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Nov 20

Novemeber 19, 2014

Posted to Kahekili Road Project Updates by Raynard Oshiro

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Crews have been working diligently on repairs and reconstruction of deteriorating road sections.  Drain repairs and improvements will help preserve the road for years to come by channeling waters into drains and not pond on the road and shoulder areas. Work in this area has taken more time than expected due to unforeseen problems. Crews are trying to correct the problems and make repairs so the same problems do not occur.  Work in this area should be completed by Friday, Novemeber 21, 2014, weather permitting



Crews will move to the next section between Kaukini Loop, MP 8.4 to MP 9.5.  This section of road will be closed to all traffic. However, traffic will be detoured around the work project on Kaukini Loop through Maluhia Country Estates and The Cliffs of Kahakuloa. Drivers are asked to be attentive to the signs and traffic. Please be advised that large trucks will be haul materials in and out of the work project area as well as large equipment may be traveling to and from the work project.

The road will be open November 26-28, 2014 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.  During this time our crews will be doing other repairs in the district. 

Thank you and have a Happy Thanksgiving Holiday!

Nov 14

"Ask the Mayor": Flower, Fruits and Leis Allowed for Mainland Travel

Posted to Mayor's Activities by Lois Whitney

Ask the Mayor

Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his office staff.

Dear Mayor Arakawa:

Q: What kinds of flowers/fruits can I take with me when I visit my relatives on the Mainland? I heard that certain kinds of fruits and lei are prohibited from leaving the State; how do I find out in advance so I can avoid having items confiscated at the Ag inspection station at the Airport?


A:  Because of the pesky fruit fly, our papayas, bananas and citrus fruits cannot be taken out of the state by private individuals. Maile, orchid and tuberose lei are fine as long as they pass inspection, but any lei containing citrus leaves, including kukui nut or other lei with pieces of mock orange leaves in-between, are not allowed. Other lei prohibited for Mainland travel include Hala (Pandanus), Maunaloa, Kauna‘oa (Dodder), Sea Grape, Blue Jade Plant and Kikania (round, bright red-colored seeds). Other prohibited items not allowed for export to the U.S. Mainland include sugarcane, raw sweet potato, untreated, fresh fleshy or pulpy fruits and vegetables, berries including fresh coffee beans, cactus, cotton, and live insects and snails. Cut flowers, foliage or allowed fruits must be “certified pest-free” by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA), regardless of how they are transported to the Mainland (i.e. hand-carried, baggage, cargo shippers, USPS, or other expedited shippers). All rooted and propagated items such as potted plants must pass inspection by the State of Hawaii Dept. of Agriculture (DOA). To call DOA: ph. 873-3555; to reach USDA’s Maui office, call 877-5261. For more information online, including plants allowed for travel to foreign countries, pet quarantine and animal diseases, visit A copy of the DOA’s handy Ag inspection brochure for U.S. Mainland travel has been posted below.


View: Ag Inspection Brochure for U.S. Mainland Travel

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