Community receives briefing of South Maui project. “…not all development is bad—different kinds of growth will work here.”
Although one of the most sophisticated business and scientific vocation locales on the island, the Maui Research & Technology Park (MRTP) in Kīhei remains a mystery to many since its initial development nearly two decades ago.
Home to the Maui Economic Development Board (MEDB) and aerospace and computer research experts such as Boeing and the Maui High Performance Computing Center, MRTP companies work in an array of sectors, including optics, directed energy, data fusion, space surveillance, situational awareness and software development.
Yet unless you’re a tech park employee attending a specific event or heading to Elleair Golf Course, there aren’t many reasons to make the uphill trek along Līpoa Parkway. But if design and planning firms working on the area’s master plan update have their way, MRTP could become a mixed-use, “walkable/bikeable” community with a “village center” environment where people can gather for daily activities, own affordable housing and find work in broad career fields.