Letters to the Editor


POSTED: Thursday, December 17, 2009

HC&S closure would leave void

Several years ago, I returned to Maui after living on the mainland for 17 years. As my plane descended, I was struck anew by the beauty of the waving, green cane fields welcoming me home. We are fortunate to have a large agricultural operation on Maui. The 30,000 acres of sugar cane draw in carbon dioxide and release oxygen into our atmosphere on a daily basis.

Being born and raised on Maui, the sugar industry meant a lot to my family. It represented the food on our table and my college tuition. It was where my father toiled for over 40 years. Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. is a part of the fabric of who we are as Mauians.

It saddens me to know how perilous the survival of HC&S is at present. If the company were to shut down, it would result in the loss of hundreds of jobs. Local vendors and the community would also lose a valuable business and charitable partner. It is naive to assume that local farms would fill the void left if the company closed down. Construction and development would be the order of the day. I fear that with the demise of HC&S, the Maui I grew up in and love would disappear forever.

Eileen Carvalho






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