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Ask The Mayor: Why is the Speed Limit on Hāna Highway so Slow?

April 14, 2019, 12:00 PM HST
* Updated April 13, 8:19 PM
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Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his staff.

Q:  Why are the speed limits on Hāna Highway past Pāʻia mostly 30 or 35 miles per hour? The speed limit for a highway shouldn’t be the same as Kaʻahumanu Avenue. That seems to be a ridiculously slow speed for a highway. Have you ever followed a line of tourist cars from Huelo into town going 35 miles per hour on a daily basis? It is pretty annoying. Please raise the speed limits on Hāna Highway. Mahalo.

A:  My staff reached out to the state Department of Transportation and after speaking with officials they believe that the speed limit for Hāna Hwy from Pāʻia is appropriately posted considering residential areas with direct access driveways, narrow shoulder widths and school zones.

The state department plans to reevaluate Kaʻahumanu Avenue and possibly make adjustments to lower the speed limit considering it is urbanized with sidewalks, bike lanes, curb/gutter, multiple traffic signals, etc. Mahalo for your time and I’d like to remind all of us to please always drive with aloha.

Want to Ask The Mayor?


Submit your Maui County related questions to Mayor Michael Victorino by email at [email protected], by phone at (808) 270-7855 or via mail to 200 S. High Street, ninth floor, Wailuku, Hawaiʻi 96793.


Questions submitted will be considered for inclusion in the “Ask the Mayor” column.

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