Ask the Mayor: What is the policy on renting community centers / halls?


October 23, 2017, 12:01 p.m. HST
* Updated October 23 at 12:10 p.m.

Velma McWayne Community Center in Wailuku. photo from County Maui.

Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the questions put to his staff. Questions submitted will be considered for inclusion in the “Ask the Mayor” column. Submit your own questions about Maui County’s programs, services, operations or policies to Mayor Alan Arakawa at (808) 270-7855, [email protected] or mail them to 200 S. High St., 9th Floor, Wailuku, HI 96793.


Question: What’s the point of having people stay at the park service registration desk every day until the day you want to rent the venue? What happened first come, first served for the day you want the venue? Who invented this stupid rule? Not all families have people standing in line for weeks, eight hours a day, just to rent a room a year in advance.

A: The Parks Permit Office would like to reassure you that 1) the only room that seems to cause such a long wait is the Velma Santos Wailuku Community Center; and 2) the current policy is still on a first come, first served basis. The difference is that it did away with the practice of literally camping several days in advance, when people used to pitch tents outside the War Memorial office and live there for weeks. , in a virtual “row”. It wasn’t just an eyesore, it was a responsibility of the county as people were on site during the hours when all facilities were closed.

The current policy allows people to log in every day when the office opens, on a first come, first served basis, and log out when the office closes for the day. They can repeat the process to maintain their position “in line” for the date if someone is there to take them up, until the day comes for them to apply for the permit. Parks staff say the current policy will remain in place until an alternative and equally fair method can be implemented.

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