Author: Mike Moran

Maui Animal Organizations Look For Unity

Within the last 10 days almost all of Maui’s animal organizations have had two opportunities to meet and collaborate to explore successful ways to benefit our domestic animals. A closed meeting on 1/25/12 began what will be a series of  such monthly conclaves, ultimatly realizing the long awaited opportunity to achieve large grants from Maddie’s Fund, http://www.maddiesfund.org/, to financialy assist many with much needed funding. The second meeting, which was open to the public and included about 100 participants, was the second annual SPCA Maui gathering at the Maui Beach Hotel on Friday evening, 2/3/12, to not only offer  a presentation on their achievements and goals, but offered the opportiunity for all the other animal non profits to likewise participate and socialize....

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MPD Community Meeting in Kihei

Almost forty people populated a small section of the cavernous Community Center at 6:00 PM Monday (1/31/12) to view a presentation by our police department, but unfortunately most of them were employed by MPD, leaving almost twenty including a few media folks. A well coordinated power point explained functions of each segment of the department by the respective MPD representatives. Chief Gary Yabuta advised some stats for the Kihei Patrol, extending from the pali tunnel to the Ahihi Kinau Preserve, including that there were 162 incidents involving ” drunk and disorderly,” during the last three months of 2011. Overall this section generates an average of 2000 calls to the department per month, which exceeds the Lahaina district, but is dwarfed by Wailuku’s 5000....

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“Pave Paradise, Put Up a Parking Lot?”

It is said the inspiration for singer, songwriter Joni Mitchell’s Big Yellow Taxi,  containing those lyrics, “pave paradise, put up a parking lot,” came to her as she was flying into Honolulu decades ago, and saw the heavy construction below. Are we experiencing this today on Maui at Ulua Beach Park, as decades old trees are removed from the County parking area to make more parking places, in conjunction with commercial development next door?...

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New affordable rental development in center of Kihei?

The KCA Planning Committee on Tuesday 1/24/12 heard a brief presentation fromKevin Carney of non-profit EAH Housing, explaining the potential, if government funding can be secured, to develop a 32 unit affordable rental complex at 82 Kanani Road. Originally this parcel was to be developed as Cove Beach Villas as a market value condo complex, and seemingly has already received most permits and approvals. EAH will be going before the County Council Budget Committee a second a time at end of this...

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Close the main runway at Kahului airport for a few months??

Well over two hundred very animated folks packed the house (cafeteria) on Monday evening (1/23/12) at the new Pomaikai  Elementary School in Kahului for the State Department of Transporation’s meeting concerning proposals to correct problems with the present runway conditions at our airport. DOT Chief of Communications  Dan Meisenzahl offered a power point explaining the three options, but the crowd seemingly composed of visitor industry individuals, supported by the leadership of the various related organizations, strongly expressed one single message- do not ever close any runways. County government was well represented, as Mayor Arakawa addressed the assembled, and more than half of Councilmembers were present. As a strong media presence was apparent, look to web and print reports for details.  ...

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Next Community Meeting

March 19, 2019

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

What can we expect in new transportation options in South Maui? How about a North-South Collector Road to offload from Piilani Highway and South Kihei Road? Lauren Armstrong (Executive Director of the Metropolitan Planning Organization) will talk about what is in the works.

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