Camp­ing frozen at Kanaha Park

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - LOCAL - Star-Advertiser staff

The Maui County Parks Depart­ment is putting on in­def­i­nite hold all overnight camp­ing per­mits at Kanaha Park for next month while the park is cleaned up.

Any overnight camp­ing per­mits sched­uled for af­ter Aug. 31 will be re­funded by the depart­ment, the county said in a news re­lease Thurs­day.

Depart­ment of­fi­cials have re­ceived com­plaints from park users, rang­ing from the dump­ing of large items like ap­pli­ances and ve­hi­cles to the camp­ing ground area be­ing un­safe and un­san­i­tary for overnight use.

Other is­sues stem from weekly po­lice re­ports in­volv­ing drunken and dis­or­derly con­duct, drug of­fenses, as­saults and other in­ci­dents.

“This is a joint ef­fort by the county and the state to clean up our park and make the area more se­cure, not just for park users but for the busi­nesses nearby, in­clud­ing the rental car agen­cies and Kahu­lui Air­port,” said Parks Di­rec­tor Kaala Buen­con­sejo. “This is a well-used park, and the bot­tom line is it needs to be clean and safe for every­one.”

The Parks Depart­ment has been work­ing with the com­mu­nity and park users for months to de­ter­mine a plan for an im­proved Kanaha Park. In­for­ma­tion gath­ered from the pub­lic de­ter­mined that safety, se­cu­rity and unau­tho­rized en­camp­ments were the big­gest con­cerns, the news re­lease said.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Kanaha Park Mas­ter Plan, call parks pro­ject co­or­di­na­tor Ch­eryl Akiona at 270-7388.

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