Saturday, July 28, 2007

Wailuku Water

WAILUKU – State officials are recommending denial of an after-the-fact permit for the developer of Wailuku Country Estates, a permitting snafu that already has resulted in a $15,000 fine for the developer for the unauthorized construction of a water tank on conservation land.

The matter is on today’s Board of Land and Natural Resources agenda.

If the panel meeting in Honolulu agrees with its staff recommendation, developer CGM, LLC, would have 60 days to either reapply for a conservation district use permit or remove the 100,000 water tank being used by the Department of Water Supply to store water supplied to country estates residents.

Failure to reapply for the permit also could result in fines of $2,000 per day, and the ongoing violations could be referred to the Department of the Attorney General for action.

The water tank is on nearly 1.2 acres about 800 feet above sea level and on the slopes overlooking the Wailuku Country Estates, an agricultural subdivision on former C. Brewer land. The property is owned by Wahi Ho’omalu Limited Partnership, but, according to the land board’s staff report, it has been used by the water department since the subdivision was completed in 2002-03.

In November, the state levied $15,000 in fines for violations of state law and administrative rules for the unauthorized building of the water tank as well as road/utility and drainage easements, the placement of utility poles, grubbing, grading and land clearing and the installation of a fence. That fine has been paid.

Attorney Tim Lui-Kwan, who represents CGM, did not return a call from The Maui News seeking comment.

Friday, July 27, 2007


Originally uploaded by luckycomehawaii
Puaala Da House.
224-A Puaala Place
2 bedroom, 1 almost bathroom.
$200,000 dollars
No Parking, No Entrance, Land Locked.
2467 Square feet of land
550 Square feet of living space.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Hillbilly House Garage and Car

This is a wonderful house, comes with a wash house/garage and a used car. Lets make a Deal.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Hawaiian Superferry

Hawaiian Superferry
Originally uploaded by luckycomehawaii
Hawaiian Superferry
July 23 2007
The Hawaiian Super Ferry has arrived. They are practicing docking and ingress and egress. This is an wonderful boat ship with lots of power. This will change the state of Hawaii for ever.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Hawaiian Hillbilly

They just cut down the trees and the bushes in front of my favorite house.
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Monday, July 16, 2007

Maui Lani shopping center

The Maui Lani shopping center is planned on a 13-acre parcel along the Maui Lani Parkway and across Kaahumanu Avenue from Baldwin High School. The plans include a 55,000-square-foot Safeway store, 12 Safeway-owned fuel pumps, restaurants, a food court and retail shops. The shopping center will provide 128,000 square feet of commercial space and 673 parking stalls.

There will be two access driveways from Maui Lani Parkway. But the residents were focused on the access from Kainani Street, which is a main thoroughfare to the Sandhills neighborhood.

During the hearing, commissioners and residents were also concerned about 19 burials found at the site. An archaeologist on the development staff said a plan to preserve the burials in place is being developed, although some burials may be moved away from the parking lot and driveways.

Working with county engineers, he said the development group has revised its plans for realigning Kainani Street. Instead of four lanes of traffic to the shopping center, there will be two lanes to exit the center with one lane from Kaahumanu Avenue.

The revised traffic pattern for Kainani Street will be reviewed by state highways engineers and incorporated into the environmental assessment.

Sandhills resident Clare Apana said she wasn’t aware of the additional burials found on the site and noted that she only saw a few on previous reports.

“What is going on?” she asked. “Please, please go with a fine tooth comb and make this project pono.”

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

20 years later, doctors may get their zoning OK

WAILUKU – There isn’t a warning sign at 1883 Mill St., but there could be. It could say: SLOW – COUNTY ZONING IN PROGRESS.

Last week, the County Council Land Use Committee voted 8-0 to go ahead and rezone the lot to B2 business for a doctors’ office, which is what it is.

Drs. Riggs Roberts and Jane Kocivar have been using it for that since 1985, and it was a plantation dispensary at least 60 and maybe 70 years ago.

Roberts, Kocivar and the late Dr. Steve Moser applied for zoning in 1988.

The doctors had obtained a conditional use permit in 1985, after the building had been used for a private residence from about 1970 to 1983. Roberts said Friday he didn’t know the whole history of the building, but “it was fascinating” when he and his partners went in to renovate it.

“It was very fascinating to see that it had been a clinic for quite some time,” he said. Rooms were equipped with “little cabinets and little drawers” useful for a dispensary.

Deputy Planning Director Colleen Suyama said old-timers recall when it was a clinic for Wailuku Sugar Co.

But when the county created zoning, the lot was listed as R1 residential, allowing a single-family residence but not a business.

The conditional use permit was not meant to be permanent, and the doctors were advised to apply for appropriate zoning – B2, which allows professional offices and about five dozen other kinds of uses, and buildings up to six stories.

Before the doctors’ application came up for action, the Planning Department became concerned that older parts of Wailuku and Lahaina were losing their charming old residences as commercial development expanded from the tiny town cores of the prewar days.

The proposed solution was a zoning category to be called Service-Business-Residential. Old residences would be allowed to convert to low-impact business uses without having to meet every kind of commercial zoning regulation. They would keep their existing setbacks, for example, which are wider for residential than for business uses.

The doctors were advised to amend their application to SBR. They did.

In the 1996 revision of the Wailuku-Kahului community plan, their 17,000-square-foot lot and a few others were marked SBR.

But in 1998, the County Council declined to enact an ordinance to establish SBR zoning.

The Planning Department never revived it.

Suyama said one reason was that thinking had changed. SBR was seen not as a regulation of use but a regulation of design, which would require modifications of building standards rather than zoning codes.

However, that never happened either.

Time marched on. Someday – in about two years – the conditional use permit would be up for renewal.

The doctors were advised to go back to asking for B2.

The county requires consistency at all three levels of zoning in order to change zoning.

To be zoned for business, a parcel must be in the state urban district, which the doctors’ office is.

It also must have community plan designation for business, which it does.

Deputy Corporation Counsel James Giroux wrote an opinion that although the community plan designation of SBR was for an nonexistent category, the intent was the same. Therefore, he concluded, there was no inconsistency.

He failed to persuade Council Member Michelle Anderson, who argued Thursday that the request was inconsistent.

The county proposed to put conditions on B2 zoning, so that, for example, the doctors could not increase the height of their one-story plantation-era building.

The restrictions were so restrictive, Anderson contended, that they amounted to a conditional permit.

Why not just make their permit “evergreen”?

Not appropriate, said Suyama. Permits are not supposed to become immortal.

There was then a long wrangle about whether one condition should allow a residence to be built on the lot.

Council Member Riki Hokama voted against that, but it was put in anyway.

Nobody was blaming the doctors.

“It’s our fault,” said Anderson.

Council Member Gladys Baisa said: “It’s distressing that we allowed a situation like this to go on and on and on.”

Roberts said he was “fine” with whatever zoning the county approves that allows the medical office to continue.

“I’m going to keep working, keep serving,” he said.

Monday, July 09, 2007

New jail planned for Maui

HONOLULU – Lt. Gov. James “Duke” Aiona said Thursday that the administration is “totally committed” to have a new jail built in Puunene.

“We are committed to Puunene so we are going to go ahead with the development and planning with the Puunene site,” Aiona said in a phone interview.

The Puunene jail, which will also be a “community based transition type of facility,” will eventually replace the Maui Community Correctional Center on Waiale Road in Wailuku, he said.

Aiona will be on Maui Saturday to discuss the administration’s plans at a legislative informational meeting about Maui corrections facilities, scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m. at the Maui Economic Opportunity Family Living Center in Wailuku.

The Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Prisons is holding the meeting and will also discuss prison conditions and re-entry and rehabilitation networks.

In the past, consultants said the old Puunene airfield area, which is state land, appeared to be the optimum site for a jail.

Aiona said the jail will probably need to be built in phases as more funding is obtained. Currently around $50 million has been committed to a new corrections facility on Maui.

Aiona estimated that the facility will have more than 200 beds for men and women.

Around 300 inmates are currently housed at MCCC, according to state Department of Public Safety officials.

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Haleakala Ranger

Haleakala Ranger
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42nd Makawao Rodeo Parade Maui Hawaii 07/07/07
July 7th 2007.
what a fun morning this was on lovely Haleakala Mountain in the town of Makawao Maui Hawaii.

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Friday, July 06, 2007

WAILUKU, Maui (KHNL) - Maui's planning director says he's going to crack down on illegal vacation rental operators.

Jeff Hunt says in a planning meeting Tuesday, he doesn't want to continue a climate of "permissiveness" and will enforce the county's laws governing short-term rentals.

He will have as many as five inspectors working full time to carry out the new enforcement policy.

Old-time residents of Sandhills protest shopping center plans
By MELISSA TANJI, Staff Writer

WAILUKU – Residents in Sandhills say plans for changes to Kainani Street for a new Maui Lani Shopping Center will affect the primary access road to their Wailuku community.

Their objections will be heard Tuesday when the Maui Planning Commission is scheduled to take up a request to approve phase 2 of the project district process for the 13-acre commercial

site. Sandhills residents say the center is excessive and will change the pace of life in their old Wailuku neighborhood.

The Maui Lani Shopping Center site is along Maui Lani Parkway and Kaahumanu Avenue across from Baldwin High School. The shopping center will provide 128,000 square feet of commercial space, including a Safeway market and a gas station with 12 fuel pumps, a food court and related retail and service shops.

Access to the center will be from Maui Lani Parkway and Kainani Street, a main thoroughfare for Sandhills residents from Kaahumanu Avenue.

Teresa Wright, a Sandhills resident who has been talking to the county Planning Department and developers since 2005, said the neighborhood’s concerns have not been addressed adequately.

“While I appreciate the development team taking the time to meet with our neighborhood, in the end it appears it has been self-serving. They have given the appearance of wanting to work with us but have not adequately addressed our concerns,” she said in an e-mail statement to The Maui News.

She added that residents have “strongly objected” to the project’s full use of Kainani Street.

“Instead of making changes to Kainani to address our concerns, the developer has now made Kainani Street an even more critical access road to the project,” she added.

The use of Kainani Street will also trigger a requirement for an environmental assessment, according to a planning staff report on the project – meaning the commission will conduct a public hearing but will likely take no action on the project district request on Tuesday.

According to the staff report, improvements planned for Kainani Street and other elements of the development plans have triggered the environmental assessment process. As a result, the staff will recommend the commission defer the request until an assessment is completed.

The use of Kainani as a major access for the commercial complex is only one of the issues for residents, who also question the size of the commercial site and businesses.

“I’m not against development, but I don’t know why in such a small area we have to do this,” said 73-year-old Elsie Furtado, who said she has lived in Sandhills her whole life.

Furtado said she would like the project scaled back and asked why a large Safeway store is needed along with 12 gas pumps.

“I wouldn’t mind (stores), but why does it have to be in such a large scale?” she asked.

Dr. Sakae Uehara, a retired surgeon who has lived in Sandhills for 40 years, said he is concerned about increased traffic on Kainani Street and how it will affect traffic on Kaahumanu Avenue having to cross the roadway to get onto Kainani.

“Very dangerous,” he said. “(But) if they coordinate it, I don’t think it will be too bad.”

The Maui Lani Shopping Center is planned on a site designated for commercial use within the 1,200-acre Maui Lani Project District.

In addition to the proposed Safeway – equal in size to the Safeway at the Piilani Village center in Kihei – the Maui Lani center will provide three separate free-standing buildings for other shops and businesses. The staff report said the Safeway is expected to be open 24 hours.

There will be 673 parking stalls. The buildings will be constructed with similar materials to the neighboring Kaiser Permanente Maui Lani Clinic.

Burials were found on the site, but the State Historic Preservation Division noted that the project will have “no effect” on historic properties as long as all conditions of the burial treatment plan and monitoring plan are followed.

Two access driveways into the center will be provided along Maui Lani Parkway. The main entrance will be in line with the entrance driveway to the Kaiser Maui Lani Clinic. The shopping center’s main entrance will be “full access,” with right and left turns in and out. The second access will be approximately 120 feet south of the main access and will serve as a service road as well as parking access. There will only be right turns in and out on Maui Lani Parkway.

The entrance from Kainani Street will be full access, with right and left turns in and out.

Residents in the Sandhills community have been irritated that Kainani will be reshaped and circulated a petition opposing the use of the street as an access road to the center.

At least 74 residents signed the petition, while others filled out forms noting their concerns about the project. Those concerns ranged from shopping center closing times to safety issues.

Furtado said the center will bring more cars into the neighborhood. She said motorists already use Halenani Drive as a thoroughfare from Kahului to Wailuku.

“Why do we need to create more traffic in a nice community?” she said.

Halenani is an older, narrow residential roadway, and she said it sometimes is hard to get two cars through the street.

“With an entrance and exit at the bottom here where they plan to put it, that will increase our traffic; it’s going to bring more people here,” she protested.

In a letter to county planning staff, a Naniloa Drive resident, Nancy Halley, urged that the center be scaled back so there is no need to modify Kainani Street.

“Creative design and downsizing a project is not necessarily bad economics,” she wrote. “I believe that tourists and locals alike would enjoy shopping at a smaller shopping center that offers local produce. A smaller project would not need to alter Kainani Street, and this would retain the safety and historical uniqueness of old Sandhills.”

Melissa Tanji can be reached at


A public hearing on phase 2 project district approval of the Maui Lani Shopping center will be held by the Maui Planning Commission at a meeting beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the Planning Department Conference room, Kalana Pakui Building.

Other matters on the agenda include:

Lipoa Street Partners LLC is seeking a special management area use permit for the Pacific Plaza Project, a two-story commercial office and retail complex at 99 E. Lipoa St.

Ron Serle is requesting a state land use district boundary reclassification from agricultural district to rural district and change in zoning to rural for the Serle Subdivision on about 5 acres in Haiku.


Thursday, July 05, 2007

Plantation Home

Plantation Home
Originally uploaded by luckycomehawaii
This is an Old Wailuku home that just came on the market July 3rd 2007. Listed @ $699,000 kind of high, but it is zoned B2 which is a great thing for business owners, doctors, dentist, lawyers and anyone who plans to practice and create a job. Even artist and sculptures, The land is more valuable then the house. The house needs some work, old lead base pipes, single wire electric all of this needs replaced. This plantation home is right behind O'oka's grocery store. Location is central Wailuku Maui Hawaii. The irrigation ditch (Spreckles Ditch) Runs right next to the home. There is an un-permitted studio and bath behind the garage. This 3 bedroom 2 bathroom is a neat old piece of history on Maui

Monday, July 02, 2007

Water, sewer rates increase today

Water, sewer rates increase today

WAILUKU – Water and sewer rates will increase by an average of 18 percent beginning today as part of the county’s attempts to keep both utilities financially self-supporting.

The county’s Department of Water Supply issued a reminder Friday about the revised water and sewer rates approved earlier this year.

The water rate increase is expected to generate approximately $6.7 million in additional revenue for the water department. The money will offset increases in electrical expenses and operating and maintenance expenditures. In addition, the balance of revenue from the rate hikes will be used to fund capital improvement projects.

For water rates, the monthly service charge varies depending on meter size. For example, a ?-inch meter charge will increase 50 cents to $7.50 a month and an 8-inch meter charge will jump from $420 to $500 a month.

Tiered fees for water use rise as consumption increases, a move aimed at encouraging conservation. At the low end for general consumers, water costs $1.55 per 1,000 gallons from zero to 10,000 gallons. At the high end, consumers pay $3.50 per 1,000 gallons for consumption greater than 30,000 gallons in a bimonthly period.

For agricultural consumers, bimonthly water rates are: zero to 10,000 gallons, $1.55 per 1,000 gallons; $2.60 for 10,001 to 30,000 gallons of usage; and 90 cents for consumption above 30,000 gallons.

With the new fiscal year, the new Department of Environmental Management will oversee the county’s sewer system. For details on rates, call 270-7420.