Central Kihei curb painting project to launch Jan. 25

Soon the Waimahaihai District, a stretch of about 300 homes between Kukui Mall and Hope Chapel, will get a fresh coat of paint on selected curbs along the streets to indicate house numbers, according to a news release.

Since the houses were built by Shueler Homes in the mid-1970s, house numbers on the curbs have faded.

With the sponsorship of the Waimahaihai District Neighborhood Association, member homes will soon get a free paint job as part of their annual donation. Renters and nonmembers can get a curb facelift for a suggested donation of $15.

Many community volunteers and organizers are cooperating to make this happen. The Valley Isle Sunset chapter of Rotary International is helping provide youth volunteers and event insurance. The Kihei Youth Center is also encouraging teens to help tape, roll and stencil numbers on curbs in one of three “phases.” Ken Stroup of Pittsburg Paint Group in Kahului is donating professional-grade traffic paint – the same paint used for the white lines on public roads. The company blended a special mix to include glass beads so the curbs will be reflective at night.

The first phase of curb painting will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 25 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,” says WDNA President Kevin Curry. “But to do so, even at 10 minutes per curb, it will require 50 man-hours, and a lot paint!” Organizers plan to do the painting in three phases on Saturday mornings through March.

To volunteer, sign up to get a curb painted, or make a donation to adopt an “orphan home” (one of more than 30 homes where the homeowner is either not able to be contacted or the home is abandoned or otherwise unoccupied), contact the WDNA at or leave a message at 879-3977.