Expert Panel Examines Impact of New Floodplain on Kihei Homes In South Maui Watershed Area

Following the release of a new flood map for South Maui, the Waimahaihai District Neighborhood Association will host a panel of experts to discuss the impact of Kihei’s revised floodplain and how it might affect residents, shorelines and adjacent reefs.

Floodwaters Can Carry Toxins to the Ocean

Floodwaters Can Carry Toxins and Deposit Them Without Discrimination

To be examined is the area above the Piilani Highway, riddled with potential risks that could wreak havoc if a hundred year flood decided to pay Maui a visit.  On the other side of the Honoapiilani Highway near the new Kihei police station is a urea production facility, an Eco Compost dump site, flanked by agricultural fields used by Monsanto for crop production. Add the sewage treatment plant, and an explosives storage facility and there could be a veritable unknown chemical soup slurrying down Haleakala into residences depositing contaminated silt and undoubtedly harming South Maui beaches and reefs.

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Lucienne De Naie, Maui Naturalist

The question will be posed, “What exactly IS in Kihei’s back yard?” Confirmed on the panel are Lucienne De Naie from the Maui Marine Source Council, along with Robin Knox, Coordinator of the SouthWest Maui Watershed Plan will cover the ecological impact of flooding on  South Maui. Ms. De Naie is active with stream and watershed restoration projects, author of a 200 page report on Maui’s water sources, is a founding member of Maui Cultural Lands, Inc. and the Maui Coastal Land Trust. Land Surveyor and life-long Hawaii resident, Dudley Deponte will speak, reflecting on mapping accuracy and the capacities of the current levy and drainage infrastructure in place. Other experts may speak as available.

Robin Knox, South Maui Watershed Coordinator

Robin Knox, South Maui Watershed Coordinator

The presentation will be held at:

Kihei Charter School

41 E. Lipoa Street

6:30pm till 8:00pm

Tuesday, October 28th, 2104

and is open to the public. A 60 minute presentation will be followed by a 20 minute question and answer period.  Seating is limited, so arrive early.

Click HERE to Download Event Flyer

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