March 19, 2013 - This section is written to update our homeowners of current and proposed development projects being planned around Waikapu, and the impacts that these projects will have on our Waikapu Gardens subdivision.
Pu'u Kukui Elementary School
The new principal of Pu'u Kukui Elementary School, Chad Okamoto, made a presentation at the WG HOA Annual Owners' meeting on March 28, 2013.
Pu'u Kukui Elementary School, named after the summit of the West Maui Mountains, will open for the 2013-2014 school year. Children in grades K-5 who reside in the Wailuku, Waikapu, and Maalaea area will be invited to attend Pu'u Kukui.
Mr. Okamoto was the principal of Pukalani Elementary School for the past seven years. He was born and raised on Kauai and is looking forward to creating an environment where children and the community can come to learn and grow.
The district maps for Puu Kukui Elementary School can be accessed at http://centralmaui.k12.hi.us.
Construction of the school is currently at 65% and completion is expected in March/April 2013. The school will feature an outdoor covered play area and an environmentally friendly design.
If you have questions, comments, or input about the school you can e-mail Mr. Okamoto at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pu`u Kukui Elementary School Location: 3700 Kehalani Parkway Wailuku, HI 96793
Temporary Mailing Address and Phone: c/o Iao Intermediate School 260 S. Market Street Wailuku, HI 96793 (808)984-5610 ext. 232
Students currently attending both Wailuku Elementary School and Pomaika'i Elementary School will be given an opportunity to apply for a Geographic Exemption to remain at their currrent school.
Waiale Road Extension
The County of Maui has future plans to extend Waiale Road making it a main bypass for traffic heading into Wailuku. From where Waiale currently intersects with Waiko Road, it will extend south heading towards Maalaea into the cane fields. About a quarter mile past Maui Tropical Plantation, Waiale will turn up and intersect with Honoapiilani Highway. Waiale Road will then cross over Honoapiilani Highway heading towards the west Maui mountains where there is future plans to build homes. Ground breaking for the extension of Waiale Road is planned for 2013.
Waikapu Country Town Center
Owner Mike Atherton and his partners are looking to develop a Town Center at the current sight of the Maui Tropical Plantation. Their plans include business, retail space and housing units built around the Tropical Plantation. In the vacant cane field across from the Maui Tropical Plantation, there are plans to build more residential units with parks, a school, a commercial center and possibly police and fire stations. Total housing units for this project is estimated at about 1,200 with a 25 year build out. It is anticipated that this project will generate a significant increase in traffic on Waiale Road.
Waiale Project (A&B Properties)
This project is being proposed on 545 acres of land located on both the Kahului and Maalaea sides of East Waiko Road bordering Kuihelani Highway. Development plans for the Waiale project include approximately 2,550 single and multi-family residential units, a commercial area which will include space for retail shops and offices on approximately 23 acres, a business/light industrial area on approximately 16 acres, a middle school on 18 acres, a community center, regional and neighborhood parks with bicycles/pedestrian paths, and a possible wastewater treatment plant. A Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for this project has already been prepared and circulated for public comment. Comments to the DEIS are due by 7/22/11. No date has been set for the groundbreaking of this project. Development of this entire project is estimated to take approximately 10 years.
Waiko Road Industrial Park
There are plans to expand the industrial park on Waiko Road. Future expansion plans include adding approximately 35 additional industrial lots. Location of this project will be on the West side of the current industrial park on Waiko road where the cattle pens are located. A draft Environmental Impact Statement is being prepared for this project. The developer of this project also owns property at the end of Waiko Road just off of Kuihelani Highway. They plan to use this property to build a mini commercial/retail project in the future.
Valley Isle Fellowship Church
The Valley Isle Fellowship Church owns approximately 25 acres of land on the Wailuku side of our Waikapu Gardens subdivision. Their current plans include construction of a building for holding church services with more development to be done in the future. All traffic from this project will enter and exit from Waiale Road.
Emmanuel Lutheran Church
Continuing down Waiale Road heading towards Wailuku, The Emmanuel Lutheran Church owns approximately 25 acres of land. Their current development plans include building 4 classroom buildings, a multipurpose building, recreational facilities, and a daycare and preschool. Future plans will include building a church and possibly a high school campus. Groundbreaking for this project is estimated to take place sometime between May through August of 2011. Again, all traffic from this project will enter and exit from Waiale Road with no outlets from Honoapiilani Highway.
Kehalani Village Center Project
Developer Stanford Carr is in the process of building this project which is located on the Wailuku side of Kuikahi Drive. This project will include a Foodland Supermarket, McDonald’s, two Aloha Petroleum gas ports, a 24 hour Longs Drugs store, a two story condo style residential housing for elderly, and a commercial center. Traffic from this project will enter and exit from Kuikahi Drive and Waiale Road with no outlets from Honoapiilani Highway.
There are numerous development projects being proposed around Waikapu. Most of these projects are still in their conceptual stages and are subject to change. All of these projects will generate a significant increase in traffic on Waiale Road which will have a huge impact on our Waikapu Gardens subdivision. We encourage all of our Waikapu Gardens homeowners to get involved during the planning process and to voice their suggestions and or concerns. This is important as Waikapu Gardens needs to be represented and have a voice in shaping the future of our community. The Waikapu Community Association (not to be confused with the Waikapu Gardens Homeowners Association) holds quarterly meetings with updates on what’s happening in and around our Waikapu community. Banners are placed on Waiale Road to announce the dates and times of the meetings. Announcements are also placed in the datebook section of the Maui News. Meeting announcements will also be posted on our Waikapu Gardens website at waikapugardens.org. If you are interested in becoming involved with the development issues affecting Waikapu Gardens, please contact Glenn Adolpho at S&S Management at 242-8428 or via email at email@example.com.