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Spend harbor funds where they are needed

April 14, 2011
Maui Weekly

Looking out from Trilogy at the “Breakwall” surf spot, I pictured Kamehameha surfing by (like I used to hear stories of)—even riding across the now-existing channel through “Harbor Lefts” on giant south swells.

There are three proposed locations for new fueling facilities to accommodate the cruise ships: Lahaina Harbor, Mala and Black Rock.

The harbor is already too crowded, and a new 110-foot pier out in front of the library would only make things worse, not better. (If you build it, they will come!) Not to mention the historic area of the King’s Palace, blessing stone, etc.

This new pier would also require the removal of coral on its north side. Once, the idea was to “replant” the coral in the area where the derelict boat was to be removed, but now the boat cannot be removed because coral has grown inside.

So why is it OK to remove coral in front of the library?

If there is money to be spent on new facilities, let’s spend it in an area that needs improvement, like Mala Wharf, rather than further congesting old Lahaina.



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