Are all those trees at Community Center to be chopped? Let’s check before removing

UPDATE 5/26/17  Well, WELL, WELL!  This morning all the X‘s are gone. What do you know.  But we will be watching

UPDATE 5/25/17  With BIG mahalo to S Maui Council member Kelly King and her team, here is the situation as we understand it.

The Parks & Rec Department unequivocally intends to remove all of the marked trees , but no immediate action , as not funded, and must follow legal bid process to contact the job. The motivation , initiated by the So Maui Parks Division is due to homeless individuals who congregate in the area of the community center. The Department is willing to have on- sight , night time (probably after 9:00 PM )meeting with the concerned community including your Association. The future plans include replacing these tress with fewer new ones.  So once again , stay tuned

5/25/17  #kihei    Do all those RED X’s on the trees mean removal? We need input and information as we have none except observing about 40 tress are marked with X. Our concern is rash actions without reasonable community awareness and input. Let’s insure this concern is thoughtfully considered. Stay tuned.

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6 Responses to “Are all those trees at Community Center to be chopped? Let’s check before removing”

  1. This seems like a short-sighted “solution” to decrease the homeless presence in the park. Trees take decades to grow and a hour to remove, so they should consider more creative solutions first in my opinion.

    I haven’t studied the issue in depth, but it seems likely they could cut down all the trees and still not achieve their goal.

  2. Mahalo, Sam. We advocated public be informed before chopping trees, not after. If there are valid reasons a true logical need, OK, but don’t chop them and say WE know what is best for the community. The government works for the community, not vice-versa

  3. Maui needs innovation, not environmental destruction. It is a sad day when beautiful trees will be eliminated because there is no one willing to create solutions for poverty in a community with immense wealth. The beautiful old tree at Ho`aloha Park symbolized a win for “out of sight, out of mind” which in the long run will not serve anyone. Looking to Kihei to be leaders in solutions, not passing the buck.

  4. Ralph Nawatzki June 1, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    The above comments are valid and must be considered before doing the unthinkable.

    How would removing this beautiful growth of trees alleviate the homeless problem ?!

    Please allow the community to be heard.

  5. It is KCA’s understanding that the Parks Dept. who is responsible for the trees, has agreed to a public nighttime meeting in the area to express their opinion and listen to yours. We will post the meeting information of this website when available, & encourage all concerned to participate. Mahalo.

  6. Charlene Schulenburg June 9, 2017 at 8:37 am

    Chopping large beautiful healthy trees is not the answer to dealing with homeless. We had a huge homeless problem along Uluniu Beach Reserve. The neighbors got together and pitched in for a nightly patrol. This has solved most of the problem. Perhaps the community of Kihei, Parks & Rec/ the County could give someone a patrol job instead of chopping trees that take years to grow as beautifully as these. I have called the Maui Sierra Club to discuss. Even though KCA has talked to Parks Dept. should more individuals be calling the Parks Dept as well?