Urban growth boundaries are not being observed

A recent drive through Central Maui revealed the horror of our new megalopolis of Wailuku-Kahului, “Kahuluku,” stretching from the new business park next to the airport to the new town of Maui Lani.

As a member of the Maui General Plan Advisory Committee, I thought we had installed urban growth boundaries to preserve Maui’s small-town character by giving each town a center and an edge. The current development is one long urbanized corridor of business parks, subdivisions and shopping malls as town centers. All the public space is auto dominated. This is an example of developer-driven growth based around the auto.

We can do better and must take the initiative in planning Kihei Mauka as walkable. Please participate in the upcoming process.

Joe Bertram III