Maui Tomorrow Foundation Protecting Maui Mon, 30 Nov 2015 22:49:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 LUC to Hear Olowalu FEIS AGAIN! Mon, 30 Nov 2015 22:49:12 +0000 December 7, 2015


MONDAY, 12/07/15 @ 10am

Maui Arts and Cultural Center

The Land Use Commission will be back on Maui to hear final statements and comments on Olowalu Town Developers FEIS.

The Save Olowalu coalition asks that you wear RED in support of those testifying to #saveolowalu and also asks that you allow those selected individuals who will be addressing specific points in the FEIS, to give their testimony so the LUC can make its decision by the close of the meeting.

If you are new to this issue, please see our former posts and updates which include maps, clickable links to the EIS and conversation about the many issues that have not been adequately addressed.

We hope to see you there.

TOGETHER we can ensure a sustainable and healthy, Maui Tomorrow.


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County Water Policy Under Attack! Mon, 30 Nov 2015 19:35:29 +0000 December 2, 2015

County Water Availability Policy Under Attack!!

Wednesday, Dec. 2nd 9:00 am. TESTIFY
Water Resources Committee Meeting

Agenda Item WR-11
8th Fl. County Building

200 S. High St, Wailuku, HI 96793

Maui County’s current law gives priority and incentives to 100% Affordable Housing. Developers would have you believe just the opposite! They are trying to blame Maui’s “Show Me the Water” law for our affordable housing shortage.

The truth is that SEVENTY-FIVE PER CENT of all future housing units will be UNAFFORDABLE to those with Maui salaries. New developments are NOW only required to have 25% of their units sell between $300k and $570 k. The rest, 75%, can be any price.
Real affordable housing projects are exempt from the Water Availability law, and are therefore given priority for the water we do have. Repeal of this law will only benefit developers who want to get subdivision approval and increase the value of their land without having to deliver actual housing. Thousands of affordable units that have already been promised remain unbuilt! If more houses do get built without a reliable source of water, existing water users will have to cut back when the next drought strikes.

Our public trust water resources are at risk if the water department loses this important planning tool.

Wednesday, Dec. 2nd 9:00 am. TESTIFY
Water Resources Committee Meeting
8th Fl. County Building

200 S. High St, Wailuku, HI 96793

Can’t COME?

Testimony may be submitted to referencing agenda item WR-11.

Keep our Water Availability Law Strong!!

• Keeps accountability in our water planning. Bill asks large developments to get real and “prove they have a water source”
• Protects water supply of current residents from being over-promised to new, unaffordable developments.
• Protects our aquifers and streams from over exploitation, as was commonly done before the bill passed.
• Has encouraged water conservation efforts when large commercial water users like hotels want to expand
• Asks County Water Department to comment on all proposed wells, including their impacts on the exercise of traditional and customary Native Hawaiian rights and practices.

Background: The water availability policy, codified at Chapter 14.12 of the Maui County Code, was enacted in 2007 with the intent to conserve the county’s water resources. The ordinance requires applicants for development approvals to provide evidence of “a long-term, reliable supply of water.”
The Committee is being asked to approve amendments to REPEAL the current bill.

“The policy is often mentioned in discussions as one of the main reasons why affordable housing has not been built. This review will provide a chance to evaluate what the policy’s true impact has been.”

The current law actually supports affordable housing being built, since it exempts all the following type of developments from proving a water source, giving them priority access to County water supplies where available:

• family subdivisions
• infill projects of 10 lots or less in west or central Maui service areas
• projects with 100% affordable housing in west or central Maui service areas
• public/quasi public housing projects in west or central Maui service areas

If the law is repealed, thousands of new units already approved in Central, South and West Maui will be “entitled” to water meters, whether there
are sufficient water resources available or not.

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FREE Tour of New Solar & Battery Systems Wed, 25 Nov 2015 01:34:39 +0000 December 5, 201512:00 pmto3:00 pm


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NextEra Subsidiary Strikes Deal for Kahikinui Wind Farm Tue, 24 Nov 2015 06:43:17 +0000 November 23, 2015 – NextEra Energyʻs affiliate company Boulevard Associates LLC has just struck a deal with the Hawaiian Homes Commission (part of the Department of Hawaiian Homelands), for a Right-of-Entry permit and a 20-year general lease for about 500 acres in Kahikinui, Maui on Hawaiian Homestead land.

NextEra Energy is currently in negotiations with Hawaiian Electric Company for $4.3 billion. Boulevard Associates LLC seeks to develop a 60-megawatt wind farm and has said that the project is dependent on neither the construction of an undersea cable project between Maui and O`ahu, nor the proposed acquisition of Hawaiian Electric Company by its parent company, NextEra Energy. The final terms and conditions of the lease is yet to be released.


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KAOI Radio: County Manager Discussion Thu, 05 Nov 2015 22:42:03 +0000 November 9, 20157:00 amto7:15 am

A brief piece on county-manager government will air at 7 AM this Monday on KAOI radio, 1110 AM or 96.7 FM.

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Olowalu LUC Hearing Sat, 31 Oct 2015 16:20:27 +0000 November 18, 2015toNovember 19, 2015

The Hawaii State Land Use Commission will hold a meeting at the MACC in Kahului on Wednesday, Nov. 18 and/or Thursday, November 19.

There are at least 2 items on their agenda:  the Final Olowalu EIS, and a field trip to see the Maalaea Plantation 270 acre housing project.


LUC’s Olowalu website


The Final EIS for the Olowalu Town Master Plan (4 Volumes)

Volume I- Report

Part 1.  Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12, Part 13, Part 14, Part 15, Part 16


Volume II – Correspondence- Agencies

Federal,  State 1, State 2, State 3, County 1, County 2, County 3


Volume III- Correspondence – Individuals

Comments 1, Comments (Foley Part I), Comments (Foley Part II), Comments 3, Comments 4, Comments (Maui Tomorrow Part I), Comments (Maui Tomorrow  Part II), Comments 6


Volume IV- Appendices

List of Appendices

Appendix A– Olowalu Talk Story Alternative Designs

Appendix A-1 Conceptual Master Plans Alternative 1 and Alternative 2

Appendix A-2 (Part I) LEED 2009 for Neighborhood Development

 (Part 2)   (Part 3)  (Part 4)  (Part 5)  (Part 6)  (Part 7)

Appendix A-3 SmartCode

Appendix B     Zoning and Flood Confirmation Forms

Appendix C    Preliminary Engineering Report

Appendix C-1 June 2, 2015 Letter from Otomo Engineering, Inc.

Appendix C-2 Stormwater Quality Enhancements

Appendix C-3 August 25, 2015 Letter from Brown and Caldwell

Appendix D     Impact on Water Resources Study

Appendix D-1 August 26, 2015 Letter from Tom Nance Water Resource Engineering

Appendix E     Assessment of Marine Water Chemistry and Biotic Community Structure in the Vicinity of the Olowalu Town Master Plan

(Part 1)  (Part 2)  (Part 3)  (Part 4)  (Part 5)  (Part 6)

Appendix E-1  September 28, 2015 Letter from Marine Research Consultants, Inc.

Appendix F      Flora and Fauna Survey

Appendix F-1   Aquatic Resource Survey

(Part 1)  (Part 2)  (Part 3)

Appendix F-2  September 3, 2015 Letter from Robert W. Hobdy, Environment Consultant

Appendix G     Pu`uhonua: The Legacy of Olowalu

Appendix G-1  Archaeological Literature Review

Appendix H     Consultation Plan for Assessing Potential Cultural Impact

Appendix H-1  A Cultural Impact Assessment for the Proposed Olowalu Town Master Plan in Olowalu Ahupua`a, Lãhainã District, Island of Maui

Appendix I       Air Quality Study

Appendix I-1   April 19, 2015 Letter from B.D. Neal & Associates

Appendix I-2   June 4, 2015 Letter from B.D. Neal & Associates

Appendix J       Preliminary Acoustic Study

Appendix J-1    September 16, 2015 Letter from Y. Ebisu & Associates

Appendix K       View Analysis

Appendix L        Market Study

Appendix L-1    August 28, 2015 Letter from Plasch Econ Pacific LLC

Appendix M      Assessment of Economic and Fiscal Impact

Appendix N      Agricultural Interviews

Appendix N-1   Proposed Olowalu Town Master Plan: Impacts on Agriculture

Appendix N-2  June 1, 2015 Letter from Plasch Econ Pacific LLC

Appendix O      County of Maui, Department of Housing and Human Concerns 2015 Affordable Guidelines

Appendix P       Preliminary Traffic Impact Analysis Report

Appendix P-1    Traffic Impact Analysis Report

(Part 1)  (Part 2)  (Part 3)  (Part 4)  (Part 5)

Appendix P-2    June 2, 2015 Letter from Roger D. Dyar, Consulting Traffic Engineer

Appendix Q       Wastewater Management Plan

Appendix Q-1    August 25, 2015 Letter from Brown and Caldwell

Appendix R        Maui Island Plan

(Part 1)  (Part 2)  (Part 3)

Appendix S        Special Management Area Permit No. SM1 990021

Appendix T       Community Meetings

Olowalu FEIS - Vol 1, Page 340 Olowalu FEIS - Vol 1, Page 244 Olowalu FEIS - Vol 1, Page 80 Olowalu FEIS - Vol 1, Page 78 Olowalu FEIS - Vol 1, Page 49 Olowalu FEIS - Vol 1, Page 45 Olowalu FEIS - Vol 1, Page 10

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Kihei History Night: Land of Palauea Thu, 29 Oct 2015 01:41:24 +0000 November 3, 20156:00 pmto7:30 pm6:00 pmto7:30 pm
Tuesday, November 3
 Kihei History Night: Land of Palauea
Slideshow and talk story with historical researchers Daniel Kanahele and Lucienne de Naie  and biologist Colin McCormick about one of south Maui’s legendary areas.
 6 to 7:30 pm at Kihei Library.  FREE
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Planning Commission to hear A&B’s Waiale project Fri, 23 Oct 2015 15:29:20 +0000 November 24, 20159:00 amto11:00 am

Maui Planning Commission

The south portion of A&B’s

proposed Waiale project

9am Tuesday, November 24

A&B’s proposed 2,550 unit project

Between Kahului’s Maui Lani and Waikapu

UPDATE: November 23, 2015

Two major items will be considered at the Maui Planning Commission meeting this Tuesday, Nov. 24th, at 9 am. PLEASE COME AND TESTIFY (see location below).

Agenda Item D. 1  Bill to amend Ch 2.80B MCC regarding Community plans and  zoning
Once again, the Planning Director is trying to let Zoning trump our Community Plans.

Hawaii State law (HRS 46-4) says that Zoning must conform to the Community Plans, and shall be used to put them into effect. Thousands of hours and millions of dollars have been invested to create our Community Plans. PC-21 would overturn the will of the people, and would violate Hawaii state law.  This will result in lawsuits that would cost Maui County millions of dollars to defend against.

Comprehensive Zoning (MCC 19.04) was adopted in 1960, but after 55 years has not been fully implemented throughout Maui County. Amendment of Community Plan designations has taken place multiple times without changing the underlying Zoning to be consistent. This has created many conflicts. Others have been created by the Planning Director, who continues to approve permits that are not in compliance with the Community Plans.

Ask the Maui Planning Commission to:

  1. Reject PC-21.
  2. Tell the Planning Director to:
    1.  finish implementing the Comprehensive Zoning Code.
    2. Eliminate Stacked Zoning during Community Plan updates, as recommended by the Planning Director in 2009.
    3. Update each Community Plan to specify which Zoning Districts correspond with Community Plan Designations.

Agenda Item C.2. Wai’ale Change in Zoning/ Community Plan Amendment/ Project District, Phase I

Talking points:

• 75% of this 950 unit project: (consisting of 300 single family and 650 multifamily units) will not be affordable to local families, yet is is being described as “providing housing for Maui’s families.”  Only 225 of the units will sell between $300K and $570k.  The other 725 can be any price.

• the Wai`ale development plan map is not what was shown to the State Land Use Commission.

• that map had a 22 acre park along Waikapu stream. This one has half that size and does not indicate an appropriate buffer along at least half the stream.

• Archaelogical review consisted of one 15′ x 2 ft wide trench for every 2 acres. 10 acres of the property was never even surveyed.  The soils is very sandy. Burials have recently been found just across the Waikapu stream on land the county purchased for its baseyard. More complete archaeological review is needed.

The project should be done right. Ask the Planning Commission to recommend review by the Cultural Resources Commission and restoration of the original proposed park before they recommend approval of this proposed plan.

Planning Conference Room
250 South High Street
Kalana Pakui Bldg, #200
Wailuku, Maui, HI 96793

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Should Maui go to professional manager instead of elected mayor? Tue, 20 Oct 2015 22:57:27 +0000 The Maui County Council is studying whether Maui could take advantage of the cost savings in professional management vs elected mayor.  The majority of U.S. counties have a professional manager with a degree in administration and experience managing county services.  You can comment on this by emailing

Mark Hyde, a proponent of going to professional management estimates Maui county could save $60,000,000 a year by changing to professional management of county operations..

In “Smarter, Faster, Cheaper: An operations efficiency benchmarking study of 100 American cities,” IBM’s David Edwards examined publicly available data on factors such as  population, geographic size, collective bargaining, and the like that are conventionally assumed to contribute to a city’s efficiency. What he found was that in reality, these factors had little impact on municipal efficiency.  Instead, Edwards’s findings suggest that the determining factor in how efficiently a city deployed resources is management. He defines management as “the ability of government leaders to make strategic and operational decisions about what services will be provided to which citizens at what level” and how.

Edwards learned, for example, that cities with city manager forms of government are nearly 10 percent more efficient than cities with strong mayor forms of government, a finding which validates the assumption that placing executive authority with a professional manager who is not involved in the politics of running the city leads to more efficiently managed communities. “…[M]anagers are important,” writes Edwards. “They influence outcomes.”


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Summary of Changes to PV Rules Thu, 15 Oct 2015 21:57:50 +0000 Summary of Changes to PV Rules

Adopted by the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC)

on October 13, 2015.

As a public service, the Maui Tomorrow Foundationʻs Energy Committee has summarized changes to the rules for residential photovoltaic (solar electricity) systems:


  • The utility still wants to increase the minimum monthly charge for all customers, including grandfathered NEM systems, but the PUC did not agree to do so at the current time.
  • These changes apply to everyone who has MECO service who is interested in adding PV.  Only pure off grid systems without any service to the location are not affected by the new Order.
  • Beginning October 12, 2015, all new PV systems on Maui will need to be “self-supply” or “grid-supply”.  Net Metering as a program is closed.
  • 18% of MECO’s customers (12,893 meters) have systems installed under the old Net Metering program.  These systems are grandfathered, and owners will continue to receive the same credit as before.
  • If grandfathered systems are expanded, they will lose their net metering agreement.  Any increase in system capacity requires the entire home to convert to one of the new options of self-supply or grid-supply.
  • Grandfathered systems can be transferred to a new owner.
  • Maui now has a peak load of 191 MegaWatts and 100 MegaWatts of grandfathered NEM.
  • The new “grid-supply” option will be limited to 5 MegaWatts of additional capacity on Maui, or a 5% increase from the current amount of 100 MegaWatts.
  • Grid-supply PV systems will receive a credit for unused electricity.  The amount of the credit will be 17.16 cents per kWh on Maui.
  • The grid-supply credit can be thought of as a wholesale credit compared to the old NEM credit which was retail (approximately 35 cents per kWh)
  • The grid-supply rate is only guaranteed for two years.
  • Self-supply PV systems involve the use of storage so that electricity is not “exported” to the MECO system for more than 60 seconds.
  • Although the rules allow different types of storage, it is likely that home batteries will be the main approach. Since batteries have a limited lifetime, we are concerned that this without adequate tracking of batteries and a recycling program, this new approach may lead to a long term hazardous waste disposal problem.
  • Self-supply systems will be more expensive than traditional NEM systems, as storage is still relatively expensive.
  • The rules are pushing new systems to be self-supply rather than grid-supply, as self-supply systems are offered faster review (promised at 15 business days) and there is no cap on the maximum number of self-supply systems.
  • The PUC has a vision in which self-supply systems will not be off-grid systems; they will have batteries that occasionally will provide support/stability to the grid.  There is no tariff or way to pay the customer for these services at the present time.
  • In addition to the new types of PV systems, the PUC also decided that MECO will be moving to “Time of Use” (TOU) rates.
  • TOU rates are designed to get people to use electricity at specific times.  The Maui TOU will have three time periods. 1) There will be a high “peak” rate for early evening use; 2) a low “mid-day” rate for the time of the day when we have lots of solar power; and 3) a low “off-peak” rate for late evening and other times of low use.  It appears this will be a voluntary opt-in rate to start.
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“This Changes Everything” at the MACC Thu, 15 Oct 2015 13:30:56 +0000 October 20, 20157:00 amto8:30 am7:00 amto8:30 am

This Changes Everything – Capitalism vs The Climate

Watch a talk Naomi Klein filmed at First Parish in Cambridge. Ms Klein is the author of This Changes Everything which was made into a movie and is being shown at 7:00pm on Tuesday,October 20 at the MACC. This piece runs a little over an hour.

Klein has been exploring the interface between environmental degradation and capitalism since her first book, No Logo, appeared in 1999. Her provocative new book, This Changes Everything, argues that carbon is not the ultimate cause of climate change; the real enemy is capitalism. She provides a far-reaching explanation of why the climate crisis challenges us to abandon the core “free market” ideology of our time, restructure the global economy, and remake our political systems. Who benefits from the status quo? How deeply are the current power structures embedded in our political economy? How difficult will it be to change them?

Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and author of The New York Times and international bestseller, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism and No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies, which The New York Times called “a movement bible.”

You can also watch this online:

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Study Spotlights Importance of Shoreline Setbacks Wed, 14 Oct 2015 17:33:55 +0000 A study entitled “Carbon choices determine U.S. cities committed to futures below sea level” indicates that estimates that sea level will rise three feet in the next 75 years may be too low.  Maui News is reporting that sea-level rise “could swallow up the homes of nearly 10,000 current Kihei residents” in the next 200 years.

The study indicates that the timeline for this happening, absent controls on triggers for climate change, is much sooner.

As greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, the window to limit global warming below 2 °C appears to be closing. Associated projections for sea-level rise generally range near or below 1 m by 2100. However, paleontological and modeling evidence indicates long-term sea-level sensitivity to warming that is roughly an order of magnitude higher. Here we develop relationships between cumulative carbon emissions and longterm sea-level commitment and explore implications for the future of coastal developments in the United States. The results offer a new way to compare different emissions scenarios or policies and suggest that the long-term viability of hundreds of coastal municipalities and land currently inhabited by tens of millions of persons hang in the balance.

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Mark Hyde: Blanket legislative change to fix zoning mess a remedy worse than the disease Wed, 14 Oct 2015 05:03:11 +0000 By Mark Hyde

While I agree with Dave DeLeon  that the county has made a mess of planning and zoning, the blanket legislative change proposed by Maui County Council Member Don Couch to address the problem is a remedy worse than the disease.

Furthermore, the megamall case cited by Mr. DeLeon to justify his call to action undercuts his argument; in fact, it makes the opposite case. Of course, developers who want to build megamalls in light industrial designated land/zones chafe under carefully written community plans, but neither Kihei’s community plan nor county zoning played any role in the megamall outcome.

In a nutshell, in 1995, Kaonoulu Ranch petitioned the Hawaii state Land Use Commission (LUC) to change the categorization of 88 acres of its land located in Kihei for development into a 123-lot light industrial park. The LUC approved the change, ordering, per state law, that the land be developed as represented.

The ranch declined to develop the property and instead sold it to Maui Industrial Partners (MIP) in 2005, subject to the LUC order. Once MIP bought the land, it quietly began subdividing the property into a few large parcels for retail development. About five years later, MIP sold the land to a Texas developer who thereafter announced, to the surprise of the South Maui community, that it planned to build the largest shopping center in Maui County on the land – with the support of our mayor and planning director.

People who care about good planning and Kihei’s future, marginalized in Mr. DeLeon’s Viewpoint as “environmentalists” (job killers) and “literalists” (small-minded), brought the matter to the attention of the LUC, and after a four-day trial, with the county supporting the rogue development, the LUC found the owner in violation of its order.

Developing our communities thoughtfully, in accordance with good planning principles and the law, is something Mr. DeLeon and I agree upon. Changing the County Code as proposed by Mr. Couch will not achieve this end, nor will hysteria from the Realtors Association of Maui.

* Mark Hyde is president of South Maui Citizens for Responsible Growth.

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ALOHA ʻĀINA UNITY MARCH TO TAKE PLACE ON SUNDAY Tue, 13 Oct 2015 21:11:56 +0000 October 18, 201510:00 amto4:00 pm
For Immediate Release
Contact: Tiare Lawrence
Lahaina – On Sunday, October 18th, organizers estimate that thousands will march in Lahaina in support of Aloha ʻĀina – love for the land. The Aloha ʻĀina Unity March will start at 10:00 am at Mala in Lahaina. Organizers chose Lahaina, Maui’s tourism hub, in an effort to raise awareness on issues surrounding over development and exploitation of natural and cultural resources. The March will be followed by a rally at Kamehameha Iki Park.
Organizers are encouraging tourists and the visitor industry to support the Aloha ʻĀina March because, according to organizer, Tiare Lawrence,  “Hawaiʻi’s natural and cultural resources and values are why our visitor industry exists. Assaults on those resources are assaults on Hawaiʻiʻs number one industry, tourism.”
Organizers say that at the forefront of concern is the development of the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST) on Haleakalā and the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) on Maunakea, the GMO issue, and the restoration of streamflow. More 25 people have been arrested the past few months protecting Haleakalā from further desecration.
During the 2014 election, the residents of Maui County voted for a moratorium on genetically engineered crops for environmental and public health impact studies, public hearings, and a two-thirds vote and a determination by the Maui County Council that operations meet standards.
Native Hawaiian groups have been fighting for water rights for decades. Water has been diverted from over 100 rivers on Maui since the 1800’s to support the pineapple and sugar industry, which forced many native Hawaiians from their homelands because they no longer had water to support their lo’i and lifestyle.
“These are Maui issues that have impacts on all the islands. We need to fight for our farmers, we need to control our wai, we need to stand in unity for our ʻĀina before its too late.” Keʻeaumoku Kapu, cultural practitioner and march organizer.
Over 30 organizations representing a wide–range of interests have sponsored or endorsed this event. They range from cultural and environmental groups to surfers and local small businesses. “This March is to raise awareness and send a message to decision-makers that the people are not going to tolerate exploitation of our resources…our voices are being ignored, so we’re taking a stand.” asserted Lawrence.
The March will start at 10:00 am at Mala followed by a rally at Kamehameha Iki Park, where leaders and performers will take the stage to educate the crowd. More than 7,000 people are expected to participate in the March.
Time: 10 am – 4 pm
Date: 10/18 Sunday
Location: Start at Ala Moana St, Lahaina (MALA) and finish at Moku’ula with a rally across the street at Kamehameha Iki Park at 1 pm.
Photo of Oahu Aloha ʻĀina Unity March photo credit Babes Against Biotech:


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A tsunami of developments Sat, 10 Oct 2015 03:52:13 +0000 Statewide, the Hawaii State LAND USE COMMISSION has 7 pending land use boundary amendments.  FOUR (4) of them are on Maui Island.


A10-786  Olowalu Town (320 acres, 1,500+units)


A94-706  Ka`ono`ulu Ranch (Mega Malls + Apartments)


A15-798  Waikapu Town (1,450 units)


A 15-799  Makila Land (231 acres West Maui)



Some of the other very large Maui projects which are going through the entitlement process with the County include:


Kihei’s R&T Park (2,000,000 sq ft + 1,250 units)


Maalaea Plantation (257 acres)


A&B’s Waiale (Central Maui – 2,550 units)



Existing developments continuing to grow or with considerable entitlements to grow:

Wailea Resort

Makena Resort

A&B Business Park

Solar Telescope on Haleakala


Maui Lani

Krausz Kihei Town Center

Wailea 670 (Honua’ula)


Kapalua Mauka

Pu’ukoli’i Village

A&B’s Kahului Town Center (450 units)

+ Maui’s most costly ($300 Million+) new building:

Kahului Airport Rental-Car Building

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PV Systems with Battery Backup Tour FAQ Thu, 08 Oct 2015 00:06:03 +0000 PV Systems with Battery Backup Tour of Homes
Frequently Asked Questions


What is the purpose of the tour?

The tour is intended to be purely educational in nature. Maui Tomorrow and the Office of Economic Development believe the Maui solar industry is at the leading edge of installing energy storage.  This is a good way to learn about options and to meet some experts in the field who can explain the systems.


When and where is the tour taking place ?

The tour will be on Saturday, December 5th from 10AM –  4PM. The tour will feature properties that are within easy driving distance of Central Maui, but will likely include some properties that are located where there is no power grid.  Participants will be sent an email with a  map and directions to the homes  prior to the day of the tour.


What does putting my home on the tour involve?

If you would like to be considered for the tour the first step is contacting us so we can do a quick visit to make sure it is a suitable location.  We are looking for pv systems connected to battery storage, whether on or off grid.  Your property should have an accessible driveway and some room for guests to park.  We are not asking people to open their entire home for a tour, just to allow viewing of the batteries, pv panels, and the controls system/inverter. Contact Doug McLeod at if you are interested.


What about safety concerns for visitors coming to my property?

Please check with your insurance agent. You should be covered by your Homeowner’s Policy. If this is an issue that would prevent you from showcasing your property, please let us know and we will find a way to take care of it.


Any cost to participate? 

Tickets are available for a $10 donation. The $10 covers viewing all of the homes and will be shared by Maui Tomorrow and the Sustainable Living Institute of Maui (SLIM) at UH Maui College.


What if I want to go on the tour?

You can obtain a ticket by sending a $10 donation via PayPal to or sending a check to the Maui Tomorrow office at Maui Tomorrow 55 Church St, Wailuku, HI 96793. Be sure to mention it is for the PV Tour and include your email address if you send a check. Maps to the homes on the tour will be emailed the day before the tour. The morning of the tour you can just guide yourself to the homes using the map, or drop by a central location (TBD) to meet a Maui Tomorrow representative and to consider carpooling with others. Extra maps will be available as well, and tickets can be purchased with cash or a check that morning.


Who is supervising the event, and who is Maui Tomorrow?

Maui Tomorrow is an environmental advocacy group whose goals include promoting the concept of ecologically sound development. Information about Maui Tomorrow is available at The Chair of the Energy Committee for Maui Tomorrow is Doug McLeod, former Energy Commissioner for Maui County and Chair of the Maui Energy Conference. 


How Many People would be coming to my house?

We will be able to tell you in advance how many people are registered. It is likely that not all registrants will tour all the homes. 


What if we have a house that would be available only part of the time?

We will try to work around the schedules of all of the homeowners.  It may be possible to have some homes open for less than 6 hours


What is the involvement of the County of Maui?

The Mayor’s Office of Economic Development (OED) supports the growth of Maui-based renewable energy companies.   OED is assisting with promotion of the event. 


I want to put my property on the tour.  What is the next step? 

You (or your solar contractor) should email with your contact information.







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Rally to buy Peahi land for open space! Wed, 07 Oct 2015 23:58:13 +0000 October 13, 20154:30 pmto5:30 pm

Rally to Protect hundreds of acres of Hamakua Coast lands as open space!

Tuesday, Oct 13th
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Hana Hwy in front of Ha’iku Community Center
Wear green, bring signs, banners, etc.

Rally immediately followed by “Legislators Listen” event State House of Representative leaders come to Ha’iku to listen to needs of local residents, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm at Ha’iku Community Center

Please join us to ask our House leaders and our District 13 Rep Lynn De Coite to put funds in the state budget to buy the 277 acre Oili Rd lot (where the Peahi Big Wave contest is viewed)
using Legacy Lands Funds or other available funding.
Cost: $4.8 million.

See Facebook Event.

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Planning Commission: Include ag smoke/ash in SMA decisions? Wed, 07 Oct 2015 23:38:14 +0000 October 13, 20159:00 amto12:00 pm9:00 amto12:00 pm

Chris Profio’s petition to add the following to the criteria for considering SMA petitions will be heard by the Maui Planning Commission on October 13, 2015 at 9am in the Planning Conference Room located at 250 High Street in Wailuku.

(K) A description of all current impacts to the parcel and adjacent parcels caused by open-air agricultural burning, if any, and a description of anticipated changes to current impacts due to the proposed action, if any. 

When the rule change comes up for consideration the Planning Department will present an overview of the Petition, and the Department of the Corporation Counsel may wish to comment. You should then be given an opportunity to present the Petition, and then public testimony should be taken.
The Planning Commission has scheduled Chris Profio’s request for a rule to consider smoke and dust when granting a SMA permit. Please show up and testify. This will help raise awareness of the problem which cane burning presents to our environment and people.

Link to requested rule change. (Rule change is underlined)

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Aloha ‘Aina Unity March MAUI Tue, 06 Oct 2015 07:06:26 +0000 On Sunday October 18th at 10am Maui will have it’s own Aloha ‘?ina Unity March down Front Street in Lahaina.

Last August, the Aloha ‘Aina Unity March  on Oahu brought together various environmental groups, hui, h?lau, and supporters to Waikiki. Over 10,000 people marched through Waikiki in UNITY to support further efforts of Aloha ‘?ina across Hawaii.

With the success on Oahu, AAUM is coming to Maui! The Aloha ‘Aina Unity March is dedicated to awareness, education, and activation of the issues affecting Hawai’i’s sacred sites, cultural landscapes, agricultural land, water, and ocean.

INVITE your friends and family. Let this be the day we show up in large numbers in UNITY to make a statement against corporation interest that has taken over the voice and the will of our people. In UNITY we can be the change. Show up in RED, bring signs, hae hawai’i, lei, and KAPU ALOHA.


Also keep in mind this is a #zerowaste event. So bring your own reusable water bottle! We will have water coolers for you to refill. Protecting the ‘aina starts with each one of us in our daily actions.

Join our growing Hui of organizations coming together in support of protecting the ‘aina:

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CANCELLED. Community Plans under attack again! Mon, 05 Oct 2015 06:26:30 +0000 October 9, 20159:00 amto10:00 am

Good Job Troops!!!! You beat back the latest attempt to destroy our Community Plans!!!!!

Planning Committee Chair Don Couch has CANCELLED the Planning Committee’s meeting that was scheduled for this Friday, October 9 at 9am.

That meeting agenda contained the item to over-ride specific community plan “land-use designations” with overly-generous zoning definitions that would wipe out much of the effort that went into developing all of Maui’s community plans. “(PC-21)AMENDING COMMUNITY PLAN REQUIREMENTS RELATING TO LAND USE DESIGNATIONS”

This matter is not dead and may rear its ugly head in the near future.


Save Our Community Plans (Again!)

Testify 9 am, Friday, October 9, 2015

Our Community Plans Are Under Attack Once Again. The latest proposed revisions to Maui County Code (PC-21) are a blatant attempt to reinterpret and trump all of our existing community plans at once!

After a strong showing by concerned citizens in June, the first attempt at this “technical amendment” was sent back to the drawing board. The latest version of this bill has different language, but would have the same effect – to gut the Community Plans, by saying that all of our community plan land use designations will be merely “representative”, and therefore would not rule over the zoning.

During years of dedicated work, Citizen Advisory Committees and concerned citizens were clearly and repeatedly told that land use zoning must comply with the Community Plans. This ordinance would turn that on its head, and would violate Hawaii State law.

Please come and testify!

Don Couch’s Planning Committee is scheduled to meet on Friday, October 9th at 9:00 am.


Council Chamber

Kalana o Maui Building, 8th Floor

200 South High Street

Wailuku, Hawaii

If you cannot testify in person, please send comments as soon as possible.

Email comments to:

Planning Committee

Don Couch, Chair 

Robert Carroll, Vice Chair;    

Gladys Baisa

Elle Cochran 

Don Guzman 

Mike Victorino  

Mike White      


Ask the Council Planning Committee to respect the hard work of the Community Plan Citizen Advisory Committees. Ask them to FILE County Communication 15-154 and other related action.

The Community Plans are Your Voice and should have the force of Law.


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