Need for Kihei High School

Kihei is the largest community in the state of Hawaii without a regional high school complex.

POPULATION GROWTH

The population of Kihei has exploded in the past twenty years, making Kihei the fastest growing community on Maui.

From 1990 to 2000, the residential population  of the Kïhei-Mäkena region experienced significant growth from 15,365 to 22,870, a 49 percent increase.

According to the 2010 census, Kihei/Wailea is currently the largest community on Maui at nearly 27,000 full time residents.   More growth is imminent. There are 5,000 future housing units currently entitled and another 5,000+ units being considered in the Maui Island Plan.

OVERCROWDED SCHOOLS AND GEOGRAPHICAL SEPARATION

High school students from Kihei currently ride a bus or take private cars 30 miles round trip to get to their Kahului high schools.

In 2011 Maui High exceeded its design capacity by over 200 students. At this time, South Maui students may apply for a Geographic Exemption to attend Baldwin High School, which is also at capacity. According to a 2010 BOE committee report there are 36 portable classrooms at Maui High and 24 at Baldwin.

The only school in South Maui that serves students in grades 9 through 12 is Kïhei Charter School. In the 2011-2012 school year, Kïhei Charter School had 248 students in grades 9 through 12. Kïhei Charter School does not meet regional needs for a high school complex (DOE, Facilities Branch, 2011).

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