Author: Rob Weltman

Governor Ige Meets With The Community Associations

June 29, 2018 #kihei #governor #communityassociation Governor David Ige came to the Maui Tropical Plantation (thanks to generous host Mike Atherton) today to answer questions from Maui’s community associations (through the Alliance of Community Associations). There was a crowd of about 40, including not only board members of the community associations (including two from KCA) but also community activists, County politicians, and 2018 political candidates. There were questions on a wide range of topics, but the one that raised the most discussion and the most participants was about looking at not only the benefits of tourism but also what infrastructure is required to support current and planned levels of tourism – roads, parking, parks, safety features at popular destinations. One participant asked if the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) should not only be focusing on promoting tourism but also on managing tourism. Governor Ige said that was a reasonable question and that the selection of the new head of the HTA will be an opportunity to introduce a focus on...

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Update on Ocean Water Quality Study

Microbial indicators of marine recreational water quality in Maui, Hawai`i: Assessing waterbody impairment in relation to known pollution sources Neil Rhoads and Mailea Miller-Pierce, PhD. May 28, 2016 #kihei #maui #ocean #waterquality We are the authors of a scientific paper examining the negative effects of On Site Disposal Systems (OSDS) – cesspools and septic tanks – on marine recreational waters around Maui, specifically, microbial contamination due to human waste. Our paper is currently in preparation for publication and we anticipate it will be accepted for publication in the near future. Our preliminary, summarized results are as follows: Our study uses water quality data collected and analyzed by the HIDOH, Clean Water Branch. There were 79 collection sites around Maui which were sampled from 1989 to present. Overall, there were more than 16,000 samples analyzed. Of the 79 collection sites, 30 had sufficient sampling to permit analysis of trends over time. Fecal Indicator Bacteria (FIB) concentrations at 27 out of the 30 sites were significantly higher in the years 2004-2016 compared to 1989-1998. Sites with the largest increases in FIB (enterococci concentrations) were: Olowalu (943%), Kanaha Beach (443%), Launiupoko (352%), and Hanaka`o`o (315%). Launiupoko is of particular interest because during the study period the adjoining land transitioned from sugar cane production to residential estates employing OSDS. As of 2010, there were 246 OSDSs upslope near Launiupoko, discharging 392,900 gal/day. While...

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Universal Healthcare – Meeting in Kihei March 1

A local organization – Indivisible Kihei – inspired by the nationwide Indivisible movement was created last year. One of the top priorities of this new organization is to push for Hawaii to do what can be done to provide health care to all of its residents rather than waiting for the federal government to get that job done. Indivisible Kihei will be organizing a public meeting on Thursday, March 1 to present and discuss the options for universal healthcare in Hawaii. The time and location are the same as for KCA’s meetings: the Kihei Charter School meeting room on...

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Next Community Meeting

November 20, 2018

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

 

This month’s theme is education. Department of Education Complex Area Superintendent Kathleen Dimono will give a brief presentation and solicit the community’s opinions on schools in our area. We will also hear what is happening with the new High School and with the new Kihei Charter School building.

 

And if that is not enough, we will also be presenting the KCA Wiliwili Award to a long-time defender of things that matter to all of us – the ʻāina, kai, and ʻohana.

 

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

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