A proposal by Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino would have the county shoulder the cost of building a required wastewater treatment facility and road improvements in exchange for doubling the number of low-cost workforce housing units in the planned Waikapū Country Town development.
The county spent over $1 million on playground improvements in South Maui in 2021 and the trend is continuing. “It is kind of astounding how much they cost, you could build an entire home with that.”
Is Maui destined to rely on imports to build its homes or do local materials stand a chance?
Up a steep driveway in Kīpahulu, past fruit trees and dense jungle, outcroppings of bamboo begin to appear, stitched into the mountainside. Dusky black stalks and tea-green shoots adorn the landscape at Whispering Winds, a 230-acre farm cooperative where Rich von Wellsheim has been growing bamboo for nearly two decades.