Local Writers Discuss the Rise of Progressive Women in West Maui Politics | News, Sports, Jobs

LAHAINA – Lahaina Public Library and North Beach – West Maui Benefit Fund invite you to join local authors Ikaika Hussey and Jackie Palmer Lasky on Saturday, October 22 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Library at 680 Wharf to meet St. in Lahaina.

The authors read from their essays published in the book “Civil Society in West Maui”, a wide-ranging collection of essays summarizing major political controversies that enlivened West Maui’s social and political life.

Hussey, author of “Preservation of West Maui: Sharyn Matin and the Right Front”, provides a political biography of Matin, whose campaign against large-scale development in the North Beach area was the basis for the non-profit West Maui Preservation Association. The details of her activism provide insight into development and governance in West Maui and its relationship to the rule of law.

In her essay “Na Wahine Ho’omau: Councilwomen of West Maui”, Lasky tells the stories of Jo Anne Johnson, Elle Cochran and Tamara Paltin.

Plantation history and the tourism industry have shaped the lives of these distinguished councilwomen, and each is recognized for their tenacity and courage in bringing about positive change for the West Maui District. Its progressive policies consistently prioritize local community and environmental priorities over the financial interests that have dominated the island for centuries.

The author discussions will be followed by a Q&A session and book signing.

This free informative talk story is the fifth in a series focused on community-focused solutions to problems facing West Maui today – water management, traffic congestion, excessive tourism, housing and other problems. For more information, see librarieshawaii.org/events

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