Monthly Archives: November 2016

November 30, 2016

Dangerous Herbicide Drift endangers Hawaii Residents

Governor David Ige: Take action now to protect the people!

I signed a petition on Action Network telling Hawai‘i Governor David Ige to Demand the State of Hawai`i act now to protect the people!.

The world’s largest chemical corporations are using the Hawaiian Islands for open air testing of pesticides tied to experimental genetically engineered seeds.

In the last three years, thousands of Hawai`i residents marched, testified, and went door-to-door to pass laws in the counties of Kaua`i, Maui and Hawai`i to protect our communities from harmful pesticides.  And we won, despite millions of dollars of industry opposition. But the chemical companies sued our counties to block enforcement, and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that only the State of Hawai`i, and not the counties, has the power and responsibility to protect Hawaii’s people and environment from pesticides.

The message from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is clear: The power and responsibility to protect Hawaii’s people and our environment from pesticides is in Governor Ige’s hands.

In May 2016, a report funded by the State called for the following actions to protect the health of Hawaii’s people and land:

  • Create and enforce statewide pesticide Buffer Zones Statewide mandatory and thorough disclosure of pesticide use (both restricted use and general use)
  • Collect more accurate health data that helps scientists identify links between pesticides and health impacts on children, babies and families Air, soil and water testing

The State has ignored its own advisors.  The report was written by a panel of experts after a year-long “Joint Fact-Finding” process and yet it has ignored their recommendations.

We  demand immediate action by the Governor to implement basic protections recommended by the State’s own State-funded report. Governor Ige could enact every single one of the recommendations, while not affecting jobs. Moreover, the state legislature has already appropriated $500,000 to implement the recommendations of the JFFG report.

Sign the petition today to demand the State step up and meet its responsibility to the people of Hawai`i now!

Join me and take action! Click Here


November 10, 2016

From: Hawaii Conservation Alliance Foundation <>

Subject: Conservation Connections Newsletter November

Date: November 10, 2016 at 10:21:37 AM HST

To: Charles Burrows <>



Hello, November!

Highlights of HCA retreat:

Mahalo to all of our member representatives for attending our annual 2016 HCA Retreat, held on November 3-4th at Kīlauea Military Camp in Volcanoes National Park. We had a very productive discussion regarding some of the current and key critical issues facing conservation today, including biosecurity, rapid ʻōhiʻa death, and biocultural integration. Photo credit: Tina Lee.

New Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death Website

The website now features a new look and feel!

Additional functions have been included such as frequently asked questions, supplemental information, research updates, media, and a calendar of events.

Please take a look at to learn more!

Vote Now for Team Hōkūleʻa!

Attention to Promise to Paeʻ Āina and Worldwide Voyage supporters:

The Celestial Circumnavigators Hōkuleʻa Team has been selected as a nominee for the prestigious 2017 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Award. Please participate in the online voting process by voting daily until December 16th for your “adventurer of choice”.

Please vote at National Geographic and share with your family and friends.


Second Saturdays at Hawea & Keawawa with Hawea Heiau Complex and Keawawa Wetland
Saturday, November 12, 2016
8:30am – 11:30am
Helping hands needed to maintain new native plantings by weeding out invasive species, and work upland by spreading mulch, hand-pulling weeds, and bagging green waste. Keawawa wetland is located mauka on Hawaiʻi Kai Drive close to the Keahole Street intersection. Tools, water and snacks provided. Bring reusable H2O bottle. Limited supply of gloves (bring if you can), plus wear closed shoes, long pants, sun block, and sunglasses.

Heʻeia Estuary Restoration
with Hui o Koʻolaupoko
November 19th
9am – 12pm
This project aims to improve water quality and increase habitat for native aquatic animal species by removing invasive mangrove and replanting native Hawaiian species along a portion of the He’eia Stream Estuary. As of February 2016, removal of mangroves and other invasive plants at this project site is nearly complete. Out-planting of native plants has just begun! RSVP required.

DOFAW Wetland Volunteer Day
Saturday, November 19, 2016
9am – 11:30am
Join us for the Division of Forestry and Wildlife’s (DOFAW) Wetland Volunteer Day from 9a – 11:30am. The site location is at Pouhala marsh. Volunteers will be helping to out-plant native species. Come support some of Hawaii’s most endangered waterbirds and wetland plants! RSVP required.

For more up to date information about volunteer opportunities, visit Conservation Connections


The final Free National Park Entrance Day is set for November 11th, Veterans Day. This is the last fee-free day to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service that was founded in August 25th, 1916.
Concurrently, Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park is also celebrating its 100th anniversary as it was a predecessor to the establishment of the National Park Service just few weeks earlier in August 1st, 1916. The three National Parks in Hawaiʻi offering free entrance include Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, Puʻuhonua o Honaunau, and Haleakalā National Park.
The Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Management Fall 2016 Seminar Series Presents:
Bringing Back Koa
Wednesday, November 16th at 3:30pm
St. John Rm. 11, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.
Dr. J. B. Friday will present his work on the silviculture of Koa and its role in restoration of native forests. Open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.
November 6, 2016

Thomas Square – What the City Doesn’t want you to know.

The Mayor has a crazy idea to commercialize Thomas Square, which is a public park and a special historic site for the Hawaiian Nation. The City is going through the process of getting public input by Monday, November 7. We encourage you to testify “against” this idea to the address at the bottom of this message. Help us keep Thomas Square a Public Park that we can all use freely. Mahalo Nui Loa for your help. Dave & Sherry.

Thomas Square must remain a public park.




Thomas Square Park fountain to be destroyed

Thomas Square is being transferred from the City’s Department of Parks and Recreation to the Department of Enterprise Services, and is facing major renovation.


Amongst other things, this means:


  • Thomas Square (Hawaiʻiʻs oldest park) will essentially No Longer Be a Public Park.
  • The “Hawaiian Flag” walkway pattern, the fountain, and other major features Will Be Destroyed.
  • There will be a COMMERCIAL focus. The Department of Enterprise Services is a “self-sustaining” department, meaning it is designed to create its own revenue.
  • Goals include making Thomas Square a “World Class Destination” and part of the newly gentrified “Arts District” of Honolulu.
  • The Houseless (including many Kanaka Maoli with roots in the area) will be chased from the area to make it more “presentable”. “Food Not Bombs” (our longstanding five year weekly Potluck and Music Jam for the Houseless) will be kicked out of Thomas Square Park.
  • Thomas Square Will Be Closed for an essentially undetermined length of time while renovation takes place.


Here’s an article by H. Doug Matsuoka that can be helpful for your comment: “What The City Doesn’t Want You To Know About Thomas Square”


Please Comment on the Draft EA:




Written Comments are to be Postmarked by Monday, November 7, 2016
Robert J. Kroning, P.E.
650 South King Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
If you can’t get it together to physically mail your comment you can email it. They may not accept email as official testimony, but if many folks do this, the City will see the amount of public concern, which is a win for us.


Email Comments to:
Cate Cullison at
Robert Kroning at
You must include your name and physical home address in your email.



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