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
Reader Survey: Do you trust Mahi Pono? Why or why not? Vote and leave a comment below for a chance to appear in print! #coconutpoll https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MahiPono … [Read more...] about Coconut Poll: Mahi Pono
Mahi Pono community relations director Tiare Lawrence Last week, Mahi Pono community relations director Tiare Lawrence took to Facebook to attack MauiTime’s reporting and more specifically, our reporter Deborah Caulfield Rybak. In her public post, Lawrence called Rybak “corrupt and dishonest,” and identified a source who had asked not to be named in print in Rybak’s February … [Read more...] about On MauiTime’s Mahi Pono Coverage: Mahi Pono’s community relations director has called our reporter “corrupt and dishonest.” That’s false… and it’s wrong.
Mahi Pono, Maui’s largest landowner, sprayed the highly toxic chemical paraquat on fields near the Maui Baseyard in Pu‘unene six times last September and October, according to Hawai‘i’s Department of Agriculture Annual Restricted Use Pesticide (RUP) Reporting Forms. MauiTime obtained the forms through a Uniform Information Practices Act (UIPA) request. Based on weather data for … [Read more...] about Mahi Pono’s Pesticide Files: Mahi Pono uses paraquat and another chemical toxic to marine life and bees. Is it practicing sustainable agriculture?
Mahi Pono director of community relations Tiare Lawrence told a politically active local businessman in January that there would be “a lot of money available” if he ran against South Maui State Representative Tina Wildberger in this year’s election. The businessman recently confirmed the conversation to MauiTime, but asked that his name not be used in print. The phone call … [Read more...] about Mahi Pono Plays Politics: What’s the end game?