After 28 years of community people caring and tending for the Maalaea Community Garden. – A&B - Alexander & Baldwin is giving the garden to a group whose only goal is to find a place to party.
Yesterday, May 19th , a meeting was held in the Maalaea Garden with Pastor Aga, 4 members of the Vet Assoc., and Jason from A & B. The following was reported to be what transpired as a result of this meeting:
Yesterday (March 15th) when visiting the Maalaea Community Garden, Pastor Aga asked to speak with me. It appears that the Vet organization that now holds the lease to the area is asking him to do the following:
They want this area for themselves to create their “Hawaiian Village”.
Our understanding was that when they were granted the lease, was that they would work side by side with the Pastor in what was deemed the “Pastor’s domain” and in time, if they proved themselves “worthy” they would be granted the permission to develop the area beyond the fenced in area to develop the Hawaiian plan. In all this time, they have NEVER helped in the garden in any way what so ever. They recently parked a large van, somewhat blocking the inner gate, on the road leading to the mudflats. This van they say was placed there for storage.
The Pastor and several community members have worked very hard for the last several years to beautify this whole area. Much time, love, and money has been put into the garden to restore it to its former beauty. The Pastor has also helped the community in asking campers to respect the nearby owners by trying to keep the noise down and trying to limit the garbage left behind. To possibly see all of this destroyed is heartbreaking, let alone the potential for loud parties, drinking and smoking in the garden, would be the utmost disrespect for all the Pastor has accomplished as well as to his Church. I do not see this turn of events as being beneficial for our community.
I have lived in Maalaea for 20 years. I have endured the 3 am groups at Haycraft Park. But the last few week’s mud flows have been something else. When I drive by Spencer’s project and see all of the grading he has done before the project has been approved – I wonder if his new ponds are he cause of our mud. It has never been this bad.
DLNR TO HOLD PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING ON PLANS FOR IMPROVEMENTS AT MA‘ALAEA SMALL BOAT HARBOR KAHULUI - The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), Engineering Division will hold a public information meeting on Wednesday, May 19,2010, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. to discuss a planned improvement project at Ma‘alaea Small Boat harbor.
The meeting will take place at the ground floor of the "Sea Flight" building, Ma‘alaea Small Boat Harbor, 101 Ma‘alaea Boat Harbor Road. DLNR Engineering and Boating and Ocean Recreation divisions staff and the project consultant will brief meeting attendees on the planned project and
answer questions. The project will include the construction of a new ferry terminal building at the end of the South Mole, a new comfort station, new waste water treatment system, sewer pump-outs, concrete paved parking areas and access roads, concrete piers, electrical, water and sewer utilities. "Our small boat harbors offer a vital connection to recreational and commercial ocean activities. It is important that they be kept in good working condition. By repairing the heavily used Ma‘alaea Small Boat Harbor, the boaters, community and visitors will have a safer, cleaner and more hospitable facility, and enjoy greater access to the ocean that surrounds our islands," said Laura H. Thielen, DLNR chairperson.
This project, which will be funded through federal grants administered by the Federal Transit Administration and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, and state funds, will re-build a major portion of the small boat harbor, replace badly deteriorated facilities, and correct public health and safety concerns. It will also provide the boaters with easily accessible sewer pump-out systems to dispose of their sewage instead of disposal by other means. DLNR's Engineering Division will advertise this project for bids this month and open the bids in June 2010. For more information call DOBOR at 587-0122.