Maui mayor decides to keep cap on hostess bars

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa is keeping the number of hostess bars in Maui County capped at 12.

Maui already has a dozen hostess bars, all in Wailuku and Kahului.

Hostess bars are where employees sit with and entertain patrons. The employees serve alcohol but may not drink themselves.

Maui's Liquor Control Commission last month voted to lift the cap, citing its support of "free enterprise" and the idea that hostess bar licenses should be open to everybody.

But County Communications Director Rod Antone told The Maui News ( ) the mayor feels removing the cap isn't the right thing to do for the community.

The mayor's office received 10 to 12 letters against removing the cap, but Antone says the mayor stated his position even before he received the letters.

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