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LETTERS for the December 5 issue

By Staff | Dec 5, 2019

Most residents unaware of mayor’s meeting

Not many came to this Lahaina meeting because no one knew about it until the day before. The mayor attempted to show his good faith by playing a video of reclamation water and a promise to release treated water up in the hills to mitigate fires and grow something. Some good ideas were mentioned: planting moringa trees and other trees to filter the grey water.

Many people asked pointed questions about the Supreme Court. Why and how much money was spent? The mayor yelled that it did not cost anything! One person asked if the fines would have been waived if he had settled? No, he yelled, only the lawyers’ fees would have been. I asked a plaintiff later to clarify. She wrote that the mayor has already agreed to $2,500,000 million in fines if he loses the case, and now the lawyers’ fees estimated at $1,000,000. Some $100,000 of the fine goes to the EPA, but the remainder is dedicated toward improvements for the wastewater system in West Maui.

It’s my understanding that the individual wastewater systems (septic tanks) are state/county regulated under the Department of Health. The Clean Water Act does not clarify these individual matters but leaves the interpretation to the state and county. The Lahaina municipal wastewater facility is a half mile from the ocean, but the effluent pipes run five feet to shore (closer at high tide), killing our fragile tidal system, ruining our limu and fisheries, and finally the reef itself.

Do you think just moving the pipes back some will help? How many million gallons a day are injected into those pipes? We need to move forward in real time instead of waiting for an outcome that is not clarifying nor sure. The mayor could still settle the case by simply withdrawing it from the court.



Mahalo for supporting Touchdowns for Tatas

The sixth annual Touchdowns for Tatas on Oct. 28, 2019, was a huge success! Great fun was had watching the NFL Monday Night Football game with prizes given out after each quarter ended. Marty Dread rocked the Beach House at halftime and after the game!

Pink was the color of the day with everyone sporting their Tatas pink attire, pink ribbon beach balls and pink flamingos graced the pool, and pink Touchdowns for Tatas T-shirts and hats were sold. The online silent auction worked wonderfully this year, enabling people to participate even if not attending the event.

The event raised $26,006 – certainly beating the 2019 goal of $20,000! All net proceeds go to the Pacific Cancer Foundation of Maui, which provides support to cancer patients and their caregivers right here in Maui County.

Mahalo to Jim Anderson and Seth Kuperman, and to the other volunteers for all of their help: Capt. Steve Lawless, Christine Gillis, Larry & Jean Lawless, Noreen Muscat and Monica Catalan! Mahalo also to the Pacific Cancer Foundation volunteers at the event: Nancy LaJoy, Jacqueline Carroll, Maile Anderson, Paulina Tremble and Sophie Broide.

Mahalo to the Touchdowns for Tatas sponsors: Beach House, Bud Light, Captain Steve’s Rafting Adventures, Dollie’s Pub & Cafe, Grand Wailea, KAOI Radio Group, Marty Dread, Maui Jim, Ritz-Carlton, Sea Maui, Southwest, Teddy’s Bigger Burgers and UFO Parasail.

A big mahalo goes out to all of the T4T donors: 808 Deli, A Special Touch, Acevedo’s Hawaicano Cafe, Alii Kula Lavender Farm, Alii Nui, All About Fish, Anytime Fitness, Beach House Bar & Grill, Bikram Yoga Maui, Body in Balance, Bounty Music, Blue Water Maui, Bud Light, Cane & Canoe at the Montage, Captain Jack’s Island Grill, Captain Steve’s Rafting, Cheesecake Factory, Chicago Bears, Cool Cat Cafe, Costco, Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, Dig Me Deb, Dirty Monkey, Dollie’s Pub & Cafe, Dooma Photos, Down the Hatch, Driftwood Maui, Duke’s Beach House, Eskimo Candy, Expeditions Ferry, Flatbread Company, Frida’s Beach House, Gazebo Restaurant, Gemini Charters, Grand Wailea, Hangloose Hammocks, Hawaii Fudge Company, Head to Toe Beauty Salon, Henry Kapono, Hidden Treasure Salon, Hike Maui, Honu Seafood & Pizza, Hula Grill, Indianapolis Colts, Joshua Blue Ceramics, Kaanapali Beach Hotel, Kaanapali Golf Courses, Kaholo Valet Service, KAOI Radio Group, Kapalua Ziplines, Key to Life Chiropractic, Kimo’s, Lahaina Pizza Company, Lei Flooring, Leilani’s on the Beach, Longevity Health Center, Luminous Adventures, The Magic Merman, Makani Kai Air, Mala Ocean Tavern, Malolo Snorkeling Tours, Marty Dread, Matteo’s Osteria, Maui Diver’s Jewelry, Maui Escape Rooms, Maui Goat Yoga, Maui Jim, Maui Metal Arts, Maui Ocean Center, Maui Off-Road Adventures, Maui Onstage, Maui Prime Fine Foods, Maui Soda & Ice Works, Miami Dolphins, Miso Phat Sushi, Moana Glass, Moose McGillycuddy’s and Fred’s Mexican Cafe, Myths of Maui Luau at the Royal Lahaina Resort, NFL Pro Bowl, Northshore Ziplines, Old Lahaina Luau, O’o Farm, Pacific Whale Foundation, Pint & Cork, Pittsburgh Steelers, Plantation House, Polli’s Mexican Restaurant, Polynesian Adventure Tours, Pour House Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar, ProArts Playhouse, Pukalani Superette, Rappel Maui, Rip Skirt Hawaii, Ritz-Carlton, Rock a Hula Show Waikiki, Roselani Ice Cream, Roy’s Kaanapali, Salon Bella Maui, San Francisco 49ers, Sands of Kahana, Sea House, Sea Maui, Sean Michael Hower Photography, Serendipity Fine Arts, Sheraton’s Teppan-yaki Dan, Sit Means Sit, Skyline Eco-Adventures, Slappy Cakes, Southwest Airlines, Sunshine Helicopters, Kurt Suzuki, Teddy’s Bigger Burgers, Tin Roof, Trilogy, Triple L Ranch, UFO Adventures Inshore Fishing, UFO Parasail, Ultimate Rafting, Vitality Wellness, Wailea Tennis Club, Walmart, Warren and Annabelle’s Magic Show, West Maui Parasail, Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas, Westin Nanea Ocean Villas, and Zensations Spa.

Touchdowns for Tatas would also like to thank the 27 vendors from the Westin KOR Craft Fair and the Maui Swap Meet who donated items as well!

DEB PATTON, Touchdowns for Tatas Coordinator, Honokowai