This afternoon at 4:00 pm the leadership of four canoe clubs at the shoreline off North Kihei Road (NKR) met with two officials, one each county and state, about their concern for safety of their members and the community. As NKR is a state highway the group had testified at Maui Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), so the representative for the State Dept. of Transportation, based on Maui, Robin Shishito attended. For Maui County, Chair of Maui MPO, County Councilmember Yuki Lei Sugimura, participated to hear the concerns of the clubs.
The four canoe clubs involved are concerned about road safety, when vehicles coming from Kihei turn left to reach the shoreline where the canoes are staged on the sand.
They are requesting the left turn lane be extended toward Maalaea, so they do not have to stop in the traffic lane, causing a backup
Robin Shishito advised the quartet, Mary, Jeff, Katy and Kimokeo, that it would be very challenging to accomplish this for a number of reasons, but did agree the speed limit of 30 MPH could be extended to their area, before it increases to 45 MPH. They accepted that that would be helpful, but still believe they need the left turn lane.