Ask The Mayor

Q: When Tropic Care Maui County begins in June, will the program give me free health insurance?

A: No, it will not provide insurance. However, Tropic Care Maui County will offer free health care services by military personnel participating in a rapid deployment exercise. The free services will be performed at six locations throughout Maui County by approximately 400 uniformed personnel including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, ophthalmologists, dentists and others from active and reserved ranks of the armed forces around the United States. The free health care services will include physical examinations, vision checks (and single-lens glasses), basic dental care and nutrition counseling, among others. The clinics will not accept advance appointments, and participants will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis. Identification will not be required, and no fees will be charged. Noncitizens, individuals with no local address and those with no health insurance are welcome to attend. Please keep in mind that participants will probably need to wait in line, so come prepared with your own water, snacks, supplies and other comforts in case seating and shade are not available at a particular clinic. For more information on locations, dates and times, visit or call 270-7855 and ask for the Tropic Care hotline.

Q: My question pertains to the maintenance of the roadway near the entrance to Lahaina. Who is responsible for maintaining the landscaping of the median of the highway and the 1-foot-wide grass band between the sidewalk and road curb? And why are they doing such a terrible job? The ground cover is overgrown and trees require trimming. The grass band between sidewalk and curb is overgrown and full of weeds, with sections dead due to irrigation problems. Surely government planners knew that with this design, the area would require maintenance every week or two and made arrangements for this, correct?

A: The portion of Honoapiilani Highway you refer to belongs to, and is maintained by, the state Department of Transportation. DOT Highways has indicated that a contract will be finalized soon to provide improved maintenance in the area.

Q: When will the Sakamoto Pool reopen?

A: The Coach Soichi Sakamoto Pool is scheduled to reopen at the end of June. An exact date will be announced next month.