Author: Mike Moran

“Community Work Day Program Receives a Grant from Boeing Charitable Foundation for Restoration of the L?‘ie Wetland ”

PU’UNENE, MAUI, December 30th, 2010 – Community Work Day Program (CWD) received a $5,000 grant from Boeing Charitable Foundation to assist with restoration of the L?‘ie Wetland in Kihei.  The Boeing Corporation has been an ongoing sponsor of CWD’s efforts through additional grant funding and regularly scheduled work days in the wetland.  Scott Ibara, Community Investor with Boeing has been mobilizing volunteer groups from the Maui Research and Technology Center since the beginning of the restoration.  “We decided to support this project specifically in this area because Boeing has a presence here,” said Ibara, adding “this area is someplace I want to enjoy for years to come.” L?‘ie is one of the last remaining undeveloped wetlands on the island of Maui.  The 1.5 acre parcel is owned by the State and managed by the County for use as a flood control area.  CWD’s cleanup and restoration is a two-year project that includes litter and invasive plant removal, native planting, and water quality testing.  Native plants are the best filters for toxins and sediment from the upper parts of the watershed.  A functioning wetland cleans waters entering the near-shore marine environment, protecting coral reefs and ecosystems.  Regular water quality testing will show improvement in the health of the water as native plants replace invasive species. The L?‘ie Wetland Restoration Project was initially made possible through a grant with the Hawai‘i...

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Recap of Nov 16 Community Meeting on R & T Park

Meeting at the R & T Park site, about sixty community members unanimously voted in the 2011 KCA BOD, a presentation on the Master Plan Update of the Research and Technology Park Development was offered by Steve Perkins, Mike Summers and Peter Calthorpe. A lively Q & A session followed, before President Jon Miller closed the meeting, announcing the first meeting for the new year on 1/18/11 at our new permanent home at the Kihei Charter Middle School. See the Projects Planning Committee Page With Associated Documents Please see a professional report from the Maui Weekly Below: Work Continues on Tech Park Master Plan Community receives briefing of South Maui project. “…not all development is bad—different kinds of growth will work here.” Trisha Smith, Maui Weekly Although one of the most sophisticated business and scientific vocation locales on the island, the Maui Research & Technology Park (MRTP) in Kihei remains a mystery to many since its initial development nearly two decades ago. Home to the Maui Economic Development Board (MEDB) and aerospace and computer research experts such as Boeing and the Maui High Performance Computing Center, MRTP companies work in an array of sectors, including optics, directed energy, data fusion, space surveillance, situational awareness and software development. Yet unless you’re a tech park employee attending a specific event or heading to Elleair Golf Course, there aren’t many reasons to make...

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10/19/10 Community Meeting Recap on election forum

In spite of the fact that several incumbent candiates were prohibited from participating, due to  the County Council’s extremely extended session continuing on until our meeting ended, an enthusiastic group of members actively participated in quizzing  fifteen candidates to facilitate making decisions in the November 2 election. Mahalo to the candidates who participated, to those who were hard at work in the Council Session and thus could not, and our volunteers who moderated the groups and facilitaed the meeting. See next week’s (10/28/10) Maui Weekly for a professional report on this meeting. The final (none in December) KCA meeting is Nov 16 at the Kihei Charter Middle School on Lipoa, featuring election of the 2011 Board of...

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Meeting recap 9/21/10 community meeting

A spirited meeting at the Kihei Charter Middle School focused on a specific A&B Properties development in North Kihei just mauka of the highway near Kaiwahine St. presented by Grant Chun and Dan Yasui, followed by an expansion of the issue with County long term planner John Summers giving an overview of development throughout Kihei, drew about 75 concerned residents. After KCA planning committee member Tom Douma explained how this committee works, to set up the agenda, president Jon Miller moderated to advise and direct the proceedings for the evening. Many area residents expressed general infrastructure concerns related to development with varied inquiries for the present To make a comment on the project, please go to: and make a post. For more information, see the expanded report of the meeting in the 9/30/10 edition of the Maui Weekly. Mahalo. [Show as...

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Primary Political Forum Recap

The first of two KCA events concerning the 9/18/10 Primary election received an enthusisatic response from the community and the candidates at the Community Center, as all but three of the invited candidates participated in the speed dating format, providing everyone with a one on one opportunity with every candidate for mayor, County Council, Dist 11 State Rep and the Board of Education. Media participation was also heightened, as beyond our faithful Maui Weekly coverage, Maui News reporter and photographer were busy, as was the video of Maui TV News. From the Maui Weekly.. Candidates Vie for South Maui Votes Contenders quick to address concerns in their race to the primaries. “Overall, I believe we’ve got to get the county out of the way of small businesses.” Trisha Smith, Maui Weekly Nothing resonates campaign season quite like colorful political swag and bustling candidates working a room of potential constituents. Among the festive fliers, personal notepads, gummy bears and supportive campaign team members decorating the Kihei Community Center (KCC) on Tuesday, Aug. 17, were nearly 100 concerned Maui voters looking for answers at the Kihei Community Association (KCA) meeting. Eleven mayoral candidates and several Maui County Council contenders attended the “speed-dating” event, where they were divided into groups by seat race—with the prospective mayors divvied up in three sections. Each had a chance to answer questions posed by eight groups of...

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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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