I hope everyone is learning about the Pi'ilani Promenade mega-mall planned for Kihei--the largest one in the state. This project would change South Maui forever.
The idea that this was put together practically "under cover of darkness" with the full blessing and support of Mayor Alan Arakawa's administration is a shocking, but not surprising way to see things getting done.
This land was zoned for a light industrial park with 20 conditions placed on it. The county has somehow decided that a huge retail complex passes for that, and the conditions are being totally ignored. What is going on here?
The questionable required traffic study from the developer states that the single entry point into the 700,000-square-foot project at the intersection at Ka'ono'ulu and the Pi'ilani Highway will be "F-rated" which means that it fails. Can you imagine what this means to Kihei traffic along with thousands of other proposed homes already planned?
What does this mean for all the established local businesses? Occupants of this complex will likely be based out of state, taking the money right out of our economy. Retail jobs are lower paying than light industrial-type jobs. Where is the water coming from, and where will rainwater runoff go?
GoKihei.org has more information about how to get involved. Maui-Tomorrow.org is teamed up with others to manage a "Defense Fund," if you'd like to donate to fighting this project being rammed down the throat of Kihei.
And please hurry. The bulldozers are already there.