The KCA board asked for, and the mayor agreed, that the four trees will not be removed during the time the community association needs to help design a comprehensive street tree program for South Kīhei Road. The KCA is proposing the formation of a street tree committee that will be charged with helping to design an overall street tree plan for the community. The committee will work on this process with the mayor’s executive assistant, John Buck.
Mayor Arakawa also committed to financially support this process with the amount of funding dependent on the proposals made by the committee. Eventually, after the plan is in place and we are well on our way toward planting many trees, it might be necessary to remove certain trees to accommodate the infrastructure
required for South Kīhei Road. The administration has assured the KCA that our new street tree committee will be involved in every decision necessary during this process.
The KCA would like to see a comprehensive street tree plan designed, and feels that the first trees can be planted within a very short period of time. The mayor said that depending on the input from the street tree committee, “We could start planting next week!”
Our organization will be reaching out to the Maui Outdoor Circle, Maui County Arborist Committee and other groups and individuals for input on the structure of the committee. If anyone in the community would like to participate, we suggest contacting the KCA through www.gokihei.org.
An overall plan for South Kīhei Road, including new street trees, will involve coordinating with a variety of county departments concerning location, best species and planting locations.
KCA President Jon Miller also mentioned “it only makes sense to include in the plan the irrigation of these trees with recycled water.”