Author: Mike Moran

KCA at PUC MECO ; It WAS about the 70′ poles;Meeting re cap

Since the Public Utility Commissioners would not come to the KCA meeting, we went to their’s, to talk about MECO’s proposed 70′ towers across Kihei’s view plains. So what did the commissioners have to say? Chair Hermina Morita, John Cole, and the new (not yet confirmed) Maui’s own Michael Champley, politely listened to testifiers mostly talk about the proposed 70′ tower poles, but Hermina stated at the conclusion, that the meeting was not about the towers proposed across Kihei’s view-plains, but about the proposed rate increase. But the community made the meeting about all of their concerns, with emphasis on these towers. Ed Reinhart of MECO announced that he would have another public meeting, probably in December, about this project. For a comprehensive report of this PUC meeting, see 10/27/11 edition of the Maui Weekly. The last KCA meeting this year on 11/15/11 will include election of 2012 BOD, update on planned developments in Kihei and Councilman Don Couch’s report to the Kihei Community.  ...

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60 year old “friendship” trees in park threated because of falling leaves

Almost sixty years ago two golden trees were planted in a Maui park by people from Indiana to express friendship with Maui’s people. In an expression completely foreign to the concepts of pono and aloha, the County Parks Department plans to cut them down because of seasonal falling leaves! The County arborists opposes this action. The County Arborists Committee voted unanimously against this action. While the location is in Kamali’i Park is in Kahului, even the KCA Street Tree Committee opposes this action to support an urban forest, calling for more trees, not fewer.  ...

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Oct 18 Community Meeting moves to Kahului re 70′ tall MECO Poles

Our monthly meetings, held on the third Tuesday of each month, have always been held in Kihei. However since the Public Utility Commission has scheduled their public hearing regarding  Maui Electric (MECO) rates and regulations for 6:00 PM on Oct. 18 at Maui Waena Intermediate School at 795 Onehee An Kahului (Mokulele Hwy across Dairy Rd  then left on Papa to Onehee; left on Onehee to school on left side), we are “moving” our meeting there to offer testimony regarding the proposed installation of those 70″ tall transmission lines across Kihei. We encourage everyone to attend this public meeting to advise the three commissioners your opinion of this proposed project. It was reported in the Honolulu Star Advertisor that power lines in Honolulu were presently being installed underground for “island beautification,” and that the federal government was covering the vast majority of the cost. Why not in Kihei? Our Maui Food Bank container will be outside the school doorway, so please remember to bring some non perishable food, as their neeed is dire.  Mahalo.  ...

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Lokelani Intermediate Students work with South Maui Volunteers and the KCA

93 students from Lokelani Intermediate Schools visited the Kihei Boat Ramp on Monday morning as part of their SOS (Save our Shores) program. Lis Richardson visited with all of the students in their classrooms to explain about the importance of maintaining our coastal heritage. The KCA, and South Maui Volunteers work twice each year with another group of eight graders from Lokelani on projects at the boat ramp or Kamaole 3. Maysie Tam, the program coordinator added “Our students showed energy and enthusiasm under the sweltering sun. They bucket brigaded mulch to lay on the pathways along the seashore. Some students carried 6 buckets at a time. The mountain of mulch was reduced to nothing in less than 90 minutes. They sickled overgrown weeds and clipped naupaka hedges of Kihei Boat Ramp. They raked and toted debris. They wheel barreled loads of white coral cast up on the sand to edge the trails. Our students charged the chores. They gave their heart to making our world better. We are so proud to be Lokelani.” Malama pono, Maysie Tam Lokelani Intermediate School...

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Whale Sanctuary Dune Restoration workweek 9/19-9/23/11

South Maui Volunteers and members of the KCA worked this week on an effort to relocate a sand dune blowout from behind the Whale Sanctuary property. This blowout was the result of an incorrectly placed beach trail that allowed the trade winds to funnel blowing sand off of the dune and into the Whale Sanctuary parking lot. South Maui Volunteers fabricated and installed sand fencing panels to capture and build the sand dune away from the site and also installed and have maintained a new pathway that is appropriately oriented. This project is a cooperative effort with NOAA, Maui County Planning Dept, Sea Grant UH, and South Maui Parks...

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Next Community Meeting

January 15, 2019

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

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

What’s Up

KCA NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT TO SHAPE OUR FUTURE! JOIN OR RENEW TODAY!
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Check out Dick Mayer's presentation on development planned for South Maui.

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