Hawaii Official May Have Delayed Releasing Water As Fires Raged Because Of ‘Equity’ Concerns

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The devastating fires in Hawaii may have been exacerbated by a local officials’ commitment to left wing politics.

Reports from Maui have suggested that M. Kaleo Manuel, the former deputy director of the Hawaii Commission on Water Resource Management, waited for over five hours to release water during the height of the fires.


Why would anyone potentially do something so unimaginably inexcusable?

Well because they’re concerned about the nonsensical concept of “equity,” of course!

Manuel spoke on a live stream last year about how to manage water and resources, and reaffirmed his commitment to putting progressive ideology first in his job.

“Let water connect us and not divide us,” Manuel said according to the New York Post. “We can share it, but it requires true conversations about equity…How do we coexist with the resources we have?”

If that sounds stupid, reductive, and childish, that’s because it is.

An aerial image taken on August 10, 2023 shows destroyed homes and buildings on the waterfront burned to the ground in Lahaina in the aftermath of wildfires in western Maui, Hawaii. At least 36 people have died after a fast-moving wildfire turned Lahaina to ashes, officials said August 9, 2023 as visitors asked to leave the island of Maui found themselves stranded at the airport. The fires began burning early August 8, scorching thousands of acres and putting homes, businesses and 35,000 lives at risk on Maui, the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency said in a statement. (Photo by Patrick T. Fallon / AFP) (Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images)

Political Ideology Having Real World Consequences In Hawaii

Manuel, whose association with the Obama foundation appeared to be his only qualification, has since been transferred out of his post after his disastrous mishandling.

According to a letter sent by the West Maui Land Company, Manuel’s agency refused to divert streams to help supply reservoirs in Lahaina until the fires were out of control.

It’s unclear if that denial was due to “equity” concerns, but it couldn’t have helped.

“We watched the devastation around us without the ability to help,” the company said in a letter. “We anxiously awaited the morning knowing that we could have made more water available to MFD [Maui Fire Department] if our request had been immediately approved.”

The ridiculous devotion to “equity,” attempting to force equal outcomes instead of equal opportunities, has become a hallmark of progressive political ideology. And it’s had real world consequences in education, corporate decision making and during the pandemic.

Now we learn it may have played a role in an exacerbating a disaster that cost over 100 people their lives. Awful.

Written by Ian Miller

Ian Miller is a former award watching high school actor, author, and long suffering Dodgers fan. He spends most of his time golfing, traveling, reading about World War I history, and trying to get the remote back from his dog. Follow him on Twitter @ianmSC

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