July 25, 2012
KAHULUI — Democratic candidates for the South Maui 11th House District seat expressed mostly opposition Tuesday night to Eclipse Development’s work on two mega-malls in Kihei, with one candidate taking some flak for seeking to accommodate anticipated heavy traffic and not opposing the projects outright.
Four Democratic candidates — former Rep. Joe Bertram III, Netra Halperin, Colin Hanlon and Kaniela Ing — are vying for their party’s nomination to challenge Republican incumbent George Fontaine. He is unopposed for the GOP nod to return to the House seat for a second term.
The South Maui mall projects now under construction are located mauka of Kihei’s busy Piilani Highway-Kaonoulu Street intersection.
During a candidate forum televised live Tuesday on Akaku: Maui Community Television, Hanlon, the head of the Boys & Girls Club of Maui, drew attention to the intersection when answering a question about development projects aggravating traffic congestion on Piilani Highway.