Coalition invites others to join effort
Thursday, April 19, 2007 11:39 AM
Formed by individuals who have a common interest in preserving the natural environment at Honolua Bay and Lipoa Point overlooking the bay, the Save Honolua Coalition still welcomes other participants.
“We’re really a grass-roots organization,” said President Elle Cochran, one of the organizers of the effort to have Maui Land & Pineapple Co. reconsider its plans for developing around the bay.
The coalition meets weekly at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at King Kamehameha III Elementary School in Lahaina. Meetings are open to the public.
Cochran said the group formed in February after a handful of people concerned about Honolua Bay came together after a Maui General Plan Advisory Committee meeting.
The coalition includes people of all ages, backgrounds and expertise and has invited a number of individuals to speak including Council Member Jo Anne Johnson, former Council Member Wayne Nishiki, archaeologist and Maui Community College administrative assistant Janet Six, former county environmental coordinator Rob Parsons, state aquatics biologist Russell Sparks and Jeff Hunt, Maui County planning director.
Coalition members recently selected an executive board and committee chairs. They are Elle Cochran, president/GPAC chair; Donna Willard, vice president/cultural chair; Tamara Paltin, secretary/public awareness chair; Kathy Corcoran, treasurer/cultural co-chair; Shawn Reid, Web site administrator; Doug Pitzer, fundraising/events chair; Nikki Stange, legal chair; Kanoa Nishiki; environmental chair; Wayne Cochran, environmental/public Awareness co-chair; John Carty, stream restoration chair; and Wayne Nishiki, board member.
Information on the coalition can be found at www.savehonolua.org.
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