January 11, 2018
The Maui County Council voted 7 to 2 to pass a six-month moratorium on sand mining in Central Maui, The Home Team Huddle reports. Maui County Councilwoman Elle Cochran is calling for more study of the area, because iwi kupuna, or Hawaiian burials, have been found in the dunes.
According to the news agency, activists are angry about the county renewing the grading and grubbing permit for Maui Lani Partners, even though the company’s activities are overseen by archeological monitors and follow government plans. During Friday’s hearing, council members debated how far the moratorium extends and specific exemptions for land owners who want to grade their property.
“Mayor (Alan) Arakawa is 100-percent against taking sand resources from Maui and shipping them off island,” Maui County’s Rod Antone said in a statement, according to the news agency. “The extension of this (Maui Lani’s) permit is not unusual, as we are not aware of any violations as far as their grading work is concerned.”
The measure now goes to the mayor’s desk.