KCA panel members voice procedural, traffic and safety concerns regarding mall projects in South Maui. “… the end of Kihei as we know it.”

June 28, 2012
Tom Blackburn-Rodriguez , The Maui Weekly

To some, it’s an opportunity to shop on Maui without having to fly to O’ahu to get those outlet mall Christmas-present prices. For others, such as Mark Hyde, president of South Maui Citizens for Responsible Growth, it means “the end of Kihei as we know it” and a “development that will forever alter the character of South Maui.”

Whatever your viewpoint, it was clear that at the June 19 meeting of the Kihei Community Association (KCA), emotions were running strongly against the idea of a 700,000-square-foot South Maui retail complex composed of two individual malls mauka of the Pi’ilani Highway-Ka’ono’ulu Street intersection.

The Pi’ilani Promenade would consist of 400,000 square feet on 68 acres and the other, the Maui Outlet Mall, would consist of 300,000 square feet on a 30-acre site.

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