11/4/16 : We expect everyone is well aware of what we consider our highest priority. Some call it a vision statement (for future); others a mission statement (for present.), so maybe it is both, as it is what we expect both now and for the future.
â€œe malama ponoâ€…dedicated to protecting, sustaining and enhancing our ‘aina, kai and ‘ohana.
Of course these are interrelated. Caring for the land is a big part in caring for the near shore waters, and caring for both helps the well being of the community. Our upcoming (11/15) membership meeting concentrating on the kai, by examining what is occurring on the land as the root cause of pollution, ultimately can affect our health and welfare.
So at this time when this is our focus, we are extremely distressed to learn the the single individual responsible for monitoring the condition of the marine water on our island by the State Department of Health retired on Halloween, and currently no one is doing this vital required function.
We had numerous conversations with Roland- he was always just Roland, like a rock star with a solo name- friendly while performing a crucial need. We often expressed to him this should be the responsibility of more than a solo guy for the entire island. We wish him well in his retirement.
Our understanding is the department is currently looking for a temporary replacement to do the job while a permanent one is established, but this was not a sudden occurrence. Should not a replacement have been readied to step up on 11/1? Now likely tens of thousands guys enter the kai daily, as the Health Department procrastinates.
What can you do? Call the Governor. Call you State Representative and Senator. The Lieutenant Governor lives on Maui; is he aware? Tell them this is unacceptable, and you want it rectified.