Now Hiring: Oahu Coordinator

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The Oʻahu Group of the Sierra Club has never before had a staff person so we’re looking for someone dynamic to inaugurate the position of Oʻahu Group Coordinator, and  become even more effective. The Sierra Club has nearly 10,000 members and supporters on Oʻahu whose energy we want to engage to fulfill our mission.  Our top priority is to lobby and work with the Mayor and the City Council to ensure that O‘ahu remains the global leader in the transition to clean energy by pursuing a number of policy goals.  We’re the biggest environmental group on the island and a leading voice on many other issues including opposing irresponsible development, preserving farmland, fighting for clean water, for hiking trail access, for measures to control invasive species etc. We need someone to coordinate these campaigns with both effective lobbying and with grass roots organizing. We need you to recruit and train activists, to coordinate social media and do media outreach, and we need you to organize our fundraising efforts to consolidate our financial stability into the future.  For more details and to apply by July 26th, please click here.

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Position Opening: Maui Coordinator

Join_Our_TeamMaui Group Coordinator

The Sierra Club of Hawaiʻi is excited to offer a full time position working on the island of Maui as staff for Maui Group’s conservation campaigns, public outreach, fundraising and capacity building. Click here to apply.

Our ideal candidate has knowledge of Hawaiʻi’s environmental laws and policies and experience in traditional and social media communications, successful management of conservation campaigns, involvement with effective activist training programs, defining and managing a budget and experience in a variety of fundraising techniques: direct, event-based and online.

You will work with Group volunteers to research and direct conservation campaigns, engage, train and mentor volunteers and conduct successful fundraising activities. When necessary, you will testify at County and State committee meetings on important Sierra Club issues and assist volunteers in providing testimony. You will play an important role in making the Sierra Club and its positions more widely known on Maui.

Group Coordinator Responsibilities:

    • Be a voice for Sierra Club Maui Group and Sierra Club Hawaiʻi Chapter policies and campaign priorities at County Council, state and local Commission meetings; establish relationships with Maui’s local and state legislators and their staffs
    • Expand our fundraising, engage donors, coordinate fundraising with major campaigns
    • Engage the Maui community as members and activists; create opportunities for interns, legal students and other volunteers to join our campaigns

Group Coordinator Skills and Qualifications:

  •  Demonstrated multi-year passion for Sierra Club core values
  •  Able to set up and manage a budget
  • Experience building community alliances
  • Expertise and demonstrated experience with Hawaiʻi laws, general environmental laws/policies, and government processes
    • Ability to train the next generation of activists and other volunteers
    • Strong communications and marketing skills, including use of social media
    • Lobbying/public speaking skills

Job Details:

This job requires presence on Maui and includes a comprehensive benefit package. You will report to the Sierra Club of Hawaiʻi Chapter Director with the support of the Sierra Club Maui Group Executive Committee. The deadline to submit application materials online has been extended to July 26th. Click here to apply.  Start date will be September 1, 2016.

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Kirsten Fujitani Joins the Chapter Team

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Kirsten Fujitani, Hawaiʻi Chapterʻs new communications coordinator.

With great pleasure and excitement we welcome Kirsten Fujitani to the Sierra Club of Hawai‘i. Kirsten will be focusing on communications in support of our effort to end climate change and secure a healthy, just future for Hawai‘i’s residents.

Kirsten joins us from The Nature Conservancy of Hawaiʻi where she was part of the Marine Conservation Fellowship Program.  In addition to biological monitoring efforts, she focused on communications and outreach initiatives centered around community-based fisheries management and climate change adaptation with local partners.  Kirsten also worked to develop a collaborative communications plan for Hawaiʻi’s marine protected species with Hawaiʻi’s Department of Land and Natural Resources and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Despite the hustle and bustle of Honolulu, Kirsten was drawn to the natural beauty and serenity of Hawaiʻi’s ocean as a young child.  A childhood family move landed her in the landlocked expanse of southern Illinois, but her love of the ocean and Hawaiʻi’s rich natural landscapes only grew.  

Returning to Hawaiʻi to study marine biology at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, she immersed herself in community work days and found interest in the integration of contemporary science and traditional knowledge through the Laulima A ʻIke Pono Internship at Paepae o Heʻeia and several Kupu Programs.  

Kirsten has a passion for cultivating youth to be the next environmental leaders and empowering people of their place to manage their own resources and take local action to increase resiliency in light of climate change.  Kirsten is a graduate of Belleville West High School and the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, (BS 2012) and is interested in pursuing a master’s in environmental education.

 

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Mounting Support for Monument Expansion

expandpmnm_sharkCultural practitioners, ocean advocates, and scientists have come together once again to urge the President to better protect the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.  Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (PMNM) was established in 2006 by presidential proclamation, recognizing the immense importance of this remote area to the health of oceans around Hawaiʻi and around the world.  This unique designation was built upon years of grassroots protection efforts at the state and federal level.  Now, we have the opportunity to expand these protections to those areas of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands that were left off the original map.

“Protecting this region of Hawai‘i’s ocean is a perfect example of thinking globally and acting locally,” said Marti Townsend, Director for the Sierra Club of Hawaiʻi.  “We know that climate change is already having a significant effect on our oceans.”  Currently, only about 2% of our oceans are fully protected, though scientists are calling for the protection of at least 30% of our oceans to ensure healthy and functioning ecosystems.  Expanding PMNM now helps to ensure Hawaiʻi’s oceans and our unique ocean-based culture will thrive for generations to come.”

Critics of the expansion “argue that these protections will unfairly restrict Hawaii-based longliners from fishing the area.”  But supporters say the expansion will benefit them in the long run.  “With decades of close study, we know marine protected areas are the best mechanism to provide fish for the future.   This is one of the best things we can do for food security in the state,” said Dr. Richard Pyle, Zoologist in Ichthyology at Bishop Museum.

The current proposal is to expand Papahānaumokuākea from 50 nautical miles to the 200 nautical mile limit of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands exclusive economic zone, with exception for the waters surrounding Kauaʻi and Niʻihau to allow for continued access by small boat fishermen.

“A huge part of Papahānaumokuākea is underwater.  When you go there, you have to shift your mindset from one that may be land dominated, to one that is sea dominated.  And it changes everything about how you’re experiencing the world,” said Kekuewa Kikiloi, Chair of the Native Hawaiian Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Cultural Working Group.

Public support for expanding PMNM is mounting, with more than 100,000 people signing an online petition in support and more than 200 letters submitted to various public officials.  

Public hearings on the expansion are scheduled for August 1st at 5PM at the Filipino Community Center on O‘ahu (94-428 Mokuola St #302, Waipahu, HI 96797).  And, on August 2nd at 4PM at the Kaua‘i Community College Performing Arts Center (3-1901 Kaumuali‘i Hwy, Līhu‘e, Hawai‘i 96766).  You can learn more, take action, and get involved by visiting: http://expandpmnm.com/take-action/

 

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Hawaiian Electric not importing fracked gas

Sierra Club Celebrates HECO’s Decision to Withdraw its LNG Proposal

Honolulu, Hawaiʻi (July 19, 2016) — Hawaiian Electric Company announced today that it has withdrawn its proposal to import Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) from Western Canada to Hawaiʻi. Sierra Club of Hawaiʻi Director, Marti Townsend, issued the following statement:

“We are celebrating HECO’s decision to withdraw its proposal to import fracked gas to the Hawaiian Islands. Importing fracked gas would not save consumers money, reduce environmental impacts, or get Hawaiʻi closer to its 100% renewable energy goals.

Overwhelming public opinion and PUC guidance all favor the self-reliance, savings, and environmental benefits that come with locally produced, renewable energy.  Importing fracked gas is a major distraction from achieving this future for all of us.

Governor Ige gets this.  He deserves praise for his early and consistent opposition to the distraction that was HECO’s LNG proposal.

The focus now should be on the specific steps we need to take to upgrade our electrical grid to ensure that everyone can enjoy the benefits of our 100% renewable energy future.  We do not need a white knight to save us. We have everything we need right here to achieve our renewable dreams right now. “

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Hawaii Environmental, Consumer, and Business Groups Applaud Rejection of NextEra Takeover

No Appetite for NextEra’s Outdated, Dirty Energy Vision

Honolulu, HI — Today, a broad coalition of environmental, consumer, and business parties joined together to praise the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission’s rejection of the takeover of Hawaiian Electric utilities by NextEra Energy. Earthjustice, Hawaii Solar Energy Association, Hawaii PV Coalition, Sierra Club of Hawaii, and the Alliance for Solar Choice all joined together in this release.

Groups cited NextEra’s unwillingness to transition to a clean energy utility of the future as a primary reason why they opposed the merger. Hawaii is leading the national trend toward more clean energy investments, with the goal of getting to 100% renewable by 2045. NextEra’s utility track record of investing in dirty energy and opposing rooftop solar makes it incompatible with the modern energy infrastructure that lawmakers and consumers are demanding.

“Instead of envisioning a 21st century grid that enables customer options like rooftop solar, NextEra wanted to double-down on its ‘build more, pay more’ monopoly business,” said Hajime Alabanza, Executive Assistant with Hawaii Solar Energy Association. “The Commission understood this isn’t the right direction for Hawaii’s customers.”

“NextEra made this a no brainer,” said Isaac Moriwake, Staff Attorney with Earthjustice.  “Outright rejection of the takeover was the only realistic option. NextEra refused to provide its plans for Hawaii, other than to give us a ‘bigger HECO.’  Based on its opposition to clean energy in Florida and failure to chart a different path in this state, NextEra is not what Hawaii wants or needs.”

The takeover faced strong opposition across the board.  Governor Ige expressed his early opposition, and many elected state and county officials voiced similar reservations, or support for exploring other ownership alternatives.

Virtually every party in the PUC proceeding, including government parties and nonprofit and industry groups, opposed NextEra’s proposal, and no party supported it without requiring NextEra to commit to extensive additional conditions.

The general public reflected similar opposition. Polls consistently showed a strong and growing majority opposed the takeover, and support fell even further when residents learned about NextEra’s opposition to rooftop solar. At least four polls found that only about a third of the population supported the takeover. Seehttp://www.staradvertiser.com/hawaii-news/nextera-losing-support-for-plan-to-purchase-hei/, see also http://www.civilbeat.com/2016/02/civil-beat-poll-majority-oppose-nextera-hei-merger/. One poll showed that a staggering 83% opposed the merger when told that NextErawould oppose the further installation of rooftop solar.See attached at page 11.

“Utility executives need to understand that innovative technologies like rooftop solar, just like cellphones before it, are the wave of the future,” said Robert Harris, the Alliance for Solar Choice Spokesperson. “Simply selling out for a golden parachute is not a viable option for HECO executives, nor is fighting against customers trying to do the right thing for their households and the planet. Utilities need to move towards a 21st century grid that empowers customers to save money and produce cleaner power.”

“Hawaii is committed to a 100% clean energy future,” said Marti Townsend, Director of the Sierra Club of Hawaii. “We need partners that will help advance our critical economic and environmental goals, and not businesses focused solely on their short-term gain.”

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Keep our Water Clean

Update on the Red Hill Jet Fuel Leaks

20 Navy fuel tanks inside Kapukaki (aka Red Hill) and 100ft above the groundwater aquifer, have a long history of leaks.

Public Meeting Red Hill Jet Fuel Leak Update
Monday June 27, 2016 at 2PM
Honolulu Board of Water Supply, room 311
630 South Beretania Street

The Honolulu Board of Water Supply has called the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Hawaiʻi Department of Health to a public meeting on Monday to answer questions and address concerns about the handling of the jet fuel leaks at Red Hill.  The public is encouraged to attend the public meeting at the Board of Water Supply headquarters. 

Hawaiʻi’s Department of Health entered into an “Agreement on Consent” with the U.S. Navy and Environmental Protection Agency in September 2015 to map out a plan for addressing the public outcry following the latest jet fuel leak at this facility.

The three agencies must demonstrate that the fuel storage facility in Red Hill has no detrimental effect on the environment, especially the drinking water supply.  This means cleaning up contaminants already in the environment, ensuring no future leaks, and broadly monitoring for any effects on public health. If this burden cannot be met, then it is in the public’s best interest to retire this particular storage facility.

Groundwater monitoring since the leak in 2014 document elevated levels of jet fuel contaminants near the facility.  These tanks are located less than 100 feet above the aquifer connected to the drinking water supply for a quarter of Oʻahu’s population. The responsible agencies do not appear to be acting quickly enough to clean up legacy contamination and prevent future leaks from occurring.

Background Materials:
EPA’s Red Hill Update (March 2016)
Honolulu Board of Water Supply’s comments in response to the narrowed scope of work at Red Hill (June 3, 2016)

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Tell Our State Pension Fund To Stop Betting Against Us!

by Anthony Aalto, Chair of our O‘ahu Group

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The people of Hawai‘i voted to be fossil-fuel free by 2045.  It’s a mandate written in law and backed by tens of thousands of families who have invested more than three quarters of a billion dollars of their hard-earned cash in rooftop solar systems.

Yet that publicly expressed will of the people of Hawaii and that huge investment have been virtually wiped out by our state Employee Retirement System, which has invested over $600 million of our tax dollars in dirty fossil fuel companies.

Will you please help us convince the Legislature to tell the ERS to get rid of its fossil fuel investments?

Here is an article published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that explains our thinking.  But here’s the basic point:

If the top 200 fossil fuel companies burn all the reserves they currently hold, they would pump five times as much greenhouse gas into the atmosphere as we have in the last 200 years.  This would create what experts call an “existential threat to humanity.” In other words planet earth won’t be fit to live on.

We believe governments around the world are already moving fast to prevent that scenario – ratcheting up controls on fossil fuels.  That means oil, coal and gas reserves are in a carbon bubble: over-priced and unusable.  It is wrong to gamble our public worker pensions on such risky stocks.

But even if fossil fuel stocks were a good investment, we believe it is immoral to profit from practices that will leave the earth in ruins.

Senate bill SB2155 would require the ERS to divest all fossil fuel stocks by 2021.  We need the Senate Ways And Means committee to pass this bill.

The bill has to be scheduled for a hearing now.  It’s our last chance.

Please call or email the Chairwoman of the Ways & Means Committee, Senator Jill Tokuda and politely ask her to schedule SB2155 for a hearing: 

Email Sen. Tokuda: sentokuda@capitol.hawaii.gov
Call Sen. Tokuda’s office: 808-587-7215

Thanks for all you do.

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Make the Most of March

March is our month to raise crucial funds for the Hawai‘i Chapter of the Sierra Club. We are a powerful advocate for our environment because of your consistent, generous support. Thank you!

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Ways to Donate

  1. Secure, quick donation online, just click here.
  2. Mail a check to our office in Honolulu

Sierra Club of Hawai‘i
P.O. Box 2577 
Honolulu, HI 96803

To make a tax-deductible donation, please may your check payable to the Sierra Club Foundation, and put “For Hawai‘i Chapter” in the memo.

For donations without a tax deduction, make your check payable to Sierra Club of Hawai‘i.

 

We have big plans for the year to come and need everyone’s kōkua to make it happen.  From our volunteer Chapter Chair, David Kimo Frankel:

It’s true. This is an extremely exciting time for the Sierra Club of Hawai‘i.  In my 20 years with our Chapter, I cannot recall another time when we had such a perfect alignment of talented staff and volunteers, financial fortitude, and major opportunities to set public policy.  I believe we have a real chance to save Hawaii and our planet, if we can take full advantage of the opportunities presented us.

With your contribution, the Sierra Club of Hawai‘i can help steer Hawai‘i in the right direction.  We can ensure the NextEra merge fails, public water is restored to our streams, and the U.S. Navy cleans up and shuts down the leaky fuel storage tanks in Red Hill.  These issues demand the Chapter’s attention–and your financial support–right now.

To deliver on these and many other important goals, our new Director Marti Townsend is doubling down on the past success of our dedicated volunteer team. She is setting us up with professional leadership training, a young activist mentorship program, and hiring additional staff to support our volunteers.  

A new generation of leaders is dawning in our corner of the Sierra Club, and I am asking for your contribution today to make this transition a permanent success.  We need tax-deductible donations to support our public education and public interest litigation. We also need non-tax-deductible donations to continue our legislative advocacy and crucial outings program.  

Every donation–no matter what form–helps to keep people exploring, enjoying, and protecting our incredible Hawaiian Islands.

Thank you for your continued support of the Hawai‘i Chapter.

David Kimo Frankel
Chapter Chair

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Restore Public Water to Streams on Maui

Restore these streams, revitalize these Native Hawaiian communities

Healoha Carmichael in Honomanu Stream

Healoha Carmichael can’t gather from this stream like her ancestors did because Alexander & Baldwin continues to drain it dry for its defunct sugar plantation.

Please take action to stop HB2501 and help restore the public’s water to East Maui streams.

Sierra Club of Hawai‘i is standing up for the protection of our native ecosystem and the rights of traditional taro farmers to the public water in our streams.  For decades, a private corporation called Alexander & Baldwin has diverted public water from streams in East Maui. Because streams in East Maui run dry taro patches are cracked, stream ecosystems are decimated, and more sustainable rural ways of living are lost.  This is a form of cultural genocide and ecological destruction that should no longer be tolerated. 

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

1) Sign petition requesting Gov. Ige veto HB2501.

2) Submit a letter to the Editor: letters@honoluluadvertiser.com,
opinions@mauinews.compublisher@hawaiiindependent.net,
news@civilbeat.com

HERE ARE THE FACTS:

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Corporate diversions of public water mean streams in East Maui run dry, killing native ecosystems and undermining traditional taro farming.

The Public Trust doctrine prioritizes customary, traditional practices and the health of native streams and coastal life over private commercial uses. If passed, this bill would allow commercial users to divert millions of gallons of public water per day and avoid protections for both Hawaiian and public water interests indefinitely, with no limitations on the amount or duration of the diversion.

Current A&B diversions remove almost all water from several East Maui streams leaving dry rock beds and stagnant water, however the practice has never undergone any type of environmental review. This bill circumvents public trust protections by allowing private users to evade Environmental Impact Studies (EIS) and Environmental Assessments (EA) required for revocable permits.

A&B does not need public water. A&B holds 33,000 acres in Central Maui of which 23,000 are designated Important Agricultural Lands (IAL.) Court documents submitted by A&B indicate there are 132 million gallons per day (million gallons of water per day) available from their existing private sources.

Demonstrating a severe lack of stewardship over their private water, A&B loses an average of 41 million gallons per day mostly due to unlined reservoirs and aging pipes. The remaining 91 million gallons of water per day average would be more than sufficient to meet the approximate water duty for A&B water and land commitments in East Maui.

A&B recently declared plans to harvest its last 17,000 acres of cultivated sugarcane by the end of 2016 and expressed the intent to convert those fields to diversified agriculture in the future. Diversified agriculture needs less than half the water for sugarcane or about 2,500 gallons of water per acre per day. With an average of about 42.5 million gallons of water per day for diversified agriculture on all cultivated acres and a $2 million annual contract with the County of Maui to supply 9 million gallons of water per day for Upcountry residents, 91 million gallons of water per day would more than sufficiently satisfy approximate A&B irrigation needs. Even if A&B were to grow on 30,000 acres, they only need about 75 million gallons of water per day to cultivate diverse crops.

A&B could seek the same relief the County of Maui received in Circuit Court by requesting a stay of enforcement while they appeal the Circuit Court’s invalidation of their holdover status. A&B would simply need to explain to the Court how much water they need and why, as the County did. Since the 1980’s, A&B has paid the State of Hawai‘i only $160,000 for use of 33,000 acres of public land, and 164 million gallons per day on average of diverted public water in East Maui alone. This bill would continue to subsidize the profits of a multi-billion dollar company receiving special status over the interests of the public trust.

What does HB2501 do?

HB2501 propose to legitimize the historic theft of millions of gallons of public water from the streams of East Maui by changing  Hawai‘i Revised Statute 171 to allow for “hold-over” permits.  This would allow the Department of Land and Natural Resources to perpetually renew short-term permits for the use of 33,000 acres of public land without proper consideration and mitigation of the harms it causes to our unique natural environment and cultural practices. 

Why is HB2501 bad?

For many reasons:

  1. Because it would allow one big corporation to waste millions of gallons of freshwater every day, while the streams run dry and Hawaiian farmers are starved from their land.
  2. It circumvents the established process for requesting access to public water.
  3. It rewards A&B for manipulating the permitting system for years.
  4. It contradicts longstanding public policies in place to protect streams, freshwater, traditional farming practices, and our imperiled natural environment.

Who is taking the public’s water?

Alexander & Baldwin (A&B), which owns Hawaii Commercial & Sugar Company (HC&S) and East Maui Irrigation (EMI), was founded in Hawaii in 1870 by the descendants of missionaries as a sugar plantation. Now that sugar no longer makes significant profits, the company has evolved into a commercial real estate developer.  At one point, it was one of the largest landowners and employers in Hawai‘i.  Because of this “too big to fail” status, A&B got a lot of special treatment over the years… like access to the public’s water for cheap.

Does A&B need all the water that they take from the stream?

No. A&B is a water hog.  The current recommendation before the Water Commission for the in-stream flow standards for the East Maui streams concludes that A&B has diverted and wasted around 41 million gallons of water every day for decades — they simply do not need all the water they are taking. They are hogging the public’s water for their own potential benefit, and harming the health of our people and our environment at the same time.

If we restore the water to the stream, will A&B be without water?

No. A&B has plenty of water. Without the current “hold over permits,” A&B  still has at least 80 million gallons of water a day from private sources they control.  And that is enough for diversified agriculture.  If all of A&B’s land in central Maui were cultivated in diversified crops, then according to the Water Commission they would need around 75 million gallons a day. 

What about the workers? If water is restored to the streams, will people be unemployed?

No. HC&S is closing and laying off its workforce because the company cannot compete with cheaper sugar grown in other parts of the world. Restoring water to the streams is not the reason there are no local jobs in sugar.

There are opportunities to create new jobs in diversified agriculture. The closing of HC&S opens up the opportunity for new kinds of agriculture to take root in Maui.  Diversified agriculture — lots of small farms growing a wide variety of products — is the best course of action for the future of agriculture in Hawai‘i.  And, as water is restored to the streams there will be more opportunities for people who have lived along the streams for generations to return to traditional farming, if they would like to.

The main thing that must be done when deciding how to allocate water resources is to make sure there is a balance between the needs of the stream ecosystem, the taro farmers, and the other forms of agricultural uses.  That is where the Commission on Water Resource Management comes in and why an Environmental Impact Statement is so important.

Why is this happening now?

People are pushing back on the historic abuse of public water supplies. Water in Hawai‘i is and always has been a public trust resource.  It is not owned by anyone, and is everyone’s responsibility. Over the years, Hawai‘i has established laws guaranteeing the streams will flow to the ocean, everyone will have access to water, and no water will be wasted.  

Unfortunately, these laws have not been fairly enforced. State agencies and lawmakers have allowed major corporations with long histories in the islands to take the public’s water without following the legal process for permits and leases. This is changing thanks to the work of local residents advocating for the protection of their water and perpetuation of their cultural practices.  You can help them by taking action on this bill. 

What is the process for getting access to public water for, say, agricultural uses?

The Hawai‘i Commission on Water Resource Management is an agency in the Department of Land and Natural Resources that reviews requests for the use of public water.  Their decisions must balance the needs of the natural ecosystem, the traditional and customary practices of Native Hawaiians, and the residential and commercial consumers of water.

How did A&B get access to the public’s water in the first place?

Since the early days of sugar plantations in Hawai‘i, A&B/EMI/HC&S has taken millions of gallons of water every day from the East Maui streams without consideration for the harm to the ecosystem or proper compensation to other water users, like traditional taro farmers. In the early 2000’s A&B sought a 30 year lease for thousands of acres of public trust land and permits to continue diversion of unlimited amounts of public water.

A&B leases were challenged by East Maui residents who were legally entitled to adequate water resources in their streams and taro patches, but  A&B/ EMI/ HC&S still got to divert unlimited water,  through the form of month-to-month revocable permits given to them by the Department of Land and Natural Resources, paying a total of $160,000 a year to “transport” nearly 60 billion gallons. These permits are summarily renewed every year — no environmental impact statement, no mitigation for the harm to the ecosystem or the taro farmers, no public auction.  The law does not technically allow for this practice that is now known as “hold over permits.” The Department of Land and Natural Resources invented this concept on its own for the exclusive benefit of A&B and its subsidiaries.  That is why A&B is before the Legislature now asking them to retroactively legalize this concept, so that they can continue to steal the water from East Maui farmers and the native ecosystem with impunity.

With the close of sugar plantations and the resolution of decades-long litigation, water is being restored to the streams. A&B, however, is making a last ditch attempt to continue to take the public’s water without following the established process.  Don’t let A&B steal our future. Submit testimony in opposition to HB2501.

 

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#DivestHawaii 2016

Divesting Hawai‘i’s tax dollars from all fossil fuels will help protect our planet from devastating climate change and public workers’ pensions from crippling financial losses.  Local legislators are considering two bills in 2016 that would help divest Hawai‘i from fossil fuels.  SB2155 and HB1511 are currently working their way through the legislative process.  You can show your support for divesting Hawai‘i by adding your name to this petition:

I believe investing taxpayers’ money in oil, gas and coal companies undermines Hawai‘i’s commitment to 100 percent renewable energy by 2045.

Our kuleana is to honor the ‘aina by rejecting the fossil fuels which cause climate change.

Investing in fossil fuels is financially risky and more than 500 public institutions have divested more than $3.4 trillion from fossil fuels.

Our state has a responsibility to leave a livable world for our keiki.

That is why I ask the State of Hawai‘i to take all state funds out of oil, gas and coal investments.

Divest Hawaii Petition

Aloha!

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Now, tweet it from the mountain tops and help build strong support for divesting Hawai‘i from fossil fuels.  Want to learn more about the movement to divest us all from fossil fuels? Click here. 

And now for something completely different

From the students that brought you the highly successful DivestUH, enjoy this mini-movie to save us all:

“We don’t want to diiiiie”

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