The Maui 10
Who's the county's most powerful player?
February 01, 2007
RANK PREVIOUS COMPANY
6 Maui Land & Pineapple Co.
Maui Electric Co.
8 10 Alexander & Baldwin
HOME ON THE BAY
And you fools thought Honolua Bay was only for surfers, snorkelers
and those guys who allegedly used to charge rubes money to use the
water until the Maui PD busted them. "ML&P submits plans for
Honolua," notes the Jan. 25, 2007 Maui News.
And what plans: 40 homes, 18-hole golf course mostly, though Maui Land
is also throwing in some vaguely worded extras like "cultural park,"
"surf park" and "marine informational signs." Neither The Maui News piece nor the one in the same day's Honolulu Advertiser
had any word on the project's eventual cost, projected home sizes
(Honolua Ridge home lots were between three and 30 acres) or potential
to impact one of the best surf spots in the world, but they did make
clear construction "is years away" even if Maui Land gets all its
permits approved. Maui Land may be an immensely powerful corporation
that can rely on generally sympathetic news coverage, but apparently
even they can't get the county Planning Department to move quickly.
Looks like we got us a fuel surcharge war going on! Hot damn! The bloodletting started the afternoon of Jan. 22, 2007, when Pacific Business News posted
a story on its website about A&B's Matson Navigation Company's
announcement that on Jan. 28 the shipper would drop its fuel surcharge
from 18.75 percent to just 17.5 percent. A little over 24 hours later,
Horizon Lines followed suit and lowered its fuel surcharge to 17. 5
percent—exactly like Matson had just done! They copied them! Sure, a
Horizon exec later said the cost cutting came as a result of "the
continued downward trend in fuel costs," but that doesn't change the
fact that Matson was first and Horizon totally came in second. MTW
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