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Ohana Kai Village EIS Roadblocks

The Ohana Kai Village faces a suit to revise its environmental impact statement.
January 21, 2011

Ohana Kai Village EIS Roadblocks

Oceanfront Maui Real Estate

By Mark Harbison

The Ohana Kai Village affordable housing project in Maalaea is coming up against some environmental stumbling blocks. Apparently, the Maui Tomorrow Foundation and the Maalaea Community Association have declared via suit in the 2nd Circuit Court that the final environmental impact statement (EIS) is both inadequate and out of date.

The county Department of Housing and Human Concerns will be acting as the defendant and as the responsible agent for the project's environmental review.

Jesse Spencer, the developer of Ohana Kai, feels that he has answered every concern placed before him by the county over the past three or four years. Despite his assertion and the fact that his land was designated a project district thirteen years ago, the former administration didn't support including the Ohana Kai project in the revised county General Plan.

Concerns of the plaintiffs include the loss of prime agricultural land, the adverse impacts of a major new urban core, traffic issues, the possibility that drinking water will become saline and the fact that wastewater treatment and injection wells weren't addressed in the EIS.

Spencer has an answer for all these concerns, on which you can get a more thorough report in this Maui News article.


This week, we encourage you to explore beautiful oceanfront Maui real estate and explore our Maui condo information. And remember, if you want to learn more about the island, our Maui information section includes info on everything from schools to weather to restaurants. We hope you have found this blog interesting! Mahalo!

Blogs for January 2011

Highlight on South Maui's Stella Blues Restaurant

Posted on January 28, 2011
Highlight on South Maui's Stella Blues Restaurant

By Mark Harbison

South Maui is a great place to live. That's partly thanks to its many great restaurants with great food and great deals. Stella Blues at Azeka II in Kihei is one of those.

This is a great restaurant for a laid-back, relaxing meal… Continue Reading

Ohana Kai Village EIS Roadblocks

Posted on January 21, 2011
Ohana Kai Village EIS Roadblocks

By Mark Harbison

The Ohana Kai Village affordable housing project in Maalaea is coming up against some environmental stumbling blocks. Apparently, the Maui Tomorrow Foundation and the Maalaea Community Association have declared via suit in the 2nd Circuit Court that the final environmental impact statement (EIS) is… Continue Reading

Hawaii's First FIT is on Maui

Posted on January 14, 2011
Hawaii's First FIT is on Maui

By Mark Harbison

A feed-in tariff is a policy mechanism to encourage renewable energy use where it is as affordable as grid power (known as grid parity).  Doug McLeod is Maui's incoming energy administrator and he has installed a photovoltaic system on the roof of his… Continue Reading

South Maui Sustainability Conference

Posted on January 07, 2011
South Maui Sustainability Conference

By Mark Harbison

On Wednesday, January 12th, South Maui Sustainability (SMS) will be presenting A Preview of the 10th Annual Maui Aloha Aina Body and Soil Conference. For those of you who are interested in getting off the grid in a tropical beach paradise location, a Wailea home may… Continue Reading

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