Residential and Business Zones Reopen in Lahaina After Hazmat Removal
Residents and property owners in Lahaina, Maui, have reason to celebrate as two residential zones and one business zone are set to reopen this weekend. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has not completed the removal of hazardous materials in Zone 7G, which includes Hinau Street, Limahana Place, and Wili Ko Place, so business owners are encouraged to hold off on sifting in the area until the EPA has completed its assessment.
Reentry vehicle passes will be required for access, with distribution taking place today and Wednesday at various locations, including the Lahaina Civic Center and the Maui County Kalana O Maui building lobby area. Each property owner is eligible for two vehicle passes, as are each rental dwelling. Optional personal protective equipment kits will also be available during the vehicle pass distribution.
After the initial two days of assisted reentry, passage through the checkpoint will be available daily for area residents with a vehicle pass or ID. Access to Zone 5G will be from the Lahaina Bypass to Keawe Street, then left on E Kuu Aku Lane. Zones 7F and 7G will be accessed through Kapunakea Street, with drivers turning left on Front Street and left on Kenui Street. All vehicles will exit at Honoapiilani Highway.
To receive a pass, residents must provide documentation such as property deed/title, utility bills, rental/lease agreements, driver’s license, vehicle registration, voter registration card, financial statements, insurance documents, or a notarized affidavit confirming residency or ownership.
Support services will be provided on-site, including water, shade, washing stations, portable toilets, medical and mental health care, Maui Bus transportation, and language assistance. Transportation to and from hotels on Maui Bus circulator shuttles will also have extended hours during the supported reentry days.
For more details and a map of reopened zones, residents can visit www.mauirecovers.org/recovery/reentry.
This reopening marks a significant step forward for the residents and business owners of Lahaina, providing a sense of normalcy and the opportunity to begin the process of rebuilding and recovery.