For Immediate Release: February 24, 2023
Press Release by:
Tasha Kama, Chair
Housing and Land Use Committee
Committee to review Hale Mahaolu Ke Kahua housing project Tuesday
WAILUKU, Hawaiʻi—The Housing and Land Use Committee will consider the Hale Mahaolu Ke Kahua Residential Workforce Rental Housing project, which proposes 120 affordable rental units in Waiehu, on Tuesday at 9 a.m. in the Council Chamber and online, Committee Chair Tasha Kama announced today.
The Committee anticipates receiving a presentation from project developer Waiehu Housing LP at the start of the meeting to inform public testimony, Kama said. Qualified households earning at or below 60 percent of the area median income will be eligible for housing in the 11.5-acre project, which the council must act on by April 22, or it will be automatically approved under Chapter 2.97, Maui County Code.
“This project aims to add more affordable rental housing supply to address our housing crisis,” said Kama, who holds the Maui County Council seat for the Kahului residency area. “There is considerable interest in this project, and I encourage members of the public to submit written testimony in advance of the meeting.
Resolution 23-78 would approve the project with 12 exemptions from the County Code. Citing the council’s 60-day deadline to approve or disapprove the project under the fast-track provisions of Chapter 2.97, Kama said she expects oral testimony on the project to be limited to two minutes per person.
The property is owned by Maui Economic Opportunity.
The meeting agenda and project application can be viewed at MauiCounty.us/agendas. For more information, visit mauicounty.us or call Kama’s office at (808) 270-5509.