It's official, the Islands of Maui County Mile Marker Map is complete and now available for the general public to access.
(Link to the map in the post)
Published by: HIRSC - Administration and Moderating Team
The HIRSC Team is welcome to announce after popular demand and requests made to HIRSC Administrator and Founder Benjamin Agdeppa, he has officially completed the mile markers map for the Islands of Maui County on late Friday evening (March 26th).
Yes, Maui County Residents, you heard that right, we are very pleased to present this digital mile marker map to you folks to view and also share with your 'ohana in Maui County.
Ben says "This by far was one of the most difficult projects I have worked on since completing the Island of Hawaii Mile Marker Map and took many sleepless to get this finally completed in under one week time. I believe this is the first map of its kind for the Islands of Maui County to made and I've seen many emails and request come into my email requesting for me to make one for Maui since 2018 when I released the Island of Hawaii map. I've personally could not find one such map online or anywhere."
One of the challenges that Ben encountered with this project is outdated information from the State GIS points that was sent to him earlier this year. "The data was last updated in 2017 and a lot of changes such as new roads and also routes were added on Maui in the past few years and new markers were added and existing ones were deleted since the realignment was completed. So I had to use Google Streetview to verify the information and also relay to our HIRSC - Maui Team Members to assist me with physically confirming details as well," Ben says.
The funniest thing that many will notice is how abrupt some route mile markers change from one number and make a giant leap to a higher one in less than a mile from each other. Another example, some routes will only have random one or two-mile markers on them. Ben says "This was by far the most confusing thing I had with this map and I thought I was seeing things until my team confirmed physically and just had a good laugh about it in the end."
We still don't know to this day why data points or mile markers were laid out this way, it's a question we're still waiting to get an answer on.
The following information has been added to the first release of the Islands of Maui County Map (Visuals shown above):
Mile Marker according to route listed in the GIS Data and verified physically by HIRSC - Maui Team
Some Mile Markers with Route Number were added (Future Plans to add route number to all mile markers)
Traffic Signal Graphics added to all signalized intersections in Maui County
All Maui Fire Department Stations are labeled on the map with logo (Photo Above)
The same also applies to all Maui County Airport Fire Stations
All Maui Police Department Stations are labeled on the map with logo (Photo Above)
Hospitals in Maui County Labeled
National Parks (including Historical Parks under NPS) added to Map with logo
"I know the first version isn't in any way 100% perfect and asks for the assistance of the Maui County residents to send me an email and I'll do my best to get that corrected in the next update (Updates to this map will be made on a monthly basis)" Ben says
Ben says "there are more additions coming to the map within the next few months (such as rivers/gulches, landmarks, etc; similar to Hawaii Island map) and asking for the help of Maui County Residents to send in their request to me and will do my best to make it work similar to Hawaii Island's map. I want the Maui County Residents to tell me what works for them to make unique. My hope is with this map makes it easier for residents and businesses to give directions to people and also help give a visual to everyone on where an accident or brush fire is at, to help with route planning or just plain curiosity kicks in."
Again Big Mahalo to Ben for his continued hard work and efforts for making anything pretty much possible.
"I do want to give a lot of credit also to my HIRSC - Maui Team for helping me verifying the information as well, I couldn't get this map done in a timely matter without them since being on the Island of Hawaii and unable to travel for recreational purposes at this time," Ben says.
For those interested in using it on Google Earth computer software, please feel free to send us an email request (or may use the email link in the map description) and Ben will forward the KML/KMZ file for this map.
(Please note that the KML/KMZ file only works with the computer software and not with mobile phones, you must use the internet provided above).