A safer bikelane on a roadway

by | Mar 7, 2023 | Government, KCA Members, Volunteers | 2 comments


UPDATE 3/7/23  More green in Lipoa Bike lane

At intresection across Lipoa from Tamura’s, we see first of four added spots in the bike lane up to Liloa



These additional street makings in the Lipoa bike lane are a big improvement


UPDATE  3/4/23

It has been almost two years since we broached the concept of painting a bike lane GREEN in our central area. Then district council member Kelly King budgeted $10k for a public-private partnership pilot project. But the then administration kept adding more and more responsibility to the private entity, KCA, to where it  became impossible for our all volunteer, non-profit entity to take on. So in order to get it done, King moved the funds directly to the County Dept of Public Works but nothing happened…until now.  Do you recognize the location? It is manini action, but is a start/

South side of Lipoa, mauka of Liloa


Yes that is Kihei El on the right side of Lipoa heading up the hill.
















7/31/21 #Kihei

For several decades, Kihei was planned to be a “walkable-bikeable” community, as is frequently mention in our 1998 Kihei-Makena Community Plan (which can be viewed on this website).  But like much in the plan, it was never implemented. There has yet to be a contiguous sidewalk on S. Kihei Rd. (SKR), but now we are addressing the “bikeable” portion of the term.

For us, safe bicycling for our entire community, keiki to kupuna, really means a segregated bike path, like the great, but oh-so-short path on Liloa.

Southernmost portion of Liloa bike path fronting middle school

But as the north portion of the North South Collector Rd. (NSCR), which this parallels, is at least another decade away, next best are very well marked bike lanes along local roadways. This means more than a solid white line along a road shoulder, but bright green painted lanes, which are used in countless locations. Here are a few examples of existing ones.

Image result for Green Bike Lane. Size: 252 x 160. Source: www.bostonmagazine.com

See the source imageSee the source imageWe have requested some existing bike lanes be painted like this in Kihei with little success. But this year, thanks to our Councilmember Kelly King, there is funding for a grant to purchase the paint and materials for such a pilot project in cooperation with the County Administration’s Dept. of Public Works (DPW).

This is a public-private partnership and DPW will only select an appropriate location and is not responsible to apply the paint.  So we are trying to formulate a plan for community cooperation to proceed through the county granting process to free up the funds for DPW to purchase the paint and related materials. Once that is accomplished we will be seeking professional help to physically apply the paint for the lane. If you are interested in participating, please let us know.

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Ken larue
1 year ago

As an avid cyclist I truly appreciate the new green bike lanes. I would be very willing to volunteer my time to help paint future lanes. Thank you very much!

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.

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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
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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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