Elect officials who will end sugar cane smoke pollution on island

During the last week of August and the first week of September, the burning sugar cane smoke filled my eyes. I could barely see traveling down from Makawao to my workplace. The smoke filled my lungs. I could hardly breathe. How is it that the sugar company can still burn cane on Maui when it is hazardous to our health […]

Read more

How are residents supposed to protect themselves?

If there are no antidotes to the chemicals that HC&S uses in the cane fields – listed on their Web site: Pendimethalin, Round-Up, Diuron, Atrazine and others – then how do you suggest we protect ourselves and our children during a burn? What kind of OSHA-approved respirator would you recommend? What about the plastic water pipes that are burned along […]

Read more

Ironically this is a letter from a cane burn SUPPORTER with Asthma

Recently there have been letters to the editor about the burning of sugar cane in the central valley of Maui. Notice that these letters are people who have recently moved here and are not accustomed to our local lifestyle. I suffer with chronic asthma and have taken medication since I was 4 years old. I am now a kupuna. As […]

Read more

There should be alternatives to burning sugar cane

More than 200 days a year HC&S starts massive fires on Maui. It burns carcinogens such as PCBs, and rains plastic “black snow” onto the beaches and onto the lawns and streets of our neighborhoods. It causes asthma for some, and I know firsthand that my entire family is affected. Our eyes, noses and throats itch, our eyes and lungs […]

Read more

Cane fires that should be stopped ruin a weekend

The weekend of Sept. 24-25 was the most horrific experience I’ve had on Maui since my arrival in 1989. I woke up Saturday and looked out to a pristine, clear, gorgeous morning, Haleakala majestically rose colored, the West Maui mountains etched in all their glory. I hurried to Baldwin Beach Park, anxious to bathe in the extraordinary morning. Little did […]

Read more

Severe health issues may prompt class-action suit

Now that the truth of facts are being revealed regarding chemicals used in the cane fields and what we cannot avoid breathing during cane burning on Maui, I am extremely interested in hearing more. After driving through a cane burn upon first arriving on Maui, I spent a week in the hospital with many doctors trying to understand why my […]

Read more

Hundreds in Kihei would like to bring an end to cane burning

In response to an Aug. 25 letter containing opinion but less than factual conclusions about cane smoke, Kahului residents benefit from the Hawaii EPA cane burn abatement criteria established before a downwind South Maui community ever existed. They never have to breathe toxic cane smoke because they live upwind. When the wind blows Kona, Alexander & Baldwin (owners of HC&S) […]

Read more
1 7 8 9