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Critical of Kama’s vote on water lawsuit issue

On Sept. 26, 2018, Civil Beat asked Maui County Council Member Tasha Kama the following question:

“There is a desire to grow the economy through new development yet also a need to protect our limited environmental resources. How would you balance these competing interests?”

“I would balance the new development and the need to protect our environmental resources through the utilization and enforcement of the Hawaii Public Trust Doctrine, which reads, ‘For the benefit of present and future generations, the State and its political subdivisions shall conserve and protect Hawaii’s natural beauty and all natural resources, including land, water, air, minerals and energy sources, and shall promote the development and utilization of these resources in a manner consistent with their conservation and in furtherance of the self-sufficiency of the State. All public natural resources are held in trust by the State for the benefit of the people.’

“We must use the model of success shown to us by the indigenous peoples of this place if we intend to continue to be a vibrant and thriving island community.”

This question may have derived from the pending Lahaina injection well lawsuit.

Five council members did their fiduciary duty by voting to settle the lawsuit to resist the potential insurmountable federal fine. All five members except for Tasha Kama!

Tasha, you promised to protect our natural resources. The last time I checked, water was a natural resource! Tasha, Maui deserves better.

My mo’opuna are trusting you to do the right thing!

Deb Kaiwi

Kahului