Recent News: Court Injunction stops Ma'alaea Plantation Project.
Judge finds that Ma'alaea Community Association and Maui Tomorrow (plaintiffs) have standing to challenge FEA (Final Environmental Assessment) and demand that a full EIS (Environmental Impact Statement) be done for the project.
See press release here for more information.
See Viewpoint column on problems with the proposed project here.
Further developments will be posted as confirmed.
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Do you own a rental unit in Ma'alaea?
Click here for some important info that will affect YOU in 2016: New Legislation
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MCA welcomes another new restaurant at the Harbor Shops:
CAFE DEL VINO
MCA Member Discount (20%) Available NOW at Cafe Del Vino
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Next Board of Directors Meeting:
9:00 a.m. Saturday, June 4th, 2016
Ma’alaea Yacht Marina Conference Room
(Go right as you enter building.)
A Conversation About Maui's Farming Future
Special Guest: Lucienne DeNaie (Maui Tomorrow)
Join the discussion of what's next (or could be)
for Maui's 35,000 acres of sugar cane lands.
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CULVERT CONSTRUCTION PROCEEDING
Irrigation pipes in place.
Wing walls viewed from the retention basin area.
See culvert Plans here:
Latest Project Information from Bill Curtis, Project Manager: DATE: APRIL 5TH
"We should have only one more noisy month to go on this project.
Today we are placing fill behind the recently completed walls and we will be widening the shoulder and paving the road tomorrow and Thursday.
Once we complete fill behind the new walls we also have to create the remaining landscaping berms. They will haul off the remaining extra soil once all is grading is complete.
Guardrail installation will occur next week - that can be noisy as they hammer the steel posts into the ground, but once that is done, bolting the railing in place is pretty quiet.
All remaining concrete work should be completed this month (in April) - there is some rock to place in the ground and some concrete to spray on the sidewalls, and that will complete the concrete work.
As we enter May you may still have the fencing crew finishing up setting posts and running chain link fencing…
Sprinklers will be running across the street for about 3 months (May through July) while the grassing is being established in the basin - also a quiet activity.
We are almost there."
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MA'ALAEA PLANTATION PROJECT: The 257 acre parcel (Project District 12, formerly known as Ohana Kai) in Ma'alaea most recently was proposed by developer, Doug Spencer, as a 201H fast track affordable housing project.
See map for the proposed project here:
The final EA (Environmental Assessment) for the project was released and the PROJECT DID NOT MEET MCA'S CONDITIONS FOR SUPPORT:
See full FEA (Final Environmental Assessment) for the project by clicking on the following link: FEA
Following the court injunction issued on February 5th (see above), the developer has withdrawn the project and said he will do a full EIS (Environmental Impact Statement) for any further development projects proposed for this site.
The community welcomes Oceanside, a new restaurant at the Harbor Shops. Website: See here.
DeCoite Construction and Demolition Landfill Update:
On March 10th, 2015, despite MCA testimony in favor of closing the landfill at its present height, the Plan Commission approved the final height of the landfill at 176' above MSL (Mean Sea Level). The permit was due to expire in February of 2016. However, the Decoite's have now requested an open-ended extension of the permit. MCA has responded by requesting that CONDITIONS be added to the permit:
Click here for MCA requested CONDITIONS: Letter to Department of Health
Maui News Links (Landfill articles):
Postal Services: Now available in the Harbor Shops at the Triangle.
2015 Newsletter From Senator Roz Baker: Click Here
Did you know?
The Alliance of Maui Community Associations now has its own website.
You may wish to bookmark/favorite this site because it contains useful information for the wider Maui community:
Special Response Vehicle Paramedic Unit Operating in Ma'alaea:
Senator Roz Baker introduced SB498, which made its way through the legislature and was given final approval. A unit has been established in Ma'alaea to provide first response in case of medical emergency both for Ma'alaea and as backup support to Central, West and South Maui. They are headquartered in the Ma'alaea Kai condo building. MCA welcomes our new paramedics to the community.
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Dan Puschel Massage
Marmac Home and Kitchen
Phil Soo, Batik Fine Art
Red Shirt Dirt Company
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Archived Information on Important Topics:
FINAL RULING ON OHANA KAI ISSUED BY JUDGE RHONDA LOO
JULY 14TH, 2011
Judge rules on Ohana Kai
Judge voids final EIS for housing project
Statement didn’t disclose all identifiable impacts — ruling
March 29, 2011 - By HARRY EAGAR, Staff Writer, MAUI NEWS
WAILUKU - In one of his last decisions before retiring, 2nd Circuit Judge Joel August voided the final environmental impact statement for Jesse Spencer's Ohana Kai affordable housing project at Maalaea.
Because the lawyers are disagreeing about some of the language in the court order, it hasn't been signed yet, but the three main points are not in dispute. The judge determined that:
The FEIS was inadequate in addressing the proposed injection wells for the on-site sewage treatment plant.
The study did not adequately address questions related to anticipated increases in salinity as the three wells are pumped more.
Therefore, the FEIS as accepted by the Department of Housing and Human Concerns is void.
In granting partial summary judgment to the Ma'alaea Community Association and Maui Tomorrow Foundation Inc., August found that the final statement did not adequately disclose and describe all identifiable environmental impacts or respond satisfactorily to comments made on the statement; and, therefore, the project is not to be implemented in any form until an amended or supplemental EIS remedies the deficiencies.
The county and the Land Use Commission took no position on the complaint, which was against Spencer's MVI LLC development company.
Spencer proposes to develop a 1,110-unit affordable housing subdivision on 257 acres above Maalaea. He and supporters have said the project would generate badly needed jobs and homes for working families. But opponents have raised concerns about the project's location and impacts on traffic and Maalaea Bay.
Additional Archived Topics (Ohana Kai Related):