Save Maui's Mantas - SAVE OLOWALU REEF!
  • Petitioned Council Member Gladys C. Baisa

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Chair Maui County General Plan Committee
Council Member Gladys C. Baisa
Maui County Council
Council Member Michael Victorino
Maui County Council
Council Member Mike White
Maui County Council
Council Member Don Couch
Maui County Council
Council Member Robert Carroll
Maui County Council
Council Member Joseph Pontanilla
Maui County Council
Council Member Riki Hokama
Maui County Council
Council Member Danny Mateo
Maui County Mayor
Mayor Alan Arakawa
Director Maui County Planning Department
William Spence
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Hawaii Governor
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Rep. Colleen Hanabusa
Hawaii-010
State Rep. Angus McKelvey
Hawaii-023
State Sen. Clayton Hee
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Sen. Brian Schatz
Hawaii
Sen. Mazie Hirono
Hawaii-02
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard
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Gov. Neil Abercrombie

Save Maui's Mantas - SAVE OLOWALU REEF!

    1. Mark Deakos
    2. Petition by

      Mark Deakos

      Lahaina, HI

The Olowalu Reef: 1) is home to over 350 manta rays, the fourth largest resident population in the world; 2) has an economic value estimated over $54 milllion per year for Maui; 3) is one of the few black-tip reef shark nurseries in the State; 4) is one of only two remaining reefs in Maui with over 50% live coral cover; 5) has some of the largest old growth corals in the State, including some over 500 years old, 40 ft thick and over 23 ft in diameter; 6) is the first means of protection for our shorelines from storm surges and natural disasters; 7) provides the white sand for our beautiful beaches; 8) creates our popular surf breaks; 9) is the primary source of coral recruits for West Maui's reefs; and 10) has the best developed and most extensive micro-atoll area in the State.

A plan to build Olowalu Town will add 1,500 new homes and over 4,000 new residents to the watershed area uphill of our legacy reef, on the Olowalu watershed. If one thing history has shown us is the devastation a development can do to the adjacent reef. Maui's reefs are declining at an unprecendented rate, in large part due to coastal development which causes: 1) an increase in sediment and storm runoff that blankets and suffocates the underlying reef; 2) an incrase in pollutants from human waste causing devastating coral disease outbreaks; 3) an increase in nitrogen loads from fertilized landscapes igniting algae blooms that overtake our corals; and 4) excessive usage of the area for commercial, recreational, or fishing purposes that damage the corals and deplete the resources.

With your voice, we still have the ability to create a future in which we all benefit from the economic, recreational, and spiritual value provided by Maui's Crown Jewel. Please sign the petition and help educate our public officials about why it is so important to preserve the Olowalu reef for our well being and the future well-being of our children.

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    • Jayson Lewan SAN DIEGO, CA
      • 8 months ago

      It should be fairly obvious, development/destruction vs conservation. Hawaii is about conservation more than money.

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    • John Gelert KIHEI, HI
      • 11 months ago

      Olowalu Reef is the only pristine reef left in Hawaii where you can find 350 manta rays.

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    • Cecilia Reilly PAIA, HI
      • 12 months ago

      The reef is worth like a million dollars a pound... No way someone's paying enough to harm it. It's heritage. It's essential to the ocean's eco system and it is our kuleana to care for it. It supports the fish the snorkelers come to see.

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    • anita james PINCHER CREEK, CANADA
      • 12 months ago

      “THE GREATNESS OF A NATION AND ITS MORAL PROGRESS CAN BE JUDGED BY THE WAY ITS ANIMALS ARE TREATED”

      MAHATMA GANDHI

      <3

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    • Gregory Lindley WAILUKU, HI
      • about 1 year ago

      The Olowalu reef is home to coral colonies that have existed for at least 500 years. This IMPORTANT reef system not only seeds (provides recruits: Coral, fish & invertebrates) West Maui reefs, but the reefs of Molokai & Lanai as well. This reef system is already under considerable stress from anthropogenic sources, including poorly designed & administered construction projects...its our specialty here...and this project promises to be yet another.

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