Breaking Up

Is Hard To Do

In this photo submitted to the LUC by the Maui County Planning Department, dozens of abandoned vehicles are visible on the Pi‘ihana property.

Neil Sedaka’s classic song could be the anthem for the two-part Maui development whose owners now want nothing more to do with each other. Their request to the Land Use Commission that it officially bifurcate them has turned out to be anything but easy.

For one thing, there are the promises made when the development was proposed some 30 years ago. With many of them – including the most expensive and onerous – proposed to be placed wholly on the back of the owner with admittedly limited resources (to say nothing of a history of failed developments), there’s the question of equity. Nor is the LUC inclined to overlook the breach of trust with the community if that would-be developer succeeds in his recently disclosed intention to ask the commission to revert the land to the Agricultural district.

For now, the commission has thrown the matter back into the lap of various parties to the original proceeding. But if ever there was a case to be made for giving the LUC greater enforcement powers, Pi‘ihana could be Exhibit 1

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