Help save Honolua
It is unfortunate that the quiet title process of forcing families to sell their ancestral lands continues in Hawai'i in this day and age; however, that is the result of legal action taken by Maui Land & Pineapple Co. to "quiet" the title of a very small parcel of land located within the Honolua Marine Life Conservation District.
While this is a sad situation, the Save Honolua Coalition hopes that it can be an opportunity to further Malama Honolua. Our vision for this property is our mission for our nonprofit: Maintain open space, public access and revitalize the health of the Honolua Ahupua'a through community-based management utilizing Hawaiian practices and values. We would like to facilitate a makai watch program being reinstated and continue to fund port-a-potties as part of a much-needed management plan for this sensitive area.
It is disappointing that MLP COO Ryan Churchill declined to comment in an article in The Maui News (Jan. 29, 2012) regarding the public auction of this property.
Time and time again, the community has come out en masse to support the protection of Honolua Bay from development, and I'm sure we would all like to know MLP's plans for the future at Honolua. Will they restart a bidding war at the confirmation hearing? If they were to acquire the land, what are their plans?
As a publicly traded corporation beholden to their stockholders, MLP is responsible for making a profit; so we wonder how outbidding our community will accomplish this. If they have plans for conservation and management, wouldn't it be cheaper for their stockholders to allow a nonprofit to shoulder the burden? If MLP or any other entity has plans for private or commercial development at Honolua, be assured that the community will rise up once again to protect Honolua.
Ultimately, the Save Honolua Coalition would like the community to have ownership of this land through a conservation land trust, and we are actively seeking donations to raise the necessary funds on our website at www.savehonolua.org. If you have a love for Honolua and believe in our mission and what we are doing, please donate--every little bit helps. If MLP or another entity ends up with control of the property at the confirmation hearing, we will continue on with our mission and hope to work together with the landowners on a management plan to address the many threats faced by the Honolua MLCD.
Tamara Paltin Save Honolua Coalition president