Author: Mike Moran

Who is neglecting the trees in Kihei?

As you enter Kihei at the intersection of the Mokulele Highway and No Kihei Road, as you glance to your left to take in Haleakala, there is a grove of trees fronting a Monsanto property, offering a picturesque view. However, for some time, the irrigation has stopped & it shows. Members of the Street Tree Committee, being concerned, made numeous contacts to state officials, since  the trees are in the State DOT right of way. Once again this active committe’s action brought results. While it is the responsibilty of the DOT highways division to irrigate the trees, it is reported that this state department had an agreement with Monsanto to irrigate these trees near their large facility, which obviously was not happening. This week, the state has watered the grove twice, & is again working with Monsanto to provide future irrigation. This commitee action produced results, and only hopes that the needed action was not too late to save all the trees.  ...

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Charter Committee Asks for Community Input; S. Maui Ignores Request

The eleven member Maui County Charter Commission had their S. Maui meeting at the Kihei Community Center on Monday (7/25/11)  evening at 6:30 PM to receive input from the area residents via public testimony concerning amendments to the charter, which is revisited once per decade. Some of the “hot topics” seem to be district voting, appointments of department leaders such as police and fire department heads, as well as needs for certain commissions, such as two distinct ones for “liquor control.” The community response was minimal, to say the least, as the pictures indicate, the commissioners out numbered the testifiers by better than three to one.          ...

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SOUTH MAUI REGIONAL PARK TO OPEN FRIDAY

What are you doing on Friday? If you have the morning off, after a late breakfast you can meander to the bright green patch makai of the Pi’ilani Highway in Central Kihei to hear the blessing of Kihei’s newest park. The first phase of this long awaited regional park is scheduled to open this Friday, July 30, with a blessing at 10:00 AM.   Do you hear the joyful noise from the kikei as they race around the playground area, while parents relax at the nearby picnic tables?   How about calls to “get a hit,” or “go for two” among the chatter on the ball field, while in the bleachers a glowing parent exclaims, “did you see my kid out there!” before slipping away for a cold drink between innings at the nearby refreshment stand?   Maybe just a leisurly stroll along the pathway, before stopping for a seat on the park bench, to view the majesty of  Haleakala in the background. Then if you biked to the park, or even if you didn’t, it may be time to head north on Liloa to the corner of Pi’ikea for a plethera of blessings, as the county administration has a ceremony to not only officially open the Kihei greenway bike lane, but also break ground on Kihei’s first (of many?) roundabout at this intersection.              ...

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Kihei greenway/bike path grand opening?? on 7/30/11

Maui County has announced the opening ceremony for initial segment of the bike path/greenway next Friday 7/30/11 at 11:00 AM at intersection of Liloa and Pi’ikea in N Kihei. As you can see, the end segments at Lipoa ( South) and Waipuilani (North) seem almost ready. However the middle portion shows a lot more preparation will be needed before this half mile stretch is ready to be traversed. Part of this gap is likley trying to mesh this project with the roundabout which is set to “break ground” on this same date, but beyond that,  there is a large stretch extending from Pi’Ikea southward which appears to be way beyond the roundabout area.   The community is welcome to attend this opening ceremony, so if you’re able and willing, you can see how bikeable it is on Friday.  But after years of waiting, we expect the bicycling segment of our South Maui community will welcome what is usable and safe.    ...

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Street Tree Committee Asks; County Administration Answers

Just one week after the KCA Street Tree Committee requested the board transmit a stong request to Mayor Arakawa for a needed action to restore the ground cover and irrigate the area around those notorius Monkey Pod Trees, now refered to as the Money Pod Quartet or MPQ, along S Kihei Rd, a large crew from the County’s Department of Public Works took action first thing on Wednesday, 7/20/11.  The Street Tree Committee and the KCA are most appreciative of Mayor Arakawa’s as well as DPW Director David Goode’s quick, positive reaction to insure the health of the MPQ along South Kihei...

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Next Community Meeting

November 20, 2018

6:30 To 8:00 at Saint Theresa Church at 25 West Lipoa Street.

 

This month’s theme is education. Department of Education Complex Area Superintendent Kathleen Dimono will give a brief presentation and solicit the community’s opinions on schools in our area. We will also hear what is happening with the new High School and with the new Kihei Charter School building.

 

And if that is not enough, we will also be presenting the KCA Wiliwili Award to a long-time defender of things that matter to all of us – the ʻāina, kai, and ʻohana.

 

Membership not required but encouraged, as are donations for Food Bank.

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