Petition Tag - lahaina

1. Help Yellow Dog

There is a dog that has been seriously neglected at 180 Ipukula Street, Lahaina, HI 96761 and needs our help. He doesn't always get fed, has to stand regularly in his poop and has only been let out ONCE since Oct. 13, 2012.

Maui Humane Society claims that the owners adore the dog, do everything they can for it but can't allow it in the house or out of it's kennel due to ticks. This is completely false and we are concerned there are other elements to allow this favored conduct towards these neglectful owners. MHS states that the dog is in a large confine that allows him to stand up and turn around which is all that is needed by law.

According to Officer White, the owner is off island regularly so it's not his fault that he can't feed or water the animal but reassured me it is extremely loved and a beautiful dog. This again is so not the case. I have been watching this dog every day since October 13, 2012 when the other dog he was with either died or was removed. This house has a huge transient population and there is absolutely no touch, no talk, no contact with the dog who are very social animals. Other than walking in maniacal circles and barking, yelping, howling and crying non stop, he has no access to anything other than the wired cage and cement floors and sometimes food and water.

Please help us show this dog we care by signing this petition which I will send to media, police, the mayor and anyone else I can think of. MHS-your practices are favored and one sided. You are there to help the abusers and not the abused or neglected and this is not okay. We hope this petition shows you that this dog does matter and genuinely needs help, one that you are denying this dog.

2. Allow Bicycles in Lahaina Skatepark

The Lahaina skatepark has recently been constructed with coping and angle iron on all the ledges to make it bicycle friendly. It is one of the 3 public skateparks on maui and is constructed entirly out of cement.

Bicycles and Skateboard have co-existed on maui for many years with skaters and bikers donating countless hours to help maintain and preserve these parks.

3. Front Street Lahaina Halloween

Origins/End Result —Halloween grew (in the 70’s) from a couple of costume parties, at local bars after revelers spilled out onto Front Street. More and more came over the years, eventually an amazing 20,000 annually.

Getting Organized — In 1980, The LahainaTown Action Committee (LAC) stepped and supplied port-a-potties, got a permit, closed the street, worked cooperatively with police, sponsored a costume party, and until recent years, ran a tight ship.

Local Businesses Prospered — Enjoying one of their biggest nights of the year, eateries used the extra revenue to tide them over during weak Novembers until the return of holiday visitors. Merchants thought they had a field of dreams: October 31, and they will come.

Halloween Challenged — A group of Native Hawaiians in 2006 challenged LAC sponsorship, saying they objected to parking problems, costumes interpreted as lewd and an alleged increase in crime. In 2008, the Cultural Resources Commission bought the “inappropriate to the culture argument” and denied a street-closing permit for prime time. As a result there was less Sensation for a Front Street Lahaina Halloween. This year there are no planned events and the LAC has pulled their permit.

4. Hawaii Community Stands Ready to Help Offset Impacts of Teacher Furloughs

The decline in Hawaii’s economy and state tax revenues have necessitated corresponding cuts to public programs. There are plenty of unnecessary government programs available to cut.

However, instead of cutting the Department of Education (DoE)’s singularly over‐large central bureaucracy as appropriate, the DoE and the Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA), have determined to meet the DoE budget reduction mandate by, in part, furloughing public school teachers for 17 days each year.

The government option has failed and the burden is being thrown onto students, frontline teachers and families. In addition to bearing job losses while having to pay the already increasing taxes that the Hawaii legislature is pursuing, Hawaii families now have to bear the additional financial burden of providing child care or suitable private instruction for their children on the furlough days. Plus, our teachers are out of work for 17 days.