Maui’s Mayor Arakawa Calls for 14,000 New Housing Units

Mayor Arakawa Addresses Maui’s Future Development

Mayor Arakawa outlined his vision for the future of Maui. That future includes the development of 14,000 new housing units by 2025, an Ag Park, and a 5G wireless network. Friday, July 27, 2017 at the Maui Beach Hotel, Mayor Arakawa spoke to Maui’s Chamber of Commerce at the Annual Mayor’s Luncheon.

Not only did he speak about the need for new infrastructure and housing units, but he also outlined the opportunities for reuse of HC & S sugar cane fields. Plans are in place to offer acreage to both large and small farmers. Small scale farming would be defined as areas between 2 to 40 acres. These smaller areas would allow for entrepreneurial enterprises such as hydroponic and aquaponic farms and nurseries.

Living on an island, we are aware of the importance of conserving our resources and working towards sustainability. Mayor Arakawa has proposed investigating alternative energies such as using the by products of sludge to produce energy. MANA, Maui All Natural Alternative, is researching this possibility further.

A 5G wireless network is also on the table for consideration by the Mayor. 5G wireless refers to higher speed and greater capacity networks for communities. The Mayor is exploring this technology with the capability of possibly bringing driverless cars and tech savvy homes to our communities.

Certainly, Maui is beautiful, but we are also pono, which means to do what is right for our community. Mayor Arakawa is taking steps now to plan not only for our local people, but also for our three million guests per year.

About the Author

Linda McCormick

Linda McCormick is a REALTOR Salesperson with Hawai'i Life. Presently I work as a Sales Agent for Hawaii Life on Maui, Hawaii, selling primarily residential properties. I have bought and sold homes for remodel and renovation in both California and Hawaii for over 20 years. In a past iteration of my life I taught Business Classes at the UH Maui College and also at various universities in Barcelona, Spain. However, after graduating in Environmental Design from UC Davis I started my own Reconstruction and Renovation Company, IDI by Design. And here is where I got my “street shoes on.” I purchased homes for resale providing: design, construction plans, project management, fiscal management, with budgeting over $1 million in renovation work. I secured loans, made payroll, released bids, hired and scheduled sub-contractors, and met with inspectors for final sign off. I marketed the newly renovated homes by giving walking tours of the interiors, designing and publishing PR brochures and flyers, and holding open houses. Lastly, and best of all, I negotiated contracts for the sale and purchase of the residential properties. You can email me at or via phone at (808) 359-3227.

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