Inform would-be residents about cane burning

Pro-cane burning advocates often write letters to the editor saying people who move to Maui should do their homework to find out about cane burning before they move here. However, entities such as the Maui Visitors Bureau and Realtors ignore cane burning as a problem. The Maui County air quality inspector rarely investigates cane burning complaints.

The Maui News published a front-page article on Dec. 20 about a proposed affordable-housing project in north Kihei. This area gets the worst of cane burning – the smoke and ash, which are occasionally very thick; and the layer of dust, which enters my home every day the trade winds blow.

For all those people who complain about the complainers, here’s your chance. Step up to the plate and write a brochure to inform potential buyers and renters of cane smoke problems. Write something like, “If you move here, your family members will likely suffer respiratory problems, so don’t complain. Your property will occasionally be covered by big black ashes, which will get on your outdoor furniture and in your pets’ drinking water and on their bedding, so don’t complain. If you leave your doors and windows open to enjoy the natural air conditioning from the trade winds, the inside of your home will be covered by a layer of dust, so don’t complain.”

Newcomers should know how bad cane burning affects people on Maui. If people don’t like the complaints about it, take the initiative to inform.

Marc Drehsen