A candidate recently exhorted us not to be swayed by the "vocal minority." This is sound advice if that minority is advocating mayhem or harm; however, when it comes to local planning issues, I say hats off to the vocal minority.
If it weren't for a few dedicated souls like the late Ed Lindsey and late Rene Silva, we would not have the awareness needed to protect and preserve our irreplaceable native plants in so many Maui locations. And what about Dana and Isaac Hall, Les Kuloloio and the small band of Makena kama'aina who spoke up for the ancient Ke Ala Loa (Old Makena Road) that was beginning to disappear as resorts took over the shoreline of South Maui? Thanks to their vocal minority raising the issue, we now have the experience of a wonderful walking path and a popular beach park at Maluaka by the Maui Prince.
Thanks to other vocal minorities, we have a high-tech center in Kihei, the Maui Arts & Cultural Center, a state park at Makena, a popular walking trail along the Kama'ole shoreline, a widely enjoyed wildlife sanctuary at Kealia Pond (instead of the luxury marina proposed). Can a few people make a difference for us all by getting involved?
Yes they can! Please don't be afraid to be part of a vocal minority speaking for what is right.
Lucienne de Naie