Kalama Park has one regulation baseball field, which doubles as a softball field; three little league fields, one of which cannot be used in the afternoon because the sun sets right in the batter’s eyes; four tennis courts; two basketball courts; various open spaces that serve double-duty as soccer fields; and football fields—some of which are the outfields of the baseball fields. As you can see, Kalama Park is well-loved.
So it is with great anticipation that South Maui residents look forward to the grand opening of the new regional park off Liloa Street on Friday, July 8. This long-awaited park will relieve a lot of the overuse of Kalama Park.
The new, and as of yet, unnamed park is being built in phases. Phase I-A includes a softball field, soccer field, two restrooms, scorekeeper’s booth, walking paths, playground and parking.
Phase I-B will add another soccer field and more parking, landscaping and walkways. A gym and a youth center are also planned for this area.
Phase II is expected to include an additional softball field, soccer field and baseball field, more parking, landscaping and walkways, and an amphitheater and pavilion,
Phase III will be adjacent to the Kīhei Recycling & Redemption Center.
I am committed to expanding the park space available in South Maui, not only for the benefit of our area residents, but also recognizing that our parks belong to all of us and are heavily used by families throughout the island of Maui.
My goals also include working to improve the upkeep and maintenance of our parks. While county funding is crucial, government cannot do the job alone. Our parks belong to the people, and people must take ownership of them.
One group that has been instrumental in helping in this effort is the South Maui Volunteers led by Bob and Lis Richardson. They have been positive advocates for the Kama‘ole Beach Parks and continue to work with many others to create and maintain a network of trails and walkways. They also work to protect and expand the dunes that are critical to prevent beach erosion.