Camping frozen at Kanaha Park
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.