Is this story a tragedy or a triumph? About 1/3 of Molokai, or about 60,000 acres on the drier West End, is owned by a Singapore conglomerate. Their subdivision, known as Molokai Properties Inc., or Molokai Ranch, shuttered its Kaupoa Beach Village and the Kaluakoi Hotel, as well as its rodeo arena, movie theater, restaurants, golf course, gift shop and gas station in 2008. They left the island and 120 of 7500 residents were unemployed. The golf course became overgrown, the infinity pool at the hotel was filled with sand. Why did this happen? Local people, many more than 50% Hawaiian, fought hard to prevent development of Laau Point into 200 homesteads for the wealthy. I was at the final meetings when those for and against spoke in front of the council about to render its decision on the development. Knowing how many native people have lost their land and their way of life to corporate greed, I felt pain in my heart that once again this could happen on Hawaii. Afterall, most of this state is overdeveloped and choked with tourism. But the locals against development won! And is the island better for it. Please visit Molokai and decide for yourself.
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