KCA testifies at State LUC re Kaonoulu/Pi’ilani Promenade/MegaMall Future

7/12/18 #kihei
Yesterday morning a meeting of the State Land Use Commission (LUC) was held at the request of the land owners to offer the LUC a “status report” on the North Kihei land mauka of the Pi’ilani highway near Kaonoulu.

KCA was the first of eight to submit public testimony, but before that began, the process opened to offer the attorneys to voice their input, commencing with Mr Sakumoto speaking to the petitioners, Pi’ilani Promenade. He spoke extensively going back to 1995 and the original LUC decision on a request for land use change from Agricultural to Urban. Whatever his intent, we felt (and we believe the Commission did as well): wow twenty three years, nothing done, and now another new beginning?

He continued describing the latest rep Mr Harry Lake, CEO for Koa Partners, and his outreach to community. (For the record KCA met with him in two stakeholders meeting this year in Feb and June, as openly reported on our website.) He then mentioned that the petitioners would like four legal actions taken as part of the process. Clearly we are not attorneys, but we do recall it took legal challenges by intervenors to stop what were illegal intended activities, and believe that those judicial decisions are still in place.

Several commissioners had questions, led strongly by Dawn Chang, Edmund  Aczon and Gary Okuda. Maui’s Lee Ohikasi asked about a timetable going forward, and received a very vague answer. He followed questioning if their latest plan won’t work, is their an alternative, and reply was they do not know. A question on expected total cost also indicated they have no estimate.

We then perceived a sense of cumulative frustration from the commission. Over twenty some years; a request for this meeting to offer “status”; but seemingly no resolution in sight.

The volunteer commissioners agreed to conduct this meeting for a status report, gathering and traveling to Maui for that express purpose. Perhaps the commission expected to hear a proposal update from Harry Lake of Koa Partners, the stated representative of land owner Sarofim Realty of Dallas, Texas, but all they received was a professional booklet containing information that was presented at the second stakeholders meeting, some of which was shown in our report. SEE http://gokihei.org/volunteer/what-is-next-for-the-piilani-promenade-aka-megamall.

Conversely, the lawyer for Honua’ula (Wailea 670) Mr Kubota only said they were mostly in agreement with whatever the larger group decided!

For Maui County, neither the new Director or Deputy Director were present and representation was left to deputy Corp Council Michael Hopper. He was accompanied by senior planner Ann Kua, but she offered no input.

The State Office of Planning comments were also exceedingly brief, but last was attorney Tom Pierce for the intervenors, who spoke of the “show cause order,” why it was requested and granted, and recap of action since 2012.

For KCA, our position remains that whatever is proposed to be constructed here needs major support infrastructure, as our community plan states, concurrent with development. Until then, nothing should be built. Next ensure that both cultural and environmental concerns are addressed and satisfied; after that we also see that a community plan amendment is a reasonable tool to achieve something better for our community, much needed housing, not more industrial nor commercial . So much has changed over the decades. Our community is united in seeing the prime need in development is housing for our residents, so truly affordable housing for the working class living here. A mix of rentals and purchased homes, possibly senior housing, which can be infused with some support businesses . Such development must have reasonable, safe connectivity to the high school, especially walking and bicycling away from the highway.

There may be a future LUC meeting on this matter on 9/12/18.

Look for a professional report of yesterday’s meeting upcoming in the Maui News.

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3 Responses to “KCA testifies at State LUC re Kaonoulu/Pi’ilani Promenade/MegaMall Future”

  1. I like the fact that Mike Moran brings up a variety of South Maui issues. However…it seems more and more that the KCA is nothing more than an opportunity for Mike to use it as his personal sounding board. It’s his opinion. He writes all the articles and expresses his opinion as gospel. He rarely listens to another point of view. I have become discouraged and disillusioned with the KCA. It’s largely a forum for his opinion and his opinion only. Not a place for balanced reporting of the facts. Disagree with him and you can be on his bad side.

  2. Mahalo, “Peter” You are right. It is time for new leadership at KCA. Moran is doing way too much.
    The members will elect a new board for 2019, and the board will vote in the new officers. Get the old boy network replaced at KCA. So get ready to vote, “Peter” Oh wait you are not even a member. In fact that is not even your real name, is it? What are you hiding?

  3. If Mike Moran reports he spotted a deer in North Kihei, he is entirely responsible himself for the veracity of his article. But for any substantial position on a community issue – the MegaMall, a bridge vs a culvert at Kulanihakoi, roundabouts vs traffic lights, sidewalks on South Kihei Road, and the list goes on – there has been a significant amount of discussion and a decision in the Board of Directors of Kihei Community Association. Mike has only one vote there. The Board is elected every year by a membership meeting of the Association.

    Don’t confuse the fact that Mike is the face of KCA at so many venues and in so many news articles with any extraordinary privileges. We have all benefitted tremendously from Mike’s energy, attention to detail, commitment, and yes – omnipresence. But he doesn’t decide KCA’s policies.