Author: Mike Moran

STREET TREE COMMITTEE SAVES TREES IN NEW COMMUNITY PARK

  A few very alert members of the street tree committee observed numerous young trees planted in the Kihei Community Park were being severely damaged by inadverent tree “girdling, ” which if left unchecked would have killed the trees. Wire wrapped around the young tree trucks and affixed to ground stakes to offer support when first planted were never removed, so as the trees grew, they were being “choked.” After their first reports of the problem were ignored, persistance paid off. Once contact was made with  Kaeo AhSau,  the Acting Supervisor for South Maui Parks, a site meeting was arranged for Thursday Sep 22 with Kaeo and Todd Richter-Recreation Assistant I, as well as Chad Caldito- Park Caretaker II, and a few knowledgable committee members. Upon arrival, we were very pleased to see that all the wire had been removed, and the consensus was that while the vast majority did sustaine damage, most if not all will recover.  In addition, once the “support wires” were removed, it was deterrmined by committee member and arborist Elanie Malina that some of the trees had been planted incorrectly, and likely would not survive without mitigation. She described the needed measures to Kaeo and his team, and they readily agreed to immediately take on the task to save the trees. The committee expresses mahalo to Kaeo for his assistance , and  believe we, and future generations, will appreciate ...

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WHY DID KIHEI COMMUNITY PLAN FAIL?

You know the adage, “If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail.” But what if you have a good plan, and it fails. This was the essense of Jon Miller’s frustration, as he asked since we had a good community plan, how did we end up here, and what can be done to eliminate a reoccurance. After opening announcements by Steve Cordova, and guests Sue Kaing and Charter High School students Sarah Lagattuta and Myles Belmudes,  Rep George Fontaine gave his monthly update. Then our September 20 meeting saw Andrew do a brief power point on a vision of 70′ power poles across Kihei (see it posted “KCA releases renderings…,”) before Lucienne de Naie offered her visual and oral presentation of the developing Maui Island Plan. This preceeded the panel discussion which brough in long range county planner Kathleen Kern to join Luci & Jon on stage for a lively discussion. Following the questions from the community. Steve closed it announcing the 10-18-11 meeting on commercial development in No. Kihei. A detailed report of the meeting will appear in next week’s Maui Weekly.  ...

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KCA Planning Committee hears from International Village and Cultural Center

Our planning committee welcomed Gwen Hiraga, of Munekiyo & Hiraga, Inc, as well as Lori Sablas and Mapuana  Samonte-Nowak of IVCC on 9/20/11 to hear about a proposed cultural center  for the “Kihei Gateway” makai of the Piilani Highway just south of the N Kihei Rd intersection. The proposed center is approximately 30 acres, and would operate Monday through Saturday from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, with the exception of a 300 seat restaurant, which would remain open later into the evening. This was a very preliminary offering for the center, and a further more definitive proposal will be offered at some future time.      ...

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DLNR DIRECTOR “BILL” AILA LISTENS TO MAUI

For two hours on a Saturday afternoon, Maui had the opportunity to publicly address DLNR Chair Aila for a one on one exchange on any relevant issue concerning his department. While this afternoon session in Kahului was preceeded by a monrning one in Lahaina, this being much closer to Kihei, several residents attened and participated in the unusual event....

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SMV and KCA VOLUNTEERS WORK AT AT KAM III 9/12/11

South Maui Volunteers and the KCA had an exceptional workday at Kamaole Beach Park 3 on Monday Sept. 12. With the south swells Kihei has been experiencing this summer we have had some seasonal erosion along our beaches. This was heavy at Kamaole 3 and a few of our beach pathways have lost sand and elevation. We have installed sand bag steps as a temporary measure until the sand returns. Additionally we are working with the Kihei Charter Schools to remove much of the overgrown naupaka that was undercut by the south swell. The “game plan” as presented by our Sea Grant Coastal Extension Agent Tara Miller Owens, includes removal of much of the naupaka from the makai dune face. This will allow the waves to capture exposed sand and and move it off shore in the case of large swells. This action causes the large waves to break further out and reduces the erosion on the near shore. Of course the sand eventually returns when the normal wave patterns return. The lower half of these makai dune faces are to be exposed sand with pohuehue or beach morning glory on the upper half. It is nice to have a proven game plan for our...

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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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