The Maui 10
Who's the county's most powerful player?
June 14, 2007
|4||3||Alexander & Baldwin|
|7||6||Maui Land & Pineapple Co.|
|9||8||Maui Electric Co.|
|10||9||Wailuku Water Co.|
LINGLE BOOSTS GMOS
Monsanto must be doing pretty well to have Hawai`i Governor Linda Lingle boosting genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to the Japanese government. On June 9 Lingle and a delegation of state officials left for a 10-day whirlwind tour of Asia, part of which includes a stop in Tokyo to convince leaders there to import our Rainbow papaya and potted anthuriums, reports the June 8 Honolulu Star-Bulletin. "We have been working with the Japanese government for quite some time on this and we will be offering to give them more information and make it clear why it is a positive thing for them," Lingle says in the paper. Information—that's all those skeptics in Japan need—just plain old honest information about how it doesn't matter that scientists are still studying the long-term safety effects of GMO exposure.
DOWLING LIKES GREEN
Did you know developer Everett Dowling is a well-known environmentalist and philanthropist? It's true. Of course, I'm getting this from Dowling's own quarterly newsletter Ka Ulu Niu (printed on 100 percent post-consumer recycled paper with soy inks). "At Dowling Company, our vision starts with the community," Dowling himself tells readers. The newsletter also highlight Dowling's recent Community Spirit Award from Pacific Business News, his company's new Harvard-trained "green development manager" and helpfully lists more than a hundred non-profit recipients of $600,334 this year alone in Dowling Company Foundation grants. "Schools are probably our favorite sector to give," Dowling says. "If you can support the schools, you have a chance to really change society." All good, except Dowling really has to work on having his picture taken: the newsletter contains two shots of Dowling, and he's got a deer-in-the-headlights stare in each one. Come on! It's your own newsletter! All the really powerful guys look relaxed and confident in their corporate write-ups. Relax! MTW
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