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Kīhei’s Kalama Park unsafe for kids

July 21, 2011
Maui Weekly

I am a teacher for Maui Parks & Recreation. Yesterday, I held my classes for young children in the pavilion at Kalama Park. I have a permit to teach there.

But there was drinking and drug use going on only 15 feet from the children’s playground and skating rink.

When I arrived, a drunk man was walking in circles talking aloud to himself while I conducted an art class for young kids. When I arrived, two drinkers with large wine bottles and loud music yelled at me when I asked them to move out of the pavilion because young kids were about to arrive for my class scheduled there. Then in the second class from 3 to 5 p.m., marijuana smoke wafted into the air and much more alcohol in the pavilion next the kids play ground and skating rink .

I urge you to ban all alcohol and drugs from both pavilions at Kalama Park, because it is so close to playground where kids frequent.

I told the police, and they said they are all aware of this problem. An officer said that there are homeless there with alcohol—especially at night when kids are in the skating rink. The officer recommended that I should tell the Maui County Council.

Please do not wait for a disaster to happen with kids in the playground. Please post signs to ban all drugs and alcohol.

Barbara Steinberg



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