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Next phase of vision workshops announced for South Maui

By Staff | Apr 23, 2021

WAILUKU — The second phase of vision workshops is being launched for the South Maui Community Plan update, the Maui County Planning Department announced.

The South Maui community is encouraged to participate in this online workshop to help shape what South Maui will look and feel like in 20 years by reviewing four draft visions based on public input received during the first phase of vision workshops held in January.

“The people of South Maui must be the ones who determine their own future. These workshops provide that opportunity. The best time to share your thoughts, hopes and concerns is when you can truly influence the process,” Mayor Michael Victorino said.

“Too often, people only speak after plans have been finalized and are being implemented, and then it’s too late. I really encourage South Maui residents of all backgrounds and age groups to participate in this crucial vision workshop phase.”

Community members can participate in the self-directed, online vision workshop by visiting https://southmaui.wearemaui.org/vision-workshop/. The online workshop will be available through April 30, 2021.

After this workshop, planners will use community input to craft a vision that will be included in the draft South Maui Community Plan.

The draft plan will be forwarded to the South Maui Community Plan Advisory Committee later this year.

For more information on the South Maui Community Plan update process, visit southmaui.wearemaui.org or follow the process on Facebook or Instagram @wearesouthmaui. For general planning information, visit www.mauicounty.gov/planning.

In related news, the county Department of Planning is seeking submissions for the Dream Big for South Maui project.

The project aims to gather ideas from the keiki of South Maui about how they envision their community’s future.

It is part of a larger effort to gather community input for the South Maui Community Plan update.

Entrants must be 18 years old or younger. Submissions can be anything that expresses the keiki’s hopes and dreams for South Maui.

Some possibilities include an essay, poem or song; drawing or painting; digital work of art or video; or a choreographed dance.

“So many in our younger generation have learned to use technology to take their creativity to the next level,” Victorino said. “I really encourage our youth to speak loudly with their creative voices to share their hopes for the future.”

Submissions for the Dream Big for South Maui project will be accepted through Friday, April 30, and can be uploaded to the We Are South Maui website at https://southmaui.wearemaui.org/dream-big-project.

Submissions may be featured on We Are South Maui’s website and social media, and in the updated South Maui Community Plan.

All participants will be entered for a chance to win one of 25 $10 gift certificates to Maui Sweet Shoppe in Kihei.