Hundreds attend community meeting in Molokai

MOLOKAI (KHNL) - More than 200 people attended a community meeting at the Mitchell Pauole Community Center on Molokai Tuesday evening.

The crowd spent a little over two and a half hours providing comments on the anticipated termination of water and sewer services to about 1,200 West Molokai residents.

Mayor Charmaine Tavares says she is pleased with the participation from the Molokai community.

"It was a terrific opportunity for us to speak directly with the public and dispel rumors, and correct inaccurate information" said Mayor Tavares. "It was heartening to hear the majority of speakers encourage the County to continue its efforts to hold Molokai Ranch accountable for abandoning such essential services."

Molokai Ranch, the owner and operator of the utility services, announced recently that it will cease its operations at the end of next month.