Save Honolua Coalition receives donation raised with skateboard sales
WEST MAUI – Since the purchase of Lipoa Point by the State of Hawaii, many people think Honolua Bay is saved. That is wrong, according to Save Honolua Coalition President Tamara Paltin.
“This is just the beginning; now we must consider and discuss long-term sustainable management of the land. As a community, we need to continue to be involved in both the planning and implementation of malama ‘aina, or taking care of this much-loved area.”
Community involvement and donations to cover operational costs remain important components to continue advocacy for Honolua by the coalition.
Lahaina-based skateboard company Jucker Hawai’i launched a skateboard longboard in spring 2015 dedicated to Honolua Bay and the Save Honolua Coalition.
After 18 months of sales, the portion raised for the Save Honolua Coalition was donated to the organization.
“I am very happy the way things went for our ‘Pono’ Board,” said Mike Jucker, co-founder of the company.
“The art by Erik Abel is very distinctive, and Honolua Bay is such an important landmark on Maui. People who purchased this board not only bought a product, they bought into the story and contributed to a local cause that is important to the community of Maui.”
The work of Paltin, the Save Honolua Coalition and the community is far from over. Now it’s all about sustainability and keeping “The Bay” clean and free of trash and ocean debris.
Community-based management is also an important facet, as Honolua Bay is a popular snorkeling spot for visitors. They visit Honolua Bay by the hundreds during peak season.
Jucker said his company looks forward to many years of partnership in raising awareness at Honolua, and to support the people who make a difference for the environment.
“I am looking forward to our future with the coalition, hopefully raising awareness and money beyond our dreams, so we can preserve and maintain Honolua Bay beyond our own lifetime,” Jucker concluded.