Breaking Up Is Hard To Do


Cellana’s facility at Keahole.

That old Neil Sedaka song could be the anthem of the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawai‘i Authority. Or maybe the Jackson 5’s “Never Can Say Goodbye.”

In either case, our review of the accounts of several tenants at NELHA revealed an administration that struggles to find a balance between taking a hardline stance against tenants with delinquent accounts, on the one hand, and trying to work with businesses that may only be going through a rough patch, with success just around the corner.

The result? Lingering delinquencies. Deadbeat tenants. And more than a million dollars owed by just one tenant written off as uncollectible.

NELHA can be commended for attempting to live within its means, and certainly the current administration
is more diligent and responsible than previous ones. But as our articles suggest, it may be past time for NELHA’s landlord to shorten the leash.


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