Hana Highway Regulation Timeline Summary

June 2016

Out of concern that unlicensed motor carrier for hire services were not being properly regulated, a group establishes as Hana Highway Regulation and volunteer begins collecting roadside data along the Hana highway. Points collected include car counts at various locations along the highway and intricacies include type of car [local, commercial, rental, government, etc], approximate passengers per vehicle, in addition to a log of illegal tour operators and their specifics including vehicle make and model, license plate, infraction. 

www.HanaHighwayRegulation.com

September 11, 2016

Maui News article: Senator J. Kalani English commends the efforts of Hana Highway Regulation and suggests the PUC monitor how many permits are given out for road tours to Hana. English notes the Road to Hana as the No. 2 tourist activity - behind Haleakala Crater. Bob Carroll, then County Council member says he noticed an increase in traffic along the highway. 

http://www.mauinews.com/news/local-news/2016/09/group-seeks-to-address-traffic-issues-on-hana-highway/

September 19, 2016

Paia Community Center  9am-11am

Meeting minutes available and include testimonies from residents, business owners, a large majority of those present being legal commercial operators with concerns of the rampant unlicensed commercial activity spread throughout the Road to Hana industry. A community input meeting hosted by Hana Highway Regulation.

October 17, 2016

Hana Community Center 4pm

Meeting minutes available and include testimonies from residents, business owners, a large majority of those present being residents expressing concern about impacts of the increase of traffic and visitors. A community input meeting hosted by Hana Highway Regulation.

December 1, 2016

National Park implements Sunrise Reservation Protocol.

June 10, 2017

Hana Community Association adopts the Hana Highway Regulation as an initiative and publishes the Road to Hana Code of Conduct as its first objective, followed by education and outreach efforts. 

HanaCommunityAssociation.com

June 24, 2017

Road to Hana Code of Conduct presented as a “community soundbite” audio piece by Hawaii Public Radio. Promoting visitor awareness, scheduled steps for the initiative. 

https://www.hawaiipublicradio.org/post/hana-highway-code-conduct


September 27, 2017

The Conversation with Chris Vandercook; Regulating the Hana Highway. 

Road to Hana Code of Conduct presented as audio piece by Hawaii Public Radio.

https://www.hpr2.org/post/conversation-wednesday-september-27th-2017

November 29, 2017

Maui Visitors Bureau Visitor Safety Conference; Grand Wailea Resort - South Maui

Individual Presentation; Visitor industry staff education and awareness effort. 

Road to Hana Code of Conduct presented as the subject matter presented by Hana Highway Regulation Committee. At this meeting, representatives from the National Park at Haleakala outline a 75% decrease in emergency services in light of newly established Sunrise Reservation protocol. 

December 6, 2017

Maui Visitors Bureau Visitor Safety Conference; Sheraton Resort - West Maui

Individual Presentation; Visitor industry staff education and awareness effort. 

Road to Hana Code of Conduct presented as the subject matter presented by Hana Highway Regulation Committee. At this meeting, representatives from the National Park at Haleakala outline a 75% decrease in emergency services in light of newly established Sunrise Reservation protocol. 

February 25, 2018

Maui News article: One ocean-related fatality, and one trespassing related injury - same day. July, August and September notes four airlifts out of Kaihalulu [Red Sand] Beach. Installation of 75 delineators at Waikani waterfall. Napua Hueu predicts increase in East Maui commercial operators in light of the Haleakala concession scale back. Lieutenant Hankins notes education is the thing that will change bad behaviors by visitors.  

http://www.mauinews.com/news/local-news/2018/02/a-risky-road-to-hana/

March 25, 2018

Hana Highway Regulation volunteers begin using notice slips on local vehicles suspected to be illegally parked, trespassing on private property, conducting unlicensed commercial activity and or commercial activity within a sacred site. Notices include contact information for outreach follow-up and have proven an effective means to educating the public on specifics of property ownership and deterring continued infractions. 

May 29, 2018

Hana Highway Regulation begins visitor management exercises, collecting intricate data at the 15 locations identified as impacted by tourism along the Road to Hana. Specifics relating to the various infractions of the four culprit activities creating chaos along the Road to Hana are elaborated through this data collection effort; illegal parking, trespassing on private property, conducting unlicensed commercial activity and commercial activity within a sacred site. Through this process the volunteers also record and compile cultural, environmental and social impact statements from residents in each area, with regard to how tourism has affected their lifestyle.

July 26th 2018 

Hana Community Association annual Public Meeting 

Hana East Maui Candidate Forum and Hana Highway Regulation Presentation 

Summary report on data collected thus far including car and people counts. Question and Answer portion for the candidates and Hana Highway Regulation Committee Chair Napua Hueu. Potential solutions to the issue of over tourism are discussed including presentation of a preliminary draft of the Road to Hana Visitor Safety System which has been curated by the Hana Highway Regulation Committee. 

August 14, 2018

Summer 2018 Report 

Summary perspective on the Road to Hana industry and the fragile Hana highway. Considered to be four times over capacity, the report identifies the four culprit activities creating chaos along the Road to Hana; illegal parking, trespassing on private property, conducting unlicensed commercial activity and commercial activity within a sacred site. The report also summarizes roadside data to provide an update count on illegal tour operators and other highway activity specifics. The report details the role that social media influencers and the internet plays in exploitation of sacred sites and private properties. 

September 9, 2018

Star Advertiser article: Visitors overwhelm Highway and Residents 

https://www.staradvertiser.com/user-access/?redirect_to=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.staradvertiser.com%2F2018%2F09%2F09%2Fhawaii-news%2Fvisitors-are-overwhelming-mauis-hana-highway-and-the-residents-who-live-along-the-remote-route%2F

January 19, 2019

Hana Highway Regulation initiative by the Hana Community Association presents the first seven Registered Commercial Partners, part of a voluntary oversight program managed by the Hana Community Association board. This Registered Commercial Partners Program is aimed to educate commercial operators on community perspective and encourage better business operating behaviors. The current seven RCPs are;

Valley Isle Excursions, Polynesian Adventure Tours, Open Eye Tours, Holoholo Tours, Makoa Quest, Platinum Tours and Aloha Eco Adventures. These companies have made the commitment to respect community policy through in-person meetings with Hana Community Association and by signed agreement and exchange of certificate of insurance. The Hana Highway Regulation has provided these companies with individual training opportunities to enhance their staff’s comprehension of Road to Hana protocols in the commercial capacity. 
January 22, 2019 

Hana Community Association Annual Public Meeting Old Hana School Cafeteria 5pm-8pm 

General community updates and a data report by the Hana Highway Regulation Committee, led by Napua Hueu reporting that the summary of Summer exercises concluded that field-advisors providing visitor education on location was most effective and provided an enriched visitor experience. The Committee of Hana Highway Regulation provides a presentation of their visitor safety system in draft. 

January 27, 2019

News Highlight; Hana Highway group looks to make road safer while raising cultural awareness. 

KHON2 News; Community piece by Nikiki Schenfeld

http://www.hanahighwayregulation.com/news?offset=1475219675251&reversePaginate=true

February 10, 2019

The volunteer committee of Hana Highway Regulation provides emergency visitor safety services at Hookipa Beach Park amidst a County Park shutdown due to expected large surf.  

http://mauinow.com/2019/02/10/multiple-parking-violations-at-hookipa-amid-mega-surf/

February 20, 2019

Five rescued in the course of two days at Kaihalulu Beach in Hana. 

https://mauinow.com/2019/02/20/five-rescued-in-two-days-at-kaihalulu-in-hana-maui/

Beachgoers swept out to Sea, rescued.

http://www.mauinews.com/news/local-news/2019/02/beachgoers-swept-out-to-sea-rescued/