State Representative Mele Carroll (District 13 – Kahoolawe, Molokini, Lanai, Molokai, Keanae, Wailua, Nahiku, Hana) issued the following statement today on the closure of Molokai Ranch:
"The closure of the Moloka'i Ranch came as a surprise to me, as I had to hear it from the news reporters. There was no consideration or letter notifying me of the ranch's plans to close shop.
The 120 employees who are affected by this layoff deserve better. It is disappointing and frustrating that the Moloka'i Ranch has decided to shutdown their operation. This will cause hardship and even loss to the many families who are impacted by this decision. It is nearly impossible to find work on the island of Moloka'i, and to close their doors without any preparation for the employees to recover is heartless.
These draconian measures will certainly be remembered. However, I am confident that the community will pull together and come up with a positive solution to remedy the situation. The residents of Moloka'i are survivors and will prevail to take control of their own destiny.
I have been in contact with Councilmember Danny Mateo today, and we have discussed holding a meeting on Moloka'i together with Mayor Charmaine Tavares to consult with the community, offer our kokua and assist with the situation before us.
Where there is tragedy, there is always opportunity, and I look forward to working with the people of Moloka'i to unite and discuss the island's future."