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River walk alternative to costly school crossing

About six years ago, Buck Joiner (Letters, Nov. 15) and I attended a state Land Use Commission public hearing that included a request by the state Department of Education to change the designation of a plot of land in north Kihei mauka of the Piilani Highway to construct a public high school there. As the change was granted, an outstanding condition was instituted (not suggested) that an off-grade (over or under) pedestrian crossing of that highway be constructed before the school opened. While the pace of construction moved at glacial speed, apparently the DOE decided they would ignore this legal condition.

Our community fully understood it was a requirement, very plainly stated, but somehow the DOE either misunderstood, or just decided not to follow it.

Well before this action began, long-term planning by the R&T park just south of this location demonstrated how a pedestrian path along the top of an existing river gulch was a reasonable practice method to achieve this condition. So many of us expected this was the way to go. River walks exist across the Mainland and throughout the world, so why not on Maui?

Now that the DOE has finally agreed this is a requirement, KCA proposes to plan a river walk along top edge of the Waipuilani River gulch to practically fulfill this required condition. Moreover, it can also be utilized by all of the R&T park, including Kihei Charter School.

Mike Moran, President

Kihei Community Association