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Meeting planned to discuss Waiehu golf course sustainability

The Maui News

The sustainability of the Waiehu Municipal Golf Course is on the agenda of the County Council’s Parks, Recreation, Energy and Legal Affairs Committee at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers in Wailuku.

Mayor Alan Arakawa called for closing of the 87-year-old public golf course at the start of budget discussions for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1, due to economic losses. The County Council chose to keep the golf course open, but to raise most fees.

In announcing the meeting, committee Chairman Don Guzman said the budget process was not the best way to discuss making the course self-supporting. Tuesday’s meeting will be the first by the committee to address the issue.

No legislation has been posted for the meeting but representatives from Kauai and Oahu will be on hand to contribute their insight and expertise on municipal golf course administration, finance, greens and maintenance.

“We can learn from our sister counties,” said Guzman. “They confront the same challenges we do when it comes to managing municipal courses. It’s my hope that folks familiar with the Ala Wai and Wailua golf courses will provide the committee with good information on which sound decisions can be made for Waiehu.”

Golf course and county finance and budget officials also will be appearing.

The meeting is open to the public. Written testimony may be sent via email to prl.committee@mauicounty.us, referencing PRL-30.