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Maui Land & Pineapple Co.
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Wailuku Water Co.
They call it the “Public” Utilities Commission (PUC), but sometimes
you can’t help but think they’re more interested in protecting the
interests of private companies. Like the oil companies, for instance.
Tesoro Hawai`i moves up this week because PUC Chairman Carlito Caliboso
told the state Senate Energy Committee he was having trouble
implementing the new law requiring oil companies to tell consumers how
they set gasoline prices. The reason for all the trouble? Caliboso’s
desire to “maintain confidentiality for the parties providing the
information,” according the Apr. 18 Honolulu Star-Bulletin.
Heaven forbid if the oil industry should have to allow their
super-secret pricing schemes to fall into the hands of the wrong
people—and by “wrong people,” I really mean “people.”
WHAT’S THE LIPOA POINT?
Gotta love the Maui Land & Pineapple Company. No, I’m serious:
you must love them. Right now! I kid, I kid. Seriously folks, have you
been following this whole Honolua Bay/Lipoa Point thing? A couple
months ago the company floats this idea—it’s not even a plan,
really—that they want to build 40 estates and an 18-hole golf course on
Lipoa Point overlooking the bay, and practically the entire island is
outraged. And rightfully so—Honolua Bay is a gorgeous place, regardless
of whether you’re a surfer, and the idea of urban run-off getting
dumped into the bay is too horrible to contemplate. Anyway, opposition
to any development at the point has gotten so bad that on Apr. 20
County Councilmember Jo Anne Johnson proposed buying the property from
ML&P, and even offered to set aside $1 million to show the company
they were serious. That a boatload of Save Honolua activists filled the
entire council chamber gallery as Johnson spoke shows that ML&P is
truly the force in the county to be reckoned with. MTW