Haiku and Paia residents complained to the Board of Water Supply (BWS) this week that they haven’t been consulted on the Maui Island Water Use and Development Plan (WUDP) that includes a “strategy” to drill deep wells in the Haiku aquifer. The wells would send millions of gallons of water a day to central and south Maui for those areas’ burgeoning future water needs. Residents … [Read more...] about Haiku and Paia Residents Ask to Be Heard Before County Council Votes on Maui Island Water Plan
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The public comment period for Mahi Pono/Alexander & Baldwin’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) closed last week, and judging from the dozens of pages of responses I’ve read, this DEIS has more holes in it than bleached coral. Those stalwart folks who actually pored through the 2,700-page tome seemed to find scant substance and lots to question in East Maui … [Read more...] about ‘This DEIS Is Deficient’: Sierra Club, Maui Tomorrow, and others weigh in on A&B/Mahi Pono’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement for a 30-year water lease
California water attorney Tim O’Laughlin, aka “The Hammer” has joined Mahi Pono as its new chief operating officer, a development that should strike fear into the hearts of everyone working to protect Maui’s water. His former law firm bio describes him as advising clients “on matters involving water, land use and planning, and the environment.” People who’ve worked with him say … [Read more...] about Mahi Pono Hires The Hammer
A bullying leader trying to advance an agenda that lacks widespread public support and now faces potential legal action. An elected official who refuses to work with legislative branch members who disagree with him. Lawyers mandated to serve the public interest instead cater only to selected officials. Political toadies use script-like talking points to malign colleagues who … [Read more...] about Dirty Water: Why is the Victorino Administration monkeywrenching Maui’s water issues?
“Maui is losing its aloha,” a friend lamented recently as we discussed the news of the week. During a County Council Affordable Housing Committee meeting, a shouting match between attendees grew so heated that security was summoned and Council Chambers were cleared. Maui’s social media pages are filled with belligerent commands to anyone posting complaints about island … [Read more...] about Bad Manners: Mahi Pono’s rudeness toward the Maui Board of Water Supply may have consequences