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Passenger Boats Survey Results

Community Contributed
By `Aha Kiole o Molokai

The `Aha Kiole o Molokai has made a concerted effort to reach the community to get feedback and input regarding the arrival of the American Safari Cruises. Now, results are out from an island-wide “Advent of Passenger Boats and Yachts Survey.” A vast majority – 85 percent – of people voted “no,” 11 percent voted “yes” and 4 percent voted “yes, with controls.” We had 395 people participate in our surveys.

The results of the four Moku meetings showed 36 percent voting “no,” 8 percent voting “no” and the majority, 56 percent, voting for controls. We had a total of 326 people attend our five meetings.

The focus of the `Aha Kiole is to protect and preserve the island’s resources, and to create opportunities for our people to have a say in how our resources are managed through a collaborative community process. Our surveys and moku meetings gave everyone a chance to speak out about the impact of the American Safari Cruises on Molokai, in a fair and inclusive process that reflected the voices of those who chose to participate. Although our mission and our main concern relates to direct impact on island resources, there were many respondents who suggested economic management ideas for cruise ship visits to Molokai as a mandatory prerequisite for allowing the cruise tour industry here. In the interest of open communication, we are including some of those issues that were mentioned most often.

I. Protection and Enhancement of Environment and Culture
1. Subsistence: No visits to Mo`omomi; Encourage work in Fishponds and Taro Lo`i; No overnight stays on North Shore.
2. Wahi Pana/Kapu Zone: No visits to Kaulukukui o Lanikaula; No visits to Halawa Valley; No visits to Iliiliopae.
3. Commercial/Recreation Activity: No Ocean activities except with local existing vendors. Regulate authenticity, legitimacy and validity of all cultural vendors. No dumping of rubbish in Ocean or on Molokai. Attend a 45-minute orientation on Molokai and its Culture, with input from each Moku.
II. Fair Exchange of Value and Sharing of Wealth
1. Rotate the use of existing vendors, such as Vans and Tours.
2. All tours and activities must be escorted by local escorts.
3. Use existing Hotels and legal B&B for overnight stays (no sleeping on Ship).
4. Use existing restaurants and eateries (no eating on the ship).
5. Donate to a Community Fund (not the Aha Kiole o Molokai) to be used for environmental/cultural protection and enhancement on Molokai.
III. Limit and Control over the Number, Size and Frequency of Visits
1. No more than two full size Vans per visit, or 30 people per boat.
2. No more than One Boat Visit a Week, others say a month, what do you say?
IV. Separation of Visitors from Real Estate Sales and Land Taxes
1. All visitors must attend a 45-minute orientation which includes land issues past and present.
V. Community Process must include free and informed community participation and consent. Community meetings must be held in each of the Moku that will be impacted.

The initial findings of the Aha Kiole o Molokai regarding the “Advent of passenger boats and yachts to Molokai” will be discussed at upcoming Moku community meetings. This is another chance for the community to voice their mana`o before a final document is formulized and presented to DLNR and the County of Maui.

Here is the time and places of the Moku community meetings:
Mana`e Moku: Mana`e Community Center, March 28, 5 p.m. potluck, 6 p.m. meeting Pala`u Moku: Lanikeha Community Center, April 9, 6 p.m.
Kawela Moku: Mitchell Pauole Center, March 21, 6 p.m.