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Not everyone's a fan of Maui's new round-the-clock liquor sales

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KAHULUI, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A new Maui law that allows 24-hour liquor sales is spurring vocal opposition.

On Tuesday,, a group gathered on Kaahumanu Avenue in Kahului to protest the law.

They say the law poses a threat to the health and safety of the community.

Last month, Maui became the first county in the state to relax existing liquor laws that restrict the sale of alcohol between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.

Mayor Alan Arakawa signed the new regulations in early March, and retailers, hotels and wholesalers are now permitted to sell alcohol any time of the day.

Prior to the changes, retailers could only sell alcohol between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. The cut-off time for liquor sales at hotels was at 4 a.m.

Despite the new changes, bars, restaurants and nightclubs separate from hotels or condos, are still restricted from selling alcohol between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.

Among those against the new law is Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui.

In a statement released Tuesday, he said the prior restrictions helped to reduce excessive alcohol consumption and the dangers that it causes.

"The safety and well-being of the community should be our primary objective when making changes to the law," he said. "In order to preserve Maui's unique tight-knit family environment, I believe it's necessary to reinstate the liquor sales restrictions."

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