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Kihei High School Update

May 3, 2012
Rep. George Fontaine (R HD-11), Kihei, Wailea, Makena , The Maui Weekly

I continue to support the construction of Kihei High School, both at the Legislature and before the Maui Planning Commission. I have submitted funding requests these last two legislative sessions, and I have met with many members of our community who are in support of the project.

It is important for the public to know that proposal requests are going out, plans are being drawn up and consultation is taking place. Here, I have outlined more details provided to me by the state Department of Education (DOE) about the design and planning of the new Kihei High School.

Board of Education RFPs and funding

Request for Qualifications/Request for Proposals (RFQ/RFP) draft documents for Kihei High School are prepared and are pending DOE final draft review.

The Board of Education has yet to formally address the means of funding the Kihei High School. The finance committee is aware of the funding requests that Sen. Roz Baker and I have submitted for the school. Completion of the RFQ and RFP documents require the funding appropriation to be completed in order to move forward with the design/build (D/B) work scope phases.

Maui Planning Commission

The Maui Planning Commission meeting held Feb. 14 resulted in the DOE undertaking a more focused pedestrian safety analysis and study to be incorporated in the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The study will evaluate pedestrian and bicycle access issues at the Kulanihako'i Street crossing as significant public comments were received concerning the signal light crossing.

Sewer system requirements

Maui County Environmental Management advises they will require, as a part of the D/B building permitting, that a sewer impact assessment and off-site project improvements be made if local sewage capacity and existing Kihei sewage lift station number three are adversely effected. A qualitative analysis of the new sewage requirements concluded that there will be no adverse consequences. A quantitative analysis will need to be conducted to specify the design build requirements during the permitting phase of the project. The DOE will work with Maui County staff to confirm the RFP requirements and determine how, and with what funds, any off-site improvements may be made.

Potable water

The Kihei Community Association has been working closely with Mayor Alan Arakawa regarding water. The mayor said that he will work closely with the state regarding potable water (safe for human consumption) for Kihei High School.

Irrigation water for landscaping

One proposed solution for watering the landscaping surrounding the high school is to use non-potable water. This can be accomplished by tapping into an existing R-1 water line that is about 1,700 feet from the school property. An R-1 water line carries reclaimed water--unsuitable for human consumption, but acceptable for irrigating landscape and playing fields.

If you need to contact me with any issues or concerns regarding South Maui, please call my office at (808) 586-8525 or email

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