We wish to report an irresponsible burning of the sugar cane March 28 at about 7:30 a.m.
We were on Ulua Beach, looking forward to a great morning of snorkeling and the beach. We just had entered the sea when we saw the burn cloud approaching us, and it was very extensive.
We waited to see if it was going to continue in our direction, and sure enough it did. The smell and smoke, along with the black ash, were quite serious.
As we continued to snorkel, the water became quite black with the ash and we finally had to discontinue snorkeling because of the ash and fairly large sea surges.
In reading the newspaper earlier in the week, it looked like the company was being finally responsive to the Department of Health's directive. But it continues its stupidity from the past.
As frequent visitors to Maui, we have been waiting patiently for this company to become much more tuned in to how visitors don't appreciate this lack of response to the ecology and to human health. When is it going to be given an order to cease and desist this practice, which affects people's health and ability to breathe proper air?
With the return of crowds of visitors, one would think the company would want to comply in order to keep the economy of Maui improving. Certainly many visitors cannot believe this burning needs to be continued. What is more important to Maui - tourism or expensive sugar?
Larry and Wendy Findlay