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The Sky Isn’t Falling

South Maui mall projects are merely an indication of progress.

July 12, 2012
Laura Lovell · Kihei , The Maui Weekly

Stop running, Chicken Little. The sky is not falling.

Lots of chatter on the coconut wireless--most of it clearly untrue--about the soon-to-be constructed mall in Kihei.

Approved long ago and finally underway, it will bring some nice options for shopping for residents and vacationers on Maui.

I'm hoping for a Bed, Bath and Beyond, a Trader Joe's (would be awesome) and even Kohl's or Target.

Opponents have thrown numbers like 38,000 cars on the Pi'ilani! Really? Ok, that's a 24-hour count and amounts to 1,583 cars an hour or 26 cars per minute on four lanes of traffic for the stretch between Ohukai and Lipoa.

The mall's opening hours won't be the same as peak traffic times during mornings and nights, so those numbers during "rush hour" will change little.

Regarding competition with local businesses, I have one word--Costco. The opening of Costco provided incentive to other businesses to compete instead of gouge. How many of those complaining about competition will not be buying gasoline at the new Costco station opening this month?

When the mall opens, let's insist that Chicken Little and his friends Henny Penny, Turkey Lurky, Ducky Lucky and others simply stay home, throw away their cell phones and PDAs, renew their membership in the Flat Earth Society and consider moving to Molokai.

Progress is what it is.



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