Stand strong for Oʻahu’s drinking water

Your voice is needed now to show strong support for the protection of Oʻahu’s drinking water from any further fuel contamination by the fragile, massive tanks at Red Hill. Resolution 18-266—urging the Hawaiʻi Department of Health and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reject single walled tank upgrades at Red Hill—is being heard in the Honolulu City Council Committee on … Read more

Editorial: State must abide by solar mandate

EDITORIAL| OUR VIEW February 19, 2019 Updated February 19, 2019 12:27am Eleven years ago, when Hawaii became the first state in the nation to require installation of solar water heating systems in new single-family homes, the mandate to increase tapping one of the state’s most abundant renewable energy sources and thereby reduce dependence on imported oil was … Read more

Editorial: Stop foot-dragging on water leases

February 18, 2019 Updated February 17, 2019 2:19am EDITORIAL| OUR VIEW Native Hawaiian groups and environmentalists are justified in their anger about House Bill 1326, which prolongs for up to seven years compliance with hard-fought requirements pertaining to distribution and protection of the state’s water resources. The measure advancing at the state Capitol would allow Alexander &Baldwin … Read more

BIG WIN in climate change fight in Hawaiʻi

Yesterday in a big victory for Hawaiʻi’s clean energy goals, the Environmental Court ruled that the Hawaiʻi Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism was wrong to grant nearly all requests for variances from the Solar Water Heater Mandate. By issuing thousands of variances, the agency has reinforced Hawaiʻi’s reliance on fossil fuels—to our collective … Read more

Column: Legacy Land Conservation Program protects priceless lands

EDITORIAL| ISLAND VOICESBy Nate Smith, Brad Punu and Jonathan Scheuer |  January 15, 2019  | Updated January 14, 2019 7:03pm He ali‘i ka ‘āina; he kauwā ke kanaka. The land is a chief; man its servant. The Legacy Land Conservation Program (“LLCP”), the subject of a recent state audit, has empowered local communities across the state to care … Read more