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Public Information Meeting to Explore Plan for Area Between Pu‘unene and Kihei

August 23, 2012
The Maui Weekly

Sen. Roz Baker will host a public information meeting on the preparation of a master plan for the state lands in the ahupua'a of Pulehunui on Monday, Aug. 27, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Kihei Community Center.

The plan is underway by the State of Hawai'i Departments of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL), Public Safety, Accounting and General Services (DAGS), the Office of State Planning and the County of Maui.

State and county representatives will be in attendance at the meeting to present master planning efforts to-date and receive public comments.

"It is important that the public have accurate information on planning that may ultimately impact their communities as well as have the opportunity early in the process to offer any comments, concerns or get initial questions answered," commented Sen. Baker, whose Senate district encompasses the lands in question. "Along with Reps. George Fontaine and Angus McKelvey, we hope that members of our community will attend the informational meeting to learn more about the plans for this area and contribute to the master plan process."

The master plan area includes the location of the old Pu'unene Airport and Naval Air Station, which lies southeast of Pu'unene and north of Kihei. Current uses in the area include the Army National Guard Armory, HC&S cane lands, Hawaiian Cement operations and the county's raceway and motor sports complex.

The master-planning project was initiated by the state agencies for cost sharing in the development of needed infrastructure, such as water, sewer and other utilities, as well as roadway improvements for their respective land areas. The joint effort for development of infrastructure will serve to benefit facilities development such as the Maui Regional Public Safety Complex, other state facilities and the county's raceway and recreational park.

Light refreshments will be served at the meeting.

The Kihei Community Center is located at 303 E. Lipoa St. in Kihei.



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