At least in this century most South Maui residents agree the most frequently flooded intersection whenever it rained in Kihei or upcountry was at Kaonoulu and South Kihei Road. We had numerous examples on this site to the point that some viewers asked why bother repeating the same info.
But we have observed recently this has drastically lessened. It is of course too soon to state that the Kulanihakoi River will not overflow again, but some are asking if the construction of several new projects “upriver” may have some affect? While the timeshare at the Maui Lu is the one most affected by any flooding, they are at the outfall. But what about the Kenolio Apartments, the High School and the MECO substation? Have they diverted or slowed the flow allowing water to be absorbed into the aina? Or could this be part of climate change? We know trade wind patterns have altered, and how many record hot days have we had this year?
Well we will sure have some well qualified professional reporting of what is happening in the entire watershed at the first general membership meeting on January 21 (yes, still the the third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 PM) as we welcome senior ecologist Michael Reyes. Mark it on your 2020 calendar, and while you are at it, why not note the third Tuesday for every other month to November for relevant topics of interest to our community including likely candidate forums before upcoming elections at these KCA membership meetings.
Also find out who the 2020 BOD elected as KCA officers for the new term, some info on the upcoming census, as well as a brief overview of the 2019 County Council year.
Do not forget your donation of nutritious non perishable food for the Maui Food Bank to kick off our 2020 campaign on JAN 21 at St Theresa Church Hall at Lipoa and SKR.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!