April 22, 2024


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Proposal paves way for more public parking at coveted South Maui beach

The purple square reveals possible community seashore parking on a condition parcel in yellow.

Right after yrs of sparring more than seashore parking at common Keawakapu in South Maui, a new bill is paving the way for extra general public parking on close by condition land.

Maui County Council in committee Tuesday voted unanimously to advise acceptance for Bill 65, which offers the mayor the inexperienced light to enter an settlement with the condition so a half-acre parcel of close by condition land can be cleared and applied for community parking. 

The invoice now heads to whole council.

Right before the council Federal government Relations, Ethics and Transparency Committee vote, Council Member Yuki Lei Sugimura referred to as the measure “great progress” on a long-debated problem. 

“This is going to be large for people to be equipped to park,” she explained.

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Shoreline advocate Kai Nishiki in testimony reported she’s been performing with Maui County’s administration to give far more public access at Keawakapu. Historically, inhabitants have experienced to contend with close by inns and industrial tour people for spots. 

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“We glimpse forward to offering extra entry to Keawakapu,” she mentioned.

Nishiki credited Mayor Michael Victorino for his work on the invoice. 

Victorino has explained Maui County people have “concerns about prior attempts to block community beach obtain in the space and a long-term deficiency of parking along South Kīhei Street for citizens.”

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The mayor has been performing on Park Maui, a system to demand out-of-point out visitors for parking at county seaside parks.

Keawakapu’s general public parking expansion, even though however in its early phases, will slide below Park Maui in the future, county Funds Director Michele Yoshimura explained throughout Tuesday’s meeting. 

County officers reported a 50 percent-acre portion of the somewhere around 2.2-acre condition Keawakapu parcel will be cleared of brush and utilised for about 50 stalls in a a single-year offer with the state Board of Land and Natural Sources. 

Finally, the county is performing to get community parking on far more of the condition land. 

The part of the parcel that will be transformed to community parking quickly if the bill is permitted is loaded with kiawe trees and will be cleared and well prepared by the county at its own price. 

The space is located off South Kihei Road and bordered on remaining sides by an entry highway, parking for the Mana Kai Maui and parking for the neighboring Times Inn by Wyndham Maui Oceanfront.