EC Bloc Fights Back

Machado and Corbiel return to KAL Board despite protests from community

The heavy tension at the meeting finally boiled over and became uncontrollable during the discussion of the re-opening of project #7, the water moratorium, as the proceedings degenerated into shouting, displays of anger, name-calling, and attempts at physical violence.

President Crivello hastily adjourned the meeting just before 7:00 pm, and the many personal conflicts on display afterward were intense enough for County police to be called in to ensure there was no physical violence.

As one aforementioned attendee hinted at, there were certainly several travesties which unfolded at the March 15 meeting. Community members, like Karen Holt, lamented the polarization which has occurred because of the master land-use plan, and pleaded for everyone involved to remember better days when everybody worked together.

The Master Land-Use Plan has been heavily opposed because of what some fear it will do to the social demographics, the wealth, and agricultural potential of the island. Those concerned over what will happen to the very fabric of the friendly isle need not look further than Thursday’s meeting. The usually peaceful place, where family ties, history, and friendship run as deep as the proud legacy of activism and protectionism, was exposed for a brief moment, and the dark side of Molokai’s brimming potential was revealed.


One Response to “EC Bloc Fights Back”

  1. Adam Bencze says:


    For certain EC Board members to even suggest appointing Collette Machado back to the board – after she was ousted by a legal and sincere community vote – is unethical and not pono. For her to accept that appointment – knowing the majority of the community does not want her – is unethical and not pono.

                Collette challenged and dared the community to 'take her out.' They did! For her to simply come back as if nothing happened says a lot about her and a lot about the board members who voted to approve her appointment. Even if it is completely legal to do so, to actually do it – after the community has so clearly spoken – shows blatant and utter disrespect for the Molokai community and reeks of corruption. Just because you can do something, doesn't mean you should. Just because you can, doesn't make it right! But I guess that's why it is said, “Power corrupts…”

                The pro-development board members seem to have lost sight of the big picture, and thus seem to have forgotten what it means to be pono. They are so focused on developing La'au in order to implement their precious “Plan,” that they fail to see that the outcome is meaningless if it destroys the community in the process. They can't seem to see that if the process itself is pono (no cunning games, tricks, loopholes, or unethical actions – individually or collectively), then the community can survive – regardless of the outcome. Instead, what the EC is doing with their continuous disrespect and disregard for the community is causing deep anger and hurt, provoking hostility, and leading Molokai towards a kind of community civil war!

                Is that part of “the Plan”?



                Kahualaulani Mick

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