Maui Island Project Updates

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Roughly a year ago in this space, the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) provided a status update for several projects occurring on Molokaʻi.

As this edition of Ka Wai Ola focuses on the island of Maui, we’ll explore DHHL initiatives impacting current and future Maui beneficiaries.

Starting in West Maui, DHHL published its final Environmental Assessment (EA) with a Finding of No Significant Impact for the Honokōwai Homestead Community Master Plan in February 2022. The proposed master plan development, as outlined in the draft EA, seeks to create up to 356 single-family residential homesteads, 573 new multi-family residential units, and 252 subsistence agriculture homestead lots on approximately 454 acres. The engineering design phase of the project will begin shortly to complete boundary surveys, a subdivision application, and the preparation of infrastructure construction plans. The process is expected to be completed in early 2025 with construction to follow, subject to legislative funding.

Also, in West Maui, DHHL has spent the last few years developing a new water source, transmission lines, and water storage to serve the next phases of development at its Villages of Leialiʻi subdivision. In addition, the Department has brought on a contractor to plan, design, and build Phase 1B as well as construct the necessary roadway improvements to expand accessibility to the Villages of Leialiʻi, a requirement for building up to 250 new residential homestead lots. Geotechnical studies and survey work are underway for the first increment of 92 lots in Phase 1B of the Villages of Leialiʻi. An Environmental Assessment is expected in early 2023.

DHHL published a final Environmental Assessment for 161 new Wailuku residential homestead lots in November 2020. The Department expects to break ground on infrastructure improvements for this new subdivision in early 2023. The agency is currently conducting the environmental compliance necessary to install a 500,000-gallon off-site water storage tank to provide adequate potable water and fire protection to the project.

In Central Maui, DHHL plans to break ground in 2023 on a $17.5 million wastewater improvement project that will serve over 800 acres of Hawaiian Home Lands. The improvements will also provide additional wastewater service to other nearby state agency landholdings. Gov. Ige accepted a final Environmental Impact Statement in November 2019. The Department envisions agricultural homestead lots and industrial uses in the future.

DHHL will be extending paved roads in Kaikinui to improve access for existing lessees in 2023. The extension follows the installation of roughly 2,200 linear feet of reinforced concrete driveway that was completed in 2020.

And finally, the planned groundbreaking of 76 new residential homestead lots in Kula is also in the works. Undivided Interest lessees and applicants on the Maui waiting list should expect a lot offer letter for these homesteads in early 2024.

The Department has been able to push many of these projects forward because of recent increases in capital improvement funding from the Hawaiʻi State Legislature.

I welcome you to track DHHL construction projects on Maui and across the homelands statewide by monitoring the Department’s website, dhhl.hawaii.gov.