Kihei Community Association members press for answers about proposed “big picture” for Mokulele corridor. “… what can we do to have a voice in the development?”May 24, 2012
Tom Blackburn-Rodriguez , The Maui Weekly
Still reeling from its inability to as yet influence or stop the planned Pi’ilani Promenade/Outlet Mall project mauka of Pi’ilani Highway, the Kihei Community Association (KCA) intends to get out in front of additional developments in Kihei that may be on the drawing board.
The association’s meeting on Tuesday, May 15, at the Kihei Charter School campus was supposed to do just that.
The meeting was promoted as an opportunity to “Learn About Projected Development Before It’s Approved.” Maui County Planning Department Director Will Spence and Long Range Planner David Yamashita were to join state Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) District Land Agent Daniel Ornellas to explain what’s planned for the area on both sides of Mokulele Highway from South Pu’unene to the Kihei Gateway Plaza area.
But, it never happened.
Instead, only the Maui County planners showed up to give a presentation on the Pu’unene Motorsports Park Draft Master Plan Concept for upgrades and improvements to the existing Maui Raceway Park, the motorsports venue that now exists in the general area of the Hawai’i Army National Guard base that occupies a portion of the old Maui Airport (Pu’unene Airport) along Mokulele Highway.