EPA Weighs In On Maui Sewage Case

By Steve Holmes In an amicus brief filed in the Federal Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, EPA lawyers supported the decision by Judge Susan Mollway. Maui County appealed after losing to community groups including Sierra Club. In the brief, the EPA agreed that point source pollutants entering groundwater that is hydrologically connected to the ocean fall under the … Read more

Garage Sale

Moku Loa Group will hold a garage sale, tentatively set for Sunday, December 6 at Maku’u Farmers Market just past Ainaloa Subdivision on the way to Pahoa town. Contact Jim Buck, treasurer, for details, volunteering, and donations. Email: mohojimmy@gmail.com.

Supreme Court Deliberates Mauna Kea Issues

By Debbie Ward During the August 27 oral arguments regarding the Conservation District Use Permit for the Thirty Meter Telescope, justices rebuked DLNR for approving construction prior to holding a contested case hearing, and they questioned the board’s reasoning that the additional “incremental” damage could be mitigated, given that the FEIS found that “past construction … Read more

Victory for Clean Water in Kona

By Steve Holmes For 20 years, the Kealakehe Wastewater Treatment Plant in Kona has been dumping wastewater into a hole in the ground where it was carried into the Honokohau Small Boat Harbor and out into nearshore coastal waters that went from pristine to federally listed as impaired. Sierra Club got involved a little over … Read more

Fundraising Success

Fundraising Success Mahalo to the Moku Loa Group members and shoppers who made the Maku‘u Farmers Market Rummage Sale on October 6, 2013 a success! Watch for another rummage sale in February, with more information to be posted on MLG’s website and Facebook page. We are looking for donations of household, camping, furniture, sporting goods, … Read more

CHAPTER CONSERVATION COMMITTEE

Chapter Conservation Chairs Debbie Ward and Lucienne DeNaie are soliciting interest in a statewide conservation committee for Issues that cross island boundaries, such as DLNR mammal hunting rules, and more. Envision/propose legislative action that have multi- island impacts, such as invasive sp, GMO labeling Taking initiative on statewide policy issues, such as  land use,  agriculture … Read more

Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa Sought for Multiple Use

by Deborah Ward While the Army proposes to expand the Pohakuoa Training Area into highly sensitive cultural resource and native plant habitat for the Stryker brigade, and plans to train hundreds of helicopter pilots in high-elevation simulations in endangered palila, petrel, and `io habitat within the ceded lands designated Conservation District, the BLNR  has issued … Read more