County joins police to remove 41 abandoned vehicles near Kanahā in Kahului, Maui
June 28, 2021, 6:14 PM HST
* Updated June 28 at 6:34 p.m.
The Maui Police Department and the Environmental Protection and Sustainability Division of the Maui County Department of Environmental Management have joined forces to remove 41 abandoned vehicles from the roadsides of Amala Place near Kanahā Pond State Wildlife Refuge and Wailuku-Kahului County Wastewater Collection Facility in Kahului.
“The situation at Amala Place had become a public health and environmental issue,” said Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino. “Removing abandoned vehicles and garbage will make it safer for the community. ”
Several abandoned vehicles had accumulated in the area during the pandemic. Most of the vehicles tagged for removal had been filled with trash from the nearby homeless camp. Maui County has contracted with the nonprofit Teens on Call to remove and dispose of the trash so the vehicles can be towed. According to TOC founder Brian McCafferty, two dumpsters had been filled on Monday afternoon. and the work will continue. The county’s efforts are aimed at removing garbage, debris, and unwanted cars, not the people living in the area.
“Maui County contracts with outreach service providers who make frequent visits to provide emergency services to homeless people in the area,” said Lori Tsuhako, director of the housing and human concerns department. from Maui County, “Some are taking services and going to the emergency room. shelter or accommodation while others have refused.
The goal is to remove all remaining abandoned vehicles by Tuesday, June 29. The public is asked to remain vigilant when driving on Amala Place until the end of the work.