2017 Q3 Outings Schedule (June-September)

Please register for all hikes with the leader listed in the description. Please be prepared for outings: bring lunch, water, rain gear, sunscreen and appropriate footwear. Hiking boots are recommended for longer hikes. A donation of $5 ($3 for Sierra Club members) is requested of hikers over age 14. We always welcome more hike leaders. Contact Lucienne deNaie at laluz@maui.net if you are interested in becoming a hike leader.

Hike Descriptions Key:

(C) means conservation, such as discussing how to conserve this land for future generations to enjoy.
(E) means educational, such as visiting and learning about archeological sites and naming the plants and flowers.
(S) indicates a service outing.
(D) is the round trip hike distance.

Friday, June 9 Hamakuapoko Historical hike (Baldwin Beach Park)
(C/E) D=4 mi. Pleasant walk along bike path and beach to learn about the rich and hidden history of this lovely area. Bring hat/water/snacks. Meet 9:00 a.m. in Baldwin beach parking lot. Limit 15. Leader: Lucienne de Naie <laluz@maui.net> or 214-0147.

Sunday, June 11 – Makapipi Watershed Trail – REQUIRES EMI WAIVER
(C/E) D=4 mi. Varied terrain. Ditch trail: Makapipi to Kopili’ula Stream. Scenic vistas, pools, waterfalls. native plant life. Hike crosses several bridges with no hand rails, not recommended for those sensitive to heights. EMI waiver required (see below) Meet at 8:00 am at the Haiku Community Center. Limit 18. Leader: Miranda Camp <mauimiranda@hotmail.com> or 868-6848.

Sunday, June 18 – Mākena Shoreline Hike
(C/E) D=3 mi R/T. Moderate. Narrow “fisherman’s trail” in sections. Help keep public access open, enjoy beautiful views with varying shoreline. Bring a snack for the end point at Black Sand Beach. Meet 9:00 a.m. in public parking lot for Polo Beach. Limit 15. Register with leader: Rob Weltman <robw@worldspot.com> or 354-0490.

Saturday, June 24 – Mālama Hamakua Day (Ha’iku)
(C/E/S) D= 4 mi R/T. Monthly service outing to remove trash and care for cultural sites on 267 acre County coastal preserve. Bring gloves/hand tools/water/hat/lunch/ sturdy shoes. Meet 9 am at Ha’iku Community Center. Limit 15. Leader: Lucienne de Naie <laluz@maui.net> or 214-0147.

Saturday, June 24 – Palauea/Wailea 670 Cultural Sites- Northwest
(C/E) D= 2 mi R/T. Explore walls and ridgelines and mark cultural sites in northwest Wailea 670 preserve. Rugged terrain. closed shoes/boots, long pants and good balance a must. Bring water, hiking stick, cameras. Meet 3 pm at top of Kaukahi Rd in Wailea. Limit 15. Leader: Lucienne de Naie <laluz@maui.net> or 214-0147.

Sunday, June 25 – Huelo Coastal Trail to Ocean
(C/E) D= 2 mi R/T (Private land-no EMI Waiver needed) hike along steep, but scenic coastal trail to ocean in Huelo area. Meet 9:00 am at Haiku Community Center. Limit: 15. Leader: Miranda Camp <mauimiranda@hotmail.com> or 868-6848.

Saturday, July 1
Makawao Forest Reserve (C/E)
7 miles
Left side of road, 3 mile climb up trails and jeep road, moderately strenuous and muddy). Meet 8:30 am at parking lot across St. Joseph’s Church (Makawao Ave.) Limit 18. Leader: Robin West <rwest808@yahoo.com> or 277-7267.

Sunday, July 9
Hanawi (Nahiku area) stream hike (C/E)
4 miles
Strenuous. Pools waterfalls, native stream life. Numerous stream crossings. Good water footwear a must. Meet 8:30 a.m. at Haiku Community center. EMI waiver required (see above). Limit 15. Leader: Rob Weltman <robw@worldspot.com> or 354-0490.

Sunday, July 16
Palauʻea/Wailea 670 Kalama-Kanaio Road Trail (C/E)
2 miles
Hike historic Kalama-Kanaio Trail to its south limits. Magnificent mauka-makai views, native plants and hidden archaeological sites. Rugged, rocky terrain. Closed shoes/boots, long pants and good balance a must. Bring water, hiking stick, cameras. Meet 3 pm at top of Kaukahi Rd in Wailea. Limit 15. Leader: Lucienne de Naie <laluz@maui.net> or 214-0147.

Friday and Saturday, July 21 & 22
Photograph the King Tides and help us learn more about their impacts on Maui.
To participate, contact Adriane <adriane.raff-corwin@sierraclub.org > or 419-5143.

Saturday, July 22
SIERRA CLUB SPROUTS Outing (C/E/S)
Ages 7-13, teenage siblings welcome as volunteers to help with event. $5 per child, light snacks provided. Topic: Oceans. Kids will learn about rising sea levels and the impacts of plastic in our oceans through fun and educational activities. 10 am-12 pm. Location TBA. Leader: Adriane Raff Corwin <adriane.raff-corwin@sierraclub.org > or 419-5143.

Sunday, July 23
Makaʻiwa Bay and shoreline (east Maui) (C/E)
4 miles
Sometimes strenuous hike through a muddy forest and then down a ridge line to the coast. There are ropes at the end of the hike if you would like to explore the coastline. The return hike is all uphill. Bring water, snacks, sunscreen, hat, swimwear. Limit 10. Meet at Haiku Community Center 8 am to carpool. Leader: Miranda Camp <mauimiranda@hotmail.com> or 868-6848.

Saturday, July 29
Hāmākua Mālama Day (C/E/S)
Ha‘ikū, 4 miles
Monthly community service outing to remove trash and keep coastal trails open on 267 acres of Hamakua lands purchased by Maui County. Bring gloves/hand tools/water/hat/lunch/ sturdy shoes. Meet 9am at Ha‘ikū Community Center. Limit 15. Leader: Lucienne de Naie <laluz@maui.net> or 214-0147

Sunday, August 6
Lower Waikamoi Stream hike (C/E)
3 miles
Short but rugged stream hike from Waikamoi Ridge trail on Hana Hwy upstream to pool/waterfall. Native plants, scenery. Bring lunch, water, hat and water hiking footwear. Meet 8:00 am Haiku Community Center. Limit 12. EMI WAIVER REQUIRED (See above). Leader: Rob Weltman <robw@worldspot.com> or 354-0490.

Friday Aug 11
Palauʻea/Wailea 670 Native Plant Hike (C/E)
2.5 miles
Explore lava flow areas to check for rare native native plants in bloom. Rugged terrain. Closed shoes/boots, long pants and good balance a must. Bring water, hiking stick, cameras. Meet 3 pm at top of Kaukahi Rd in Wailea. Limit 15. Leader: Lucienne de Naie <laluz@maui.net> or 214-0147.

Saturday, August 19
Makamakaʻole (C/E)
2 miles
Beautiful hike with many stream crossings and waterfall at the end. Bring water shoes, lunch, water, swimsuit. Limit 12. Meet at Waihee School parking lot 8:30 am to carpool. Leader: Miranda Camp <mauimiranda@hotmail.com> or 868-6848.

Saturday, August 26
Hāmākua Mālama Day (C/E/S)
Ha‘ikū, 4 miles
Monthly community service outing to remove trash and keep coastal trails open on 267 acres of Hamakua lands purchased by Maui County. Bring gloves/hand tools/water/hat/lunch/ sturdy shoes. Meet 9am at Ha‘ikū Community Center. Limit 15. Leader: Lucienne de Naie <laluz@maui.net> or 214-0147

Sunday, August 27
Wahinepeʻe Water Hike (C/E)
9 miles
Hike historic trail to overlook Honomanu stream and Valley. Pools. Waterfalls. Great scenery. Will be muddy. EMI waiver required. Bring water, lunch, bug spray. Meet 8 am Haiku Community Center. Limit 15. Leader: Robin West <rwest808@yahoo.com> or 277-7267.

Friday Sept 1
Palauʻea/Wailea 670 Cultural Sites & Native Plants (C/E)
2.5 miles
Explore lava flow areas marking cultural sites and monitoring native plants in Central Wailea 670 preserve. Rugged terrain. Closed shoes/boots, long pants and good balance a must. Bring water, hiking stick, cameras. Meet 3 pm at top of Kaukahi Rd in Wailea. Limit 15. Leader: Lucienne de Naie <laluz@maui.net> or 214-0147.

Saturday, September 9
Sliding Sands Trail and Halemauʻu Trail (C/E)
Haleakalā, 11-12 miles
Advanced hike through the Haleakalā crater from the Keoneheʻe Trailhead at 9740 ft. to Halemauʻu at 7990 ft. Hike goes down 3000 ft. in elevation and then back up 1000 ft. Must be in great physical shape and good with elevation changes. Bring 3+ liters of water, lunch and plenty of snacks, hat, sunscreen, warm clothing, rain jacket, binoculars, and sturdy closed toe hiking shoes. Meet 8:30 am at Pukalani Longs parking lot. Hike will take about 7-8 hours. At end of hike, optional stay to watch sunset and the stars come out. Note: Fee of $20/car to enter the Haleakalā National Park. Limit 12. Leader: Adriane Raff Corwin <adriane.raff-corwin@sierraclub.org > or 419-5143. Map of hike route: https://www.nps.gov/hale/planyourvisit/upload/Map-and-Descriptions-FINAL_Compressed-1.pdf

Sunday, September 17
Wailua Iki Stream Hike (E/C)
6 miles
Moderate hike through beautiful forest on winding muddy, jeep road. Pools, waterfalls and lush plant life. Bring appropriate footwear, sunscreen, lunch and water. Meet 8:00 am at Haiku Community Center. EMI waiver required (see above). Limit: 15. Leader: Rob Weltman <robw@worldspot.com> or 354-0490.

Sunday, September 24
Waiheʻe Ridge Hike (C)
5 miles
1200 ft elevation gain. Great workout with native plants, beautiful views! Bring rain jacket, lunch, water, hat, sunscreen. Meet 8:30 am at Waihee School parking lot. Limit 12. Leader: Miranda Camp <mauimiranda@hotmail.com> or 868-6848.

Saturday, September 30
Hāmākua Mālama Day (C/E/S)
Ha‘ikū, 4 miles
Monthly community service outing to remove trash and keep coastal trails open on 267 acres of Hamakua lands purchased by Maui County. Bring gloves/hand tools/water/hat/lunch/ sturdy shoes. Meet 9am at Ha‘ikū Community Center. Limit 15. Leader: Lucienne de Naie <laluz@maui.net> or 214-0147

EMI WAIVER REQUIRED FOR CERTAIN HIKES

To go on certain hikes, you need a waiver from East Maui Irrigation Company (EMI). If the hike description notes that you need a waiver then you absolutely must get one prior to the hike. (If there is no notation that the hike requires an EMI waiver, then you don’t need to worry about this.) One waiver covers all EMI hikes for the quarter of hikes listed currently. Call in your waiver request to EMI at 579-9516 well in advance to make an appointment for when you can sign it. Then go to EMI’s Pa’ia office at 497 Baldwin Avenue to sign the waiver. You will need to call to make sure someone will be there. Waivers CANNOT be mailed, faxed or emailed. Sierra Club Maui does not make the rules. EMI does. Please be considerate of EMI staff time and pick up waiver 5 days in advance whenever possible. THE WAIVER MUST BE BROUGHT ON THE HIKE AND SHOWN TO THE HIKE LEADER. Mahalo

Press Release: Settlement Announced Over Future of Mākena Region

July 11, 2017

JOINT PRESS RELEASE

Maui Community Groups Reach Settlement Over Future of Mākena Region

Impacts of Luxury Development on Environment and Cultural Practices Significantly Reduced

Community groups and the owner of Makena Resort (ATC Makena) have reached an agreement regarding the future of the Mākena region. The agreement includes reducing density throughout the entire Mākena resort lands as well as the makai parcels, preservation of on-street public beach parking around Makena Landing, affordable housing within the Mākena area, protection of cultural sites and historic mauka-makai trails, an independent cultural manager and the establishment and perpetual funding of a community benefit fund, among other provisions.

“This settlement is a win-win because it protects the environment and cultural sites of Mākena, but also supports the needs of Maui’s local families,” said Adriane Raff Corwin, Coordinator of Sierra Club Maui Group. “Our negotiations will result in at least 60 units of housing, affordable in perpetuity and priced at or below median income levels, being built on Makena resort land. We have asked that first priority for these homes be given to families with historical ties to the Mākena area, giving kamaʻaina a chance to return to the land.”

Hoʻoponopono O Mākena, Sierra Club of Hawaii – Maui Group, and Maui Tomorrow Foundation filed suit in the Environmental Court in early May challenging the Maui Planning Commission’s Finding of No Significant Impact for ATC Makena’s 47-acre project surrounding Makena Landing. The groups were represented by attorney Lance D. Collins. A request to stay county proceedings was granted by Environmental Court Judge Joseph E. Cardoza. Shortly thereafter, the judge asked that parties begin meeting to attempt to negotiate a resolution of the community’s concerns. The lengthy, intensive negotiations were aided by both Circuit Court Judge Peter T. Cahill and retired Circuit Court Judge Shackley Raffetto.

“We need the Mākena Landing area to be a place where local families feel welcome,” said Ashford DeLima, a member of a long time Mākena family, and President of Hoʻoponopono O Mākena. “This agreement protects our past, like our cultural sites and historic trails, while it provides for the future by expanding the shoreline park and parking. We worked hard to have a guarantee that cultural access and cultural education will not be confined to a few little sites on this property. Working through an onsite cultural manager, cultural use will be a real part of the land. Our goal is for local families to learn from this land for generations to come.”

“The `āina of Mākena needed a voice,” said Albert Perez, Executive Director of Maui Tomorrow Foundation. “Maui’s people were being pushed out, but the community stepped up to the plate and pushed back. We have been working constantly over the last two months to represent the public’s interests and preserve what is best about Mākena. Our history of fighting for this special place goes back almost 40 years. The first success of this effort was the creation of Mākena State Park at Oneloa (Big Beach). Now the future of Mākena, which has been unclear for decades, has a measure of certainty. As a community, we will need to remain vigilant, but this is a start.”


Hoʻoponopono O Mākena is an organization that was formed to preserve and protect cultural and historic sites in Mākena, including heiau, rock structures, shrines, ancient walls, pathways, and roads. The group’s mission is “to make things right” in Mākena; they are interested in caring for the many historic sites in Mākena with any other interested community members.

The Maui Tomorrow Foundation is an environmental advocacy organization serving as a watchdog for enforcement of Hawaii’s environmental and land use laws. For more information, please visit maui-tomorrow.org.

The Sierra Club Maui Group, part of the Sierra Club of Hawai’i, is one of the oldest and most effective grassroots environmental organizations in the islands. Founded in 1976, we currently have thousands of members and supporters volunteering to help people better explore, enjoy, and protect Hawaiʻi’s unique environment and wildlife.

Breaking News: Sierra Club Maui & Allies File Lawsuit to Protect Makena

Breaking News!

Sierra Club Maui & Allies File Lawsuit to Protect Makena

Sierra Club Maui Group, Maui Tomorrow Foundation, and Ho’oponopono O Makena filed a lawsuit on May 2, 2017 asking the Maui Environmental Court to halt the approval of Makena Resort’s Environmental Assessment. We are extremely worried about the environmental and cultural impacts that Makena Resort’s current proposal would have on the area and are doing everything we can to ensure a proper review be completed in the form of an Environmental Impact Statement.

Through our lawsuit, we are seeking to invalidate the Maui Planning Commission’s acceptance of the Final Environmental Assessment (FEA) and issuance of a Finding of No Significant Impact for development of the proposed 47-acre M?kena Resort M-5/M-6/S-7/B-2 project, a 158-unit gated luxury community on the mauka side of Makena-Keone’o’io Road, above Makena Landing. The FEA was approved by a 5-3 vote, with several members of the Commission expressing strong reservations regarding unresolved impacts. Read our full press release here.

 

Please support Sierra Club Maui fight the good fight by making a tax-deductible donation to support our legal fees.

You can write a check to “Sierra Club Foundation” with “Maui Group” in the memo line and mail it to: P.O. Box 791180, Pa’ia, HI, 96779 or email us to find out how to donate by credit card.

We also need non-tax deductible donations that enable Sierra Club Maui Group to do the important political work that keeps Maui?s environment protected. Click here to donate to our general operating fund.

 

Mahalo for your support, and stay tuned for updates!

2017 Hawai’i State Legislature Round Up

 

Well, it’s May 5th, which means the Hawai’i State Legislature is in recess until January 2018 (they can and may be called into special session later this year, most likely to pass a funding bill for Honolulu Rail).

Unfortunately the list of good environmental bills that made it into law is short – from pesticides to clean energy, some of our state legislators took a pass on making our environmental future brighter. Our friends who work on affordable housing and other important social issues also saw very little helpful legislation passed.

But on the bright side – we were successful at beating back many bad bills. House Bill 1536 was killed and House Bill 1469 was recommitted to next year’s session, in no small part because of Sierra Club of Hawai’i’s Executive Director Marti Townsend.

There was also some great creative activism around HB1580, a cutting edge bill that set a goal of 100% clean ground transportation by 2045 – #Bananasfor1580. Although HB1580 was eventually killed, it spurred many new and young activists to participate, and we’re excited to see what’s in store for 2018! Learn more about #Bananasfor1580.

Sierra Club Maui Group wants to extend a huge mahalo to all Sierra Club of Hawai’i Chapter Staff and allies in Honolulu who worked tirelessly to pass the good bills and beat back the bad ones!

If you want to get involved more with helping pass good bills in the next legislative session, sign up for Sierra Club of Hawai’i’s Capitol Watch Action Network.

Ban the Foam!

On Monday, May 8, 2017 the Maui County Council will make the final vote on whether to ban polystyrene (styrofoam) food containers in Maui County (Bill No. 127 – 2016). Starting at 9 am, the public can testify in person.

Here’s Why We Need a Ban:

  • Polystyrene, as a single-use toxic plastic, poses significant environmental harm to our terrestrial and ocean environment.
  • Polystyrene foam products do not biodegrade and instead break down into micro-plastics that are often consumed by seabirds and other marine animals.
  • Over 80 municipalities across the U.S. have banned polystyrene, due to its significant environmental impacts.
  • Compostable containers are non-toxic, plant-based and carried by every distributor in Hawai’i.
  • The resources and energy to make 1 polystyrene container could make 3 compostable containers.
  • To date, there have been no documented cases of restaurants or food providers going out of business because of similar polystyrene phase outs.
  • Over 3 million tons of polystyrene products are disposed of annually in U.S. landfills.
  • Polystyrene cannot be recycled after use with food, and ultimately, less than 1% of polystyrene is recycled.
  • They are more than 90% air, causing them to break apart easily and litter waterways and blow out to sea.
  • Eco-friendly containers (either compostable or reusable) are economical and eco-friendly alternatives to polystyrene.
  • The price different between polystyrene and eco-friendly alternatives is virtually $0. The price difference between many compostable products and polystyrene is negligible, and there are, in fact, a number of compostable products that are cheaper than their polystyrene counterparts.
  • Recognizing the environmental impacts of polystyrene, a number of local, Maui-based restaurants have switched to compostable, eco-friendly products and been happy with the results.
  • The ordinance bill will not go into effect until July 2018. This gives Maui County’s restaurants plenty of time to test out the many eco-friendly alternatives and find which works best for them.
  • Maui County needs a full phase out to gain the many positive benefits that will come from eliminating polystyrene food containers on our islands. Our future generations will thank the Council for supporting this important ordinance bill.

 

Please come testify in person in support of Bill 127 (2016) “The Ban the Foam Bill” on Monday, May 8th at 9 am at Maui County’s Council Chamber, 8th Floor, 200 South High Street, Wailuku.

 

Press Release: Maui Community Groups Ask Court to Halt Approval of Makena Resort’s Environmental Assessment

                  

JOINT PRESS RELEASE

Media Contact:
Albert Perez, Maui Tomorrow Foundation
(808) 264-8229
director.mauitomorrow@gmail.com

May 3, 2017

Maui Community Groups Ask Court to Halt Approval of Makena Resort’s Environmental Assessment

Luxury Development Will Have Significant Impacts on Environment & Cultural Practices

Ho’oponopono O Makena, Maui Tomorrow Foundation, and Sierra Club Maui Group filed a lawsuit in Maui’s Environmental Court on Tuesday, May 2, 2017. They are seeking to invalidate the Maui Planning Commission’s acceptance of the Final Environmental Assessment (FEA) and issuance of a Finding of No Significant Impact for development of the proposed 47-acre Makena Resort M-5/M-6/S-7/B-2 project, a 158-unit gated luxury community on the mauka side of Makena-Keone’o’io Road, above Makena Landing. The FEA was approved by a 5-3 vote, with several members of the Commission expressing strong reservations regarding unresolved impacts. The Plaintiffs are represented by attorney Lance D. Collins.

The plaintiffs’ suit points out that the FEA limited review to the proposed 47-acre development, which is only a segment of developer ATC Makena Holdings, LLC’s 1,800 acre Master Planned Development. They also allege that the FEA failed to consider significant impacts that the new luxury development would have on public views, beach access, historical sites, and Makena groundwater resources. In addition, ATC Makena Holdings plans to divert water from Central Maui’s ‘Iao aquifer for its development, but this diversion is subject to a complaint by Central Maui water users, and is under investigation by the State Water Commission.

Ashford De Lima is President of Ho’oponopono O Makena, an organization that was formed to preserve and protect cultural and historic sites in Makena, including heiau, rock structures, shrines, ancient walls, pathways, and roads. “Ho’oponopono means ‘to make things right,’ ” he said. The group’s members are interested in caring for the many historic sites in Makena with any other interested community members. Said De Lima, “Our goal is that all the things that are there in Makena should be made right.”

Mr. De Lima is a member of a fifth-generation Makena family. Most of the 47 acres currently proposed for the project, including a recorded burial site, was held by his ‘ohana during the Hawaiian Kingdom era. He is a Native Hawaiian cultural practitioner and fisherman, and has observed significant environmental impacts of neighboring development in the area. He is also concerned that the cultural review done for the developer is inadequate in an area that has so much history. “I think we need to have an independent cultural review of the proposed site and the surrounding area,” De Lima said. “I believe that the project will have significant adverse impacts on the historic, cultural, and environmental resources of the Makena area, and on our ability to continue our traditional and customary practices at Makena. Members of Ho’oponopono O Makena continue our cultural practices in and around lands proposed for the Project, yet the Applicant’s Cultural Impact Assessment Report stated that its research ‘yielded no information about cultural resources or practices being conducted in recent times on the project area.’ ”

According to Albert Perez, Executive Director of the Maui Tomorrow Foundation, “ATC Makena Holdings sliced off 47 acres from their 1,800-acre Makena Master Plan, and assessed only the impacts of that segment. They claimed that they had no further plans for the rest of the land – some of which they previously received rezoning for – and hoped nobody would question it. However, the Hawai‘i Environmental Policy Act requires the applicant to properly assess the cumulative impacts of all segments of its project prior to decision making or construction on any segment of the project. The public interest requires complete and proper environmental review.”

“Plaintiffs in this lawsuit have raised concerns about significant environmental impacts with this developer for years,” said Perez, “Unfortunately, our concerns have not been adequately addressed. “The entire Maui community reveres Makena’s beautiful beaches and precious natural resources, and the developer needs to acknowledge that the construction of an elite private enclave in this area will have significant environmental impacts, including the reduction of access to popular public beaches, loss of protected scenic views, and impairment of the Makena environment. The Maui Planning Commission knows that a Finding of No Significant Impact is only appropriate if there are no significant impacts; the Commission should have required that a full Environmental Impact Statement be prepared.”

Clare Apana, Executive Committee Member and Chair of the Sierra Club Maui Group’s Cultural Preservation Committee, expressed concern that the FEA makes no provision for the protection of the historic Makena-‘Ulupalakua Road. “Why can’t this project find a design that protects this important historic site rather than replacing it with a luxury condo building, ‘members-only’ pools, and ‘shade hale’ that no one on Maui needs? The loss of this road is not even discussed in the Environmental Assessment, and no mitigation is offered. Under the 1892 Highways Act, this road is considered a public road, and entitled to preservation. Also, the Kihei-Makena Community Plan requires that projects ‘[p]reserve and restore historical roads and paths as cultural resources,’ and requires ‘such resources to be available to the public.’ The Plan also directs that ‘Ancient Trails/Old Government Roads’ in the South Maui area ‘should be identified for preservation…’ ”

“Many of us who grew up here on Maui have used the Makena-‘Ulupalakua Road, just like generations of our ancestors. If it disappears, a part of our history and culture is lost forever, in order to create expensive condos for mainland investors,” said Apana.

Plaintiffs also questioned whether the Maui Planning Commission’s vote on the FEA was appropriate. The Commission’s vote specified a “View Enhancement Alternative,” which the Commission asked the developer to add during its January 10, 2017 meeting, yet the FEA was based on the developer’s “Preferred Alternative.”  In his transmittal letter to the State Office of Environmental Quality Control, the Maui Planning Director wrote of the Planning Commission’s acceptance of the FEA, “The Commission expressed a preference for the View Enhancement Alternative, which the Applicant will pursue as the project moves forward.”  This is inconsistent with the FEA as written.

The developers are also scheduled to come before the Commission on May 23, 2017 to request a Special Management Area permit for the luxury project. The Plaintiffs have asked Environmental Court Judge Joseph E. Cardoza to grant a temporary stay to stop the processing of this associated Special Management Area application until the court can hold a hearing on the Plaintiffs’ motion for a preliminary injunction against the Maui Planning Commission’s acceptance of the Final Environmental Assessment.

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Ho’oponopono O Makena is an organization that was formed to preserve and protect cultural and historic sites in Makena, including heiau, rock structures, shrines, ancient walls, pathways, and roads. The group’s mission is “to make things right” in Makena; they are interested in caring for the many historic sites in Makena with any other interested community members.

The Maui Tomorrow Foundation is an environmental advocacy organization serving as a watchdog for enforcement of Hawaii’s environmental and land use laws. For more information, please visit maui-tomorrow.org.

The Sierra Club Maui Group, part of the Sierra Club of Hawai’i, is one of the oldest and most effective grassroots environmental organizations in the islands. Founded in 1976, we currently have thousands of members and supporters volunteering to help people better explore, enjoy, and protect Hawai’i’s unique environment and wildlife. Learn more at mauisierraclub.org.

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