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If you have lost something in these disasters, be mindful that your claims are outrageously valuable. Even if you didn’t have insurance, you have federal disaster claims, lawsuit claims, wrongful death claims, mass tort claims, and other financial and tangible claims. If you get calls from people trying to “buy you out” of your home or your claims, be very wary! They may know a lot more than you do about the value of what you have. Do not sell your home or your claims without first consulting an
The Maui Pono Network Weekly News Brief
News Brief Week of September 25
County recovery plan, Go to MauiPonoNetwor.org for video of meeting.
October 4 the Lahaina burn area will begin to open in ares for residents
Wild brush mitigation, a citizen's initiative
Sept 27 at 9 am County GREAT Committee on Lahaina recovery
Property taxes due for residents with standing buildings and forced to evict, needs to be addressed
Community independent investigation into the Lahaina fire, see below
Recovery Efforts by Government, 9/22/2023
A memorial to the many lives lost opens followed by updates on cleanup, opening the site to residents, Red Cross, FEMA, Emergency Response and the mayor's local advisory team.
Post disaster tips
A new emergency proclamation related to housing will reverse the most controversial aspects of a previous proclamation in an effort to bridge increasingly divided sides, Gov. Josh Green said Thursday.
The new proclamation will restore environmental review and historic preservation laws and give back power to a state-level zoning authority. Perhaps most important, it will allow public testimony before a working group established to review and certify housing construction.
proclamation will restore Hawaii’s environmental review statute, which requires environmental impact statements for certain developments. The document also will restore a statute relating to conserving historical resources, including Native Hawaiian burial grounds. A provision altering the authority of the Hawaii Land Use Commission, a state-level zoning authority, also has been removed,
Community Pressure stopped this
On July 17, Governor Green signed an emergency proclamation on housing, to "address" Hawaiʻi’s housing crisis by exempting developers from major land use, environmental, cultural protection, government transparency, public procurement, and collective bargaining laws—with no affordability requirements to ensure that any new housing will be truly accessible to Hawaiʻi’s families and residents, or meaningful safeguards to prevent new developments from simply being marketed and sold to offshore buyers and investors.
Help Us Change State and County Laws
that Hurt Maui County
The Maui Pono Network is working to establish Grassroots Political Action Committees in our three other Hawaiian Counties. In 2021 we helped establish the independent Huli PAC, HuliHi.com, on the Big Island. We are focused on Oahu and Kauai while strengthening the existing PACs. Now is the time to set up the needed network and infrastructure for the 2024 elections. We are calling this initiative that extends beyond Maui, the Reclaim Democracy Project.
The goal is identifying and campaigning for candidates and initiatives that serve the people and ‘aina instead of big money interests. This majority of state legislators can make real changes that affect our county.
The Reclaim Democracy Project provides educational materials and strategic consulting to help organize and develop this important avenue of civic action that brings about systemic change. We do need funds for this initiative. Mahalo for your financial support.
All 13 Charter Amendments passed in the 2022 Elections
Learn how this rewiring of county governance will affect community
As the only organization promoting all 13 charter amendments, the Maui Pono Network’s core team and volunteers are joyous for our community because we understand the uplifting changes they bring.
The 13 amendments rewire our county governance system to be more effective, efficient, transparent and accountable; and will also increase civic engagement and professionalism. We will have the structure to truly provide affordable housing purchase and rental. They will steer the abundance of the one of the richest counties in the United States to resolve long standing issues and needs and put an end to the main avenues of nepotism and cronyism. Our county residents will have control of our water system instead of a Canadian Pension Fund known for its pillage. Mahalo to the many organizations and individuals who contributed to the community’s awareness on this water legislation.
Be informed on why these amendments are important and the change they bring to our governance.
2022 Maui County State, Mayoral and County Council Races
Better Representation in our State Government, 1 Senate Seat and 3 House of Representatives.
All four of the state candidates we supported were voted in. This makes a small block that adds to other elected state officials from other counties who support the people and the ‘aina. Learn about our elected candidates through in depth interviews.
The New Mayor's Effectiveness is an Unknown
Many are hopeful that our new mayor will do an effective job in administering this one-billion-dollar county corporation. Will the new mayor bring Maui County closer to having “pono governance”? The Maui Pono Network will monitor decisions as we are starting with a clean slate.
The County Council Election Results
The Maui Pono Network supported 9 county council seats and won 5. However, the 5th candidate did not have a progressive voting record and yet was considered better than her opponent. Two of our progressive council leaders will be leaving their office after an unsuccessful bid for mayor. Their replacements were heavily funded by the Carpenter’s Union and big money interests.
Elected official’s voting records will tell all. The Maui Pono Network will be watching and informing our community, stay tuned. Register to receive our posts.
Be an informed voter, know candidates on the 2022 Maui County ballots. Watch in depth interviews that asks important questions on issues, vision, governance and background. The primary is August 13 with mail in ballots received July 27. Who will you choose to represent you at the table of our local governance.
The Maui Charter is our local Constitution and affects the power distribution, decision process and wiring of our local government. This foundation document is reviewed by a resident's Commission every 10 years.
Learn why these 14 amendments were chosen and the potential impact to our community.
They will be on the November ballot.
Learn about important issues and needs affecting our community with possible solutions. Topics include;
Maui Pono Network operates through local volunteers and grassroots funding. Find out how to get more involved, from sharing media, to helping with events and campaigns. Your monetary and volunteer donations stretch far and powerfully to effect positive change.
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