by | Mar 13, 2017 | Alternative Transportation, Environment, Government | 0 comments

OK, testifies, but that spoiled the alliteration.

#kihei 3/13/17 For the first time this year, we returned to the Maui Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) board meeting this morning.

For those new to the concept: the MPO will assign resources for transportation independent of if a road is state-owned or county-owned.

With a disappointing response from a board member when we last testified in December, we took a fresh new year approach to express our community’s concerns related to transportation. That concern was addressed when we testified today.

Shortly after 9:00 AM everyone was settled. Unlike the expectation for tomorrow’s Planning Commission meeting on Makena Resort, this same room had plenty of empty chairs, and just seven testifiers.

Initially we voiced support for board leadership suggesting DPW Director Goode continue as board chair, and our Legislator Kelly King to fill the vacant vice chair spot. While Direct Goode retains his spot, board division caused the vice chair selection to be delayed in hope all seven members would be present at next meeting. The vote was evenly split between our nominee from South Maui Kelly King and the Molokai Rep Stacy Crivello.

Next we moved to offering extensive comments on a draft of “Maui Multimodal Transportation Plan (2040).” We believe thoughtful long term plans of this nature are vital. While we see challenges in our own multi-modal transportation in South Maui, many ask where was the long term planning with all the proposed growth especially on the West and even North area, which now both see continuous choke points of traffic. Was there a long term traffic plan twenty years ago?

So for our region our comments addressed the current inadequate traffic circulation, need for less dependence on motor vehicles, needed funding, and addressed the phantom Pi’ilani mauka bypass road and our long overdue South Maui traffic master plan.

We stayed for most of this discussion, but departed after two hours. The next meeting is scheduled for May 22 at 9:00 AM.



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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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