Church wins permit to remain in place

WAILUKU – The Maui Planning Commission approved a county special use permit Tuesday for the Maui Full Gospel Korean Church to continue worshipping at its Kanaloa Avenue property in Wailuku.

Located next to Keopuolani Park, the church needed the permit to operate in a residentially zoned area and to have a 31-stall parking lot on an 11,250-square-foot lot next door, commission members were told.

The Maui Planning Department recommended a 10-year permit, but commission members amended it to 20 years because there have been no complaints from neighbors.

The commission also noted the support of neighbors and approved a bed-and-breakfast home permit for Troy and Dianna Nielsen’s South Maui Hideaway Bed and Breakfast at 442 Kupulau Drive in Maui Meadows.

The commission deferred action on a request by Lisa Pestana for a special use permit to operate a short-term rental home in the Olinda Forest Reserve at 1939 Piiholo Road.

As commission members questioned the applicants, they learned that a converted garage was being occupied by a property caretaker. While there was some support for having someone on the property to oversee operations of the rental home, commissioners balked at approving the permit while it remained unclear if occupation of the garage was properly permitted.

Pestana was asked to address the issue of permitting for the garage and to return to the commission when the matter has been resolved.