Senator English thanks Governor Ige and Mayor Victorino for closing Hana Highway and back-side road
Hana, Maui – Senator J. Kalani English (D-Hana, East and Upcountry Maui, Moloka‘i, Lana‘i and Kaho‘olawe) today thanked Governor David Ige for implementing his recommendation to close the Hana Highway to non-residents to reduce the spread of COVID-19, and Mayor Mike Victorino for closing the back side county road through Kaupō to non-residents.
“On a typical day, thousands of rental cars drive the narrow Hana Highway and congregate at lookouts and parks,” said Senator English. “During this emergency we need to keep the highway open for residents of East Maui, delivery trucks, and first responders. We cannot have thousands of tourists from around the world causing traffic and entering closed parks, coming into contact with one another and our residents. As a resident of Hana, I know that the majority of our economy in East Maui depends on tourism and that this pandemic is causing a major hardship, but when we’re choosing between saving lives and the economy, health must come first.”
Governor Ige instructed the Hawai‘i Department of Transportation to place signs along the Hana Highway notifying drivers that the highway is restricted to residents only. He also instructed the Maui Visitors Bureau to inform all industry partners and ask rental car companies to advise all customers of the restriction.
Mayor Victorino instructed Maui County departments to close the back-side road through Kaupo to Hana to non-residents.