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Kahoma Village resulted in irreparable damage

In 2014, Maui Planning Commission rejected local residents’ request to participate in the SMA approval. Those objections and concerns are now a reality as the project has been developed. As Lahaina News and The Maui News reported in September 2020, the appeal was sustained voiding the commission’s decision.

Loss of an important historical place is heartbreaking. Disregard for laws is infuriating. Robbed of due process, the commission’s misguided decision has resulted in irreparable damage.

How is justice served? Desmond Tutu said, “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”

Hawai’i Supreme Court has set oral arguments on Kahoma Village development at 2 p.m. Friday, March 19. It is case No. SCWC-15-0000478 Protect and Preserve Kahoma Ahupua’a Association vs. Maui Planning Commission and Stanford Carr Development.

Because of COVID, the oral argument will be broadcast live over the state judiciary’s YouTube channel (YouTube.com/hawaiicourts) but will not be recorded or available to view later.

Why would God allow such a seemingly waste of time, passion and tears? Answer: trust and obey, regardless of the outcome. It’s not over. Hope is displayed on the neon sign across the street from the development: “Jesus Coming Soon!”

“Look, a righteous King is coming! Smooth tricks and lies will be exposed. Cry for the land and city. This will continue until God puts His Spirit from above into us. Then justice and fairness will be found throughout the land, bringing peace and safety forever.” (Isaiah 32)

Michele Lincoln

Lahaina

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