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Q: We keep hear­ing that the Haiku Road re­pairs (below Fukushima Store) are near­ing com­ple­tion. It seems like this is tak­ing too long. And the open­ing of a new sub­di­vi­sion en­trance at Kauhikoa Road is im­mi­nent, which will only serve to ex­ac­er­bate the al­ready un­safe con­di­tions on Kauhikoa Road. This de­tour has gone on long enough! When can we ex­pect the road­work to be com­pleted?

A: I am very pleased to let you know that the Haiku Road Cul­vert Im­prove­ments project is vir­tu­ally com­plete, with a fi­nal in­spec­tion sched­uled for later this week. Haiku Road may be opened as soon as Friday if no out­stand­ing is­sues need to be ad­dressed, and our Pub­lic Works Depart­ment team is do­ing its best to get

ALAN ARAKAWA

Alan Arakawa an­swers some of the mostasked ques­tions sub­mit­ted to his of­fice staff.

Q: When I walked into the Kahului Divi­sion of Mo­tor Ve­hi­cle and Li­cens­ing Ser­vice Center last week, I no­ticed a ma­chine in the lobby area. I asked a staff mem­ber about it and was told it was for those who were check­ing in for ap­point­ments they had made on­line. What kinds of ap­point­ments can be made on­line, and how do I go about do­ing that? I would love to save more time on my vis­its to the DMVL.

A: The DMVL’s new on­line ap­point­ment sys­tem can in­deed help you save time at the Kahului DMVL Ser­vice Center at the Maui Mall. Visit www.mauicounty.gov/DMVL ap­point­ments to make ap­point­ments for your driver’s li­cense or per­mit, state ID or ini­tial dis­abled park­ing plac­ard. You will need to bring ID when you ar­rive for your ap­point­ment and be sure to bring all required doc­u­ments (click on the link on the website to see the doc­u­ments required for each type of ap­pli­ca­tion). Plan to ar­rive 15 min­utes early to check in at the self­ser­vice kiosk so you can be en­tered into the queue and be seen at your ap­pointed time. DMVL staff has been work­ing hard to in­stall and test this new on­line sys­tem to al­low users more ef­fi­ciency, to save time and to have con­ve­nient ac­cess to the ap­point­ment sys­tem through the in­ter­net any­time, any­where. Please try out this new sys­tem and let us know how it works for you, as staff will con­tinue to make ad­just­ments as new ser­vices and lo­ca­tions are added.

Q: I was born and raised in Kailua, went to Huelo El­e­men­tary School and grad­u­ated from St. Anthony Girls’ School. I now re­side in Kaneohe with my fam­ily. We are home now for our fam­ily ohana re­union and stay­ing at our fam­ily es­tate in Kailua, the home of our youth. My ques­tion to you is: Who is re­spon­si­ble for the road­side cleanup from the air­port to Kailua and be­yond? The County of Maui or the State of Hawaii? It is noted that the grass and other shrub­bery are much over­grown, hin­der­ing the view of on­com­ing traf­fic, es­pe­cially at the yield­ing sites. I’m just re­flect­ing on the days of my youth when the road­sides were kept very well-man­i­cured. Please ad­vise: Is it due to bud­getary re­straints? Keep Maui and its aina beau­ti­ful for us, the Keiki o Ka Aina, and the nu­mer­ous tourists that travel this route to Hana daily. Ma­halo.

A: Wel­come home, if even for a brief while to en­joy gathering to­gether with your ohana. Hana High­way is cared for by the state Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion High­ways Divi­sion, Maui District. I’m not sure about the rea­son you no­ticed over­growth, but it’s pos­si­ble that the area re­ceived ex­tra rain­fall in be­tween mow­ing cy­cles. If you have a spe­cific con­cern, you can find con­tact in­for­ma­tion for the Maui DOT High­ways of­fice at www.hi­dot.hawaii.gov/ high­ways.

Want to Ask the Mayor? Sub­mit your Maui County re­lated ques­tions to Mayor Alan Arakawa by email at ask­the­mayor@mauicounty.gov, by phone at 270-7855 or by mail at 200 S. High St., ninth floor, Wailuku 96793. Ques­tions sub­mit­ted will be con­sid­ered for in­clu­sion in the “Ask the Mayor” col­umn; to re­quest a per­sonal re­sponse to a con­cern, email may­ors.of­fice@mauicounty.gov.

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