I would like you to go to honolulu.craigslist.org/mau/vnn/3153188904.html and see why we have started a petition to force HC&S to put up some sort of shield to protect us from the onslaught that we are getting hit with. This has been an ongoing problem for the last month or so and we were told by the field operations manager at HC&S that it was only going to get worse. We are asking them to put up dust crop fences as a temporary solution. He suggested planting the wiliwili trees again, or even hedges, which would be more effective than the dust crop fences, and said he would talk to his boss about it.
This would be a great start to improving the air along Mokulele Highway and making it safe to commute on one of the busiest highways on Maui. If we can get them to replant the wiliwili trees, it would benefit everyone, including Kihei, Maui Meadows and Wailea residents.
We have never had this bad of a problem until they made the new Mokulele Highway. The difference is the trees!
I know you have run stories on the haze before, but this is different. This not only affects the air, but the people who have to ride through this on their bikes or mopeds are being hit right in the face. This is not just dirt. It has a combination of the burnt earth and PVC pipe mixed in with it.
If we can get this done, it would be historical, because it will affect generations to come. This goes into further detail at change.org (use keywords "Assault on Kihei").
John & Lehuna Deinhardt