Honolulu, Hawaii 2021-10-10 01:21:26 –
Honolulu (KHON2) — It’s been four months since the “No Parking” sign was displayed at a popular stop along the road to Hana, Maui. The signs were installed in seven places after the car parked on the freeway, causing a traffic nightmare on the narrow freeway.
Signs went up in mid-June, the peak of summer tourism, and residents said thousands of cars continued to drive the road to Hana every day, but quiet except for low traffic. Community has noticed something else.
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“”[The signs], It really quickly curtailed the amount of illegal parking. Coupled with the community sign, I’ll explain in a little more detail why you don’t want to park or trespass here. It really helped reduce the number of emergencies, “explained Hana resident Napua Hueu. Hana Highway Regulations..
“No parking” signs have been posted on Bamboo Forest, Twin Falls, Waikamoi Stream Bridge, Chins Pond, Puakaakaa Park, Waikani Stream Bridge and Hanawi Stream Bridge.
Twelve rescues were reported by the Maui Fire Department (MFD) in East Maui before the state was closed in March 2020. Eight rescues took place in the bamboo forest. A few months later, East Maui was closed to residents only. Rescue was quiet for several months until visitors were welcomed in October 2020, and MFD rescue resumed at Twin Falls and Bamboo Forest.
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The MFD confirmed that rescues in these areas were low after June, but determined whether rescues were low due to “no parking” signs, weather, visitor traffic, or resident education. He said it was difficult to do.
“The’no parking’signs help people park in these areas and reduce their chances of breaking into these sites,” Hueu explained. “We didn’t really see a serious case of having to rescue in a bamboo grove because of the signs.”
Hueu said traffic obstacles were occurring as there were still visitors parked further forward and walking on narrow highways, but said overall traffic conditions had improved. The community continues to educate visitors and warn of danger along 52-mile highways and remote areas.
“We discourage walking on busy highways and try to provide information on why it is not appropriate to access these sites and the amount of emergency relief and danger that exists at these various sites. We have implemented more community signage, “Hueu explained. ..
She said the perfect example is Twin Falls, which continues to limit the number of daily visitors and parking lots.
“They have seen a clear reduction in emergency rescue scenarios and a higher quality visitor experience,” Hueu said. “So we really want to commend them for all the voluntary work they have done to help realize this concept of visitor management here in East Maui.”
Hueu said another concern was Kaiharuru. Thursday, October 7 MPD rescued a 69-year-old visitor after falling off the trail I’m trying to access the beach area.
“Recently, Maui Visitors Bureau came to the table. They also took all private property owners to the table, where they did their best to impress that they needed to execute and help convey the dynamics. I’ll do my best, of Kaiharuru, “she explained.
She hopes that more signs will be installed to educate visitors about the issues of trespassing related to the area and the dangers of trying to visit Kaiharuru. For now, there is a legitimate parking lot to access Kaiharuru, but the parking lot is for Hanaball Park.
“It’s difficult to regulate illegal parking there,” Hueu explained. “Because these are legitimate parking lots, executives do not necessarily have the tools to move visitors out of the way. Therefore, we work with Maui Visitors Bureau as a visitor intelligence pilot. We support the curation of the project. “
She said the project would help investigate whether parking is essential there.
“Monitoring the essential needs of these parking stalls helps reduce the chances of them trespassing. We have visitor offices, states and counties with this visitor information personnel. We strongly encourage the implementation of the project, which helps to curb illegal parking and then eliminate the possibility of trespassing, which may lead to the need for emergency rescue and the potential for tension. It will be eliminated. About the resources of our county, “Hueu added.
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The MFD also states that it does not tolerate trespassing of private property for recreational purposes by the general public and strongly encourages hikers to stay on publicly marked trails.
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