Ask The Mayor

Mayor Michael Victorino answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his office staff.

Q: I was wondering what the holdup is on the Makawao Avenue resurfacing project. There is a portion that was started and not completed. Also, many thanks for resurfacing Pulehu Road.

A: I appreciate your gratitude for our dedicated and hardworking employees in the Department of Public Works. It is often a thankless job where their accomplishments can go unnoticed or underappreciated. Regarding the status on the Makawao Avenue reconstruction, the portion east of Pulehu Road has been delayed due to the sidewalk/guardrail redesign. We have the completed redesign and received a price from the contractor.

Prior to completing the construction work, however, we will need to obtain review and approval from the state Department of Transportation and the Federal Highways Administration. We expect the reconstruction work to be completed in the next four to five months, but possibly sooner. For a list of current and future Public Works projects, visit www.mauicounty.gov/1844/Current-Future-Projects.

Q: When driving to the beach, where do I legally park if there’s no designated beach parking or street parking in the area? Halama Street and Makena Road in South Maui don’t have any public beach parking and the issue is compounded by homeowners blocking the front of their homes with boulders and cones. Your help with this is much appreciated.

Mahalo for your question and I hear your frustrations. Since there are no designated beach parking spots along Halama Street and Makena Road, you may legally park in the county right of way in front of homes in order to visit the beach. This is not an ideal situation, but parking was never created for those areas before homes were built decades ago.

While the county mandates that these right of ways remain clear, the property owners are responsible for upkeep and maintenance. Obstructions such as rocks, large plants and barricades are not allowed in the right of way and the Department of Public Works Highways Division staff recently went out to Palauea Beach in Makena and to Halama Street in Kihei to conduct checks on reported obstructions. I understand from staff that they did notify property owners, and requested that they remove the obstructions. After providing property owners with information from the County Code, we generally get compliance from them. I do want to clarify, however, that beachgoers parking on these properties should be mindful of their cars and not block the travelway or the driveways to residences.

To report a complaint regarding right-of-way obstructions, visit www.mauicounty.gov/1776/Request-for-Service or call the Department of Public Works Highways Division administration office at 270-7869 or the appropriate district office.

Q: When will the construction in the area of Kuihelani Highway, Dairy Road, Maui Veterans Highway and Puunene Avenue be completed?

A: The project is anticipated to be completed by the end of July, according to the state Department of Transportation. There will be various closures throughout the remainder of the construction period, which will be posted on department’s weekly lane-closure notice. To view the weekly, state roadway closure notice for Maui County, visit the state Department of Transportation Highways’ website at hidot.hawaii.gov/highways/roadwork/maui/.

* Want to Ask the Mayor? Submit your Maui County related questions to Mayor Michael Victorino by email at askthemayor@mauicounty.gov, 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 mayors.office@mauicounty.gov.

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