A&B receives permits for another year

After almost 5 hours of presentations and testimony, the Board of Land and Natural Resources granted Alexander & Baldwin permits to continue to divert water from East Maui for another year. Unlike last year’s vote (4-2), this year the Land Board unanimously approved A&B’s permits. The Sierra Club is extremely disappointed in the Board’s decision. … Read more

A&B Seeks Permits to Continue to Divert Water in 2018

On Thursday, November 9, Alexander & Baldwin, who owns East Maui Irrigation and the  Hawaiʻi Commercial & Sugar Company (until it closed in December 2016), is before the Board of Land and Natural Resource to seek renewal of their permits to divert water from East Maui for 2018. A&B is no longer actively farming their … Read more

Sierra Club Committed to Saving Farmland Despite Koa Ridge Groundbreaking Today

HONOLULU, HAWAIʻI (November 2, 2017) — Today, Castle & Cooke Hawaiʻi broke ground on Koa Ridge after over 15 years of opposition from the Sierra Club of Hawaiʻi, Save Oʻahu Farmland Alliance, and many other opponents. This development is being built on prime farmland that has an abundance of clean freshwater and fertile soils.1 “While … Read more

U.S. Navy TUA decision process

The U.S. Navy is currently deciding how it will determine which upgrades should be made to the leaky fuel tanks storing millions of gallons of fuel above Oʻahu’s primary aquifer. This decision process, presented in this document, is open to the public for review and comment. The Sierra Club is working hard to review this … Read more

Hawaiʻi Environmental Council’s EIS rulemaking

There is no denying that the way Ulupono conducted its environmental review on the Māhāʻulepū Dairy was self-serving and undermined public participation. Ulupono’s practice of batching public comments for response was particularly egregious because it grouped simple, non-controversial comments together with serious, hard-hitting questions on the same topic, and responded to all comments with substance … Read more