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Ekolu Lindsey to receive recognition award

The Maui County Department of Planning announced Aug. 14 that Edwin “Ekolu” Lindsey is the recipient of the 2019 Hawaii Chapter of the American Planning Association’s Grassroots Initiative Special Recognition Award.

Lindsey was nominated by the Planning Department’s Long Range Division Chief Pam Eaton, who highlighted Lindsey’s critical roles in several grassroots initiatives. Lindsey served as president of the nonprofit land trust organization Maui Cultural Lands; co-founded Polanui Hiu Community Managed Makai Area and the Maui Nui Community Managed Makai Area Learning Network; and was Alaka’i member of West Maui’s update of its community plan.

“I accept this honor on behalf of my ‘ohana, and all the volunteers who have supported our restoration efforts over the years,” Lindsey said.

The Grassroots Initiative Award is one of four special recognition awards presented as part of the APA Hawaii Chapter’s annual Chapter Awards Program. Each year, the program honors individuals, communities, organizations, public agencies, and firms for outstanding contributions in specific areas. Other special recognition categories include Chapter Service, Chapter Leadership and Donald Wolbrink Chapter Achievement.

All special recognition recipients will be honored at the Hawaii Congress of Planning Officials Conference on Sept. 11 at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa, hosted by the Planning Department.

For more information, call the Planning Department at 270-7214.