The Maui 10
Who's the county's most powerful player?
March 20, 2008
And A&B finally rises to the top this week on news that the state Commission on Water Resource Management is stalling the petition by Na Moku 'Aupuni o Ko'olau Hui and three taro farmers to get actual, permanent in-stream flow standards in streams currently diverted by A&B subsidiary East Maui Irrigation Co. According to the March 12 Maui News, the commission will hold a special "fact-gathering" meeting next month that the petitioners say is completely unnecessary. "For the last two years, they have had all the scientific information they need," Alan Murakami, an attorney for the taro farmers said in the paper. His law partner Moses Haia III was even more direct: The commission should ask them [East Maui Irrigation] to justify what they are doing, but there is never any requirement for A&B to justify its needs for all its diversions."
|1||2||Alexander & Baldwin|
|4||4||Maui Electric Co.|
|5||7||Maui Land & Pineapple Co.|
|7||6||Wailuku Water Co.|
Was there any doubt? I ask you: did anyone ever doubt that Maui Land & Pine's big Westside Pulelehua project—the development of 310 acres of old pineapple patches around Kapalua Airport—would survive Mayor Charmaine Tavares' statement that she wanted a stop to all community plan amendments until the General Plan is finished? Now we find out—via the March 13 Maui News—that Tavares actually meant to say something like "stop all community plan amendments except Pulelehua." Saying that since Pulelehua, which would build hundreds of homes as well as commercial development, churches, libraries, parks and an elementary school on 310 acres of land, predated the Tavares Administration, county Planning Director Jeff Hunt insisted that his department was powerless to stop the project. MTW
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