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Rolling the Dice on Maui | News, Sports, Jobs


The longest Monopoly board game ever played lasted 70 days.

The source reporting this tidbit, monopolyland.com, also claims that the most expensive Monopoly game cost $2 million in 1988, the largest permanent game board is a square of granite with 30-foot sides in San Jose, in California, and the longest game ever played. in a bathtub was 99 hours.

Maui has those numbers beaten by a mile Boardwalk. Investors began rolling the dice on island properties decades ago. The action never stopped. Some players put their savings in little green houses on the island equivalent of Baltic Avenue. Others arrive with so many $500 gold bills in their pockets that they can walk down from hotels in Wailea and Kapalua.

It’s up to the State of Hawaii and Maui County to make sure players follow the rules and pay their fair share. The government is also responsible for protecting the interests of the public and the environment, making sure no one spills sodas and nachos all over the game board. Because in this game there can be a lot of players , but we only have one tray. Maui must serve and house countless generations to come.

When new projects are proposed, some are welcomed with open arms and others meet with opposition. Either way, government officials must weigh the impacts of each project against the community’s needs for housing, jobs and economic growth. It can be a real juggling act.

The 28-unit Hale Waipuilani workforce housing project in Kihei presents such a challenge. The developer hopes to provide workforce housing on 1.5 acres about a block from Maui Sunset. Neighbors and members of community associations who testified against the project this week objected to its density, the impacts on traffic and, above all, the fact that it must be built in a flood-prone area. Maui County Council has until July 17 to make a decision on the fast-track proposal.

The council will also likely be asked to review Maalaea Mauka’s 257-acre plot one of these days. Maui developer Peter Martin and his companies recently came before the county to purchase the land from the descendants of late Maui developer Jesse Spencer for $6 million.

Spencer fought to build housing on the windswept land at the foot of the West Maui mountains. His family’s Maalaea Plantation housing development was rejected by the county due to the area’s history of rapid bushfires, erosion and its distance from jobs, schools and public services. Unless Martin makes a deal with the county or just leaves the land unused, we can expect the feuds to resume.

Nothing stops dreamers from driving around this island building mansions and housing estates in their minds. They see our open spaces as opportunities to roll the dice. Some ideas are good and some should never pass Go.

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