The audience participated cheered for the South Maui Virtual Community Design Workshop

September 16, 2021, 1:30 p.m. HST
* Updated September 16 at 10:04 am

South Maui Beach. Photo credit: Cammy Clark

The Maui County Planning Department has launched a new phase of public engagement for the South Maui Community Plan update: Community Design.

The department will virtually collect feedback on which areas the community believes should change and which should stay the same in South Maui. Community input will guide the land use plan, policies and actions in the South Maui Community Plan Update Project.

“This plan will determine the direction of South Maui for the next 20 years,” said Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino. “It is very important for planners to hear from residents of the area early in the planning process before decisions are made. Online meetings make it easy for everyone to participate.

There are three ways to get involved:

  1. Participate in the ministry’s online community design workshop. Until October 17, the Community Design Workshop will be available online. There, using simple mapping technology on personal computers or smartphones, residents can drop pins on a map of South Maui to locate places to change or preserve. To visit the workshop, go to:
  2. South Maui Talk Story Tuesdays. On Tuesdays from September 21 to October 26, the department will be hosting a Zoom-based virtual conversation story with residents of South Maui. Spend between 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to share your mana’o on your community. Talk Story meetings are at:
  3. Invite long-term planners to talk to your community group. If you have a group or club that would like to share their vision for the future of South Maui, please contact us to schedule a virtual meeting. Planners can answer your questions and discuss your concerns and suggestions. To schedule a meeting, send an email to [email protected]While in-person community design workshops are the preferred way to get public feedback, the pandemic has forced the planning department to use an online format for community engagement. “With the update to the South Maui Community Plan, we had to be creative and innovative in our approach to public outreach,” said Planning Department Director Michele McLean. “Using technology to gather public feedback has helped us move forward with this long overdue update. For more information on the South Maui Community Plan update process, visit the project website – – or follow us on Facebook or Instagram.

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