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South Maui Police Station “Largest Ever” Project

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   August 17th, 2011 · 3 Comments · Maui News

By David Kvasnicka

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The South Maui Police Station will rival the size of Maui Police HQ in Wailuku (pictured above). Photo courtesy Maui County.

Police say they have obtained a county permit to move forward with the construction of the South Maui Police Station. It ends a long and drawn out process involving the Maui County Council.

Asst. Police Chief Lawrence Hudson conveyed the news in a meeting between the senior leadership of the Maui Police Department today. The project is said to be the largest ever undertaken by Maui police. The South Maui station will rival the size of the police headquarters in Wailuku.

Chief Gary Yabuta described the project as the department’s “largest ever.”

Hudson said they were yet to settle on a building contractor for the job. So far, they had received around 50 bids for the project.

Hudson said construction was timelined for 16 months, not including rain days and any other interruptions. The timeline is significantly shorter than the two years originally reported.

When asked if the project could be kept within budget, Hudson replied that there was a $1.8 million fund for “change orders” and other irregularities. But he said that it was likely it would stay within budget.

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Near the site of where the new police station will be constructed. Photo courtesy of Munekiyo & Hiraga, Inc.

From the outset, the county desired that the new station run on renewable energy. As a result, additional funds were sourced to install photovoltaic (solar) panels to provide some of the building’s energy needs.

Part of the funds will be provided by a loan from the US Department of Agriculture. Police said that this method of obtaining funds had never been done before. It answers the question of where a large portion of the money was to come from for the new station.

The originally reported cost of the project was $40 million, but it has been confirmed by Hudson that the ceiling for bidders is $36 million.

The South Maui Police Station will replace the storefront Kihei Police Station, located in the Kihei Town Center near Foodland on South Kihei Rd. The current station in Kihei is viewed as inadequate for South Maui. The site of the new station will be on the mauka side of Piilani Hwy. near Kamalii Elementary School.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/bryan.sizemore Bryan Wade Sizemore

    We don’t need a new fricking JAIL! We need to put that money into the education system and the schools. Pay our teachers better and then maybe they will care more to teach our kids better and better teachers. Our schools system sucks!!!!! These islands need people with a real vision who are gonna move Hawaii in a more positive direction, not pull us back and hold our kids back… Lame!!!!

    • richard emery

      I don’t recall anyone saying about putting a jail there. is there one in the shopping center? And as far as educating children the parents have the lead in having their kids to learn something. and I agree that teaching system in the islands is not the best.

      • Sherry L Sica

        How do you expect the parents to teach they their children if they don’t have the knowledge? The school system does suck there and the kids shouldn’t have to suffer because the parents can’t help them because they were not ever taught. When your schools rank in the bottom 2% in the nation I think its time some people take notice in the Government and do something to fix the problems.