Contact Your Representative About the Pi’ilani Promenade Project

At the July community meeting it was requested that the KCA assemble the addresses of South Maui’s representatives so that concerned citizens could easily voice their opinions to them about the Pi’ilani Promenade.  It was further requested that a sample letter was provided that could be edited as needed.  See list of representatives and a sample letter below.

Don Couch

Council Member for South Maui
Kalana O Maui Building
200 South High St.
Eighth Floor
Wailuku, Hawaii 96793

Mayor Alan Arakawa

Mayor of Maui County
200 S. High St.
Kalana O Maui Bldg 9th Fl.
Wailuku, HI  96793

George Fontaine

House District 12
415 S. Beretania Street
Hawaii State Capitol, Room 311
Honolulu, HI 96813

Roz Baker

Senatorial District 5
415 S. Beretania Street
Hawaii State Capitol, Room 230
Honolulu, HI 96813

Sample Letter

Download the Word Template: FormLettertoElectedOfficials

Dear ___________________,

I am writing to express my concern about the Pi’ilani Promenade Shopping Center and Outlet Mall that was approved by the state Land Use Commission in 1994-95 as the Kaonoulu Industrial Park and is designated in the Kihei Makena Community Plan for light industrial use, with commercial uses in the industrial park restricted to serving light industries in the park.

I have not had an opportunity to be heard on the shopping center and mall and want and demand a voice. The developer’s web site describes the shopping center and mall as being located at what it says will become the largest intersection in Maui County, and the developer says the outlet mall will be the largest outlet mall in the state. I have never had an opportunity to speak to this, nor has anyone else in my community.

When the project came before the Land Use Commission for reclassification, and before the County of Maui for inclusion in the Kihei Makena Community Plan, it was represented to be a 123 lot light industrial park to serve the interests of local businesses. It was never presented as a huge 700,000 square foot retail shopping complex.

I am concerned about

  • the degradation to our community resulting from this 1970’s era automobile centric big box center that lacks character and beauty;
  • the loss of a local identity from building the same big box center found throughout anywhere USA;
  • added traffic on Pi’ilani Highway that was not presented to the county or state;
  • the impact big box mainland stores will have on existing shopping centers and locally owned businesses;
  • the project’s failure to comply with state Land Use Commission conditions requiring it to be built as represented to the Commission and noncompliance with our community plan;
  • the lack of connector roads with other mauka developments, as ordered by the Commission; and
  • denial of my right to be heard on the matter.

As my elected representative, I want you to provide me with a voice in this matter in accordance with state and county law.



Printed Name:___________________________________________



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5 Responses to “Contact Your Representative About the Pi’ilani Promenade Project”

  1. Are you serious about that letter? lol. Whoever wrote that letter is seriously stupid, you rather have that side of Piilani highway be lined with warehouses like Wailuku and Kahului?? i think thats more of a “Degradation” to the community then this mall. and what are you talking about loss of local identity?? no one is outraged about the shopping centers going up in Wailuku and Kahului or the big box stores there so whats the big deal with it here in Kihei?? and what i don’t understand is that the Maui Business Park II in Kahului is “light industrial” but yet they are planning to build the Puunene Shopping Center with Target, retail shops and restaurants in it? so why can’t the Outlet Mall and Promenade be built on light industrial?? i mean if it had been approved years ago and just recently they finalized a plan on what they wanna build on “Their Land” let it be, its nobodies fault that you just moved here and only found out about this now. Just saying.

  2. Thanks for making it easier for everyone to send out those emails.

  3. George Jacobson July 6, 2012 at 10:32 am

    This is a great project that should have full support. It adds jobs and access to stores that we don’t have in Kihei. Now we need to drive to Kahului all the time. I sometimes wonder why organizations such as yours are opposed to any new projects, particularly an attractive mall on what is now scrub land and warehouses..

  4. george jacobson, here is a link to the Pacific Business News article about this mall it talks about all the good things it would bring like thousands of jobs once the malls are open and also construction jobs. this is a huge opportunity for maui people to have other options in jobs and places to shop at with affordable prices since its a outlet mall. i to scratch my head on how organizations like these always try to dig up bad things on such projects just to stop it, and for what? what good will stopping this do? there is another article i came across that i’m trying to look for a california paper called organizations like these on Maui “antidevelopment activists” and i’m starting to believe thats what they are.

  5. I support this letter and the protests against this project. I believe that South Kihei, let alone Maui, does not need any “mega-malls” or outlets. I am protesting against this project for a couple reasons: traffic concern, safety concern, degradation of South Kihei, and misuse of land.

    First of all I must say I do believe that this project will bring about good opportunities not only for tourists, but for residents as well. Tourists or residents shall no longer have to fly to another island to enjoy good sales and opportunities these businesses will bring. More stores will bring more variety, and will even mean cheaper goods. This project will also give residents more employment opportunities, from constructions to retail sales to maintenance.

    However, I do believe that the project must be examined outside those parameters.

    First, I believe that planning to build these “mega-malls” next to the future Kihei High School may not be a good idea. Traffic is a big concern on the safety of the students attending a school right next to a bustling mall and high way. The location of the school could lead to potential risks. The solution then, would be either the school or the malls be built somewhere else.

    Second, I believe that this project is a misuse of the land. How? Make a list of business buildings and complexes in South Maui. From that list, count the amount of unleased, unrented, empty rooms yet to be owned.

    I strongly suggest South Maui demand the land to be used for things we do need like sports/outdoor recreational purposes for its residents, like for example, more soccer/football/baseball fields, childrens’ parks, youth centers, swimming pools/centers, bike-safe trails. I also suggest South Maui demand the land to be used for agricultural purposes, like sugar cane or pineapple. I strongly believe the vast South Maui land be used for projects/things that benefit children and residents.

    Last, I do believe this project will make Maui one step closer to becoming like the over-populated, over-stressed, over-polluted Waikiki, O’ahu. Kihei will become just another city and no longer the paradise town in Maui that it once was.

    I feel that this project goes against everything I believe Maui should be. While the traffic, safety, misuse of land, and over-population/pollution is of big concern to me, I dislike the fact that projects like these are based on the assumption that Maui citizens are much happier spending money and consuming instead of enjoying the paradise once found but now lost.