Lanai City is listed by National Trust - News
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#1 Apr 28, 2009
So what is the significance of Lanai City that makes requires its preservation. The article talks mostly about other places. I'm not sure the residents would want that designation. It might mean they can't add to their house, or even remodel it. Some may like that but others might want to upgrade to modern day conveniences.
#2 Apr 28, 2009
it keeps greed from stealing history... and reminds people of the plantation times where discrimination ran unchecked...
above Lanai street is called haole hill, where all the lunas live above the street and all the workers lived below...
#3 Apr 28, 2009
This article is terribly written. What is the commercial development that is threatening Lanai City?
#4 Apr 28, 2009
My grandfather owned one of those homes, gave it to my parents and they raised 4 children there. As of today, 13 grandchildren have had the chance to visit or live with grandma and grandpa there.
#5 Apr 28, 2009
Lanai is Lanai.
Unlike Molokai, it seems they are more open to change.
That said, the only thing Lanai has to worry about is the haoles who want to retire to Hawaii and make sure nothing changes.
#6 Apr 28, 2009
The largest landholder of Lanai and the owner of most of Lanai City are the same. He owns the store pictured. Because he owns the land, he's the largest and sole developer. So he's threatening himself and begging to be saved by government funding or preferential treatment that the new listing allows. Neat trick.
#7 Apr 28, 2009
Who is the "Lanai" that has to worry?
So if haoles don't want changes, that's bad.
If haoles want changes, that's bad.
Sounds like racial prejudice to me.
You know, there are a lot of other races moving here too.
#8 Apr 28, 2009
Sorry - I don't want to single out the white haole. Lets say non locals, the ones who just moved there.
(I assume "Fisherman" is white - so no be affended)
#9 Apr 28, 2009
The designation is an awareness thing -- sort of like the most endangered species list conveys which species are rare and in trouble. They don't get money for it.
I think other articles explained why Lanai City is historic better than this one did. It's the last intact place from the plantation era -- which is why many of us are here today, by the way. This article didn't explain what the others did-- that Lanai is historic the same way Haleiwa is historic--most of the buildings by themselves might not be incredibly historic, but once you look at them as a whole town, its historic. In other words, the buildings are important because they are a group. That's why we -- and everyone on the North Shore have to speak up when they try to put a McDonalds in the middle of Haleiwa or some developer buys a little house, then tries to rezone, demolish and build a strip mall. One bad seed would destroy the whole place.
Unlike here on Oahu, the residents can't really make too much of a stink there on Lanai. Castle and Cooke is the employer or land lord for almost everyone living there-- so it's probably a good thing that the visitors from the mainland and those of us on other islands are raising the stink about it.
And Lanai (Castle and Cooke) doesn't have to choose either their history or a modern grocery store (or any amenity for that matter.) They can have both if Castle and Cooke would just decide to build it in a neighboring lot that doesn't already have something historic on it.
#10 Apr 29, 2009
Good points, but don't speak for the people of Lanai.
I'm sure some want to "keep it country" but others want to get a modern grocery store and not have to catch the ferry over to Lahaina.
Don't be like the Sierra Club and "represent the people" when you aren't one yourself.
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