KIHEI - Soon, the Waimaha'iha'i District--the stretch of about 300 homes between Kukui Mall and Hope Chapel--will get a fresh coat of paint on select street curbs, according to a press release from Waimaha'iha'i District Neighborhood Association (WDNA) President Kevin Curry.
Long overdue, Curry said, police and ambulance need the visibility to find addresses within a moment's notice. Built by Schuler Homes in the mid-1970s,' house numbers stenciled on the curb (once standard) have been all but disappeared over the years. With overgrown trees and home remodeling over time, addresses on the houses themselves have become sparse to nonexistent.
Now, with the sponsorship of the nonprofit WDNA, member homes will soon get a free paint job as part of their annual donation. Renters and non-members can get a curb facelift starting in this month for a suggested donation of $15, said Curry.
Local resident Mackenzie Stroup volunteers to help paint curbs in Kīhei.
"It seems like such a simple thing," said Curry. "However, it sometimes 'takes a village' to do what seems the simplest of things. Many community volunteers and organizers are working in cooperation to make this happen."
The Valley Isle Sunset Rotary Club is helping to provide youth volunteers and event insurance. The Kihei Youth Center is also encouraging it's teens to help tape, roll and stencil numbers.
"Ken Stroup of Pittsburg Paint Group in Kahului is generously donating professional grade traffic paint," said Curry. "It's the same stuff they paint the white lines on the road with, so the curb numbers should last a good long time. As well, they've blended up a special mix to include glass beads so the curbs will be reflective at night."
The first phase will be on Saturday, Jan. 25 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will begin in the heart of the district on Mehani Circle and Mehani Place.
"Our goal would be to have every house have a curb number painted on it," said Curry. "But even at 10 minutes per curb, it will require 50 man-hours and a lot paint!"
He hopes to commandeer enough resources to do it in three phases on Saturday mornings from January to March.
To volunteer, sign up to get your home painted, or make a donation to adopt an "orphan home," contact the WDNA at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message at (808) 879-3977.
The focus of WDNA is to enhance safety and security, and to make improvements using combined time, talent and "aloha spirit" to preserve the highest quality of life in our community.