South Maui District Rep on the Maui Planning Commission

by | Mar 9, 2024 | Featured, Government, Volunteers | 0 comments


3/9/24 #kihei

Do you recall when you voted (you DID vote, right??) in the last (2022) election, there were some proposed Maui County Charter amendments? One that passed overwhelmingly that November Day became part of the current charter.

Local Maui Attorney Lance Collins served as chair of the County Charter Commission—January-2023

It says: “Each planning commission shall exercise its powers, duties, and functions as follows:
1. The Maui planning commission shall be concerned with the area encompassing the islands of Maui and Kaho`olawe and all other islands lying within three nautical miles of the shores thereof, and the waters adjacent thereto.
The nine members must include at least one and no more than two members who reside in each council residency area on the island of Maui.”

When most of us voted in favor of this change to our “County Constitution”, the South and East Maui districts had no Maui Planning Commission (MPC) representative who resided in our districts while Wailuku had three, so change was clearly called for in 2022.  But now it is  2024 and South Maui still has none, but a correction may finally be coming. This Tuesday, March 12, the Council’s GREAT committee is examining a LOT of potential nominees for this and several other administration panels. The very long list means the committee will not cover all of them in this meeting, but you can still tell the committee they are legally required to name a South Maui resident to the Maui Planning Commission. One of the Wailuku trio will term out this month, and the newly appointed East Maui representative just resigned. The South Maui community is long overdue for representation.

The impact of this deficit is now exacerbated as our updated district community plan is set to be introduced to the MPC at the same time as this Council Committee meets. We need a South Maui resident on this commission now!  Speak up!


Tuesday, March 12, 2024

9:00 a.m.

Online via Teams:

Phone testimony: 1-808-977-4067, code 423 765 169#

In-person testimony and viewing: Council Chamber, Kalana O Maui Building, 8th Flr., 200 South High St., Wailuku, Hawai‘i


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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.

As always, we will be collecting donations for the MAUI FOOD BANK.  They can stretch a dollar like no one else so checks sealed in envelopes are also welcome.

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
  • Healthy Living through Smart Growth
    Supporting efforts to make Kihei a walkable, bike able community with sidewalk and bikeway connectivity throughout, especially to all our schools including the new Kūlanihāko‘i High School. Supporting the implementation of the revised South Maui Community Plan and the values it espouses
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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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