Kihei Community Association members press for answers about proposed “big picture” for Mokulele corridor. “… what can we do to have a voice in the development?”

May 24, 2012
Tom Blackburn-Rodriguez , The Maui Weekly

Still reeling from its inability to as yet influence or stop the planned Pi’ilani Promenade/Outlet Mall project mauka of Pi’ilani Highway, the Kihei Community Association (KCA) intends to get out in front of additional developments in Kihei that may be on the drawing board.

The association’s meeting on Tuesday, May 15, at the Kihei Charter School campus was supposed to do just that.

The meeting was promoted as an opportunity to “Learn About Projected Development Before It’s Approved.” Maui County Planning Department Director Will Spence and Long Range Planner David Yamashita were to join state Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) District Land Agent Daniel Ornellas to explain what’s planned for the area on both sides of Mokulele Highway from South Pu’unene to the Kihei Gateway Plaza area.

But, it never happened.

Instead, only the Maui County planners showed up to give a presentation on the Pu’unene Motorsports Park Draft Master Plan Concept for upgrades and improvements to the existing Maui Raceway Park, the motorsports venue that now exists in the general area of the Hawai’i Army National Guard base that occupies a portion of the old Maui Airport (Pu’unene Airport) along Mokulele Highway.

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Jon Miller (left) asks Maui County Planning Director Will Spence (far right) if the community has any official legal standing in potential developments that may be planned on state Department of Hawaiian Homelands’ land along Mokulele Highway. Seated between them is Long Range Planner Supervisor David Yamashita. Miller was told the Kihei Community Association had no legal standing. Director Spence struggled to answer questions about the Mokulele Highway development plans of the Department of Hawaiian Homelands and the state Department of Land and Natural Resources, whose representatives had confirmed their attendance--then did not appear at the meeting.


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