KCA reference in news article generates interest

The Kihei Community Association is most appreciative when The Maui News seeks our input for an article concerning something in South Maui (“Budget panel moves toward buying building,” Feb. 19). Quite often this generates readers to contact us for clarification or further information, as occurred on this occasion.

In the article, Kihei was preceded by Wailuku as the “building” was in Wailuku, but in Kihei it is undeveloped land. Specifically, the plan is to purchase the 15,351-square-foot lot in the vicinity of 850 S. Kihei Road (TMK 390011750000), and KCA testified in support of the purchase to the County Council budget committee.

Several years ago, we did advocate for county to purchase this plot as well as three others adjacent, which now feature “McMansions,” but once that opportunity was lost, something is better than nothing at all.

As the plan is to use the “Open Space, Natural Resources, Cultural Uses and Scenic Views Preservation Fund,” we hope it is utilized better than a parking lot, as while open, it is not natural, cultural or scenic. We envision it may be a part of the north end of the long-awaited Waipuilani Park bicycle path, funded years ago. We expect the Kula Makai Moku will be consulted regarding culture.

Our website and newsletter, both available to the community without membership, offered updates as the purchase process continued. See www.gokihei.org and sign up for the newsletter.

Mike Moran, President

Kihei Community Association