Management shuffles again at ailing Maui Land & Pine - Hawaii B...

Full story: Honolulu Star-Bulletin

Struggling Maui Land & Pineapple Co. is looking for its third chief executive in six years to lead the company.
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kahuna maoli

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May 16, 2009
 
Webber is a good man. He is a person of integrity and religious values. However, he did not seem to be the kind of CEO leader the company was looking for. Webber crunches numbers but was asked to fill in as CEO in a troublesome period. It did not surprise me that he wouldn't last long as CEO, nevertheless, we wish him well in future endeavors.
ML&P needs a person with vision. Everything hinges on leadership. I believe Cole was a good leader and would welcome his return. Cole understood decision making, right or wrong, he stayed with it. He was also transparent and told you things you either liked or disliked. Cole was environmentally savvy and brought the concept of green to the resort transforming lot of their trucks, etc. to bio fuel. He built trails for guests to hike, etc.
ML&P will emerge with their resort as rich people seem to be immune to economic hardship. Kapalua Bay Hotel Residence is ready to open, so we'll see where that leads. The worst thing that can happen is a foreign entity buys ML&P and knows nothing of the island. That would be a travesty.
Stating the Obvious

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#2
May 16, 2009
 
What a loss for MLP and a sad day for Maui. The talented people are leaving in droves. Expect to see this company fold by the end of the year. Haruki is a one trick pony, cut costs until you kill the operation then declare bankruptcy.
R Chang_Koloa

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May 16, 2009
 
This is another puzzling leadership announcement from MLP which follows recent executive surprises at other large neighbor island land owners - Parker Ranch and Grove Farm. It's troubling that Oahu businessman Haruki seems to be a common element in the revolving door of local executives from companies so essential to the neighbor island economies. Hopefully the shareholders, beneficiaries, community leaders and other stakeholders are active in making sure these changes yield positive results. The success of these companies is equally dependent on the success of their own neighbor island community.
Manapua Belly

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#4
May 16, 2009
 
Choke!!!!!!!!
Starve

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#5
May 16, 2009
 
These hard times really test your mettle. Many executives were just lucky they did well in the past when the economy was humming along. Now we get to see who the real winners are.
Popeye

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May 16, 2009
 
Problem started when Cole wanted to move ahead on an accelerated pace. Poor decisions were made, including bringing in Brian Nishida from Del Monte to run Maui Pine. Decision-making seemed hurried and not well thought out. Hundreds of employees were let go, then executives either resigned or were let go, including Nishida. Blame was placed on foreign competition, however decisions at the operational level were just bad. Probably made in haste. Contract engineers didn't know what they were doing, which lead to cost-overruns. Ask the question about the administrative offices that were supposed to be built at the cannery grounds-concrete and steel out of spec. Huge money down the drain. Economy contributed to the problems, but management was the catalyst for the downfall. How sad for a company that Colin Cameron built that embodied the sense of community. He passed away much, much too soon.
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May 16, 2009
 
Talking with people who were true to ML&P said that under Cameron there were lots of problems not being addressed financially. Financially, the financial situation was horrendous before Cole took over; changes were inevitable and the house of cards were falling apart. Why did Dole and Del Monte pull out of Hawaii? Because they could not afford to stay here. So, MLP decided to keep pineapple in operation knowing full well that it has been losing money over the past 20 years...doesn't make sense. There were more poblems at ML&P before Cole got there. Too bad he became the scapegoat for the Cameron's mis-dealings.
Popeye

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#8
May 17, 2009
 
MLP wasn't profitable before Case and Cole, but it was no where as bad as post-Case and Cole. The strategy changed to sell off land and assets and reduce the number of personnel to keep profits going until Kapalua Mauka was developed. At least Cameron put the community first-how many people would have moved the Ritz-Carlton when human remains were found on the original site? And where is MLP now financially?
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May 17, 2009
 
I agree ML&P's financial situation is not doing well. However, the difference is Case can weather the global financial situation a lot better than Cameron would have. Someone told me Case bought 23 units at the new Kapalua Bay Residence. He's got other billionaires buying several for themselves.
The strategy to sell land and assets in the Makawao, Upcountry area is to move operations toward resort in Kapalua. However, they will still maintain land in Hailimalie area to develop housing. So moving their strategy to the west side seem to be the plausible thing to do. Kapalua Mauka is a twenty to thirty year project down the road. It was approved by the Maui Council in 2006, but talking with several ML&P officials, they do not foresee the project till a much later date. They would rather push Pulelehua before Kapalua Mauka to bring affordable/luxury housing.
About 2000 iwi was re-interned at the site by Les Kuloloio and crew. Do you think they found iwi at Ironwoods, Kapalua Villas, Kapalua Residence when they were building these units? Guess what, they found iwi when they were re-building the new Kapalua Residence. Don't you think the iwi was there when the first hotel went up and no one said anything? Cameron did put the people first alright...right into a new hotel. He only moved the Ritz because of headlines. Why didn't he move the other hotels?
Also, the BS being said at the Ritz concerning a battle at Honokohua. What battle? If there was a battle, why didn't they find weapons when the bones were discovered? Hawaiians did not bury in mass graves, especially the chiefs.
kahuna maoli

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May 17, 2009
 
Chiefs would have been de-boned, wrapped in black tapa and buried secretly. I saw the pictures of the skeletons and they were buried in the familiar embryonic fashion. The only explanation is that when maka'ainana were buried, their hands were tied under their thighs, and cast into the Waiuli Pit somewhere in Honolua/Honkohau Valley. Pukui and Kamakau tells of this bottomless pit that is about a mile deep. Well, when the bodies hit the bottom, they hit water (Wai). Water travels to the lowest point which is the ocean. After hundreds, even a thousand years, the bodies stack up in the sand, etc. And by the way, bones were also discovered up the Honokohua Stream in the sand bed area mauka of Flemings Beach. So what I'm saying, the location of the iwi at the Ritz is only a partial area of discovery. And you have to believe Cameron knew about it.
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#11
May 17, 2009
 
Jus choose one local boy, he know about pineapple!!!!!!!! How yo figga????????
kahuna maoli

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May 17, 2009
 
My family is from the area and those bones are my actual ancestors. So I know what I'm talking about. It was Hui Malama that stopped the construction of the Ritz, not Cameron. Waihee made it state law concerning iwi being discovered therefore the burial councils were created. So, again, do you think Cameron would have done otherwise? I think not.
Stating the Obvious

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May 17, 2009
 
I think all of the trouble that MLP is the result of Colin Cameronʻs self-serving decision to continue to dig up the bones of the Hawaiians even after they were discovered. Cameron died of a heart attach while swimming before the Ritz opened in 1992 and the company has struggled ever since. You need only look at Warren Harukiʻs record in other places to see he is a very poor choice to lead this company anywhere but down the drain. He is from Kauai and works on Bishop Street, he does not know Maui at all. He is not very smart but a politician who works in the shadows and takes care of "his own." As for Caseʻs ability to "weather the storm" the Washington Post reported he sold his Revolution Health for pennies on the dollar. He is smoke and mirrors. He got rich by being in the right place at the right time at AOL. He is not a very smart business man either.

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