The Maui News - Maui community groups have vowed to fight two planned mega-malls under development for Kihei--even if it means going to court.
Maui Tomorrow, South Maui Citizens for Responsible Growth and Kihei resident Daniel Kanahele last month filed appeals with state and county agencies challenging the project being built on land zoned for light industrial use.
California-based Eclipse Development Group plans to build Maui Outlets, a 300,000-square-foot shopping center on a 30-acre site, and Pi'ilani Promenade, a 400,000-square-foot retail complex on 68 acres mauka of the Pi'ilani Highway-Ka'ono'ulu Street intersection.
Combined, the centers, expected to open in early 2014, would be larger than the 570,000-square-foot Queen Ka'ahumanu Center in Kahului.
Project representatives argue that the zoning for the property allows for commercial uses such as their shopping centers.
Opponents say that the developments are in direct conflict with the Maui Island Plan and the Kihei/Makena community plan.
Initial hearings on the groups' petitions are scheduled for July before the Board of Variance and Appeals, and in August before the Land Use Commission.