Lahaina Will Never Be the Same

Lahaina’s recovery has only just begun, but it’s clear to me that the fires have been a “9/11” event in the sense that the widespread death and destruction will have changed this place forever. I don’t have a crystal ball but most can see at least these factors playing a role in a New Lahaina whose vision is still very unclear:

  • The tragic deaths of so many – overwhelmingly our kupuna (respected elderly).
  • Widespread destruction.
  • Toxic byproducts and the long road to cleanup.
  • Multiple factions vying for control of the restoration.
  • Grandfathered zoning laws (e.g. ocean setbacks) that may no longer apply.
  • Well-meaning government intervention bringing about negative unforeseen consequences.
  • Countless unknown variables in the redevelopment

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