Ranch closure hurts Molokai businesses

Full story: Honolulu Star-Bulletin

DAVID LICHTENSTEIN, THE MOLOKAI TIMES Maria Watanabe, owner of the Import Gift Hop & Mini Mart, said her business revenues are down by about 40 percent since Molokai Ranch closed in early April.
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glenn paul

Johnson City, NY

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May 11, 2008
 
i feel very sorry for molokais people that lost jobs but in reality, the ranch has no one to blame but themselves. we have been to molokai and loved it and the people. a couple of years later i called the ranch to make reservations for a few days and the prices i was quoted with a mandatory number of stay days was so high, we did not go back to molokai for an overnighter. we have been to hawaii 4 times and now with hawaiis hotel and all prices, we are priced out of the hawaii market. i have wrote to gov lingle about this problem and her representatives reply was ...so..tough...too bad. so hawaii, which we love the people, will not see us again unless governments attitude and prices have a drastic change. tourist, come to the beautiful finger lakes region of central ny...we would love to have you.
Chris

Lake Worth, FL

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May 11, 2008
 
The business model of the Molokai Ranch was not working, either for themselves or, as the poster glenn paul points out, for their customers either. As travel costs continue to spiral out of control, the tourist mix is going to be skewed much more to the high end with far fewer total numbers. I know the people of Molokai think (wish)that the ranch exists to serve them, the truth is it exists to make money. The idea of selling off a relatively few lots to the super rich is just the way Hawaii is going to go economically. When you try to stand in the path of change in order to stop it, you just get rolled over and crushed the way the people of Molokai have. I don't like the direction of this change either but it is out of the ability of the people of Hawaii to do anything about it.
Richard Swann

Ashburn, VA

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May 11, 2008
 
Tourism will take a major hit in a recession or depression. Only a few people are needed for rich folks that show up on their mansions maybe 2 weeks a year. Hawaii people cannot survive on pushing paperwork in circles as our state government seems to be doing. Any ideas that would work need to get put in motion. And I mean ANY ideas , no matter how unlikely they seem. Swannie , Ka'U
BILL LEE

Honolulu, HI

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May 11, 2008
 
Molokai I predict will again prosper, because it will find its niche which is a spacial getaway for people that seek a place with absolute peace from the everyday commercial places like honolulu, and maui. Its people are most friendly in Hawaii and with Father Damian close to Sainthood that special place will draw enough people to survive. The problem will come when to many people find out what a geat place Molokai is. Hang in there guys you are a special people and a beautiful place .
herbert

Satellite Provider

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May 11, 2008
 
Have OHA but the island
Observer

Wahiawa, HI

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May 11, 2008
 
It's to bad the people of Molokai let
the few selfish isolationist there do there talking for them. Now everyone pays. We all have to work within the system and figure out ways that will benefit us and more importaintly the future of our children. The way I see it is your kids will have to leave to seek further education and jobs, and maybe help there family.
The Dogs Master

Waipahu, HI

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May 11, 2008
 
Unfortunate, maybe they should have settled for the development of a few high priced homes. Now you take your medicine.
Von

Kaneohe, HI

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May 11, 2008
 
Molokai should advertise more and tell people the best way to get over there.
There are so many things to do over there like maybe photography, hiking and things.
A few times I wanted to visit over there, but I could not figure out how to even get over there or where to say, Etc. It's not common knowledge unless you live there.
So people on Molokai you have a gold mine over there if you work it right. Put yourself on the map and just to don't take it for granted that the whole world already knows. I've been here many years and I still don't know for sure.
DevilDog

Kaneohe, HI

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May 11, 2008
 
Walter Ritte and Karen Holt, who were instrumental in the Ranch's closure, said they have a solution. We'll see . . .
Me and Mine

Hauula, HI

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May 11, 2008
 
Wlater Ritte is the man with all the solutions...where is he now???
lele

Ewa Beach, HI

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May 11, 2008
 
Hey I know, lets put up signs on the side of the road telling the canoe paddlers to go home too. We don't need
anyone or their money on Molokai!
Bobby

Lahaina, HI

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May 11, 2008
 
The environmentalist really screwed up the people of Molokai. Walter Ritte should know , he's the one mainly responsible. Eco-terrorist.
manini_fish

Lahaina, HI

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May 11, 2008
 
Walter Ritte and friends should all hold hands and sing "Hawaii Aloha" over and over while looking at the heavens for money to drop from above. That should get the anti-development people of Molokai something to dream for instead of eating only venison, fish and sweet potatoes.
James Kanahele

Honolulu, HI

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#15
May 11, 2008
 
no huhu Molokai people!

you no jobs, no money, no future... no need!

You got da aina! so learn fish, hunt, and gather grubs (yum!) in da native subsistence tradition.

You gonna be fine. Molokai no ka oi!
bubonic chronic

Honolulu, HI

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May 11, 2008
 
Reap what you sow and stop crying over spilled milk. If the few "eco-terrorists", umm I mean environmentalists did not represent your views, my heart goes out to you, however for the few who thought it was a good idea to stop "big business", learn to live off the land. The state has many financial problems ahead with the decrease in tourism and the recession which we seem to have a 6 month lag from mainland trends. Things are going to get worse and worse not just for Molokai but for every hard working citizen in Hawaii. Go rail, Go Mufi, lets burn choke money on things people don't really need RIGHT now...
hmmmm

Honolulu, HI

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#17
May 11, 2008
 
Human history shows that people will always seek better opportunities if they are able. Why do you think there are so many different immigrants to came to Hawaii.

Molokai is starting to ressemble third world conditions that our grandparents left years ago. Those able to leave Molokai will immigrate elsewhere.
bigislandboy

United States

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May 11, 2008
 
Hey Lingle, are there any plans? we need to act now before it is too late.
Molokaiwahine

Honolulu, HI

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#19
May 11, 2008
 
As a resident of Molokai the ranch was not a major place to stay for visitors . It is the VACATION RENTALS, CONDOS, BED AND BREAKFASTS that were a big plus for vistors who came to this island. The newspapers in Honolulu are very misleading about Molokai. As a person working in the industry many people come to our island because it is not OVER crowed, OVER developed and OUR island is wide open space and is beautiful. We have NO TRAFFIC JAMS AND WE DO NOT LOOK LIKE CALIFORNIA TOWNS. MOST OF THE EMPLOYEES AT MOLOKAI RANCH WERE PART TIMERS WITH NO BENEFITS AND WHERE TREATED POORLY.AS FOR OUR CHILDREN WHO LEAVE FOR COLLEGE AND DO NOT COME BACK RIGHT AWAY THAT IS THEIR CHOICE. IT HAPPENS ALL OVER SMALL TOWN USA.IT IS DEGRADING AND OFFENSIVE TO ME WHEN THE NEWSPAPERS ARE MISLEADING ABOUT OUR ISLAND. PERSONALLY VISITORS ARE WELCOME TO VISIT OUR ISLAND , HOWEVER ENJOY IT FOR WHAT IT IS, NOT ALL VISITORS WANT COUNTRY LIFE STYLE ENVIROMENT AND THAT IS OK. EVERY VISTORS I HAVE BEEN IN CONTACT WITH IN MY BUSINESS LOVES OUR ISLAND FOR WHAT IT IS.
THE NEWSPAPER IN HONOLULU ARE OUT OF TOUCH WITH PEOPLE WHO LIVE HERE AND YOU CONTINUE TO INTERVIEW THE SAME PEOPLE.LIFE IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT AND PEOPLE NEED TO LIVE WITHIN THEIR FINANCES AND GET THEIR PRIORITES IN CHECK TO MAKE A LIVING ON THIS ISLAND. This island is the the GREATEST PLACE OF SANITY IN HAWAII.

“in all things be pono, aloha”

Since: Aug 07

moloka'I, hawaii

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May 11, 2008
 
blame the stupid maui county planning department whose gestapo is forcing unpermitted vacation rentals and b&bs to shut after they tried unsuccessfully to get permits for many years. the word is now going around the world that we are not tourist friendly. on moloka'i there aren't many places to stay. we see some people here with backpacks now, adventurous souls who don't let anything stop them from experiencing the real hawaii. father damien's upcoming sainthood will bring many people here. we shall overcome!

our annual hula piko is a go for next saturday. e komo mai!
no sympathy

Honolulu, HI

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May 11, 2008
 
Hummm. You were sortof rude to your "guests" dontcha think? You drove off the ranch, refused to let cruise ships stop there, etc. Whatcha gonna do when your welfare handouts stop? Eat dirt.

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