EPA Fines Destination Maui $5,000 for Lead-Paint
Reporter- Pacific Business News
Property management firm Destination Maul Inc.
must spend nearly $50,000 to pay for lead exposure
testing on 350 children and for blood lead analysis
equipment for three health clinics under a settlement
with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,
officials said Wednesday.
The EPA said that Destination Maui failed to
tell its tenants about the possible presence
of lead-based paint, which was banned in 1978,
at eight of its Maui properties in Kahului,
Kihei, Wailuku, Lahaina, Makawao, Kula, and
The company will pay a fine of $5,500 and will
spend $49,500 to pay for the testing, as well
as for the the testing equipment for three health
clinics operated by Malama I Ke Ola Health Center
on Maui, which serve low-income families.
The testing will take place over the next three
years and target uninsured children under 6
years old, the EPA said.
Lead can cause learning disabilities, the EPA
said. Property owners and managers are required
to inform tenants if their living spaces contain
Destination Maui was founded in 1974 and manages
30 community associations, according to its
website. The company has 18 employees.
Destination Maui's president, Ron Kawahara,
could not be reached for comment.
Bill Cresenzo covers residential real estate
and transportation issues for Pacific Business