Land purchase on agenda of HCA meeting

The Haiku Community Association invites the public to its meeting Thursday at Haiku Community Center to hear updates on the Kalakapua (Giggle Hill) Playground reopening; county plans to purchase over 260 acres of former pineapple land along the scenic Hamakualoa coastline; and a storm season preparedness presentation by Maui Electric Co.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. for pupu and talk story, with meeting topics presented from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Potluck pupu donations are welcome.

HCA Playground Committee members will give an update on the progress that has been made over the last six months, and the last steps needed to reopen the playground.

Representatives from the Maui County Council, the Mayor’s Office and members of the Hamakualoa Aha Moku Council have been invited to answer questions and hear from residents about the proposed Hamakualoa coast open space purchase. Maps and a survey on the community’s views of future uses should the land is acquired will be available at the meeting.

“We have heard from the public that they value these Hamakualoa coast lands,” HCA Lands Committee member Ryan Luskin stated. “We know they have culturally important gulches and historical farmlands that are part of both our history and our future.”

Public testifiers at county budget hearings described the Hamakualoa land currently being used for traditional fishing and gathering, surfing access, hiking, horseback, bike and motocross riding and viewing of the Peahi Point (“Jaws”) surfbreak.

Maui Electric representatives, including Mahina Martin (community relations), Chris Reynolds (operations), Kahea Asiu (community relations) and President Sharon Suzuki, will also be on the meeting agenda to offer a presentation on MECO storm response and power restoration operations, distribute emergency preparedness handbooks and answer community questions.

Haiku Community Association is a voice for the citizens of Hamakualoa, from Pauwela to Huelo.

For more information, go to haikumaui.org.