The Maui 10
Who's the county's most powerful player?
August 09, 2007
|3||4||Alexander & Baldwin|
|7||9||Maui Electric Co.|
|8||6||Maui Land & Pineapple Co.|
|10||10||Wailuku Water Co.|
DON'T TELL WHO?!
The Superferry is coming! The Superferry is coming! She's already visited Kahului Harbor—though not to pick anyone up or even let visitors on board—but the start date for voyages is still an unknown, which is at least a little disconcerting for ML&P, which has sunk a million bucks into the thing. Our good friends at MECO, though, seem to be the real power brokers here—and I mean that literally. According to the Aug. 1 Maui News, one of Superferry project manager Duane Kim's jobs includes "waiting for Maui Electric Co. to bring permanent power to the end of Pier 2 where there will be a covered passenger waiting area as well as a vehicle staging lot." The Superferry has to wait for MECO like the rest of us working people?! Making matters worse, on Aug. 2 Judge Joel August ruled that the state Department of Transportation needs to do a new traffic assessment on the Superferry. Making matters much worse, in defending his original finding that the Superferry would have "no significant" traffic impact on Kahului, traffic analyst Dick Kaku said in open court that he used the worst possible conditions for his analysis, basing it on the Superferry carrying its maximum load of 282 cars, when in fact Superferry officials have already said that they expect no more than 110 cars in a usual trip. "Don't tell that to the investors," August quipped, according to the Aug. 3 Maui News.
ALL HAIL CRANE!
That's right, kids—A&B's shipping subsidiary Matson Navigation has finally—FINALLY!—finished installing its 150-foot mobile crane at the end of Kahului Harbor's Pier 1. The significance of such a beast—it can lift 40 tons, after all—wasn't lost on Matson Senior Vice President Gary North: "Our main objective is to explore new ways to promote that growth through service enhancements and port development initiatives," he said in an online July 31 Pacific Business News story. Seriously, anyone who talks like that has more power than I can even imagine. MTW
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