Newly-installed “Historic Town” signs now inform motorists that the quaint town of Makawao is just a few miles away, Councilmember Mike White announced today.
The large, brown Historic Town signs placed along Haleakala Highway were recently installed by the State Department of Transportation in coordination with Councilmember White, Mayor Alan Arakawa and staff, and the Makawao Main Street Association. The initial request was made by the Makawao Community Association.
“This is a great boost for Makawao, at a time when our small-town businesses need all the help they can get,” Councilmember White said. “We’re very grateful for the responsiveness and timely assistance of Fred Cajigal, State Highways Maui District Engineering Program Manager. Fred helped make this happen so quickly, which is especially good timing for each third Friday as the town hosts its monthly Makawao Friday Town Party. Our hope is that the signs will bring a direct financial benefit by making it easier for residents and visitors to enjoy the shopping, dining, and overall experience of Historic Makawao Town.”
Mayor Alan Arakawa said, “We are glad that Mike and his staff have worked so hard on this, which is why we requested their assistance from the beginning. The County has taken great steps to ensure that the Makawao business community gets more exposure and this is just another good example of our efforts.”