Cane burning an integral part of Maui economy

Letters criticizing cane burning continue, especially after a recent burn.

Here on Maui, cane burning has been extant for well over 100 years and is as much a part of the process as planting, milling, boiling and shipping. Moreover, it is an integral part of the economy and employs more than 800 of our neighbors, and someone should speak up for this important industry.

Even though burning is occasional and brief, those who are critical might have done some research prior to moving here.

If you don’t like the noise of airplanes, don’t expect OGG to be moved. If you don’t like road noise, don’t expect the Piilani Highway to disappear.

Perhaps the cane-burn grumblers might direct their displeasure at madame Pele. Since 1986, Kilauea has been polluting the islands by issuing sulfur dioxide gas known as vog from the Pu’u O’o vent far more regularly and much more impactful on the human condition than the burning of cane.

David L. Florence