Real Estate Maui Hawaii Blog

Mark and Lisa bring you the latest on the Hawaii real estate market, events, fundraising benefits, news, sports, new island developments, tips to help you buy or sell a home and more. Subscribe to receive updates on our weekly blog today!

Maui County Ban on Shark Tour Business

Maui county council votes to recommend passing bill to ban shark tours.
August 14, 2009

Maui County Ban on Shark Tour Business

By Mark Harbison

The Maui County Council's Economic Development, Agriculture and Recreation Committee unanimously voted to recommend passage of a bill to ban shark tour businesses in Maui County. Fortunately, no such businesses exist on Maui, so no one will be put out of business as a result of the ban.

The County has no jurisdiction over off-shore activities but the bill will regulate businesses operating on Maui by making it illegal to charge customers to enter the ocean to feed or attract sharks for viewing in Maui County.  The consensus is to stop these businesses from developing like they have on Oahu. 

As for the reasons behind the ban, there are both cultural and ecological concerns. Cultural concerns that have been raised include the fact that feeding sharks is offensive to Native Hawaiians. The mano is a sacred amakua, or guardian spirit, of the Hawaiian people. As a spiritual symbol, it is very much revered. Feeding the sharks for the purpose of entertainment and as a spectacle would be a great disrespect to the Native Hawaiian people, according to the council.

The ecological concerns center around the fact that feeding the sharks, pursuing them, or otherwise interfering with their natural habitat could change their behavior and therefore, the ecology of the ocean in places where they are present.

Council member Wayne Nishiki introduced this measure with the intent to prevent shark tour businesses from developing. The bill should come before the full County Council for the first reading on August 25th. Council member Sol Kahoohalahala expressed some concern that commercial activities are stressing ocean ecosystems by viewing them through an economic lense rather than an ecological one. There is a definite tendency to perceive value as it applies financially, but a healthy environment should be recognized as priceless.

The ban will also prevent the associated risks of close proximity with sharks, so it should be difficult to argue with the common sense behind it. 


As for Maui real estate, we recommend that you browse the Wailea Fairway Villas for some lovely homes, or perhaps the homes for sale in Maalaea. If you have any questions or would like to contact us, you can call (866) 874-1942 toll free or Lisa's cell at (808) 283-7426. You can also email mark@realestatemauihawaii.com or lisa@realestatemauihawaii.com.

Blogs for August 2009

Native Hawaiian Plant Sale on Maui

Posted on August 28, 2009
Native Hawaiian Plant Sale on Maui

By Mark Harbison

Like plants? How about taking a relaxing break from the stresses of the week by stopping at the Maui Nui Botanical Gardens for a Native Hawaiian Plant Sale? It will be held on August 29th from 9am to 2pm.

Here is a list of… Continue Reading

July Dip in Home Building Nationwide

Posted on August 21, 2009
July Dip in Home Building Nationwide

By Mark Harbison

Construction of new homes in the U.S. grew for three months in a row until July when it dipped by 1% to an annual rate of 581,000 properties according to the Commerce Department. This is evidence that the recovery of the housing market… Continue Reading

Maui County Ban on Shark Tour Business

Posted on August 14, 2009
Maui County Ban on Shark Tour Business

By Mark Harbison

The Maui County Council's Economic Development, Agriculture and Recreation Committee unanimously voted to recommend passage of a bill to ban shark tour businesses in Maui County. Fortunately, no such businesses exist on Maui, so no one will be put out of business… Continue Reading

Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce Business Fest on Maui

Posted on August 07, 2009
Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce Business Fest on Maui

By Mark Harbison

The third annual Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce Business Fest is coming up on September 4th at the Grand Wailea Resort Hotel and Spa. Mercer "Chubby" Vicens, its president, has invited members and friends to attend.

The day will kick off… Continue Reading

Archives
Mark and Lisa

Mark A Harbison
R(B) (GRI) (CIPS) (TRC)

Mark@RealEstateMauiHawaii.com

(808) 283-3785

Coldwell Banker Island Properties
Shops at Wailea, Suite B-35
3750 Wailea Alanui * Kihei, HI 96753
Meyer Computer, Inc.
Web Services provided by Meyer Computer, Inc.
Web Hosting & Design