According to Maui Tomorrow, the project was presented to the state and county for light industrial park, and the 1994 traffic study was for light industrial use. The current traffic study for retail is five times greater than for industrial use, making Ka'ono'ulu Street the largest traffic intersection on Maui, impacting traffic to Wailea and creating delays for emergency ambulances, rescue and evacuation.
The excuse that this will provide jobs does not take into consideration the long-term impact on the community and environment that will far outlast low-paying part-time jobs.
There are serious concerns about flood zone hazards and impact on the watershed. In addition, this project is "out of compliance" with the Kihei-Makena Community Plan, and if allowed to continue, sets a precedent for allowing projects to be built with no community hearings and disregard for the wishes of the community.
I have heard Mayor Alan Arakawa say, "There is nothing I can do" and that he is supportive of this project. But on July 16, the county Department of Planning motion stated, "There is sufficient basis to conclude that the Pi'ilani Promenade shopping center is not in compliance with representations made to the Land Use Commission, and has not taken steps to amend original representation to the commission."
Our elected officials must be held accountable.