Deficient bridges on agenda for KCA meeting

The Kihei Community Association welcomes The Maui News’ newest staff writer and appreciates the June 21 front-page article and accompanying pictures of Maui’s structurally deficient bridges, particularly the Kulanihakoi one on South Kihei Road, which is slated to be replaced soon.

This proposed construction planning will be a major part of our next community meeting at 6:30 p.m. July 16 at the Kihei Charter School at 41 E. Lipoa St., which will include a PowerPoint presentation by one of Maui County’s contracted engineering planners, Wilson Okamoto.

KCA has expressed to Okamoto, as well as Public Works Director David Goode, our desire that this much-needed project not simply be a culvert replacement but an improvement. We envision an actual low-rise bridge with open steel railings offering a smaller footprint in the water to minimize future flooding in the area. The nearby intersection of Kaonoulu Street and South Kihei Road is always the first one to flood.

For safety, lighting on the bridge should be included in the design, ensuring it is not hazardous to wildlife. Also, ensure pedestrian and bicycling safety by separating them from motor vehicles by railings, not simply lines drawn on the surface.

Why not attend this public meeting to add your input before final plans are made?

KCA meets the third Tuesday of every month. If you are not already a KCA member, consider joining. For more information, see or call (508) 499-9996.

Mike Moran


Kihei Community Association