March 18, 2013 | Scott Innes
It looks like Kihei is going to get a high school.

Presently public high school students from Kihei, Wailea and Makena have to commute to Maui and Baldwin high schools on the other side of the island. Now that the state House Finance Committee has approved a state budget including a $65,000,000 appropriation for the plans, design and construction of a new school, it appears the project is on its way to becoming a reality.

“We were successful only because of massive community support,” said Rep. Kaniela Ing who represents South Maui and sits on the House Finance Committee. “We owe this huge milestone to everyone on Maui who submitted testimony and rallied around the cause.”

Rep. Ing said the Senate can supplement the remaining $65 million of the $130 million needed to complete the project.

“Even if no money is added, $65 million is much more than enough to get the tractors out and dust fences up by next Fall,” he said.

Land for the new school has already been acquired by the state and an environmental impact statement has been finalized. Now a draft version of the budget is heading to the Senate Ways and Means Committee for further review and action.

Along with first-class resorts, golf, tennis, ocean activities, restaurants, and shopping, knowing a brand new high school is planned is a major plus when considering buying property in Kihei, Wailea and Makena.
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