Letters: Speed ​​bumps, roundabout, TSA, Jones Act, beach parking fees, wild birds, etc.

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Remove speed bumps on the Kahekili Expressway near the town of Waiheʻe

There are now SIX speed bumps on the Kahekili Expressway just before and after the town of Waiheʻe about a mile away. One driver has died in this area due to speeding in the past year. No pedestrian has died for 40 years. I have chronic back pain and these bumps are dangerous to my health.

Remove the bumps. —Troy Brown, Wailuku

The roundabout under construction on the Piʻilani highway is “an impending disaster”

Kīhei’s new turnaround is an impending disaster. Only an idiot could have conceived such a monstrosity. Whatever metric, study, research, or whatever else is used to justify turning on a fast highway (and lowering the posted speed limit does nothing to deter fast traffic) is incredibly stupid. And – GASP – it further demonstrates sheer folly in making students cross the freeway instead of “walking the freeway”.

How it was passed so construction can start now is a complete puzzle! Based purely on the story, this ill-conceived design is going to experience a ton of trouble, including bumped pedestrians, crashes in and around the bend, and before/after school traffic jams like Kīhei has never seen before.

Once again, I repeat, the stupidity is astounding. —Rob Shapiro, Kihei

Individualism Shouldn’t Be Erased at Maui High School Graduation


As parents at Maui High School await answers to graduation guidelines on banning leis, not allowing a class song, not allowing students to sit together in class, limiting guests to four to one place,… Still anxiously awaiting a response from Maui High School on the banning of honor lanyards?


Last year, students could not identify by gender by removing the white cap and gowns and requiring all students to wear blue. This year a cord was physically removed from my daughter due to their ban so students who didn’t take extra classes or put in extra hours of study wouldn’t feel less accomplished than those who put in blood, sweat and tears to win them.

I came to the conclusion that they confuse unity with uniformity and erase their individualism. Please help me find a logical reason and answer. —Jo-Ann Iha, Kahului

New zoning laws and higher taxes on second homes will reduce Maui vacation rentals

When it comes to mainlanders buying properties in Maui, who wouldn’t want to live in Maui? Changing zoning laws to not allow short-term rentals (less than 91 days) and truly limiting and managing illegal short-term rentals such as Airbnb and VRBO will reduce the financial incentive to purchase investment properties and free up also properties on the full-time rental market.


Adding more taxes to second homes reduces vacation rentals since taxes are passed on to renters in higher room rates. — Ray Piantanida, Lahaina

The public shouldn’t pay for a new sewage system for Māʻalaea Harbor condos

I don’t think public funds should be used to pay for a new sewage system [for Māʻalaea Harbor condos]. The owners should have budgeted over the years, just like they do for windows, roofs, pool repairs, etc.

Sewage systems have a life and wear out. Ten million is a lot of money, but divided by all the stakeholders, it’s less than $20,000 per unit. Also, they should have done inspections long before this and knew it was deteriorating and not let it come to that. On the contrary, perhaps fines should be imposed for the damage they cause. —Dale Kasper, Kihei

Beach parking fees for tourists on large and small beaches are a sham

Makena State Park charges tourists a fee at both Big and Little Beach parking lots, with locals exempt. This fee started over a year ago at the start of COVID and the fee was $5 per vehicle. Today, the fee has increased to $10 per vehicle and $5 per person.

The problem is, technically, Makena State Park cannot charge parking fees on the lots. I can see them asking for a donation, but they don’t. They have signs posted, a solar powered payment terminal and a person helping people to operate the machine as well as enforcing these illegal fees that are charged.

How do they get away with this sham and where does the collected money go? The mayor and county officials should look into this and find out what agency or entity is behind this, and under what authority can they charge fees for vehicle parking and entry fees to non-residents at the park of Makena State. —Robert Bakmaz, Kihei

Resident recommends car rental companies sell visitor parking passes on the beach

I would like to recommend that beach parking passes be sold at car rental establishments. A week pass would cost $35, 2 weeks $70, etc. They should be cardboard and color coded for the month. This would avoid metering fees and theft. Also, employ someone to issue tickets to those without passes.

The rental agencies could withhold a few dollars and the recall would go to the county. Obviously, they should be documented for accountability. — RG Van Moppes, Kihei

Supports Maui’s efforts to reform the Jones Act

[Maui Councilmember] Mike Molina started a movement to reform the Jones Act. The Maui County Council unanimously followed suit. Maui County is the first of four counties [to do so]. The State of Hawaii has not issued a statement on the Jones Act.

Hawaiʻi should no longer be forced to depend on foreign actors for energy in the current geopolitical climate and its citizens should not be unduly impacted where damage can be mitigated.

Maui is taking positive positive action, leadership in motion! —Clifton Hasegawa, wailuku

Shouldn’t silence the debate over medical treatments for COVID-19

Recent media coverage has focused on the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs’ State Regulated Industries Complaints Office settling complaints against Dr. Lorrin Pang and Dr. Kirk Milhoan of Maui. While it is a relief that these two honorable doctors can put this phase of the many attacks on their good reputation behind them, this story is far from over.

I’m not surprised Senator Roz Baker declined to comment. She and her cohorts, along with Gov. David Ige, Lt. Gov. Josh Green, Mayor Mike Victorino and State Health Director Libby Char themselves spread dangerous misinformation when they publicly denounced no only the first life-saving treatments being discussed, but even the very right of these doctors to discuss it.

To continue to refer to ivermectin simply as a dewormer for horses is a blatant lie. Ivermectin is an FDA-approved human drug that has been used safely for years as a broad-spectrum antiparasitic agent. Many studies have shown it to be an effective antiviral as well, and there are literally thousands of first-hand accounts of its effective use as an early treatment around the world. As with any medical treatment, this effectiveness can certainly be debated by knowledgeable doctors and scientists. To silence this debate, however, is criminal. —Tina Lia, Kihei

Editor’s Note: The FDA has not cleared or approved ivermectin for use in the prevention or treatment of COVID-19 in humans or animals. Ivermectin is approved for human use to treat infections caused by certain parasitic worms and head lice and skin conditions like rosacea.

Wild fowl problem at Kīhei resort gone thanks to Maui Humane Society

For years our apartment complex in Kihei has been overrun with wild chickens and roosters. Complaints to various agencies had no effect on the dirt and noise of these intruders.

Now, thanks to the Maui Humane Society and a man named Alvin, it’s peaceful and quiet again. He is working with the Humane Society to place traps around our compound and catch these birds. His diligence and professional efforts are to be commended. His methods work.

If you have a similar problem, contact Alvin at The Humane Society by calling them and asking for Nikki Russell, the Director of Community Outreach. She can contact him and your troubles will be over. It’s good to know that there are people who care about our well-being. They should both be applauded for their efforts. —Steve Harrison, Kihei

TSA needs to operate more efficiently at Kahului Airport

Considering this is an ongoing problem, hopefully the TSA at Kahului airport can round it up enough that there aren’t 2,000 people lining up on the street where the deposits come in and go out.

There were literally so many people I felt like I was going to have a heart attack. I couldn’t even breathe I was so surrounded by people. I understand they are busy but they must have a better way of operating as it was out of control. Come on TSA. Deal with that. —Helen Auweloa, Lahaina

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