Article illustrates how out of step the DOE is

The Weekender front-page article concerning the DOE and the high school in Kihei reinforced how completely out of step this bloated state agency is (The Maui News, Aug. 3). The point was, Kihei high school is on track to open in 2021. Did we not hear this for 2016, 2018, 2020? Do you believe them this time?

Ah, but the DOE caveat: The required safe pedestrian passage may push it back beyond 2022. What has this department been doing for the past six-plus years on this matter since the State Land Use Commission placed this prudent condition on the land use change? Any progress at all in six years? Sounds like none. Were they stalling so they could use this as an excuse for yet another delay? Or just decided to neglect the safety of Maui keiki to save money?

The DOE’s John Chung, who was not with DOE six years ago, now says discussions were ongoing with stakeholders. Kihei Community Association (www.gokihei.org) never heard of him or from him, so with which stakeholders is he discussing this matter?

Also, Chung anticipates the intersection at Kulanihakoi reopening by Aug. 31. When the infrastructure work began, the community was advised this would be accomplished in April, then June, then July, now August. Do you believe them this time?

Further, Chung talks about a bid protest for Phase II. How long has DOE been aware of the protest? Is it really about one year? Is that reason for more delays?

Mike Moran, President

Kihei Community Association