Makena Resort restarts talks of expan...

Makena Resort restarts talks of expansion - News

There are 7 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Nov 20, 2008, titled Makena Resort restarts talks of expansion - News. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

WAILUKU>> Expansion of the Makena Resort was debated four years ago, and the project was halted.

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Wailuku, HI

#1 Nov 20, 2008
Now is the time to support putting people to work...especially since their will create other jobs in the future
Joe Local

Honolulu, HI

#2 Nov 20, 2008
It's funny how 99% of the people against the development are people who moved to Maui after Maui Prince invested in the water improvements!

Most are from Kihei, which was nothing but sand and trees back in the days. So the people (mostly haole) move to Maui, get there peice of paradise, and say STOP NO MORE DEVELOPMENT!

I hope the council doesn't listen to the vocal minority and looks at the situation in the world and approves this project.

I don't have anything to gain, but am a local who sees first hand the sad state of the economy.

Those who don't want this project are TYPICALLY either:
Haole who moved to Maui, well off, and don't want anything to change
Someone who listens to the those people

Honolulu, HI

#3 Nov 20, 2008
are these idiots for real? expanding resorts during these crisis? and the people in the construction industry who don't look ahead and only think of immediate job creation is just as stupid. get real people!
al Guacamole

Honolulu, HI

#4 Nov 20, 2008
Wow... 400 people. It appears with the desalinization of water that Maui is headed towards Oahu's future.

Honolulu, HI

#5 Nov 21, 2008
hi joe local, i rarely respond to comments on these things, but your statement struck a chord that i can't ignore. your generalizations seem to indicate that you think the majority of those against building 1000 new residences, one 10 acre and one 16 acre shopping center, alongside one of the most beautiful and "local" places on the island, Makena, are all haole transplants. this is dead wrong. i was born and raised on maui and plan to live the rest of my life on the island that i love and will readily admit that i am against developing Makena. part of the beauty of being raised on maui was learning to appreciate the natural world, to learn the value of a community filled with trust, tradition, and understanding the power of these resources. the tragedy is that people like you fail to understand that defending an incredibly special place like Makena from becoming another Kihei is an act that includes the interest of future generations. to get through these tough times, we cannot solely act in our own self interest, we cannot expect immediate gratification. This is a time to take stock in our economic dependence on construction, tourism, and mainland investment and put our energy into new industry. Why Joe local should I let a mainland developer take the beach that I grew up on and turn it into a luxury resort for more mainlander to frolick through? That wouldn't be very local of me.

Honolulu, HI

#6 Nov 21, 2008
Joe, I'm a local too and I happen to be one of MANY locals who are disgusted by the one-track-mindedness of those who claim that our present economy warrants the blind approval of a(ny) development project. Plus, development is a temporary fix, you know that so stop kidding us. The solution is not to build for more TOURISTS or, like you pointed out, rich HAOLES who'll move to Kihei for their piece (not peice) of paradise. Are you willing to pave and destroy your home for a quick buck and the chance to sell it to others as their timeshare vacation condo? Its sad that locals can care so little about the integrity of their home.

I agree that jobs are very important, but that doesn't mean that we should just jump on the first thing that a developer shoves in our face. The Prince is old and should be remodeled, but, without piggy-backing another thousand units to the project. Kihei and most obviously Makena do not want or need 1,500 more homes. And for who? Who will be able to afford those beach front condos I wonder? Not us. Why not use our brains to improve and protect Maui instead of just building and then SELLING it to others. How about using all the money that will go to this extraneous development and investing it in something more stable and locally beneficial like energy production or agriculture. As we continue to destroy (for others) the aspects of Hawaii that make it so special we'll only be digging ourselves into a deeper and uglier hole. This development hungry mentality is a vicious cycle and a tragedy of the commons.

Finally, unlike you, I do have a stake in this issue and something big to lose. And by the way, you're wrong you do have something to lose. I thought people were supposed to learn from their history not repeat its mistakes.
Dante Diaz

Kihei, HI

#7 Nov 21, 2008
It is refreshing to read some intelligent comments rather than mere ranting and name-calling. Unfortunately, the short-sided Council Land Use Committee passed the rezoning request, even though they did not have updated information as required by law. There are plenty of construction jobs already approved, so no need this request right now to build homes and condos for the ultra-rich, while cluttering one of South Maui's last remaining treasures. We should be building things the community agrees we need: a S, Maui high school, medical center, affordable homes for Maui residents, and infrastructure improvements through CIPS and bonds. And, we can begin to restructure our economy by investing in the green economy of renewable area. So, I hope readers will understand that there are many other ways to support a sagging economy than to revert to selling off the best parts of the aina to wealthy newcomers.

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