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Hana spiritual center approved to expand

January 12, 2012
The Maui Weekly

The Maui News - Ala Kukui, a spiritual center in Hana, received approval from the Maui County Council's Land Use Committee last week. In a 7-1 vote, the committee gave the center the go-ahead to expand to allow overnight guests. The facility will be able to develop, allowing up to 20 people to stay overnight on the 12-acre property.

Riki Hokama was the sole council member to vote down the project, raising questions about the activities that take place at the center.

Land Use Committee Chairman Robert Carroll praised the center for opening its doors to various community events for programs, classes and meetings. "I haven't heard from one person who is against this," said Carroll.

The expansion will allow the center to diversify its programming, with plans for groups including everyone from Catholic priests to yoga practitioners, according to Co-director Arnie Kotler. There are plans for a Zendo temple, hale pule, a grass parking lot and four hale over a three-year period.

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