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Jan 29

January 29, 2014

Posted to Kahekili Road Project Updates by Rowena Dagdag-Andaya

Message from Wailuku Highways staff:
We're resuming work out in Kahekili today doing shoulder work starting at the Gallery with a moving work zone. Road will be passable with periodic stoppages to reposition equipment. Thanks for your patience and understanding.

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 http://HDOA.hawaii.gov. A copy of the DOA’s handy Ag inspection brochure for U.S. Mainland travel has been posted below.

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


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