De­lays de­rail ef­fort to save Whale Day

The Maui News - - OPINION -

I have tried my best to fin­ish the Whale Day event, how­ever with the big de­lays from the parks depart­ment, es­pe­cially from Nov. 8 when they killed the plan after two days of re­view, to the meet­ing with the mayor and parks depart­ment on Dec. 6, to the “We will get back to you next week,” which ended up be­ing an­other 12 days for a to­tal of six weeks’ de­lay. The time­line at this point will not al­low me to fin­ish the event since we lost that six weeks, for no rea­son.

I’m sure we will all feel the loss. It is too bad the county has been against this from the start.

Also, ques­tions need to be asked why the Pa­cific Whale Foun­da­tion has been al­lowed to run the event when there are county codes that state no craft fairs in county parks. Other ques­tions will be asked soon. The County Coun­cil needs to be ques­tioned as to why no au­dits?

So, I thank you all for your sup­port and un­der­stand­ing. I wish it would have worked, how­ever there are other “in­side rea­sons” the parks depart­ment has wanted to kill this event from day one.

Kevin J. Ol­son

Ki­hei

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