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Keep the island for locals

January 12, 2012
The Maui Weekly

I am 13 years old and used to live on Maui. I moved away three years ago, and miss Maui so much. My grandma currently lives on Maui and sends my family your papers. It is interesting to see all of the changes that have occurred since we left.

In your Nov. 24-30, 2011, issue, there is one article in particular that, to me, discusses plans that just aren't right. "Developer Plans Downtown Kihei" states that developers are planning to build a 150-room hotel, a state-of-the-art HD movie theater, restaurants, retail shops and a pedestrian plaza. Then it shows a picture of what they are planning to have downtown Kihei look like.

As a former Hawaiian local, I don't remember it all being about shopping. It was all about spending time with the family and going to the beach and having fun. I also know that Maui is going to the tourists, but seriously, why don't we save the land we have let and keep the island for the locals, and not for the tourists? I think that tourists go to Maui to go swimming, participate in luau and enjoy the warm weather.

We shouldn't have to shape Maui around the tourists.

And to end my letter, I would like to leave you with one question: Are you angry about it, too?

Sydney Hashimoto Branson, Missouri



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