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Maui residents protest proposed Kihei mega-mall projects

June 7, 2012
The Maui Weekly

Protestors gathered on a windy Thursday last week to protest Eclipse Developments' plans to convert 68 acres at the intersection of Pi'ilani Highway and Ka'ono'ulu Street in Kihei into two mega-malls described by the Irvine, California, company as "the largest outlet malls in the state."

Maui Tomorrow Foundation Inc., South Maui Citizens for Responsible Growth, and Kihei resident Daniel Kanahele have filed motions before the State Land Use Commission and Maui County Board of Variances and Appeals regarding the project.

"We ask that any project allowed on the site comply with the State Land Use Commission's legally enforceable conditions," said Maui Tomorrow Executive Director Irene Bowie. "A required highway frontage road doesn't appear on current plans and there's no attempt to make the project walkable or bikeable, or to connect the retail centers with other uses mauka of the highway as required by the LUC. Ka'ono'ulu Ranch received entitlements for a light industrial project in the 1990s, and the South Maui community supported that use. Now Mainland developers plan a huge shopping complex with no light industrial component and acres of parking lot, bringing significant hardscape to an area above Kihei prone to severe flooding. Our state agencies need to step in and take a second look at this project."

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South Maui Citizens for Responsible Growth protestors gathered on a windy Thursday last week to protest Eclipse Developments’ plans to convert 68 acres at the intersection of Pi‘ilani Highway and Ka‘ono‘ulu Street in Kihei into two mega-malls.
Photo: Debra Lordan

"These mega-malls would not be good for South Maui," said Netra Halperin, candidate for the State House's South Maui seat. "They would double the traffic on Pi'ilani Highway (according to developer's Website), they would take away business from Kihei's already-struggling, locally owned shops, and they would further exacerbate our flooding problems. And the 'jobs' that they would bring would be minimum wage, not enough to live on on Maui. Instead, Maui needs to support the Polynesian Cultural Center that is in the works, which would add to our draw as a destination and create living-wage jobs."

 
 

 

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