I did the math and compared the size of Costco to the Kihei "Mega Mall," and also compared the population of Kihei to the general population of Maui.
All numbers are approximations.
Costco is 131,000 square feet. The "Mega Mall" will cover 700,000 square feet--approximated five times the area of Costco.
Costco has 800 parking spaces. The "Mega Mall" will have 3,800 parking spaces.
The population of Kihei is approximately 20,000. The total population of Maui is about 155,000 (these numbers were taken from the Maui County census).
According to a July 17 report in The Maui News, "The state Office of Planning says it believes that the California landowner developing two Kihei shopping malls 'has failed to substantially comply. ...the state Land Use Commission should revisit the project because it has shifted... in support of their request for a so-called order to show cause hearing."
Legal actions were filed against the "Mega Mall" in Kihei, and there is huge support for the motion before the Land Use Commission!