Save Pāʻia Town from Mass Development

Save Pāʻia Town from Mass Development

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Mary Ann Pahukoa started this petition to Maui County Council

THIS PETITION OPPOSES MASS DEVELOPMENT IN PĀʻIA TOWN, that restricts or threatens our natural resources, while imposing on the traditional way of life for descendents of this land. 

We challenge illegal sale of lands, while supporting the 'Ohana of these villages to protect & defend our lands from abuse, desecration, and mis-management. 

Update June 2020 - We are following multiple sources of information, watching  Real Estate attempts to commercialize the upper part of Paia town. We will continue to put Maui Planning Commission on Notice in regards to the fraudulent permits they continue to approve for these lands. Stand-by for the Work Day announcements for lands in Pa'ia Maui - Hali'imaile and beyond. 

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Update On Aug. 29th 2017 - Pa'ia Attorney, David Spee, hosted a Community Meeting explaining his Project. After two hours of listening to his promises, and dreams, Our opposition was very clear to this Mass Development Project. He also did not provide any proof, or valid Title to the land he wishes to Develop. Wrapping up the meeting Mr. Spee stated that he would remove his zoning change request from (Agriculture - Commercial) from our Maui County Council until he has a meeting with Community leaders and kupuna. He later went against his word, to put the item back on Maui County Council agenda for voting. 

After noticing his minimal effort into scheduling a meeting with our Community alaka'i (leaders) & kupuna (elders), It was very clear that it was not his intention to work with our generation. 

NOW he has altered a few specs within his development project, things like: less commercial spaces, and downsize in height of buildings, & he is still putting the item back on our Maui County Council agenda for this Wednesday , NOVEMBER 29th 2017 at 1:30pm. 

Sneaky & NOT PONO! We can't wait to show the strength of our Communities voice at the Council Chambers once again to speak our Opposition to his MASS DEVELOPMENT OF Pa'ia Town. We have concluded this does not benefit our surrounding families, and encourages more development to the North Shore. 


Original Petition: 

Hāmakuapoko is home to fishermen, surfers, makaʻāinana (citizens), and kupuna (elders) who have worked hard their entire lives. This plantation town was created when the sugar cane era irrupted after a handful of businessmen overthrew the Hawaiian Kingdom to commercialize Hawaii into the pineapple & sugar cane industry.  We have seen this little town grow drastically in the past five years. Many buildings are more than 70-100 years old, however, today there are many proposed developments threatening the surrounding community, and traditional Hawaiian lifestyle. 

The community has been faced with proposed developments, & have come together in numbers to oppose them. This is how small communities show their strength & exhibit their opposition.

I am a seventh generation descendent to this island, My 'Ohana are farmers, fishermen, hunters, and gatherers, raising our keiki (children) from the mountain to the sea. We honor those visitors who seek Hawai'is beauty for the way it is. Our visitors & tourist DO NOT come to Hawaii for the many buildings, and concrete, they visit our Islands to seek aloha, & culture.

This $12 million project planned on 9 acres between the Paia mini bypass and Baldwin Avenue, would bring 300 more cars to Paia town daily, while attracting more commercial spaces to the 'upper Paia town' region. The project needs Maui County Council approval to change the current community plan, changing the zoning from Agriculture to Urban (commercial). This is a district boundary amendment to the Paia Community Plan that we cannot support. 

Our maka'ainana have seen effects of these kinds of changes; we have seen our local families get pushed out by the cost of living. We have seen vacation rentals pop up, & non-residents buy up our housing, & land. We have watched tourism, real estate, and commercialism grow beyond our infrastructure and resource capacity. There is much respect to those conscious visitors & residents who seek ways to support the local economy, farmers, and community, however, we also have many 'business men' who seek pure profit, over community. 

The proposed development is just below the Paia Post Office.  Allowing the developer, David Spee, to change the zoning of this lot for his 'Paia Courtyard' would significantly impact the surrounding families and communities.

We oppose development that does not support the Community, Hawaiian Lifestyle, & Traditional Practices. This proposed development threatens this ahupua'a (district) & will drastically change our little town forever. Please support the traditional 'Ohana by opposing this Development. 

The Community Meeting for this Proposed Development will be this TUESDAY AUGUST 29th at 6pm, Heritage Hall in Paia. 

Please show up or send someone to represent your 'Ohana. 

(David Spee) Paia 2020 LLC, noticed all landowners within 500 feet of the project and other parties it felt may have an interest in the project about the upcoming meeting. 

Please sign & share with your Maui 'Ohana, friends, residents & visitors. 

Mahalo nui  


Info of the Development: 

Paia attorney David Spee, who owns the property under David R. Spee Revocable Trust and Paia 2020 LLC

Applicant: David Spee

Traffic Engineer: SSFM International - Mike Packard Market Analysis: Collier’s International – Mike Hamasu 

Paia 2020, LLC - David Spee, Manager Hunton Conrad & Associates – Martin Cooper Otomo Engineering, Inc. - Mark Matsuda 

Archaeological & Hawaiian Practices: Archaeological & Ethnographic Consultants Hawaii, LLC Andree-Michelle Conley-Kapoi, MA

Commercial – 41,603 Square Feet Apartments – 9 Units (11,745 sq. ft.)

above commercial

Senior Housing – 56 Units with 8 Garages and mini storage for bikes, etc., and a lap/aerobics pool, and community room.

Parking Stalls - Per Code 267

Total Stalls 309 (+13 offsite)

Improvements – Curb & Gutter along Baldwin Ave., relocate or bury electrical, add entrance off of the mini-bypass, landscaping.




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