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Court ruling leaves legacy to be proud of

Leaving a legacy to be proud of, Maui Planning Commission and Stanford Carr Development have a wonderful opportunity regarding the Hawaii Supreme Court’s ruling. Benefiting the entire community, this is their chance to make things right.

On March 19, 2021, The Maui News Viewpoint of Stanford Carr read: “True injustice was to families who were to be Kahoma Village owners.”

Carr stated, “In March 2020, when the world stopped turning, more than half of Kahoma Village’s workforce buyers were forced to withdraw their plans for homeownership. While every applicant was returned their deposit, what can never be returned is the opportunity lost for them and their families.”

If sincere, then the court’s decision, though against the commission and developer on all counts, is truly a blessing. They should be ecstatic to have this opportunity to negotiate a housing development in Lahaina for these families.

Ideally, the pricing should follow the affordable housing guidelines from 2014. If the commission had allowed due process and addressed the intervener’s concerns immediately, it would have avoided the lengthy court proceedings.

Suffering permanent loss of this historical site, the county and developer can help right the wrongs committed. A resolution that includes funding for a historical public park in Lahaina would be the honorable thing to do.

Everyone makes mistakes; the response makes all the difference. Real integrity is doing the right thing even when it costs.

“Choose a good reputation over great riches; being held in high esteem is better than gold (Proverbs).”

Michele Lincoln

Lahaina

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