Hawai'ian Homelands (Kahikinui)
The Department of Hawaiian Homelands prepared a master plan for the development of its Maui Lands in 2004. One of these areas is the 22,861 acre Kahikinui Homelands, located makai and mauka of Piilani Highway between Ulupalakua and Kaupo and discussed in the following document.
Very little construction has taken place so far, largely because of a shortage of water, very high infrastructure costs, and isolation. Potential development could take the form of energy production. Wind and solar are strong possibilities, but may be dependent on an expensive and controversial undersea cable to Honolulu. The controversy involves: a) the high costs of a cable and who will pay the high cable costs (Oahu vs. Statewide; taxpayers vs. electricity consumers; b) effects on the ocean environment; and c) the righteousness of transferring of electricity from rural Maui to urban Honolulu.