Destination Try B Pono
The Molokai Veteran’s building permit is still on hold by Maui County Department of Water Supply (DWS). DWS says there is not enough water for fire protection; in order to have legal requirement, an upgrade from 4” to 8” is needed. If this is the case most of Kaunakakai’s buildings would be illegal at this time.
Molokai Petroleum tanks next to the Veteran property would need a 100” water line for protection, God forbid if a fire was to happen. A year and a half ago, Maui County issued a building permit to a newcomer to build a new house on a 3” water line about two hundred feet from the Veteran property. The house is built. In the three and a half years of the Molokai Veteran Special Management Area (SMA) permit process, the director of the Department of Water Supply stated in a letter to the Maui Planning Department that there is an 8” water line fronting the Veteran property.
The politics of getting the building permit and the way the system works now is redundant, inefficient, not cost effective, and not pono.
All Molokai Veterans are asked to come to the property on Wednesday, May 19, at 4 p.m. to decide what to do (lawsuit, protest, sell property). Come kuka kuka (talk story) on the future of Molokai Veterans. My involvement in this project from the beginning has been strictly for the betterment of Molokai Veterans, all Veterans, and the community. The County process and politics has stifled the energy and the goals of the organization.
The Molokai Veterans Caring for Veterans organization will host their first public memorial service program on Memorial Day, Monday, May 31, 9:30 a.m. at the Ho’olehua Veteran Cemetery. Families of loved ones who served this country who want to share a memory are welcomed. For more information, call the Molokai Veteran Center, 553-8387, Mon, Wed, Fri from 10 – 2 p.m.
Larry Helm, Commander
Molokai Veterans Caring for Veterans