Take action to protect Kauaʻi’s Stream

For a century, the sugar cane industry massively diverted stream water out of the Wailua basin on Kauaʻi’s east side, doing immeasurable harm to the environment and to cultural and agricultural practices of native Hawaiians. Now KIUC wants to continue this destructive practice for another 65 years. Tell the Board of Land and Water Resources (BLNR) … Read more

Sierra Club Responds to Publishing Draft EIS for the Diversion of East Maui Streams

Honolulu, Hawaiʻi (September 23, 2019) — A&B/Mahi Pono released a draft environmental impact statement for the diversion of stream water from East Maui.  While Sierra Club volunteers, staff, and experts review the document, Marti Townsend, Director for the Sierra Club of Hawaiʻi, issued the following statement: “We have heard the big promises of big agriculture … Read more

Comments on the Navy’s permit application for the Red Hill tanks

Last week, the Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) sent an email soliciting public comments on a draft permit application for the Navy’s Red Hill Underground Storage Tanks. These 20 massive tanks have been operating for the last 70+ years and are now required to get a permit as a result of recently adopted new Underground Storage Tanks rules. … 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

Take Action to Return Water to Waiʻaleʻale and Waikoko Streams

Please take a few moments to help stop the theft of our water from our sacred Kaua‘i streams – Wai‘ale‘ale & Waikoko. Next Friday, December 14, the Board of Land and Natural Resources will decide whether to renew the revocable permit (RP 7340) authorizing diversions from Wai‘ale‘ale and Waikoko Streams located in the Wailua ahupua‘a … Read more