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Wednesday, January 23, 2013
A Meeting With Bill Frampton
Friday, January 13, 2013, I had a unique opportunity to sit and have a
chat with Bill Frampton (one of the developers for the proposed Olowalu Town.
I’ve only ever seen Mr. Frampton and Mr. Ward at the testimonies that
take place at the Council Chambers where we’re practically fighting against
each other rather than talking to each other.
I was supposed to meet with both Bill Frampton and Dave Ward, but
circumstances prevented me from meeting Mr. Ward.
I was very nervous at first. I had a lot of serious questions I wanted
answered right away and I was anxious to get started.
However, my little interview ended up turning into more of a chat with
He shared with me some of his childhood, how he was one of five
children. He told me a bit about his father, Gary Frampton, who (apparently) is
one of the founders of Big Brothers Big Sisters. He went to a school called
Humbolt State where he learned about the redwood forests, told me stories about
how he used to be a part of a small activist group who was opposed to logging,
he used to work for Goodfellow, had a radio show called Small Town Maui and
other little tidbits about himself and his family.
It was strange to be talking to him in such a casual way. The only time
I’ve ever seen Frampton and Ward was at the County Council chambers where we
practically protest against each other stating reasons as to why or why not we
should or shouldn't build Olowalu Town.
We talked and talked for about two hours in front of Starbucks at
He shared with me some of the reasoning behind his project and there
was one that stood out above the rest.
Frampton and Ward do not own the land out at Olowalu.
A man named Peter Martin does.
Olowalu is cut into different plots. Some are owned by Peter Martin,
some are owned by other people Peter Martin sold the land too and some plots
are owned by the already existing residents of Olowalu.
Basically, Frampton and Ward want to build Olowalu Town so that they
can control what is built there instead of Peter Martin selling the land to
different people who can do whatever they want with the plots they buy.
To me that made a lot of sense.
As I talked with Mr. Bill, it really felt like he understood what some
of the dangers are when building Olowalu Town.
He knew about sedimentation, run off and why the reefs are important,
but he still feels that Olowalu Town is the best option for the land because he
understands and learned about it as well.
He told me some of the stories about when he and some colleagues were
first starting the Olowalu Town Project back in 2005. He learned that Olowalu
is a place of refuge, that it is sacred and learned more about the land from
some of the Olowalu residents.
I’m still VERY opposed to this Olowalu Town. But at this point, it’s
starting to look like the only option we can make at this point…
Unless the Council can claim that land as either agricultural land or some kind
of monumental land (like Iao) Olowalu Town will come to be…
To correct myself from a previous entry I made earlier, Olowalu Town is
not technically passed.
Mr. Bill said the process still has a long way to go, (the State Land
Use Commission and then back the Planning Commission and County Council again)
but he seemed confident that his plan would pass.
Also, I emailed Mr. Bill a list of questions which he said he answer
and email them back to me.
The list of questions are as follows:
-What is Olowalu Town?
many units will be built?
many units are affordable?
there be luxury homes?
influenced you to start this project?
long has this project been in the making?
concern about a boat ramp and seawall being built at Olowalu, is
the town is being built, will the both of you be on sight throughout the
entire Project to ensure
that it is being built correctly?
-What kind of people do
you think will move into Olowalu Town?
-How affordable will
your affordable housing be? Could you give me an
-There has been “gossip” about the people wanting to
turn Olowalu into
A historic monument area. What are your thoughts on
-After you’ve cleared
out Olowalu, what do you plan to do with all of the
(grass/bushes/trees) that you cut down?
-Maui is experiencing a
drought and there are a lot of concerns about water
Being redirected. Where
will the water be directed from?
-Do you have an
evacuation plan for Olowalu Town? Since it lies in the
tsunami zone there are
a lot of concerns about this.
-Your website says that
you will “provide residents with access to beach”
does this mean that
you’re going to build a concrete sidewalk to and along
-Also on your website,
you have names like Amy Hanaialii Gilliom, Willy K.,
Isaac and Dana Hall and
Kealii Reichel; Are you saying that these people are
in support of your
-How will you keep runoff from entering the ocean?
Both during the construction phase and after?
-Do you plan on living at Olowalu Town after it is
-There are concerns about why you wanted the makai
lands when there was an amendment to get rid of those lands. Why did you push
to the the makai lands as well?
-There is concern about
an injection well being built. How will you handle
-There is a LOT of
concern about waste. Everything from household waste,
to recyclable waste, to
sewage, runoff, waste during construction. How will
these be addressed?
-Many people are angry
because they have a bad feeling that there is
in the system. Can you honestly say that
Everything you have
done up to this point, is honest and true?
-Do you know what the
Olowalu Reefs are?
you explain what the Olowalu Reefs do for Maui?
the town is being constructed, there will be runoff and
Sedimentation. How do
you plan on controlling this?
-Do you know that coral
is alive? That it is an animal?
-Do you know that it takes coral decades to reproduce
-Do you understand that coral is a sensitive species?
Standing on coral can kill it).
you know what NOAA is?
you aware that Montipora patula and Montipera flabellata are
on NOAA’s proposed threatened species list? (These 2
coral are found at Olowalu).
are your thoughts on the seawall that was built at Ukumehame? I
ask this because there
is a lot of concern that you will build a seawall or
some type of breakwater
-There is a lot of
confusion as to where exactly the town will be built. Could
you explain where the
town will begin and end? What are the boundaries?
-There’s concern about
how you will handle Ocean Acidification at Olowalu.
Big events, like New
Years and the Fourth of July, obviously brings forth a
lot of trash and smoke.
How will those types of
situations be handled? Will you ban the usage of
fireworks at Olowalu
-What will you do
if/when the runoff from construction hits the reef?
-What will you do
if/when the runoff from the homes hits the reef?
-What will happen to
the Olowalu General Store?
-If you understand that
the Olowalu Reefs are such an important asset to
Maui and other islands.
Why did you decide to build at Olowalu?
I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt that he will answer all of
these questions accurately and honestly.