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.