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
“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
Tiare Lawrence strolled into MauiTime’s offices last Friday precisely on time for a noon interview. Wearing cut-off jeans, a red plaid shirt, and long hair wound into a loose bun, she had agreed to meet with editor Axel Beers and me to discuss her new job. The Lahaina born-and-raised waterwoman and hula dancer is now a Pukalani-based mother of a girl, 9, and a … [Read more...] about ‘I’m Still Tiare’: Tiare Lawrence plans to keep fighting for her community – only now she’ll do so as Mahi Pono’s new Community Relations Director
MauiTime is in receipt of multiple unconfirmed reports that Alexander and Baldwin, Maui’s largest private landowner, is selling a significant portion of its landholdings on the island. Reports range from claims that the company is selling 36,000 acres in the Central Valley previously used for sugarcane, to talk that the company’s entire 55,000-acre holdings on Maui are on the … [Read more...] about Amidst rumors that it is selling Maui holdings, A&B requests continued water diversion
1. On June 17, Gov. David Ige signed HB 2034 into law. The bill appropriates $450,000 in general funds to the Kaho‘olawe Island Reserve Commission for restoration projects. How much was the appropriation in the bill’s original form? A. $400,000 B. $450,000 C. $500,000 D. $550,000 E. $600,000 2. On Friday, June 17, Gov. Ige said that he’s still mulling House Bill 2501, … [Read more...] about Quizunderstood: How well do you know the bills Gov. David Ige signed recently?