Mauna Kahalawai (W. Maui Mountains) a wahi pana

Letter to the Editor
The Maui News
Sunday, July 18, 2004

It is somewhat amazing to read "Letters" and find out the attitude of the people that now have made Maui their home. A July 14 letter suggested a tunnel from Olowalu through Waikapu and a highway serving the planned subdivisions in Olowalu to relieve the traffic congestion on Honoapiilani Highway.

Every now and then transplants from the Mainland come up with ridiculous ideas of ruining the fauna and flora that exist in our sacred mountains to destroy the "incredibly scenic area" and replace it with an "enduring scenic work of art." The H-3 highway on Oahu damaged numerous important cultural sites and the Mauna Kahalawai (West Maui Mountains) is more important to the Hawaiian culture as a legendary place of the past, or what is called a wahi pana.

We kanaka maoli have a very good solution to the traffic problems on Maui. Tell the millions of tourist that come to Maui: Don't stay; come to visit and go home. The problem is that too many came and stayed, escalating land prices, congesting our highways and trying to change our islands to look like the place they left. The rule when coming to Maui to live should be: Don't change anything; we like it this way. Check out my Web site

Charles Kauluwehi Maxwell Sr.

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