I have a busy day ahead but at the prompting of a friend (thanks Laura) decided to make time to submit a testimonial to support moving forward with Kihei High School Plans. This is a review of the draft EIS (Environmental Impact Statement). I have not reviewed the entire 738 page Draft EIS but my review of issues seems like they are focusing on issues that impact any development such as water and the power lines. If developers can make it work to add more housing to Kihei, we must find ways to make it work for our students – our community’s future. I work with students, teachers and parents and I think our kids deserve a new school and a strong positive future. Please support us by submitting your own testimony and making our community stronger.
When: Valentine’s Day, Tuesday February 14, 2012 at 9:00 a.m.
What: In-Person Testimony or Internet Testimony
Where: 2 options:
- A. In-person testimony on February 14th, 9:00 a.m. at the Maui Planning Commission conference room (Kalana Pakui historic Building, 150 South High Street, lower level in Planning Commission conference room). Carpooling available after the 8:30 Kamali’i drop-off time near the cafeteria.
- B. Submit testimony online to: firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Monday, February 13th at 4:00 p.m.
Here is my testimonial:
I wish to express my support of the Kihei High School plans to move forward. This is an essential part of our community.
I do not have children of my own but as an active member of the South Maui School Gardens Project, I have opportunities to work with students, parents and teachers from all the South Maui schools. In Kihei, I know that the student population of Kihei Elementary and Lokelani Intermediate has increased nearly 30% in the last couple years. This is primarily the result of families moving in together with financial strains of our economy. As a real estate agent, I often talk with people who would love to move to Kihei but are concerned about the lack of a local high school. As a technology advocate, I see companies struggling to move employees into the Tech Business Park in Kihei because they can’t get people to move here due to the proximity and quality of our public schools.
We need to make the education of our young people IMPORTANT. Quality education without spending hours on a bus is critical to the future of our community. Kihei High School could be a center of hope instead of a required obligation; kids don’t look forward to being shipped off to central Maui. They want to be active and productive members of the community where they live.
Let’s make sure Kihei High School meets the needs of our students and of our community. Programs in basic living skills and sustainability need to be in the curriculum. I was so saddened when I heard that Lokelani’s Home Economics lab has been closed for years; the library has been closed. Kids we work with on garden projects see the connection to the ‘aina; they see the need for nutrition and sustainably farming our precious land resources. Many didn’t know what fresh vegetables were and thought that everything comes from the grocery store. They don’t understand the world economies that go into creating the food we eat – such an important part of our existence. High School is critical time to have students make these connections and decide what career path to choose.
I support taking the next step of approving the Kihei High School. It is the right thing to do the future of our community in ways that we can’t even imagine.