Kūlanihākoʻi High School Construction Progress

Overview

The Department of Education is in the process of building Kūlanihākoʻi High School in Kihei to serve South Maui families. 

"Kūlanihākoʻi High School" was approved by the Board of Education as the official name on Aug. 18, 2022, in accordance with Board of Education policy. The name Kihei high school was previously used as a placeholder during development.

The campus is being built in phases. Future phases will be dependent on the availability of funding. Click on the location map for details.
  • Construction Phasing Plan Map
    Phase 1: Mass grading and infrastructure.
  • Phase 2: Administration, classroom buildings, library/cafeteria, PE locker rooms, basketball court, temporary playfield.
  • Phase 3: Buildings to support electives.
  • Future phases: Gymnasium, track and football field, basketball courts, tennis courts, additional classroom buildings, softball field, baseball field, soccer field, open play field.
Design plans call for accommodating approximately 400 students at the end of Phase 2 construction. 

Pedestrian Crossing

Primary access to the new school will be provided via an extension of Kulanihakoi Street mauka of Piilani Highway. A key issue regarding site access is the means by which students walk to and from the school and cross the highway in the vicinity of the Kulanihakoi Street/Piilani Highway intersection.

A grade-separated pedestrian crossing — such as an overpass or underpass — is a state Land Use Commission condition that the Department is requesting being amended to allow the school to open without it.

The Department had interpreted the condition as required when warranted by a technical study. The DOE is committed to providing an updated traffic / grade separated pedestrian crossing warrant study.

The land commission voted in 2019 to restate the intent of its imposed highways/road improvements condition for the project, affirming that a pedestrian overpass or underpass be built across Pi'ilani Highway before the opening of the campus.

The Department’s Motion to Amend before the LUC (Docket A11-794) is seeking to allow the school to open with a roundabout and on grade crossing, with a commitment for future studies for providing a grade separated pedestrian crossing, starting with a study one year after the school opens.

Recent Updates

Sept. 2, 2022: Community input on pedestrian crossing study for Kūlanihāko‘i High School in Kīhei requested via survey

Aug. 18, 2022: Kūlanihākoʻi High School approved as new Kīhei campus name


Previous Updates & Construction Photos

Scroll down to see construction progress photos from the project site.

August 2022

Photo of A-Building under construction.
Overview of A-Building construction progress (August 2022).
Photo of B-Building under construction.
Overview of B-Building construction progress (August 2022).
Photo of C-Building under construction.
Overview of C-Building construction progress (August 2022).
Photo of D-Building under construction.
Overview of D-Building construction progress (August 2022).
Photo of H-Building under construction.
Overview of H-Building construction progress (August 2022).

May 2022

Installation of B-Building roof panels (May 2022).


Overview of D-Building construction progress (May 2022).


Overview of B-Building construction progress (May 2022).


A-Building construction in-progress (May 2022).


Industrial water heating tanks installed (May 2022)


April 2022

Building B construction overview (Apr. 2022).


Installation of covered walkway columns and beams (Apr. 2022).


New lockers installed in Building H Locker Rooms (Apr. 2022)

Mar. 28, 2022

Click here for the latest on construction news and opening plans in a update letter to the school community. A virtual community meeting was held on Tuesday, Mar. 29, to discuss the official naming of the school. 

March 2022

Building B windows being installed (Mar. 2022).


Building D kitchen drywall installations in-progress (Mar. 2022).

Building A construction continues (Mar. 2022).


Building C overview (Mar. 2022).


February 2022

Setting a curved roof beam for Building B (Feb. 2022).


Framing a partition wall between classrooms on the 2nd floor in Bldg C (Feb. 2022).


Overview of the Library / Dining Hall - Building D (Feb. 2022).


Overview of Building C (Feb. 2022).


January 2022


Finishing of a concrete beam in the future library and cafeteria (Bldg. D) in-progress (Jan. 2022).


Classroom Bldg. B construction in-progress (Jan. 2022).


Ductwork installation in classroom Bldg. C in-progress (Jan. 2022).


August 2021
Construction of the future library and cafeteria (Bldg. D) in-progress (Aug. 2021).

Construction of the future library and cafeteria (Bldg. D) in-progress (Aug. 2021).

Work on classroom Bldg. C in-progress (Aug. 2021).

Work on classroom Bldg. C in-progress (Aug. 2021).

Future P.E. locker rooms (Bldg. H) construction in-progress (Aug. 2021).

Future P.E. locker rooms (Bldg. H) construction in-progress (Aug. 2021).


July 2021
Bldg. B construction continues (July 2021).

Bldg. B construction continues (July 2021).


Installing curb and gutter at driveway (July 2021).

Installing curb and gutter at driveway (July 2021).

Bldg. D columns and foundations in-progress (July 2021).

Bldg. D columns and foundations in-progress (July 2021).


June 2021

Design of the roundabout at the Piilani Highway entrance to the school is nearing completion. Once permitting is complete construction will start, under Nordic PCL Construction Company's contract, with completion targeted for early next summer.

Bldg. B construction continues (June 2021).

Bldg. B construction continues (June 2021).

Bldg. B construction in-progress (June 2021).

Bldg. B construction in-progress (June 2021).

Setting Bldg. C decking for second floor, looking south (June 2021).

Setting Bldg. C decking for second floor, looking south (June 2021).

Rebar installation for Bldg. D column in cafeteria (June 2021).

Rebar installation for Bldg. D column in cafeteria (June 2021).

Bldg. D columns and foundations in-progress (June 2021).

Bldg. D columns and foundations in-progress (June 2021).


May 2021

Phase 2 construction continues and will build the administration building, two classroom buildings, the library and cafeteria, PE and locker room, basketball court and a temporary playfield. The opening is anticipated for School Year 2022-23. Phase 2 construction Notice To Proceed was issued on Oct. 12, 2020, following a delay caused by a bid protest.

Bldg. C construction in-progress

















Bldg. C construction in-progress (May 2021).

Installation of plumbing at Bldg. D restrooms (May 2021).
Installation of plumbing at Bldg. D restrooms (May 2021).


Setting CMU blocks at Bldg. C (May 2021)
Setting CMU blocks at Bldg. C (May 2021).


Installation of irrigation water tank (May 2021).

Installation of irrigation water tank (May 2021).


April 2021

Phase 2 construction in-progress.

Construction on Classroom Bldg. C interior walls in-progress (Apr. 2021).

Construction on Classroom Bldg. C interior walls in-progress (Apr. 2021).

Classroom Bldg. B exterior walls and foundations under construction (Apr. 2021).

Classroom Bldg. B exterior walls and foundations under construction (Apr. 2021).

Construction in-progress on the Cafeteria & Library Bldg. (Apr. 2021).

Construction in-progress on the Cafeteria & Library Bldg. (Apr. 2021).


January 2021
Jan. 2021: Phase 2 constuction begins work on key buildings and areas marked in yellow.

Phase 2 constuction begins work on key buildings and areas marked in yellow.

Jan. 2021: Phase 1 mass grading and site preparation cleared the way for Phase 2 construction to begin.

Phase 1 mass grading and site preparation cleared the way for Phase 2 construction to begin.

Jan. 2021: Phase 2 construction begins on new buildings and key facilities.
Phase 2 construction begins on new buildings and key facilities.


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School Info

Official School Name:
Kulanihakoi High School

Principal:
Halle Maxwell
 

Address:
Coming Soon
Coming Soon, Hawaii 96753

Phone:
Coming Soon

Fax:
 

Website:

School Type:
High School

Grade Levels:
9th grade