Archive for May 22, 2012

Central Maui Pedestrian & Bicycle Master Plan for 2030 to be released Friday May 25

In June, 2010, the State Department of Health, Healthy Hawaii Initiative awarded a grant to Chris Hart & Partners and Berkeley, California-based Alta Planning & Design to prepare an active transportation plan for central Maui.  After nearly two years of work, the consultant team and 16-member steering committee will release the plan entitled “Central Maui Pedestrian & Bicycle Master Plan for 2030” to the public at a meeting to be held from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 25 in the Cameron Center auditorium.  The event is sponsored by Hui No Ke Ola Pono and NPAC.  Light pu-pu will be served.

Early on the consultant team and steering committee concluded that central Maui could become a world-class pedestrian and bicyclist community with a commitment to this common vision and renewed investment in supporting infrastructure.  The steering committee set forth the following vision:

The people who live, work and play in central Maui desire a community in which bicycling and walking for health, transportation or enjoyment can be done safely and without physical barriers.  Further, we desire a future where bicycling, walking and other non-motorized activities are accommodated in a safe, well-maintained, and easily accessible manner for the following reasons:

  • -Promoting a healthier lifestyle
  • -Creating more livable communities, and
  • -Facilitating greater social, economic and environmental sustainability.

Please join us, meet the steering committee, and learn about the plan, the priorities identified by the steering committee and community, and perhaps volunteer to help move some of the projects forward!

This link is to the flyer—please download and circulate widely.


Sandra McGuinness, Coordinator
N-PAC: Nutrition & Physical Activity Coalition of Maui County
A Project of the University of Hawai`i at Manoa
Office of Public Health Studies, John A. Burns School of Medicine
P.O. Box 769
Makawao, Maui, HI 96768
808.264.7895 or


May 22, 2012 at 3:36 pm Leave a comment

EPA Clean Air Act Public Hearings at UH Maui

May 31 in Kahului, June 1 in Hilo

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will be holding two public hearings on the proposed Clean Air Act Regional Haze Federal Implementation Plan for Hawaii, one in Kahului, Maui on May 31 and one in Hilo, Hawaii Island on June 1.

Regional haze is visibility impairment caused by the cumulative air pollutant emissions from numerous sources over a wide geographic area. This haze obscures the views of scenery at a distance, reducing the beauty of national parks. The EPA plan is designed to achieve progress toward achieving visibility goals at the Haleakala National Park and the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in the first planning period through 2018. The proposed plan would impose a cap on pollution from certain oil-fired electric generating units on the Big Island. It is likely that the Hawaii Electric Light Company could meet this cap through improvements in energy conservation and increased reliance on renewable energy already planned as part of Hawaii’s Clean Energy Initiative. The EPA is not planning to impose any other additional pollution controls as part of this stage of the Regional Haze Program.

The Clean Air Act requires states, in coordination with EPA, the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Forest Service, and other interested parties, to develop and implement air quality protection plans to reduce the pollution that causes visibility impairment in 156 national parks and wilderness areas. Agencies have been monitoring visibility in national parks and wilderness areas since 1988. In 1999, the EPA announced a major effort to improve air quality in national parks and wilderness areas through the Clean Air Act Regional Haze Rule.

The proposed plan for Hawaii is available on the following website:

Contact:  Dean Higuchi,,                      

May 22, 2012 at 2:39 pm Leave a comment

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