On June 14, The Maui News reported on an asbestos claim at Hale Mahaolu Lahaina Surf. It was reported that "around 88 percent of the 112 living units have asbestos."
Lahaina Surf is one of the few apartment complexes that families and seniors can reside in comfortably without paying an exorbitant amount of rent.
There are generations of residents, from kupuna to keiki, and it frightens and saddens me to know that the asbestos-removal company would leave a container filled with asbestos-ridden material in an area that is frequented by residents daily.
A recent picture shows a container sitting right outside one of the apartment complexes. On the container there is a caution sticker which reads: "Respirators and Protective Clothing Are Required In This Area." With that important safety precaution printed in black and white, is the required equipment being provided for the residents and employees who must pass the area to get to their homes or vehicles, or are they living and working there at their own risk?
One concerned resident has already called the Department of Health and received the answer that the company doing the removal is certified and is following protocol. OK, good job on the company, but shouldn't everyone involved be doing their part to be sure this material is not just sitting out in the open? Think of the health of the residents and not the money that will be made.