Officials visit Molokai to assist ran...

Officials visit Molokai to assist ranch staff

There are 90 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Mar 28, 2008, titled Officials visit Molokai to assist ranch staff. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

CRAIG GIMA / [email protected] Janice Robello and her baby, Jaisa, waited yesterday for an informational meeting for Molokai Ranch workers to start.

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milo

Mililani, HI

#1 Mar 28, 2008
Where is Kamehameha, OHA and DHHL? Aren't they supposed to be for the Hawaiians? They could buy the Ranch easy..

Actions speak louder than words. Time for leadership from OHA, not disgraceful actions like Machado blaming other Hawaiians.
More than short time

Kaneohe, HI

#2 Mar 28, 2008
We need to gather together and support Molokai. It has been victimized in the irresponsible way by an absentee owner that acts like a spoiled child instead of a good corporation.

The State needs to exercise eminent domain and buyout these crooks.

This should be done without a windfall profit type of comp developed land valuations. Instead, use current profit or ag/conservation land values in the appraised value.

Don't give those crooks any endorsements or windfall profits.
clayton lum

Minneapolis, MN

#3 Mar 28, 2008
I wish all the best for everyone who has worked very hard at the ranch.
clayton lum

Minneapolis, MN

#4 Mar 28, 2008
Haunani Apoliana, i sure hope you and Oha will find away to help all the Ohana on Moloka'i......It's not right that the Millionaire's who own this company to do this to hard working families and their future. They have all the money that they need......

The Akua's are looking over your Ohana's and will guide you..
Ben

Honolulu, HI

#5 Mar 28, 2008
Moloka'i needs to learn how to be self-sustaining. The woman doesn't even know how to fish to feed her family. THey all need to learn. Turn Moloka'i into agricultural lands.
Brian

Las Vegas, NV

#6 Mar 28, 2008
This is another example of absentee owners and foreign corporations who really don't understand the culture, the subculture, mores and lifestyles of the people of Hawaii. Hawaii's people are unique and Hawaii's natural beauty and reputation of being a tropical paradise are slowly being eroded into a artificial sea of mass developement. There are things in life worth much more than a temporal dollar.
chizel

Honolulu, HI

#7 Mar 28, 2008
malama i ka pono............

“s'up”

Since: Sep 07

Davis, CA now King City, CA

#8 Mar 28, 2008
OHA? I think they're still in Honolulu traffic. They will respond to this issue just as they have given similar situations. Is that comforting?
mokebla

Portland, OR

#9 Mar 28, 2008
More than short time wrote:
We need to gather together and support Molokai. It has been victimized in the irresponsible way by an absentee owner that acts like a spoiled child instead of a good corporation.
The State needs to exercise eminent domain and buyout these crooks.
This should be done without a windfall profit type of comp developed land valuations. Instead, use current profit or ag/conservation land values in the appraised value.
Don't give those crooks any endorsements or windfall profits.
I agree with you. The state should get them bums out of there. Molokai shouldn't be held hostage anymore. Make the owners held accountible for their actions. Just because they couldn't get their way with their new deveopement, they're shuting down operations, throw them bums out!
Jay

Boston, MA

#10 Mar 28, 2008
God bless the people of Molokai !
I wish them the best of luck.
I wish I could buy it to keep it alive. Who owns these properties ?
-Wakefield, MA
Pocho

Ewa Beach, HI

#11 Mar 28, 2008
Lingle should forget Turtle Bay and focus on Molokai.
VFW

United States

#13 Mar 28, 2008
jimmy wrote:
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This guy is an idiot. Lets let the people who don't want opportunity live at your house. Or why don't you give up your property to help others? Your so high and mighty abou taking peoples land, just give them yours. Uh oh, now what all talk, lets help them but not in your back yard. U moron
Well, talk is cheap, right?:-)
What now

Honolulu, HI

#14 Mar 28, 2008
My heart goes out to all the families who are affected by the closing of the Moloka'i Ranch. It's too bad that the owners and Walter Ritte and his group couldn't come up with some kind of compromise that would have benefited everyone. I can understand wanting to preserve the land (you don't want it looking like Oahu or Maui and all their concrete jungles and TRAFFIC!) but surely there could have been some kind of compromise. At times like this people like Walter Ritte and the owners of the Moloka'i Ranch have to realize that there needs to be a balance of give and take with the outcome being for the greater good of the people.
But I do have one thing to say to Walter Ritte. Where were you when your wife almost burned all of Moloka'i with her carelessness of burning the rubbish in your backyard?! Oh yeah that really helped the aina! I wouldn't want to be you right now.
My thoughts and prayers are with all of the employees and their families who have now become the hapless victims of this "war" between Walter Ritte and the Moloka'i Ranch.
wahine luakine

Haiku, HI

#15 Mar 28, 2008
More than short time wrote:
We need to gather together and support Molokai. It has been victimized in the irresponsible way by an absentee owner that acts like a spoiled child instead of a good corporation.
The State needs to exercise eminent domain and buyout these crooks.
This should be done without a windfall profit type of comp developed land valuations. Instead, use current profit or ag/conservation land values in the appraised value.
Don't give those crooks any endorsements or windfall profits.
Well said! NO ONE should be 'guaranteed' profits. That is the way capitalism works; it is a gamble - sometimes you lose.

Molokai represents what all the rest of us wish we could do -- throw off the corporate lords and live with our OWN businesses that run for OUR benefit.

I don't know if we can expect the government to do everything. Too many in office have strong ties (or at least are deeply influenced by) these corporations.

We must do more. We must lobby and write ... and we must commit.

It is time for us all to really ask how WE are supporting the blood sucking corporations. Skip Walmart this week -- buy at your mom and pop store. Better yet, order something from Molokai!!

Molokai, we stand by you!
No Be Stupid

Chatsworth, CA

#18 Mar 28, 2008
Now that all these people have No Job, and everyone is going to suffer the hardship of Nothing to do, the decision not to let the company make some money by selling pretty views to non-locals looks shortsighted. I'm sorry for the island. But the comments here about the state or OHA bailing it out, KSBE to, is stupid. Sos blaming the company. If you make a bad choice deal with it. And if I was on Molokai without a job, I'd go somewhere where there was one. Sure, it's hardship. But being stuck at the end of the road with a bunch of unhappy people with very little to do would be worse.
No Be Stupid

Chatsworth, CA

#19 Mar 28, 2008
And as far as developing every inch of the island, that just shows you know nothing but how to make hass of yourself. Try go there, it's empty. for a reason.
molokai citizen

Sunnyvale, CA

#20 Mar 28, 2008
WALTER RITTE - you gonna pay my gas bill?

WALTER RITTE - you gonna pay my mortgage?

WALTER RITTE - you so low you can't look me in the eye

MANAWAI BROS - what job you lose? Nothing you not even employed

KAREN HOLT - you talk big story but you full of hot air

KAREN HOLT - whose money you gonna use now to buy the ranch? No more locals have any money. Karen Holt, do you want rich haole money now?

DANNY MATEO - you are not a leader, you are as bad as Walter and Karen, you don't show leadership, you follow the crowd like a pig's tail. Shame on you!

PEOPLE OF MOLOKAI - we have been led like sheep by these people who are not leaders, they just take advantage of us.

PEOPLE OF MOLOKAI - what jobs did these people loose? Walter no lose job; Karen no lose job; Manawai bros no have job to lose; Danny Mateo contine his soft job with county.
chip

Honolulu, HI

#21 Mar 28, 2008
there should have been a compromise for the benefit of both parties. Now the ranch is closing and everyone suffers, surely this is not how things should be.
Kim

United States

#22 Mar 28, 2008
The people of Molokai want everyone else to subsidize their lifestyle, while hiding behind xenophobia, and the excuses of "culture" and "ohana." Everywhere else, if there are no jobs, people MOVE. If you can't afford to live where you'd like to live, I should not have to subsidize your lifestyle.
James Kanahele

Honolulu, HI

#23 Mar 28, 2008
nice. almost an entire island on QUEST, welfare, and food stamps and still cranking out infants to continue the proud tradition. totally irresponsible.

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