Tractor-churned dust is bedeviling some Maui residents. Photo: MauiTime Last year at this time, Mauians were cheering the news that Alexander & Baldwin had suddenly shed its former cane field land and 50 percent of its EMI irrigation system in a $267-million sale to a completely unknown, newly-created entity named Mahi Pono. Oh, there were high hopes for this … [Read more...] about Naughty or Nice? At the one-year anniversary of Mahi Pono’s 56,000-acre Maui ag land grab, questions remain about the company’s ultimate intentions
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
[MauiTime first broke the story of the sale of Alexander & Baldwin’s old sugarcane lands in November 2018. Our ongoing Changing Maui: Mahi Pono series investigates the new owners of these massive land holdings and the changes they will bring to Maui. It is part of Changing Maui, a larger series on the changes facing Maui County.] Yet another corporate entity has … [Read more...] about Finally! A farmer! Who is Californian Ceil Howe III and what is he doing as an overseer of Mahi Pono?
Mahi Pono, the island’s newest and largest landowner, has acquired some Maui employees. Former Hawai‘i Lt. Governor Shan Tsutsui and longtime island activist Sean Lester have signed on with the subsidiary of California-based Pomona Farming, which acquired more than 41,000 acres of former sugarcane land from Alexander & Baldwin last month. Currently a vice … [Read more...] about Two Activists and a Lt. Governor: Mahi Pono’s first hires seem long on charm and short on farm
[Editor's note: This story has been updated since its first posting. This is the version that ran in our Jan. 3 print edition.] To hear the hosannas from members of Maui’s progressive community, Christmas came early this year with Alexander & Baldwin’s sale of some 41,000 acres of former sugarcane lands to a mainland company for $262 million, or about $6,400 an … [Read more...] about Who Are These Guys? Enthusiasm over the new owners of A&B’s agricultural lands runs high, though almost nothing is known about them