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Preserve Lipoa Point

August 16, 2012
Tamara Paltin - Napili , The Maui Weekly

I was shocked to learn that County Councilmember Mike White of Ha'iku made a motion to take Lipoa Point out of preservation for the West Maui community plan. The Maui News also neglected to mention that Joseph Pontanilla of Kahului seconded the motion and that it was passed by Gladys Baisa of Upcountry and Danny Mateo of Molokai. Lana'i's Riki Hokama was not present.

Mahalo to Councilmember Elle Cochran, Don Couch and Bob Carroll for voting to honor community wishes and respecting the 16,000 signatures on Save Honolua Coalition's petition to put Lipoa Point in preservation. I am extremely disappointed that Maui Land & Pineapple would consider Lipoa Point as loan collateral when they own thousands of other acres of agriculture. Lipoa Point is an asset that belongs to all, not just land ML&P can use to get another loan to cover their debts. ML&P doesn't maintain Honolua by themselves. The community does clean ups, native plantings and funds the porta potties in partnership. If they want to cash in on it, they should also take full responsibility for the black plastic and runoff polluting a state Marine Life Conservation District.

How can they use it as collateral and still discuss a "deal" for preservation at the same time?

Everyone makes mistakes. I hope three council members will reconsider their 8-2-12 vote and make a motion to put Lipoa Point back in preservation.

Tamara Paltin




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