UPDATE 1/16/19. This afternoon we were fortunate to meet with Tom Fisher of Ikaika Ohana and a wide representation from the various entities that are coordinated in this community beneficial effort to get these truly affordable quality rental apartments constructed in North Kihei. At this point they continue to be right on schedule. As you see on this site, we began reporting on this project exactly one year ago- save a single day- 1/15/18 for our first
meeting with Tom at our KCA office; today’s meeting was at the construction trailer at the site.
We had also reported as far back as 2011 when a prior owner developer was attempting to develop this same long vacant land at the end of Kaiwahine, but of course that and all subsequent one were unsuccessful. This one made the difference
11/30/18 #kihei KCA wants to express our sincere appreciation to the T J Gomes Co and their hospitable manager Kawika at this project. We swung by to take a look and note progress early this afternoon from beyond the dust fence to snap a few pix, when Kawika walked off the site to offer some information. Then going beyond that, he took us for a safe tour in his huge truck for a first hand view of the very challenging work.
We often hear about the Kihei blue rock just below the surface, and the evidence was all around in huge piles. Just a few inches on earth cover rock in the entire plot. Looking at a very deep trench (see ladder descending in pic) exposed the rock on each side to clearly illustrate how challenging this work was for this team They had just set up the drill for the well and plan to begin that effort on Monday. So this very worthy project continues forward to help fill the big gap of much needed truly affordable rental housing in our area
Near the conclusion he said he had heard that Ikaka Ohana was working to do a similar project up in Lahaina, which we could confirm as we were told this by the provider. So good news for the westside as well.
Twice delayed by hurricanes that never hit Kihei, today it was all blue skies and happiness all around Kaiwahine
With Governor David Ige as a special guest, the site blessing kicked off just after 11:30 AM, even though land clearing and grubbing began over a week ago.
Kihei and perhaps all of Maui is looking forward to a really affordable rental housing project which will remain so at least this century while expecting move-ins by 2020.
The speeches were refreshingly brief, and we truly appreciate the kind words expressed for us by Council Member Kelly King and Ikaika Ohana President Doug Bigley.
The event was moderated by Big Island resident and Ikaika Ohana representative Delene Osorio with the support of King’s EAs Susan Foley and Kate Griffiths, as well as members of the Hawaii based general contractor, Moss.
Look for more in the Maui News.
|9/28/18 Pictures below|
|8/23/18 pictures show the land before any construction began|