Located in central Kihei, current and future phases of the Maui Research & Technology Park consist of over 400 acres east of Piilani Highway and the Elleair Golf Course.
The concept for the Maui Research & Technology Park originated with local private and public sector leaders intent on economic diversification and job creation. With the development originally entitled in the 1980’s, The Park’s first building opened in the early 90’s. Five buildings are open now, totaling approximately 180,000 square feet of Class A office, laboratory, and data center space.
Today approximately 400 people work in the Maui Research & Technology Park at over 20 companies. Among others, the Park is home to Akimeka, Boeing, the Maui Economic Development Board, Inc., the Maui High Performance Computing Center, and Pacific Defense Solutions.
Maui Research & Technology Park companies work in a variety of sectors, including optics, directed energy, data fusion, space surveillance/situational awareness, software development, and professional services.
An estimated $100-$150 Million a year in revenue flows through Maui Research & Technology Park businesses and projects.
25 years after the Park was originally entitled, a comprehensive master plan update is now near completion. The update will put the park within reach of a broader range of desirable industries—and the people who work in them.
After in-depth research and analysis of the current best practices in planning and developing research & technology parks and employment centers, internationally renowned urban design firm Calthorpe Associates was selected to head the update of the master plan update for the Park. Firm founder Peter Calthorpe and the principles of his firm are visionary leaders in the design of new urban communities—including those with a regional employment base like the Park. Calthorpe has developed a comprehensive update of the master plan that has been lauded by stakeholders and decision makers alike.
The team supporting the implementation of the master plan update is drawn from among the best in the state, including American Savings Bank, Chris Hart & Partners, and Warren Unemori Engineering Services. An experienced developer partnership, committed financing, and best in class consultants bode well for the future of the Park.
The Research & Technology Park and all current buildings and associated infrastructure represent an estimated $60 Million investment, with the master plan update requiring an estimated $1.123 Billion in additional above ground and site construction work, requiring an estimated 7,400 man years of construction labor.
While the Park master plan is currently being updated, land and space are available in the interim for projects that are a good fit with the Park’s plans for the future.