UPDATE Completely Revised County Council Committee Structure Approved for 2019.

by | Jan 23, 2019 | Education, Government | 0 comments



We believe it is at committee level where plans are formulated, laws proposed and modified and decisions are made.

UPDATE:  1/23/19. After nearly 80 public testifiers beginning at 9:00 AM, concluding nearly 6:00 PM, this first Council committee meeting of the year finally was halted with a recess by chair Molina until 3:00 PM next Wednesday, Jan. 30. Before then the GET committee confirmed two of the proposed seven directors. Karla Peters for Parks and Rec, and Marc Takamori for the DOT. Look for professional report in the Maui News and on MauiNow



1/20/19 #kihei

A new year; a new council; and with a momentous first, since the establishment of Maui county in 1905,  a super-majority of the council are wahine (female). Of course there was no Council then- that came later .There are all new committees, too.

These committees are an important part of the Maui county governance system. Unfortunately,  too often the public becomes aware of a topic as it goes before the full Council for last and final vote (out of the required three) to pass a law. The public is unaware of the process of how the legislators got to the point of passing a law.  All of this crafting for laws and proposals occurs within the eight standing committees, each chaired by one councilor. Some committees include all nine council members while others just have seven.

As we understand it, the prior committee structure was created to match or mesh with county administrative departments. This year they were created to support the Maui County General Plan based on its objectives

The objectives are:

A. Protect the Natural Environment

B. Preserve Local Cultures and Traditions

C. Improve Education

D. Strengthen Social and Healthcare Services

E. Expand Housing Opportunities for Residents

F. Strengthen the Local Economy

G. Improve Parks and Public Facilities

H. Diversify Transportation Options

I. Improve Physical Infrastructure

J. Promote Sustainable Land Use and Growth Management

K. Strive for Good Governance.

Thus, the 2019 standing committees, with their respective chairs noted, are as follows:

  • Environmental, Agricultural and Cultural Preservation,  Shane Sinenci
  • Healthy Families and Communities, Riki Hokama
  • Affordable Housing,  Tasha Kama
  • Economic Development and Budget, Keani Rollins Fernandez
  • Water and Infrastructure, Alice Lee
  • Multimodal Transportation, Yuki Lei Sugimura
  • Planning and Sustainable Land Use, Tamara Paltin
  • Governance, Ethics and Transparency, Mike Molina

The nine-member committee Government, Ethics and Transparency has its first meeting on January 23rd, 9:00 AM. A matter on their agenda is another first for Maui County.

This year the Council has the right to approve (or not) the “major leadership” appointments made by the new Mayor, Mike Victorino.

So, residents concerned with this matter should testify at this meeting. Sure, a committee can only make recommendations to the full Council, but as this particular committee has all of the nine council members, they will mostly likely agree with their own recommendations. That is not new.


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Next Community Meeting

Tuesday, May 21
6:30 pm

ProArts Playhouse, Azeka Makai
1280 S. Kihei Road

Pacific Disaster Center, Kihei

Dr. Erin Hughey, Director of Global Operations

Pacific Disaster Center (PDC Global) is an applied research center managed by the University of Hawaii that supports the most demanding governmental and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) worldwide in helping to create a safer, more disaster resilient world. For more than 25 years, we’ve helped our partners enhance disaster management capacity, save lives, and reduce disaster losses through the application of our advanced tools and technologies, evidence-based research, and analytical information.

As always, we will be collecting donations for the MAUI FOOD BANK.  They can stretch a dollar like no one else so checks sealed in envelopes are also welcome.

KCA's Priorities 2024

  • Fire prevention
    Working with agencies, landowners, and the community to form a Fire Prevention Task force for South Maui and pass along requests and recommendations between that group and the community
  • Flooding mitigation
    Working with Public Works, upcountry landowners, and flood control experts to reduce the risk of flooding in South Maui
  • North-South Collector Road
    Advocating the completion of the next segments of the North-South Collector Road between Waipuilani and Kaonoulu
  • WasteWater Initiatives
    Supporting efforts to speed the replacement of cesspools in Maui Meadows with clean water alternatives and advocating for identification and treatment of pollution from failing pipes at major hotels and condo developments
  • Healthy Living through Smart Growth
    Supporting efforts to make Kihei a walkable, bike able community with sidewalk and bikeway connectivity throughout, especially to all our schools including the new Kūlanihāko‘i High School. Supporting the implementation of the revised South Maui Community Plan and the values it espouses
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The objects and purposes of the corporation shall be to encourage, promote and aid in developing, improving and maintaining the area of Kihei, Island and County of Maui, as a desirable residential community; to develop unified community spirit; to do any and all things to promote the health, safety and welfare of residents within the Kihei area; to encourage recreation and service programs, and programs to enhance social life and community welfare within the Kihei area; to promote better understanding and fellowship among its members, their families and all residents of the Kihei area.

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