Are you aware that the largest shopping mall in the state--yes, larger than Queen Ka'ahumanu Center and larger than Ala Moana on O'ahu--is proposed in North Kihei, mauka of the Pi'ilani Highway? Did you see the challenge proposed by Maui organizations and individuals reported in the Maui Weekly (May 31 issue, "Maui Tomorrow, South Maui citizens, file suit over planned mega-malls in Kihei")?
This project has generated more community interest in South Maui than anything else for the past several years. Therefore, the Kihei Community Association will devote its entire June 19 public community meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Kihei Charter School campus at 41 E. Lipoa to this topic. KCA has invited Eclipse Development Group CEO/President Doug Gray, EVP/Director of Development Paul Bernard and CFO Peter Dunn to participate.
Do you see this project as a huge economic opportunity to generate retail jobs, or a way to squash existing small business on South Kihei Road and in other commercial areas? Is this a potential environmental disaster, or way to create construction jobs for unemployed Maui workers? Does a mile-long retail center just mauka of the Pi'ilani Highway sound like a great place to shop, or do 38,000 cars per-day and additional traffic light sound like a traffic nightmare to you?
If you have an opinion, why not share it with the community on Tuesday evening.
KCA will continue its drive for the Maui Food Bank, so please bring a few cans of nutritious non-perishable food to the meeting.
For more information, see www.gokihei.org or call 879-5390.