The site in North Kihei which was formerly proposed for what was referred
to as the “Kihei Megamall” has some new plans. Plans for the 75 acre parcel of land, which sits on the mauka side of Piilani Highway near Kanoulu Road, met opposition in the past when Eclipse Development Group proposed a large shopping center for the
site. Criticism regarding the use of land forced Eclipse Development Group to withdraw their involvement in the project.
Currently, Sarofim Realty Advisors
of Dallas, Texas has proposed a new project for the land.
The new plan includes light industrial and commercial businesses as well as 226 apartments, 25% of which being affordable housing. There will also be a 2 acre park and land used for a Maui Electric Company substation. There will be pedestrian and bicycle
pathways as well as road-widening and improvements made to the intersection of Piilani Highway at Kaonoulu Street.
There have been concerns expressed about the site and the possibility of the Hawaiian Pueo
(owl) losing its natural habitat. The Pueo is known to have nests in the ground in rocky areas such as this site.
Community members have also inquired about drainage in this area especially with the recent flooding of South Kihei Road nearby. The representative for the developer, Charlie Jencks, stated that due to county laws, the water flow must not be greater than
they were before construction and that measures will be taken to ensure this. Part of the developers plan is to have open detention basins and underground retention basins to control the flow of the water in this area. Jencks has stated that the EIS (Environmental
Impact Statement) is almost ready to be released can be expected within a “few weeks.”
Once the EIS is released the public will have 30 days to review the study.
For a more indepth look at the Pi’lani Promenade story
please read the article written by Melissa Tanji published by The Maui News