Foam Fishing

By Cory Harden A Hawai’i County Council member found polystyrene, popularly known as “Styrofoam,” inside a freshly caught fish. A Kona resident gathered over 4,500 signatures on her petition to ban single-use expanded polystyrene containers. Dozens of citizens testified at multiple meetings to support a County polystyrene ban, and few objected. The Kona Sheraton Resort … Read moreFoam Fishing

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 moreEPA Weighs In On Maui Sewage Case

Three environmentally risky energy projects on Hawai’i Island just dropped off the radar.

By Cory Harden First, Ormat, parent company of Puna Geothermal Venture (PGV), withdrew from contract negotiations with Hawai’i Electric Light Company (HELCO). The contract would have been for a new geothermal plant to provide 25 more megawatts of geothermal energy on Hawai’i Island. HELCO was requiring an adjustable power output, but that’s difficult to do … Read moreThree environmentally risky energy projects on Hawai’i Island just dropped off the radar.

Science Fair participants honored by Moku Loa Group

By Deborah Ward Moku Loa Group recently recognized six outstanding students for research on Hawai‘i’s environment at the Hawai‘i District Science and Engineering Fair held Saturday, February 13, 2016 in Hilo. In the Senior Research Division, Felix C. Peng received the Mae Mull Award for his project entitled “Isolation of a novel marine microorganism capable … Read moreScience Fair participants honored by Moku Loa Group

Outings Report

By Diane Ware Come celebrate the National Park Service Centennial with Moku Loa Group outings in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, Kaloko, Pu’uhonua ‘o Honaunau, and Pu’ukohola Heiau. Most of the outings are interpretive and some will be led by Park rangers. We will also sponsor a program about the status, history, and planned release of … Read moreOutings Report

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:

Hawaii County Goes Green with Biodiesel

By Steve Holmes Using recycled vegetable oil and grease trap waste, Pacific Biodiesel has partnered with Hawaii County to use a 20% blend for its fleet vehicles including the Hele-On buses. With a new refinery in Keaau, Pacific Biodiesel will help create local jobs. Biodiesel reduces fleet maintenance costs through increased lubricity and improves air … Read moreHawaii County Goes Green with Biodiesel

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 moreSupreme Court Deliberates Mauna Kea Issues