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Protecting Honolua Bay, shown above, is just about the only hot political issue in West Maui right now. It’s one of the best surf spots on the island, if not the world, and locals fear it will be developed for high-end housing, golf or tourism. At sunset, we scraped our way down a steep trail to the rocky edge of the ocean to meet two surfers. Knowing this area has one of the lowest voter turnout rates in the country, I figured they might know about the Honolua Bay politicking, but might not vote because of it. Turns out: Both of them vote. They heard about threats to the land on Facebook and from friends. People talk about the bay’s preservation status (or lack thereof), they said, while they’re bobbing in the water and waiting to catch a wave. You can see the surfers, Alice Woodrow and Christine Brennan, both 27, in the water on the right side of this image. 
Photo: Edythe McNamee/CNN

Protecting Honolua Bay, shown above, is just about the only hot political issue in West Maui right now. It’s one of the best surf spots on the island, if not the world, and locals fear it will be developed for high-end housing, golf or tourism. At sunset, we scraped our way down a steep trail to the rocky edge of the ocean to meet two surfers. Knowing this area has one of the lowest voter turnout rates in the country, I figured they might know about the Honolua Bay politicking, but might not vote because of it. Turns out: Both of them vote. They heard about threats to the land on Facebook and from friends. People talk about the bay’s preservation status (or lack thereof), they said, while they’re bobbing in the water and waiting to catch a wave. You can see the surfers, Alice Woodrow and Christine Brennan, both 27, in the water on the right side of this image. 

Photo: Edythe McNamee/CNN

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