Mahi Pono: ‘We are not profiting off water’

January 04, 2020 | The Maui News

Officials offer details of approach to vital resource.

WAILUKU — Tim O’Laughlin said that since moving to Maui a couple months ago, he’s been to the beach only twice.

Still, the new chief operating officer of diversified agriculture company Mahi Pono gets plenty of water time.

O’Laughlin helped negotiate a recent settlement over key Wailuku waterways; he’s collaborating with Maui native Mark Vaught on upgrades to the East Maui Irrigation system; and he’s continuing to research cultural implications of water in Hawaii...


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