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Ask The Mayor

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

Q: When are the coconut trees going to be trimmed at Kalama and Kamaole I beach parks?

A: Mahalo for your question. My staff checked in with the Department of Parks and Recreation and was told that Imua Landscaping currently holds the palm tree pruning contract for the south, central and east districts. They have been pruning over 300 coconut trees at Kalama Beach Park, and I was last told that their work would be completed sometime in the past week.

Imua Landscaping is in the process of pruning approximately 1,500 coconut trees total across all of our county parks, so they are advancing in accordance to highest priority. I was told that Kamaole I will be pruned in the near future.

I hope you continue to enjoy our beach parks and I strongly encourage the public to please do your part in keep them beautiful for everyone. Mahalo.

Q: Does the Police Department tag cars that are parked in front “No Parking” signs?

A: Mahalo for your question and for sending a photo to help us provide an answer.

The “No Parking Any Time Tow-Away Zone, County of Maui” sign that people might see on the along the road are enforceable by all law enforcement, regardless of their locations, according to the Maui Police Department. The sign depicted in your photo was specifically erected by the Department of Public Works.

The three cars that can be seen in your photo are definitely in violation, especially the two cars parked on the sidewalk, which is an entirely separate violation. These three cars would be subject to tickets and fines by the Police Department.

In general, these signs are meant to address safety and accessibility, as well as the free movement of vehicular traffic. I ask all of us to please drive safely and observe all signs on our roadways. Mahalo.

* 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.