Ranch closure hurts Molokai businesses

Ranch closure hurts Molokai businesses

There are 129 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from May 11, 2008, titled Ranch closure hurts Molokai businesses. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

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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Honolulu, HI

#123 May 14, 2008
Joe Blow wrote:
Why are we not surprised?
"The people" of Molokai didn't want more tourist-related development and so the international corportation took all its marbles and is going to play with them somewhere else.
I'm NOT saying that the development plans would have been good for the people of Molokai, but the current situation seems to be the alternative, and so here it is.
As for the State "cracking down" on illegal rentals, that's what the State is supposed to do will illegal businesses -- be they illegal rentals or "ice" distribution -- so let's have no bellyaching about the law being enforced. If you don't like it, get the law changed.
If you did your home work you would know that the Ranch has been losing money since the New Zealander's owned it. Is has nothing to do with activists. it has to with a Chinese Billion who wants to recoup his money that they lost over the years. Maybe you should do your homework, about a management that is not is the hospitality industry per se. And that most employees are part- time and have no BENEFITS. Most visitors stay at vacation rentals and condo's and bed and breakfasts. You do not know what is going on in our community. We do not want our island to become like Kona,Maui and Oahu, Kauai, over crowed, homeless, crime, HELLO!

Honolulu, HI

#124 May 16, 2008
No pineapples and now no ranch! What's the Cowboys going to do on Molokai now?
Kaui Kapuni Manera

Hana, HI

#125 May 17, 2008
I am a daughter of Molokai, borne and raised on kuleana land that was passed on for many generations. The economic issue on Molokai has impacted everyone. Whether you live on the West or East side, the closing of Molokai Ranch is being felt by everyone. What Molokai has to realize is whether we like it or not, the world revolves around money and making money. We must rely on ourselves to take care of ourselves. We should not be dependent on government funds - we need to be self reliant. Why should the state or county of Maui subsidize us just because we don't have the revenue generated on Molokai? Help us get and create jobs, not give us [email protected]! Where's the pride in that? And have us become dependent on the government?? ENOUGH!! Our legislators should stop being afraid of what the activists want and instead focus whatis best and healthy for Molokai!Support buisnesses that want to open up on Molokai - companies that want to do business on Molokai - instead of shutting them down because Molokai should remain Molokai - Keep Molokai Molokai - and then what? Molokai Ranch has been a part of our landscape forever and just because they did not back down to the demands of a few or worst yet, did not get support from our elected officials, there went the pulse of our economy. I don't care what people say about Molokai's economy - the airline, stores, Young Brothers, Hikiola, golf course, Hotel Molokai, downtown businesses all depended on the Ranch's businesses.One more thing. Molokai people really don't like to voice ourselves for fear of retaliation or disrespect by the most vocal group. For that, I am ashamed. I only hope change is on the horizon.

Honolulu, HI

#126 May 17, 2008
Molokai embodies the Hawaii of old, no major freeways, no shopping malls, no commercialized industry, no concrete high rise buildings, much of what Iz sang about, what would the Queen say.
Molokai is an island among the other islands that stood the test of time and remains an odd part of the entire island chain.
I for one would not object to Molokai being an independent country or nation. Those can choose Hawaiian as the primary language and establish their own form of government.
Hawaiian's longing for the Hawaii of old could migrate to Molokai and be given imminent domain as a free nation.
Think about it!!
Char Siu Bao Girl


#127 May 17, 2008

Honolulu, HI

#128 May 17, 2008
Char Siu Bao Girl wrote:
NO, It's AWAY, like in Go Away!!!
Be careful what you ask for.

Springfield, IL

#129 May 18, 2008
Pony wrote:
Molokai does not need tourism. The Hawaiian Islands do not need tourism. The people of Molokai are the farmers. They are the kanaka mahi"ai. They are the maka'ainana, of the land. We need fresh food, homegrown, not flown in from other places. We need poi, fruit, vegetable. Mahalo Akua for slowing down the development on Molokai. People of Hawaii, stand tall, we need to stop the rich developers, before we have no open space left. Its not just Molokai, all the Islands, from Hanalei, Kauai to Punaluu, Hawaii Island. We need to support our brothers and sisters on all the Hawaiian Islands. This is our home. From Kauai- Poipu, Wailua, and Hanalei. Oahu-Kahuku Point. Maui- Makena, Kaanapali, and Maalaea. Hawaii Island-Punaluu and the whole Kona coast. The super rich are pushing us off the 'aina. we must slow them down. Walter says No! Imua Molokai
The problem is that locals want a comfortable existence without going thorugh the discomfort of having to pay the price. Ironic that haoles get blamed for so much, but when the opportunity for "Hawaiians" to buy the land back from the Asian investor, get rid of the haole influence , and get back the aina that haoles 'stole' so long ago in their illegal land grab, all I hear is crickets. There is a choice of picking the bottom line or protecting the spirit. You "sell" one out for the other. Most locals and Hawaiians choose the bottom line instead of the spirit.

San Diego, CA

#130 Apr 19, 2009
Oh well you get what you sow!

San Diego, CA

#131 Apr 28, 2009
You always get what you wish for!

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