Author: Mike Moran

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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How Fast Can You Build A Roundabout

While the proposed completion date is a year away, construction seems to be progressing quite quickly for Kihei’s first roundabout, coordinated with completion of the bike path along Liloa, at the intersection with Pi’Ikea. Unfortunately, while Maui County had the grand opening of the bike path in July, in fact the completed segments are still...

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KCA & S MAUI VOLUNTEERS WORK ON LABOR DAY

KCA and South Maui Volunteers work on Labor Day project at Kamaole 2 When a Monday workday falls on a holiday, we always hesitate. As it turned out we had some participants that cannot make our regular Monday crew workday so they joined our regular crew on the holiday. We were also joined by Merrill  Kaufman from the Pacific Whale Foundation whose Volunteer-On-Vacation program helps sponsor our efforts. Our workday goal was to remove invasive plants in the dune areas near Kamaole 2 and re-establish the dune-to-park pathways after the recent large south swell we experienced. Our park-to-beach pathways are a key element in the health of our dune system. Without good visible and user friendly pathways park users will often trample over delicate dune plants on their way to or from the beach. KCA members have been involved in dune restoration projects in Kihei for over 30 years. The KCA works in partnership with the Parks Dept and with the University of Hawaii Sea Grant College. If you would like to join with us in protecting and maintaining our important coastal dune system please join us on a Monday morning at one of our beach parks. Our schedule and location for the next workday can be found at www.SouthMauiVolunteers.com or by calling Bob at...

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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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