The Maui County Healthy Eating + Active Living (HEAL) Coalition has been a part of some pretty incredible projects these past few months! One worth highlighting is our August 3rd Kaua‘i and Maui Peer-to-Peer exchange event. This event focused on our built environment and sharing progressive ideas to address the multitude of issues that our island communities face when looking at road and sidewalk design.
We gathered at the Maui Tropical Plantation with 35 participants from various county departments from both islands. Topics included making changes to current subdivision code, updating the Street Design Manual and community planning processes, and expanding involvement with community groups.
A major takeaway from the event is that we need more data collection to support efforts in updating and changing existing policies and codes. This is an area that the HEAL coalition hopes to partner with the county departments and other groups to accomplish. Overall, the Peer-to-Peer event was a success and a great launching point for Maui County as we further develop our Healthy by Design built environment projects.