I’m sorry to learn of this, but thought this line had closed down years ago. 🤔 Last rode on it in 1971.
I assume Maui, Lahaina, or ? has a Chamber of Commerce and an interest in tourist dollars. I am always mystified when somebody kills a golden goose of a tourist draw to an area. I think this with locals in Durango wanting to move the train from downtown. Lahaina has whale watching (from a distance, so not that exciting), and the road to Hana, so there are other draws, but Mesa Verde is not that close to Durango, and the ski season is not year around. My several trips to Durango was for the railroad, which in its present form is best represented to me by the coal burning C&T, which doesn't run to Durango. Places l have visited because of RR history include Mich. UP, Maine two footers, Alaska, s. Ky., Strasburg and EBT Pa., the Calf. Western, the Swiss Glacier Express, Norwegian rackrail, etc . Most those places love tourist dollars, and Lahaina does not? Hawaii should portray its sugar train history, on at least one of its islands.
We did our once in a lifetime trip to Maui in 2016. The train depot parking lot across from Kaanapali Beach was open with some signage and plaques but the train was no longer running. Also 2016 was the last year the sugar plantation was in operation on Maui (the last sugar plantation in Hawaii). All land is being bought up by the filthy rich on Maui so the tourist will be next to go as well.
"All land is being bought up by the filthy rich on Maui so the tourist will be next to go as well."
Sadly, that is the case in many, many areas of the USA now. Same is happening in the Ozark and Ouachita mountain regions where I live.
A long time friend that has lived in in what used to be the smallest rural (mountainous) county in Arkansas since a child, is seeing this happen. Not only are some filthy rich coming in and buying huge tracts of land (and promptly closing off any access roads/former public roads), but also those fleeing their "Craphole" cities are moving into the area in unprecedented numbers. This typically is accompanied by a cultural shift within a few years time, and the way of life that the native regional's enjoyed all their life is forever lost.