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Ask the Mayor: What are the Rules for Public Street Parking?

August 28, 2016, 12:03 PM HST
* Updated August 28, 12:08 PM
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Photo by Wendy Osher.

Photo by Wendy Osher.

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

Submit your own questions about County of Maui programs, services, operations or policies to Mayor Alan Arakawa via email at [email protected], call 270-7855 or send them by mail to 200 S. High St., 9th Floor, Wailuku, HI 96793. Questions submitted will be considered for inclusion in the “Ask the Mayor” column.

Dear Mayor:

Q: What are the rules for using a public road/street for parking? Is it okay to park personal cars overnight, especially along a busy road/street?

I thought that a landlord who uses their house for rentals must provide parking for their renters and not use the road/street as a parking space.


I talked to one of the persons parked on the street in front my house, and that person defensively said that it was her parking space!


I live on a busy street and it should be clear at all times. I cannot even go out from my house or garage to the street without being worried I might be hit someone because of cars parked on the street.

Isn’t street parking supposed to be available for everybody? Can you do something about this?

A: First, all parking for residents is required to be off-street, on the property.


Secondly, as a resident, you have the right to do something about this situation by calling the non-emergency line of Maui Police Department to enforce the Maui County Code.

Our law states that a vehicle cannot be parked “on any roadway for a period of time longer than 60 minutes between the hours of 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. of any day; subject, however, to the exceptions granted authorized emergency vehicles, pursuant to this title.” (Ch. 10.28.110 – All Night Parking)

If you feel there may be a significant traffic issue that warrants “No Parking” signs along a particular stretch of road, please contact the Department of Public Works, which will evaluate the request.

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