Meeting opened with a short power point announcement by Rene Umberger regarding a pending hearing at the Public Service Committee of the County Council on 6/2 regarding aquarium fish collection from near shore waters. The main topic of transportation in South Maui begun with Public Works Director Milton Arakawa’s presentation of the process of achieving any transportation project, followed by President Jon Miller’s intriguing presentation of challenges faced by pedestrians & cyclists to navigate around Kihei, as well how this situation could be vastly improved. Next Jon moderated a panel including Planner Kathleen Kern and State DOT official Charlene Shibuya along with Milton to answer inqueries from the audience.

Next month’s meeting on June 15 will address our near shore ocean water quality issues.

See next week’s Maui Weekly for a professional extensive report on this 5/18 meeting.