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Oct 02

"Ask the Mayor": Learn to Swim programs

Posted on October 2, 2015 at 4:21 PM by Lois Whitney

Aloha Mayor,

Q:  What are the different programs offered to help teach children how to swim? Are the County programs year-round or only during the summer, and what exactly are they?

A: Our Dept. of Parks and Recreation, Aquatics Division, offers free “Learn to Swim” (LTS) programs at various facilities for ages infant to adult. Some programs are held only in the summer, and others are held at various times during the year, although colder weather often precludes classes during the winter months. There is currently a toddler LTS class being held at the Kihei Aquatic Center on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. for a total of six sessions. LTS levels II and III will start soon at Kokua Pool in Kahului, at 275 Uhu Street. Classes are limited to 10 participants per session, and will be held October 3-November 14, 2015. For children enrolled in LTS levels I and II, a parent or caregiver is required to attend the sessions in the water with the child. A range of basic skills are covered, from becoming comfortable in the water, swimming underwater and blowing bubbles to learning basic strokes, lifting the head out of the water, and refinement of swim strokes. For more details on registration and class days/times, contact Fran Yamamoto at 270-6138 (email: or call or stop by the Kokua Pool, 270-6155. The department’s 2016 calendar will be out soon; visit the website for more info,

PHOTO: County Lifeguard Howard Macpherson (center of group in red visor and rash guard) leads a toddler Learn-to-Swim class at the Kihei Aquatic Center.

Toddler Learn to Swim

May 21

"Ask the Mayor": Cracks on Mokulele Highway Cause for Repairs

Posted on May 21, 2015 at 11:35 AM by Lois Whitney

Dear Mayor Arakawa:

Q: Why are they re-paving Mokulele Highway when it seemed to be in good driving condition before?  There seems to be many other Maui roads that need resurfacing more than this one.

A:  This is a State Dept. of Transportation (DOT) project that involves resurfacing Mokulele Highway from Kuihelani Highway to the vicinity of the Maui Humane Society near Mehameha Loop, to extend the life of the existing pavement.  State DOT informed me that longitudinal cracking in the pavement showed that preventive maintenance was needed. Long cracks can lead to serious defects as water seepage and continual vehicle traffic break the asphalt into small chunks over large slab-sized sections of pavement, rather than in smaller-diameter potholes. To best protect the pavement from weathering, periodic resurfacing of the entire roadway is necessary. Construction is anticipated to be completed in June.

Cracks on Mokulele Hwy.

May 21

"Ask the Mayor": Master Plan for South Maui Community Park Complex

Posted on May 21, 2015 at 11:34 AM by Lois Whitney

Aloha Mayor:

Q:  I have a question regarding the South Maui Community Park. My understanding is that it’s to be built in three phases, with Phase 1, the softball field (many softball players I know say it's one of the best fields in the state), playground area, and one soccer field having been open 3-4 years already. It's a nice park, and when completed will provide some much-needed athletic fields and open space. My question is, when will the other phsases be completed? Is there a plan? Mahalo. 

A: Yes, there is a Master Plan for the South Maui Community Park complex, which includes a gymnasium, three soccer fields, two softball fields, one baseball field, five multi-purpose outdoor courts, a pavilion and amphitheater, “tot lots” and comfort stations (restrooms).

As you mentioned, Phase 1A of the project has already been completed. Parks Planning is currently in the design development stage of Phase 1B, the gymnasium/recreation center. We anticipate construction of this phase to begin in the first quarter of 2016.

The Parks’ 6-Year CIP plan includes requesting funding to complete Phase 2 – Amphitheater and Four Fields, as well as for Phase 3 – Multi Purpose Outdoor Courts.

South Maui Community Park