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Ask The Mayor

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

Q: Where can I play pickleball on Maui? Can you play pickleball on tennis courts?

A: Mahalo for your question. Our Department of Parks and Recreation has notified my staff that Maui County has four designated pickleball courts in West District and another four designated pickleball courts in South District, which also has one shared tennis/pickleball court. Central District has no designated pickleball courts but has two shared courts and one pickleball court on a tennis practice court. East District does not currently have any designated pickleball courts.

Parks staff could not find anything in the County Code that restricts play at tennis courts for only tennis. In total, there are 43 tennis courts on Maui, with four on Lanai and two on Molokai. I want to clarify to our residents and visitors that we continue to support all of our parks users, including tennis and pickleball players. I strongly encourage all players and parks users to be courteous and adhere to the rules and proper conduct of the courts, so everyone may enjoy them. For more information, please visit the Department of Parks and Recreation webpage at www.mauicounty.gov/119/Parks-Recreation.

 

Q: My 17-year-old daughter was recently pulled over at a checkpoint. The police officer who was gathering her information took a picture of her on his cellphone. Are officers supposed to take photos of underage children they pull over?

A: Mahalo for your question. The Maui Police Department recently began implementing a new computerized system, which enables officers to attach photographs of violators, who cannot or do not produce their driver’s license. It isn’t a matter of whether officers are supposed to take a photo of underage children. It seems in this case, your daughter may have been operating a motor vehicle at an intoxication checkpoint without her provisional license on her person — which itself is a violation. That would explain why the photo was taken.

Please remember to observe all rules of the road and practice safe driving. I am proud that our community and police department have rallied behind victims of traffic accidents and my hope is we continue our efforts to protect our residents and visitors.

* 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.