Protesters and Community Members to Return to La`au Point
Hikers are advised to bring their own food, water and sunscreen for the round trip walk. The hike is about 3 miles (90 minutes) each way.
La`au Point, a pristine stretch of land on the southwest corner of the island, is currently the site of a proposed 200-lot luxury subdivision. Molokai Ranch, also known as Molokai Properties Ltd, has said their development package comes with several incentives for the community including an offer to preserve nearly 55,000 acres of land in the form of a community-based land trust. The package also includes a promise to redevelop the now defunct Kaluakoi hotel.
But opponents, who include a broad range of community members, are rejecting the deal. They are questioning the legitimacy of the land trust as well as citing the islands lack of water, and Molokai Ranch’s long list of development failures.