The Maui 10
Who's the county's most powerful player?
October 18, 2007
A&B KICKS OUT MONSANTO!
Well, kind of. See, Monsanto—makers of fine herbicides as well as genetically modified seeds that are immune to those very same herbicides—leases 38 or so acres of A&B land in North Kihei. But according to an Oct. 13 Honolulu Advertiser article, A&B wants to build 600 homes on 94 acres of ag land, which includes those very same acres. Oh, My God! It's a land war between two big business titans, right here on Maui! Will we survive the carnage? Will our lives ever be the same? Initial reports (yes, I'm talking about the Advertiser story cited above) indicate it will be a bloody fight, indeed. "A&B said it has leased replacement land to Monsanto in anticipation of the Kihei project," reported the Advertiser. Shocking—utterly, utterly shocking.
|1||1||Tesoro Hawai`i |
|2||4||Alexander & Baldwin|
|4||3||Maui Land & Pineapple Co. |
|5||5||Weinberg Foundation |
|6||6||Wailuku Water Co.|
|9||8||Maui Electric Co.|
Finally, after many, many—too many, actually—weeks at the bottom of the chart, construction firm Goodfellow Brothers moves up a couple notches on news that this Friday, Oct. 19, the Maui County Council will take up the first reading of a new bill that grants the company a 10-year permit to run a rock-crushing operation in Kihei. What's more, the permit also allows them to operate offices, a "construction baseyard facility" as well as "aggregate and materials storage"—us laymen call that a "pile," but then again, we don't get 10-year permits to crush rocks. MTW
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