The Maui 10
Who's the county's most powerful player?
March 15, 2007
RANK PREVIOUS COMPANY
Maui Land & Pineapple Co.
9 Alexander & Baldwin
6 Goodfellow Brothers
Maui Electric Co.
5 Monsanto Hawai`i
Wailuku Water Co.
HOME SWEET HOMES
Can you imagine how great it must be to be A&B? How much easier
it is to get up in the morning knowing that you're one of the most
powerful land owners and developers in the state who happens to share a
seat on the Maui Chamber of Commerce with the publisher of The
MauiNews? Couldn't say it was a surprise when The Maui News ran the
front page, above-the-fold story "A&B files for new residential
project in Kihei" on Mar. 7. The company is years away from breaking
ground, but that didn't stop the paper from giving maximum play to
A&B Vice President Grant Chun–A&B's representative on the
Chamber–and his wish to build "68 acres of multifamily units" (condos),
"25 acres of single-family residences" and "1.4 acres of commercial
space" near the intersection of Pi`ilani and Mokulele in North Kihei.
The amount of money A&B would make off such a project is
conspicuously absent from the story, but it must be quite a bit, given
the righteousness of the last line in the story: "But he [Chun] said
A&B's preference would be to provide housing aimed for the local
resident sooner rather than later."
FOR HE'S A JOLLY GOODFELLOW
Goodfellow Brothers moves up a notch because in the very same story,
they're mentioned as the contractor doing the $22.5 million project to
widen and realign the whole Mokulele-Pi`ilani intersection. This work
is so important that without it there's no way A&B could bring
about the grand residential development plans cited above. Right now,
as residents are only too aware, the intersection is confusing and
nearly always jammed with traffic. But once Goodfellow finishes its
work, A&B's Grant Chun says the intersection will have even more
"capacity and efficiency," according to The Maui News. MTW
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