This Weeks Letters
WHO DOESN'T WANT A COMPREHENSIVE MANAGEMENT PLAN?
September 27, 2007
Mahalo for the great article on Honolua Bay ("The Hardest Part," Sept. 13, 2007). However, I'd like to point out that Wayno Cochran is not the Vice President of the Save Honolua Coalition: he is just a board member.
The saddest part about the degradation occurring at Honolua Bay is that the area is designated a marine life conservation district and should be afforded the highest level of protection, but currently there is no comprehensive management plan to address all the threats to this community treasure. I am also a board member of the Save Honolua Coalition and the present state of this area concerns us deeply.
We have held over 25 public informational meetings to educate ourselves and the community about the myriad of issues involved in trying to "Save" Honolua and have decided to put public meetings on hold for the month of October to complete our draft management plan that Hannah Bernard has been kind enough to help us get started. I am excited at the progress we are making and look forward to presenting the plan to the public in November when we resume public meetings.
-Tamara Paltin, Kahana
DOESN'T CARE FOR UNRESOLVED ISSUES
I was reading the paragraph entitled "Wood Nymphs?" (The Maui 10, Sept. 13, 2007) and I would just like to point out that although Maui Land &Pineapple Co. has gotten an Environmental Impact Statement for its Pulelehua project in July 2005, there were many key issues left unresolved such as water sources which may be contaminated and therefore may need to be treated, the possibility of toxic soil, the addition of more sewage to an already stink wastewater facility, four additional entrances to Honoapi'ilani Hwy, etc.
I think that before we change our community plan, we owe it to the entire West Maui community, especially the thousands of Hawaiian Homes that will be built soon, to carefully examine the adverse effects and do our best to mitigate the impacts. If the project is worth doing, it is worth doing right. By the way a truly holistic community would look at the whole picture—not just the 310 acres within.
-Ka'aina Kealoha, Kahului
WHAT'S IN A NAME?
If you are going to write a lead story in the first person you really should insure there is a by line ("The Aloha Candidate," Sept. 20, 2007). Both the online and printer versions were missing. The only clue was in the Table of Contents.
-Chris Schafer, via email
Anthony Pignataro, who actually left his own name off a cover story, responds: Yes, I accidentally left my own name off the Sept. 20 cover story on Dennis Kucinich. Purely a mistake, though part of me did enjoy the anonymity.
I thoroughly enjoyed Rob Parsons' Sept. 6, 2007 Rob Report ("30 Years on Maui") with his reflections on the Maui of 1977. In his story, Parsons mentioned the banyan tree that once stood in the middle of the old open-air Kahului Airport terminal. Many of your readers will be surprised to learn that this very same banyan is the one that now graces the front entrance to the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. Pretty cool, eh?
-Bruce Wheeler, Waikapu
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