Petition Tag - maui

1. Petition to Add Bus Service between Pa’ia and Makawao

We are concerned citizens who urge the County of Maui Department of Transportation to prioritize the implementation of the planned Pa’ia Town-Makawao Villager Route 38, with an additional stop along Baldwin (approximately one mile down from Hali’imaile Road) in order to serve the agencies in that area that provide important support and services to members of the community.

Primary Reasons:
- There is a cluster of agencies off Baldwin Avenue that provide support services for Maui’s youth and families. These agencies are geographically isolated and currently unserved by public transportation. Not having public transportation imposes a hardship on those needing to access places such as their jobs, other services and supports, and court.
- There is currently no way for Upcountry residents to get to Paia Town and points beyond from Makawao Town without going to Kahului (and through the airport loop) first. Let’s change that!

Though the PA'ia Town-Makawao route has already been approved and is included in the Short Range Transit Plan, it will likely be five to seven years before its implementation. We want the Maui County Council to help local citizens now!

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.