11/5/20  UPDATE    Next MAY be 11/18—Once again we were there to offer live oral and written testimony to the LUC in opposition to the continuous requests by the Dept of Education (DOE)  to remove the required condition imposed back in 2013 for a safe pedestrian access to the new high school.

It took us several years to get the Dept of Transportation (DOT)  to finally agree that a roundabout was unquestionably the safest multimodal  traffic device at the intersection, so now that seems to have become the latest reason the DOE uses to try to ignore the imposed  condition.

So far the Commissioners stand with KCA and refuse to allow the DOE repeated requests for it to be removed, but the matter was deferred. It may be revisited at a future LUC (ZOOM) meeting on 11/ 18/20  STAY TUNED!!

10/28/20 #Kihei
As KCA cruises into our 60th year of incorporation, at times it seems it has been that long since the community has been waiting for our high school. But no, it is not.  It’s probably been only thirty years. Yet the inquiries keep pouring in

  • How come no construction happening at the job site?
  • What happened to the road work at the intersection?
  • Where is the temporary traffic signal?
  • What year is it opening?

We continue to seek answers to these and other questions, but that has not been easy as you see below: this is the latest information available from the Department of Education (DOE).

2020.10.06_PHASING PLAN

201016 - NPCL KHS Detailed Schedule Baseline

When we look at this time line, it seems to be extremely positive or forward leaning, especially for a project with a long history of delays. While we hope it is correct, our expectation is more likely that the first students will be admitted in 2023-2024 at best.

Thus when we once again hear that accomplishing the 2013 imposed State Land Use Commission (LUC) required condition for off grade pedestrian crossing (over or underpass) before the school opens might delay opening, it just seems ludicrous.

The matter is once again on the agenda for the LUC for  9:00 a.m. on 11/4/20. After seven years should our community give in and say just let the kids cross the highway because it’s easier, or say no, enforce the imposed condition (now to be enforced by the County Planning Department) BECAUSE IT IS SAFER and it is what the community has been asking for for many, many years.

Interested persons can submit written testimony no later than 24 hours (November 3, 2020, 9:00 am), in advance of the meeting. Written testimony will be distributed to commission members prior to the meeting. To submit written testimony please email your testimony to:   dbedt.luc.web@hawaii.gov.

To provide oral testimony at the hearing you are required to register for the Zoom webinar.  Meeting Link for Wednesday November 4, 2020