The fourth quarter in 2018 saw projects commence and/or continue in process, addressing affordable housing, homeless resources, Hawaiian Ahupua'a territory signage and the long anticipated regional park and gymnasium. Some projects have just started getting off the ground such as the Pu'uhonua Mobile Hygiene Unit that will support our homeless community while the Kaiwahine Village Project is in full construction and the first Ahupua`a signs have been installed.
The Kaiwahine Village project at the top of Kaiwahine Street in North Kihei broke ground this summer and is on task to be completed November 2020. The 120-unit Kihei affordable rental housing project is exciting news for low income families seeking an affordable, clean and safe home to rent. The developer/owner, Urban Housing Communities LLC (UHC) negotiated a temporary construction road through Haleakala Ranch property behind the project to reduce heavy equipment impacts on the busy neighborhoods along Kaiwahine Street. It is great to see this collaboration and cooperation.
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Pi'ilani and Lipoa Crossing
With the opening of the new Kihei Charter School and impending future completion of the new Kihei High School, pedestrian safety is a concern at the Pi'ilani and Lipoa intersection. Kihei Community Police Officers have been helping to ensure safe passage at certain times of the day while the Department of Public Works has recently retimed the traffic signals so the Lipoa Street and Lipoa Parkway are on separate phases. They are also implementing a new optimization plan at Pi'ilani Highway/Pi'ikea Street and Pi'ilani/Lipoa Street based on recent traffic counts and will also be installing signs for the cross walks in the right turn lanes this year. In addition, DPW is planning to continue the sidewalk on the mauka side to the intersection, which currently ends at the right-of-way.
Councilmember King began advocating for a safer highway crossing, in light of the future Kihei High School mauka of Piilani Highway. She previously sent a letter of inquiry to the Hawaii State Land Use Commission and is working on filing a request for a declaratory ruling on the original intent of the LUC conditions of approval (that appears to require the construction of either an underpass or overpass) to ensure the safety and future health of our students.
Homelessness in South Maui
Councilmember King's office is continuing to work with Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Resource Center to create access to resources for our unsheltered South Maui community members. The Pu'uhonua Mobile Unit (PMU) will offer services to assist the homeless, identifying needs and providing referrals to shelters and other services. Basic services will include toilets, showers, and a place to receive donations of toiletries, clothing, food, etc., as well as internet services for job and housing searches. The PMU first year goal is to assist at least 100 homeless persons in the South Maui area. At this time funding has been identified and is being secured.
During the third and fourth quarter of 2018 delays were experienced during the permitting process for the renovations to the skate park. The DPW is anticipating the scheduling of the renovations in the beginning of this year. The construction of shades for the Kalama park playground was budgeted for this fiscal year and is also expected to be completed. The RFP for construction will being going out in January 2019.
Kihei Regional Park Gymnasium
Kihei has long awaited a community gymnasium for inside recreation and sports. Construction during this quarter has been consistent and a tentative opening date has been scheduled for April 2019. The Kihei Regional Park gymnasium, located within the grounds of the Kihei Regional Park on Liloa Street, will be a first for South Maui.
In 2017 Councilmember King helped secure funding for the Aha Moku O Kula Makai Council to develop an Ahupua'a sign project, demarcating the historical South Maui mauka to makai communities. 12 signs are being installed at six South Kihei locations to raise awareness about Hawaii’s ancient land division system and natural resources in Kula Makai (Kihei). The first sign was erected on October 26th, 2018. The installation of the signs is a collaborative effort between the Aha Moku O Kula Makai, Kihei Community Association, Maui County Council, and State Department of Transportation.