Give credit to Friends of Mahaulepu
The island of Kauai owes a debt of gratitude to the Friends of Mahaulepu (FOM), primarily Jay Kechloian, Eileen Kechioian, and Bridget Hammerquist for their successful five-year battle which prevented the environmental disaster of Hawaii Dairy Farms (Grove Farm and the Ulupono Initiative) locating an industrial dairy in Mahaulepu.
The Kechloians made a very generous financial contribution and raised other funds which enabled FOM to hire one of the very best environmental lawyers in the country. Eileen and Bridget worked tirelessly doing research and lobbying against the project. Bridget did a brilliant job as spokesperson for FOM.
There were other people who contributed funds, ideas, and hard work on behalf of FOM and we should all be grateful to them. And, there were some who just offered to hold their coats while they fought the dairy and a few who actually carried water for Grove Farm.
This is just the beginning for FOM. They will be a force on this island for many years to come. Perhaps, this might be a good time for the mayor to congratulate FOM on their hard-fought victory.
Linda Estes, Koloa