The Maui News - South Maui beachgoers would be able to park for longer periods of time at the end of South Kihei Road under a bill recently advanced by a Maui County Council committee.
In response to complaints from residents, the county in 2004 imposed restrictions along the stretch of South Kihei Road that dead ends into a parking lot for Keawakapu Beach. Street parking along the makai side of the road was limited to 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., but no signs have been posted to date.
Because the beach parking lot has only 15 stalls, parking overflows onto the street in unmarked stalls. Larger vehicles often jut onto the road, forcing pedestrians to walk on the street.
Maui County Councilmember Don Couch (South Maui) proposed a bill to lift the parking restrictions. The council's Infrastructure Management Committee voted 5-2 Monday to pass the measure. It next heads before the full council later this month.
In a letter to Couch, the Traffic Safety Council said it "anticipates unrestricted parking in the area would create safety issues for pedestrians, bicyclists and motor vehicle traffic, [and] as a result, the Traffic Safety Council members do not support the request to repeal the prohibition."
Couch said residents and beachgoers want the longer hours.
The gate for the beach parking lot closes at 8 p.m.
The law prohibiting overnight parking on public roadways would still apply.