My platform is simple.
Plant seeds with me, seeds that will germinate and grow into strong trees with branches spreading outward into our communities, from Lānaʻi to the furthest reaches of Maui nui.
I'm ready. Join me.
You are relevant. Your help is relevant.
I need your vote on August 8 and on November 3, 2020. MAHALO!
Alberta de Jetley, candidate, Maui County Council member representing our Lānaʻi Island.
YES! I'M READY FOR THIS JOB!
SUPPORT NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS
Countless organizations, such as Lānaʻi Art Center, reach into the community to assist residents in a variety of ways. Government agencies cannot be all things to all people. Non-profits help to fill the void. Supporting youth organizations is also important; they help with mentoring programs that guide our youth on how to become responsible, caring adults — and our future leaders.
SUPPORT RANCHING, FARMING AND OTHER AGRICULTURAL-BASED BUSINESSES
Sugar cane on Maui and pineapple fields on Lānaʻi, and ranches on Molokaʻi and Maui, are part of Maui nui’s history. Today, we are facing an exciting future with hundreds of agricultural lands being redeveloped into farms, orchards, and ranches to feed our communities. Even small home gardeners can become a part of helping Maui County become less dependent on outside food sources.
WE HAVE SUN, WIND, AND WATER
La Ola, Lānaʻiʻs solar farm, is slated for expansion. We must continue to develop more renewable energy projects to meet Hawaiʻi State’s mandate to be 100 percent renewable by 2045. Could kukui nuts be used to produce bio-fuel? Could we burn trash to power a steam generator for electricity? Let's think of innovative ways Maui nui can go green by 2045.
Affordable housing doesn’t mean just continuing to build houses for sale. It should also include a variety of houses for rentals by singles and families. Instead of urban sprawl, tacking on new housing developments onto existing communities; let’s go back to the drawing boards to create communities, places where neighbors of all ethnic groups and income levels can live harmoniously together. Create a community center with small businesses, parks, and an elementary school. Lānaʻi City was laid out as a “garden city” in the 1920’s. As one of Hawaiʻi’s last plantation towns, it continues to reflect its heritage.
MAUI COUNTY CAN BECOME THE PIKO
of the world. Think high-tech. From the top of Haleakala to Kīheiʻs sunny shores, and to Lānaʻi and Molokaʻi, what can we do to attract more technology-based industries and the high-paying jobs that go with them? We are ideally located to do business with countries spanning the globe.
DIVERSIFY OUR ECONOMY
Home-based businesses to big-box stores all can help make us less dependent on monies generated by our visitor industry. Although hotels and other tourist-related activities employ thousands of employees throughout Maui nui, we must continue to seek out career opportunities for our residents in other industries. Lãnaʻi’s acres of silvery green pineapple fields are gone, but Sensei Farm, a hydroponic farm located near the Lānaʻi Airport, already employs many residents who are enjoying learning how to grow vegetables in a controlled environment.
PROTECT OUR RESOURCES
from the mountains to the sea. Pre-western contact, Hawaiians lived on ahupuaʻa, land divisions created by aliʻi to give them the resources they needed to sustain themselves. Even on Lānaʻiʻs most barren lands, native villages once existed.
A Hawaiian proverb says, “rain always follows the forest.” We must protect our watersheds from invasive species which are destroying our forests and causing erosion that washes out into the ocean, covering our reefs with silt and debris. It is our kuleana, responsibility, to ensure our resources are used wisely in a sustainable manner to protect it for future generations.
In the coming years, approximately 30,000 acres of Lānaʻiʻs northeastern slopes, will be fenced to protect it from invasive deer and reforested. I hope my generation will live long enough to sit under the shade of the trees that will be planted.