are open at 7 a.m. Monday through Friday but closed on the weekends.

* 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