A Southern California developer plans to convert 68 acres mauka of Pi’ilani Highway at the intersection with Kaonoulu Street into two large shopping complexes, described by the developer as soon-to-be the largest outlet malls in the state of Hawaii, exceeding 700,000 square feet of retail space coupled with acres of asphalt parking lots and big box stores. When zoning changes for this parcel were approved in the mid-1990s it was for a light industrial complex. Only recently has the project morphed into a large retail development.

  • When the project was presented to the state and county, it was for a light industrial park, NOT retail shopping malls
  • The developer refuses to discuss the development with the public

  • Traffic study done in 1994 for a different use, a
    light industrial park
  • Retail traffic impact five times greater than
    industrial park use
  • This will become the largest traffic intersection on Maui
  • 38,000 cars per day – good for the developer, bad for South Maui

  • Kihei-Makena Community Plan (land is classified light industrial)
  • Light industrial zoning (requires mostly light industrial use)
  • State Land Use Commission order and restrictions: build a light industrial park and include frontage and connector roads

  • No connection with adjacent neighborhoods
  • 1970s style development with a negative impact on existing local businesses and shopping centers
  • Out of scale with MauiKihei-Makena Community Plan (land is classified
    light industrial)

  • Acres of hardscape above a flood zone
1 Get educated. Read timeline of project’s zoning (You can read even more info here).
2 Donate to Piilani Promenade legal fund. Make a much needed tax deductible donation to ensure that state and county process is upheld.
3 Get vocal. Sign our petition asking Mayor Arakawa to support Kihei-Makena Community Plan (You can also call him (808-270-7855) or email him).
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