The passage of HB1326, the so-called “Corporate Water Theft Bill” that affects the future use of East Maui’s water, has morphed from a civics lesson into an episode of “The Walking Dead.” In the past week alone, the bill has been alive, dead, undead, and buried-but-still-moving. It has become so toxic that few lawmakers even want to discuss it anymore. Currently, HB1326 is … [Read more...] about Nothing Is Dead in the Land of the Zombies: The twisted legislative saga of the “Corporate Water Theft” Bill
[In November 2018, MauiTime broke the story of the $262-million sale of 56,000 acres of Alexander & Baldwin sugarcane land and watershed to Mahi Pono, a joint venture between California-based Pomona Farming and a Canadian pension fund. Our Changing Maui: Mahi Pono series examines all facets of the sale and the changes it will bring to Maui. It is part of Changing Maui, a … [Read more...] about Farm Plan or Lobbying Tool? A Mahi Pono “Farm Plan Narrative” outlines planting scenarios – with and without water. Is it accurate?
Three years ago this month Albert Perez took over as Executive Director of the Maui Tomorrow Foundation. He helped found the organization in 1989, stayed a few years, then moved to the mainland, where he spent much of his time until 2015. I chatted with Perez not long after he took over Maui Tomorrow, and since then have seen him around the county doing the grunt work of a … [Read more...] about Talking affordable housing, seawalls and sustainable ag with Albert Perez, 3 years after he took over Maui Tomorrow
It's a familiar heartbreaking scene, corporations bulldozing ancient burial grounds, water rights, and the struggle of indigenous people to be heard. In Hawaii it's a fight that activists know well. To stand in solidarity today is an International Vigil for Standing Rock around the world. Say a prayer in unity or join the Maui Vigil at Baldwin Beach Park at … [Read more...] about International Vigil for Standing Rock at Baldwin Beach Park, Paia Maui at 11am Today
Yeah, he did it: this afternoon at a press conference, Governor David Ige announced that he would sign House Bill 2501 "with reservations," which means Alexander & Baldwin (A&B) can continue its century-old practice of diverting East Maui water (the governor's live stream of the press conference was a failure, but Honolulu Civil Beat reporter Nathan Eagle tweeted Ige's … [Read more...] about UPDATED: Governor David Ige signs HB 2501, allows A&B to continue East Maui water diversion