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Susan Halas

Susan Halas is a Senior Political Contributor at MAUIWatch. She has followed Hawaii politics since 1976 when she moved to the Valley Isle. She was formerly a staff writer for the Maui News as well as other local print and digital publications.

Lona Ridge Permit Dead On Arrival

The Land Use Committee of the Maui County Council voted unanimously (9-0) on Wednesday to file the request by Lona Ridge for a special use permit to conduct commercial activities on the agriculturally zoned property located at 588 Kulaiwi Drive above Wailuku Heights II subdivision, an all residential area. The action to file the permit request known as LU-23 effectively …

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UPDATE: Wailuku Heights estate seeks expansion of commercial operations

Lona Ridge is on the agenda at the Maui County Council Land Use Committee. The controversial application by Lona Ridge Inc. to expand commercial uses at the five-acre estate above Wailuku Heights has finally landed at the County Council. UPDATE: The site visit to Lona Ridge above Wailuku Heights scheduled for Tuesday, July 18 was canceled due to lack of …

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Liquor Commission Moves to End 24/7 Liquor Sales

In a unanimous vote, the Maui Liquor Commission voted today to nix 24-hour liquor sales, cap the number of hostess bars at 12, and prohibit the delivery of liquor to businesses and residences. Voting unanimously were members of the Liquor Commission including Chairman Robert Tanaka and members Leon Bolosan, Dana Souza, Darren Lopez, Nicole DeRego, Dawn Bicoy, Nane Aluli and …

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UPDATE: Liquor Commission votes to roll back rule changes

The Maui Liquor Commission today voted unanimously to roll back recent changes to the rules which permitted 24/7 sale of alcohol, removed the cap on the number of hostess bars allowed to operate on Maui and authorized home delivery of liquor. The action came in response to a petition by Maui activist Mahina Martin and voluminous public testimony both in-person …

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TEACH withdraws from Old Maui High School project

A controversial proposal to redevelop the 23-acre campus of the Old Maui High School into multi-faceted commercial uses has been withdrawn by its sponsors TEACH Development LLC (Technology-Education-Agriculture-Community-Health). TEACH, a for-profit company that sought to obtain the county-owned property at Hamakuapoko on a 60 year lease for $1 a year said in a March 18th letter addressed to Maui Mayor …

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Public Comments on A&B Application for 30 year East Maui Water Lease Heard

About 120 Mauians attended a public meeting last night (Feb. 22) to hear public comment on the request by Alexander & Baldwin and East Maui Irrigation for a 30-year lease on East Maui water. The comments were in response to an Environmental Impact Statement Preparation Notice (EISPN) published in Feb. 2017. This is a 105-page document which summarizes the relevant …

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North Shore Pushes Back Hard Against Proposed Development

WOW, that was some meeting in Paia last night! At its height, there were between 400 to 500 people present packed into the Paia Community Center. They were there young and old, seated on folding chairs, packed three deep standing against the walls, hanging through the windows, jammed into the entrances, mingling on the outside walkways, holding signs along the …

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