The Maui News - Mayor Alan Arakawa is reviving plans to build a beachfront parkway along West Maui's coastline. The administration is in talks with landowner Makila Land Co. to purchase nearly 200 acres between Launiupoko and the Ukumehame recycling and convenience center for $16 million, the mayor said.
"This would address the deficiency of active fields, beach access and park areas Lahaina has," he said. "This entire area can become a major park for Lahaina."
In 2006, during Mayor Arakawa's previous term as mayor, the county acquired 100 acres in Ukumehame for $4 million from private landowners to start the parkway. Plans for the parkway stalled after he left office in 2006.
The Transportation Department recently published a 498-page draft environmental assessment for the proposed extension, which is expected to cost an additional $12 million.