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Ulua Beach Park trees are missed

February 9, 2012
The Maui Weekly

Ulua Beach Park in Wailea is known by locals and visitors as one of the best parks on the South Side offering beach access; beautiful, shady, mature monkeypod trees; hedges of hibiscus; colorful trees; but most of all, shady and cool.

Have a look now at the total destruction with no public notice or warnings before it happened. The Maui County Arborist Committee was not even informed.

Someone wrote that no tax dollars were consumed by this tree destruction. But I think the budget was definitely impacted by the amount of time county employees spent processing permits, reading documents, attending meetings, driving county vehicles to and from the site, making site inspections, and providing legal services and opinions. I assume everyone understands that all of this costs money. Money spent on a low-priority item that takes time and resources away from major county projects, like street repair, building repair, and grants to non-profits and education. The list is endless, so please, saying it does not cost the taxpayers is an insult.

It has been said that there were complaints about lack of parking at Ulua. There is a huge parking lot at The Shops at Wailea. There simply was no excuse for chopping mature trees when they could have been saved. And I wonder how many people would say, "Chop down a big tree so I can park my car?" Something is not right here. The powers that be need to give up the ax when it comes to trees.

Marilyn Colvin Kihei



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