12/16/22 #kihei

At 5:00 pm last evening at the Malcomb Center, Ledcor held a required public scoping meeting before over 25 concerned community members as a step to achieving their EIS to build almost 1000 residences in Wailea. The process actually commenced about 5:10 pm, as they awaited late arrivals checking in.













The representatives  offered a short slide presentation mostly about the process for individuals and entities to offer comments for the record. A few guys attending decided to take advantage of one of those methods by offering a comment ( up to 3 minutes) which was orally recorded. Since so few did so, those who participated were able to continue to expand on their oral input repeatedly. While KCA does intend to submit a comment, we will be taking more time to digest all of the material and choose an alternative method to submit our comments. While it was originally stated the cutoff to submit was January 9, Ledcor announced they decided to allow additional time, setting the cutoff date at January 23, 2023.  Community member Daniel Kanahele, one of those who did orally comment, requested they extend that even further to January 31.





The first testifiers were a “team” from the Haiku Community Association whose main expressed concern was the source of water for all of this development on the south side, basically a desert, experiencing extreme drought conditions. Since presently S. Maui basically imports all their water from other locations, they questioned if it is wise to create even more development requiring even more imported water.









               “Tag team” presenters for the Haiku Community Association say show me the water




Long time South Maui community activist Daniel Kanahele expressed numerous concerns about already limited transportation infrastructure as well as a plethora of high end homes for off island residents in this area when so many who work there see absolutely no work force or affordable housing being build for them.





This Wailea resident expressed anger at the present conditions he is already experiencing with almost daily blasting to prepare land for other construction, as well as lack of support from his community association.





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