I was under the impression that Puunene sugar mill was still operating and that it was the Paia sugar mill that was closed in 2000. The mill certainly looked active when I was on Maui last year.
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Looks like if they demolished the smoke stacks, they could easily extend the runway 2 or 3,000 feet. In fact, in the photo it almost looks as if there is an outline for a runway extension...
Back in 1988-1990, the state graded and leveled the land for the proposed runway extension, and the Haleakala Highway was rerouted around the future extension area (before that the road passed directly in front of the runway threshold and there were CAUTION: JET BLAST signs everywhere.)
During the same time period, HC
&S (the company that managed the Puunene sugar mill) lopped the tops off their smoke stacks, to ensure that the runway extension wouldn't pose a problem. The stacks used to be much higher.
Besides, a displaced landing threshold wouldn't really pose a problem for OGG
. The 767s and 777s do just fine landing on the current 7000-foot runway. The extension would help fully-loaded aircraft take off
without weight restrictions. Of course, Maui's short-sighted residents don't want the increased tourism, and now that they've sent Linda Lingle to the state capitol, they're getting their wish (in the short term, anyhow).